Many of our pupils have roles and responsibilities across the academy. They make a highly positive contribution to the life of the school and actively support the wellbeing of other pupils and members of our local community.
Student’s opinions are very important and should play a key role in shaping the Academy. In order to achieve this, we have formed the School Parliament; key roles and groups within the Academy which allow pupils to have their say and to voice their opinions as well as supporting other students. All students involved in student voice have the opportunity to develop key skills of leadership, responsibility, team work, organisation, the opportunity to raise self esteem and build self confidence.
Each class are represented on the School Parliament by two children and the children represent different departments within the parliament depending upon their interests.
We have departments for:
Equality and Inclusion
School Parliament 2021/2022
27/9/2021 Election Day was a great success with all the children voting democratically for who they wanted to represent our academy. We are very proud of all the children who put themselves forward & shared their manifestos with their class last week. The new team will be announced 29/9.
29/9/2021 We are proud to introduce our new School Parliament members for this academic year. Well done to everybody who shared their manifestos and congratulations to our new representatives! we’re looking forward to seeing their future plans with Mrs Carr!
29/9/2021 13/10/2021: School Parliament have launched our pumpkin carve off competition. Please see the letter that has been emailed out & can be found on our website. Entries to be added to our pumpkin path Wed 20th - Thurs 21st. Winners announced 22nd. We can’t wait to see your spooktacular designs!
19/10/2021: Our School Parliament display has been updated with our members and quotes of their wishes for the year. They are very enthusiastic for their current and future plans.
20/10/2021: Thank you to Mrs Carr & our School Parliament for hosting their first assembly. They each shared their wishes for the year and also reminded everybody about our competition! They also introduced Odd Socks Day for #AntiBullyingWeek More info will be emailed soon. 22/10/2021: School Parliament had such a tough job this morning judging the winners of our pumpkin carve off competition! Well done to everybody who entered and congratulations to our winners!
4/11/2021: #RemembranceSunday items on sale from tomorrow. Children can bring in some small change if they would like to buy anything. Our office staff will be visiting classes daily. Watch this space for School Parliament's Remembrance Day competition too!
6/11/2021: Our School Parliament have launched their #RemembranceDay competition. We invite children to showcase their creativity and design a poppy. These will be displayed in school and we have prizes for the winners! Entries to be brought it by 12th November - good luck!
8/11/2021: Thank you to Mrs Carr, Miss Bowe and our School Parliament for hosting a virtual assembly on #RemembranceDay They shared why Poppy Day is significant, the meaning behind wearing poppies and we honoured the people and animals who died in their line of duty #LestWeForget
9/11/2021: Our School Parliament would like to spread happiness and for OPA Lofthouse Gate to take part in the Samaritan’s Purse shoe box appeal. Please see the letter emailed for more details.
12/11/2021: We asked for creativity and you have delivered Lofthouse Gate! School Parliament have got such a tough job today to decide the winners! Thank you for ALL your amazing entries #RemembranceDay https://twitter.com/OPA_LG/status/1459105066879705089?s=20
12/11/2021: Congratulations to the winners of our Poppy competition! #RemembranceDay
17/11/2021: Thank you to our School Parliament for their assembly on #AntiBullyingWeek They discussed what bullying is (Several Times On Purpose), what to do if we see bullying and how to ensure we don’t become a bully.
17/11/2021: It was fantastic for different School Parliament departments to meet with Mr Wilson and about the various challenges that will take place this year. Attendance, road safety and environmental challenges were all launched. Our team came up with some brilliant ideas!
22/11/2021: Our School Parliament members were so proud to gift our shoeboxes to Samaritan's Purse
today. Thank you to everybody who sent in a shoebox for the appeal - you really will make somebody’s Christmas.
7/1/2022: Introducing our Eco Committee who have worked with School Parliament to complete our Environmental Review They now have an action plan and are so excited to see their ideas come to fruition!
25/1/2022: As part of their task set by Lee Wilson, members of our School Parliament shared ideas on attendance and punctuality. Yesterday, they also met with a member of our Academy Council to discuss the impact they have had on the academy so far this academic year and future plans.
