The 2016 Glamorgan Summer School, organised by Crocels Community Media Group as part of their Emotivate Project has been a success.
Young people from different schools in the Glamorganshire area came together to take part in workshops in Nantgarw, Treforest, Tonyrefail and Beddau, where they produced collages reflecting their ideas and understandings of these localities.
The workshops gave young people the chance to learn about the history of Taf Ely online and through access to real-world artefacts such as a miner’s Davy lamp, a copy of the Llantrisant Town Charter and commemorative coins. There was a field trip to the St Dyfrig’s underpass, where the summer school was run in 2009 and young people also took part in a “Classroom 2.0” approach to learning, which included using a dedicated online resource and Virtual Reality technologies.
Organiser, Councillor Jonathan Bishop, says the summer school is just the first part of a three-year long project. “We intend to hold a Cotswolds Easter Academy in 2017 and to combine the collages from each summer school to produce two murals that we intend to place in the underpass in Efail Isaf and on a wall in the Jubilee Fields which is in Cam in Gloucestershire, subject to planning permission.”
“I really enjoyed it,” said Seren Jenkins of Swansea. “I liked that I did not just learn stuff on the topic but I could do more things on a computer,” said Cerys Jenkins, also from Swansea.
More information on the Emotivate Project of which the Glamorgan Summer School is part can be found at: http://www.emotivate.org.uk.