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2 Yr 10 Pupils meet with Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones

Carwyn Jones

Wales' First Minister 

An Audience with Carwyn Jones.

Team spirit and forward thinking led two of our Year 10 pupils on the road to Cardiff for a rare private meeting with Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones on 15th October.  Kalum Williams and Jack Evans have been involved in an extensive project focusing on Literacy, Transition and the Football World Cup.  Over a period of time, the two worked together to take football to their primary schools and use sport to motivate younger boys and girls to read.  As their idea gained momentum, sixty pupils from their year group visited their primary schools to lead reading sessions with year 6 pupils before those primary schools engaged in a mock World Cup involving a host of fun learning experiences at Bryngwyn.

            The Bryngwyn World Cup final was eventually won by Llangennech Primary School but was keenly contested by Ysgol Y Felin, Bryn Teg, Old Road, Swiss Valley and Bryn.  We were supported by many organisations and individuals in the project including sponsorship from Tesco and Manhattan Marketing, support from The Reds’ and the kind use of the Barn at Parc-Y-Scarlets.  Both our local assembly member, Ms Helen Mary Jones, and MP Nia Wyn Griffith were in attendance and awarded prizes.

            Helen Mary Jones was particularly impressed with how the project had developed and organised the visit to meet Mr Carwyn Jones at the Senedd after speaking to the pupils.  Mr Carwyn Jones spoke of his concern that the performance of pupils in Wales suffers at transition and told Kalum and Jack a little about his own school days. He praised them for their motivation and community spirit, noting that activities such as theirs are invaluable at helping pupils as they bridge the transition between primary and secondary school.  Following the visit, Ms Helen Mary Jones took the pupils on a guided tour of the Senedd, even encouraging them to sit at her seat in the Chamber!

            Both pupils have kindly described their experiences to members of staff and visitors to the school and we are very proud of them for doing so.