A select student group have been given the opportunity to participate in unique 6-week project run by health and wellbeing charity, Sheppey Matters.
12 year 9 students from Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey have been selected to undertake a unique development programme hosted by well-known community organisation, Sheppey Matters. Students have split in to 2 groups, with one party joining award-winning Community Chef programme and the other developing their production skills at community radio station Sheppey FM 92.2.
The students are 4 weeks into their programme and tell us they are enjoying every second of it as they learn fundamental culinary techniques, health and safety in the kitchen and food hygiene, as well as practicing their ‘on-air’ skills, planning research projects and learning to overcome last minute obstacles. The students in the cookery group have created dishes ranging from sweet and sour chicken with rice, to spaghetti and meatballs and lemon cheesecake.
Lottie, who is sharpening her skills in the kitchen tells us, “I enjoy the cooking but it’s a particularly nice feeling to give everything we make to those in need in the local community.” She adds, “It’s been really nice to work with different groups of people. The teamwork element is what I enjoy most.”
Over at Sheppey FM, students have been working on producing their own radio show, in preparation for the big finale event in two weeks’ time. Charlie, who has never been on-air before but it is making the most of his opportunity explains that being on-air has “helped with his confidence.” He says, “I would like to do something like this, and work with Sheppey FM again if I was given the opportunity. It will influence the subjects I choose next year at school.”
On Tuesday 29th March, students from both groups will work together to host those in need within the local community. Cookery students will put their new-found skills to use to create a Jubilee-themed afternoon tea spread, while the recent experts in radio production will provide entertainment to invitees throughout the afternoon.
This is a community project in every sense, with representatives from a number of organisations working collaboratively to create not only a valuable learning experience for young people on the island, but a positive experience for those in need within our local community.