Past pupils visit Bryn Hafren

Barry And District News: PAST PUPILS: Members of the school reporting team meet the visitors PAST PUPILS: Members of the school reporting team meet the visitors

SIX past pupils came back to their old school recently to talk to year 8 pupils about their careers and life after Bryn Hafren, these included a TV presenter, solicitor and a doctor.

Year 8 pupils were given the opportunity through their PSE lessons to meet the past pupils to talk about their careers. An exciting insight for a year group that are about to embark on a careers project to help decide their options for GCSE.

Members of the school reporting team met the visitors beforehand to interview them.

Jenny Rees was a pupil at Bryn Hafren from 1989-1996. After leaving school she went on to become a journalist. We found out that she had to start off by doing lots of unpaid work to gain experience in journalism.Jenny is now a well known news present on BBC Wales.

Vicky Lewis (nee Bell) was a pupil at Bryn Hafren from 1991-1998. Vicky told us that when she was in school she wanted to be a scientist. She now works as an optician.

Kelly Lewis was a pupil between 1990-1997, she always wanted a career in law, she achieved her ambition and is now a lawyer.

Rachel Morgan left Bryn Hafren in 1999 she is now an Human Resources Manager, although she is based at the airport she told us that she gets to travel all over Britain as part of her job.

Dr Debbie Harfoot is a GP in Barry. She told us how different the school is today from when she was here - including how different the uniform was then!

Kay Hennessey studied at Bryn Hafren from 1990-1997, she now works for the Old Peoples Commission in Wales, she has had several jobs before this which include her working in Downing Street.

We have really enjoyed meeting all of the visitors, especially hearing what diverse career paths everyone has taken. It has also been fun to hear how our school has changed since they were pupils and the anecdotes about their time here.

Mrs Paulakis, who co-ordinated the lessons said: " We are really grateful to all of the visitors who have given up their time to come back to school and meet the girls. It has given them an invaluable insight into different careers that they would not normally have."

Mrs Farbrace, head of careers said: " We hope to continue welcoming visitors to our lessons to meet the pupils and we are setting up and Alumni of past pupils. If you wish to join the Alumni please get in contact with the school, we would love to hear from you."

Reporters: Megan Hewitson, Ellie Howe, Lucy Harfoot, Chelsea George, Emma Robinson, Kate Roberts.

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