I’ve been working again today at Ysgol Hendrefelin in Velindre, Port Talbot. I was speaking at a special Year 11 Leavers assembly and talking with participants from Bringing Gower Home about their recent workshop out on the Gower.
You can see photographs from this group by clicking here. The students at this school have a whole heap of talent but have always been lacking in confidence. Ysgol Hendrefelin specialises in taking those students who’ve lost their way and puts improvements in self-esteem at the top of the curriculum. The fact that their Year 11s have sat exams at all this summer is an amazing accomplishment both for them and their teachers. The school really is different in putting determination, zest, and the ability to thrive at the heart of all it does.
The school participated in the last round of Bringing Gower Home so it was great to see new, younger, students benefit from the project. With behavioural challenges it is often hard to communicate in a way that is constructive and polite. Communicating through creativity means the photograph says everything that needs to be said. It’s liberating for students to be praised in learning a new creative skill, and to know that their voice is being heard. They’ve learned about nature, history, and the people of Gower just through creating a handful of photographs. Bringing Gower Home has helped them on their journey to gain the confidence to better themselves.
I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with this amazing little school. Congratulations to everyone who took part in Bringing Gower Home as well as all those Year 11s leaving today.
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.