Students at Castell Alun High School doing the ‘Community Challenge’ aspect of their Welsh Baccalaureate have begun an ambitious project. The Community Challenge aspect involves the students undergoing ten hours of community support. 

The Welsh Baccalaureate coordinator at the school, Mr David Swale, has chosen to link this aspect of the award with the impressive community project currently going on down the road from the school, Park in the Past. 

The plan is to have all 200+ year 10 students contribute a minimum of 10 hours active participation in the project. The work will include marking footpaths, producing maps of the walks in the area, producing videos with points of interest, making quizzes and puzzles for young children to follow, tidying up of the entrance and designing and making benches 

Mr Swale asked local MP to show his support and Mr Tami came down to visit the students working on the project. 

Mark Tami said; “I’ve been very impressed every time I have come down to visit Park in Past, it has been a pleasure to see it progress. 

“It makes so much sense to link the Community Challenge aspect of the Welsh Bacc with the massive community project happening just down the road.  

A lot of credit must go to David for coming up with the idea and having the determination to see it succeed. I have contacted the council and was encouraged by their confirmation that they will look at how they can support the project.  

David Swale said; As with many aspects of this qualification, it has generally been given ‘lip service’ and done in a way that ‘ticks the box’ in the easiest possible way. I am not really that way inclined! I want to see our good students, actually doing something really positive in the community. All too often all local residents see is the small percentage of students that cause problems and that is something I would like to change. 

Students at Castell Alun High School doing the ‘Community Challenge’
Students at Castell Alun High School doing the ‘Community Challenge’
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