28/1/2022: Thank you to Miss Bowe and our School Parliament for an informative assembly to introduce Fairtrade Fortnight. Please share any fair trade items you buy and how you show your support. Find out more information at: https://fairtrade.org.uk
28/3/2022: We are ever so excited for our future plans! School Parliament and Mr Wright made a great start today. 28/3/2022: Our School Parliament members have been using role play to use Restorative Practice and be able to confidentially use this to support their peers at social times. 29/3/2022: Thank you to our School Parliament members for recapping the British Values and updating the academy of their current and future projects. They are so excited to have already started clearing our garden area and for what is to come. Our School Parliament love hosting a poster competition at OPALG and the team introduced the criteria for the different year groups to help raise awareness of energy usage around the academy. Posters will be laminated and displayed. Turn off the lights when rooms are empty: Year 1 & 2 Turn off monitors and whiteboards when not using: Year 3 Turn taps off when finished washing hands: Year 4 Recycle paper in the green bins provided: Year 5 Ensure safe parking/road safety in the local area: Year 6
Future News! Watch this space (and for a letter soon) to hear our School Parliaments plans to organise an ‘OGAT Primary Platinum Playground Party’ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
19/5/2022: Thank you to School Parliament who delivered an assembly all about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Our members spoke confidentially about Her Majesty’s life and reign and read extracts from some wonderful books kindly shared from the Lee family. 19/5/2022: Our children love a good competition! School Parliament launched a crown making competition in assembly today and they are excited to judge the winners. Further information will be emailed out. We cannot wait to see all your fantastic creations showcased on our crown parades! There will be a winner per year group and prizes will be handed out. Please ensure your child’s crown has their name and class on. We’d love for you to tweet your entries too.
School Parliament 2020/2021
28/9/2020: Election Day was a great success with all the children voting democratically for who they wanted to represent our academy. We are very proud of all the children who put themselves forward and shared their manifestos with their class last week. Miss Park will announce the representatives for the six departments on 30/9/2020.
30/9/2020: We are proud to introduce our new School Parliament members for this academic year Well done to everybody who shared their manifestos and congratulations to our new representatives!
Why did you want to be a member of School Parliament?
Katie: "I'm kind and good at listening. I want to help make things even better!" Elwood: "I want to help make school even better and a place for everyone to be happy!" James: "I want people to think about British Values and our rules." Florence: "I want to help make our school more eco-friendly." Jackson: "School Parliament will challenge me and allow me to do something different, braver and help people." Matthew: "I want to be a member of School Parliament because I'm helpful and I want to make a difference." Seb: "I want to get answers for people and help make changes." Ivy: "I want to help make people feel included and share ideas." Lily: "I want to help make school even better and to help fundraise." Erin: "I want to try and help make a difference." Eva: "I want to have a positive impact and make changes throughout school." Grace: "I want to help make the school a happier place."
7/10/2020: School Parliament had their first meeting with Miss Park and decided the representatives for each department and the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Prime Minister: Eva Deputy Prime Minister: Erin Department for Health: Erin and Jackson Department for Sport: Eva and Seb Department for Energy: Florence and Matthew Department for Education: Ivy and Katie Department for Equality and Inclusion: Grace and Elwood Department for Enterprise: Lily and James
1/10/2020: School Parliament work in partnership with St Catherine's food bank in Wakefield every year. Dean came and collected all our amazing food donations and thanked us for our generosity that will make such a difference to so many people
7/10/2020: School Parliament launched our Pumpkin Path Carve Off Contest. They will judge the entries and announce three winners on 23/10. They can't wait to see everybody's spooktacular designs!
7/10/2020: Florence and Matthew, who are School Parliament members from the Department for Energy, have launched our environmental campaign to recycle batteries.
Why is recycling batteries so important?
When batteries begin to rot in landfill sites, the chemicals may leak into the ground, which can cause soil and water pollution. When chemicals contaminate soil and water, animals, humans and the environment can be harmed.
Our School Parliament have requested that any old/unwanted batteries are sent into school in a sealed bag. They will be quarantined for 72 hours and then taken by School Parliament members to our battery collection point.
19/10/2020: Our School Parliament have teamed up with Morrisons, who are running a poppy appeal competition for Remembrance Day. Entries are to be brought into the academy by 3/11 to be in with a chance of winning! School Parliament will choose and announce the winners. All entries will be displayed at Morrisons, Dewsbury Road.
20/10/2020: In today’s assembly, our School Parliament shared the next project. After discussing the importance of being kind and spreading happiness, they would like us to take part in the Samaritan’s Purse shoe box appeal. Boxes to be brought in by 12/11. Please see the letter emailed for more details.
23/10/2020: School Parliament had the tough decision of judging the pumpkin competition! What a fa-boo-lous turn out. Thank you to everybody who entered their fang-tastic designs. Congratulations to our three winners: Maya (Nursery), Winnie (RM) and Lily (5B).
13.11.2020: Our School Parliament wanted to say a huge thank you for all the Christmas shoe boxes that have been donated We have over 100 to send to - another amazing effort Lofthouse Family!
20/11/2020: Our School Parliament members launched a KS2 Road Safety competition in partnership with Wakefield Council. Entries to be handed in by 1st December to be in with a chance of having the banner displayed outside schools in Wakefield and a £50 shopping voucher!
20/1/2021: Thank you to Matthew and Florence, who are from our Department for Energy Saving, for launching ‘No Food Waste Fridays!’ Mrs Carr spoke about remembering to reuse, reduce and recycle. This is our world and our actions can make a difference for now and in the future. 20/1/2021: Mrs Carr and our members from the Department for Energy Saving have launched a competition! They would like you to create a poster or video to raise awareness for our ‘No Food Waste Fridays! Entries to be handed in to the academy or via Google Classroom by 29th January.
