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‘Excellent innovative and vibrant educational experiences’ at Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron

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FOLLOWING a recent Estyn inspection, Ysgol Gynradd Aberaeron is praised for the enriching educational experiences they provide.

The school has made considerable improvements since the last Estyn visit due to ‘hardworking teachers and assistants’, a ‘robust senior management team’ and ‘dedicated governors’ coordinated by ‘the influential head teacher who has established a clear vision for the school’.

The inspectors recognised that the school provides innovative and pioneering learning experiences for their pupils. The school has demonstrated that they are planning effectively in preparation for the new curriculum. Consequently, they have been invited to prepare a case study on how they plan stimulating themes and adopt innovative prompts and events to have a rich influence on pupils’ experiences and learning. This will be shared on Estyn’s website.

The report states that teachers plan ‘exceptional opportunities to learn about the history of the local area and Welsh culture’. The school takes an active part in community life and this helps ‘develop pupils’ creative and expressive skills purposefully and improve their self-confidence and motivation to work together’.

Inspectors were also very impressed with the ‘highly effective’ arrangements the school has made in order to ensure the care and wellbeing of all pupils. The school is ‘an inclusive, happy and homely community in which there is a strong emphasis on providing all individuals with purposeful support’.

Catrin Thomas is the school’s Headteacher and is delighted with the report. She said, “It is encouraging and heart-warming for us to receive recognition for the effective and collaborative teamwork of the learners, staff, parents and governors. The welfare of our pupils and the experiences we offer them is fundamental to our school vision. We will continue to work together to provide a happy, caring and ambitious school during this exciting time in education history for Wales.”

This community primary school is located on a southern site to the town of Aberaeron, approximately 200 metres from the beach, and enjoys views of Cardigan Bay.

Estyn is led by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales. It inspects quality and standards of schools across Wales.

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New Quay RNLI lifeboat crew trains with lifeguards

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NEW QUAY lifeboat station hosted a special training evening with the lifeboat crew and Ceredigion’s RNLI lifeguards last week.

Pete Yates, one of New Quay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat helms, worked closely with Ceredigion lifeguard supervisor, Tirion Dowsett, to plan scenarios for the teams to practice working together in casualty care situations.

A large scale scenario included four casualties to be dealt with by the inshore lifeboat crew and two lifeguard teams on a nearby beach, whilst a third lifeguard team and lifeboat crew members dealt with a separate scenario at the lifeboat station.

Pete said: “It was a great evening of training. We had 9 lifeguards and 13 lifeboat crew in attendance.

“The main scenario included casualties suffering from hypothermia and propeller injuries. A second scenario involved a mechanic suffering head injuries in the forepeak of the all-weather lifeboat and requiring extraction on a stretcher.

“On completion of these scenarios we all gathered back at the station where one of our senior crew members sprung a great act at being a diabetic having a hypo, and being suitably angry and aggressive.”

Roger Couch, New Quay RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, added: “It was great for our lifeboat crew members to work with the lifeguards as it builds a deeper understanding of each other’s roles and encourages teamwork between us. This is of great benefit when dealing with real life casualty care situations.”

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Coastguard rescues dog stuck on cliffs

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LAST TUESDAY (Aug 27), New Quay RNLI’s inshore D-class lifeboat, Audrey LJ, was tasked by Milford Haven Coastguard to assist the Coastguard with a dog stuck on the cliffs near New Quay.

The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat at 1.50pm with four crew members on board and made their way south down the coast.

Brett Stones, New Quay RNLI’s helm said: “We located the dog on the cliffs by Castell Bach, near Cwmtydu. We stood by while the Coastguard team caught the animal. The dog was unharmed and safe with the Coastguard so we were stood down.

“However, while returning to station we were then tasked to a small vessel with engine failure. We towed the stricken boat with three people on board back to New Quay. We rehoused the inshore lifeboat and it was ready for service by 2.40pm.”

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New maintenance Lorries cut carbon emissions

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The Ground Maintenance Team has purchased three new lorries to support ground maintenance services in Ceredigion.

The new lorries will move Ceredigion County Council’s Ground Maintenance Service’s equipment to and from the grounds that they look after. The lorries will also take cut grass away for composting. This provides the most efficient way of maintaining the areas that the team is responsible for.

Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member responsible for Highways and Environmental Services together with Housing. He said: “The new vehicles replace ones which had provided excellent service for almost 20 years. They are fitted with Euro 6 engines which are considerably more efficient and better for the environment.”

The Grounds Maintenance Team is also incrementally introducing electric-powered mowers, blowers, hedge cutters and strimmers into its fleet. This equipment is better for the environment, is easier to use and causes less noise and vibration.

The new lorries support Ceredigion County Council’s commitment to be a net-zero carbon council by 2030.

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