News from Porthcawl Comprehensive School

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Education

As we head towards our Easter break, we are reflecting on a very busy and action packed term here at PCS.

The sixth form, in particular, have had an exceptionally full timetable of events and just last week, hosted a ‘UN Debate’ for the Welsh Baccalaureate, which involved role playing as 17 different UN countries, hotly debating the migration crisis in the middle-east.

Last week potential Oxbridge candidates from year-12 attended a student conference in Swansea and 25 pupils will take part in a taster day at Trinity College, Oxford, at the start of the summer term.

With continued emphasis on studies in the sixth form, we are also keen to broaden the pupils’ education as much as possible during their time with us.

Earlier in the year, we were fortunate to be joined by the Royal Marines and staff from ‘Adventures’ for a team building day to prepare pupils for future challenges.

At our recent presentation, among many other celebrations, we were thrilled to recognise the achievement of 29 pupils gaining their Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards.

PCS regularly hosts guest speakers from all aspects of life to enrich the curriculum and talk about anything from university choices, internet safety and awareness, middle-eastern affairs, student finance, entrepreneur workshops and apprenticeships.

Recent visitors have included ‘Go Rookie’, Madeleine Moon MP, Carwyn Jones AM, Lord Touhig, and a medical student (past pupil) who came to talk to interested pupils about getting into medical school.

We continue to be extremely community-spirited at PCS and over 200 pupils are involved in the community action scheme which sees them contributing their free time to working within our local area.

Pupils recently sent 375 sweet parcels to the street children in Romania and also collected hundreds of Easter eggs for the same cause.

This is in addition to pupils raising in the region of £5,000 this year alone during charities week, and by holding a Christmas jumper day.

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