Oasis South Coast Newsletter: Jan '20

All the latest news from Oasis Academy Lord's Hill, Oasis Academy Sholing and Oasis Academy Mayfield.

It's been a busy few months for the Southampton academies, with much to look forward to in 2020! This issue is packed full of stories from each academy, highlighting the excellent opportunities offered to our students and the wider community.

'Excellence for All'

Oasis Academies join forces to become cyber ambassadors

On Tuesday 3rd December, students from Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, Mayfield, and Sholing had a morning session funded and arranged by the Office of the Hampshire Police Crime Commissioner.

The training was led by Marcia Tanyanyiwa, who taught students about a variety of safety concerns in today’s digital world – everything from cyber-bullying to financial scams, and from identity fraud to sexting. They were trained how to report any concerns, including how to use their academy’s own reporting page.

The Cyber Ambassador scheme enables skilled-up, informed pupils to educate and offer advice and support to their peers on staying safe online.

Claire Taylor, Principal at Oasis Academy Mayfield, and where the morning session was hosted, said;

“Our students are often online, and I am delighted to see them receiving this training from the Police Crime Commissioner’s team. It will undoubtedly help keep our students safe in a world with ever-changing technology.”

To ensure the scheme tackles topical online issues and is delivered in a way that is engaging and relevant for young people, the training package and supporting materials were developed by members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Youth Commission.

Paul Woodman, Director of Ethos and Hub at Oasis South Coast, added;

We were very proud of our students, from across the Oasis South Coast, taking part in this day. They asked lots of fantastic questions and thought deeply about the issues facing themselves and fellow students. Thank you to everyone involved in making it a success.”

The students worked well together from across the three Southampton academies. At the end of the day, they each received a certificate and Cyber Ambassador badge, presented by Assistant Police Crime Commissioner, Enzo Riglia. The new and enthusiastic Cyber Ambassadors will share their learning with other students in the academy on Safer Internet Day taking place on 11th February 2020.

Ben Harris, Year 8 Student at Oasis Academy Sholing, said;

“The training was great fun. We learnt a lot about cyber safety and how to be more wary of the dangers online. I’m looking forward to sharing what we learnt with others.”

Harry Singh, Year 8 Student at Oasis Academy Sholing, added further;

“I liked working and co-operating with students from the different academies. I learnt lots about cyber-bullying and how to help if someone is in need.”
'Excellence for Everyone'

Oasis Alumni

When you become part of the Oasis family, we want you to feel connected to us even after you've left the academy. Our young people are exceptional and often go on to do wonderful things with their lives; overcoming personal goals, reaching new levels of pride and raising the bar in their work and home communities.

Share your story

Are you an Oasis alumni with an inspiring story? We would love to hear what you have been up to since leaving school.

Get in touch! Email: comms@oasisuk.org

Future First programme

The students past and present from Oasis Academy Mayfield have joined a programme run by the national education charity Future First which helps state schools and colleges develop ‘old school tie’ networks allowing them to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support the current generation.

The former students will return to volunteer at assemblies and workshops designed to motivate young people and broaden their jobs horizons so they are more likely to be able to achieve a career of their choice regardless of their background.

Claire Taylor, Principal at Oasis Academy Mayfield, said;

“We signed up to Future First’s scheme straightaway. A network of past pupils with all their valuable experience will be vital in helping us to broaden current pupils’ jobs horizons and equip them for the world of work.”

Tiffany Baxendale, Associate Assistant Principal, is waiting to hear from former students. e: Tiffany.Baxendale@oasismayfield.org. Former students can also register with Future First by visiting www.futurefirst.org.uk. and clicking 'Sign Up,' then 'Leaving or Former Student sign up.'

Alice in a Winter Wonderland at OA Sholing

A festive musical extravaganza at Oasis Academy Sholing!

With well known Christmas songs sprinkled throughout Lewis Carroll's famous script, Alice in a Winter Wonderland was a fantastic snow filled show performed to packed audiences back in December.

