A team of children from Ysgol Tir Morfa got through to the National finals and won the "WRU club of the future Challenge" which was held at the Principality stadium in Cardiff.
Ysgol Tir Morfa is an additional learning needs school in Rhyl for children between the ages 3 to 19 years old across two sites.
Children were challenged to create a virtual rugby club for the future, using Minecraft: Education Edition. The judges included players and inclusion officers from the Welsh Rugby Union, Hwb and Minecraft: Education Edition.
Pupils who go by team name “Teams dragons” created a rugby stadium with snow block walls to keep the players cool, a glass sun roof, a healthy "pick your own topping" pizza restaurant, a small farm, wind turbines, a recycling centre and solar panels to power electricity.
"Team dragon’s" also included influences from Rhyl, including an events space for Welsh bands to perform similar to the Rhyl events arena, ice cream shop’s and arcade amusements. These influences are now being used to promote Rhyl town to other pupils and teach them about some of its key assets.
Cllr Gill German, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Education, Children and Families said: “I am very proud of all students who took part in this competition, particularly those involved in “Team Dragon’s” for putting Ysol Tir Morfa on the map all the way in Cardiff!”
“It is great that young generations in Denbighshire are already getting the opportunity to take part in these national events and showcasing their creative talent and passion for their local area.”
“The fact that the design includes so many elements to help the environment also proves how much this is on our young generations agenda. This is very important to us at Denbighshire County Council as we work towards our plans to become a net carbon zero and ecologically positive council by 2030”.
“Well done to all involved.”
Headteacher Rhona O’Neill said: “It was great to be able to watch pupils create their virtual rugby stadium from the initial planning stage, right through to completing their award winning product.”
“Pupils were so excited and enthusiastic and worked as a team throughout the project and it has really paid off. They were excited about learning and there was always a real’ buzz’ in their class.”
“The project has boosted their IT skills and winning has really helped their self-confidence, both of which will help them in future learning situations and beyond. I am so proud of our staff and pupils for this achievement.”
Ysgol Tir Morfa is situated next to Brickfield Pond and works closely with ‘Keep Wales Tidy and Denbighshire Countryside services to keep it litter free. The school has also worked with ‘Our Wild Coast’ on various conservation projects in the local area and have recently developed a heritage garden at their Grange Road site in result of this.
To find out more about the councils plans to become ecologically positive by 2030 – https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/climate-change . To find out more about Ysgol Tir Morfa – https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/schools
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