Community Trust support local pupils
Swansea City’s Community Trust held a Transition Day designed to ease the transition from primary to secondary school at Dwr Y Felin Comprehensive School in Neath.
The aim of the Transition Day is to familiarise the pupils with the school, its staff, rules and routines.
The Transition Day encourages pupils to make friends with pupils from other schools, building their confidence and communication skills ahead of their move.
In attendance were Year 5 pupils from all primary schools in Dwr Y Felin’s cluster – Abbey Primary, Blaenhonddan Primary, Bryncoch Church in Wales Primary, Crymlyn Primary, Coedffranc Primary and Waunceirch Primary.
Facilitated by the Swans Community Trust, the Transition Day included two components – sport and enterprise.
Children spent half the day doing footballing activities and half the day participating in enterprise activities, all of which were run by Swans Community Trust staff.
The enterprise activities included designing a Swans-branded pair of boots and goalkeeper gloves to be sold in the club shop.
Julie Battle, member of the extended leadership team at Dwr y Felin, organises the transition programme for the school.
“Over the past two years we have built up a strong partnership with the Swansea City Community Trust,” she said.
“We have taken part in the PL Enterprise programme and have seen many benefits of such collaborations. All pupils respond positively to the enthusiasm of professional staff, whatever the activity.
“The Transition Day is the latest addition to the partnership. The Swans Community Trust’s team provided a programme that developed not only the soccer skills of the pupils, but also teamworking skills on an authentic task which captured their imagination.
“They’ve developed lifelong skills such as problem-solving, communication, literacy and numeracy.
“Throughout the Transition Day, the pupils were enthused and encouraged to take part in all activities by the Swansea City Community Trust staff, and we look forward to welcoming them again in 2019 to be a part of our transition plan.”
Graham Smith, PL Enterprise co-ordinator for the Swans Community Trust, said: “It was fantastic to be able to partner with Dwr Y Felin in delivering an exciting transition day for pupils from local primary schools.
“The best part of the day was seeing children from different primary schools working so well together and starting friendships that we hope will make their move to comprehensive school easier.
“The transition from primary to secondary school is a vital one in a young person’s social and academic development, and if we can help children make that move a success, then this transition day has been a very worthwhile event.”