Making a Positive Contribution

Hundreds of students at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently took part in a ‘Make A Positive Contribution Day’ which enabled them to do something to support others in their local community.

All of Year 7 were involved in a carousel of production activities throughout the day which saw students creating their own gift-wrapped soap, an array of Halloween-themed goods including cards, phone cases, masks and spider cupcakes and even spooky personalised mugs! Working with a range of different experts, the students developed their scientific, creative and artistic skills and at the end of the day, they used their entrepreneurial skills to set up a ‘marketplace’ to sell all the products they had made, raising money for local charities.

Meanwhile, Year 8 showed off their technological skills when they prepared powerful messages in the form of leaflets, iMovies, comic strips and jingles to be delivered in assemblies during Anti-bullying Week in November.

Also proud to make a positive contribution in the local community were Year 10’s who undertook volunteering placements in several local primary schools. Working with Brookvale, Murdishaw West, Gorsewood and Windmill Hill Primary Schools, the students worked alongside the primary pupils as young classroom assistants and also helped staff to supervise on the playground; a project which they are hoping to continue with on a regular basis.

Mrs Snagg, Leader of Transition and Community Development, who organised all the events said “They involved themselves in the range of activities with great enthusiasm and interest. I was amazed to see how dedicated they were to contribute to their local community in so many ways. These are important qualities to instil in young people and our students welcomed these opportunities, many of which we now hope to develop even further.”