BBC Young Reporter
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Parkwood’s Magic Breakfast
- BBC School Report, written by Yamikani and Nasarah – Dini.
Parkwood Academy has been selected for the free breakfast scheme called ‘Magic Breakfast’. This scheme means that every student is entitled to a range of fruits, an assortment of cereal and a selection of bagels for free. This breakfast is supporting pupils concentrate because they have a solid meal in order to keep them fuelled throughout the day. Magic breakfast also helps students who eat unhealthy breakfasts, have a more nutritious meal and start the day positively, ready to learn, achieve and succeed.
Breakfast is available for all students at 8am every morning in the canteen, where students can mingle, eat, and have a positive start to the day, every day.
- BBC School Report, written by the Parkwood BBC Young Reporters Team.
On the 24th June 2019, Parkwood Academy held its first activities week, coinciding with Y10 Work Experience Week. This week was jam –packed with students from years seven to nine off timetable, taking part in a range of different activities to support their future prospects.
The week kicked off in school, with all students commemorating Stephen Lawrence Day. Students were fortunate to have Stephen Lawrence’s brother, Stuart Lawrence, in school too and asked questions to him at a question and answer panel event.
On Tuesday, the day was spent visiting colleges and businesses across South Yorkshire. Year 7 visited the Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Stadium and Longley Park Sixth Form. They were lucky to have a tour of the stadium and were told some inner secrets about the Club. On the same day, Year 8 were on the other side of Sheffield, having a tour of Sheffield City College and later participating in a managing money and a growth mind – set course. Meanwhile, Year Nine were touring around Rotherham College and mapping career choices.
Parkwood Academy took a break from touring Sheffield on Wednesday, with all Y7 and Y8 students taking part in Sports Day. The weather was not kind to us, but we still made the most of the day, with lots of smiling faces throughout, streaked with competitive spirit. The highlights from the day include the inflatable obstacle course, the teacher’s fancy dress race and the much awaited 80m race.
Thursday came along with a drastic change in the weather. The sun was out, which complemented the trips planned for Thursday. Year 7 went to the emergency services museum as well as visiting Kelham island museum. Whilst having to walk an impressive distance they still had high spirits throughout the day.
Year 8 were split between Burbage Valley and Weston Park Museum, with some students climbing and abseiling under blue skies, whilst others were touring the beautiful art galleries and partaking in a research project at Weston Park. Year 9 travelled further than Sheffield and spent the day in Bradford, visiting the Bradford Media Museum.
Friday was a lovely end to the week, with Year 7 on a communication course. Some Year 7 and 8 were on an IT trip, which was in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, where they experimented with VR, worked in teams and built a miniature car, and toured the university campus.
Year 8 were once again split between Burbage Valley and Weston Park, making most of the sunshine as they enjoyed the activities that were arranged for them. Year 9 were in school all day and enjoyed a talk from a motivational speaker.
All in all, it was a really rewarding and eventful week for Parkwood Academy that benefited both students and teachers.
Debating at Parkwood
- By Yamikani and Nasarah – BBC Young Reporters.
On Wednesday 19th June 2019, students from Parkwood E-ACT Academy, Fir Vale School and Forge Valley School all gathered at Parkwood to compete in a friendly debate. They were accompanied with ambassadors from the University of Sheffield.
Before the debate, students played an ice – breaker game called ‘where do you stand?’ After the icebreaker, they were taught how to form a debate and discussed the steps to establish a strong debate. Scarlett, a student from Forge Valley expressed her confidence before the competition. After a short break, students then practised confident poses to boost their energy before the real debate began. ‘The motion to kick it off was: Should Global Modern Slavery Still Be A Thing?’
It was a very tense match with everyone determined to battle and win, but students were reminded by their teachers that the taking part in the competition is the most important factor. At the end of the competition, the BBC Young Reporters asked the university ambassadors how the competition played out. Nelle, a student ambassador stated that she was ‘impressed by the knowledge that the students already had’ and that she ‘hoped the debate inspired the pupils to partake in more debate competitions.’