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!
There is so much to talk about this week at Outwood Academy Shafton.
Following the huge success of our Drama production last week, this week it was the turn of our BTEC musicians to impress. There was a real buzz of excitement as the students performed both group and individual pieces to a full-house. The talent was exceptional and it was clear how much progress each and every student has made over the two year course. It is so exciting to think that some of our young people have a very promising future ahead in the music industry. Huge thanks to Miss Wragg, a legend among our students. You have nurtured and challenged this group with immense care and dedication.
It has been an exciting week in Science and Technology. Nine Year 8 students visited Doncaster Racecourse to compete in the annual Teentech event. Hosted by Maggie Philbin, this event is designed in conjunction with career leaders in STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Our students worked in two teams in a number of events throughout the day, having brilliant success in some of the events and at the same time raising understanding of careers in Engineering and Science. A massive well done to all the students involved. Later in the week a larger group of students visited the National Big Bang Science show at the NEC in Birmingham. The students loved visiting the vast expanse of interactive exhibitions and were dazzled by the most up to date inventions on show. They were brilliant ambassadors for the academy and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Outwood Academy students were out and about in the local community this week too. We are very keen that our students work with local community leaders and Councillors and understand what it means to "love where you live". This week we went litter picking, tree planting and made bird boxes ready for Spring with a local conservation team. There can be a lot of bad press about young people. We are determined that our students become responsible citizens of the future. This sense of "belonging" is something that is important for student wellbeing too. The message to our students is that it is impossible not to feel great when you do good for other people. Watch this space for future community events!
We are delighted to be hosting another Family Focus event at Outwood Academy Shafton on Tuesday 28 March, 4:360 - 6pm. All families are welcome to come along and enjoy our Easter themed activities. We look forward to welcoming you to our Academy.
Year 9 student, Roni Normanton is our Artist of the Week; Roni's piece is themed on nature and is simply beautiful. Well done Roni!
Well done to Brogan Wilson, Year 11 and Harvey Gill, Year 7 who, thanks to their literary collaboration, won last week's competition! Well done Brogan and Harvey!
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
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