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Headteacher's Update - Friday 16th September 2022

Welcome to this week's Weekly Update...


I'd like to start with a warm welcome to all of our new pupils and staff. We've had some children join us in these first few days, who are settling in really well. Our new Reception pupils have settled in to their new routines and it's been a joy to see them exploring their learning environments. I have been very impressed and they are clearly enjoying being pupils in Reception at Oakwood. I'm looking forward to updating you with all of their learning this year. We've attached a couple of photographs from their Woodland Walk. 


I've been very proud of our pupils who have made an excellent start to the new school year. Our pupils in Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London and were inspired by the firepit, as a great hook, to get the children thinking about their learning, materials and historical events. In Year 6, we've been looking at components of circuits, introducing buzzers, switches, cells and bulbs. Attached are some photos from across the week.


I think it's fair to say that the whole school community is still coming to terms with the sad news of Queen Elizabeth's death last week. All of our pupils have been incredibly respectful, and shared their own thoughts about Queen Elizabeth II, the significance of her reign and the inspiration she was to our country. 


The school will be closed to pupils and staff on Monday 19th September 2022 - the date of the state funeral. 


Well done to all of our 'Stars of the Week'. The full list of this week's Stars can be found on the school Bulletin. Please follow this link to see an online copy:




In our Attendance Challenge, Year 1 Nightingale Class achieved a perfect attendance of 100% last week, and lead the way. Year 4 Logie-Baird Class also have 10 points. Well done to both classes. Congratulations to Logan W. in Year 4 who won the Attendance Raffle - 228 children in this week's 100% attendance draw!


Next week, we will be holding our Harvest Celebrations in school. Once again, we will be supporting the Eastbourne Foodbank, who provide fantastic support in the local community, and we are proud to be working with them again this year. We will be holding a special 'Rainbow Collection', and we are inviting pupils to bring in one item for the harvest festival, on a colour given to their class.


Children in Reception - something red or pink.

Children in Year 1 - something orange.

Children in Year 2 - something yellow.

Children in Year 3 - something green.

Children in Year 4 - something blue or purple.

Children in Year 5 - something white.

Children in Year 6 - something black


We hope your child will join in. Donations for the festival can be brought in to school on Friday 23rd September. Eastbourne Foodbank will be grateful for any donations. Please donate what you can, if you are able to. 


Our Meet and Greet afternoon takes place on Tuesday 27th September, and is an opportunity for you to see your child's classroom and meet their teacher. I hope you will be able to join us. Further details can be found in the Bulletin. 


I'm looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 20th September.


With my best wishes,


Ryan Laker


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