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Headteacher's Update - Friday 10th February 2023

Welcome to this week's 'Weekly Update', and the last of Term 3!


Firstly, a huge 'Thank you' to all of you who have joined us for one (or more) of our Curriculum Events this week. We saw so many of you, and this means so much to the children - they really love sharing their learning with you, and are proud to do so. The workshops were brilliant! I was invited to a couple, including some brilliant rocket-making in Year 1, with moving parts. It felt very special to have pupils and families working and learning together.


We welcomed two special visitors to Oakwood today - Mr Tony Blaker QPM, the Chair of Aurora Trustees, and Ms Martha Burnige, Interim CEO of Aurora. They joined us for our celebration assembly, and helped to present some of this term's awards. They both commented on how polite all of the pupils were and the quality of the work they saw, both in books and when shared in assembly. We look forward to welcoming them both back soon. 


As well as our 'Stars', we awarded lots of Attendance Certificates, including our 100% Termly Attendance winners - nearly 150 this term. We also said 'Well done' to some of our pupils who have had a real shift in their attendance at school. We wanted to acknowledge this improvement.


In our '3 Week Attendance Challenge', there were 159 names in the draw, each with 100% across the three-week period. The number 53 was drawn at random. Ronnie in Year 2 had the lucky number, and won a Crazy Golf voucher for the family - perfect for half-term!


'Well done' to all of our certificate winners this week. Our list of this week's 'Stars of the Term' can be found on the Bulletin, as well as a photographs of our 'Stars of the Term'.


I have been very privileged to see some very special work this week. Across the school, we have been publishing our writing, and this has resulted in some high-quality, final pieces. Today, I saw some work from some of our Year 6 pupils, which was very impressive. 


Finally, 'Thank you' for your continued support of Oakwood. Term 3 has raced by - we are halfway through this school year, with lots to come, including, hopefully, some longer, brighter days. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of our pupils, their families, and all of our staff, a very happy and safe half-term break. I will look forward to seeing you all when we return to school on Monday 20th February 2023.


With my very best wishes,


Ryan Laker


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