Alice, portrayed by Year 9 Keira Thorpe, brought the audience to laughter and sadness as she explored a Winter Wonderland meeting a variety of animals, including a toy caterpillar, moving playing cards and of course the Queen of Hearts. Thankfully, there was no "Off with her head" as the cast sang "Alice (Walking) in a Winter Wonderland", ran a caucus race to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" which kept getting faster and faster, and finished the show by making everyone "Wish it Could Be Christmas Everyday".

The Performing Arts Christmas show at OA Lord's Hill was also a real cracker!

Over the past term, students in Year 7-10 at Oasis Academy Lord's Hill collaborated and created their version of the much-loved musical, Matilda. A vibrant and comical interpretation of the children’s story, brought to life with energy, enthusiasm and joy.

Ex-drama teacher, Mark Wheeller said;

"It was lovely to see so many students involved and really enjoying themselves, demonstrating the importance of Arts in schools."

Abbie Webb, in Year 10 commented;

I really enjoy performing and it is something I am strongly considering studying at college"

The performance of Matilda was ‘sandwiched’ in between the wonderful Glee Club (who rehearse weekly with Mr Souter and Showcase Music School) singing their hearts out, followed by our superb talented soloists: Cerys, Rachel, Jennifer, accompanied by Fred on the drums and Angelos on the guitar. Finally a wonderful festive send off by EDC; our talented dance company led by Mrs Morley.

The talents and skills of our students were shared with the Lord Mayor of Southampton, who commented on what a lovely night it was.

'Striving for Excellence'

School of Sanctuary

On 16th January, prefects from Oasis Academy Sholing spent the afternoon at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, with the schools donations of tooth brushes for the School of Sanctuary refugee welcome packs. With children from 10 schools across the city donating a variety of items, the teams managed to fill 68 welcome boxes that will help to make the transition for many families a little bit easier.

Cinder Ella

Students at Oasis Academy Lord's Hill were treated to a trip to the Nuffield theatre in December to see a production of Cinderella. The stunning new musical is a modern twist on the timeless fairytale. After the show the students were invited to see the costumes up close and have a backstage tour.


On Thursday 5th December, we held our first PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education) day at Oasis Academy Mayfield, with students and staff taking part in a wide variety of activities.

Year 7 were lucky enough to have visiting speakers from the NHS on COPD and the STAR project looked at relationships, mental health and wellbeing. Year 8 had an incredibly exciting day at Fairthorne Manor with their tutors taking part in team building activities, such as abseiling and using low ropes. Year 9 spent the day working with the team from the National Enterprise challenge. Their task for the day was to design a healthy energy bar to pitch and sell. Year 10 were visited by Humanutopia who delivered a full day workshop called “Who Am I?” focusing heavily on how to be the best version of yourself. Year 11 had a ‘Next Steps & Exam preparation’ day with visitors from Solent University, sessions on exam stress, cognitive load, flash card strategy and revision skills to prepare for their mock exams and their real exams in 2020.

The day was an incredibly successful and we would like to thank all of our visiting speakers and staff for making this such a fantastic day for our students. Our second PSHE day takes place at the end of January.

COPD Event

Last term, Year 7 students at Oasis Academy Mayfield and Oasis Academy Lord's Hill were given a unique insight into the respiratory system and the effects of smoking.

A clinician from the respiratory team at the University Hospital Southampton and a patient provided a short talk about living with a lung condition caused by smoking, before our students moved onto perform some interactive activities focusing on lung health and the short and long term physiological effects of smoking.

The Brilliant Club

Oasis Academy Mayfield are pleased to be working with The Brilliant Club this year for our academically more able students in Year 9 and Year 10. Our students have experienced an amazing day at Oxford University and back in November enjoyed sessions with Karolina (their specialist PhD tutor from the University of Southampton) on genetics and DNA. The students are now getting excited for their graduation in February. Keep being brilliant guys!

Photoshoot at the Farm

On Wednesday, 13th November, Year 9 Photography students from OA Lord's Hill visited our friends at the Oasis Southampton City Farm. The students photographed the animals and garden as part of their Wildlife and Camera Techniques Project.

Southampton City Farm Opening Times: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm (BST) 10:00am-3pm (GMT)

Cake Sale for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A group of Year 9 girls at OA Lord's Hill raised £127.35 for the Breast Cancer Now charity in October. This is the second year in a row our students have supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month selling cakes donated by students and staff.

