Mounton House, Monmouthshire, Wales

| May 14, 2008 | 2 Comments 

In the words of Estyn, the office of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Training in Wales, Mounton House is a residential/day special school maintained by Monmouthshire County Council for boys aged 11 to 16 who, because of their emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties, have statements of special educational needs. It has 58 places and is situated in Pwllmeyric just outside Chepstow.

What a superb establishment.

The school mission statement looks to providing a total “learning and caring” environment by:

• developing the full physical and intellectual potential, of each child and encouraging full development of their personal qualities;
• creating a happy friendly school;
• providing a well balanced curriculum that pupils appreciate;
• working well with others in the interests of the pupils;
• providing a homely environment with good standards of personal care;
• helping pupils play a full part in society.

So I had GREAT FUN today!!

Great groups of lads, from Year 7, 9 and 10, with a super sense of humour, who really responded well to the challenges of virtual worlds. There were more than a few who surprised themselves today.

Below, I include a few recordings of some of the lads reading extracts of their descriptive narrative and, in some cases, commenting on the effect that the experience had on their writing.

Danny D

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Chris D

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Oliver H

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Angus G

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Dean C

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The staff are a remarkable group, who were up for the challenges we faced, and rightly proud of the excellent achievements of their students today.

Well done, and thank you to head teacher Paul Absalom, his colleagues and pupils, for a very rewarding visit. I am really looking forward to the opportunity of working with you all again soon.

Thank you, too, to teacher Elspeth Blencowe, for helping some of the lads record their writing…

For some extracts, read on below…

Pupil’s work

Standing here I can see poison darted birds diving into the icy water of death. I went slowly up to the spooky heart stopping place, going to see the ghost ship. My heart raced…….. I went to the spooky tent which uncovered spookiness which came racing down.

Daniel H

Standing here, looking across the sky, the clouds staring back like demon faces with the wind searing across the almost infected sky.

Rocks like daggers scraping across the horizon. Dead on the rocks lay a rotting carcass surrounded by icy water. In front of me lay a once magnificent boat, a shadow of its former self. The boat, a shadow of it’s former self, upright as if out cast from the heavens.

I reared off to my left to find a rope ladder, hanging up the side of the rugged cliffs, I found a creaky wooden stair case, climbing even higher up the cliffs to a small hut I wandered closer, I was shaking.

Danny D

The swirling dark clouds looked like spooky faces staring right through me.

All around the sound of crashing waves against the huge icebergs. Emerging from the sea is a volcano and the bird are like ghosts. I wanted to know why?

To my horror of horrors I was lifted by my hair by something not from this planet and it dropped me into a world I did not know. I opened my eyes and I could see and smell the jungle. It was hot and humid. All I could think of was being dropped into the abyss and never returning to my family and friends.

Scott B

Standing here looking out across the sea at an old ship. Birds like darts, rocks like teeth. What lies under the sea?

Stepping forward I saw an image. It was a sea creature, a boat and a man or what was it?

Picked up by a creature I was in a tent, then I dropped. What was it?

Danny G K

Standing here looking across the sharp rocks and the swirling cool mist. Ships and waves as high as a building. Is it the bones or the sea?

At the top of the rope ladder I found myself looking across at the boat, the sea and the rocks, Looking forward through the narrow rock, pondering what lay ahead?

I found myself by a sharks’ mouth and out of the magical tent a bone like dinosaur came out. I found myself in a jungle.

Kieran E

Standing here water looks like milk. What is out there now?

Stepping forward I found myself looking at the remains of a ghostly pirate ship. It looked as if a huge monster had attacked the boat ripping it apart. The wind blew hard. Something gripped on my neck and I found myself in a jungle.

Dean C.

Standing here looking at the rocks. Water like milk, waves crash through the rocks. We are going to enter into the ship, dead scared.

Stepping forward I found I saw a sea monster.

I went towards the tent and I was moving. I was shivering, something dragged me then let me fall down.

Matthew W

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  1. May I say how captivating your writing is. I listened to all the extracts and found myself lost in them for a good half hour. Irrespective of what school you are at I am sure that everyone has a creative voice and that the trick is to find the outlet that enables people to use it. It seems that Myst certainly has certainly done this here. I’ve no idea what the boys attitudes to writing are or were before the Myst workshop but it is obvious that there a number of creative voices here who can make people stop and listen to what they have to say. I was hugely impressed by what I heard and intend to share this link through my work when I talk about how technology can help everyone achieve good things. This was excellent.

  2. Karen Christofi says:

    Dear Tim,
    I am so sorry to have missed your day at Mounton House but I’m thrilled with the pupils’ achievements and am feeling very proud right now to be associated with Monmouthshire. My thanks to you, the staff and most of all the boys who, quite rightly, took full advantage of you!!
    Love and best wishes
    Karen

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