Earlier this week I had the opportunity to see the 'School Holiday Enrichment Programme' in action when visiting Meadowlane and Moorland primaries. It was great to see the children participating in the sports activities being delivered by Sport Cardiff and to even join in myself.
I was also shown around the garden at Meadowlane, where the children have been planting seeds and raspberry canes and learning about edible gardening. At Moorland Primary, I was given the opportunity to chat with parents and grandparents about how much the children have enjoyed the programme.
It has been great to hear about all the fantastic results which young people in Cardiff South & Penarth have achieved after collecting their results on Thursday.
As a whole Cardiff is performing extremely well at 98.2% of pupils achieving A*-E grades, slightly above the Welsh average of 97.3%. I am extremely proud to hear of the amazing results of pupils at Stanwell School where 87% achieved A*-C and St Cyres where 79% achieved A*-C.
Well done to all young people who collected their results and I wish you all the best with your future education, employment or training opportunities.
At the event I received a rakhi (meaning sacred thread).
I was honoured to recently be invited to join Hindus from my constituency in celebrating Raksha Bandhan in an event organised by the Hindu Council of Wales and Armed Forces UK. Celebrated by over 1 billion Hindus worldwide, Raksha Bandhan is one of the key events in the Hindu religious calendar. For the Hindus of the Armed Forces, the festival holds a special significance, as the Raksha Bandhan (‘bond of protection’) ceremony emphasises the core values of Courage, Commitment, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Loyalty, as well as Dharma (‘Duty’) that is the foundation of them all.
The celebration saw British Hindu youth tie rakhis on the wrists of personnel from their local Armed Forces units.
This relationship is especially pertinent as we commemorate the centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, in which a combined 2 million Hindus fought alongside British and other Allied forces. Those pivotal events give us cause to reflect on a long and proud tradition of Hindu contribution to UK defence, going back around 400 years and continuing to this day.
At the event I received a rakhi (meaning sacred thread). I was honoured to recently be invited to join Hindus from my constituency in celebrating Raksha Bandhan in an event...
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