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Head of School Update - Friday 25th March 2022

Welcome to this week’s ‘Weekly Update’.


Spring has definitely sprung at Oakwood this week. All of the children and staff have enjoyed the brighter, warmer weather – it’s been a fantastic week. We’ve had different staff in, and out, of school this week, and our pupils have been resilient, hard-working and adaptable. Thank you to all of the pupils and staff, who have been flexible and gone above-and-beyond.


As always, there has been some fantastic teaching and learning taking place this week. Some of our pupils in Year 2 have made such fantastic progress with their phonics and I have been very lucky to share some of the fantastic sentences they have been writing in their books.


In school today, we have been celebrating the enriching and enjoyable language of William Shakespeare, as part of Shakespeare Week in schools, learning about some of the greatest stories, tragedies and comedies that have ever been told. The children have really enjoyed the day, telling stories, exploring vocabulary and performing. Families can also join in with Shakespeare Week, and I have attached a link with activity ideas for all the family, which you may want to try at home. We’d love to see any photographs, so please send these into school via the School Office email address.



Year 4 Thunberg and Logie-Baird Class enjoyed their first swimming lesson today. They took the short coach journey down to the Sovereign Centre in Eastbourne and had great fun, splashing about and demonstrating their swimming technique in the pool. I was delighted to hear that the behaviour of the children was excellent and they represented Oakwood superbly, all trying their best, which is great to hear.


Next week, our pupils in Year 2 are looking forward to their school trip to Eastbourne Seafront, where they will learn about what makes Eastbourne a fantastic seaside and coastal town, plus they will also see a very special Punch and Judy puppet show. We will share some photographs from the trip, next week.


We also have our Term 4 Curriculum Events taking place in school next week. We have workshops, treasure hunts, songs and journeys across the world. The children love sharing their learning with you so, if you are able to, please come and join us for one of the events.


Full details, dates and times about each of the events are all on this week’s Bulletin.


It was great to be able to welcome you in to school for our Spring Parents Evening on Tuesday and Wednesday. I hope the opportunity to meet with your child’s class teacher was useful and informative. As always, ‘Thank you’ for your support. If you weren’t able to make an appointment on either of the two days, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the School Office, who will be happy to arrange a meeting.


In this week’s Celebration Assembly we awarded our certificates to our Writing and Maths ‘Stars’ and our ‘Stars of the Week’.


This week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson

Logan W. for trying different foods this week. (Determination)


Y1 Nightingale

Elsie-Mai H. for great speaking and listening about her learning with her partner. (Equality)


Y2 Brunel

Emily B. for her achievement in reading, trying her best with her storyteller’s voice. (Achievement)


Y2 Seacole

Vinnie H-W. for working really hard this week and completing lots of fantastic work. (Achievement)


Y3 Ashe

Chloe E. for making a really positive start, settling in confidently and working hard. (Achievement)


Y3 Turing

Chloe F. for being determined to maintain focus and do her best work in all lessons. (Determination) 


Y4 Logie-Baird

Blake D. for great effort across all of his learning this week. (Achievement) 


Y4 Thunberg

Stanley S. for demonstrating great determination when faced with problems to solve. (Determination)


Y5 Hamilton

Tianna-Mai C. for always being polite and respectful to every person she meets. (Equality)


Y5 Pankhurst

Millie M. for always doing her very best and showing the highest standards of equality to all children.  (Equality)


Y6 Amundsen

Marshall H. for excellent achievement across the curriculum. He consistently shows a good attitude. (Achievement)


Y6 Parks
Marlee S. for showing determination to be the best he can be in all the things he does. (Determination) 


Well done to all of our certificate winners this week and to Louis T, in Year 1, who had the lucky number drawn in this week’s Attendance Raffle.


Finally, please see this week’s Bulletin for lots of information about school, including Easter Holiday activities.


Have a great weekend and I’ll look forward to seeing all of the pupils on Monday!


Mr Laker
Head of School

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