What a week we have just had in Brynteg – at this time of year you would expect that we would begin to slow down but this is definitely not the case here!
One of the highlights of the week has been our year 7 learning project (The Incredible Journey) which was designed and delivered jointly with Brackla, Penybont, Tremains and Litchard primary schools. The week focussed on developing extended writing skills and saw joint teaching across primary and secondary with our teaches delivering in primary schools and vice versa. This model is one which will become more important as the new Curriculum for Wales is developed. I think that the school community is very lucky to have such a talented group of staff and to be able to work with these wonderful primary schools really is a privilege.
I am just about to discuss with our School Council the possibility of having lockers . The company which has been identified (Locker Rentals) basically site lockers in schools themselves and then parents/carers have the opportunity to rent them for a year by contacting them directly. There are no keys involved as all lockers have a combination lock. If the School Council members feel that this is something which they would like then a restricted number of these lockers will be ordered in the first instance in order to evaluate how the scheme works before committing any further.
The Young Enterprise scheme is an important initiative which has been running in schools and colleges for many years now and at Brynteg, it is an important part of our provision. This year, a group of sixth form pupils formed their own company (Diverge) which developed a product known as ‘Eco-Toes’.
The group thought about children in less developed countries who walk to school without shoes and came up with a highly innovative solution to the problem. Their idea was developing a kit which would allow schools around the world to turn as few as 8 carrier bags into shoes which can then be worn by the children. I am sure you will agree that this is a highly innovative idea and so much so, the group made it through to the all Wales final. Sadly, they didn’t win but maybe someone out there will pick up on this fantastic idea. As a small consolation, they have been chosen as the photo of the week.