29/1/2021:Thank you and well done to everybody (both at home and in school) for entering the ‘No Food Waste Fridays!’ competition. It was a tough decision...congratulations to our three winners: Gabby, Jenson and Niamh! 22/2/2021: Thank you to Mrs Carr and our School Parliament for an informative assembly to introduce #FairtradeFortnight. Please share any fair trade items you buy and how you show your support Find out more information at: https://fairtrade.org.uk
16/4/2021: Our School Parliament launched the Food Fairytales competitions today! Children can ask their teacher for an entry form. Deadline: 22/4. School Parliament will choose a winner from KS1 & KS2 to be entered into the overall Trust competition judged by
22/4/2021: Earth Day is such an important event raising awareness of our ever precious environment In our virtual assembly today, our Department for Energy have discussed the issue of climate change & how we can make changes as children at OPA Lofthouse Gate.
@OPA_LG too. All entries to be tweeted by 29th April to ensure we get 1000 trees planted in our academy's name and to receive some audio goods for too!
27/4/2021: Thank you to everybody who entered our Fairytale Food poster competition - we loved your creations! School Parliament had the tough decision to pick a KS1 and KS2 winner to be submitted to the Trust's competition judged by ISS Food Services. Congratulations to our winners Grace and Isla!
13/5/2021: As part of this half term’s OPA Diploma to ‘Actively Contribute to my Local Community’, our School Parliament worked in collaboration with Wakefield Council to litter pick in Lofthouse this afternoon!
9/6/2021: Our School Parliament launched the Aldi UK design a lorry competition to celebrate fresh, healthy food! Entries are to be handed in by 15th June and Mrs Carr will submit. The overall winners could win £1000 of vouchers for Lofthouse Gate and will see their designs on the Aldi lorries!
Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions 2021/2022
Following our assembly today, Miss Holmes is looking for kind, friendly and patient children (Y3-6) to become our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions. Ask your class teacher for an application form. Closing date: 30/9.
30/9/2021 We are proud to announce our new Mental Health & Wellbeing Champions! Thank you to everybody who applied & well done to our new team! We can’t wait to see how you work together to help promote mental health & well being of our pupils & staff across the academy. They are already ready and raring to go with plans for their first event!
8/10/2021: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions would love to see how many children enter their competition and how many share their self soothing boxes/areas. This lunchtime, there are so many children giving compliments to others - it is just lovely to see!
8/10/2021: Thank you to Miss Holmes and our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for their assembly on #HelloYellow Day and #WorldMentalHealthDay. They have set a challenge for everybody today to enter and would love to see any self soothe boxes you have a home.
8/10/2021: Today we are saying #HelloYellow to show our support for children and young people’s mental health Thank you for all your donations for YoungMindsUK to help give the best possible mental health support.
12/10/2021: Thank you to everybody in the academy for sprinkling it with yellow on Friday to show our support for mental health. Thank you to everybody who donated, we have raised an amazing £204.50 for Young Minds.
10/11/2021: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions met today to help prepare and discuss our new whole school display linked to ‘Inside Out’ and emotions. The display will be ready soon.
11/10/2021: Over 100 children entered our Hello Yellow competition - amazing! The winner was chosen from a lucky dip. Florence was so happy with her mental health goodies and couldn’t wait to tell me! #MentalHealthMatters 11/10/2021: Monday 15th November is Odd Socks Day for #AntiBullyingWeek￼ Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions invite all our children & staff to wear odd socks with their normal uniform @OPA_LG let’s join in, show our support & express our individuality!
11/11/2021: Thank you to Miss Holmes and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for hosting a virtual assembly on introducing #AntiBullyingWeek and #WorldKindnessDay We all know that doing small acts of kindness for strangers or people in need is one of the best ways to make the world a better place. It doesn’t take much effort but it has an incredible impact on those around us. Today, they inspired kindness and to be the change!
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions also launched a competition in assembly today. Everybody is invited to design their own pair of odd socks! Deadline is 17th November. Winners announced 19th November.
15/11/2021: Thank you our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for hosting their assembly today on #OddSocksDay and the importance of this year’s theme of ‘One Kind Word’
19/11/2021: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions had the tough decision judging the #OddSocksDay competition! Well done to all our unique entries! Congratulations to Ben our winner!
1/2: Thank you to Miss Holmes and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for a virtual assembly on their roles and how they are going to continue to support their peers. Before the holidays, our champions went round each class to gather ideas and suggestions for the future. Miss Holmes cannot wait to work with the team to continue to improve and promote positive mental health at @OPA_LG!
27/1/2022: Thank you to Miss Holmes and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for launching the theme of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek. The theme is to encourage children (and adults) to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow. Our champions have lots of exciting plans for classes to be involved in from 7-14th February and to continue to support positive mental health across our academy.
