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Oakfield News Issue 51 6th March 2020

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Reflections from our Head

It seems appropriate that following the stunning achievement of our Year 6 netballers in becoming ISA London South Regional Champions, the world will be marking International Women's Day on Sunday 8th March. This event seeks to celebrate the achievements of women across all areas of life, as well as campaigning for gender equality throughout the world.

This year's theme, 'EachForEqual', draws attention to the difference individuals can make. In Assembly on Monday I will be talking to the children about some key female figures to hopefully inspire and interest them, as well as reinforcing the message that each of us can make a difference to the lives of those around us and the place in which we live and work.

The theme of 'EachForEqual' will highlight six key areas of focus:

  1. Championing women who are forging tech innovation
  2. Applauding equality for women athletes
  3. Forging inclusive workplaces so women thrive
  4. Supporting women to earn on their own terms
  5. Empowering women through health education
  6. ​Increasing visibility for female creatives

I am sure that our children will have wonderful ideas as to how we can contribute to some of these issues through discussion, research and thinking about how we can continue to promote equality for all within our school setting. All of this awareness will help them on their journey as global citizens, starting with making a difference where they are and then taking this forward as they grow into adulthood.

Moyra Thompson

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COFFEE MORNINGS

We had a very successful first Coffee Morning on Monday with many of our UF and Year 1 parents. There are still more Coffee Mornings next week for Parents from other years. The coffee morning on the 9th for LF and Nursery Parents will be in the Pre-Prep Hall or on the 12th in the Prep Hall for Year 2 - 4 Parents!

PREP SCHOOL PREPARATION SESSION- 19TH MARCH

On Thursday 19th March there will be a session for parents to meet with Mrs Thompson and Miss Walker to gain a better understanding about the transition into Year 2 and beyond. This will include a tour of the Prep building. It promises to be an informative session and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

Roll up, roll up to be well-prepared for Prep!

SPORT

ISA London South Region Netball Champions!

Sport appears higher than normal in our Newsletter this week because of the INCREDIBLE results achieved by our U11 netball team!

They are the new ISA London South School Netball Champions!!!

Their record was a perfect Played 10 Won 10 and they have now qualified for the ISA National Championships in Warwickshire

First stop South London, next stop the Nationals!

South of the River Swim

On Wednesday 10 girls went to JAGS to take part in the prestigious South of the River Girls swimming gala. 14 schools from all around South London took part. Mimi, Holly, Tess, Verity, Izzy, Viviana, Didi, Yusra, Ella and Lara swam with seemingly endless energy and thoroughly deserve their respect cards. Well done girls, you swam with a positive attitude, volunteering for races and working together as a strong team. I was very pleased to be your coach and you represented Oakfield wonderfully. Mrs Cubberley-Lobb

These girls went to Respec-savers

ISA Tag Rugby

On Wednesday there was a great game of U11 Tag Rugby in Tunbridge Wells. Well done to all that took part and behaved impeccably through the day.

Tag rugby and tag some photos!

WORLD BOOK DAY

Dress to Impress

We were very impressed by the amount of effort and thought everyone put into their World Book Day costumes. Characters and ideas from J.K.Rowling, David Walliams, Roald Dahl et al were all well-represented along with some from classic children's literature. Well done to all for celebrating your favourite books and encouraging the joy of reading!

Got the look for a day of books!

Lotte Moore Visit

To coincide with World Book Day, WWII survivor Lotte Moore came to visit the Lowers, Uppers, Year 1 and 2 children. She read some the of the books she has written to the children and they were able to get signed copies. She is a master story teller and had the children laughing with stories about a crocodile who ate a mobile phone and she 'turned' the smaller children into wobbly jellies!

Year 2 also got a glimpse in to her life as a child in London during WWII and what it was like to be evacuated. She had some funny tales about Winston Churchill swimming in her pool and the horrible food she was given while she was living in Wales during the war!

Moore history than you can shake a stick at!

LOWER FOUNDATION

LFLS had their first assembly this week and they were fabulous!

Linking to World Book Day, Miss Stretton read one of the classes favourite space related stories 'Aliens Love Underpants'.

