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Head of School Update - Friday 4th March 2022

Welcome to this week’s ‘Weekly Update’.


We hope all of the children have enjoyed our celebration of World Book Day today. The children looked absolutely fantastic – there were some super characters who came to school today. Thank you for supporting us today. Across the school, children have been reading with other classes and taking the time to enjoy books and stories. Please see our Facebook page where we have shared some of the fabulous photographs taken today.


Just a reminder that our Short Story Competition is open for all our pupils. There will be different age-group prizes. Stories can be about anything and in any format, from picture-books, comics and diaries, to missing chapters and scary openings. Just one rule – a 500 word limit. Please send all stories to the School Office, in an envelope, with your child’s name and class.


On Tuesday, we celebrated Shrove Tuesday at Oakwood, with pancakes and ice-cream. The children certainly enjoyed a special change to the lunch menu.


Everyone has been affected by the current conflict in Ukraine, in one way or another. In school, some of our pupils are very aware of the impact that the invasion is having on the citizens of Ukraine and have their own thoughts and feelings around this. In school, we always aim to use the best resources to help pupils with their understanding about current affairs and world news, such as the conflict in Ukraine. BBC Newsround remains a fantastic resource, which provides age-appropriate content to primary-aged pupils. We will use these news reports in school and these may be of help when talking to your child at home. Staff will, of course, do their best to reassure and provide support to all of our pupils and I would extend this further by adding that if there is anything we can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Our next round of Parents’ Evening consultations take place later this term, on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March. We will share further details about Parents’ Evening, shortly, including how to book an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher.


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


This week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson – Megan P. for ‘Achievement’ – For her eagerness to learn and to respond to questions in phonics and Maths.


Y1 Nightingale – Ava W. for ‘Achievement’ – For her enthusiasm and learning in Maths and English.


Y2 Brunel – Ernis H. for ‘Determination’ – For his determination to improve in English.


Y2 Seacole – Jasmine P. for ‘Achievement’ – For making excellent progress this week with her social skills.


Y3 Ashe – Arthur B. for ‘Knowledge’ – For demonstrating knowledge and understanding in Geography this week.


Y3 Turing – Lira W. for ‘Determination’ – For having a fantastic week. For being enthusiastic and participating confidently in all lessons.


Y4 Thunberg – Lano A. for ‘Achievement’ – For always presenting her work to the highest quality and demonstrating a great attitude to her learning.


Y4 Logie-Baird – Nicole G. for ‘Equality’ – For always thinking of others. This week, she has made packages for Ukranian refugees – a wonderful thing to do!


Y5 Hamilton – Matilda G. for ‘Achievement’ – For incredible learning in Maths, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.


Y5 Pankhurst – Amelia D. for ‘Determination’ – For participating well in her Maths lessons this week, particularly when multiplying fractions.


Y6 Amundsen – Santiago M. for ‘Determination’ – For giving his best during practice papers this week.


Y6 Parks – Charlie-Jay P-D. for ‘Determination’ – For giving his best during practice papers this week.


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


Ryan Laker
Head of School

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