Just to say a HUGE WELL DONE to Year 4 who performed a wonderful Diwali Assembly today. They brought much joy and happiness to everyone with songs and a retelling of the story of Rama and Sita, as well as presenting the facts about this famous Hindu/Sikh Festival.
We were absolutely delighted that so many Parents/Carers took the time out of their daily routines to be with us today. The turnout was tremendous and broke all records ! Thank you for making it such a special morning.
After School Clubs will be starting again in the second week after half term. Please make sure that you register your child for any clubs that you wish them to attend from Tuesday 31st October until Monday 6th November. Clubs will then officialy start on Monday 6th November. Please click below to see what will be running this half term.
Finally, we hope that everyone has a relaxing Half Term. Please remember that Fit For Sport are running Play Centre here for the week, and there are many events and special activities taking place in the community. A flyer from RBKC will be distributed later today and there are details of other events in the Pod.
We are looking forward to seeing our Year 6 children who return from their Residential visit to Woodrow House tomorrow. They have had a fabulous time. Pictures of their activities and adventures can all be seen on our Instagram account. We are so grateful to Comic Relief who funded this trip for the whole Year Group. They will return with smiles and many fond memories.
Please remember that school re-opens on Tuesday 31st October as Monday 30th October is a teacher training day.
The annual school fair took place last Saturday and despite the FOGS (Friends of Oxford Gardens School) committee having to postpone the event to the Autumn Term the day was a huge success. It was really lovely to see so many families come along. We welcomed current families at the school through the gates but it was also lovely to catch up with some of our families who have now left the school and also lots of other members of the community who haven’t been into the school before and were able to see what a friendly and welcoming school community we have.
The school really cannot thank the members of FOGS enough for organising the event. There was a lot of activities ranging from –arts and crafts; tennis; tombola; hair braiding; manicures; face painting; henna; a wishing-tree; sumo wrestling; bouncy castle; puppet shoes; a story teller and lots more. The day would not have been such a success without the help of parents who kindly gave up their time to help on stalls and also many of the staff who also gave up their Saturday to run stalls. A special thank you goes to Liz Shaw, Sharon Lally-Edson; Lucille Findlay and Carolyn Khoush-Peyman for the enormous amount of dedication and hard work they put in to making the event such a success.
For those of you who came along you will have seen that we had large amounts of delicious food. Thank you to the parents who made and served some delicious food and also to the amazing Bread and Honey. They very kindly donated enough food for 200 people. They are a catering company based in Kensal Rise and following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy made contact with us and have shown the school the most wonderful generosity – we are hugely grateful to them.
As always the fair was sponsored by Mount Grange Heritage who are always so incredibly supportive of Oxford Gardens – not only did they sponsor the fair and organise the posters and banner but they also came along and ran some of the stalls.
We are still in the process of calculating the amount of money raised from the fair and will let you know once it has all been counted.
FOGS are always looking for people to help with the organisation and running of fund raising events held at school – if you are able to help out please do come along to the next FOGS meeting which is likely to be in the Spring Term.
Follow the link below to see pictures of the day
Yesterday, our Chair of Governors Chris Blewett attended our meeting. Please read the message below:
I was delighted to attend the Parents’ Forum on Tuesday 10th October where I had the opportunity to meet some of the parents and carers and talk a little bit about what being a school governor is all about.
We talked about how Governors are responsible for setting a clear vision, ethos and strategy for the school and, together with the Headteacher, senior leadership team and all the staff, ensuring that all our children achieve to their full potential. We are also responsible for overseeing that the school budget is well spent in the interests of the children’s education.
If you click onto the following link it will take you to a brief document called ‘What is a school governor?’ which will give you more information about how governors work.
We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor and will be holding elections shortly so if you are interested to learn more please ask at Reception and we will arrange for you to have a chat with one of the governors.
Chris Blewett – Chair of Governors
This week has gone really quickly, and has been filled with exciting learning opportunities.
We wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Dragon Drama, who have provided all the children in the school with an exciting workshop which they have very much enjoyed. Thank you. Also, musicians from the Royal College of Music have visited us and inspired us with their creativity and skill. Please follow the link below to our Music page where there are a couple of videos showing extracts from these workshops.
Finally, please remember that Monday is a non-uniform day in support of our Annual Fair taking place in a couple of weeks. Children can come to school in non-uniform clothes in exchange for £1 or a donation for the tombola.
Have a wonderful weekend
National Poetry Day
Today is National Poetry Day and to mark this event we held the finals of our Annual Poetry Recital Competition. The children had round 1 in their classroom, round 2 in their year groups and round 3 – the final – was held in the hall in front of parents and the rest of the Key Stage. The standard this year was extremely high which made it incredibly hard to judge and choose a runner and runner-up. It was great to see how clearly and confidently the children delivered the poems and amazing that so many of the children wrote their own poems.
