For the last four weeks, some of our pupils have been attending Oakerwood Activity Centre. They’ve had the opportunity to participate in Pistol Shooting, High Ropes, Team Building and the Zip Wire. Below are just a few pictures……even the staff had a go!
In February, one of our talented creative writers from Year 11, Jessica Strachan, entered a very prestigious poetry competition for young poets: The 18th Christopher Tower Poetry Competition. The theme this year was ‘Secrets’; you can find Jess’ entry below. It was also published at her recent exhibition of poetry at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford.
There is a locked book,
Full of secret poetry from a girl’s messed up mind.
The front cover illustration is a face
With the biggest joyful smile.
But the eyes are dull.
Like they ain’t ever real.
Everyone has guessed the smile hides
The sorrow in the eyes.
The back of the book is different.
Words made from self-inflicted scars.
Punctuation made from abusive bruises.
No one can seem to understand it.
Until one day…
A girl came along
Picked up the book.
Looked at the dull eyes.
And a tear dropped from her cheek
On to the book.
Then it opened.
The book was hers.
All her subconscious thoughts have been
Now she is free.
Below are pictures from the following Trips to:
Chained Library and Mappa Mundi, Hereford Cathedral
Dmitri and book chest from Hereford Cathedral Chained Library
Jan and the Herefordshire Regiment Memorial in Hereford Cathedral
Herefordshire Regiment Roll of Honour, Hereford Cathedral
SAS window, Hereford Cathedral
The Weeping Window at Hereford Cathedral
The Black and White House, Hereford
Leominster Priory (Ducking Stool)
Grange Court at Leominster (the old market hall then known as The Butter Crosse) – weighing and measuring instruments to ensure no trader was trading illegal measures
Throughout the year our year 11 pupils have been in attendance at Red Castle training facility on the outskirts of Hereford. Whilst here, pupils are able to participate in a variety of activities including art and animal care. This year they have managed to achieve awards equivalent to GCSE level – A very well done!!!!
The paragraph below is from the tutors at Red Castle:
“St Davids students have really impressed us this year with their hard work and enthusiasm. We have had 5 students complete a Silver Arts Award, 7 Bronze Arts Award, 4 Animal Care and 2 Science ASDAN Courses. All have passed with flying colours and really impressed us with their attitude both to their work and to each other. As well as the academic success, students have developed a wide range of personal and social skills and have shown themselves to be diligent, conscientious and thoughtful young people. We wish them all the very best and every success moving forward”.
On Wednesday 13th September, Year 11 pupils participated in Dying 2 Drive, a road safety scheme aimed at reducing death and serious injury amongst young road users in Herefordshire.
The events involved a realistic road traffic collision (RTC) reconstruction followed by powerful interactive workshops. The scheme is aimed at our young people who will currently be car passengers and soon become young drivers. It was an informative and hard-hitting day for everyone who took part!
Following our OFSTED inspection at the end of last year, the inspection report has now been published by OFSTED. We are delighted to be able to say that we received a rating of ‘Good’ for our overall effectiveness. We are immensely proud of our pupils and staff for the hard work they put in which has been recognised in the OFSTED judgement. You can view the report on the OFSTED website here:
Throughout the last year pupils from St David’s have had the opportunity to meet many guest speakers and attend subject specific information days.
As well as the current curriculum, the pupils get to participate in Alternative provision and Outdoor Education away from the centre.
Here are few pictures from the events:
The boys were given a talk on the basic survival techniques when out in the field from Ex Military personnel.
All our year 10 pupils have been offered the opportunity to experience a day at college. They undergo two different course taster sessions at Herefordshire & Ludlow College, the Sixth Form College and Hereford College of Arts. A big thank-you to the colleges for giving pupils this opportunity to help them decide their future paths.
Eight year 9 pupils have recently transferred to St. David’s from the Aconbury Centre. They are with us for the last four weeks of the summer term, and will be returning to the Aconbury Centre every Friday as part of their transition. We hope they all settle in with us comfortably and will be better prepared to hit the ground running as our new Year 10 pupils in September.
If you happened to be in Hereford’s Old Market complex on Saturday you will have been lucky enough to see a range of festive stalls, all set up by young people from across the schools and colleges of Hereford in conjunction with Young Enterprise.
One such stall came from St David’s Centre, showing great success with a range of festive gifts pulling in the punters to make an excellent profit. The profits will now be used to further build the schools Young Enterprise Company, aptly named: Funk the Junk; as it takes what most would consider junk and upcycles it to produce fantastic gifts for all tastes; young and old.
Six of our students from Years 10 and 11 supported the day; joining in with a range of activities, ranging from the set-up of the stall to selling items to the general public. The students played a huge part in the success of the day which resulted in them winning an overall Highly Commended award from Young Enterprise for their stall!
The students represented themselves and the school really positively and we are immensely proud of them.