Heather Daniel: Parent Power
Heather works as the Dot.com Manager for Tesco, based at the Hanley branch. She manages the home shopping process which includes dealing with customer orders, arranging deliveries and/or click and collect. Heather has a son who joined Ormiston Horizon Academy in September 2020. For a significant number of years, Heather has been involved in helping many families in need within the local community. Examples of such support in the past have included:
· Assisting a family of refugees who came to live in the local area with absolutely no belongings. Heather ensured the family had clothes, furniture and toys for the children; some were donated and some were paid for by herself.
· Assisting victims who have escaped from domestic violence, helping to set them up in new accommodation with furniture and provisions.
· Helping families who, through no fault of their own, were experiencing financial difficulties – ensure they had enough food and clothes. In more recent times, Heather has become heavily involved in helping families within our academy community who have been affected by the Covid pandemic. Many of our families have suffered significant loss of income and a change to their circumstances and Heather has come forward to offer support. For instance, 4 families who were in particular need were supported over the Christmas period and beyond. She actively encouraged support from her own staff, family and other members of the local community, who clubbed together to donate a variety of toiletries, toys, food vouchers and presents for the whole family. Each family received goods up to a value of approximately £300 and Heather has remained in contact with these families offering continued support and financial assistance. To further show the caring person that Heather is, she regularly delivers sandwiches to the local homeless people in the area. Heather goes above and beyond for the families and as soon as she hears of any family in need, she immediately looks to find a way to offer support; in a way that is always very low key and fully supportive of any family in need.
Miss Jukes and Mrs Johnson: Staff Social Action
Gardening is basking in a resurgence and nowhere is this more evident than at OHA. Eco friendly savviness and sustainable living are entirely what hip Horizon pioneers Mrs Johnson and Miss Jukes are known and revered for; greener fingers I solemnly swear you will not find. Leading the #iwill social action project at OHA means they can be found passionately pinning inspiration for wooden spoon vegetable planter labels, plundering B+Q to zhuzh the academy greenhouse and swapping bird feeder and bug hotel tips with students who hang off their every green syllable as if their lives depended on it. The energy with which they empower Garden School classes to protect, nurture and prolong the environment is truly a formidable sight to behold. This extends up from Year 7 to Year 10, where ambassadors spent time at community allotment Root and Fruit, learning how to plant vegetables and effortlessly reviving a leisure activity long assumed to be reserved for octogenarians.
Coupled with carbon footprint reductions, Make Yourself Heard has been fabulously represented and won last year by Thomas Walker and Josh Harris. Transition projects also championed the creative talents of Year 4 students from Packmoor Primary to create narrative fiction bound with eco-friendly materials.
The synchronicity with which Mrs Johnson and Miss Jukes works is a key factor in the success of #iwill at Horizon. Students emulate their attitudes, forge close friendships through the panes of the solar-power heated greenhouse and aspire to secure a community which they are proud to live in and safeguard. Their promotion of wellbeing is humbling and both ladies are absolutely deserving of this recognition.