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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
‘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
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!
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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!
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