The students and staff at Oasis Academy Silvertown, one of Newham’s newest secondary schools said a big ‘thank you’ at a special milestone event to all those who have helped the Academy to open, and celebrated all that the young people have already achieved.
Having opened in 2014 the Academy is marking the end of its first year on Rymill Street in North Woolwich. The school family paused to thank all those who have made the new Academy possible including their parents, the local community, Newham Council, the Oasis academy chain, and they themselves are the pioneering first students.
Parents and representatives of all those involved in the establishment of the Academy were welcomed to the special event hosted by the students. There was an exhibition of some of the young people’s artwork, and the increasingly renowned Academy choir performed for the whole school. There was a thank you message from Academy Council Chair, Pastor Dave Mann, who spoke of his ongoing vision to build community in Silvertown. Rev Steve Chalke, Founder of the Oasis group of charities, then addressed the assembly on how the students deserve the thanks as they are the school – the Academy’s successes are theirs.
“As a school family we wanted to hold this event to say thank you to all those who have worked so hard to support us to establish Oasis Academy Silvertown,” says Johanna Thompson, Principal of the Academy.”
“A number of years ago our Academy Chair, Dave Mann, met with Oasis Founder Steve Chalke to talk about his ambition for a new, community-focussed school in Silvertown, and now here we are. But that is only achievable thanks to many committed professionals working together, with the support of our first students’ parents and the local community.”
“While the future is bright for this Academy, there is no room for complacency. Next year marks the first year of GCSEs for our students, and we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7s in September. Together we will continue to build an Academy of which this community can be rightly proud.”
The event marked a special month for the Academy after school inspectors Ofsted reported it to be ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ leadership, behaviour and development, and outcomes for pupils.
“Johanna and her team of teachers have established a truly inspirational and high-achieving Academy family at Silvertown, as shown by Ofsted last month,” added Oasis’s Regional Director for London and the South East, Kirstie Fulthorpe.
“Students are dedicated and passionate, and have achieved great things in the short three years the school has been opened.”
“This was a great event for us to say thank you to Johanna, the staff, the students, their parents and local community for all of their ongoing support. We could not do it without them.”