Just over a decade ago, Oasis Founder Rev Steve Chalk MBE, stood in a windswept field in Enfield and shared his vision of creating a school that would serve the young people and families of the local community, establishing a welcoming place of learning that local people could be proud of.
In September 2007, Oasis Academy Enfield opened its doors to its very first students. From those humble beginnings, a large and successful secondary school has grown and flourished, and the Academy’s current young people and staff are joining invited guests to celebrate ten years of service for a community of which it is incredibly proud to be a part.
Oasis Academy Enfield’s celebration also marks an important milestone for Oasis Community Learning – along with Oasis Academy Immingham and Wintringham, Enfield was the first of what is now a family of 49 schools across the UK.
To mark the 10th anniversary of opening, the Academy held a brilliant birthday party on Tuesday 10th October around the theme of ‘tens’.
The Academy has organised a whole school photo, recording the faces of 1000 smiling students and staff for prosperity.
This week students have been collecting raffle tickets for great work, self-discipline and character (part of our normal rewards process) but 10 of these will be special golden tickets. Those who get these will be guests of honour at a gourmet a la carte five-course meal cooked by a professional chef from our friends at Sodexo. It will, of course, conclude with birthday cake!
Thirty brave youngsters have abseiled 100ft down the Academy’s beautiful central agora which sits at the heart of the school, each raising money for our partner school in Uganda.
Rather than give themselves a present for their birthday, each child and teacher is going to donate a pound, and at the end of the day we hope to write a cheque for over £1000 to our partner school in Uganda; that is enough for a whole teacher’s salary for a year!
Neil Hassell, Principal of Oasis Academy Enfield, says: “I am so proud to lead this school, and doubly so to be able to join the whole community in celebrating this marvellous milestone.”
“Ten years represents over two thousand young people who have started their adult lives here and gone onto fantastic careers and valuable lives. Our motto Learning Together, Succeeding Together could not have more special meaning than it does today.”
The celebrations are to continue this summer when the Academy will invite in the wider community to join them for a summer birthday fayre.