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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.”

Students hear about opportunities with local football academy

Students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently had opportunity to hear about opportunities at Rugby Town FC’s recently established football academy.

Rugby Town FC’s academy manager and head coach, Liam O’Neill, visited with his assistant manager Will Grocott to speak to 35 students who all expressed an interest in pursuing football as a post-16 option.

During the talk Liam O’Neill, who playing as a pro and semi-pro enjoyed spells at Mansfield Town, Cheltenham Town, Banbury United, Evesham United Blackburn Rover’s youth team and Republic of Ireland U18s, told the students that club has a clear pathway to progress from the academy all the way to the first team. He also explained that students taken on by the academy would have opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst full-time with the team’s senior squad.

PE teacher Craig Hartfield, who organised the talk said “We are really grateful to Liam and Will who gave up their time to come and speak to the students about this opportunity. It was also good to hear that a couple of our ex-students who are already with the academy are doing well.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said, “Our students are lucky that they have a wide range of post-16 options available to them once they leave our school after sitting their GCSE exams. For some of our students being able to play football and gaining qualifications is an excellent pathway.”

Rugby Town FC’s academy are holding trials for Year 11 students during half term on Thursday 1 November at the club’s Butlin Road ground.

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