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HUNDREDS OF NEWPORT PUPILS MARCHED THROUGH THE CITY TO MARK THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHARTIST MOVEMENT


Pupils from six primary and two secondary schools took part in the event on November 4, the date on which the Chartists historically marched into Newport.


The children worked on the march with help and advice from Jamie Jarvis, a local actor who has been involved with this event for several years.


The Newport Schools Chartist March re-enacts annually the final moments of the trek from the Valleys by thousands of supporters of Chartism, which ended in bloody catastrophe outside the old Westgate Hotel back in 1839.


The re-enactment featured around 300 children from eight local schools, who gathered in Clifton Park opposite Newport Cathedral, where they chanted Chartist slogans and sang protest songs, before setting off down Stow Hill, banners aloft and in full voice.


Image courtesy of South Wales Argus


Accompanied and applauded by teachers and parents, youngsters from St Woolos, Clytha, Maindee, St Julian’s and St Joseph’s RC primary schools, and St Julian’s


Newport’s Mayor,


NEW PLAYGROUND IS A BIG HIT WITH ALL AGES


Councillor Herbie Thomas, officially opened new playground facilities in Cowshed Lane, Bassaleg.


He was joined by local children, Graig ward and community councillors and Councillor Deb Davies, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and City Services.


Toddlers to teenagers can now enjoy a wide variety of new and innovative playground equipment and there is a trim trail for those who want to keep fit and healthy.


For the very young there is a separate enclosed play area while older youngsters can use a range of facilities.


NEW SENSORY ROOM AT BRYNGLAS ADULT TRAINING CENTRE


September saw the opening of a new multi-sensory facility at Newport City Council’s Brynglas Adult Training Centre (ATC), by the city’s Mayor,


Councillor Herbie Thomas.


Brynglas ATC offers a day service which provides support and activities for adults who have a learning disability and complex needs.


It also caters for older people with similar complex needs.


The building has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme to improve its facilities, which included the development of the new multi-sensory room where people can enjoy a range of experiences.


Councillor Paul Cockeram, Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult and Community Services, said:


“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m delighted it has been achieved.”


There is also a rebound wall with a goal mouth and basketball hoop attached.


The installation of the new equipment was made possible by contributions received as a result of residential developments in Viaduct Way and Harlech Drive.


Councillor Davies, said: “Children and young people living locally now have an amazing play facility which I am confident will provide many years of enjoyment, especially as they were given a say in how it should be designed and what equipment ought to be included.’


and Duffryn High Schools, all Newport, and from Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypool, marched into Westgate Square.


Groups of pupils spoke there of the injustices suffered by – and of the demands for a fairer society made by – their 19th Century predecessors.


Some marchers then fell to the ground at the sound of symbolic gunfire, before the names of those who died outside the Westgate Hotel on November 4 1839 were shouted by others in a powerful act of remembrance.


The event was organised by Newport City Council with stewards on the route supported by the council’s Communities First team.


Newport Mayor Councillor Herbie Thomas was also at the event to greet the marchers in Westgate Square.


KEEP WARM AND SAVE MONEY


The Welsh Government’s Nest scheme aims to help you keep warm and save money on energy bills.


Nest is open to all householders in Wales and provides advice on saving energy, money management, energy tariffs and benefit entitlement.


If your home is hard to heat, contact Nest on Freephone 0808 808 2244 for free advice and to see if you are eligible for energy saving home improvements, or visit www.nestwales.org.uk


MILLBROOK PRIMARY SCHOOL AWARDED CONFUCIUS CLASSROOM STATUS


A Newport primary school is one of only 12 in Wales to be awarded official Confucius Classroom status by The Hanban and Confucius Institute.


The aim of the Confucius Institute, a non-profit public educational organisation affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally and facilitate cultural exchange.


Millbrook Primary School has been recognised for its active role in teaching Mandarin to non- native learners. The school has demonstrated its commitment to the teaching of Mandarin Chinese and about China across the curriculum and, by being granted official status, is able to access funding through the Confucius Institute to support the development of their Mandarin and Chinese teaching programme.


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