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Headteacher Update - Friday 23rd June 2023

Welcome to this week's Weekly Headteacher Update!


Despite the rain, which definitely spoiled our plans for Sports Day, we've had a brilliant week at Oakwood.


Our children in Reception had a brilliant day at the Eastbourne Miniature Railway on Wednesday and, by all accounts, theire behaviour was exemplary, with positive praise and comments from parents, staff and other visitors. 'Well done' Stephenson Class! Our children in Year 4 visited Michelham Priory, just outside Hailsham, to consolidate their learning journey on the Tudors, through a History and Geography lens. There were lots of role-play activities, and some brilliant impersonations of King Henry VIII, too, plus some time to conduct some fieldwork studies. Please see our photographs to see what they got up to.


In our 'Celebration Assembly', it was Mr. Sharp who presented the certificates and awarded our 'Stars of the Week'. This week's winners are:




School Value






Emily H.


For trying to say new words. 

Year R Stephenson



Chloe H.


For her super independent writing

Year 1 Nightingale



Ayaan A.


For super map work, following and giving directions.

Year 2 Brunel





For having a positive attitude to learning and supporting others with great ideas.

Year 3 Ashe



Maya P.


For an excellent effort in all her lessons this week. Well done, Maya!

Year 3 Turing



Alycia T.


For determination to publish her instructions.

Year 4 Logie-Baird



Lexi-Mae W.


For amazing work in her music lessons

Year 4 Thunberg



Ava-Grace R.


For perseverance in all of her learning tasks this week.

Year 5 Hamilton



Emily W.


For fantastic behaviour, a positive attitude to learning and a respectful attitude to both adults and peers.  Emily has been so incredibly polite and helpful this week!

Year 5 Pankhurst



Oliver J.


For improved focus and willingness to help others.

Year 6 Amundsen



Mason W.


For showing great determination in his project work and demonstrating a greatly improved attitude towards his learning. Keep it up!

Year 6 Parks



Elishama M.


For recently growing in confidence to put forward her ideas during class discussion and treating everyone equally with a smile.


Our postponed Sports Day is now rescheduled for Tuesday 27th June 2023 - hopefully it won't be wet or too hot, and it can go ahead as planned. The times of each event are on this week's Bulletin. We hope you will be able to join us.


You may have seen in the news that the NEU union have planned two additional days of industrial action, due to take place on Wednesday 5th and Friday 7th July. Please be aware that this will have an impact on the school, and is likely to cause either a full or partial closure, as has been the case previously. I am awaiting some further details, but intend to write to all parents at the beginning of next week to allow as much time as possible for parents to prepare.


Have a great weekend!


With my very best wishes,


Ryan Laker


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