Year 8 students to take part in the Crocus Planting Project

This year, Year 8 students at OA Sholing are taking part in the project supported by Southampton Magna Rotary Club and Rotary Social Innovation SEH, which encourages our young people to work together. Read the full story here.

The Educational Hour

On Tuesday 19th November, OA Sholing Head Boy and Head Girl were invited to a live recording for BBC Radio 5 Live. The special educational hour broadcasted from Itchen College and was hosted by DJ Nihal. The show discussed the problems facing education. A fascinating insight into radio production.

Royal Navy Engagement

In November, we were delighted to welcome Graeme and his team from the Royal Navy to OA Mayfield. The workshops focused on the potential career opportunities available and the employability skills needed in the armed forces. During the sessions the team used a variety of different ways to demonstrate how we all have different perceptions and skills to get around the same problem.

Year 11 workshop at KPMG

Year 11 prefects at Oasis Academy Lord's Hill were invited to KPMG HQ for a tour of the offices and a workshop focusing on aspirations and values. The students discussed the importance of values in the work place and within school, and the career path opportunities available to our students post 16.


GSUS Live!

Memories of religious education may conjure up images of quiet classrooms and old-fashioned textbooks, but students at Oasis Academy Mayfield enjoyed RE lessons with a difference.

GSUS Live is an interactive learning experience that visits secondary schools around the country, delivering religious education sessions in specially designed trailers featuring all the latest tech!

The full-size mobile classroom gives students the chance to experience the innovative and engaging classes, considering complex issues from a Christian perspective.

Director of Ethos, Paul Woodman said;

"Students loved this RE experience, linking famous historical characters’ stories to everyday life. Issues of fear, rejection and forgiveness were looked at and discussed. We are thankful to Counties UK for bringing this incredible experience to us at Mayfield."

UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

Student invited to the finals at Oxford University.

Between the 4th – 15th November students at Oasis Academy Sholing were among the 260,814 students taking part in the UK Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge.

The 40 minute challenge is a set of 18 questions designed to test the students’ problem solving and logical thinking skills, all of which are important for the study of Computer Science.

The challenge is sponsored by Oxford University, with the top 60 performing students in each age category being invited to the university for the day to take part in some further challenges. The top 10% nationally go on to the next round of challenges set by the university, but take place in school.

Blake Richardson in Year 11, with a score of 189 has been invited to Oxford University in February. This puts Blake into the top 60 in his age category. In this group there were 914 students from Hampshire and 22731 from across the country. This is the second time in three years that Sholing have sent a student to the finals at Oxford University.

A further 12 students were in the top 10% nationally for their age group and will be invited to take part in the next round of the competition at Oasis Academy Sholing in March.

Congratulations to Blake and to all of our students involved.

Festive Celebrations

During the final week of the autumn term the 3 academies celebrated the festive season with their Christmas dinner and charity Christmas jumper day. Students and staff enjoyed Christmas dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the Sodexo catering teams and was served by the leadership team at each academy.

OA Mayfield
OA Lord's Hill

At Oasis Academy Sholing, students, staff and the community came together for their annual Christmas fayre. The event that took place at the end of the school day, included performances by students, gift and craft stalls, games, food and drink, and Father Christmas!

Father Christmas pictured with OA Sholing Head Boy and Head Girl

We also celebrated student success in our end of term assemblies at each academy. Students were awarded for excellence in subjects, 100% attendance and for their outstanding contribution to academy life. Congratulations to all of our award winners - keep up the good work!

OA Lord's Hill award winners Jaydon and Hannah with Head of Year 8, Miss Bennett

Student delivers day of exciting Geography lessons

On Monday 20th January, Lewis in Year 8 at Oasis Academy Mayfield spent the day sharing his knowledge of insects and showing students his rare preying Mantis (Orchid and Giant Shield Mantis).

The event was designed to help students really understand how animals/insects adapt to the rainforest. Alongside the schools stick insects, students were able to see up close what these insects are like, how they behave and how they adapt to their environment. The students were able to ask questions about their adaptations as well as how to keep and look after them. It was a really exciting day in Geography and we would like to thank Lewis for all his hard work on the day.