The children wore alien headbands that they had designed and created previously. They then stood up one at a time and told their listening peers of their imaginary planet.

'I would like to go to Paw Patrol planet so I can meet Chase!'

'I want to visit ballet planet so I can do ballet all day!'

Lucky those headbands were not banned!

UPPER FOUNDATION

This week we have been learning about air travel and transport. We have loved exploring how to make paper aeroplanes, and some of us have explored making parachutes and hot air balloons. In our role play, we have set up travel agencies and imagined we have flown to various countries around the world, using the passports we have made in the classroom. It was great to see the children taking their roles so seriously at passport control!

It’s been Book Week here at school and we have thrown ourselves even further into reading. We had a visit from author Lotte Moore and the children loved hearing her read her stories to them. We loved all their costumes on World Book Day; thank you for helping them all look so wonderful.

In Maths, we have been combining coin amounts. It was lovely to see how the children played shops, counting out coin amounts to pay for items. We have also had a look at ‘halving’ different things.

For the next two weeks, we will be focusing on Space. We are making rockets, so we need an empty kitchen roll for each child please. Please send in any items or books that would be relevant to discussing this topic in class.

A special request to parents- we do understand how tricky it can be with childcare when your child is unwell. However, we have a duty of care to all the children in the year group, and in fact the school. Please keep your children at home when they are unwell, especially if they have a chesty cough, temperature or stomach issues (there is a 48-hour policy in our school for any vomiting or diarrhoea.) We’d like to prevent this from spreading.

YEAR 1

Year 1 have had an amazing week expanding our knowledge of Toys! We talked about how they are made and which toys have stood the test of time. We found out that the first toy was a horse on wheels found in a pyramid and dating back 3,500 years ago! Year 1 got to use tools such as a drill and hammer too. What an exciting day of Design and Technology.

Toying with some great ideas!

Year 2

Religious Studies

A host of golden daffodils raised their pretty heads in 2MF this week.

In our RS lesson, we learnt that a daffodil is one of the symbols of St. David's Day, celebrated on 1st March by the people of Wales. We also talked about the daffodil being a sign that Spring might have finally sprung!

A real show of flower power by 2MF!

Year 4

Recount of our trip to the Harry Potter studios

By Noah (4JM)

6am: As the light crept through the window, my eyes flew open. Then a memory zoomed to the front of my mind. I realised it was time! It was time!!! It was time to go!!!!! I ate my breakfast and set off to school, so excited I arrived 5 minutes early. When the coach’s doors opened everyone raced to find a seat.

7.45 am: As I sat on the coach we were suddenly engulfed by a sea of traffic and a wave of snow. The sands of time slowed so we played the Polo challenge to take our minds off it. After what felt like years, we finally arrived. The coach's doors flew open and we flung ourselves in to the studios where we were greeted by security. We went in an elaborately coloured lift and out on to a long passage way filled with pictures and props from the films, like Hagrid's head and some of Weasley's Wizard Wheezes.

After that we went on the real studio tour! I got very excited when we got to go on the legendary quidditch broomsticks. My second favourite part was where it's… dark and spooky... it's the forbidden forest! Out of the smoke the ginormous beast Aragog appears with his beady eyes pointing everywhere.

My absolutely favourite bit of the whole tour was Gringott's bank. It looked tremendous with its giant chandeliers hanging down, with goblins busying themselves pushing wheel barrows full of diamonds and rubies and weighing golden coins. Before going home I had to peak a look at the mind blowing gift shop. If I had of got the chance I would have bought the Elder wand.

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MUSIC

Composer of the Week

The sounds of Japanese animation at its best!

Joe Hisaishi

Dear musical adventurers,

There is something beautiful, but indescribable, about the music of Joe Hisaishi - our composer this week. His music leaves a lasting impression long after the final notes have faded, fitting for a man who said:

"Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can't remember."

His many collaborations with Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli form one of the legendary partnerships in film. It's hard to imagine the stunning animations coming to life in the same way without Hisaishi's melodies weaving throughout. His work on Spirited Away, especially One Summer's Day, and Howl's Moving Castle's Merry Go Round of Life are particularly strong, but it's well worth putting on a concert or playlist of his and letting yourself get taken away to other worlds.

