This year two of our local schools, Ogmore Comprehensive School and Ynysawdre Comprehensive School, are going to merge. In two years time they will have a new state-of-the-art school building on the Ynysawdre site; Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen will be a Community College with modern facilities.
To help with the transition we are planning a series of creative workshops bringing the pupils from both schools together. We will be working in both film and drama as part or our emotional health programme and encouraging the young people from both schools to share and explore their feelings at this time of change. We have started the project by interviewing forty pupils from both schools and listening to their feelings and concerns. The young people have a wide-ranging mix of emotions about the merger.
The DVD will be showed at the Parents’ Evening on the 8th of March, giving parents and teachers the opportunity to address the issues raised by the pupils. We are also planning a series of drama workshops around the theme of transitions for the young students, as part of our Cymorth Drama and emotional health project in Bridgend.