Teaching is always interesting and rewarding but the period which we are now entering in school across Wales really is incredibly exciting.
Schools across the country are beginning to plan for the implementation of the new Curriculum for Wales in 2022. This will involve changes to learning and teaching the like of which have not been witnessed before. At Brynteg, we have spent a great deal of time ensuring that we know and understand exactly what is required in the new model and are now beginning to think about what learning will look like in Brynteg in 2022. I know that with the talented and dedicated staff which we have together with our amazing pupils, our response to the new curriculum model will be incredibly exciting.
The Duke of Edinburgh award is an important part of our provision at Brynteg. The award which involves community, physical and skills and expedition challenges really does provide many of our pupils with opportunities which they will use (and remember) for a lifetime. We are incredibly lucky to have a team of staff who volunteer to provide our pupils with these opportunities and without this support, activities such as these simply would not take place. As part of our new enrichment provision it is hoped that many more pupils will wish to participate in the award in the future.
Last weekend, a group of our pupils completed the Welsh Three peaks challenge (Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan). The Welsh Three Peaks includes a total walking distance of 17 miles (27.4km) and an ascent of 2334 metres (7657ft), usually in less than 24-hours. A huge congratulations to the pupils and staff who completed this and it demonstrates, once again, just how rich and varied our provision is.
Finally, the photo of the week shows the sixth form Young Enterprise team ‘Diverge’ who this week won two awards (Innovation and Best Company award) at the the South Wales area Trade Fayre. They now progress to the national final on June 11th which is a fantastic achievement and I am sure you will all join with me in wishing the team the best of luck as they progress to the next stage.