Oaks Bulletin 1.4.21

As we reach the end of term, it is often a time of reflection, even more so during a term after such an unusual start to the year.  Having expected to restart after Christmas, we were told at the last minute that most children would be taught remotely from home due to COVID-19, with a significant number being supported in school by their teachers.  We are now delighted to be returning to more usual circumstances, although we are still mindful of maintaining an appropriate environment and routines to protect against the spread of COVID-19.  It is great to see the children being able to socialise once more with each other and of course the last few days of sunshine have been most welcome. We hope that over Easter you’ll have some time as a family to relax and recharge and we look forward to seeing all of our children back after Easter on the 19th April. 

Mr P Kingdom

Academy Updates

Teaching and Learning

Personal Social Health Education

Oaks Opportunities

Teacher Assessed Grades

Celebration

Academy Updates

HPV Vaccination

The school nursing team would like to share some resources regarding HPV vaccination that are in a variety of languages. Please follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hpv-vaccine-vaccination-guide-leaflet.

School health have recently sent you via your year 8 child a HPV vaccination consent form. Please will you complete and return this form to school by 28th April 2021…. Should you require further information about the vaccination then please contact School health on 0300 123 4578, leaving your name and number and we shall return your call.

HPV Vaccinations will be delivered on 11th May http://www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/calendar/hpv-vaccinations-2/

Virtual Parents Evening

This week we held a well attended ‘Virtual’ Year 11 parents evening.  When we return after Easter the Year 10 ‘Virtual’ parents evening will be on 28th April.  More details will follow after Easter.

Uniform Amendment

From Monday 19th April, we will expect all students to return in full uniform.  PE kits will no longer be worn during the school day, students will need to change into their kit at the start of their PE lesson.  

Uniform

Students who have lost or outgrown items will, have at this point, had several weeks to source replacement items.  It is important that shoes are in line with our policy, ‘leather or faux leather school shoes’.  This means that for all students in Year 7 to 11, trainers and canvas pump styles will not meet the school’s uniform policy.  We must stress that with one term to go and as always, we do not expect anyone to spend extraordinary amounts of money on expensive branded school shoes.  We know that shops are not likely to open until 12th April, but supermarkets have a good stock of school shoes.

No hoodies, tracksuit tops or sweatshirts are permitted to be worn once students have entered the building.  No nose studs are allowed; however, students may wear a clear retainer.  Extreme hairstyles or colourings are not allowed.  Please refer to our website for further details regarding uniform http://www.theoaksacademy.co.uk/virtual-office/#uniform

If your son/daughter has any items of uniform that are still in good condition, but they have outgrown, then we will happily accept donations in school which we will pass onto students who need them in school.

Lateral Flow Testing

This week students have received a second supply of home testing kits so that Lateral Flow Testing can continue throughout the Easter Holidays. 

If you would like to read more about the testing please see the Lateral Flow Testing Page for more details including how your whole household can participate.

Home Testing Phase

Re-opening of the Library

In the last bulletin we spoke about the reopening of the library.  this has been a huge success across KS3 with many books being borrowed and enjoyed.  Please see the slightly amended timetable below which will be in place after Easter.

Library Re-opening

Homework club

After Easter homework club will return daily until 4pm and 3.30pm on Fridays.  Each Year group will have a specific evening with opportunities for extra support with homework.

Teaching and Learning

As we come to the end of our Spring term, the sun is shining and we have lots to celebrate, it certainly feels like we have been through a lot but also achieved a lot!  Since our return on the 8th March The Oaks staff have worked hard with all students to support their transition back into the classroom, it was important to us that no child felt overwhelmed, yet at the same time we wanted to make sure that no childs education would suffer at the hands of Covid.  Since returning all departments have now assessed individual progress and attainment, and over the summer term we will be working hard to ensure that our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ is fully embedded in each subject.  If you have any questions about how we are amending our curriculum or would like to talk in more detail about how you can support your child at home, then please get in touch.
 