Studio Ghibli's films have recently been added to Netflix and it is well worth catching them while they are available.

Sam Howes (Director of Music)

Spanish

Spanish Club

This week, the Spanish club children performed a short play inspired in “Coco” the movie.

They sang the song “un poco loco” and recited lines in Spanish and English.

Livin la vida loca

Pen Pal

Children in Year 5 & Year 6 received their pen pal letter this week. This is our 4th year exchanging information with our partner school in Spain,“Arquitecto Leoz” in Puerto Real- Cadiz.

Pen pal peeps!

Upcoming Competitions

We are keen to alert you to some upcoming competitions which offer a great opportunity to practice your art and writing, and potentially win prizes at the same time! Why not give it a go over half term!?

British Science Week Poster Competition

There is an exciting poster competition we would love you to get involved in which combines the best of art and science. The theme for the British Science Week 2020 poster competition is ‘Our diverse planet’. You can find out more, including activity packs, by clicking the button below. As you will see from the website the competition is open to lots of different age categories so there's no excuse not to give it a go!

Oakfield will be collating and submitting the entries so please bring your poster into school well before the entry deadline of 3rd April .

Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition

It is an open entry competition with the category open to Oakfield pupils as 8-11 year olds. The word limit is 500 words and there is no specific theme or subject.

The deadline is Friday 20th March. Book tokens and trophies are there to be won so get entering!

Writing Wizadry Competition

Calling all writers of eleven years and under! If you like to write poems or stories, why not prove what a Writing Wizard (or Witch) you are, and enter our competition? You could see your work published AND win a fabulous prize!

Send us a poem or a story of fewer than 500 words and you could see it published in the Writing Wizardry anthology AND win a fantastic prize. Your story or poem can be about ANYTHING you like, so let your imagination run wild!

There are two categories for this competition each with their own magical prizes: Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6

There are no restrictions on what your story must be about but entries must be your own original work, so get scribbling! The closing date is 27th March 2020.

Cricket Writing Competition

For all cricket fans out there this competition is FREE to enter and the categories you will be interested in are 6 to 10 year olds and 11 to 14 year olds.

Your piece of work can be about cricket in general or a totally made up story about cricket. It must be your original work. Closing date is 31st March 2020 at 5pm. Why not give it a shot!

ROLL OF HONOUR

Roll of Honour

For exceptional work on their LAMDA written out copies at the last exam session in Feb we are delighted to give Roll of Honour this week to the following:

  • Jess B
  • Eliana S
  • Timmy G
  • Didi S
  • Maggie E
  • Laura C
Drama board of dreams

BEYOND THE OAK

OAFs Quiz Night - Thu 12th March

Bishop Challoner School Open Morning

Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

Monday 9th March:

Netball Coaching - Alleyn's 4pm

Tuesday 10th March:

Y3 Egyptian Day

Thursday 12th March:

Netball U10 Tournament - 4pm

OAFs Quiz Night - 7.30pm

Friday 13th March:

Assembly: 3CM

U11 Football - Alleyn's - 1.30 - 4pm

U11 Netball - 2.20pm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Credits:

Created with images by Ash from Modern Afflatus - "Couldn’t help appreciate the lush green of the leaves overhead on a Sunday walk through Yorkshire." • Nathan Dumlao - "Cappuccino in a bed of fresh roasted coffee beans." • Lysander Yuen - "untitled image" • Christin Hume - "words of knowledge" • Garett Mizunaka - "Part of a shoot I did for my church’s youth ministry. Summer in a studio, obviously fake, but with iconic summer themes. It was a lot of fun!" • Benjamin Voros - "Majorca sunset from above" • Vanessa Bucceri - "untitled image" • Chris Arock - "Drunk Festival" • Junior Moran - "MachuPichu" • Mark Solarski - "Vinyl + Grado Headphones" • Johan Mouchet - "Luque, perched on a hill" • Ariel Besagar - "Anticipatiom" • 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum - "untitled image" • Clyde RS - "untitled image"