7/2/2022: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions work together to help promote positive mental health everyday. Today, they hosted an assembly linked to #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek with the theme ‘Growing Together’ 11/2/2022: All of our children with a responsibility work with pride to help at OPA Lofthouse Gate to thrive. Here is Emily, who is one of our mental health and wellbeing champions, caught in action delivering a session on how we can grow to her class during ‘Time to…’
11/2/2022: Here is a snapshot of #WalkWithLofthouse which took place this week as part of #ChildrensMentaHealthWeek. The children walked and chatted about how they would like to grow this year and how to promote positive mental health.
Resources shared for parents/carers and staff. These are also displayed in the staffroom and at the main entrance of the academy. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Jx0Nt1PgPKjbX9sB_JXjYbOZq9q9bQVfnv_4u7B7Q1Y/edit
28/2/2022: Our Mental Health and Champions have been using role play to use Restorative Practice and be able to confidentially use this to support their peers at social times.
When you take a step back and look at the hall full of people talking about why mental health matters every day. Thank you to everybody who joined us today and helped make our first Tea and Talk morning such a success. A special shout out to Mrs Perrow, Miss Berrie, Mr Wood, Oli from @andysmanclubuk and Charlotte from @WCamhs for speaking to us about the amazing work you all do and sharing your stories. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions did us proud, as always! They spoke confidently and proudly about their supportive role across the academy. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!
6.5.2022: Thank you to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for sharing the fantastic Usbourne Unworry Pack with classes today. The children have access to the full booklet in school and here is the link for anybody that wants to use it at home too https://usborne.com/media/CategoryLandingPanels/mental_health/UNWORRY_PACK_for_web.pdf
10.5.2022: A wonderful tweet shared from Bring Me To Life - Women's Wellness in Wakefield.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions 2020/2021
22/10/2020: We are proud to have our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions! Thank you to everybody who applied & well done to our new team! We can’t wait to see how you work together to help promote mental health and well being of our pupils and staff across the academy.
5.11.2020: Our Mental Health Champions have spent time this afternoon preparing for their first assembly linked to anti-bullying week. They were so enthusiastic to support their peers and will be introducing a competition soon for Y1-Y6!
13.11.2020: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions wanted to say thank you to everybody who has shown their support for Children in Need today. We have raised an amazing £234.25 - well done Lofthouse family!
16.11.2020: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions wanted to thank everybody who has shown their support for #AntiBullyingWeek today! It’s great to see so many odd socks around the academy and the important message they represent. They are very excited to judge the anti-bullying poster competition at the end of the week! Our Mental Health Champions hosted an assembly on #AntiBullyingWeek and the theme #UnitedAgainstBullying. They shared what bullying is, how to help stop bullying & how to promote an academy full of kindness. They also shared the @ABAonline 2020 video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8e7NRIk4AA&feature=youtu.be
20/11/2020: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions really enjoyed looking at the entries for the anti-bullying poster competition. Thank you to everybody who entered. Here are our proud winners - congratulations! They will be displayed in our mental health area in the academy.
24/11/2020: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions proudly presented a virtual assembly all about kindness and how to be a bucket filler!
26/1/2021: It was great to have all my Mental Health Wellbeing Champions together this afternoon (both in school and from at home!) We had lots of fun preparing and recording our assembly for Friday.
29/1/2021:We hope you enjoyed our virtual assembly launching Children’s Mental Health week and this year’s theme ‘Express Yourself’. The champions shared tips and techniques on how to deal with different emotions and to regulate our feelings. 9/2/2021: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions worked with Billy from SSP to provide videos with techniques to help our wellbeing. 3/8/2021: Thank you to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for sharing their inspirational quotes, the calming hand technique and introducing Miss Holme’s mood tracker in today’s virtual assembly.
22/4/2021: As the sun was shining, we took our meeting outside! Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions have prepared an assembly for next week on one word that can help change our mindset from fixed to growth #MentalHealthMatters
26/4/2021: Thank you to our Mental Health & Wellbeing Champions for their assembly on the ‘Power of YET!’ The realisation is that some things are worth waiting for & those things take work. It’s not always easy, but the power of this small word allows for success. 29/4/2021: To prepare for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, our champions & Mrs Earnshaw have created nature challenges for each class to complete 10-16th May. We would love you to tweet any way in which you connect with nature too! They are very excited to launch #MentalHealthAwareness week assembly on 10th May. They had lots of ideas for all year groups and hope you enjoy the mental health activities they’ve chosen & finding ways to connect with nature.
10/5/2021: Our Mental Health Champions were very excited to launch Mental Health Awareness Week and each shared a challenge that children across the academy can complete. The theme this year is #ConnectWithNature Please tweet in any activities you complete at home!
