Fairwater Inclusion Unit (FRU), have been involved in several projects within the local and wider community. All the projects that the pupils have taken part in have been very successful.
Community food co-operative – run by, rural regeneration unit
The 4 pupils involved, chose a supplier that offered the best value for money. They designed
customer order forms and every week were responsible for taking, sorting and delivering the orders to staff at school. This allowed the group to work independently and gain recognition for their
Over the past few years, Inclusion, have been running very successful sessions with the Cynon Valley Crime Prevention Team and Gwent Police. The pupils are always supported to grow in confidence in a positive environment , discussing problem areas within the community and taking part in activities and projects that have enhanced their knowledge and providing them with a better understanding of local and regional issues. Some pupils have taken part in an annual Adventure Team-building Weekend, the school Boot Sale and Bag Packing at Asda, both raising money to develop the court yard outside Inclusion. The group ended the year with a visit to the Homeless Shelter where pupils had an opportunity to ask question to homeless people.
Crimes and Consequences Phoenix Project
The Phoenix Project is run by Malpas Fire Station. It is aimed at young people to address issues ranging from low self-esteem and lack of confidence, to anti- social behaviour or fire related problems. The dramatic change this has on young people is evident when they finish the week with a passing out parade.
The Youth service worked with 10 pupils to complete the Asdan Award, working in the schools woodland area. This allowed the group members to grow in confidence and achieve in reaching their potential.
Ms Black, Hospitality & Catering, organised for the Cooking Bus to visit our school. Our local feeder school, Greenmeadow Primary also participated in this event.
We have a growing number of pupils and families supported by this organisation which promotes the development of personal skills and allows access for work with counsellors and education psychology.
Communities First provide a target group of Key Stage 3 pupils with personal development skills, most specifically dealing with conflict and self-esteem.
Two groups of Key Stage 3 pupils are working positively with Pupil Scheme in developing their friendship skills and awareness of personal safety issues.
Prevent are providing many pupils in Key Stage 4 with alternative curriculum opportunities. Programs that promote engagement and confidence building are incorporated into the FRU curriculum for some pupils. Pupils access the Military Preparation BTEC course.
The local ceramicist, Matthew Jones, has been in to run workshops with students in the Art department. He gave a talk about how he set up his company ‘Aveago Ceramics’ and spoke about the work he is creating for clients. Matthew then kindly worked with the groups showing students how to create a selection of items on the pottery wheels. All students thoroughly enjoyed this and were a credit to the school.
Art students in year 13 are currently creating murals for Coed Eva Primary School and Crownbridge Special School. Students have been commissioned to create the pieces which will help to create inspirational work areas for students in the named schools. Our students are enjoying this very much and this is something that we aim to continue in future years.