On Tuesday 8thDecember the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Mr. Keith Towler accepted an invitation from the Head teacher of Tonypandy Community College, Mrs. Helen O’Sullivan to visit the College. The visit provided the commissioner with an opportunity to tour the College at the end of the traditional College day and observe the very successful enrichment programme offered for both students and the wider community. The extensive programme is delivered in conjunction with the Council e3+ provision that is unique to Rhondda Cynon Taff. and included sporting, cultural, social and intergenerational activities.
The Commissioner was very impressed with the range and quality of the provision and recognised the positive impact it had on attitudes to learning and education ans said “everything about Tonypandy Community College says we respect children and young people. The campus is great, the facilities are wonderful, the focus is on inclusion and the students and staff are inspirational what a combination. Great to see”. He spoke at length with students and staff and gained a full insight into the impact the College was having in the community. He recognised the innovative, successful e3+ provision funded by RCT and commented on how other Local Authorities would benefit from a similar provision.
The Students in the College found the Commissioner “down to earth” and very interested in what they had to say.
Councillor Eudine Hannigan, Cabinet member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning represented the Council and Mr Mike Keating, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning represented the Local Authority.
The Head teacher, Mrs O’Sullivan was absolutely thrilled that the Commissioner was able to fit a visit to the College into his busy schedule and believed that his visit would have a huge impact with the students, staff and parents. “The role of the Children’s Commissioner is one we all recognise and value and together we need to ensure that all students have contact and access to him, what better way than to invite him to our College and our community.” The College “showcased” many unique enrichment opportunities and updated the commissioner on a number of very successful community initiatives which included the recent award winning film, “Cwmclydach Coal and Community”
To read what the Children’s Commissioner had to say about our College on his blog click here
To read the Western Mail article 13th January 2010 on his visit click here