The theme for National Poetry Day this year is FREEDOM so all poems were based around this theme. There was a great mixture of poems from funny poems to more emotional and sad poems. Many of the children, including all UKS2 children, opted to write their own poems and the standard of these was particularly impressive.
Over the next few days we will publish some of these poems on the website.
Below is a list of all our finalists:
Key Stage 1
|Year 1||Quest Aves (Gremlin)
Florence Shaw (Merpeople)
Assey Tekie (Merpeople)
|Year 2||Hamza Tahlil (Goblin)
Mete Yilmazarslan (Gnome)
Maxi Forde (Gnome)
Lower Key Stage 2
|Year 3||Yanni Harris (Troll)
Grace Chen (Giant)
Sophie Owen (Troll)
|Year 4||Simon O’Donnell (Dragon)
Jack O’Donnell (Dragon)
Cassie Gyambibi (Leprechaun)
Upper Key Stage 2
|Year 5||Atif Mohammed (Griffin)
Amelia Grigorian (Griffin)
Etinosa Edionwe (Centaur)
|Year 6||Jamiel Richards (Hippogriff)
Chloe Byrne (Sprite)
Amir Levy-Rapaport (Sprite)
The winners of each category were:
|Key Stage 1||Winner: Mete Yilmazarslan (Gnome)
Runner-up: Assey Tekie (Merpeople)
|Lower Key Stage 2||Winner: Yanni Harris (Troll)
Runner-up: Cassie Gyambibi (Leprechaun)
|Upper Key Stage 2||Winner: Jamiel Richards (Hippogriff)
Runner-up: Chloe Byrne (Sprite)
Last night Mrs Silver and Mrs Kent attended the Houses of Parliament for the launch of the Parliamentary Review which was published this week, and includes an article on Oxford Gardens. Please see the press release below. There is also a link so that you can access the document.
Oxford Gardens Primary School shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review
Oxford Gardens Primary School appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review.
Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar.
Oxford Gardens Primary School features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding schools in a document that looks back on the year in schools and Westminster. The main aim of the Review is to showcase best practice as a learning tool to the public and private sector.
Across all policy areas, The Parliamentary Review is sent to over half a million leading policymakers. The articles in the Review act as both a blueprint for success and a template for reform.
The Prime Minister commented that ‘this year’s Parliamentary Review follows a significant year in British politics’ and this is reflected in the articles from leading journalists and best-practice representatives alike.
The PM’s former cabinet colleague, Sir Eric Pickles, who was recently appointed Chairman of the Review, said ‘it has never been more important for government to hear the views of business and the public sector in a constructive forum. It is also a vital time to share best practice and progress.’
The Parliamentary Review’s director Daniel Yossman concurred, saying ‘Oxford Gardens Primary School and other hardworking organisations from across the country have come together to make this year’s Review possible.
Sharing knowledge and insight with both peers and government is essential work and I am delighted that this year’s Review will reach every corner of the British economy.
It’s always a real joy to hear from policymakers who tell me that something they have read in the Review has had an effect on their thinking.
It is my belief that innovation is contagious, if only it is given the platform to spread. It is the Review’s purpose to provide this platform and I am confident we are fulfilling it.’
An e-copy of The Parliamentary Review can be viewed here:
The Annual Fair is fast approaching………. Saturday 7th October 12-3pm.
FOGS are working really hard to ensure the event is bigger and better than ever.
There will be face painting, hair braiding, wishing tree, tombola, teddy tombola, book stall, clothes stalls, smoothie bike, bake-off and many more stalls.
Please don’t eat before you come as there will be food stalls catered by the amazing Bread & Honey.
If you are able to help out before the fair or on the day please let Claire Silver or a member of FOGS know.
If you are unable to help out then please do come along and enjoy this wonderful community event.
Please click below to see a copy of the letter that was sent out yesterday with details of the Summer Programme and activities available for your familiy. We hope that there is something for everyone here to enjoy.
Finally, your child will be bringing home a bag like the one below.
The attached letter explains everything
I have pasted the last two paragraphs from the speech made on Tuesday at our Community Day. Please read the words and hold them close. We hope that everyone has a break of some kind over the Summer and we look forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 6th September.
‘All of us together can make things better. Together we should cherish one another and build on our unity to achieve our aspirations and make our community great once again.
Today we celebrate hope, something that all of us must carry in our hearts as we face each new day, each new challenge, but we are not doing so alone, we are doing so together. Together we will face every new challenge with the hope to build a brighter and happy future.’
I know we say this each year but……we can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. As we look back through all the posts this year, the class pages and all the Instagram posts it is clear that the children have had many wonderful learning experiences this year and we are enormously proud of their progress and achievements.
