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Ceredigion Childcare Conference 2019 hailed a success by Council

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A SUCCESSFUL conference for childcare sector staff took place on 16 November 2019. The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Enabling Children’s Rights’.

Guest speakers from University of Wales Trinity Saint David delivered the morning workshop, which provided opportunities for plenty of discussion amongst staff. After the conference, providers reported that they felt more confident in making sure that children’s rights will be put into practice in their settings.

Children’s rights was a timely theme for this year’s conference as November 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Children’s Rights. Wales was the first country in the World to enshrine those rights into law. The law gives children and young people the rights to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect, and to grow up happily, healthily and safely.

Councillor Catrin Miles is Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Learning Services. She said, “The council’s Childcare Unit is going from strength to strength and has been a trailblazer in implementing the Childcare Offer. I think it’s excellent that they organise an event for childcare providers from across the county to come together and learn. This can only support the sector in the county, and lead to better levels of care for our children.”

One provider said that they “will offer more options and choices, and let children lead the way more” after learning about the Children’s Rights, whilst another added that it was a “good informative day”.

The afternoon workshops covered information about the Welsh Government’s Childcare Offer for Wales and updates on the Care Inspectorate Wales Self-Assessment of Service Statement and Quality of Care reviews. The Family Information Service gave a presentation on Dewis Cymru and the importance of ensuring information is updated regularly on their website. Dewis Cymru is a directory for families to find out what services are available in their area.

More information about local childcare providers in Ceredigion is available on www.ceredigion.gov.uk/resident/children-young-people-services/childcare/.

The annual Childcare Conference is organised by Ceredigion County Council Childcare Unit and is open to all kinds of childcare providers. This includes providers such as Childminders, Day Nurseries, Cylchoedd Meithrin, Playgroups, After School Clubs and Holiday Playschemes. The Welsh Government’s Children and Communities Grant fund the conference.

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results

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St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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Police appeal following road traffic collision in Cwmystwyth

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DYFED-Powys Police have issued a statement following a road traffic collision on Saturday, August 13.

Officers attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred about 6.40pm near Cwmystwyth, Aberystwyth.  

Dyfed-Powys Police said: “The two vehicles involved were a blue Triumph Tiger motorcycle and a black Ford Fiesta.

“The male rider of the motorcycle was taken to hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101. 

“If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

“Quote reference: DP-20220813-392.”

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Scheme to enhance the town of Tregaron for the National Eisteddfod

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THE REGENERATING Rural Towns scheme run by the Cynnal y Cardi LEADER programme has been supporting Tregaron Town Council with a series of marketing techniques and installations to promote and enhance Tregaron in preparation for the historic and cultural event, the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2022.

This work acted as a legacy to the National Eisteddfod at Tregaron following the influx of thousands of people to the town daily for the duration of the festival and subsequently to the surrounding rural communities and local sites of interest.

A wide range of installations could be seen in Tregaron during the Eisteddfod following town branding design work, which included a giant deckchair, lamp post flags, banners, bunting, tiered flower planters, benches & picnic tables, monument conservation improvements, and a prominent Tregaron sign overlooking the ‘Maes’. Many of these features will remain in place for the summer months and can be utilised by the town in the future. Further town development work is due to commence to maintain and enhance the attractiveness and vibrancy of the town.

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