Posted: Sun 26th Jun 2016

Pupils Win Prizes In SEAL Competition

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016

Primary and Secondary school students from across Torfaen attended a prize-giving event at civic centre, having taken part in a ‘social and emotional aspects of learning’ (SEAL) competition. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

SEAL promotes the social and emotional skills that underpin effective learning, positive behaviour, regular attendance, staff effectiveness and the emotional health and well-being of people in schools. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The competition, which was open to primary and comprehensive schools, attracted more than 150 entries. Pupils were asked to produce a piece of work, which could be a poster, a PowerPoint™ presentation, a story, a poem etc that would help other young people to learn about an aspect of social and emotional development. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A panel of judges made up of Torfaen teachers, Dr Julie Casey, from Torfaen Educational Psychology Service and organiser of the competition, and other Education Professionals, undertook the hard task of selecting the prize-winners from a huge range of excellent entries. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Primary school winners were Eva Fisher, year group 4, from Llanyrafon Primary who took 1st prize for her work titled ‘The A-Z guide to being a good friend’. Second prize went to Carwyn Watkins, year group 3 from Penygarn community primary, for his work, titled ‘Be a team player’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Comprehensive school winners were Hannah Purcell, year group 10 from New Inn PRU who took 1st prize for her work titled, ‘Feeling good about yourself’. Joint second prize went to Chloe Price, year group 10, for her work titled, ‘Say how you feel’ and Niamh Parry, year group 11, for her work titled ‘you are not alone’. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The executive member for Education, Councillor David Yeowell, said: ‘We’ve been very impressed with the work produced by the pupils this year. We believe it’s hugely important that these essential skills are taught alongside lessons such as Maths and English so that our young people can make the choices to benefit them in the future.’ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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