As we all know this last half term has been incredibly difficult for the whole community. The pupils have shown phenomenal resilience and maturity with everything they have had to deal with. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their dedication and hard work, they really pulled together in order to support the pupils and each other when they themselves were grieving. One thing that has really helped to pull the staff through this very difficult time has been the support from parents and the generosity and kindness of others. Many schools have been in touch offering support, donations from fundraising, toys and books and even their own school trips. Many companies have offered support such as providing lunch for staff, theatre tickets, counsellors and workshops. We really are enormously grateful for all the thoughtful gestures.
This morning we had our Leavers Assembly and End of Year Awards Ceremony. The Year 6 shared their most poignant memories from their times at OGPS and the following list of children all received an award. If your child didn’t receive an award this does not mean they haven’t done well but unfortunately we can’t give an award to everyone – we wish we could!
We don’t only have children to say goodbye to BUT we also have several members of staff leaving us:
Jasmin Wharmby and Sasha Davison who have both taught at Oxford Gardens for 1 year and whilst only being at school for a short period they have left their mark and will be missed.
Natalie Petric leaves us after 2 years at Oxford Gardens. She has been an amazing support in Reception and Year 1 working 1:1 with a pupil who I know will miss her enormously.
Rochelle Fryer joined OGPS 8 years ago as the librarian in what was then our new library. Rochelle is one of only a couple of members of staff who works with all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 and has had such a positive impact on all of the children.
Aneta Tramburora-Kisic has worked at Oxford Gardens for 13 years sharing her expertise in the Foundation Stage. This year Aneta has also run a very successful after school karate club in which many children have benefited enormously.
Corinne Rutley leaves us after 14 years at Oxford Gardens and in this time has shown enormous compassion and care for all the children she has worked with.
Lucie Mack has also been at Oxford Gardens for 14 years, originally joining the team as a Learning Mentor and then becoming a teacher who has worked across all key stages and in the last few years has been Head of Early Years. Lucie has had a huge impact on both the staff and pupils she has worked with.
We also have 2 long-standing staff Learning Support Assistants who are leaving us this year: Gill Mekari and Pauline Clements. Gill has been at Oxford Gardens for 24 years and Pauline for 23 years. They have shown enormous dedication and hard work over the years and they will be hugely missed by the whole of the OGPS community.
We will miss the Year 6 pupils and the staff that re moving on to new things but as we said in assembly this morning they will always be part of the OGPS community. Saying goodbye to people is always sad but we have lots to look forward to next year and have 6 new members of staff joining our team:
Louisa Johnson as teacher of Merpeople Class; Abigail Vines as teacher of Goblin Class; Anna Joseph as teacher of Troll Class and Charlotte Morrissey as teacher of Leprechaun Class. We also have 2 new support staff joining our team: Roya Tellaie as Nursery Officer in Pixie Class and Jackie Hawes as an HLTA with responsibility for the library.
Finally, we wish you all a restful Summer holidays, for those of you who are going away we wish you safe travels and look forward to welcoming you all back on Wednesday 6th September.
Sarah Cooper, Claire Silver & Leila Kent
(Well done to our Reception Classes who Graduated today)
THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Community Day of Hope. It was a very special day that we shared together and one that we will all remember.
‘All of us together can make things better. Together we should cherish one another and build on our unity to achieve our aspirations and make our community great once again.’
Our banner already has pride of place !
Summer Programme News
The West London Summer Programme is an exciting programme of free events for local children and families. Please see the letter sent home today for more information or ask Mrs Kent.
Our final week of the year has begun with an amazing concert this morning by the orchestra. We are incredibly proud of all the pupils for making such fantastic progress with their instruments and for performing so professionally. Huge thanks also goes to all our wonderful music teachers. Our Year 2 were lucky enough to go to see the Parathletic World Championships today and Years 3 and 5 will be out at the beach on Wednesday.
On Thursday we will have our annual Leavers’ Assembly and End of Years Awards Ceremony and in the evening Year 6 will have their prom.
Last week all the pupils got the chance to meet their teachers for next year, please click on the link below to see the staffing structure for next year.
We will conduct our annual parent questionnaire in October but in the meantime please do comment on parent view – click on the link: https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/login?destination=give-your-views
Tomorrow we have our Community ‘Day of Hope’ the gates will be open for all parents from 1.45pm and we will have a ceremony on the back playground which will start at 2pm. If possible please bring a plate of food to be shared because after the ceremony we would love the parents to stay, eat and chat until the end of the school day. We look forward to welcoming you tomorrow.
- March 20, 2018 9:00 amGnome class to visit the Pizza Express
- March 20, 2018 2:00 pmYear 4 Daunt Books Visit
- March 21, 2018Year 2 IPC Trip to The National Portrait Gallery
- March 22, 2018 3:30 pmMEND in doing healthy eating stall in playground for all parents
Oxford Gardens Primary School
Tel: 0208 969 1997