I wanted to take this opportunity to notify you of our winners of the year group draw which took place this term, in relation to good attitudes to learning during lock down. In one of our previous bulletins, we shared with you the top 10 pupils from each year group for their attitude to learning during lock down. All of these pupils were entered into a prize draw which was drawn by their Head of Year, and I am now pleased to announce the winners of each year group who have all received a £20 Tesco Voucher. Year 7- Tiffany Lloyd, Year 8 – Serena Saidi, Year 9 -Tyler Birch, Year 10 – Kyra Colebourne , Year 11 – David Simcox.  Well done to all pupils who were in the draw, keep up the hard work and I look forward to seeing some additional names in the future.
 
Teaching and Learning is at the heart of all we do, and we are so proud of how our students have responded to being back in the classroom that we wanted to share with you some examples of students work across a variety of subjects.  Each department has selected examples of high-quality work that students should be proud of, this might be for their attitude to learning, their perseverance is grasping a difficult concepts, their ability to work within in team, or the continued effort that they put into their studies.  Whatever the reason they should be proud of all they have achieved, all students whose work has been selected to be in the newsletter will automatically be awarded a Platinum ticket.
 
I would like to wish all of our families a safe and restful Easter break, and we look forward to continuing to see what great work we can achieve in the summer term.
 
Mrs Abberley
 
All Subjects
Art
Science
Photography
English
Business Studies
Maths
Drama
Food
Humanities
Spanish
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Victoria Nizinska