Knife Crime

In January, Dean Coady visited Oasis Academy Sholing, Oasis Academy Mayfield and Oasis Academy Lord's Hill to talk to students about knife crime and the consequences of carrying a knife.

The K.N.I.F.E. workshop enables young learners to explore and challenge behaviour, and discuss potential solutions to difficult situations they could find themselves in. The programme is funded by the Home Office and focuses on students in Year 8.

OA Lord's Hill

Born in Salford, and having lived and grown up in South Manchester, Dean Coady OBE is a former Parachute Regiment soldier and joined Greater Manchester Police in 1990 working with the Organised Crime Department, Murder Squad, Gang Unit based in Moss Side and the Counter-Terrorism Unit, where he acted as an Engagement Officer. He is currently employed as an Independent Trainer, developing and delivering resource and training packages for Safeguarders and young learners.

OA Sholing

We would like to thank Dean for providing us with three fantastic days across the Southampton academies and a huge thank you to No Limits for supporting the sessions.

OA Mayfield

Aim A Little Higher!

Year 11 students at Oasis Academy Sholing were visited by the Aim A Little Higher team in December. The event encourages students to do just that through a variety of challenges and motivational, high energy, interactive and inspiring speeches that are delivered with a splash of humour allowing them to be both entertaining and relevant to our young people.

Festival of Achievement 2019

On Thursday 28th November, Lord's Hill celebrated success at their annual awards evening. Students in Year 8-11 and the Class of 2019 were awarded for outstanding achievement in 2018-19. It was fantastic to welcome back our Year 11 leavers and hear how they are getting on since we last saw them on GCSE results day.

Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Principal's Award Winner, Leonna pictured with Mr Forder.

Culture Capital Day

In January, at OA Sholing over 900 students from 7-11 were involved in our Culture Capital Day. Throughout the course of the day students had sessions on Cultural Diversity, Rule of Law, Equality in Action, Democracy and Dictatorship and This is our City.

Cultural Diversity session looked at different celebrations around the world, including The Day of the Dead, Chinese New Year, Diwal, Holi and San Fermin.

The Rule of Law looked at what happens when a person is arrested and how the court system works, as well as the different reasons some people turn to crime.

In the Democracy and Dictatorship workshops we looked at the difference between these 2 systems of government, focusing on how UK democracy works, including the roles of the house of commons, house of lords, and First Past the Post voting system.

Equality in Action covered different equality pioneers, and the Equality Act 2010, and what this means for equality in schools and the workplace.

This is our City was an in-depth study of Southampton and what makes it a world class city, as well as focusing in on the local area of Sholing.

Live Web Chat with Scientists

Oasis Academy Mayfield had a live web chat with Solar Physicists in Norway. The Year 8 students asked a variety of very intelligent and thought provoking questions to help with their research into the Aurora.

Year 8’s visit Southampton University

Oasis Academy Mayfield students had a fantastic inspirational day at the University of Southampton in January. The group of Year 8's, had the excellent opportunity to tour the campus, participate in several lectures and were given a unique insight into uni life by their students.

Steve Chalke visits Southampton

Oasis Founder, Steve Chalke visited Southampton in January. Building on the success of his new book, 'The Lost Message of Paul', Steve will be visiting a number of cities to talk about some of the issues raised in his latest best-selling book!

Oasis Founder, Steve Chalke with our Director of Ethos, Paul Woodman and our Safeguarding Manager, Karen Dawkins.

Oasis Lord's Hill Community Update

Learning Disability Open Day

At Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill the Leisure team hosted Southampton City Council’s Learning Disability Open Day on Saturday 2nd November. The aim of this free event was to showcase the support available to adults and their families with learning disabilities.

Over 25 different adult health care providers were on hand to offer advice and support in many areas including employment, housing and day to day care.

Guest presentations included those from Lawrie McMenemy and Active Nation on making sport more accessible and Paradigm on the Gr8 Support Movement.

