14th April 2016

Students’ artwork brightens up construction site

Colourful artwork produced by St Aldhelm’s students is brightening up the Trinidad Village construction site at Rossmore Road.

Pupils Amy White, Summer Ryan, Mya Black and Callum Phillips visited the building site on Wednesday, April 13 to see how their artwork is cheering up the area.

They met with Joe Logan, chief executive of the Poole Housing Partnership (PHP) and Sandra Willson, resident involvement co-ordinator, and talked to them not only about the project, but also the huge improvements at St Aldhelm’s and even the nation’s housing crisis.


PHP, which is developing the 54-unit extra care scheme with Borough of Poole, approached St Aldhelm’s Academy with the creative challenge last year. The aim was to brighten up the site surround and provide a colourful street scene while the construction work is underway.

A total of eight students spent their school enrichment sessions liaising with the PHP about the sort of images they would like to see decorate the hoardings and creating the artwork. They decided on the theme of ‘changing seasons.’

Chief executive Joe Logan said: “We’ve really enjoyed working with St Aldhelm’s Academy and love what the children have produced. The enthusiasm and creativity they have brought to the project has been nothing short of inspiring. We hope residents and the local community will enjoy seeing their hard work on display.”

He was also extremely complimentary about the transformation of St Aldhelm’s, saying the academy’s recent ‘good’ Ofsted rating was the best thing to happen to the area.

Year 9 student Mya Black was involved in the project from start to finish. She said: “It was a great project to be a part of because not only was it fun, but we knew we were doing something good for the community.

“We wanted to make people happy with our pictures and I think we’ve done that. They look really good and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”

Teacher Mel Jones said: “I was very proud of how hard they worked on the project, from developing the ideas to the finished artwork.

“I was also incredibly proud of how they conducted themselves on the visit to see the artwork and how confident they were in talking to the chief executive of the PHP and articulating their views.”


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