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Year 6 cycle power!

3rd June 2019

Year 6 have been taking part in bicycle lesson this week. The children have worked hard to improve their bike skills in a safe way. Well done!

Reduce reuse recycle as local primary school holds week of events

7th May 2019

An environmentally-conscious school in Sheffield held a week of events for pupils, staff and parents to raise awareness of recycling, picking up litter and working with the local council and litter removal company in Sheffield.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale, situated in the heart of Sheffield held a week of events aimed at recycling, and litter awareness for pupils, staff, and parents.

The events took place between 26th April and 3rd May 2019 in co-operation with the Sheffield Community Investment Deal and Amey, a company responsible for removing waste in Sheffield.

The Sheffield Community Investment Deal (SCID) is funded by the government using money embarked by the Department for Communities and Local Government directed at achieving benefits for established residential communities. Spread out over two years, the project received £835,000 which will be spent in four key areas;                                                                                                                                            

1. Street Wardens (Enforcement & Education)
2. Neighbourhood Co-Ordination
3. Community Development (Problem Solving)
4. Cohesion in Action (A more formal and organised welcome).

The project is targeted in at neighbourhoods with the most acute impact on the provision of local services, including; Fir Vale, Firth Park, Pitsmoor, Page Hall, Grimesthorpe, Darnall and Tinsley.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale is striving the way in supporting this by holding the following events over the course of a week;

 Providing information about the benefits of recycling, bin collection calendars and what the different coloured bins mean
 Educating pupils and families about the impact of litter
 Doing a litter pick around the local area, liaising with Amey
 Pupil producing work about litter / recycling and using recyclable materials
 Holding an assembly with families and sharing the work pupils have recently learnt
 Create an in house display board that will inform weekly what bin day will be prior to local collections on Fridays.

During the litter pick event, Oasis Academy Fir Vale will be working closely with Amey who work with more than 15 local authorities to help keep towns and cities running smoothly, including Birmingham, Sheffield and Staffordshire. Amey also partner with clients including; Highways England, BAA, United Utilities, Network Rail, Ministry of Defence (MOD), Metropolitan Transport Authority in New York as well as Australia’s Roads and Maritime Services.

Sheffield School becomes a place of sanctuary providing an inclusive safe supportive space for pupils

Staff, pupils and parents at a local primary academy in Sheffield are celebrating today as they become the second school in the area to be awarded as being a ‘School of Sanctuary’.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale in Sheffield is the second ever school in Sheffield after Oasis Academy Watermead to be named as a ‘School of Sanctuary’ by the nationwide City of Sanctuary movement.

A School of Sanctuary is a school that is committed to being a safe and welcoming place for all, especially those seeking sanctuary. This could be people whose lives were in danger in their own country, who have troubles at home or are just looking for a space of safety.

Helen Round, Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, commented on the award saying; “We are very pleased to win the award. We have worked really hard on developing an effective induction package for our children and families so everyone feels welcome in our school.”

With families in attendance today, the Co-Chair of City of Sanctuary in Sheffield Craig Barnett presented the certificate to pupils, with the award being presented to Principal, Helen Round and Parent Partnership Lead, Agnieszka Freeman. After the presentation all pupils and staff took part in a mass carol assembly.

Agnieszka Freeman, Parent Partnership Lead at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, added; “We are so grateful to everyone at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, the families and the community for helping us in achieving this award! We are very proud to become one of the first Schools of Sanctuary in Sheffield - award that recognises our inclusive and welcoming ethos.”

To gain the ‘School of Sanctuary’ status you must visibly demonstrate that you provide an inclusive space for children while also establishing an environment that celebrates cultural diversity, and Oasis Academy Fir Vale have done just that.

The academy supports its pupils, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

The Department for Education has published Primary school leagues tables, and one school in Sheffield has excelled as one of the best performing in the area.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale in Sheffield has received some very positive news as their progress scores show they are either ‘national average’ or ‘well above’ average in reading, writing, and maths.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale is also one of the best schools in the country for writing, they are in the top 0.2 percentile. The academy is regularly externally moderated on the work pupils produce by Sheffield Local Authority to check for accuracy of teacher assessment.

Adam Dawson, Deputy Principal at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, commented on the performance saying; “These progress scores are a credit to the team at Oasis Academy Fir Vale, I am so very proud.”

Oasis Academy Fir Vale is part of the Oasis Community Learning (OCL) multi-academy trust (MAT), and as a MAT, OCL is in the top 25% for reading, and top third for writing and mathematics with some amazing progress scores;

·         Reading: +0.9 – Well Above National Average

·         Writing: +1.9 – Well Above National Average

·         Maths: +1.7 – Well Above National Average

OCL has 31 primary academies across four regions in England serving 11,000 pupils aged 3-11.

Ends

Oasis Academy Fir Vale is an inclusive primary school in the Fir Vale area of Sheffield, for children aged between 3 and 11 committing to delivering first class-education and playing an active role in the local community.

Oasis was founded in 1985 and exists to help people lead full lives through strengthening communities. Currently working in 10 countries across the world, Oasis is involved in projects as diverse as helping people trapped in poverty in India to pioneering education in the UK. Through its educational trust, Oasis Community Learning, Oasis is one of the largest providers of academies in the UK, responsible for 51 primary and secondary academies across the country.

 

Sheffield primary strives for Healthy School Status

Parents and pupils at a primary school in Sheffield are doing their bit to keep moving by abandoning their car for the school run and walking to school together.

Oasis Academy Fir Vale, Owler Lane, is determined to reduce congestion in Sheffield during the school run, and to enjoy the healthy benefits of walking to school.