Proactive School Community Project
Anti- Bullying Campaign
Autism Awareness Week
Autism Awareness Week takes place from the 1st of April to the 5th at CCS. We as the Autism Awareness Committee in our school felt we had a vocation to raise awareness of this life changing disorder that 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with, and many more that are not. Many members have a close shared friend that was diagnosed with autism, and so have experienced second-hand how tough life can be living with this disorder.
We promoted Autism Awareness Week within our school by creating and displaying a variety of posters around the school in order to provide information and display our bake sale which raised money for Ysgol Y Deri; our sister comprehensive school that specialises in children with learning disorders. In addition to this we presented an assembly to a younger year group in order to raise awareness on certain issues, such as: why we should not discriminate and how everyone diagnosed is different. Furthermore, we offered advice on how to help people with autism, and created a large display within the foyer area of A block for students to gain additional information.
CCS Mentoring Schemes
Buddy, Peer Mentoring and the 'Bullies Out' Schemes
The Buddy Scheme works with years 7-8. Year 12 and 13 students have designated forms that they will help once a week. They help Form Tutors with assemblies, seasonal activities and some Buddies will work specifically with individual children, such as help with reading. This helps to create relationships between older and younger students, and supports KS3 students and Form Tutors during form time.
The Peer Mentor Scheme consists of Year 12 and 13 students who have all undertaken Peer Mentoring training with Kantz Misra from the Elevate Community. The Peer Mentors support the younger students throughout the year.
Elevate Awards Ceremony and Peer Mentoring Testimonials
‘Bullies Out’ has helped CCS to train up the Anti Bullying Mentors. The training explained the different types of bullying and how to identify them and what to do in certain situations. The CCS Anti Bullying Campaign is continual through an academic year. However, there is a focus on Anti Bullying in November of each year, as it is Anti Bullying Week. There will be PSE lessons and assemblies in KS3 for this event.
Cancer Charities and World Cancer Day
As part of our support for cancer charities, Cowbridge Comprehensive School will be holding a World Cancer Day on the 4th February 2020. Through a cake sale on this date, we will be raising money for various cancer charities. The charities we will be supporting are Macmillan, Marie Curie, Latch (in memory of Jack Griffiths), Myeloma UK, The Little Princess Trust and Cancer Research UK.
During this week and throughout February and March 2020, we will also be selling Marie Curie daffodils. The Cancer Charities committee will also be showing presentations in assemblies about World Cancer Day and how pupils can show their support. Support for cancer charities has already being shown by Cowbridge Comprehensive pupil Lowri Parsons and her family. Lowri has organised many events to raise money for Macmillan.
CCS Supporting Atlantic Pacific Charity
Dementia Friendly Cowbridge
The aim of the DFC School Committee is to form links with the local town committee, to make Cowbridge a place that is considerate of those living with Dementia and their carers. The committee strives to educate pupils attending CCS regarding Dementia. We hope to ensure that the younger generation have a positive impact on supporting those in our community living with Dementia inside and also outside of school.
We meet monthly as a school committee to check we are developing on our current projects and we are always creating new ideas on how to positively help the community when facing Dementia. We strengthen our links with the local committee by attending their meetings where we share our ideas and discuss ways in which the school can become involved.
The committee was set up last year when CCS became official Dementia Friends and signed up to ensuring we raise awareness and understand Dementia so that those living with Dementia can continue to live how they chose to. Last year, we focused on running a logo competition for Madeline’s project, an OAP concert to connect people in our community through music and volunteering at the DFC Day 2018. This year, we hope to expand to PSE dementia awareness sessions, assemblies, more volunteering schemes for pupils to support and continuing the annual OAP concert.
It is great to be part of such a great cause and it is very inspiring to see the community working together to improve Cowbridge, so we become more Dementia friendly.
The Dementia Friendly CCS Buddy Scheme.
The CCS Dementia Friendly Committee have recently started a Buddy Scheme at a local care home for the elderly. Students are working with patients with dementia using the Magic Table.
What is the Magic Table?
