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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Oasis Academy Parkwood pupil recognised nationally for community work

Oasis Academy Parkwood pupil recognised nationally for community work
Daniel Marsh

A year 6 pupil from Oasis Academy Parkwood has been recognised as a national winner for her commitment to her community.

Alisha Fletcher was announced as the national winner of the Community Award at the 2021 Oasis National Student Awards. Chosen as the overall winner for the primary phase, she received a special trophy at the event on Friday 9th July.

Alisha was chosen out of over 260 nominated students from across the country, due to all the time she has given freely to support the running of her community Hub. Throughout 2019/20 she helped her family to run activity workshops for all ages every week, helping set up, provide catering and coming up with new ideas. During the workshops, Alisha consistently went out of her way to help younger children, showing a real commitment and strength in character for her age.

Travey Norriss, Principal at Oasis Academy Parkwood, commented saying; "We are so incredibly proud of Alisha, she shows dedication and belief in her community and always is looking at ways to help them. I know Alisha will be very humble receiving this award but we all think she is amazing.

The awards were part of a bi-annual event, held digitally this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, where young people aged 10-18 from the family of Oasis academies were celebrated for their character, competence and commitment to community.

Nominated students from across 51 academies gathered together online to enjoy an afternoon of professional entertainment, including ariel acrobatics and freestyle football, celebrity congratulations messages from television presenters and blockbuster actors from franchises such as Marvel and Harry Potter, and praise from key leaders within the trust.

Thanks to Sodexo, the key sponsor for the event, every school was also delivered a special afternoon tea hamper for the students to enjoy with their Principal and teachers.

Due to the nature of this year’s event, the trust has also pledged to donate the un-spent sponsorship money from Sodexo, New Combustion and Bulloughs Cleaning Services into fighting food poverty within the communities they serve.