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Star date: 10th February 2010  

IT'S THE NON FAITH SCHOOL FOR CHRIST'S SAKE

When Salford City Council handed over the old Hope High School to the Oasis Trust a couple of years ago, it was supposed to be a `non faith school'. But as the Salford Star pointed out at the time, evangelical Christianity wasn't too far away from the aims of the organisation that's running the school as the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK.

Now the `non faith' academy has been advertising for a new principal who will have to "demonstrate their commitment to…the outworking of the Christian Ethos"…

Full story here…


Almost three years ago, in issue 4 of the Salford Star, we questioned the motivation of the Oasis Trust in running our kids' schools as we discovered that the organisation was running adverts for its Oasis Enfield Academy which stated "It is vital…that our staff own our Christ-centred ethos and the values which flow from it" and "We are looking for a Principal…who owns Oasis' Christian ethos…"

It all seemed a bit odd for a `non faith' school. We interviewed the Trust's head and leader of church.co.uk, Steve Chalke who assured us that Oasis was not following an evangelical agenda, saying that "our Christian faith is what motivates us and drives us forward, it's not what we expect of anyone else…"

He told us to go talk to Salford City Council which we did, and the then Director of Children's Services, Jill Baker, said "The staff don't have to buy into Christ…My understanding is that you don't even have to be a Christian to be the Principal, let alone a member of staff…"

Cut to the beginning of 2010 when an advert appeared for a new principal, following the departure for the exotic climes of St Helens by award winning head, David Terry.

The Information Pack for Candidates states:

`There will be a clear expectation that the person appointed as Principal of an Oasis Academy will be able to demonstrate their commitment to the Oasis values and behaviours which are the outworking of the Christian Ethos which underpins the wider work of Oasis and which is set out in the Education Charter'.

And a little further down it adds "We are motivated by the life, message and example of Jesus Christ…"

The Information Pack does also state that Oasis is into "Never imposing our Christian beliefs on others but seeking to behave in a Christ-like way with everyone…"

In 2008's issue 8 of the Salford Star we quoted Oasis head, Steve Chalke preaching at the Central Salford Church on the Quays (also part of the Oasis `family')…

"The good news of Jesus Christ is the good news that needs bringing to everyone, all of the time, in every area of their lives" he said "It begins in Hope and soon…we will end up with a church which is also a school…a school that is also a church…

"The good news of Jesus" he continued "is good news spiritually, emotionally…educationally, which is why we're opening the school…"

Meanwhile, between the 26th and 28th February, the `non faith' Oasis Academy in Enfield is to host the Faithworks Conference 2010, at which Steve Chalke is one of the main speakers. Faithworks, also in the Oasis `family', is about `building whole communities' through `360 degree engagement' with a "biblical mandate"…

Now, before the pitchforks come out, Salford Star has no problem with all this at all. Except that it's being done under the umbrella of a `non faith' school….

 


 

 

Mr A Hakim wrote
at 20:09:16 on 07 June 2013
It very interesting to know that the government is stealthily going towards religious basis education than what is and was moderate secular method of teaching . The international trend is or was to eradicate total religious teaching from its roots . Now that it has become apparent that while uprooting the religious methodology for the basis of MORAL ethics, the populis has become immoral , no sense on justice , degeneracy is on the in crease those that has gone way foreword are bent on to debauch the rest of the populations. To my limited thinking , it is apparent to me that only way to bring back the people, is to restart with the education with religious basis . At the current situation there is no control on the people , a person committing an act of immorality has nothing to answer to , they have no regards to the law of the land nor do they respect the authority . The status quo was created by the atheaus agenda inside the government . No wonder the government was publicising the concept of death and was telling the media to have talks on issues of death . My last words , it's the similitude of the blind man had a knock on his head and thought he saw a light and now he thinks he can see and starting to lead the people .
 
Matthew wrote
at 19:16:47 on 18 August 2010
Alice, I believe you have got Oasis mixed up with another organisation, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, which runs schools in the north-east. They have been accused of teaching creationist nuttery in science lessons, but those allegations have yet to be proved. Oasis has been running schools in the UK since September 2007, and at no point has it received similar criticism. Steve Chalke has, however, been criticised by some in the Christian community for his liberal views on some Christian doctrines - Google "Steve Chalke" and "the lost message of jesus". Steve is hardly the fundamentalist that you make him out to be.
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 16:34:32 on 18 August 2010
I hope there is going to be a BIG protest from Salford people re this threatened building. There are so many records of buildings being demolished and regret felt after the act. It is farcical that money is being ploughed into community and local history events and projects e.g.Streetsmuseum, canal restoration, Ordsal Hall etc., on the one hand and historic buildings being demolished on the other. It's all to do with money. AGAIN. What will be distroyed will be worth more than money. On the issue of the Media City Academy and its insistance that it is not a faith school I am really worried. As a teacher, who recognises that children should be given the opportunity to learn about all religions and also hear about living without any religion. I am not deceived by what Steve Clalke says. This school will have a 'hidden curriculum' to brainwash the pupils into one line of thinking on morality and on creation/evolution. Parents beware! Council stop being dazzled by the cash!
 
Jane wrote
at 21:44:43 on 10 February 2010
At a meeting in Croydon when I queried the lack of success of the Oasis Academies in Wintringham and Immingham (one just on the 30% benchmark and one below), Steve Chalke told me I was mistaken. I then published the figures on the Croydon SOS website, rather than be called a liar again at another meeting. I also put up links to another advert for a head of an Oasis Academy with similar wording to the one you quote - that has now gone from the website. Other links were to reports from Southampton of the major problems at one of the academies there. John Denham described Oasis as "inexperienced" at running schools so it beggars belief that they are still one of the favoured sponsors, in line to open even more.

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119:democracy&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109:oasis-cant-guarantee-to-improve-results&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110:can-oasis-keep-its-staff-or-students&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

http://www.croydonsos.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104:oasis-mayfield&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50
 
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