Today I’ve been at Ysgol Hendrefelin for their return leg of Bringing Gower Home. The project involves two distinct days: the first being a photography workshop on Gower, and the second being a showcase of everybody’s pictures back at base in Port Talbot. You can see the best photographs students from the school created by clicking on this link
Ysgol Hendrefelin chose their presentation event to coincide with an end of term coffee morning. Here parents, governors, staff, and students got together and chatted about the pictures. We also had the local Welsh Assembly Member David Rees, and representatives from Swansea City football club come along and share in the excitement. The school has close links with various organisations across the Swansea Bay region and it was great to talk to other people that the school has been working with.
The headteacher said it was great to have organisations come into the school and work with the students. I told him I believe it is a two way thing and that it is equally important to take students from the school out and about and show people in the local area how awesome these students can be. Ysgol Hendrefelin is a special school for children with challenging emotional and behavioural needs so it is really exciting for the world to know how awesome and talented they are. The staff and students are a real credit to their community and I’m not surprised they did so well in their recent inspection.
I’ve already expressed an interest in working with Ysgol Hendrefelin again. The self-esteem boost as well as the creative challenge students get from doing my therapeutic photography workshops is definitely something we all want to see continuing into 2016.
I am organising, delivering, and supporting this project in collaboration with Gower Landscape Partnership (GLP) which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural Resources Wales, City and County of Swansea, and National Trust.