Six student leaders from the Oasis academies in Southampton joined others from around the country for the first Student Leadership Residential. Held at the Pioneer Centre in Kidderminster, they took part in a full leadership course designed to allow them to grow and develop their leadership skills, with training, workshops, project planning and the opportunity to spend time with senior leaders within Oasis.
The residential was led by Andrew Smyth, Jon Needham and Kat Simmonds with input from other Oasis leaders including the founder Steve Chalke, and supported by staff from the Oasis academies and community teams.
Karen Dawkins and Paul Woodman accompanied the Southampton students and said;
"We were very impressed with how well our students bonded with each other and with those from other academies around the country. They were enthusiastic in the sessions and thoroughly enjoyed their time learning about leadership in this environment."
Sahar from Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill said;
"The residential was honestly the best time l have had in ages. Meeting everyone from different Oasis academies and seeing what differences we have as a school and a community was amazing, and obviously meeting Steve Chalke was the best part. It was great getting to know the story of how Oasis was created to where it is now internationally, and learning the different values we need to become a great leader."
Rifat from Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill said;
"This residential was an eye-opening experience, that allowed us to understand what real leadership looked and felt like. It allowed us to express ourselves through our leadership, creating areas where we found we did well and areas we could improve. Overall, this residential was a fun journey filled with laughter, excitement, and knowledge, which allowed us to come out of our comfort zones and work with new people."
Louisa from Oasis Academy Sholing said;
"It was amazing to hear Steve Chalke’s stories on how Oasis was founded and how cats saved Oasis Enfield!"
Jake from Oasis Academy Sholing said;
"Getting to talk to students from other academies around the country was really interesting. I learnt a lot about leadership and the evenings were great fun – I won an inflatable unicorn!"
Rosina from Oasis Academy Mayfield said;
"This residential was a really enjoyable experience, which showed us how to be a great leader and overcome the barriers that may be in your way. It allowed us to express ourselves and come out of our comfort zone, such as public speaking and working with new faces who helped recognise our strengths and also the things we may need to improve on. We learnt the way Oasis was created and how it has developed since then. Over the trip, many of us formed good friendships which created a positive atmosphere. Overall, it was a fun journey filled with laughter and knowledge."
Correy from Oasis Academy Mayfield said;
"I really enjoyed the residential, the staff were lovely and encouraging, the food was amazing and meeting all the people behind Oasis, such as Steve Chalke, was incredible and inspiring. I enjoyed the time we had to ask questions to the "panel" and the activities in the evening. The trip was so much fun and i would definitely go again."
Regional Director, Joanna Lawton praised the students saying,
"I’m very proud of the way our students collaborated and participated in this leadership training. They have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills during this residential program. Their achievements reflect the high standards of excellence that define our academies. I look forward to seeing the continued impact of their leadership in the academy environment and beyond."