The  was launched at Tonypandy Community College on Wednesday 5th September when each of our Year 10 students enjoyed an exciting and action packed Induction Day. All our students were thoroughly involved throughout the day where they developed skills such as Working With Others, Problem Solving, Communication, Decision Making and Negotiating skills.

The day began with our students undertaking two hours of First Aid skills. They went on to learn about refugees and asylum seekers, designed and built model shelters and then undertook an ‘egg drop challenge’. During the afternoon all students took to the tennis courts where they were split in to registration classes and were given the task of constructing life-sized refugee shelters. Both staff and students quickly became very competitive and worked enthusiastically to build the best shelter! When 10G and 10L joined forces they proved to be too good a team, narrowly beating 10P and 10M who had also joined forces to build a most impressive shelter!

The Red Cross organisation delivered the activities throughout the day and the team of volunteers was led by Nigel Franklyn. All volunteers commented on the success of the day and how impressed they were at the level of enthusiasm from both staff and students. Nigel Franklyn went on to state that ‘the behaviour of the students and the level of their commitment were outstanding’.

I would personally like to thank the Red Cross team, the Year 10 tutors, all  support staff involved who were involved and of course our Year 10 students who worked tirelessly throughout the course of the day to make it a most pleasurable and memorable occasion.

Thank you and well done to you all!!!


Mrs J. Carey

Leader of Learning for Welsh Baccalaureate, KS4