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Oakfield News Issue 24 26th April 2019

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.

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From Mrs Thompson

A very warm welcome back to Oakfield for what promises to be a busy and exciting summer term as always. How lovely that some sunny weather accompanied our return to school and enabled the children to enjoy outdoor learning this week. It has been a great pleasure to see so many of you at the gates on both sides of the road and also to spend time with the Prep children and staff.

Our first week has seen the Y6 children beginning their Oakfield Diploma schedule, including rehearsals for their production. I am sure that they will take advantage of all the challenges and new learning experiences that this programme will provide for them, including supporting the younger children in Pre Prep. I have enjoyed meeting with our new Head Girl and Boy, Oscar and Anouk, to plan our forthcoming Open Morning and congratulate them on their roles this term.

I am sure that the coming weeks will fly past as we look forward to so many events and excursions, beginning of course with the Year 5 trip to Seville next Tuesday. I know that they will have a brilliant time and look forward to receiving updates and hearing all about it when they return.

Good luck and best wishes to Mr Bower as he takes to the streets of London on Sunday to run the Marathon in support of Dementia Revolution and to Daniel Owen, who is running the London Mini Marathon. We are all very proud of them both!

Enjoy a relaxing family weekend, and I hope to see many of you at our Senior Schools Exhibition tomorrow.

Welcome into post to our Summer Term Head Boy Oscar and Head Girl Anouk
Sports

The London Marathon and Raising money for DEMENTIA REVOLUTION

Thank you to everyone for their good wishes this week and donations this morning on the gate. Thanks also to other people who have recently donated online. The London Marathon 2018 raised a record-breaking £63 million for charity. It also brought the total raised since the first race, in 1981, to more than £955 million, which means that this year the 39th London Marathon will pass the £1bn mark. A staggering amount!

I am really looking forward to Sunday, despite knowing how painful the last few miles are. The London Marathon is an amazing event for so many reasons. The crowds. Total strangers encouraging you on with cheers (and jelly babies!), brass bands, charity cheer zones. Running on the roads of London with 50,000 other runners helps ease the sore, tired muscles ahead.

I would like to wish Daniel O well. Daniel is in Year 6 and has done amazingly well just to qualify for the Mini London Marathon (5th out of 6 qualifiers) He is representing the Borough of Lewisham and running on Sunday in the Under 13 Boys section- WOW!

If you would like to make a donation online here are my fundraising details:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/bower-1232314-iav/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

For event information, Live Race Day action and to track any runners - download the Official Virgin Money London Marathon App.

Thank you again,

Mr Bower (RACE NUMBER 11772)

New House Points Initiative

We have introduced a new reward for the winning house each term. As the winners of the Spring Term, members of Baird enjoyed the first house tea party today! Thank you to Angela for her wonderful treats, especially the Baird branded biscuits!

Baird House Tea Party!

The fantastic Oakfield Diploma is now in full swing for this academic year!

Read on to find out about some of the fantastic opportunities and experiences children in Year 6 will be benefiting from throughout their final term at Oakfield.

As many of you know, the Oakfield Diploma is a course of activities that Year 6 children do after they have taken their Senior School entrance tests. It is busy, varied and designed to challenge them! Under the umbrella of our school values: CARE, CHALLENGE and INSPIRE, there are:

Core subject tasks including writing a book in English, tackling Master Class investigations in Maths and learning about personal Healthy Living in Science

Artistic tasks preparing an individual project for an Art Exhibition

Sports tasks including a Sailing trip to Poole and preparation for Sports Day

Music and Drama task to present the Year 6 production at the end of term!

Citizenship tasks involving learning about government and politics and visiting the Houses of Parliament and City Hall. Our local MP, Helen Hayes, is coming to school to speak to Year 6 and answer their questions.

Community tasks including helping at a food bank and mentoring the younger children in the Pre-Prep and being Sports Leaders.

Life skills tasks including doing a First Aid course, having a ‘Money Matters’ seminar and hearing about what inspired different people to follow the career path they have chosen.

Personal development tasks including talks about knife crime, mental health and social media awareness.

A Young Enterprise task where groups of Year 6 children will plan and run a business venture involving deciding on a product, then planning and running a stall at the Young Enterprise Fair (on Friday 24 May - details to follow).

Optional and choice tasks including composing and playing a piece of music, researching and presenting an individual project, completing a list of life skills challenges!

Each week we will report on some of the activities that Year 6 have been involved with. This week, they have started thinking about their Young Enterprise task and have already begun rehearsals for the Summer Production. Watch this space …....

Oakfield Diploma Activities

A group of last years Year 6 leavers came to school Tuesday to talk to the current Year 6 children about their experiences starting Senior School. It was lovely to welcome them back to Oakfield and to listen to the valuable and sensible advice and information they passed on.

Thank you Year 7!
Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 27th April:

Senior School Exhibition: 10-12.30

Monday 29th April:

OAFs Coin Collection - check your child's bag for the flyer

Class Photos (full uniform including blazer, clean shoes and tidy hair please!)

Learning Journey for Year 2 and Year 5 (See portal notice for full details)

Tuesday 30th April:

Year 5 Four-day Seville Residential trip

Year 3 Tate Photography Project (full uniform including blazer, tidy hair and clean shoes please!)

Learning Journey for Upper Foundation & Year 3 (See portal for full details)

Wednesday 1st May:

Learning Journey for Nursery Elephants, Lower Foundation, Year 4

Royal Russell Maths Competition (relevant children will have been notified via the Portal)

Thursday 2nd May:

2nd Hand Uniform Sale: 8.45am Pre Prep Hall

Learning Journey Nursery Tigers, Year 1 and Year 6

Friday 3rd May:

Class Assembly 2CS: 10.30am Prep Hall

Sunday 5th May:

ISA Gymnastics Squad training (squad members see your portal for times)

Sport and Creative Arts Parent Forum, Wednesday 8th May, 6.30pm

Don't forget the Parent Forum on Wednesday 8th May at 6.30pm. The evening will cover Sport, Music and Art. Mr Bower, Mr Attwood and Mrs Fidler have lots of information to share and inspire you with! Please email Rachel to confirm your attendance; thank you.

rwright@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

Crazy Hair Day Thursday 9th May. Whole school, please bring £1 and your wackiest hairstyle!

Inspirational hair ideas!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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