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Head of School Update - Friday 26th November 2021

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Update!


It was lovely to welcome you into school this week for our Parents’ Evening event. I really enjoyed talking to so many of you and I know that teachers have appreciated the opportunity to talk to your child about their progress and attitude to learning. I hope you enjoyed looking around the school and your child’s classroom.


As always, I’ve been extremely proud of all of our pupils this week, for their effort, determination and achievement. In Year 1, pupils have been enjoying their Art lessons. The children have been experimenting with blocks of colour and shade, using a range of different media. The children looked carefully at images from magazines to understand the colours that had been used, and used this as inspiration for their own work. In Year 4, children have been enjoying their Maths lessons and learning about the different types of teeth, in Science. What better way to learn about them than to look at the teeth we have ourselves!


I’ve shared some pictures at the end of this update. Please take a look. The list of ‘Stars of the Week’ features later on.


Next week, we will be launching our Oakwood Postal Service in school. From Wednesday 1st December, pupils will be able to bring in festive cards for their friends and classmates. They can be posted in the postbox, situated in school, and our Year 6 Student Ambassadors will be on hand to sort these and return them to the correct classrooms. The last day for our postal service will be Wednesday 15th December.


We will also be hosting our Christmas Lunch and Festive Jumper Day on Friday 17th December (the last day of term). You will have received a letter day with details of how to book a Christmas Lunch for your child.


Well done to all of this week’s certificate winners.

Our ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson Class – Ellie K. for Knowledge – For her super engagement in phonics and Maths inputs on the carpet.  


Y1 Nightingale Class – Gjoleka G. for Equality – For having great respect for others, his manners and always trying his very best.  


Y2 Brunel Class – Ethan B. for Determination – For brilliant participation in the classroom.  


Y2 Seacole Class – Dolcie-Mai B. for Achievement – For having a brilliant week and working hard.  


Y3 Ashe Class – Ava-Grace R. for Achievement – For taking an active role in classroom discussions.


Y3 Turing Class – Asia P. for Knowledge – For always using her knowledge, and using this knowledge to help her friends.


Y4 Logie-Baird Class – Blake D. for Achievement – For settling in to Oakwood well, working hard and being a good friend.


Y4 Thunberg Class – Lillie-May R-G. for Determination – For always trying her best and giving everything a go, particularly her singing rehearsals.


Y5 Hamilton Class – Chloe H. for Determination and Achievement – For always having a positive attitude and being determined to try her best.


Y5 Pankhurst Class – Macy B. for Equality – For her beautiful manners, kind words and for always demonstrating ‘Equality’ every day.


Y6 Amundsen Class – Kyle T. for Determination – For determination to achieve in everything that he does.


Y6 Parks Class – Nicole W. for Determination – For always being determined and achieving the best she can.  


Well done to all of this week’s certificate winners!


This afternoon, you will have received two letters – one from East Sussex County Council and one from Mr. McCarthy, CEO for Aurora Academies Trust. The letters outline the current picture surrounding Covid-19 cases in East Sussex and that this has led to a decision that all Aurora schools will not be holding this year’s festive events with parents and carers. I appreciate that this will be disappointing for parents, however, as a school we will do all that we can to ensure that we are able to bring these festive performances to you, somehow, and we will update you with our plans for how we will do this, next week.


Please take the time to read both of these letters.


The weather is certainly changing. Despite some pleasant sunshine across this week, this is very deceptive and the temperature is dropping. Please can I remind all parents to ensure that their child has a suitable coat for these colder conditions.


And finally, as always, ‘Thank you’ for your continued support of the school. I’m incredibly grateful for this.


Please check-out this week’s Bulletin with further information, including an update on our Attendance Challenge.


Have a great weekend!


Ryan Laker
Head of School

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