OASIS opens up

Story by Richard Belbin | Photos courtesy of OASIS Academy Fir Vale

Oasis Academy Fir Vale has been busily reaching out into the community, and inviting the community into the school, to help strengthen the bonds between the two. On 14th November, the school held an open afternoon, with more than fifteen local community groups paying a visit to share information, give advice and offer support to the families of the academy. According to Colin Harvard:

“It was a unique opportunity for different services to reach parents, so it was great to see so many parents there. I hope this is the first of many similar activities.”

Parents had the opportunity to talk to a number of these community groups, including the local policing team, health visitors, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, as well as signing up for a number of course at the local advice centres. The school was delighted with the response, with teacher Agnieszka Freeman saying:

Oasis Academy Fir Vale has been busily reaching out into the community, and inviting the community into the school, to help strengthen the bonds between the two. On 14th November, the school held an open afternoon, with more than fifteen local community groups paying a visit to share information, give advice and offer support to the families of the academy. According to Colin Harvard:

“It was a unique opportunity for different services to reach parents, so it was great to see so many parents there. I hope this is the first of many similar activities.”

Parents had the opportunity to talk to a number of these community groups, including the local policing team, health visitors, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, as well as signing up for a number of course at the local advice centres. The school was delighted with the response, with teacher Agnieszka Freeman saying:

“At Oasis Academy Fir Vale we believe that family engagement makes a difference to a child’s education, and we continue working together to help our families in order to give our children the best possible future!”

The week before the open afternoon, pupils from the academies at Fir Vale and Watermead took part in activities to mark the end of the First World War. Ten and eleven year olds from the Oasis Academy Fir Vale had completed a project on the First World War, reflecting on the experiences of all involved in the conflict. On the day they presented artwork that they had created to the other young people gathered at Bradford Cathedral, and joined in making a public commitment to pursuing peace in their daily lives.

Helen Round, Principal of Oasis Academy Fir Vale, said:

“We are very proud of Oasis Academy Fir Vale’s pupils who contributed so meaningfully to today’s event. They have shown great maturity while working on their project to recognise the overwhelming sacrifice made during the First World War, and they honoured that sacrifice by adding their voices to the INSPIRE movement for peace today.”