Porthcawl pupils finish term with a flurry of community projects

Monday, 18 July 2016

By GEM Community Correspondent

in Local People

Pupils at Porthcawl Comprehensive finished their school year by getting involved in a number of community events.

On July 13 and 14, students from years 9 and 10 made improvements to the area near the harbour known as Cosy Corner, as part of the community project section of the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Assisted by volunteer teachers, they tidied up the path and wall areas, painted the benches, mowed the grass and weeded and planted the circular border with flowers.

This has improved this area for Porthcawl residents and holiday makers and visitors for the summer.

Miss Emma Pugh (head of maths) who organised the event said: “The pupils were fantastic and many of the public stopped to talk to us and commented on the work.

“Many told us of their memories of the park when they were children, and about the boating lake and crazy golf. People were pleased to see us doing something with it. One man even donated money towards our costs!”

Over 150 students also volunteered their services elsewhere, giving their time to charity shops, Porthcawl Library, the YMCA and primary schools as part of a project to give something back to the community.

With the support of Keep Wales Tidy, pupils have also spent a day cleaning up the beaches of Rest Bay and Pink Bay and thoroughly enjoyed doing so.

On July 18, staff and pupils were joined by three members of the Royal Marines to complete their annual charity walk – called the ‘Lavender Walk’ – from school, back to Newton and on to the Prince of Wales in Kenfig.

After a long, hot walk, much-needed refreshments and sandwiches were kindly provided by landlord Gareth Maund.

Last year, the Lavender Walk raised over £1,600, and this year money will be donated to Cancer Research.

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