Student Leadership News
It has been an exciting term and so much has happened! . It all began for many of our student leadership team as they volunteered their time to come into the Academy to welcome our new Year 7 students. They supported, guided and made friends throughout the day which was an amazing achievement.
So far this term we have had a fantastic start with student leadership team activities. Since September the student leadership team have helped to plan activities that have raised £1226 for charity. Jack Slater raised over £600 to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Children's Air Ambulance in memory of his friend. He did this by cutting off 14 inches of his hair in front of a packed audience. He had been growing his hair since Y6 and we are incredibly proud of his moving tribute.
Students also raised approximately £600 for Children in Need by completing lots of different activities including a silly tie/sock competition and baking - we also went ‘all spotty’ across the academy with our windows being covered in Pudsey spots.
During November, we remembered the fallen, with the student leadership team supporting Jessica Littledyke and Lucas Clarke mark the 100 years since WW1 with a local history event. Students created poppy fields across the Academy with tributes and thank you’s to everyone who fought during war and conflict in their names. Our local feeder school, Bentley New Village, attended the event and they had a thoroughly great time working alongside some of our student leaders. We also remembered those who have been lost within our families this term by creating a memorial forest. Members of the community came to plant a tree in memory of a family member they have lost.
We have also launched student voice activities within VMG where all students across the Academy can have their voice heard. This led to the first major focus of the year for student leadership team which was mental health and mindfulness. Many of our students wanted to have more information about mental health. Mr Staniforth and Miss Hanquinioux focussed on this to create a mindfulness assemblies where students had an opportunity to have 'tea and talk' about all the things that help them feel more mindful. This was followed up by a mental health assembly that illustrated students own advice to anyone who has insecurities within the Academy. This will be continued throughout the new year, with a focussed team supporting students dealing with mental health on a Thursday enrichment slot. Our Anti-Bullying ambassadors have been designing rocks (kindly donated by Buildbase) with motivational messages painted on, which will be laid to line the paths within the Academy.
As Christmas approaches the student leadership team and a whole body of students have been incredibly busy making hampers for isolated adults in the community. We have teamed up with B:Friend to make sure that isolated adults in our community have a hamper package to open on Christmas day. Staff and students from the Academy were invited to attend a local Christmas party by B:Friend as an intergenerational event where students and older adults have opportunity to have fun and close barriers created by age.
The student leadership have also considered those within the Academy that may not receive presents over Christmas, we have teamed up with Hallam FM's Mission Christmas who have kindly donated presents to give out.