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.
Student Voice President: Casey Heeley
In my department of Deep Leadership I will be arranging a meeting with the catering manager to get bigger portions and a wider range of food. I will also be meeting up with the sports manager to try and get the Astro turf open or an activity at lunch time. I feel that having a student voice team in school is very important as it allows student to get there say. Student voice is great to get your views put forward and placed into school.
Vice President of Deep Support: Eve Ford
I am currently the Vice President of the Deep Support area. Furthermore, I am a Year 10 student who actively partakes in many mentoring activities both within and outside of the school. I work alongside Mrs Riley, Mr Atkinson and the whole student voice leadership team. In addition, my role entails many things such as monitoring attendance and exploring various ways of which it can be improved throughout the school. I also look at any additional support we can offer struggling students, I oversee any youth clubs or any after school activities and I investigate a range of ways and ideas that could improve the behaviour of students as well. I am an active member of the anti – bullying ambassador’s team; I am also a peer mentor, a science mentor and a reading mentor as well as being the Vice President of Deep Support. I am very enthusiastic about making the academy even greater than what it already is and I regularly come up with suggestions, improvements and ideas that I feel could not only benefit the academy but more importantly benefit all of the students as well.
Vice President of Deep Learning: Megan Abbott
I believe that our academy is always improving so I chose to be in the Deep Learning team because I want to pitch my ideas to other people to show how much the academy means to the students. I wanted to be in the student voice team because I wanted to show that even though I was young I could still help people benefit from being in education and enjoy it while they are still here. I am on the charity committee because we all have realised how much help everyone needs. In my opinion I love coming to school and I am involved in many groups and teams meaning that I can show the kindness of teachers and what they do to try and help students achieve their best. We also want to show how teachers change the life of students for the better.
Two weeks into the summer holidays and I am hoping that all students and staff are having a wonderful and relaxing break. Summer holidays are such important times for our families and I hope that you are enjoying spending time together. Please stay safe and take care. Fingers crossed, too, that the sunshine arrives soon.
We had a fantastic end to the term. The highlight of the final week was our Sports Personality of the Year event where we recognised and celebrated the huge success and talent of our students across the full range of sporting disciplines. A huge number of our students are representatives at local, regional and national levels and it was fantastic to celebrate this success too. Well done to all the nominees and a massive thank you, as ever, to the fantastic support of our families.
The academy is now closed for the summer break and we have lots of work going on - the building is being repainted internally, the concrete outside the front of the building is being replaced and our phone and IT system are undergoing a massive overhaul. Thank you so much for your patience during this time. We are confident that our new IT and phone systems will massively improve communication with the academy.
All of our new Y7s have been fitted for their uniforms. We cannot wait to see you looking smart on your first day with us. As families are purchasing new uniform, please remember that every student needs a bag and equipment. Shoes need to be PLAIN black leather with no buckles or decorations. If you are in doubt at all, please contact us before buying. You can always keep he receipt and pop into the academy to check with a member of our admin team - there is someone in the academy every day.
GCSE results this year will be available to students nationally on Thursday 24th August. Check our Twitter, Facebook and website for times. We look forward to celebrating our students successes with them. Some of our Further Education partners will also be with us on the big day to offer advice and guidance.
Wishing you a wonderful continued break. Cannot wait to see you all on Tuesday 5th September.
Our new AR Star is Lewis Evans-Blakelock. Last week Lewis read 99,364 words giving him a new total of 361,907; well done Lewis!
Congratulations to Tilly Butterworth (Y7) who won last week's competition with: "Eid-ul-fitr is a celebration at the end of the month of Ramadhan; Miss Parveen celebrated this on Monday with family and friends." Well done Tilly!
Congratulations to Paige Sanders & Alicia Pemberton who won with "Worry about your character and not your reputation because your character is who you are and your reputation is what people think of you." Well done Paige & Alicia!
Our Accelerated Reader Star is Keira Allen who read 135,693 words last week! Keira has now joined the Millionaires' Club as she has read 1,089,284 words in total. Fantastic effort Keira, well done!
Congratulations to Callum Sellar, Year 10, for his fabulous piece based on icons and portraiture. Well done Callum!
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