These poems are written by the talented pupils from Ysgol Pen Y Bryn taking inspiration from some of the early photographs of Longfields Association and Cerebral Palsy Midlands.
They were written during our workshop day at Pen Y Bryn School, Sara Beer from Disability Arts Cymru and film maker Ben Ewart-Dean led the event and we looked at the photographs and saw a short clip of some old film footage.
The pupils reflected on the material and wondered about:
- why the pupils did not have a uniform but the staff did
- how uncomfortable the calipers were that some of the children were wearing
- what were the calipers were made of
- why the wheelchair did not fit one of the children
- the types of equipment the children had to help them to get about
- what pupils did at their Christmas party
- what equipment pupils had if they were not able to use a pen or pencil easily
- the ancient technology of the chalk board!
Poem by Hussain Miah
We’re scared because it’s our first day at school.
We’re feeling confused because we don’t know what to do.
We’re feeling butterflies with nerves,
because the teacher is dressed like a nurse
but feeling happy to see people like me.
We’re shy because we have an illness
and we don’t know how to walk.
But we all like to talk.
We are excited to make friends
and looking forward to being independent.
Poem by Charlotte Bell
I am sitting at my special desk
I am labelling my picture
I need a foot rest to reach the floor and rest my feet
Our parents made all the equipment we needed
I am busy hard at work
I am feeling happy and I am concentrating on my work
I am doing my work independently
Poem by Liam Davies
I was lonely before
and now I have friends
They are more like me
We wear calipers
Because we have disabilities
We feel grateful to our parents
But we still have fun
Poem by Georgia Miggins
Making words letter by letter
I feel like I have achieved something
I feel like I can finally communicate
I think my mum and dad and teachers are
proud of me
Words make sense now I am at school
I’m glad I am making words about going outside
I am using words to describe how I feel
Poem by Kian Davies
When we started at this school we were sad.
We couldn’t walk and we wanted to.
We were frightened of the nurses.
It looked like they would do operations.
Now ever yone looks pretty good, everyone
We are par t of a family.
We are friends and care about each other.
This is my first Christmas party.
We are excited, having fun in our first school.
We are fighting against our disabilities.
We have a life like ever ybody else!
We are inspired.
Poem by Shanice Phillips
Janice has a desk all of her own
Shanice would like to same
The classroom looks quite dark
There are no pictures on the walls
Making words using pegs
Must be very slow
No computers no iPads. All these years ago
Poem by Declan Walsh
We make our own decorations
A big tree is at our Christmas party
We have presents
We don’t get a visit from the mayor