The Magic Table is an amazing and innovative piece of technology that is making a massive impact on dementia care around the world. It consists of a series of interactive light animations that are projected
onto a table. Infrared sensors detect movement allowing players to play
with light, which makes the experience truly magical.
Specifically designed for people with mid-to-late stage dementia, it
gently invites players to reach out and engage with the projections,
allowing them to connect with each other, their surroundings and with
those that are supporting the players. As the light animations are based on familiar objects and actions it will spark players to reminisce about the past and start sharing their personal stories with those around them.
External Community Events
As a student body we realised more needed to be done in school to reduce our and our school’s negative impact on the planet. In the last 4 months we have managed to make sticky back plastic covering of books obsolete and given students the opportunity to buy recyclable Can-O-Water instead of plastic water bottles - which used to be the most convenient option for people. We have also encouraged the canteen to reduce the amount of single use plastic with the use of Vegware wherever possible.
Throughout the year we have created ECO days. These days help us raise awareness of the many issues negatively impacting the planet, especially the #plasticfree. Our first Eco day this year is on the 1st October 2019.
As staff our role is to support the fantastic and growing student Eco committee in achieving our main aims for the year: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastics in the school environment. Although there are many issues that we and the students wish to pursue in the future, we feel that by keeping our message simple and consistent we will have maximum impact. "Don't be a waster be a saver!"
Mrs Ireland and Mrs Evans
https://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=blue+planet - Blue Planet David Attenborough
Epilepsy Awareness Day
Healthy Eating Committee
The Healthy Eating Committee review and help create new foods for the school menu; we look at the school food culture within the whole school, and between different age groups, and devise ways to help improve this e.g. undertaking surveys and food tasting sessions.
We are very active in holding themed events which showcasing new foods and dishes and support whole school charitable events such as Children in Need, Sports Relief, British Legion Poppy Appeal and our Harvest Festival collects food that is used by the local food bank to help those in the community who are in need. We collaborate with other groups in the school to help ensure all aims and objectives are met e.g. ECO Committee and the drive to reduce single use plastic within the school.
Helping at CCS Events
Helping with CCS Events is and important group within the Proactive School Community Project as we are responsible for helping with the forthcoming events throughout the year. This group is full of dedicated members and we are aiming to involve all of the students across the school. Some of the current events we have planned are: Children in Need Day, the Christmas Concert, the Christmas Hamper Project, the OAP Christmas Concert, the School Production and Sports Relief Day.
Human Rights and Disability Awareness Weeks
This sub-group is responsible for organising two important events in the school calendar, Human Rights Week and Disability Awareness Week. We want these events to be enjoyable, informative and raise awareness of important issues within the school and the wider community.
Jack Griffiths Garden
The Jack Griffiths memorial garden maintenance fund was established to raise funds to construct a memorial garden in memory of former pupil Jack Griffiths who died of a rare form of lung cancer in April 2017, aged just 15. All the money raised is being used to to construct a garden in Jacks memory as a place for the school community to reflect on not only Jack's life but that of anyone who they may have lost.
The Jack Griffiths Memorial Garden Update
This week saw the Jack Griffiths Memorial wall completed and the garden used for the first time. During the Remembrance Service, crosses were placed around the garden to remember the fallen.
The Jack Griffiths Memorial Committee would like to thank all the staff, pupils, parents and local community for their help and support with the garden. There will be an official opening in March 2020 once all works have been completed.
Finally, the committee would like to extend their gratitude to Jack’s Mum and family for all their help with creating and building the garden.
Mrs S. Davies, Mrs Taylor-John, Mrs Thomas- Jenkins and The Jack Griffiths Memorial Committee
The aim of the Leavers Committee is to organise the last day celebrations for Year 13 alongside a yearbook, prom and commemorative hoodies . The group meet regularly to ensure we are making progress and we try to ensure everyone in the year is involved with arrangements and afforded a voice.
Cowbridge School Learning Resource Center (LRC), aims to take an innovative approach to learning in the coming year. With Sixth Form Students becoming more actively involved with areas such as reading for pleasure and the assistance of students with technology and reading. There is also the availability of personalized reading recommendations, which are accessible through request. Along side this, the LRC will be promoting events throughout the year and working closely with the Student Council and Prefects.
