Head of School Update – Friday 17th July 2020

Welcome to my final weekly update of the school year!

This last day of term has certainly had a ‘unique’ feel, a sentiment echoed by the staff. These unusual circumstances hasn’t dampened the spirit, however, and it has been a great day, celebrating achievement and wrapping up this most unusual of school years. Across the week, pupils have continued to work hard and give their best to their learning.

In the Oakwood Nursery, children have been making tasty chocolate treats and decorating their last day certificates, whilst pupils in Reception, pupils have been making their own teddy-bear masks and joining in with a teddy-bear’s ‘sports day’ too. They have also been sorting leaves. In Year 1, pupils have been finishing their wombat diaries, making their own garden dioramas and having fun with phonics, whilst in Year 6, pupils have been painting with water-colours and rehearsing for their leavers’ song.

Check out some of our photographs and videos on the school’s Facebook page.

I hope you have seen a ‘Welcome’ video from your child’s new class teacher for September. This was an opportunity for staff to introduce themselves and share a little bit about the new year group – I know they had great fun making them! Thank you to our pupils in Year 1, who have been attending school; they put together a short film to hare with the current Reception children, telling them all about life in Year 1.

In my letter to parents today, I have shared our ‘provisional’ plans for the re-opening of the school to all pupils in September. We await further information and guidance from the government and I will continue to update you with our plans as we get closer to September.

Today, we said ‘Goodbye’ to all of our incredible Year 6 pupils, who are leaving us before heading off to secondary school. Since arriving at Oakwood, it’s not been possible for me to get to know each of the pupils in the year group – those I have met, have shown themselves to be polite, hard-working individuals who have given much of themselves to the school, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the pupils for their incredible resilience, determination and maturity and to wish each and everyone of them the very best in all that they choose to do! I know that all of the staff and all of the pupils will join me in sharing good wishes to them all.

We also said ‘Goodbye’ to Mrs Davies, who leaves Oakwood to take up a new role at Hailsham Primary Academy. Mrs Davies has been very well looked after today and has enjoyed being with here Year 1 class. On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Oakwood, I’d like to thank Mrs Davies for her dedication to the school and to wish her well for the future.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the whole Oakwood community – the pupils and their families, the staff and visitors, for their support, dedication and commitment to the school across the year. These past few months have certainly presented us all with challenges and I am looking forward to the start of a new academic year, where all pupils can return to school.

I’d like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable break and I look forward to welcoming all of our pupils back to school in September.

With my very best wishes,

Mr R. Laker
Head of School