The election of our new Student Voice President is an incredibly exciting time for students in the Academy. This year four candidates, Morgan Allison, Casey Heeley, Eve Ford and Megan Abbott put themselves forward to be elected the new Student Voice President.
Over the course of a week the students made it their priority to get their message across via their campaign. All four students opted for different strategies ranging from posters and PowerPoints, to business cards, campaign stickers and visiting VMG assemblies. We even had a performance at the end of the school day by Casey and his team! What a build up to Election Day!
Friday’s Election Day was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the students enthusiasm for the candidates. Voting started at 8am, modelling a traditional polling station, in order to prepare students for the voting process as they leave school. Over 87% of the school voted.. a fantastic turnout, smashing last years percentage!
All four candidates witnessed the formal count of the votes and then enjoyed lunch with local government dignitaries. Many questions were asked and answered and all four candidates should be incredibly proud … they absolutely blew away the guests with their mature and dedicated attitude!
And so it came down to the announcement! Four nervous candidates surrounded by the whole school. Ian Turner, Service Director, Council Governance acted as Returning Officer as we waited in anticipation for the result.
It is with great pleasure to announce that Casey Heeley was voted the new Student Voice President. All four candidates should be incredibly proud of their achievements during the week. Due to their success it was decided that Morgan, Eve and Megan will act as Vice Presidents alongside Casey, forming the new Student Leadership Team.
We cannot wait to see what they get up to over the course of the academic year!
Our Year 8 Graduations are flagship events of the year. Excitement builds during the weeks in the run-up with the staff and students busy planning and rehearsing behind the scenes to ensure a fantastic experience for all. This year was no exception. The hall, decked in magical purple fairy lights and a wonderful traditional afternoon tea for celebrants. These were my first Graduations as Principal here and it was a very proud week. Our young graduates looked incredible adorned in their caps and gowns! They have done themselves, their families and their Academy very proud. They are an incredibly year group and it was an absolute privilege to welcome each of them onto the stage to receive their scroll and to recommend them as ready to begin their GCSE journeys.
Graduation at Outwood Academy Shafton spans across four days, simply so that we can accommodate the huge volume of ticket requests from our students’ families. Every day was packed full. As an Academy, your support is both appreciated and moving. Thank you to every family that turned out to take part in this celebration. We hope that the day was as magical for you as it was for us.
Special thanks to our honored guests who were able to attend throughout the week: Councillor Steve Houghton MBE, Councillor Joe Haywood, Local Author:Mrs Mel Dyke and Mr Paul Haynes, Principal at Outwood Academy Shafton.
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Our outgoing Year 11 celebrated their five years of secondary education with a very glamorous Prom at the end of June. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our Year 11 leavers all the best for their future; they most certainly have the determination and ability to succeed!
It is the final week of this half term at Outwood Academy Shafton- what a wonderful week we have had! Monday we had our E1 lunches with the Principal. Students from all year groups are invited to lunch based on their efforts right across the curriculum.
In terms of curriculum areas, I would very much like to mention Miss Wragg, in Music, who is doing some absolutely breathtaking performance work with both our Year 10 GCSE class and our Year 8 budding performers. I was blown away by the Year 8 recital of "Hold Back the River". Amazing to see 30 students performing in synergy on keyboard, guitar, ukuele and drums accompanied by some exceptional vocal performances.
Tuesday was Valentine's Day. Whilst our Year 11 were busy learning this week's poem, Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy (the onion one!), a group of students from our Student Voice sold keyrings and Valentine's sweets to raise much needed funds for the Barnsley Tiny Hearts appeal. We are so proud, especially because students did this completely independently.
Wednesday was another awesome day! We welcomed students from the Barnsley Outwood Primary Academies and were delighted to host the finale of this year's Y6 Spelling Bee. Wow guys! You showed real determination and resilience in learning some very difficult spellings. We are so pleased that you loved your day here and we hope that you treasure your Spelling Bee trophies for years to come! Congratulations to this year's winners from Outwood Primary Academy Darfield. I bet that Mr Vickers, Principal, is thrilled to have the winner's trophy at Darfield for the next year.
On Thursday, Student Voice, supported by Mrs Riley, PC Mount and Mr Bray, went out tree-planting in the community. In total, they planted an incredible 480 trees which will, hopefully, have a massive impact for our community in the future.
Our ski-trip sets off to Austria on Friday. We hope that they have a wonderful time on the slopes. We have some absolute beginners going and some very gifted snowboarders. We wish them a fantastic and safe trip and look forward to all the pictures.
We have had a great response from Year 11 to our half-term Maths and History sessions which are on Monday next week. Students and staff return to the academy on Monday 27th February. Happy half-term holidays!
Congratulations to Gabrielle Eaton who won this week's competition with the following sentence "If you're in the wrong, own up and take responsibility for your own actions" Well done Gabrielle!
Congratulations to our Artist of the Week, Libby Sellar in Y9. Libby's work is themed on natural forms and is brilliant. Well done Libby, keep up the great work! #PROUD #artist
Congratulations to Year 10 student Tiegan Barraclough who won last week's competition with the following sentence: 'An election is just a piece of paper, but those sheets of paper can change our future.' Well done Tiegan!
Congratulations to Leonie Beavers, Y9, our first Artist of the Week in 2017! Leonie's work is beautifully vibrant and is themed on nature, we are looking forward to seeing more of Leonie's artwork. Well done Leonie!
Barnsley College is hosting an Open Evening on Thursday 9 February, 6 - 8pm. This is a great opportunity for Year 11 students to go along at look at Post 16 choices.
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