The topic of politics for the Year 13 Welsh Baccalaureate students begun in earnest
last week with a visit from the Assembly Member for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw AM and
the South Wales Central Member Eluned Parrott AM ably supported by the Senedd education
officer, Dillwyn Young-Jones. The role of the Senedd was explained together with
the ever-increasing roles of Assembly Members further to the new powers conferred
upon the Assembly after the March referendum. It was followed up with a field trip
to the Senedd where students got to sit in the first debating chamber where they
enjoyed using the facility to engage in a lively debate on the role of the Welsh
Language today. They subsequently took on the roles of Assembly Members and scrutinised
prospective laws. Finally they visited the new Senedd and were introduced to the
democratic process in Wales.
Photograph: Hawthorn’s 6th Form Students with Mrs Ceri Wilson, Head of Welsh Bac
and Mrs Helena Worth, WEW and Wider Key Skills Coordinator.
Question Time - Order!Order!
Hawthorn was delighted to welcome four Assembly Members from across the political
spectrum to a specially convened Question Time debate chaired by Welsh Assembly’s
Dilwyn Young-Jones at the school last Friday. Mick Antoniw, Eluned Parrott, Leanne
Wood and Andrew RT Davies were welcomed by Welsh Bac Co-ordinator Mrs Ceri Wilson
to participate in a session with the sixth form Welsh Bac students from Hawthorn
and with pupils invited from Pontypridd High and Cardinal Newman.
The level of debate was excellent and all agreed that it provided the students with
an opportunity to see that politics is for everyone and does not just live in a part
of Cardiff Bay.