10/5/2021: Chloe, one of our Y6 mental health champions, would love for people to tweet in photographs of nature during Mental Health Awareness Week. The champions will choose their favourite and there is a prize for the winning entry!
18/5/2021: Thank you and well done to everybody who entered Chloe’s #ConnectWithNature photography competition - it was lovely to see your nature snaps! She had the very tough decision of choosing a winner. Congratulations to our winner: Niamh!
24/5/2021: Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions did a fantastic job at hosting our assembly today! They shared top tips to support our wellbeing and gave lots of information on the importance of sleep, drinking water, eating a rainbow of food, exercising and ways to manage our emotions. Small changes can make a big difference to how we feel and think. Nuffield Health have set a challenge for you - please tweet in any positive changes you make! You will receive an email this week with a well being journal to complete with your child, if you wish.
8/6/2021: Thank you to our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions for hosting an assembly based on the book ‘Felix After the Rain’. They have shared the importance of sharing our emotions with others and how we can feel better when we do this.
They also introduced a fantastic activity for each class to complete on self-esteem and the positive impact it has on ourselves and others when we spread kindness to others.
Reading Ambassadors 2021/2022
13/9/2021 In assembly today, we have launched one of our roles we have within the academy. Miss Park is looking for a Reading Ambassador from each class (Y1-6) to help promote a love of reading across the academy. Class teachers have the application forms. Closing date: 21st September Miss Park shared our pupil guide to Accelerated Reader video and discussed the importance of reading. We have some very excited children ready to choose their new books The video can be found on our website, just scroll down:https://www.lofthousegate.outwood.com/phonics-and-reading-schemes
Our Book Donation Point is back! We have a timetable so that every class has the opportunity (once a week) to take a book of their choice home. Our Year 5 children will have the books organised and ready to browse! If you have any donations, we would be very grateful.
28/9/2021 We are proud to announce our new Reading Ambassadors! Thank you to everybody who applied & well done to our new team! We can’t wait to see how you work together to help promote a love for reading across the academy.
5/10/2021: During their first meeting today, our new Reading Ambassadors have decided they would like to run a school poetry competition as it is #NationalPoetryDay on Thursday! They would love for as many children as possible to enter from Y1-Y6. The competition is to write a poem about school life at OPA Lofthouse Gate! Entries are to be handed in to class teachers & the closing date is the 18th October There will be a winner chosen from KS1, LKS2 & UKS2. This will all be emailed in a letter tomorrow. Happy writing!
7/10/2021: Following the links to see two of our children sharing poems and why they like poetry!
8/10/2021: Thank you to Miss Park and our Reading Ambassdors for launching #NationalPoetryDay in assembly Lots of poems were shared, discussed and performed - some short, some long, some funny and some more serious! Please share your favourite poems - perhaps you could perform them and tweet in!
13/10/2021: Thank you to Miss Park and our Reading Ambassadors for hosting their first assembly with such passion and enthusiasm. They shared all the things they have done so far including a survey, organising the book donation point and reading poems to their peers.
18/10/2021: Here are our Reading Ambassadors showcasing their current ‘Read it, Rate it, Post it’ book reviews for everybody to see!
19/10/2021: Our Reading Ambassadors had the tough decision of judging our poetry competition today. Winners will be announced in assembly on Friday!
22/10/2021: And the celebrations continue this morning! Well done to everybody who entered our poetry competition Congratulations to our winners who were announced in assembly today by our Reading Ambassadors.
13/1/2022: Across the academy this afternoon, children spent time reading for pleasure and getting cosy with a good book. We love the ideas our Reading Ambassadors keep coming up with! 12/1/2022: We are SO excited for our Reading Ambassadors to paint and decorate our brand new book donation point. A huge thank you to Miss Park’s very talented auntie for making this post box for
4/2/2022: As part of our regular reading for pleasure activities, our Reading Ambassadors shared a story with their class today. Here are some of the team in action! What a great way to showcase #NationalStorytellingWeek
11/2/2022: Here are our Reading Ambassadors preparing for #InternationalBookGivingDa. They have wrapped a surprise book for each class at OPA Lofthouse Gate to read and enjoy together. 3/3/2022: Thank you to our Reading Ambassadors for hosting our #WorldBookDay assembly. The academy has been filled with laughter when watching the ‘Masked Reader’ and the children loved guessing the adults who were reading snippets of different books.
3/3/2022: What a tough decision our Reading Ambassadors had judging our Book Spoon entries! Everybody has been blown away by your creativity and efforts. Here are the chosen winning spoons - congratulations!
Our Reading Ambassadors organised another fabulous reading for pleasure session this afternoon. It is just lovely to see children from different year groups come together and share a love of books.
29/3/2022: Here is our Reading Ambassadors most recent newsletter for Spring 2: https://www.lofthousegate.outwood.com/posts/3294
8/4/2022: It was like Christmas today when this delivering came (and there’s more to come!) Thank you to our PTFA
for buying these wonderful books for Accelerated Reader. Our Reading Ambassadors proudly stocked our shelves, baskets and reading corners today.
