A NATIONAL award for excellence in staff development in further education was presented to Coleg Sir Gâr, Llanelli at an event held in Westminster, London.
The Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award, sponsored by City and Guilds, was awarded in order to recognise the innovating nature of the teaching and learning initiative.
The AoC Beacon Awards celebrate the best and most innovative practice among UK further education colleges, and reward colleges that go above and beyond in providing high-quality technical and professional education.
Barry Liles, Principal at Coleg Sir Gâr, said: “The college is delighted to win the prestigious award. It demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, and recognises the hard work of leaders and teachers at the institution.”
Catherine Bush, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at City and Guilds, said: “City and Guilds is delighted to make the award for Staff Development to Coleg Sir Gâr. This was a very thorough programme, which provides an excellent pathway for support and development. There are very clear benefits to staff both on a professional and a personal level and this is translated into benefits for teaching and learning throughout the college.
“It was evident that the programme had made a real contribution to a culture that is focused on self-improvement, building confidence and high-quality teaching and learning. The positive impact that the programme had made for individual teachers in their careers and personal development was extremely impressive.”
Dame Pat Bacon, Chair of the AoC Beacon Awards, said: “Coleg Sir Gâr is an outstanding representative of the excellent work happening in colleges across the country. It’s a privilege to be part of an awards programme that recognises the energy colleges put into supporting their students, staff, employers and local communities.”
Mike Davis, Chief Assessor for the AoC Beacon Awards, said: “The high standard of submissions to the AoC Beacon Awards often makes it very hard for the judges to choose the winners. Coleg Sir Gâr can be proud to receive this award for demonstrating its commitment to create the best possible experience for its students.”
The college received its certificate from David Hughes, Chief Executive of AoC.
Coracle photos sought for Welsh Week
CARMARTHEN CORACLE & Netsmen’s Association has asked for anyone associated with the historic industry to send their photos and stories to them, to be used as part of a week-long celebration.
The Association will be proudly supporting Carmarthen’s Welsh Week, which begins on February 24 and finishes with a town parade on March 3.
Throughout the week, coracles will be proudly displayed at various locations around the town. Each coracle will symbolise Carmarthen’s oldest fishing tradition, which also represents the 2018 Wales tourism theme of ‘Year of the Sea’.
“During the 18th and 19th century, Carmarthen’s port was thriving, with huge cargo ships regularly visiting, its quayside bustling with traders and numerous warehouses. Too poor to live within the town’s boundary wall, the large coracle fishing families lived in tiny, damp cottages along the river bank,” a spokesperson for CC&NA said.
“Strangely enough, through time, it is only the coracle which has survived the major changes to Carmarthen’s quayside.”
To celebrate the unique heritage of Carmarthen’s coracle, the Association would like to honour the fishing families of bygone years by displaying a small selection of photos at each coracle located around Carmarthen town.
They are appealing to anyone who may have belonged to a coracle family to send a copy of your photo and any stories or memories they may have. The photos will then be proudly displayed inside each coracle for visitors to follow a ‘Coracle Trail’ around the town.
Any photos can be emailed firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via Facebook to ‘Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen’s Association’.
Volunteers offer to wrap your gifts
A SCHEME set up by volunteers to wrap presents in the lead up to Christmas launched last Saturday (Dec 2).
Wrapped in Love, a new scheme in conjunction with Llanelli Town Council, will now be wrapping presents at Llanelli’s Indoor Market every Saturday between 10am and 3pm before Christmas.
Volunteers from Ty Gwyn Community Church have a stall situated outside Blodau Elli flower shop and are more than happy to wrap two presents per visitor for free.
Minister of Ty Gwyn Ivan Parker said: “A couple of our younger leaders had an idea to do something different and decided they’d like to offer a free Christmas wrapping service, in the run up to the festivities.
“It’s a big help for a lot of people. Not everyone likes wrapping presents and we’ve had a really good response here today. This is the first week of our launch and it’s something that we’ll be doing annually. The Town Council loved the idea and are on board with us.
“We want to connect with people and show that we care. I’ve been Minister at Ty Gwyn since 2006 and I love my vocation.
“We’re here every Saturday prior to Christmas and everyone is welcome. We supply all of the wrapping paper and some added extras of bows and tags if needed.
“There are 39 volunteers involved with this project over the duration of the next four weeks and we alternate doing a two and a half hour slot each.
“The spookiest thing for a few has been us approaching them, some have thought that we’re trying to sell them something. It’s been rather amusing when they’ve realised this isn’t the case.
“We also have white tote bags with information on our services and an invitation to our coffee morning at Ty Gwyn every Monday from 10am-2pm. Everyone is welcome and there is a token for a free cup of coffee.”
Curry evening raises funds for Twinning Association
THE LLANELLI and District Twinning Association held a successful and enjoyable curry evening recently, which raised over £600 to enable the association to carry on its work.
The packed-out fundraiser was held in Trinity Road’s Ali Raj establishment was packed out and everyone enjoyed the delicious buffet, plus raffle and an auction.
Llanelli Town Mayor Cllr Jeff Edmunds was in attendance, Chair of Llanelli Rural Council John Evans, Rural and County Councillors, Llanelli Town Council as well as many members of community organisations such as The Multicultural Network, The Community Partnership, Llanelli Tenants Network, Llanelli Ramblers, The Visually Impaired Bowls Club and The Sosban Shredders.
Chair of The Twinning Association Paolo Piana said: “It was a well attended evening with over 70 people, many different agencies attended. Involving a wide cross section of the community is a vital role within the Twinning Association, it gives people the opportunity across Llanelli and the surrounding areas to take part in community led activities and events. I’m thankful to everyone that donated prizes to the raffle and the auction and for being so supportive.”
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