On 7th January the Local Final of the Future Chef Competition was held at Cheshire College South and West.
Participants had to design, make and present a two course meal within a specified budget and time frame.
The Oaks Academy was represented by Demi-Lou Corfield and Kyra Colebourne. Both Chefs produced high quality work which was judged by industry experts.
A huge congratulations goes to…
with her winning menu of ‘Cottage Pie and Apple Strudel’
Demi-Lou will go through to the next stage of the competition, the North West Regional Final on Friday 31st January, 10am until 2pm at UCLAN, Preston, where she will compete against nine other Local Final winners from across the North West.
We hope that both students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of cooking at the college, the standard was high and they should be so proud of all your achievements.
Thank you to Mrs SJ Williams for organising such a fantastic opportunity.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents and carers a happy new year. This term is a crucial for all students, none more so than the Year 11 students who enter the final leg of their GCSE studies. It is vitally important that all students attend each and every day. There is a clear link between attendance and achievement which is why we insist on good attendance. If attendance drops below 95% this causes underachievement and this has proven extremely difficult for students, to ‘catch up’ on learning missed.
A reminder that the Year 11 ‘Revision Hub’ is open after school on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2.45pm until 4.30pm and intervention classes are running each night except Fridays. It is vital that students are now following a revision plan and are working each night, in small manageable chunks of time, to provide the best opportunities for themselves in the summer examinations.
As we return to school, there has been work completed over the Christmas break on a new and improved ‘Behaviour for Learning’ system. This will see students graded for each lesson from a ‘1’ to a ‘5’ score. This will enable students to receive instant feedback regarding in-class engagement, quality of work completed and classroom conduct. Each classroom has a poster highlighting the system and this can be seen on the reverse of this letter for your information. The system is a simple and effective way of ensuring consistency and high expectations, as we continually look to raise standards of behaviour at the Oaks Academy. Every lesson is an opportunity to be ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ but this is supported by a clear system of sanctions to address disruptive behaviour.
In addition to a new Behaviour for Learning system there have also been changes made to the whole Academy timetable to ‘iron out’ a few issues that existed in the Autumn term. This will result in some students being placed into new teaching groups and some lessons moving to different days. These changes will be shared with students on Monday 13th January during an extended form tutor session and new timetables will be handed out. If you have any concerns around these changes, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs E Hooley
On Wednesday 22nd January, PE have a Great Britain Athlete coming into school from 9am until 12pm to deliver a Sports for Champions Event. This is a fund raising activity that will help raise money for the department but also for the Athletes training. Years 7, 8 and 9 will take part in it during lesson time. Fingers crossed we can raise lots of money and have great fun at the same time. Mr Moss