Over 35 school pupils from across Merthyr Tydfil attended an exciting and innovative week of workshops and activities as part of a new ‘Project Aspire’ programme.
The project, which has been started by Afon Taf High school in partnership with The College Merthyr Tydfil, aims to provide an opportunity for more able and talented year six pupils to participate in a range of stretching academic, team building and enrichment activities to assist them in their transition from primary to secondary school whilst inspiring them to want to do well in school and progress on to A levels and further education at the college.
Based around the Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM) theme, the 35 pupils, from primary schools in the Afon Taf cluster area, had the opportunity to attend The College Merthyr Tydfil and take part in a number of science, robotics, computer gaming, technology and engineering workshops and activities, all of which were run and organised jointly by The College Merthyr Tydfil staff and Afon Taf.
At the end of the week, a ‘Project Aspire Graduation Ceremony’ was held to reward the pupils for their hard work. Speaking at the Graduation Ceremony, Emma Clarke, Deputy Headteacher, Afon Taf High School commented, “The 2015 Project Aspire week has been a tremendous success. We developed the project to help year six pupils in their transition from primary to secondary school and to also encourage and inspire them to see the types of subjects and activities that they will have the opportunity to study and participate in at Afon Taf High School. We have been very pleased to have the support of The College Merthyr Tydfil to showcase the educational opportunities that exist beyond year 11 in Merthyr Tydfil. The college has fantastic facilities and great teachers and we hope that this type of partnership working will inspire our pupils to progress on to further and higher education at the college.”
Beth Strudwick, mum to Year 6 pupil, Emily Strudwick, commented “I have been overwhelmed by the activities that Emily has had the opportunity to participate in. She’s really enjoyed each day. The teachers have been fantastic and they’ve really inspired her. I was so proud to see her receive her certificate at today’s ceremony. Well done to both Afon Taf and the college for organising such a great event.”
Project Aspire is only one of a large range of new initiatives to be taken forward by Afon Taf High School and The College Merthyr Tydfil. With a newly refurbished building and state of the art facilities, the school will be launching an exciting Wednesday afternoon enrichment programme called ‘#Wednesday’. Providing a range of activities from sport, music, drama, science through to enterprise and money management, this programme will be offered to all year seven pupils and will be delivered jointly through Afon Taf and The College Merthyr Tydfil staff.
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