Oakfield News Issue 36 27th September 2019

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Please take your time to log on to the Parent Portal and remind yourself of all the things that have been posted this week, thank you.


Reflections from the Acting Head

Moyra Thompson

Dear Parents,

At Oakfield we seek constantly to create and develop opportunities for our children to play an active and positive role in all aspects of school life, in order to grow their leadership skills. It is important to us that they should be given the chance to experience leading an initiative or hold a position of responsibility that has an impact on the school as a whole.

I was so proud this week of three outstanding examples of this belief being demonstrated in practice. Our Head Boy and Girl, Eddie and Sophie, stood next to me on Open Morning and delivered speeches to the large group of prospective parents with enormous confidence, charm and sincerity and received well-deserved rounds of applause. They were joined by our House and Vice-Captains who led tours around both sides of the road and acted as brilliant ambassadors for Oakfield.

I was equally proud to award Rolls of Honour to Marnnasha and Ella for their help in leading the Parents' Writing Workshop for Years 3-6 and to see our School Council representatives lead a Friday Assembly on e-safety which they devised and presented themselves, thereby gaining experience as Digital Leaders who are able to model safe use of technology and educate their peers about staying safe online.

I look forward to seeing great future growth of pupil leadership as we continue to lay opportunities before our children and expect much of them - they do not disappoint!

Enjoy a safe and happy weekend.


Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for your help in getting the new school year off to a good start. It has been wonderful to see children in the Pre-Prep skip happily into school in the mornings, and how well they have adapted to new routines and expectations.

We are so fortunate to have such well-mannered, caring and kind children in our school and we value your input to help them settle happily.

Here are a just a few reminders to keep our Pre-Prep running smoothly:

Please return all Tapestry forms by Monday 30th September for the latest, as we wish to go live in early October. This is a very important tool to monitor and record your child's development, so I would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible. Additionally, you will have some insight into their school day, which will surely help initiate conversations about their learning.

All Early Years funding forms should now be submitted. Please ensure you have handed it to the class teacher, as well as provided proof of your child's identity (passport/birth certificate). Thank you.

Kindly remember that all children should be closely supervised by parents before and after school, avoiding the use of equipment, scooters and the adventure aeroplane. Staff have been allocated to other areas of the playground in the mornings, so until your child is with their teacher, their safety and care is in your hands.

Please note that we have extra-curricular and after school care clubs running in areas of the playground in the afternoons, so would appreciate your help in ensuring children are collected on time, so we may secure the gates promptly after collection.

Please avoid using mobile phones in school to ensure we meet our 'acceptable use' policy guidelines. Photographs of other children are not allowed without parent permission.

To ensure children's safety, and to prevent accidents, scooters should not be ridden on school premises.

We must apologise for any errors with regard to extra-curricular clubs, as we have experienced some teething problems at the start of the term. We have now resolved these, so now look forward to extending your child's interests and experiences.

In order to report any late collections, late arrivals, alternative persons collecting your child or any changes to your routine directly to the class teacher, I provide the following class teacher email addresses:

Nursery: jdavey@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

LFKS: ksaunders@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

LFLC: ldacosta@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

LFLS: lstretton@oakfield.dulwichs.sch.uk

UFKT: ktreppass@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

UFSP: sparish@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

UFWN: wnicholson@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

1AR: aroye@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

1AW: awatts@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

1SD: sduncan@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

Please be aware that the teachers have limited time to access emails, and should only be contacted with succinct, relevant and important messages.

Face to face meetings could also be arranged if you wish to discuss further issues or concerns, which always prove more fruitful.

Thank you so much for your support in our Phonics Workshop. Many parents attended and found the tips useful. We look forward to an inspiring Maths workshop next Monday at 9am in the Pre-Prep hall.

I look forward to a productive and happy term, and thank you for your help in the smooth running of our school day.

With kind regards,

Wendy Nicholson

EYFS Co-Ordinator

Year 1

Smoothie Face and Veggie Head joined Year 1!

In Year 1, we made fruit faces in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo using a variety of fruits and vegetables.

