Ian’s poetry workshops at the Coseley School

On Friday 26th March in support of The Black Country Festival poet Ian went to The Coseley School library to talk to some of the Year 7 and 8 AEN pupils

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“The Black Country Festival is designed to bring communities and people together to celebrate our shared cultures and traditions and to increase our sense of shared pride in our local history and culture.

Ian was particularly impressed with how the festival complemented the positive behaviour we encourage throughout school by using ‘The Coseley Way’. Our school values are outlined by the word PRIDE. Personal Excellence, being proud of our achievements. Respect and value ourselves, each other and our school community. Independence, we think and act for ourselves taking responsibility for our own learning. Determination by striving to do our best in all aspects of school life. Enthusiasm in all aspects of school life and always aspire to excellence in all that we do at school and home.

This idea of shared pride in ourselves and our environment is very important to the staff and pupils of The Coseley School, pupils are encouraged to take a pride in themselves and their school, to be proud of their achievements. Pupils are incredibly proud to have raised £1154.52 for the Promise Dreams Childrens Charity in a sponsored walk; an event that the whole school community could participate in regardless of age or ability. Pupils were successful and achieved by completing the distance from Himley Hall to Wolverhampton Racecourse a distance of 9 miles.

Ian discussed with pupils his own difficulties with dyslexia, how it is possible to overcome educational difficulties making progress and achieving This is a project close to his heart, a chance to challenge the perception of under-achievement equated to additional educational needs. Our AEN staff go to incredible lengths to support pupils in academic subjects, doing competitions, projects and educational visits. Whilst taking the time to listen, as well as support in lessons

Our pupils were keen to share the poems they had written with him and they also took part in his lucky dip task, where they pulled an item from a bag and had to describe it, or make up a story about it without being sure exactly what it was they were holding.

This has led to a more long term collaborative event beginning in September when Ian will come into school and share experiences with AEN pupils to produce a body of poetry which reflects our pride in our shared traditions and dialect. Whilst celebrating the differences and unique features which contribute to make us unique as individuals.”

Julie Dibbins – The Coseley School

The following are poems written by the children during the workshop:

Year 7 Poems  

Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest

The teachers are lovely, and they share

All of them really care!

We love Coseley School

Some of us think its cool

So come and visit and we will be kind.

We are all ace – as you will find

By Sophia Evans – Year 7

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Coseley School is the best, best

Better than the rest.

Take a stroll around the school.

Try the dinners – they are cool.

By Kayla Scarrett – Year 7

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The Coseley School is the place to be

Join me here and you will see

We can have such a time,

As we are in our prime.

My favourite lessons are maths and art,

Join me here and make a start

In art I love to draw and sketch

In maths we will improve and stretch

By Paige Harper

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Coseley is the best

Better than the rest

Take a walk around

The school will you do you proud.

The teachers are just the best

I know they are better than all the rest

Even if you are shy

They will help you try

By Daniella Wright – Year 7

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Coseley School is the best

Better than the rest

The teachers always know what is on your mind

Everyone is very kind

Literacy is amazing

Even when its raining

We learn our punctuation and spelling

Its always calm and there is no yelling

By Caillie Hemsley – Year 7

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Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest

If you come and take the test

You might become a big success

If you can take the bus

You can come and read with us

Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest.

By Kalin Alexander – Year 7

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Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest

The teachers are amazing

Even when I’m gazing

At time I have a test

But sometimes I have a guess

As I go home every night

I think Coseley School is alright.

By Stefan Woodfield  – Year 7

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Coseley Park is where we have fun

When we play in the sun

It is nice and clean

So we can have some icecream.

At Coseley School I have lots of friends

I hope they like me not just pretend

407 is the best , not just here but all around

You will never here a sound

Coseley school is the best

By Chad Hill – Year 7

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Year 8

There is a student from Coseley School

She is very cool.

Her favourite subject is dance

She would also like to live in France

By Sharni Sanders-Bunce –Year 8

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The Coseley School is the best,

Come and be with the rest,

The TA’s in 407 are the best

They help you to get good grades in a test.

By Chloe Davies – Year 8

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The Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest.

But the TA’s are the best, so come and be with the rest.

The Head Teacher is the best

Better than all the rest.

If you move to this school you will be so cool.

By Sophie Paskin – Year 8

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The Coseley School is the best

Better than all the rest.

The TA’s are amazing

As they are always praising.

By Bradley Hannah – Year 8

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The Coseley School is very cool.

It is the best secondary school

My favourite lesson is P.E.

Why don’t you come and see

It is free to look around

If you do it I will feel proud.

By Joshua Austin Year 8

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I go to the Coseley School

I think it is very cool

The TA’s are the best

They help you practise for your tests.

By Chad Burrows – Year 8

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The TA’S at the Coseley School are nice

They try to give us good advice

They always listen if you’re feeling sad

They give lots of advice then you feel glad

At the Coseley School

I have lots of mates

We always meet at the gate

I think we are alike

Because we all ride our bikes

By Callum Ellis – Year 8

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The Coseley School

Is a sporting school

Football, rugby, rounders too

That is to just to name a few

Sports day is the best

As we are put to the test

We cheer for everyone

As well as our mates

We can’t wait for the next date.

We develop the willpower

To do our very best

Come and join in be our guest

Without any pain there is no gain.

By Dylan Thomas – Year 8

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The TA’s at The Coseley School are really cool

They equip us for school with our learning tools.

My favourite lesson is PE

Why don’t you come and see

407 is the best room in the school

In there we learn all the rules

By Jay Richards – Year 8

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