Pupils at Rhosnesni High School have been benefitting from an innovative new form of teambuilding thanks to the use of 6 second hand mountain bikes after a generous donation from Asst. Head Mark Powell of St. Christopher’s secondary school in Wrexham.
Assistant Headteacher Mark Jones, in collaboration with Wrexham Council officers, created a project aimed at pupils that would benefit from developing skills in Teamwork and Communication, as well as learning technical skills around bike safety and maintenance. The long term aim of the project is to help assist pupils in future to attend colleges and job interviews.
The project was linked with a nationally recognised qualification, WJEC Improving Own Learning and Performance Level 2, and commenced with an initial 2 week period at Rhosnesni High School where the school’s Flexible Learning room was used to accommodate the group. After 2 weeks the project moved to the Youth Justice Service where maintenance and repair of the bikes began.
The project was led by Steve Mattox of Nantyr Outdoor Education Centre due to his skills and qualifications who certified the completed work pupils did on the bikes before they used in Llandegla.
The 6 pupils involved in the course engaged exceptionally well with attendance being deemed excellent, and as a reward for hard work and dedication, the pupils got to keep the bikes at the end of the course.
Speaking about the project Assistant Head Mark Jones said: “We are delighted with the way the pupils have engaged in this project, they have shown real commitment to learning new skills. I would like to express my thanks on behalf of the school and the pupils to all the people who have contributed their time and resources to ensuring the project has been a great success”.
Wrexham Council’s Education Social Work Manager John Grant said: “The project was conceived on the basis of a collaboration between Rhosnesni High School and the Education Social Work Service. The project is the first of a number of potential joint ventures that should provide young people across the county with an opportunity to learn new skills. It has been well received by the pupils involved and is a creative way to maximise resources at a time when central budgets come under increased pressure.”
Cllr Michael Williams, Lead Member for Children’s Services and Education said: “I am delighted and impressed with this school to school collaborative venture to create this innovative approach in helping pupils learn new skills in an inventive, challenging environment. Projects like these aim to inspire students by giving them new, unique opportunities whilst teaching them the core values of teamwork and communication.”
Update: Tuesday 12th December
Following a site assessment and clearing of paths and car parks, we will continue to be open. Paths and walkways have been cleared but please walk with care and be careful in car parks and walking across areas. Public foot paths need to be navigated with care and caution. Icy conditions over the next few days, so please wear appropriate foot wear.
Coleg Cambria will re-open on Wednesday 13th December.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that the school being closed has caused but thank you for the support and understanding that you have shown over the last few days towards our school community.
Mr N D Harrison
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