Filling in the Gaps: Nov-Dec updates

29 01 2013

November
November was our last full month of teaching and with numerous group projects and PSA’s scheduled to take place, the month marked the end to a busy and successful teaching season here at Orielton. But even with the end of the year drawing close this was no time to rest on our laurels and with that in mind many of the education team have committed time for their individual projects and responsibilities.
Our very own Chris, Milly and Joe spent much of the month in Taiwan sharing field education techniques with other Taiwanese experts, a blog detailing this exciting project will soon be posted, watch this space!
With three of the team out of the country (sunbathing by a tranquil pool no doubt…), those of us in Orielton found plenty of tasks to be getting on with, Sarah being invited to Ysgol Brogwayn in Fishguard as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) programme, which focuses on inspiring future generations in areas of the labour market where there are significant skills shortages.
Alongside members of the police, fire service and others, Sarah used her 1 hour session to demonstrate energy transfer systems in freshwater ecology and to discuss the importance of ecology not only from an environmental standpoint but its wider implications across many different job sectors.
Sarah also found time to attain her level 4 qualification in PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Sector), attending a week long session at FSC Preston Montford, Alongside Catherine from our sister centre Dale Fort.
The Laundry Cottage has been given a much needed overhaul with our two new EA’s repainting the kitchen and living rooms, and designing a feature wall over the fireplace. EA cottage fireplace
We also say good bye to Cameron who started at Orielton earlier this year as an EA (although no one’s sure what his job title is now) and we wish him luck as he goes on the Trainee tutor scheme, to later join the FSC as a Tutor, we know he will be an invaluable asset to whichever centre he is employed by.

December
Orielton kicked off December by hosting a beach clean at our local adopted beach, West Angle Bay. With the beautiful brisk weather that is typical of this time of year, the turnout was high, with many of the team getting into the festive spirit, turning up in Christmassy head gear; the event was met with success and a good time enjoyed by all. The team managed to collect 28.8kg of litter from the beach, ensuring not only that local wildlife is protected from the consequences of litter but also that one of the most beautiful bays in the region maintains its status as a local jewel.
Martha, one of our dedicated tutors, organises and leads our beach cleans at West Angle and will be advertising our next beach clean in the new year, for details please watch this space for updates on our future beach cleans or check out our flyers that can often be found on the billboards in Angle village.
Throughout the month our EA’s have been working tirelessly on renovating the staff lab, which until recently had been used for storage. The room has now been restored to include;
– the EA’s new office,
– a work station for the repair of the centre’s extensive scientific lab & field equipment
– and the all new coffee corner!, which many of the staff are particularly excited about.

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