Making a difference through the Welsh Baccalaureate and First Give Programs

Students from Crickhowell High School have very busy in their Welsh Bac lessons, tackling social issues by supporting local charities. This is part of a program provided by educational charity, First Give.

Year 9 students have engaged in direct social action in support of their chosen charities and competed in Crickhowell High School’s Final, which was held on 1st July.

The School were thrilled to welcome Rhiannon Youssef and Amelia Ireland from First Give, to sit on the judging panel, along with our very own Mrs Walker, (Y9 Progress Leader), Oriel Gray and Ayub Khan, (Head Girl and Head Boy). The Judges were so impressed with the students’ hard work and professional presentations.

At the School Final, Judges watched the final presentations from students, about their chosen charities: Breast Cancer Now, Cyfannol Women’s Aid, The Welsh Air Ambulance and Abergavenny Food Bank. The Judges found it very difficult to decide on the best presentation, but eventually decided to award the £1,000 grant to the students in 9M representing Cyfannol Women’s Aid.


Mrs Goold, Director of Learning and Achievement for Health and Wellbeing in Crickhowell High quotes, “We are delighted to be involved in the First Give Program again this year. Our students very much enjoy this engaging program. They learn about the importance of taking care of our communities and looking after vulnerable people. First Give is a brilliant program and I recommend all schools in Wales to participate. It links in perfectly with the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and the New Curriculum. Our students have really enjoyed engaging with our local charities and have developed so many important, transferable skills, which will help them in the future. We look forward to running the program again next year!”