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Oakfield News Issue 83 - 12th February 2021

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Note from our Head

Dear All,

Once again, I just want to pay tribute to our school community of children, families and staff for the outstanding job that everyone has done since term began in January - it has without doubt been yet another journey of challenge and discovery, but there is so much to be proud of and inspired by in the way in which Oakfield has adapted once again to remote/blended learning and coped with the variety of personal and professional situations that adults and children alike have encountered.

I hope that you will all take time over the coming week to relax, rest and spend whatever time is possible with your loved ones. When we come back the days will be a little longer, the signs of Spring will be around us and hopefully we can start to plan and look forward to life returning to a greater degree of normality.

Oakfield remains, as always, in good heart and we are optimistic and ambitious for the future. The emphasis that we place on living out our school values and on developing character in our children has never been more important. We should all be rightly proud of our collective achievements at this time.

I wish you all a happy half term break - take good care of yourselves and keep well and safe.

Moyra Thompson

OAKFIELD BIRTHDAYS

BABY NEWS

Congratulations to Miss Moral who gave birth yesterday morning to healthy baby José! Mother and son are doing well!

EXPRESS YOURSELF VIDEO

For Children's Mental Health Week some Year 1s really pulled out all the stops and showed what expressing themselves really meant! Some wonderful skills on show!!!

SNOW

There was fun in the snow at Oakfield and beyond!

YEAR 2

Year 2 have had lots of fun making lighthouses as part of their half term project. The children have learnt about circuits in Science. This inspired them to connect their own light source for their lighthouses. The children had the opportunity to show and share their creations to the class whether they were at home or in school. It was so lovely to see the different ideas and media the children used for their designs!

YEAR 1

This week Year 1 were invited to hold a tea party with their families and favourite toys. They wrote invitations and prepared some delicious treats to have with their guests. Here are some photos of all the wonderful tea parties the Year 1 children had. Maybe you would like to have a go at this during half term!

In Maths the children made clocks and are learning how to tell the time.

LOWER FOUNDATION

Chinese New Year

ENGLISH

The tremendous, tragic journey

It was 11am when I graciously stepped out of my chariot and began to take in the gorgeous view...

The Titanic was a beauty, her colossal, metallic black body was bobbing up and down in the calm (yet somehow exited) ocean. People from all around were dramatically waving and shouting things like “we’ll miss you!” or “come back soon!”. Drifting through the air and wispy clouds gazed down at the black beauty. The few little life boats were lined up neatly like soldiers going out to war. All my family were waving their top hats and tickets wildly with excitement watching and waiting for the ship to depart.

Gracefully, stepped onto the ship in my Prada pumps not knowing what the future had to hold. My future husband took me by the hand as we made our way up to our grand cabin with fabulous four poster beds and antique oak dressers, I took Agatha onto my lap and she gently muzzled my on the cheek and purred peacefully. I rested my sleepy head on my silky soft pillow.

Still half asleep, I was rudely awoken by Agatha gently licking my face and I randomly decided that she wanted to say that it was time for an adventure. I patiently waited for my mother to tie my corset but rather intimidatingly, my boyfriend was watching me with a rather cross expression on his face, I did wander what on earth he was stropping about but I decided to ignore him.

Despite my tiredness I , ventured up the mountainous stair case covered with a blanket of cotton red carpet and gazed longingly at the delicate, dainty pristine chandelier made of glistening glass. with excitement and joy I raced down to the 1st class dining room like an over exited puppy. when I finally arrived, the sweet smell of salty fish and chips and sirloin steak cooked to the perfection. the chefs were neatly lined up cooking the day away to satisfy every customer. The specimen of food that tickled my fancy was the desert coated in sweet smelling marzipan with strawberries picked at the peak of perfection.

Although I was not exactly tired, my mother and father insisted that I should go to bed. As I tossed and turned, I couldn’t get to sleep, Agatha was sound asleep therefore I feared to wake her. The gloominess haunted me, I was terrified I didn’t know what was happening and then I heard a sudden thud, I didn’t know what to do or what was going on. I heard the tragic sound of footsteps running around the ship and the crew stressfully awoke us from our slumber and handed us all a neon orange florescent life jackt, they had lost the grace a sophistication in their voice it had been swapped with stress and disorganization. They yelled with a rather ashamed tone in their voice, “we’ve hit an iceberg, put these on, stay calm and follow us!”