26/4/2022: Miss Park and our Reading Ambassadors have created a new reading space in the academy for children to sit, relax and read!
12/5/2022: Look at our two brand new outdoor Lofthouse libraries! The books are for children to enjoy during playtimes and children are welcome to take one book home at a time to borrow. This is in addition to our book donation point in school.
16/5/2022: Our Reading Ambassadors and Miss Park are excited to have registered us for the
@Literacy_Trust Royal Reading Challenge! A letter will be sent out today with more details for the competition being run for Years 1-6. If an entry from OPA Lofthouse Gate wins the prize draw, then we get a box of books and the winning entry might just find its way to Buckingham Palace! Good luck everybody.
Reading Ambassadors 2020/2021
14/10/2020: We are proud to have our new Reading Ambassadors! Here some of them are with their current book Thank you to everybody who applied & well done to our new team! We can’t wait to see how you work together to help promote a love for reading across the academy.
W/C 9th November 2020 - Children's Book Week! Our Reading Ambassadors, along with our English leads Mr Duerden-Brown and Mrs Thompson, have shared their favourite videos for all to see! Please follow the link to our Twitter page to watch: https://twitter.com/OPA_LG/status/1326922158795350016
2/2/2021: Thank you to Mr Duerden-Brown and our Reading Ambassadors for sharing their book reviews, the class virtual libraries, National Storytelling Week and the challenge to make somebody laugh when retelling a story! Please share on Twitter/Google classrooms - we’d love to see!
2/2/2021: Thank you to our PTFA for funding our Patron of Reading Conrad Burdekin sharing a story with the whole academy virtually! It will be shared in classes and on Google classrooms this week to help celebrate #NationalStorytellingWeek
23/2/2021: Thank you to Me Duerden-Brown and our Reading Ambassadors for their virtual assembly today. They were very excited to share plans for #WorldBookDay A letter was sent before the half term with further details on.
17/3/201: Thank you to Mr Duerden-Brown and our Reading Ambassadors for raising the profile of World Poetry Day through a virtual assembly.
Spring Term: Our Reading Ambassadors have worked with Mr Duerden-Brown to create their Spring Reading Newsletter. This has been emailed out to all parents, shared in classes and is available on our website: https://www.lofthousegate.outwood.com/posts/1082
5/5/2021: Thank you to our Reading Ambassadors for their virtual assembly on reading for pleasure and sharing @Misterbodd fantastic resources! Could you get off at a different stop today? Our Reading Ambassadors also launched a reading competition for you all to get involved in! To enter - submit a picture of you reading in a random/extreme place (please ask an adult for help if needed to stay safe!) and write a book review on the book you share. You can submit your entries via competitions@lofthousegate.Outwood.com Deadline date is Monday 17th May and winners will be announced Friday 21st May and prizes given! Good luck everybody - we can’t wait to see your extreme reading photos and book reviews.
23/6/2021: Our Reading Ambassadors delivered a virtual assembly on what they have been doing to help promote a love of reading across the academy. This includes a new display, checking planners, helping children to choose a book, organising book areas and book reviews! 2/7/2021: Our Reading Ambassadors were super excited to launch the Summer Reading Challenge 2021! The theme is ‘Wild World Heroes’ & your challenge is to read six library books during the summer holidays! How many children can complete this from OPA Lofthouse Gate?
2/7/2021: Another fantastic resources shared by @Misterbodd- the No Shelf Control monthly book newsletter. I especially love the Q & A with Ian Eagleton as I shared Nen and the Lonely Fisherman last week! Our Reading Ambassadors will be sharing these in classes to add to their reading areas.
Lunchtime Monitors 2021/2022
Here are some of our amazing Year 6 team helping out during lunchtimes. They have wowed us with their dedication and enthusiasm and even spoke to @BMcGarry_ about their role and how proud they are to help others. We have children helping to shuttle younger year groups from the hall to the classrooms, ensuring everybody keep hydrated, helping with clearing away tidily and playing games with children outside.
What an amazing job our Year 6 Fitbods are doing on both KS1 and KS2 playground!
11/2/2022: Thank you to Mr Denning for an assembly on our Fitbods and their role at social times. The team are there to organise activities for other children, increase the amount of physical activity and helping to make our playgrounds a safe and happy place to play. Our Fitbods will also be responsible for awarding our new ‘Social Time Superstar’ trophies every Friday. We can’t wait to see achieves these each week. The trophies will be proudly displayed in your classroom!
Digital Leaders 2021/2022
12/10/2021: Thank you to Miss Hand for today’s assembly on the importance of how and why to be safe on the Internet and to always show respect. Please spend time at home talking about the SMART rule from @childnet. There is also an exciting opportunity for our Year 5 children to become Digital Leaders! Applications forms are with Mrs Burnell and Mrs Thornton - closing date is Friday 15th and they will be announced Wednesday 20th.