We had oranges, chard, guava and even tamarind! Year 1 then created some beautiful Fruit Faces of our own using oil pastels.

Looks both happy and delicious!

Year 3

Healthy Diet, and Healthy Teeth

In 3CF, we have been learning about a healthy diet and healthy teeth. We have looked at different food groups to understand what we mean by a balanced diet. We also have learnt about how sugar can attack our teeth if we eat too much of it too often. We practised brushing a gigantic set of teeth from front to back in circular motions, not forgetting our gums, and we were surprised at how long 2 minutes actually felt!

Big smiles :)

Year 4


This week in Science, Year 4 have been investigating which material is the best for keeping a hot drink hot. They used thermometers to measure the water temperature and recorded their results.

A very close eye being kept on those thermometers

Year 6


This week Year 6 carried out an investigation to see whether micro organisms grow better when they have something to feed on. For example, does fungi grow better in damp conditions?

Not the world's tastiest looking sandwich!


ProKick Schools Challenge

Thursday 26th September saw the return of ProKick to the playground of Oakfield School.

Thank you to ALL that took part and over £2000 has been raised to date which is absolutely fantastic. Please note that Sponsor Forms need to be returned by next week.

It's been a great team effort and results and photos of the event will be in next week's Newsletter. Well done everyone!

ISFA's Under 11 South West Regional Football Tournament

On Friday 20th September, Oakfield's First Football Team played in the ISFA's Under 11 South West Regioanl Football Tournament.

Oakfield's first team is a young team and need some time to adapt to Under 11 Football. This tournament is the hardest by far and unfortunately very early in the season. Results: Won 1, Lost 3 and Drew 1. We are working towards the ISA Regional Finals in November and many positives came from last Friday. The boys are really keen to do well and from last year's success they know what can be achieved.

Never seen footballers look so happy to be on the bench!

Hockey for Years 3-6 at Trinity on Sundays

Trinity Hockey Club are running hockey coaching sessions for boys and girls in Years 3 - 6 every Sunday morning from 22nd September until Easter at Trinity School in Croydon. Coaches are provided by Trinity Hockey Club and the sessions will run from 10.30am - 12pm.

The cost for the programme is £60 / child and this includes cost for equipment and tournament fees which works out at less than £3 per session.

The children only need to dress for outdoor play on astro and bring a mouth guard and shin pads. Hockey sticks will be provided. All abilities are welcome.

If you are interested or have any questions please contact sanjay.bowry@btinternet.com


Composer of the Week

This week's Composer of the Week is Michael Giacchino - a composer whose work should be familiar to children and adults alike. He has scored several massive Pixar films, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Jurassic World and many more.

Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

Upcoming Dates:

Monday 30th September:

Early Years Maths Workshop (Pre-Prep Hall, 9am)

Tuesday 1st October:

Individual School Photographs

Wednesday 2nd October:

1AW - Pizza Express Trip

Thursday 3rd October:

Year 5 Ragged School Museum

Friday 4th October:

Year 3 Cake Bake

Year 2 Trip to the London Eye

Upper Foundation Autumn Walk

Beyond the Oak

'Come & Play' Afternoon on 9th Nov at Bromley High

Female musicians in years 5 and 6 are invited to a 'Come & Play' afternoon at Bromley High School on 9th November between 2 and 4pm.

You can meet current Music scholars, tour the facilities, create music and be part of a mini orchestra and choir performance to parents at 3.45pm.

Music scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+

OAFs present Wine Tasting at Oakfield

On Thursday 17th October there will be a wine tasting with South African-owned Doran Vineyards at Oakfield School. There will be a range of premium multiple award-winning wines to enjoy and cheese boards will be available in between pours.

Parents, teachers, family and friends are all welcome. Tickets are £15 per person with all proceeds going directly to OAFS, benefitting the children at Oakfield.

Please contact chair@oakfieldfriends.org for tickets and further information.

Roll of Honour

Marnnasha Mugunthan

Ella Prince

Have a wonderful weekend!


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