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Meet Tom and Katrice, play leaders at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân and Henllys Church in Wales schools

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Tom and Katrice run sessions at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân and Henllys Church in Wales schools

Tom and Katrice are the leaders running the Torfaen Play summer playscheme at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân and Henllys Church in Wales schools. They are supported by a team of volunteers who are running fun sessions for children throughout August.

Across Torfaen, there are 180 volunteers aged 16-17 and 140 paid workers providing a wide range of play activities at 37 sites. All went through a week’s training to give them the skills to support children and young people during the summer holidays. The 37 sites being run by Torfaen Play are:

  • 13 laugh, learn and get active camps (food and fun) at local primary schools. Over 1,300 children have booked on to attend every day with a waiting list for every single camp.
  • 9 Open Access Playschemes
  • 6 Play and Respite Sessions
  • 9 Play in the Park Sessions

Cwmbran Life asked Tom and Katrice to tell us a bit about themselves

Katrice

What is your favourite memory of playing as a child?

Playing netball after school.

What are the best things about being a playscheme leader?

Meeting lots of new children and running really fun provisions.

What is a typical day at your school like?

Lots of fun games and making new friends.

Favourite music artist?

Queen

Favourite hobby?

Drawing

Favourite food?

Chocolate

Favourite item of clothing and why?

Hoodies because I’m always cold

Dogs or cats?

Cats

Summer or winter?

Winter

First or last on the dancefloor?

Last

What song do you always sing in the shower?

Bohemian Rhapsody

Tom

What is your favourite memory of playing as a child?

Playing football.

What are the best things about being a playscheme leader?

Interacting with people and giving more opportunities to the children.

What is a typical day at your school like?

Eventful, but always keep me on my toes.

Favourite music artist?

Frank Ocean

Favourite hobby?

Watching football

Favourite food?

Pizza

Favourite item of clothing and why?

Trainers

Dogs or cats?

Both

Summer or winter?

Summer

First or last on the dancefloor?

Last to get on. First to leave

What song do you always sing in the shower?

Ivy by Frank Ocean

Info on play sessions across Torfaen

  • All the food and fun camps taking place in the primary schools are full so parents/ carers should not turn up. Email torfaenplay@torfaen.gov.uk to be added to a waiting list.
  • There are 160 spaces at the camp at Cwmbran Stadium and these are for children from Torfaen, aged eight and over. Your child will need a packed lunch.
  • Info on the open access sessions is below. Please go with your child for the first session to register.

play in the park poster play camp at Cwmbran Stadium poster

No booking needed for these sessions but parents and carers should attend on their child’s first day to register

 

 

 

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Meet Tom and Katrice, play leaders at Ysgol Gymraeg Cwmbrân and Henllys Church in Wales schools