Students across the school engage in National Poetry Day

As part of National Poetry Day all 1100 students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College spent time reading and engaging in activities related to poetry.

During the week long initiative all English classes, which include students from years 7 to 11, had the opportunity to listen to John Agard, Benjamin Zephaniah and Simon Armitage reading their poetry. This inspired the students to write their own poems that ranged from humorous to deeply moving.

This year National Poetry Day, a UK-wide celebration of poetry, took on Monday 4th October, with the theme of ‘Change’. The day was founded in 1994 by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. The day enjoys the support of the BBC, Arts Council England, the Royal Mail and leading literary and cultural organisations, alongside booksellers, publishers, libraries and schools.

Ruth Davies, Faculty Leader for English, said “We invest a lot of time and effort to ensure that our students are encouraged to engage with literacy. National Poetry Day gave us the prefect opportunity to expose our students to poetry, and we were very impressed by their creativity.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “The English Faculty have created a lovely display in our school’s reception area which showcases the poems written by our students. This work is displayed so our visitors can read and enjoy our students’ creativity, which I am very impressed with.”

Year 11 students at The Avon Valley School meet employers, education and training providers

Recently, students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College had the opportunity to meet a wide range of employers, education and training providers during a large scale careers event hosted at the school.

The school’s Year 11 students spent a whole afternoon finding out about their post 16 options as they attended workshops led by employers and had the chance to speak with training providers. Organisations in attendance at the event included: MTS Engineering, Morgan Sindall Engineering Solutions, NHS, Perry Appletons, Wright Step Fitness, New Directions (Rugby), O2, The Department for Work and Pensions, and Go Landscape.

Also present at the event were a range of local education and training providers including: HOET, JBC Skills, Pattisons College, Stratford College, Ashlawn School’s Sixth Form, Warwickshire College and a range of apprenticeship providers.

Lisa Owen, The Avon Valley School’s Careers Leader, said “This event is one in a series of events and activities which we’re hoping will expose our students to information and guidance relating to careers and post-16 study. Although Year 11 have many months left at school, now is the time to be applying for college, sixth form and apprenticeships.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “We are very grateful to all the organisations who attended our event, which was very well received by our students. Year 11 students often find choosing their post-16 options a confusing experience, it is therefore useful for them to be able to speak to employers directly to find out what’s out there for them.”

The two lifts in the school will be out of action on Monday due to maintenance being conducted.

Inclusion team host staffroom coffee morning

On Friday 28th September staff from the Inclusion Team at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College served up cakes and sweet treats to their colleagues as part of the world’s biggest coffee morning.