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Snapchat safety film wins prize in Cardiff Bay

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(L-R) Kirsty Williams AC and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Owain Gruffydd, Eluned Owen, Anest Eirug, Siôn Hurford, (pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig) receiving their award for the Safer Internet Day 2018 competition in Cardiff Bay.

A SHORT film created by Year 12 Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig drama pupils has won second prize in a nationwide competition. The short film focuses on raising awareness of online safety among young people, particularly highlighting and prompting discussions of the risks surrounding the misuse of Snapchat. The project was facilitated by the Ceredigion Youth Service, in conjunction with Aberystwyth University and Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig.

The film was entered into the Welsh Government’s Safer Internet Day 2018 competition. This year’s theme was ‘Create, connect and share respect’. The competition asked children and young people to explore and express how being online makes them feel through word, film, music or art.

Following a thorough judging process, the film was shortlisted as a finalist. The group was invited to attend the Safer Internet Day 2018 event hosted by the Welsh Government, South West Grid for Learning and UK Safer Internet Centre at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay on Tuesday 6 February 2018. Ceredigion’s short film came second in the competition’s Secondary category, chosen from 300 entries across Wales. The award was presented to the pupils by Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education, and will be on display at Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “On behalf of the Council, I commend the hard work undertaken by the pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig who were part of this film right from the beginning, discussing ideas, writing the plot, to the final part of acting in, filming and editing the final film. The film was chosen as one of the competition’s finalist entries from 300 applications across Wales. I am incredibly pleased to hear that the film was awarded the second prize in the annual Safer Internet Day competition. This is great recognition for the young people’s achievement in creating such a successful resources, which will benefit others across the county. Thank you to Ceredigion Youth Service, Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig and Aberystwyth University for supporting the pupils to create this film”.

Siôn Hurford, a Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig pupil involved in creating and producing the short film said, “It is really important that we educate and raise awareness of the dangers surrounding the misuse of different social media platforms. For this film, we decided to focus on snapchat safety, with the app being very popular amongst young people. The film portrays various dangers and the negative effects that can arise from misusing social media apps, such as cyber bullying, peer pressure and the sharing of unsuitable images. We hope this film will be used to highlight these issues and to prompt open and honest discussions around cyber safety in schools and colleges across Ceredigion”.

The film was designed to be used as an educational resource within secondary schools, Hyfforddiant Ceredigion Training and Coleg Ceredigion. A DVD of the film, free of charge to these establishments, is available from Ceredigion Youth Service, by contacting Lowri Evans on 01545 572 352 or lowri.evans@ceredigion.gov.uk.

To find out more information about the event or for online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online, visit https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/.

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Free parking in Ceredigion for the three Saturdays before Christmas

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PARKNG will be free in all Ceredigion County Council operated Pay and Display car parks on the three Saturdays preceding Christmas this year.

The development follows a decision made the by the Council’s Cabinet on 16 October 2018. Parking charges at Council operated Pay and Display car parks will be waived on 8, 15 and 22 December 2018.

The Cabinet Member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services, Councillor Dafydd Edwards said, “Christmas is a very important time of year for many small businesses in our towns. This decision will support people to prepare for the festivities locally and help small businesses compete with the increasing influence of online shopping.”

The decision contributes towards one of the Council’s corporate priorities of boosting the economy.

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Development of the Welsh Language at Ysgol Bro Pedr a step forward

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A CONSULTATION is to take place on the development of the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr, Lampeter.

On 15 March 2018, members of Ysgol Bro Pedr’s Governing Body unanimously agreed to support a consultation on the development of the medium of instruction in the Foundation Phase. In its meeting on 16 October 2018, Cabinet supported and approved the Governing Body’s decision to commence a consultation to develop the medium of instruction to Welsh in the foundation phase at Ysgol Bro Pedr.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services and Lifelong Learning, said, “The Governing body’s decision to seek approval to proceed to consultation supports the wider context noted in Ceredigion’s WESP, to see more seven year old children being educated through the medium of Welsh. The decision also supports the Council’s aim to teach Ceredigion pupils so that they are fully bilingual when they leave primary school and to develop this ability during their time in secondary education.”

Currently, pupils transferring from the reception class to Year 1 are taught in separate classrooms. One classroom is taught mainly through the medium of English and the other through the medium of Welsh. Implementing the decision of the Governing Body would mean that only Welsh-medium education would be provided to the end of the Foundation Phase. English and Welsh medium classes would continue in Key Stage 2.

The formal consultation will begin on 06 November 2018 with an opportunity to present views and comments on the proposal or express support for status quo. In addition, drop in sessions will also be undertaken at the school to allow parents to discuss the proposals in detail with members of the Governing Body and County Council officers.

The Cabinet decision contributes towards realising the Council’s corporate priorities within the Corporate Strategy of investing in people’s future.

If the proposal is approved following the consultation, it would be implemented from 01 September 2019. However, pupils currently receiving their education in the Foundation Phase through the medium of English would continue to do so until they enter Key Stage 2.

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Margaret Jones: 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator

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CEREDIGION MUSEUM celebrates the 100th birthday of award winning Ceredigion illustrator Margaret Jones with an exclusive exhibition.

The exhibition Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100, highlighting the career of award winning illustrator Margaret Jones on the eve of her 100th birthday, includes early sketches and unseen drawings owned by the Jones family themselves. The exclusive exhibition opens the door to this famous painter’s art, inviting visitors to discover the ideas, sketches and inner workings of her iconic paintings and illustrations.

The exhibition will feature previously unseen original prints from the ‘Arthur’ series and rare prints from unpublished work including ‘Seven days of the week’, which looks at how the names of the days of the week derive from the sagas of the Nordic Kings and Queens. Archive photo albums and unpublished books will be shown alongside the drawings and prints giving an intimate view of the artist and her life.

Ceredigion Museum’s assistant curator Alice Briggs said, “It has been wonderful to have the chance to delve through the portfolios of Margaret Jones, to discover more about her process of creating her illustrations and to learn more of her own detailed knowledge of the storytelling traditions in which she has illustrated.”

Becoming a professional painter at the age of 60, Margaret became known as one of the leading illustrators in the Celtic tradition and other folklore. Born in England, Margaret brought up her own young family in India with her husband, before being appointed as lecturer in Education Studies at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Here, her portrayal of the Mabinogi has defined the way a generation of children in Wales imagine the folklore of the nation’s past.

Professor Sioned Davies, the former Head of Welsh at Cardiff University, whose ongoing contribution to Welsh language and culture is highly influential, will open the exhibition on Saturday 27 October at 2pm. All museum visitors are very welcome to attend the official opening.

The Margaret Jones: Celebrating 100 free exhibition will run at Ceredigion Museum gallery from Saturday, 27 October 2018 until 5 January 2019.

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