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Headteacher Update - Friday 9th February 2024

Welcome to this week’s Weekly Update!


Quite unbelievably, we find ourselves at the end of Term 3! It’s a term which has flown by and represents the midway point of this school year. This is, arguably, my favourite week of any term, as it’s an opportunity for all of our pupils to share their learning with families and friends. If you have joined us for one, or more, of our Curriculum Events for this term, I am extremely grateful to you and want to thank you for giving up your time. It means so much to our pupils, adding a real purpose to their learning (a wide selection of photographs from the week can be found on p. 8-13). From those of you I have spoken to, I think some of you have enjoyed the events more than the children. I hope you will continue to support these in the future. In Term 4, we head into our Geography studies.


The end of term also represents the opportunity for further celebrations, as we announced our ‘Star of the Term’ Award winners for Term 3 (you can see the children with their trophies on p. 4-6). As always, we celebrated our Stars of the Week and updated our Attendance Challenge Leaderboard, where Year 2 Roper Class remain at the top – we will find out whether they are able to hold onto their narrow advantage when we return in Term 4!



‘Congratulations’ also must go to the 79 children with 100% attendance this term.


We also found out who will be joining our first ‘Table of Awesomeness’ in Term 4. As part of our ‘Happy Lunchtime’ initiative, some children have been invited to attend a very special and privileged lunch sitting, for demonstrating exceptional lunchtime behaviour or for being brave or determined, trying new foods or lunchtime games. Miss Russell will be the first host.


‘Thank you’ to our pupils in Year 1, who shared their learning in assembly, today. They spoke about their fabulous wallpaper designs, inspired by the artist William Morris – they were exceptional. Our pupils in Year 5 showed their brilliant Mayan masks!


Today, we say ‘Goodbye’ to Mrs. Hendy, who has supported our pupils in the lunch halls, in her role as MDSA, and to Allen, our Kitchen Chef, who is also leaving his company. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them both well.


Finally, I’d like to wish all of our pupils, their families, our staff, and the whole Oakwood community a safe and happy half term break. I look forward to seeing you all in Term 4.


Mr. Laker


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