"Giving is the greatest act of grace" Student Voice Quote of the Week

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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.

A message from our Student Voice President

My name is Gabrielle Mann and I am your Student Voice President. I am in Year 10 and work alongside my Vice Presidents, Megan Abbott (Deep Experience), Sean Connelly (Deep Learning) and Paige Scaife (Deep Support).

I am a hardworking student, a role model to others within the Academy and have always helped others to achieve their potential. I have been a ‘Made in Barnsley’ Ambassador focusing on life skills and future opportunities. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography. My favourite subjects are Maths and Geography.

I would like to focus my presidency year on Anti Bullying within the Academy, developing the role of Student Ambassadors, healthy eating and enrichment activities.

I am very proud to be your Student Voice President and I am excited to make your voices heard at Outwood Academy Shafton!

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award is being completed by 42 students this year. This involves them completing a Volunteering, Skills and Physical section which range from helping out in after-Academy clubs, peer mentoring, cooking and many more activities. Their expedition will be completed in Spring/Summer 2018, when they will take part in a practise and qualifying expedition to complete their awards!

Our next cohort are being recruited before Christmas to continue the award with future year groups. Watch this space!

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

I am constantly amazed by the support and generosity of the Shafton community.

In my most recent Principal's Blog, I wrote to let you know that the academy would, once again, be supporting the Mission Christmas appeal this year. We are very proud to have registered as a community drop-off point for Hallam FM. We were blown away, on Tuesday this week, when a lovely couple, on their way home from shopping for their own grandchildren, dropped off our first gift of the year - a little girl's bike. Wow! We have also, very generously, had some books and a football dropped off before the tree has even arrived! I am bursting with excitement to show you all the pictures over the coming weeks as the pile grows - each gift will be delivered over the Christmas season to families all over South Yorkshire for whom Christmas is a real struggle. We will also be supporting a number of other local charities over the Christmas season. Our beautiful tree will be delivered this coming Friday and will take its usual pride of place in the main atrium.

I was thrilled to be invited to join 140 Year 11 and a large group of staff who travelled to Nottingham on Thursday this week to see the musical performance of Willy Russell's world renowned Blood Brothers. The play was absolutely spectacular - it always is. The annual visit for Y11 is such an important one. The English Literature GCSE is an exceptionally demanding course, not least in terms of content, understanding and recall. The students thoroughly enjoyed the trip and were brilliant ambassadors for the academy. I know that seeing the live performance of this brilliant 20th century play will play a huge role in deepening their understanding of the many interwoven themes which run through the script. Of course, being set in 1980s Liverpool, it remains a very firm personal favourite.

On Friday we hosted a staff INSET day across the whole Trust and colleagues worked in subject areas to develop and widen their subject expertise. I have received great feedback from the event and look forward to seeing the impact on our classrooms from the training events held.

With just three weeks until we break for the festive season, a reminder that attendance is absolutely paramount to each student's success. We never "wind down" at the end of a term- lessons continue with the expected pace and focus right up to 2.30pm on Thursday 21st December. We thank our families for their full support in ensuring that their son/daughter is attending school every day, arriving punctually and prepared to learn.

Have a great week everyone


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  • Remembrance Service Friday 10 November

    Parents are invited to join us in remembering our fallen service personnel at our Remembrance Service on Friday 10 November at 11:15am. Tickets are available from Reception or can be reserved by e-mailing s.phillips@shafton.outwood.com


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    Abbie Ralphs, Year 8, is our latest Accelerated Reader Star; Abbie has taken and passed 7 quizzes and has read a total of 21,200 words. Fantastic effort Abbie!


  • Word of the Week Winner!

    Congratulations to Luke, Tom and Harrison who won Word of the Week last week with the following sentence: 'Education is fundamental to development and growth.' Well done!


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