The Hampshire Tamil Association, 10 year Anniversary Celebration

Members of the Hampshire Tamil Association came together at Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill to celebrate their 10th Anniversary on 19th October. Set up to promote the Tamil culture the Association put on a fantastic evening of music, dance, presentations, food and fellowship which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Upcoming events

‘Charity Wrestling Event’ – Sunday 22nd March 2020

‘Pilates for Runners’ (x5 sessions in the run up to the Southampton Marathon weekend) Thursday 26th March, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd April 2020

‘Hampshire Dyslexia Association’ lecture – Wednesday 6th May 2020

Special offer - Readers of this newsletter can sign up for one year's gym membership at Oasis Lord's Hill for the special price of £99 (only 27p per day) - Call 02380 739797 to book your induction now!

Please visit our website for our fitness suite opening times and to find more about the fantastic facilities we have available for hire.

Oasis Mayfield Community Update

Theatre Shows and Events

At Mayfield during November and December, we were lucky enough to have some amazing theatre shows and events being run by some of our community users. We had AJ Dance and Julies Dance performing to audiences in various dance shows with their talented adults and children. We also had Rince Ryan Irish Dance doing an incredible ‘Feis’ to a packed theatre and finally we had PropBox Youth Theatre who performed their version of the classic, Beauty and The Beast.

Day Camps in February Half-Term

The YMCA will be running their Holiday Day Camps at Mayfield as usual during the February Half-term; please do contact them to check availability. Also, our resident Tennis Club, JEM Tennis will also be running their Day Camps on the MUGA during February Half-term, so keep an eye out on our Hub Facebook page for more info!

You can keep right up to date with everything that is going on at Oasis Hub Mayfield by liking our page on Facebook! If you have any questions about anything Hub related or would like to book your next event with us, please contact us via the Facebook page - @Oasishubmayfield or call us on 023 8042 5340.

Frontline Debt Advice Courses

Email info@oasismayfeild.org or info@oasissholing.org to book your place.

Southampton City Farm

£8,000 boost for Southampton City Farm

Haskins Garden Centre has donated the money to Oasis Southampton City Farm in Maybush, allowing the community charity to purchase much needed garden tools and carry out refurbishments to the animal enclosures.

The charity was nominated by Haskins team member Sophie Menjou from Haskins’ West End centre, who became aware of the charity through her work as a Cultivation Street Ambassador - a national campaign that promotes horticulture in the community.

Sophie heard first-hand how the farm continues to have a positive impact on its many volunteers and wanted in return to ensure the farm receives the financial support it requires.

Russell Farley, Farm Manager, added;

“Thanks to the Haskins Charitable Fund we are able to purchase new garden tools and update fencing around our animal enclosures.
"This will benefit and enhance the experiences for our school visits, farmers with different abilities and weekend public visits."
“It’s brilliant to be able to have such a positive connection with Haskins, as a local organisation actively supporting the charitable work on our city farm.”

Jamie Haskins, a member of the Haskins family, said;

“We are delighted to make our first donation through the Haskins Charitable Fund."
"The farm is a wonderful asset to the local community of Southampton, and we look forward to following their progress in the future.”

The Haskins Charitable Fund was set up in 2017 to benefit charities and community projects near to its four garden centres across the south, through personal nominations from its staff.

The Haskins team of over 650 employees can nominate their chosen charity or community project that will either benefit vulnerable children and their families, horticultural and environmental projects, or hospices and respite care providers, within a 15km radius to a Haskins centre.

Dates for the Diary!

National Apprenticeships Week: 3rd-7th February

Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 11th February

INSET Day: Friday 14th February

Half-Term: Monday 17th - Friday 21st February

WE Day: Wednesday 4th March

World Book Day: Thursday 5th March

Science Week: Monday 9th-14th March

INSET Afternoon: Tuesday 17th March

Last Day of Spring Term: Friday 3rd April

First Day of Summer Term: Monday 20th April

May Bank Holiday (VE Day): Friday 8th May

Next Newsletter - May 2020!

For more information about the academy day, term dates, parents' evenings and events, please visit your academy website.

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Showcase Music School - Join Our Adventure!

As you may know, the Showcase Music School provide musical instrument lessons across the Oasis Academies as well as several extra-curricular opportunities for students to get involved in. Showcase offer a wide range of ensembles and choirs who are always recruiting.


There are many ways to get involved with each academy. To find out more visit the academy website or email us.

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January 2020