First Give Success!

This Term, our Year 9 learners have been developing skills for their Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and they have been outstanding!!!

They have worked so hard to raise awareness for their chosen charities, planning and facilitating their own fundraising activities.

In total, students have raised £1650 for their charities through the programme, but also highlighted the importance of the work they do to support our community. They did this by organising a range of events and activities, which were immensely popular and very well supported by the whole school community!

Over the past month, the school has been a hive of activity. We have seen: a fete, with a variety of stalls, including hand made jewellery, boba tea, mock-tails, a photo booth and so much more! Other classes organised a pie the teacher in the face activity, created original videos, used publicity strategies, such as posting posters around the schools and on our Twitter site, social media campaigns and live feeds and Assembly presentations talking about their charities and their social action events.

Students choose to support and engage with 5 wonderful charities : –

  • 7 Corners – young people’s charity in Abergavenny, 
  • Brecon Mind – mental health charity, Brecon
  • Cyfannol Women’s Aid – Abergavenny branch, supporting victims and families of domestic abuse
  • The Blue Cross – animal welfare charity
  • ABC – a charity supporting people with eating disorders

This programme culminated with an amazing Finals’ Event, where a group of students from each class, pitched to a panel of Judges and the whole year group, to win £1000 for their charity. Our Judges included: Jackie Parker – Head Teacher, Dave Newberry – School Governor, Louisa Searle – First Give Director, and Gethin Bickerton – First Give Facilitator. 

First Give is an amazing, social enterprising  programme and we were thrilled to welcome our Judges and additional guests from First Give, Rhiannon Youssef – Programme and Non Rhys, our Programme Facilitator. 

Non has supported us throughout and delivered a super Public Speaking Workshop to our Finalists. She also worked hard with them preparing (and calming nerves) for the Finals. 

We were delighted that some of our charity representatives were able to join us for this celebratory event: Jay and Deborah from Cyfannol, Ange from 7 Corners and Gareth from Brecon Mind.

The standard and professionalism of the presentations was second to none and the rest of the students in the audience, were supportive and respectful of their peers. The Judges had a very difficult decision to make! 

After much deliberation and only 2 points difference between the Finalists’ marks, the winning class was announced….

9C Cyfannol Women’s Aid! 

It was so lovely for students to hand over a cheque of £1000 to Jay and Deborah, in person! They were quite overwhelmed and extremely grateful for all the work that had been done in support of all the charities. 

All charities have been very supportive and grateful for the work our students have done to support them. We will be sending our cheques over the next few weeks.

Huge congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all!!
Carron Goold