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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Alice in Wonderland was simply spectacular! Performing to a full-house on both nights, the annual Academy production saw our young actors and actresses perform like never before. The show really was of West- End standard and it was clear to see how much time and effort students and staff had put in to perfecting their acting skills. The progress made by all students was outstanding. Congratulations to leading lady, Abi Wray, on a breath-taking performance in title role as Alice herself. The whole event was a very fitting end to another brilliant term at Outwood Academy Shafton.
The summer exam season draws near and we have lots happening over the Easter break to support our Year 11 and Year 10 students. Check out our website, Twitter and Facebook pages for details of all our revision sessions. Students have also been provided with high-quality revision resources from our recent festival and from our departments. Remember guys- Make the days count! When we return, there are just 3 weeks until the exams get underway.
Praising Stars 4 reports are on the way to you over the Easter break. As always, our students' effort grades and progress are a reflection of their hard work and commitment to their learning. Praising Stars assemblies will take place in the second week after we return and will have a science theme on this occasion.
The final term of the year is always a big one! As well as the all-important exams, we celebrate the success of our students throughout the academic year: Our annual Academy Awards event, which this year will have an Oscar theme, our Year 8 Graduations and, of course, our Prom and Prom Breakfast. We will also be holding celebration events for our brilliant Student Voice and our Accelerated Readers in Y7 and Y8.
The academy is very proud of the work we are doing to strengthen links in the local community. Earlier this term we were tree planting and litter-picking. This week we were thrilled that our Student Voice were invited to the Town Hall for a tour and to meet dignitaries. Thank you so much to the local council for inviting us - I know the students loved their visit. We were also thrilled this week to host an Easter-themed Numeracy Challenge for our local primary schools. It was a pleasure to have you in the academy - we have some awesome mathematicians making their way to us in the future!
It just remains for me to wish all our students, their families and our staff a wonderful Easter break. We may even get some sunshine! Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday 24 April.
Our Year 11 revision session timetable for Easter has been uploaded to our Facebook page and Twitter. Reminders will be posted on Twitter during the Easter break.
Congratulations to Y9 student, Peta-Marie Hurley, who won last week's competition with: 'The world is full of discrimination after events like the Westminster attack but all citizens should come together to help local communities" Well done!
A reminder to students and families that we break up for Easter on Friday 7 April 2017 and we return to the Academy on Monday 24 April 2017.
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!
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