Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones Visits Porthcawl Comprehensive School

AM Carwyn Jones visits Porthcawl Comprehensive schoolOn Friday 23rd January, Sixth Form students at Porthcawl Comprehensive School were thrilled to welcome First Minister and their Bridgend Assembly Member Carwyn Jones to school. It was his first visit to Porthcawl Comprehensive since he was a 12 year old school boy playing rugby for Brynteg. On that occasion he returned home disappointed after a long undefeated spell came to a crushing end, and still remembers it well!

This time however his visit ended on a much more positive note, sharing lunch and conversation with the school’s Head Team after a lively and informative question and answer session with 200 Sixth Form students. The AM opened proceedings by explaining to students the role of the Welsh Assembly and specifically his role within it as First Minister and as an Assembly Member for their constituency, before taking questions from the floor. Students enjoyed challenging the AM on topics such as NHS funding in Wales, the future of the Welsh language, the housing shortage, university student finance in Wales, the new literacy and numeracy curriculum changes as well as the impact of the Welsh Baccalaureate and the issue of it being recognised nationally and internationally.

Over lunch with the pupils, the Bridgend Assembly Member spoke to them all individually, asking what their plans were for the future, and was generous with his encouragement and advice. Pupils particularly enjoyed the frank and honest discussion, and Alisha John, Assistant Head Girl remarked that the AM “…answered us like he was talking to adults and didn’t dumb down his answers.” Head Girl Rebecca Manley commented that she had found Mr Jones “Down to earth and unassuming”, and felt that he had “answered our questions openly.” Madeleine Dabernig, Assistant Head Girl said that the pupils had benefited from having the role of the Welsh Assembly explained more fully to them and she particularly noticed that the AM “Admitted when things were wrong and didn’t sugar coat things.”

AM Carwyn Jones said “It was a great opportunity to meet the Sixth Form students at Porthcawl Comprehensive and hear about the issues young people are concerned with in my constituency. I was pleased to see that many students at the school are interested in politics, asking questions on a broad range of topics.”

Rather fittingly, the AM was accompanied on his visit by Megan David, a past pupil at Porthcawl Comprehensive School, who having left in 2009, graduated from Cardiff University and is now a Research and Public Engagement Officer at the Assembly. This was an inspiration to all the budding politicians amongst the pupils who thoroughly enjoyed their day.