Bryngwyn Comprehensive School will be closed to pupils tomorrow (Friday), other than to those sitting a GCSE exam in the morning.
Pupils were evacuated from the school premises on this afternoon (Thursday) after a transformer near the school grounds caught fire, causing a power outage across a large part of Llanelli.
Because of the continued power cut, pupils and parents have been informed that the school will be closed to all pupils on Friday, except those who have GCSE exams.
Western Power Distribution is working on site to install a generator to allow the exams to go ahead as planned, before making permanent repairs.
It is expected that the school will reopen following the Whitsun half term.
The council’s Director of education and children’s services, Robert Sully, said: “I’d like to thank the school staff for the effective implementation of their emergency evacuation procedures, which ensured the safety of all pupils. I would also like to thank the pupils for the mature and disciplined way in which they reacted to the incident by complying fully with the evacuation.
“I’d also like to thank the emergency services for their rapid response in extinguishing the fire and supporting the school in managing the incident so effectively.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
THE new term is in full-swing at Dafen Primary School — and the students couldn't be happier.
Read more at http://www.llanellistar.co.uk/Happy-healthy-eco-warriors-Llanelli-s-Dafen/story-22936468-detail/story.html#mMeMpLstrdDq0ITg.99
St Marys School PTA in Havard Road have been shortlisted for the Lloyds Community Fund 2014. This could see them awarded with up to £3000 which will go towards an outdoor play area.
They are one of four local causes who will be awarded funding depending on the number of votes they receive. The group with the most votes will get £3,000, the next £2,000, £1,000 and finally, £500.
The other causes are Llanrhidian Community Hall, Gorseinon and Killay Martial Arts Academy, and Parkinson's UK (Llanelli).
Please vote for money to go to a cause in Dafen.
Voting opens 2nd September 2014 and closes 10th October 2014. You can vote online, by SMS text, via Twitter and in participating Lloyds Bank branches.
Families in Dafen are to benefit from an expansion of the Flying Start programme
thanks to a Welsh Government grant.
From this Autumn, Dafen, Ysgol y Bedol and Bynea primary schools will benefit from the investment which is a Welsh Government Early Years preventative programme. Felinfoel and Llwynhendy already have the programe in place.
Flying Start is aimed at families with children who are under four years of age and is targeted in some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The core elements of the Flying Start programme are:
Childcare will be available for up to 42 weeks for two and a half hours per day, for five days per week. For more information visit: http://www.carmarthenshirechildrenspartnership.org.uk/fly_e.htm
Pupils from St John Lloyd Catholic Comprehensive School have recently won the Area Final of the Rotary International Youth Speaks public speaking competition, which was held in Gower Golf Club.
RIBI (Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland) runs an annual public speaking competition for young people, and last year, representatives from St John Lloyd reached the National Finals in the competition.
The school's Senior and Intermediate teams will now compete in this years District Final of the competition on Friday, 7th March in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff .
Eco warriors have been having a green day to help save the rainforest.
A huge area, equivalent to the size of 240 rugby pitches, has been rescued by children from Dafen School after holding a green clothes day.
Rainforests cover part of the earth’s surface and are home to over half the species of plants and animals in the world.
The project is part of the Eco Schools programme, where children take key roles in decision making and participation in order to reduce the environmental impact of their school and community.
The school has received its second Green Flag for eco friendly projects which include recycling, holding energy workshops, composting, collecting rainfall and protecting wildlife.
To increase healthy eating a food co-operative is being driven forward where children buy locally sourced fruit and vegetables, bag it and sell in on to their parents. Ella Smith, of Year Four said: “I help by switching off the lights in school and at home. I make sure all the switches are turned off at home and often turn off the TV so that it’s not in stand by mode.”
Over 2,500 plastic bottles have been collected by the schoolchildren in preparation for a bottled greenhouse in the school grounds.
Executive board member for technical services, Cllr Colin Evans said: “It’s fantastic to see the children’s enthusiasm in helping to reduce harmful effects of climate change.
“The school is pulling out all the stops to educate and increase children’s knowledge on climate change and sustainability.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
Emotional support is on hand for pupils across Wales who are feeling the stress as they wait for their exam results. MEIC, the Welsh Government funded advocacy and advice service for children and young people is highlighting the support it offers to those waiting for their GCSE and A-Level results. They have begun a facebook campaign to make pupils aware that whatever their problem, they are there to listen.
MEIC is the helpline service for children and young people up to the age of 25 in Wales and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can be contacted by phone, SMS text and instant messaging.MEIC can be accessed online at www.meiccymru.org or by calling 080880 23456
If your exam results are higher or lower than expected, and you want to explore your options, you can call an expert careers adviser at the Exam Results Helpline for free independent advice.
The next school year (commencing September 2013) marks the 75th Anniversary of the opening of Dafen School on its current site. We as a school community would like to commemorate this important occasion. Consequently we would like to invite all interested parties (parents, governors, friends and ex-pupils) to a meeting to suggest possible ideas, which will be held in the school hall at the end of the school day on Thursday, 13th June. - Mr. Arwyn Henry (Headteacher)
There was further success for Dafen Schoolgirl Bethany Bennet this weekend after she travelled to Barnstable, North Devon for the North Devon Wheelers Southfork Youth Series. The race was held on a technical circuit with a mixture of sweeping and tight bends allowing riders to demonstrate their cornering and sprinting skills resulting in a fast and exciting race.
Bethany came in 1st Girl and 1st overall in the under 8s category.
Read more about Bethany's cycling success.
Well done to Dafen schoolgirl Bethany Bennett who continues to enjoy cycling success after she came first in the Under 8 Girls category (as well as beating the boys) at Castle Coombe, Bath.
Beth, who represents Towy Riders Cycle Club, keeps a busy schedule competing in race events all over the UK, and is currently ranked number 3 in the UK for her age group. She recently came third in the Under 9's category at the Welsh Schools Cycling Championships in Llandow, representing Dafen School, and has finished in the top three in six out of eight other races in a busy April schedule (three firsts, a second, two thirds and two fourth places)!
Fingers crossed for her next race in Solihul on on Sunday. Keep up good work Bethany, and good luck!
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