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End of Year News Roundup

End of Year News Roundup

There are always great things going on at OSFC but for some reason or another, we don’t always have time to report it. No good news story should go unreported however, so we have done a roundup here of some stories from throughout the year.

Student Successes 

A massive well done to Saleem Islam for securing a place on the prestigious BFI Film Academy Craft Skills Residential at the National Film & TV School, London. 1 of only 6 students to be selected, from a pool of 200, to take part in the screenwriting strand. Amazing!

Another massive congratulations to Naomi Kalu who has become National Champion in the Female Under 60Kg category for England Boxing! An amazing achievement, besting many opponents, we can't wait to see what's next.

Senior Mathematical Challenge - First Week November

At the beginning of November 44 students participated in the Senior Mathematical Challenge. This is a national competition designed to encourage students to use mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency to solve interesting problems. Pleasingly three* of our students gained the top prize of a gold certificate which also qualifies them for the follow on 'Andrew Jobbings Mathematical Kangaroo'.

Student volunteers cleaning up the outdoor space during COP26 - November 8th

In light of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021 happening in Glasgow. Student volunteers and staff cleaned the public seating area across the road from our Main Entrance. 14 bags of recyclable materials were collected. Thank you to Sadiq Ali, Bilal Haider, Ameer Suleman and Eve Buckley. Your dedication is commendable!

Anti-bullying week (Odd Socks Day) - November 15th

Our staff and students took part in Odd Socks day for Anti Bullying Week, an initiative that has been running since 2017. This is an incredibly worthy cause and something so easy to mark, recognise and raise awareness for. It’s also a bit of silly fun!

Chester Zoo Trip - November 16th

A Level Biology students visited Chester Zoo in order to spend an exciting day of practical, hands-on learning, investigating taxonomy and phylogeny! We were so happy to be back out and about, experiencing learning in different, interactive ways. On site learning can be highly valuable as it gives students a fantastic real world insight into their learning.

Mental Health First Aid course for Student Exec/Ambassadors - November 18th

Some of our Student Executive and Student Ambassadors attended mental health first aid awareness training, equipping them as our Wellbeing Ambassadors. At OSFC it is important that we support each other and recognise each other. We are a community, we are OSFC.

Drama Workshop - November 18th

Playwright Tess Seddon came to deliver a two hour workshop to the 8 students signed up to the 'New Views Script Writing Programme.' 'New Views' is run by the National Theatre and is a programme which aims to develop creative writing skills and give young people a voice. The students will spend the year planning and writing a script which they will then submit to a national competition. They will get one to one feedback on their first draft of script from Tess Seddon after half term. I will run 8 workshops across the year, helping them to develop their ideas and writing.  On the 18th Nov, Tess worked with them on dramatic structure and the idea that characters always have inner tensions and motivations that come out in their dialogue in different ways that often cause conflict.

Wrap Up Manchester Appeal - November 22nd

Over 155 coats, fleeces, hoodies and baby grows were donated by staff and students to The Human Appeal. Progress tutor’s Fathimah Anwar and Melissa Costello–Brown helped sort the clothes and took them home to be washed as part of the Wrap Up Manchester campaign.

Lecture by Dr Sarah Falcus - 23rd Nov 

English Literature students were treated to a lecture by Dr Sarah Falcus from Huddersfield University about 'The Handmaid's Tale'. The students enjoyed getting a university style lecture and increasing their understanding of the novel through university level analysis.  Dr Falcus said she was really impressed with the students' contributions and their thoughts and ideas about the novel as an example of dystopian fiction.

World Aids Day - December 1st

To recognise World AIDS Day, there were free red ribbons to collect on each reception to show support. We hosted stalls on both the Street in the main building and in the Science Centre during lunchtime, selling cakes, cookies and games. 

Launch of Wellbeing Support Hub Site - December 10th 

We welcome students with additional support needs, our Inclusive Learning Team are a real strength. They help students make excellent progress, ensuring learning needs are met. We ensured this support was more easily accessible by launching our Wellbeing Support Hub Site. To find out more about the support we can offer, please visit: http://ow.ly/krZy50H4ekS

NHS Pop Up Vaccine Clinic - December 10th

On Friday, it was not only Christmas Jumper Day but also another very successful NHS drop in vaccination clinic. An impressive number of staff and students received their first or second jab, as well as some getting their boosters.

We had the great pleasure of hosting two of our alumni, Zarmeen Arif and Faryaal Ali, who also joined us on September 17th for a previous clinic. It is so great and inspiring to see our past students progress onto bright futures and exciting careers in so many diverse fields. Thank you to everyone involved.

Dance Jazz Technique Workshop - December 10th

Dance students took part in a Jazz Technique workshop with Olivia Pownall, who has travelled the world performing with Carnival Cruise Lines as well as working at Warner Leisure Hotels and Disneyland Paris. The students were also able to take part in a Q&A with Olivia to gain an insight into what a career in dance entails.

Christmas Jumper Day - December 10th 

It was a very busy day on 10th December! We also had our annual Christmas Jumper Day, we all put on our finest winter woollies, reindeer antlers and snowmen noses in support of Save The Children’s Christmas appeal. Although it was not a particularly chilly day it was a pleasure to dress up warm for the event. The Science Team went all out and almost brought their skis along. Thanks to the Student Executive and the Science Ambassadors we collected £197. Well done!

We were supported in our collections by our new Year 12 OSFC Science Ambassadors (Iram Shakil, Akwuobi Faith, Armana Hemmati, Favour Afemikhe, Jahedul Haqq, Muhammad Umar Nadeem, Mohammed Khan, Chawan Mahmoodi, Baaz Khan, Zahra Sheikh, Hubert Frankiewicz, Rudshe Chowdhury, Mohammed Mahbub Tuhin, Labaika Ilyas, Paridhi Jhugroo, Hasan Saeed, Sadiyya Hussain, Caleb Gibson, Ahdil Miah, Adil Hussain, and Cady He).

Foodbank Collections - December 15th

As is the annual tradition, the OSFC community has been collecting donations of food and money for Oldham Foodbank. Thank you all those who donated food and to all those who have contributed money – so far we have raised £286.17!

We hope that you and your families enjoy a very well-earned break over the next couple of weeks, and we wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!