Art

Underwood West Academy

SL Science

Sam Li

Science

Gainsborough Primary

Photography - Kyra Colebourne

Kyra Coleborne

Photography

St. Mary's RC Primary

Photography - Alarna Byrne

Alana Byrne

Photography

Beechwood Primary

KM Science

Kyra McBarron

Science
MG Science

Molly Griffiths

Science

Underwood West academy

SS Science

Serena Saidi

Science
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Reece Gibbons

Art

Underwood West Academy

Art - Jess C

Jess Conceicao

Art

Edleston Primary

VN Science

Victoria Nizinska

Science

Edleston Primary

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Vladimir Vasilev

Science

Springfield Community Primary

AB Eng

Alana Bryne

English

Beechwood Primary

BW Eng

Beth Wallace

English

Wistaston Academy

Photography - Alicja Marczewska

Alicja Marczewska

Photography

Gainsborough Primary

JS Science

Jess Shea

Science

Beechwood Primary

ES Eng

Eliza Szydelko

English

Vine Tree Primary

Art - Courtney Khan

Courtney Khan

Art

Beechwood Primary

MB Eng

Maran Bromboszcz

English

Monks Coppenhall

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Emily Saidi

Art
ESa Eng

Emily Saidi

English
GS Eng

Gabby Szczech

English

The Berkeley Academy

Y9 Eng

Year 9 Student

English

Underwood West Academy

Photography - Abi Beckett

Abi Beckett

Photography

Underwood West Academy

JB ENG

John Bailey

English

Willow Wood Community Primary

Bl W Eng

Blake Wheatley

English

The John Frost School

Photography - Calum Beresford

Cal Beresford

Photography

Hungerford Primary

CG Bus

Charlie Griffiths

Business Studies

Pebble Brook Primary

Mt Bus

Mollie Taylor

Business Studies

Beechwood Primary

MM Bus

Mia Mason

Business Studies

Beechwood Primary

EM Maths

Edson Martin

Maths

Monks Coppenhall

DK Maths

Dainton Kennedy

Maths

Gainsborough Primary

LS Drama

Leah Starkey

Drama

Gainsborough Primary

ST Drama

Sophie Tagg

Drama

Ruskin Primary

Food RB

Rhys Butler

Food

Edleston Primary

ES Maths

Emily Saidi

Maths
KB Humanities

Kadie Bratherton

Humanities
AM Drama

Amy Manley

Drama

Underwood West Academy

KB Maths

Keira Brown

Maths

Beechwood Primary

JK Drama

Jakub Krzyminski

Drama

St. Mary's RC Primary

SD Bus

Scott Dawson

Business Studies

Gainsborough Primary

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Leo Silva

Art
LS Maths

Leo Silva

Maths
LBS History

Lily Berry Smith

Humanities

Leighton Academy

Food DC

Daniela Condrea

Food
Photography - Eva Pohlotkova

Eva Pohlotkova

Photography
PM Drama

Poppy Melling

Drama

Wistaston Academy

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Poppy Phillips

Art

St Mary's RC Primary

JH Drama

Jess Hambridge

Drama

Beechwood Primary

RW Humanities

Rianna West

Humanities
Art - Aneysha Prussia

Aneysha Prussia

Art

Underwood West Academy

Food KC

Kara Cornwell

Food

Beechwood Primary

VN Humanities

Victoria Nizinska

Humanities

Underwood West Academy

MM Spanish

Mia Mason

Spanish

Beechwood Primary

EB Humanities

Eleanor Bowyer

Humanities
KW Humanities

Kelly Wu

Humanities
HS Humanities

Halina Sidzinska

Humanities
Y9 Spanish

Year 9 Student

Spanish

Underwood West Academy

Art - Sami Li

Sam Li

Art

Gainsborough Primary

Art - Courtney Khan 2

Courtney Khan

Art

Beechwood Primary

JP Humanities

Jasmine Porter

Humanities
KC Spanish

Kyra Colebourne

Spanish

St. Mary's RC Primary

Personal Social Health Education Lessons

This week, some of our pupils have been developing their teamwork skills within PSHCE lessons.  The challenge was to build the tallest tower from paper using only Sellotape and 12 pieces of paper in a time limit of 20 minutes.  They needed to work together to plan and build their tower… the competition was fierce! The winners were Jack Farr, Calum Cooke and Lucas Jackson with an impressive free-standing tower that reached 108cm tall.

#skyscraper

Oaks Opportunities

Cake Sale

Thank you to all staff and students who supported our cake sale in aid of Diabetes UK.  The students in Room 19 wanted to raise funds to support Type 1 and they managed to raise over £60. We had queues to buy cakes at breaktime and they were all sold out by lunchtime. Well done everyone.
Yummy!

Premier Kicks

After a long lockdown, it is fantastic to welcome Premier League Kicks back into the academy on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The students have missed the sessions and are thoroughly enjoying practicing their skills and using them in games. Matt and Josh from CAFC have been focusing on dribbling skills and scoring from a distance, a skill many students have excelled at.

Mrs Hall

Young Carers

After Easter we will be delivering a short video by way of introduction and following up with assessments of pupils who may qualify and may be keen to access the free respite and activities during school holidays.
 
@CYC_youngcarers

Teacher Assessed Grades

Our Y11 pupils are fast approaching the end of their time here at The Oaks. Over the next 2 months they will be extremely busy completing assessments and creating as much evidence as possible for our staff to be able to award them the best possible grades. 
These assessments will look and feel very different from our usual GCSE exam period in school. Pupils will be completing their assessments within their usual lesson time and within their classrooms. Staff will be supporting students in creating the best environments possible, allowing them to focus and complete work that demonstrates their knowledge and understanding across all subjects. If your child is entitled to additional access arrangements, please do not worry these have been taken into account and we have planned assessments to ensure that these are fully utilised.
Please can we ask for your support in ensuring that all Y11 pupils are in throughout the next half term to allow them to access these assessments, without which, we will not be able to award pupils with grades that they have worked hard for.
Staff will be sharing with pupils’ ways in which they can best prepare for these assessments and what content will be assessed in each one.
If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the members staff directly or myself, who will happily help.
 
Mrs Highfield

Celebration

Star of the Week

Well done to the students below who have been awarded Star of the Week during the last two weeks, by their Teacher.

Shout Outs!

A whole section dedicated to special mentions and shout outs!  Well done!

History meets Minecraft!

In the Oaks Academy humanities department, students have continued to bring history to life this term… with their very own Minecraft creations! 
Year 7 have tried extremely hard to create castles from the medieval era, linking to their current learning. Their ambition has been astonishing! 

At GCSE level, students have had even more independence. These students have created historical landmarks and events of their own choosing and interest. 
We are all very proud of the passion and effort that years 10 and 11 have shown. 

We are still awaiting year 9’s First World War trench creations, so keep your eyes peeled for more Minecraft competitions and entries!

Mr Jessup

A-Jay Jones - Year 7
Charlie Murphy - Year 10
Have a lovely holiday! See you on 
19th April!