We we’re shocked and wandered if this was some kind of joke? I heard screams and tears from the 3rd class deck I thought to myself, what on earth is going on down there? The ship was tragically filling up all I could hear was the daunting silence of death, I felt as if the whole world was ending but then I heard a sound I recognized, it was the scowl of Agatha, she was freezing in the water. I plunged in to save her but my family pulled me back, after a while of tugging I reached the water as hauled Agatha out and wrapped her in my shawl I could tell she was clinging on to dear life. The sun was bulging with heat and I gaped open mouthed at the sinking ship, almost as if I was dreaming. I thought to myself, the Titanic is UNSINKABLE how could this be real!

We all stood there, just wandering what was going to happen to us. In a blink of an eye, the Titanic dramatically snapped in half. The bow of the ship lazily sank to the bottom of the ocean, leaving the front of it peacefully hanging there, the broken chimneys lolled of the side, it was a corpses lifeless head. Gracefully, the icebergs sat there faultlessly as if they had done nothing wrong in the slightest. If they were real people, they would have been infested with shame and guilt, never forgetting the lifeless tragedy they had caused.

Simply staring into space, I thought back to the buzzing line of people, waving top hats and wildly shanking flat caps, no - one had any fear or apprehension! As I dived deeper into this joyous memory, I noticed something I didn’t when it actually happened, the clouds were a musky grey, gazing down at the titanic with worry and despair as if they knew what was going to happen.

Everyone else in the lifeboat was gossiping, trying to decide whether or not the life boat had reached its capacity and was over crowded. I decided that it was all nonsense and that if anything was wrong, it would be that the lifeboat was not full enough! Rather irritatingly, they thought very differently

Agnes and I felt helpless, we were rudely dragged out of the lifeboat. And didn’t find our family until the next day...

HOUSE POINTS

Baird: 576

Pearsall: 574

Webster: 575

Ruskin: 670

OAFs

2nd Hand Uniform Donation

Dear Parents,

Please see the list below for the dates to donate any uniform to OAFS.

A member of the OAFS team will be in the lower school car park from 08:30-08:50am on the collection days.

Can we ask that any items you are donating are washed and in good condition with the labels removed.

Please do not send in any non-regulation uniform as we cannot sell it.

Collection dates

  • Monday 1st March 2021
  • Monday 5th April 2021
  • Monday 3rd May 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 5th July 2021

Many Thanks

The OAFS Team

OAFs Virtual Quiz - 12th March

BEYOND THE OAK

Dulwich Books and Wigwam Toy Shop are OPEN!

Dulwich Books on Croxted Rd and Wigwam Toy Shop on Rosendale Rd are both open for collection and free local delivery so ditch the Amazon orders and shop local!

Drama Workshops with Miss B!

"Hello, Miss B here! I miss seeing everyone's faces at school and hope that everyone is doing well at home. Now that we've all become a little bit more settled in online learning, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to let everyone know that my Performing Arts company is offering online workshops for children between the ages of 4 and 11. It's the perfect way for your little one to let off some energy in a wonderfully creative way. If your child has an interest in the performing arts, would benefit from some extra confidence boosting or just wants to let off some steam in a fun environment, then this is the place for them! I hope to see many familiar faces there!"

Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen Virtual Event

On March 16th there is a rare opportunity to listen to the acclaimed and inspiring children’s authors, Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen, in conversation about children’s literature. Philip Pullman will be talking about his writing and some of the stories and ideas behind his influential and much loved books. And the event is FREE - you just need to register at the link below.

Sparks Filmmaking Course

Take part this February half term, where young movie makers will be producing their own films full of fantastical adventures, all set lightyears into the future.

In this fun movie making workshop, young filmmakers will learn all about how to put together their own film production. It’s an action-packed camp full of fun and creativity.

They’ll step into the roles of director, camera crew, actors, production design, production crew and even more as they make their original and unique movie. They’ll also explore plenty of imaginative art direction and how to produce some incredible visual effects.

At the end of the camp, they’ll have a futuristic movie production to proudly share with friends and family, as well as lots of new creative skills and some new friends too.

Dates: Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 February 

Times: 9am – 3pm daily

Ages: 7-11 & 11-14

Price: £120

Have a wonderful half-term everyone!

Credits:

Created with images by cbaquiran - "birthday cake cake birthday" • Mylene2401 - "baby newborn hand" • Greyerbaby - "hands words meaning" • jarmoluk - "winter snow cold" • blickpixel - "board electronics computer" • PTNorbert - "star trails star night" • Pexels - "books library shelves" • spalla67 - "iceberg antarctica cold" • Mimzy - "trophy award winner" • klimkin - "chess pawn king" • dimitrisvetsikas1969 - "clouds cumulus sky"