Three Sixth Form students were part of First Story this year. Folasade Alaka, Rajdeep Singh and Michael Simpson captivated the audience as they read their work leaving staff, students and visitors spellbound. This year their work was published in an anthology called ‘Out of Space’. It was an honour to listen to such mature thoughts and we wish them well in their future writing careers. I am sure we have not heard the last of their work.
Since September 2012, the First Story group at Loxford has gone from strength to strength. With our new writer in residence, Alice Albinia, a new cohort of writers have enjoyed a range of workshops, producing some impressive and exciting pieces of writing.
First Story supports and inspires creativity, literacy and confidence in challenging UK secondary schools and their communities. First Story arranges and pays for acclaimed writers to run creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country. Over the course of an academic year, each writer-in-residence leads weekly, after-school workshops for a group of up to twenty-one students. We publish the students’ writing in a professionally produced anthology for each school, and the schools host book-launch events at which the students read their stories to their peers, friends, families and teachers.
Speaker’s School Council Award
The School council made up of students from Year 2 – Year 12, were given the opportunity to enter the School Speakers Council Award. They presented their idea of Disney, and the ways in which young people have to grow up too fast.
The school council were given support by members of senior management in order to go ahead with their projects to get Disney running throughout the school.
We have organised a trip for students to see Disney on Ice at Wembley Arena, this also supports the schools SMSC policy and ensuring that our students are rounded when they leave at the end of year 11 or 13.
We have also organised Disney viewings of films, the most recent being ‘Frozen’ as the student council decided that this would be a film which they would all like to watch. – We also have plans to organise more Disney viewings in the future, to support our project of keeping young people, involved in their childhoods.
We have also supported the school in showing more Disney / pixar animated films during wet lunches, this has supported our idea on keeping students as children and young.
We have also encouraged older students in the school, to sing Disney songs for example ‘Let it go’ to younger students which has helped them with starting the school day in a positive way, as well as ensuring that students are aware that these older students are role models and able to support younger students should they have issues.
The schools assemblies for achievement had the song ‘Let it go’ from Frozen sang, this became a song for all year groups within the school. This was also emphasised as the final song in the Winter Concert, which was supported by the schools orchestra and music department.
- We have been able to get more top up machines located in the school to reduce the time trying to load money onto our fingers.
- We have started out Disney club.
- We have all had the opportunity to vote in Redbridge Youth Election.
- Students have supported the celebrations for Chinese New Year, with Chinese food being served in the canteen.
- We have worked with the police to raise issues which affect young people.
- We have looked at ways to complete the school pledges to become well rounded individuals.