New Music School Hits the Right Note

Peter Hain has hailed the introduction of a new music school to Neath as “a fantastic achievement” which will be “warmly welcomed by the community”.

The Neath MP recently visited the Neath Music Academy started by leading local businessman Adrian Bamford above his music shop located adjacent to Victoria Gardens in Neath Town centre.

Mr Bamford said: “The school started with the recession, our shop retail turnover has been hit hard, and this is our way of adapting with the times to survive.”

“I received help from the council to fund the small business initiative we had, we’re a small operation but throughout Neath Music we can keep about six people in work.”

The academy has since grown from its humble beginnings to employ three teachers currently teaching over sixty pupils.

Teachers Darren King, Luke Roberts & Dean Davies offer a variety of lessons, including one-to-one tuition on piano, violin, guitar amongst others with plans to expand in the near future.

Peter Hain said: “I’m hugely impressed by the facilities Neath Music have developed, the studio spaces are clearly done to a high specification and the team here have created a warm learning environment.”

“It’s vital in the age of austerity, that community leaders like Adrian step in where public services are unable to.”

“Arts funding has been slashed by this government, but Neath Music are making sure this does not deny children in Neath an opportunity to learn.”

Speaking of his optimism for the future Mr Bamford said: “The goal of the school is the survival business, to grow it into more than just a shop – we’ve been a business in this community for over thirty years and now we can evolve into a musical hub in the heart of Neath.”

Should you be interested in contacting the Neath Music Academy, please direct all enquiries to Adrian Bamford, 01639 631337, sales@neathmusic.com, Neath Music, Neath Music Ltd, 37 Water Street, Neath, SA11 3ET.

Hain Praises Resolven Youngsters After Receiving Unicef Award

Ynysfach Primary School

Neath MP Peter Hain has congratulated pupils from Ynysfach Primary School, Resolven after they achieved their level one certificate for Rights Respecting Schools. The award is a UK wide Unicef initiative recognising the achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) at the heart of a school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos.

Commenting on the pupils’ success Mr Hain said, ‘this is a fantastic achievement for all those involved. At such a young age the pupils in Year three have shown a real concern and desire for children across the world to experience the same start in life as they do and enjoy the right to have good quality education.’

The pupils have also joined the Send All My Friends To School campaign and made a buddy chain to show they agree that all children in all countries around the world should have an education and go to school to learn.

The Buddy Chain has been sent to Mr Hain to help spread the word that we should ‘send all our friends to school’. On receiving the Buddy Chain Mr Hain said, ‘the chain is very impressive and the messages from the children are very touching and have a clear message – every child has the right to go to school.’

A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers / adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

Hain Praises Star Young Athlete

A GCSE student from Ysgol Gyfun in Ystalyfera has been selected to represent Wales in this summers Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hannah Brier has been chosen to join the Welsh squad and will hope to run in the 4×100 metre relay, competing against established international athletes from across the world.

The young Neath product was told of her selection after completing her Welsh GCSE, but she won’t be distracted from her commitment to studying and training for the event of a life-time.

Former Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain said: “Over the past few weeks I have been learning with great interest of the accomplishments of Neaths only Olympic Gold Medal Winner Cecil Griffiths, I hope in Hannah we will soon have another medal winner who was born and bred in Neath.”

“Her accomplishment is a fantastic testament to the support of her family and school, I am eagerly looking forward to watching her compete with the rest of the Welsh team.”

 

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Hain Encourages Schools to Take Part in the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition 2014

MP for Neath Peter Hain has called on schools in the constituency to sign pupils up to the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition 2014, which has been launched to mark the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The competition aims to help school children of all ages to gain a greater understanding of the D-Day Normandy landings.  The Normandy landings commenced on 6 June 1944, resulting in a decisive Allied victory that was instrumental to the outcome of the Second World War.

Entrants are split into four age groups and must undertake a small research project, submitting their entries by post or online by March 31st 2014. The overall winner of each age category wins a trip to Normandy with a parent or carer to see the D-Day landing sites firsthand.

Mr Hain says, ‘Sidney Goldberg was an inspirational figure, who joined the RAF at 18 following his escape from Nazi Germany as a ten year old boy. His intelligence unit’s interceptions of German radio transmissions in North Africa, Italy and then the Allied push through France, Belgium and Holland, provided crucial intelligence. This competition is a wonderful opportunity to explore this critical period of our history and I would encourage every school to take part.’

More information about the Competition can be found at http://www.sgcompetition.com/ including the research project for each age group and the full list of prizes.

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Notes to Editor

Information about the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition 2014 and information about the D-Day landings can be found here: http://www.sgcompetition.com/

Sidney Goldberg’s obituary can be read here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force-obituaries/8731679/Sidney-Goldberg.html

Hain urges more schools to take advantage of subsidy for trips to Parliament

MP for Neath Peter Hain has welcomed the news that local pupils throughout the community are benefiting from Parliament’s Education Service, which aims to inform and engage young people, empowering them to participate in Parliament, politics and democracy.

According to Mr Hain over 200 students from schools across Neath were involved in Parliament’s Education Visits, with many of which eligible to receive a transport subsidy offered by the service.

Mr Hain said, ‘I am delighted that Neath pupils are able to benefit from Parliament’s Education Service, especially since their education programme for schools has been significantly improved and extended over the past five years.   The transport subsidy is particularly useful, as it enables learners living further away from Westminster- including in rural areas such as Neath- greater access to the service. Schools in Neath are eligible to save up to 50% or £800 in transport costs.’

Parliament’s Education Service offers a year round programme for schools, including visits to Westminster, school-based workshops and teacher training, education projects and active learning competitions. The service also produces a range of digital and printed learning resources and administers Members’ Tours of the Palace of Westminster.

In the last academic year, over forty students visited Parliament for a School Members’ Tour. Concluding, Mr Hain said, ‘I would like to encourage more local schools to take advantage of the transport subsidy in the hope that even more pupils will be able to gain access to the opportunities that the Parliament Education Service provides.’

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