Make Your Mark
The Medic Group was formed to help support and encourage students who are aspiring to study medicine or dentistry. The group meets weekly on Monday lunchtimes in E2D except during exam periods. Students are guided through every aspect of the difficult application process including advice about work experience, admission tests, entry requirements, personal statements and interview preparation. The group also benefits from hearing guest speakers talk about careers in medicine and students discuss topical healthcare issues. Former students often return to relate their experiences and how to survive life at medical school! The Medics Group also aims to implement basic first aid skills into the student’s lessons with the help of St. John’s Ambulance, whilst also helping in creating awareness for students on health and well being in assemblies. A recent assembly for the younger students was on the importance of sleep. This was requested through pupil voice. Another project we have put forward at CCS is the Sixth Form blood drive. The Medics Group helps in promoting, with the help of the Welsh Blood Service, the Sixth Form students to be tested for their type of blood and to sign up to give blood.
Health and Wellbeing Days and Assemblies
Medical Schools Council - https://www.medschools.ac.uk/
General Medical Council - https://www.gmc-uk.org/
BMA: Becoming a Doctor - https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career/studying-medicine/becoming-a-doctor/introduction
Dental Schools Council - https://www.dentalschoolscouncil.ac.uk/studying-dentistry/making-an-application/
NHS Careers - https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/
UCAT (Admissions Test) - https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/
BMAT (Admissions Test) - https://www.admissionstesting.org/
Medic Portal - https://www.themedicportal.com/
Welsh Blood Service - https://www.welsh-blood.org.uk/
Welsh Blood Service media release 21.11.19
Cowbridge Comprehensive Students and Staff Roll Up Their Sleeves To Help Save Lives
Cowbridge Comprehensive Students and Staff Roll Up Their Sleeves to Help Saves Lives Eng
Headteacher of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Mrs Thomas, praised the students for their willingness to help others in need: “We are very proud of their commitment to saving others’ lives. Every blood donation made can save up to three lives so collectively our pupils have potentially saved hundreds of lives in Wales today. Since we started our lifesaving journey in 2018 we have made 0ver 100 blood donations and 31 of our students have joined the Bone Marrow Registry. I am immensely proud of the staff and students here for helping us reach these figures.”
Mental Health Awareness
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day- World Mental Health Day- October
https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week-2019/- Mental Health Awareness Week -May
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VN9xbIkcpiNcuZP0g_DZmnrldSRn-9pEBifIZv-eImM/edit#slide=id.p Health and Wellbeing PPT Mental Health Awareness
The school is excited to be supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal once again this November. The Poppy Appeal committee will be responsible for raising awareness, selling poppies and collecting donations going to the Armed Forces community.Our main fundraising events during the Poppy Appeal are all about bringing the school community together to fundraise and enjoy themselves in the process!
PRINT is the student led school magazine which releases monthly issues on topics of interest, proactive events and personal articles. We work as a small, dedicated team of seven members from KS4 and KS5, including writers, editors and formatters! We strive to make each issue engaging to all pupils and parents, regardless of age or gender, through our diverse subject matter coverage and topical articles. You can currently find PRINT issues old and new on the school website under 'Student Resources', we hope you enjoy and happy reading!"
Rotary Interact Club
The Rotary Interact group organise and run charitable events within the school and the local community. We meet weekly, with the support of Cowbridge Rotary Club, to work towards our Rotary citation and provide opportunities for young people in the community.
Safer Internet Day
Sepsis Awareness Day
This committee meets regularly, we have a couple of aims for this year including engaging Cowbridge Comprehensive School with the community for the Cowbridge 10k event. Organisation of Sports Relief in Cowbridge Comprehensive this year and much much more. This year we plan to cover everything sporty within Cowbridge Comprehensive and develop a committee that is sustainable and successful for years to come.
Student Ambassador Scheme at CCS
The Swallow Project
WWF Awareness-Take action for your world