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State of the Nation 2011-12



F1 Challenge

The Authority’s schools have achieved enormous success once again with their involvement in the F1 Challenge at both Secondary and Primary levels.

Four teams from the authority’s primary schools entered the South Wales Finals of the Bloodhound category. This involved over one hundred of the authority’s pupils who impressed Welsh Government ministers with their involvement.  The results were as follows:

Ysgol y Fro (Team F!ZZ!) : Best Team Image and Team Working (below left)

Ysgol Penygroes (Team Bwled) : Best Display (above right).

Richmond Park (United Paradise): Runners Up (below)

United Paradise represented their country at the Big Bang event in London in March and gained fourth overall position, nationally.  All teams enhanced and displayed their communication, numeracy, ICT and thinking skills through their project work.

Amman Valley’s Cheetahs won the Best Team Award at Swansea at their regional event for the “R” Type car and also represented their country at national level in London.

Besides school teams, the F1 project has been used in the SMART/Engage settings within the authority. Three settings are currently preparing for a Race Day event and are using the project to gain accreditation in Key Skills (Problem Solving) with the WJEC. This involves more than twenty young people.

Innovation Awards
James Stallard (left), Ysgol y Gwendraeth, won the 'Tata Steel - Lifecycle and Sustainability Award' which was part of the 2011 WJEC Innovation Awards.

 He met the First Minister at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on 10th October and received a cheque for £125. The department also had a cheque for £125 and a trophy.

Other Achievements
Amman Valley School achieved notable success with the CRESS Awards.  Gold Award ; silver Award (15 pupils);  12 Bronze Award (12 pupils) – involving submission of work as well as a report.




Heads of DT Department – Professional Learning Community (PLC)
Report of Meeting 1 (04 /10/11)

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