Congratulations to Gabby Mann our new Student Voice President!

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Student Voice Leadership Team

As the new academic year starts we welcome our new Student Voice President, Gabby Mann.

Gabby is currently in Year 10 and her campaign focused on developing enrichment opportunities within the Academy and the community. Gabby also is keen to develop a student led ambassador team and healthy eating in school, working alongside her leadership team, VMG Representatives and students.

Joining Gabby on the leadership team are Megan Abbott (Y10), Paige Scaife (Y8) and Sean Connelly (Y8). All three students campaigned alongside Gabby and should be incredibly proud of their achievements. They have been awarded the role of Vice President within the Academy and will develop their position within the Deeps.

The leadership team will also aim to encourage student involvement in Student Voice teams. This will include Peer Mentoring, Charity Committee, Anti Bullying Ambassadors, Teaching and Learning Ambassadors and Reading Mentors.

Gabby would like to thank all students, staff and distinguished guests who were involved in the presidency campaign. She is looking forward to her role as Student Voice President during 2017/18 to ensure all students have the best experience at Outwood Academy Shafton.

The Big Bang Fair

Students from Outwood Academy Shafton have been working hard all year in Science club, and many have been awarded Discovery CREST awards from the British Science Association for their project work so far. These students were then given the opportunity to complete independent projects to work towards a Bronze-level award, a well regarded, high quality and tangible recognition of success. After visiting the Big Bang Fair in March this year (a fair designed to inspire students and promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers), the Science Club decided to take students to the Big Bang Near Me Fair with these projects to give them the experience of showcasing their work. Five projects in total were entered by Outwood Academy Shafton and different awards were available to the students depending on the area of their research.

During the non-presenting sections of the day our students got hands on with all the activities, such as virtual welding, flight simulations, laser engraving, and handling snakes and tarantulas! Lewis Evans-Blakelock, Year 8, won an Engine Build Challenge and received a certificate for assembling a Rolls Royce turbofan engine!

Thousands of people visited the Big Bang Near Me event and our students presented their work throughout the whole day to students from Primary and Secondary schools from the Yorkshire and Humber region. They were also formally judged by a panel for a variety of awards such as the best projects for the various disciplines. They were judged against all sizes of groups and all years, including 6th form students.

Thomas Smith, Year 7, presented his work “Which type of milk should we send to third world countries for aid?”. Jonah Rose, Year 7, presented “Can we extinguish a house fire with ice cream?”.

Charlie Steeples’, Year 7, project “Making energy clean and sustainable” won the Best Science Project Award against all other competitors.

Oliver Copeland’s, Year 7, very impressive presentation of “Can kindness increase recall?” won him the Ace Communicator Award.

The team behind “Is sugar addictive?” Jack Alexander, Bradley Green, both Year 7, and Blake Mawson-Burren, Year 8, won themselves the Best Teamwork Award. Two of our students even managed to progress to the national finals to represent the Yorkshire and Humber region at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair in March 2018 at the Birmingham NEC, and will be showcasing their work at the same event that we attended as visitors this year!

The students who presented and those that supported on the day should be incredibly proud of their outstanding achievements, as we most definitely are! An absolute credit to their families and to our Academy.

Principal's Blog

It was fabulous to welcome so many of you to our annual Academy Open Evening on Tuesday evening this week. Thank you to all our departments for offering great opportunities for prospective parents and students to see us at work and look at the ways in which our students learn. Many of the students from Year 6 had joined us earlier in the afternoon for our "Awe and Wonder in Science" day with special guest, the One Show's resident scientist, Marty Jopson. I know students absolutely loved his show as well as a visit to our planetarium and making comets and some yummy liquid nitrogen ice-cream. We have been even busier, since Tuesday, welcoming families for a tour of our academy during the day. A reminder that you need make no appointment - just pop in for a tour and witness our students on - task and focused on their studies. We envisage that we will be full in Year 7 for September 2018.

You will recall our excitement back in June when our STEM Science club (now STEAM) won a full sweep of awards at the regional Big Bang Science Fair, securing the chance to complete at the national event in the NEC in Birmingham early in 2018. It is with great pride that I update you and let you all know that one of our projects impressed the judges so much that Charlie, from Year 8, has been invited to present his ideas at Parliament. We will, of course, share his experiences with you later this month. Wow!

The Academy is thrilled to be working with some brilliant Initial Teacher Training colleagues over the course of the coming term. I had the chance to meet them all at a breakfast meeting a couple of weeks ago. It is brilliant to have you all with us and to see such brilliant emerging talent in the teaching profession. We hope that you have a brilliant experience on placement with us.

Lots of Y7 parents joined us for our welcome Coffee Evenings. Year 7 have settled in extremely well. They are our biggest ever year group, as we become an increasingly popular choice of schools for our community. If you couldn't make the evening and want to pop in to see us, we have Parents' Evening coming up after half term and an information letter will follow.

Four outstanding candidates ran for the highly coveted Student Voice Presidency this year. After an exciting week of campaigning around genuine student issues, we were thrilled that so many of our local ward councillors and Ms Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East were able to join Mr Ian Turner, Returning Officer, for the big announcement. Congratulations to all the candidates on a well fought campaign and, of course, to Gabby Mann from Year 10 whom I know will be a brilliant representative for the voice of all Shafton students. We wish her a brilliant term of office!

With just two weeks until half-term, Praising Stars 1 results are in and reports will be out to our families prior to the half-term break. We are thrilled with the progress that our new Year 11 are making across the board and it is fantastic to see the commitment to enrichment that these students are showing. #DoingWell

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