Project pushes Polish pupils in the right direction 

POLISH students were given the opportunity to create traditional cuisine at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) recently.

The visit was part of a mentoring scheme launched by First Campus at UWIC that allowed the children to prepare Polish foods with expert advice.

The ongoing project involves pupils from Cardinal Newman School working with Polish students from the University of Glamorgan. By providing these children with mentors it is hoped that they will integrate with other schoolchildren more positively and improve their English language skills.

Polish food recipes were submitted and dishes were picked to be used as part of the one-day fun event. The school pupils and university students, along with UWIC’s hospitality staff, then prepared a meal that everyone could eat.

In the afternoon the children attended an English study skills session with a Polish lecturer from the University of Glamorgan.

Annika Young, First Campus BME Coordinator at UWIC, said: “There was a great atmosphere on the day. Everything was a bit hectic, as we were putting together about ten different dishes, but everyone pulled together really well and made a huge success of things. The food was wonderful and the pupils worked really hard!”

The aim of First Campus is to engage further with schools to raise the awareness of progression routes into higher education for pupils. In particular highlighting that learning is fun and that university is an option for all. Making university facilities available to young people raises their educational aspirations and achievements and hopefully encourages them to progress to higher levels of learning.

For further information contact Kelly Harper, Communications Assistant:

Tel: 029 2041 6041