In an inspiring visit to Porth Community School on December 14, Welsh Government Minister for Education, Jeremy Miles, joined students on their Super Skills Day and met with students involved in a charitable initiative.
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 participated in a ‘Super Skills Day’ where they were challenged to become ethically informed citizens of the world and life-long learners. As part of the curriculum for Wales, the school has a strong focus on the cross-curricular skills of literacy, numeracy and digital skills; whilst developing the wider skills of independence, resilience and the creativity of students.
The day involved a focus on the theme ‘Humans in Conflict’ with the topical subject of climate change and how it is affecting the country of Australia. Students participated in a range of different activities which cumulated in writing a speech about the issues caused by climate change during their literacy sessions. Students then presented their findings about whether Australia needs to become a more sustainable environment during their numeracy sessions. In digital skills, students were tasked with developing their design, production and editing skills whilst promoting online safety.
In addition to experiencing the Super Skills session, the Minister met with students who are actively involved in organising the donation of presents to children and young people in the local area who may not have a present to open on Christmas Day. This act of kindness and community spirit is a testament to the values nurtured at Porth Community School, with over 500 gifts donated!
Minister for Education, Jeremy Miles MS, said: “The dedication of Porth Community School students not only to their education but also their community was a joy to see.
“Harnessing empathy, compassion and community in our young people puts us in good stead for the future and it’s been heartening to see these young individuals tackling some of the big global topics whilst taking the initiative to bring joy to others in their locality during the Christmas period.”
Yvonne Jones, headteacher of Porth Community School, expressed pride in the pupils’ efforts: “We are incredibly proud of our students for their compassion and initiative in giving back to the community. The Minister’s visit and recognition of their efforts are a great honour and a morale booster for our students.”
The visit by the Minister highlights the dual focus of Porth Community School on educational achievement and community involvement, preparing students to be globally aware citizens.
Councillor Bob Harris, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, said: “Through the ‘Super Skills Day’, students journeyed beyond the classroom, transforming into globally informed citizens and lifelong learners. They looked into key global issues and the pressing reality of climate change.
“As they explored Australia’s environmental challenges their journey was not just about learning, but about using literacy, numeracy, and digital skills to understand the world around them. Students were not just learning about the world, they were learning to change it, one thoughtful, informed step at a time.”