Llanwern pupils learn about Nato's role

Llanwern pupils learn about Nato's role

Llanwern pupils learn about Nato's role

Llanwern pupils learn about Nato's role

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A TOP former Army colonel and intelligence officer with the Royal Marines visited Llanwern High School in Newport today as part of his work with Nato and 10 Downing Street.

Tom Tugendhat, who is also a prospective Conservative MP in England, fought for four years as part of the Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan and was asked by Prime Minister David Cameron to visit Newport schools to make sure the younger generations know what Nato is and why this year's summit is coming to Newport.

After being shown round by head boy Harrison Troake, head girl Lucy Williams, and their deputies Thomas Davies and Nicole Hester, Mr Tugendhat spoke to Year 7 pupils on their first day of high school to compare working together and friendship to how the Nato Alliance operates.

Next he addressed Year 13 and answered detailed questions about the political situation in Ukraine and Russia, as well as a question by pupil Aimee Fuller about the terror threat level faced by Wales and Newport in particular while the summit is here.

She asked: "Now (with) the publicity that Nato has brought to Newport, do you feel that there may be more of a threat to Wales or that you are going to be able to defend us?"

Mr Tugendhat said: "Look at the police presence, the police are all over Newport in a way that I presume they're not normally. Whenever you do these events there's a change in the threat level in the local area, of course there is, but it's very successfully mitigated by a very effective police force. Your police chief round here is extraordinarily competent and is supported by organisations like MI5 and GCHQ... so no I don't think it's substantially changed the threat to Newport."

Speaking after the visit, during which Mr Tugendhat presented the school with a celebratory Nato coin which will be handed to heads of state this week, head teacher Peter Jenkins said: "Today we've had an inspirational visit from Tom Tugendhat to talk to a number of our pupils on the role of Nato and the value of the summit coming up within Newport. This historic occasion is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime event and I'm delighted that we as a school have been able to play a full part in that. The fact that our CCF have been invited to be guards of honour at the Prince of Wales' reception on Thursday is an enormous tribute to the youngsters and is going to provide life-long memories for them."

The school will be open between 9.45am and 2pm on both Thursday and Friday and will see 30 of its Cadets travel up to Celtic Manor to form a guard of honour at Thursday's reception.

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6:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr.Jolly. says...

Next week- School invites investment bankers to explain their beneficial work for society,followed by BBC directors who will explain why everyone should buy a licence LOL.
I bet he told 'em Russia invaded Ukraine PMSL.
Would be nice to know what he actually said.
Next week- School invites investment bankers to explain their beneficial work for society,followed by BBC directors who will explain why everyone should buy a licence LOL. I bet he told 'em Russia invaded Ukraine PMSL. Would be nice to know what he actually said. Mr.Jolly.
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6:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr Angry says...

Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children
Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children Mr Angry
  • Score: -7

7:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Mr Angry says...

'Thursday and Friday and will see 30 of its Cadets travel up to Celtic Manor to form a guard of honour at Thursday's reception.'

Who exactly is worth a guard of houour, who has done anything to deserve it ? '

Pathetic !!!!!!!
'Thursday and Friday and will see 30 of its Cadets travel up to Celtic Manor to form a guard of honour at Thursday's reception.' Who exactly is worth a guard of houour, who has done anything to deserve it ? ' Pathetic !!!!!!! Mr Angry
  • Score: -2

8:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I hope the cadets are getting paid for this. We are a capitalist country after all:)
I hope the cadets are getting paid for this. We are a capitalist country after all:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -4

8:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Stevenboy says...

Mr Angry wrote:
Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children
Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children[/p][/quote]Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic. Stevenboy
  • Score: 3

8:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

EyeOnWales says...

Stevenboy wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children
Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic.
For the most part, no, no they weren't.
[quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children[/p][/quote]Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic.[/p][/quote]For the most part, no, no they weren't. EyeOnWales
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

artsfan says...

I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself.
I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself. artsfan
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8:10am Wed 3 Sep 14

Extrog says...

artsfan wrote:
I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself.
You definitely sound like one of those horrible PC people, who try to find socially justifiable reasons to complain about virtually everything. On the dole are you? A brave man has taken the time to address children on the nature of this country's principal defence alliance. They can make up their own minds about its pros and cons, but at least they'll know what it is and who belongs to it, which is probably more than you know.
[quote][p][bold]artsfan[/bold] wrote: I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself.[/p][/quote]You definitely sound like one of those horrible PC people, who try to find socially justifiable reasons to complain about virtually everything. On the dole are you? A brave man has taken the time to address children on the nature of this country's principal defence alliance. They can make up their own minds about its pros and cons, but at least they'll know what it is and who belongs to it, which is probably more than you know. Extrog
  • Score: 1

8:43am Wed 3 Sep 14

artsfan says...

Extrog wrote:
artsfan wrote:
I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself.
You definitely sound like one of those horrible PC people, who try to find socially justifiable reasons to complain about virtually everything. On the dole are you? A brave man has taken the time to address children on the nature of this country's principal defence alliance. They can make up their own minds about its pros and cons, but at least they'll know what it is and who belongs to it, which is probably more than you know.
In your hurry to throw out insults you make too many false assumptions. I'm a secondary school teacher, not on the dole (incidentally, the dole is there for people unable to get jobs, a position in which many people eager to work now find themselves) and I know the importance of making pupils aware of many different views in order to encourage debate and to teach them to think for themselves; that is the only way they can make up their minds about pros and cons. My point is, in this instance, they're being taught the 'pros' and not having their minds opened up to the possibility that there are many cons to NATO.
[quote][p][bold]Extrog[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artsfan[/bold] wrote: I'm appalled that a school is allowed to just show one side of the coin. The children should also be allowed to hear the other side, perhaps having a speaker from Stop the War, CND, AAN, or any other organisation wanting peace in this world. They are getting an unbalanced education, that's for sure. The head should be ashamed of himself.[/p][/quote]You definitely sound like one of those horrible PC people, who try to find socially justifiable reasons to complain about virtually everything. On the dole are you? A brave man has taken the time to address children on the nature of this country's principal defence alliance. They can make up their own minds about its pros and cons, but at least they'll know what it is and who belongs to it, which is probably more than you know.[/p][/quote]In your hurry to throw out insults you make too many false assumptions. I'm a secondary school teacher, not on the dole (incidentally, the dole is there for people unable to get jobs, a position in which many people eager to work now find themselves) and I know the importance of making pupils aware of many different views in order to encourage debate and to teach them to think for themselves; that is the only way they can make up their minds about pros and cons. My point is, in this instance, they're being taught the 'pros' and not having their minds opened up to the possibility that there are many cons to NATO. artsfan
  • Score: 3

11:29am Wed 3 Sep 14

Stevenboy says...

EyeOnWales wrote:
Stevenboy wrote:
Mr Angry wrote:
Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children
Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic.
For the most part, no, no they weren't.
The ones that made a difference were. Or do you think we'd have been better served by Bartalotti and her pacifist munsters storming the Normandy beaches and boring the nazis to death?
[quote][p][bold]EyeOnWales[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stevenboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: Nice ................a trained killer addressing our children[/p][/quote]Weren't the people who defended the UK in WW2 trained killers? Perhaps you'd prefer veterans not to talk to kids? Pathetic.[/p][/quote]For the most part, no, no they weren't.[/p][/quote]The ones that made a difference were. Or do you think we'd have been better served by Bartalotti and her pacifist munsters storming the Normandy beaches and boring the nazis to death? Stevenboy
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