22/10/2021: Here are our new Year 5 Digital Leaders! We look forward to seeing their new role in action this year and working alongside Miss Hand to promote online safety.
23/11/2021: Thank you to Miss Hand and our Digital Leaders for a fantastic assembly on top tips to use Google apps. They confidently and enthusiastically shared how they can be used to support learning and homework projects. First up was Google Slides and how to create a presentation with images, changes to fonts and adding animations. Then, Oleka shared the use of videos and how they can be used to showcase learning. And finally Jessica provided a detailed step by step tutorial on the app - Ibis Paint.
26/1/2022: Two of our dedicated Digital Leaders are on a ‘digital tidy’ mission! Opera and Jess are working through all of our iPads to delete unwanted content such as photos/videos to free up space for future projects! It doesn’t stop there…Niamh and Emma have the important role of checking to ensure at the end of the day all iPads/Chromebooks are plugged in and charged ready for the next day. And last but not least, Riley, Oleka and Jess would love to run a lunchtime computing club for younger children. They are working with Miss Hand to plan the sessions and it will be offered to KS1 soon!
28/1/2022: Zach, who is one of our Digital Leaders, has launched a competition for the team to then judge. They would like children to submit a piece of art that has been created digitally. Entries can either be printed and handed to the main office or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please ensure your child’s name and class is included with their work. The deadline date is Thursday 10th February and they can’t wait to see all the creative entries!
Our enthusiastic Digital Leaders hosted a virtual assembly for #SaferInternetDay. This year’s theme is ‘All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online’. The team shared top tips to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology.
Our Digital Leaders gave a pair of helping hands to our Year 1 computing after school club today. Together, they made Valentine’s Day e-cards for their friends.
10/2/2022: Linking to our RSE curriculum, our Digital Leaders hosted their second assembly of the week on understanding the importance of reporting any concerns to an adult and introducing CEOP and when to use it. 18/2/2022: Our Digital Leaders announced the winners of the digital art competition today. Well done to all our entries and congratulations to our winners Grace and Michelle.
11/5/2022: Our Digital Leaders would like to launch a second digital art competition, this time to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. All entries to be handed to class teachers or Miss Hand by 17th May. Winners will be announced on 25th May. Please tweet your entries for everyone to see too!
18/5/2022: In yesterday’s assembly, many children shared that art/drawing/being creative is an enjoyable way to express themselves. We have our digital art competition for children to enter this month - we’d love to see your entries!
Digital Leaders 2020/2021
9/2/2021: Thank you to Miss Hand and our Digital Leaders for sharing their top tips for staying safe online, being internet safe, being internet secure, being internet kind and finally being internet smart #SaferInternetDay2021
12/5/2021: Thank you to Miss Hand and our Digital Leaders for a fantastic assembly on online safety. Our children were reminded of the importance of their digital footprint and the consequences our actions can have in the future. They were also reminded about using social media/games and the age restrictions and to THINK before they write anything online.
School Parliament 2019/2020
“I will always try my best to set a good example and make sure our School Parliament makes positive changes to our academy.” - Y5 Member of School Parliament
MP Visit Our School Parliament had a visit from local MP Andrea Jenkyns (6/3/2020). The children enjoyed learning all about her role and asked lots of insightful questions!
South Kirkby Recycling Centre Visit Finlay and Maddie, who are from our Department of Energy Saving, went to an exciting School Parliament visit today! At South Kirkby Recycling Centre, they learnt all about waste management and what we can do as an academy to support this.
Book Giving Day
We had a special delivery for the children, staff & visitors on the Children’s ward this week! Books for International Book Giving Day. Our children chose to donate to Pinderfields Hospital because a book is a gift you can open again and again.
Our School Parliament have presented to all classes from Nursery – Y6 about anti-bullying and what we do at OPA Lofthouse Gate to prevent prevent and put a stop to bullying!
Sustainability and the Environment
Martha, who is one of our Y5 members of School Parliament, represented OPA Lofthouse Gate at a meeting chaired by Lily from OPA Littleworth Grange with our CEO, Martyn Oliver. It was a fantastic opportunity to discuss sustainability across both our primary and secondary academies – watch this space for the outcome of this collaborative project!
As part of our OPA Diploma this half term, ‘protect and respect the environment’, our School Parliament completed a litter pick with Joe and Andrew from Wakefield Together.
Our two members from the Department of Education were set two challenges by Mr Wilson, who is our Chief Executive Principal, to gain feedback from across the academy on our ‘Time to…’ sessions.
Overall the children’s responses were very positive. They discussed with our School Parliament members how the weekly sessions help promote positive mental health and wellbeing and it gives them time away from the normal curriculum to reflect, explore and connect. These sessions include yoga, relaxation techniques, discussions, mindfulness and many more.
All our School Parliament members shared this in an assembly to the whole academy and celebrated their work so far.
“I'm a worrier. ‘Time to…’ has helped me to be more positive and have positive thoughts. It helps us join together as a class and be a team.” Y5 child
Meeting with the PTFA
In October, our School Parliament members met with Mrs Clamp, who is a member of our PTFA, to share how our children across each year group would like to spend the money we have raised together. This was a great opportunity for all children to share their pupil voice and decide together on how to enhance their learning experiences.
Harvest Festival – Food Bank Donation
Following our Harvest Festival hosted by Father Bish, our School Parliament members helped to organise all our donations for St Catherine’s food bank to take away and be shared with our local community.
School Parliament Election Day
In September, Election Day was a great success with all the children voting democratically for who they wanted to represent our academy. Representatives for the six departments have been chosen, along with our Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions
Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions are kind, helpful and supportive members from Year 3-6 who support children during social times in their bright t-shirts! Our MHWB Champions regularly take part in assemblies to share books promoting positive mental health; they supported the Mental Health Charity, Young Minds, by taking part in "Hello Yellow" Day and they also recognise acts of kindness around the academy by rewarding pupils with bucket filler tokens and continuously helping to spread the happiness across the academy.
Lucy’s Blue Day
One of the books shared in assembly by our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions was, ‘Lucy’s Blue Day’. They discussed ways to help manage our emotions, whatever they may be. The team are so proud of their role and are always here to support and listen to their peers.
NSPCC As part of our mission to help our children to be happy, healthy and safe, Kate from the NSPCC delivered two assemblies for EYFS/KS1 and KS2 and workshops to Y5 and Y6 . The ‘Speak Out and Stay Safe’ programme supports our children to have the knowledge and understanding of how to speak out to help keep themselves & others safe. To show our support for the NSPCC and the valuable work they do, we completed the, ‘Monday Minute Madness’ sponsored event. Well done to all the children and staff for taking part!
The Samaritans In preparation for Children’s Mental Health Week, members of our School Parliament and our Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions worked with Ann and Janet. They have learnt and developed techniques they can use to support positive mental health and the importance of listening to their peers.
Our Digital Leaders support the use and further the development of ICT across the academy. We are very proud of our team for delivering a presentation to classes on being safe online for Anti-Bullying Week. They gave great advice on what bullying online could look like and how to help put a stop to it.
Safer Internet Day 2020 As part of Safer Internet Day 2020, our Digital Leaders hosted a whole school assembly on how to stay safe online. They met with Mr Wood, who is a member of our academy council and works in IT, to work together to create relevant and up to date content for both KS1 and KS2.
Our Reading Ambassadors work enthusiastically alongside our English Coordinators to help promote a love of reading across our academy. They have opportunities to share book recommendations, support activities for World Book Day and National Poetry Day, run competitions, organise reading sessions with different year groups, keep our library and bookshelves tidy and well stocked and running the daily book donation point for all year groups. They have met with two local authors, E. R. Reilly and Conrad Burdekin, who is now our official Patron of Reading. They also write their very own termly reading newsletter.
As a restorative school we take a restorative approach to resolving conflict and preventing harm. Our Peer Mediators support the academy community by working with their peers to help prevent incidents from happening and resolving them if they do. Using this approach, enables those who have been harmed to convey the impact of the harm to those responsible, and for those responsible to acknowledge this impact and take steps to put it right. Our Peer Mediators have delivered whole school assemblies and sessions to classes to model how to use restorative practice successfully and share their successes!
Here are two of our peer mediators out at lunch time supporting their academy community. They work together to help resolve problems using restorative practice.
“We like to help and make sure people stay friends and find solutions to their problems” - - Anya and Jen Y4 Peer Mediators
Here are some of our Year 5 Lunchtime Monitors in action! They do a fantastic job in assisting with the smooth running of our lunchtime routines and act as great role models to the rest of the academy. They set high standards in the corridors, help move children in and out of the academy, clean tables and support the kitchen team.
In Year 6, the children take on an extra responsibility to work as a FitBod during lunchtimes. FitBods help to run activities such as football, basketball, cricket, hoops and wobble boards and support other children to enjoy an active lunchtime!
Road Safety Officers
Our Road Safety Officers are passionate about keeping children safe as they travel to and from school. They have endeavoured to make the road outside our school safer by encouraging parents to sign a parking promise.
Our two road safety officers have teamed up with Chris from Wakefield Council to help keep our roads clear from unsafe parking. They monitor the situation twice a month and have asked for parental support by signing our Parking Promise.
“Thank you to everybody who is parking safely and respectfully so those with permits can park closer to school” - Neve, Y5 Road Safety Officer
Neve and Oliver, our Road Safety Officers, wanted to say thank you to all those parking safely and respectfully. They also wanted to remind everybody that parking on the single yellow lines is not permitted Mon-Fri 8am-6pm (apart from permit holders).