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Old Oak News - 25/03/2022

date posted: 25/03/22

 

Dear Families,

It's been a busy week for the wider curriculum in school with Science Week and the Children's Parliament. Look below for more information. Can I also remind you that next Friday 1st April, is the last day of term. School finishes at 1.45pm on that day for the school children. Those at the Old Oak EYEC will close at the normal time.

 

*CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL PARLIAMENT*

Yr 6 have been involved in the Children's Environmental Parliament which involves 10 schools from both Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea. The project involved researching a local environmental concern and working as a team to think of solutions to such local problems and take action. The children choose the Scrubs and the focus was making it a more habitable place for the many species of birds who live there.

They met with LBHF Climate team who help to create a really impressive presentation. 8 children were selected to present and compete against the other local schools and The children won the Environmental Award!

After taking part, India said "This project has made me think about working in parliament when I am older"Shyanne added " It made me feel important".

The children spoke to the other children at school and advised them to definitely take part in Children's Parliament when they reach Yr 6!

 

*SCIENCE WEEK*

The children have been able to enjoy a range of different activities this week connected to space and forces, which I hope has inspired some to develop their learning in science and engineering as they get older. The year 5 children had an online session with Helen Sharman, the first British person to go into space. She made a presentation on "What Grows in Space?". ​ Every child in the school, including our younger children from the Old Oak EYEC, visited the planetarium on Thursday to study the constellations, planets and the sun. The people behind the large HS2 development at Old Oak Common have also supported the week with workshops for children as have Imperial College. It has been an action-packed week of science and I hope it has left an impression on the children. Many thanks to Ms. Khalil and Ms Crane for organising this.

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*GOVERNORS*

We have had some of our school governors in school looking at the wider curriculum and early years. We are really grateful for their time and commitment. If you would like to be a parent governor, and be a supportive and critical friend for the school, then please contact Mr Brown or let another member of staff know. Many thanks

 

*INFORMATION SESSIONS - YEAR 6 SATS*


On Tuesday 29th March at 9.00 am and Thursday 31st March at 4:30 pm (the session is repeated) there is an information session about what is involved with the national tests in key stage 2 (Year 6) This is for parents of children in year 6. There will also be information about phonics and key stage 1 after Easter.

 

*PE KITS*

The uniform for PE is a blue or white T shirt, blue or black joggers or short and trainers. Children are not allowed to wear any football kits for PE or any other bright colours. Please send your child in the correct PE uniform from next week. Many thanks.

 

*Easter Holiday Camp*

Please take a look at the flyer, this tell you all about the Easter Camp and how to register your child. Limited Spaces!

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Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe

Joe Brown                                            
Headteacher

 

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Old Oak Update - 18/03/2022

date posted: 18/03/22
 
 
Dear Families,
 
*HS2 PARTNERSHIP WITH OLD OAK* 
 
The school is lucky enough to be working with the construction team at the High Speed 2 Old Oak Common Station close to the school. We have already been able to provide the artwork for the hoarding (attached) which surrounds the site. Our Year 3 children have also taken part in the soft launch of the project, visiting the work site yesterday and looking from the viewing platforms. They also chose the name of the boring machine, voting for the name 'Bramble'. Bramble will drill the large hole under the ground for the train tunnels. The links with the site will, I hope, enable the children to learn a lot about the possible careers involved in the build, including engineering, apprenticeships in construction and design. HShoarding.pdf click to view picture
 
 
*RED NOSE DAY*
 
Old Oak is painted red today as part of our Red Nose Day Celebrations.We have collected this year for the Disaster Emergency Committee and all the money raised will be sent to DEC to support those suffering in Ukraine. Thank you all for the money given. We will let you know how much next week.
 
*BOOK DONATIONS*
 
As part of World Book Day, our partners at West London Zone have been kind enough to donate a book to every child in key stage 2. This is a wonderful gesture and I hope the children enjoy reading them. Next week we are having improvements made to our own school library and create an even better environment for the children to enjoy the books. I will send through some pictures when it is finished.
 
*LIVE THEATRE IN SCHOOL*
 
On Thursday, our younger children were able to enjoy a performance of Clare and Cory Share a (Glorious) Story from our friends at the Really Big Pants Theatre Company. This was performed to children from the school and the Old Oak EYEC, so the youngest audience member was 11 months old. It was a great chance for the children to see a book brought to life. If the children really enjoyed it, then you are able to buy the book. Just contact the school.
Have a great weekend.
 
 
Best wishes
 
Joe
 
Joe Brown                                            
Headteacher
Old Oak Primary School
Mellitus Street
East Acton
London
W12 0AS 
 
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Old Oak News- 11/03/2022

date posted: 11/03/22

 

Dear Families,

 

*COLLECTION FOR THE DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE (DEC)*

Next Friday is Red Nose Day, Comic Relief. The children may wear something red on this day but we are collecting this year for the disasters emergency committee to support those in Ukraine. I know that the children are aware of these events. The school will collect any donation you can afford and we will make sure that the money reaches the DEC as soon as possible and Old Oak can support those suffering during these terrible events.

 

*CLASS ASSEMBLIES*

Class assemblies are taking place again and this week we were treated to a wonderful performance by Maple class. They retold the story The Pebble in My Pocket and brought the history of a pebble to life with acting, song, and sound effects. This can be enjoyed by all on the school Youtube channnel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch. Magnolia class gave an assembly based on the life of the composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St-Georges which you can see here : https://www.youtube.com/watch. There are other stories available here too. 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU LOOK AT THESE VIDEOS WITH YOUR CHILD. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN WATCH YOUTUBE UNACCOMPANIED, AS THEY WILL FIND MATERIAL NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN ON YOUTUBE SITES.

I have had reports of children talking about Squid Games and other videos and these are not meant for children. 

 

*PIRATES IN KEY STAGE 1 PLAYGROUND*

We have photos of pirates in the playground earlier this week. If you also see one of them , please get in touch with Mr. Brown. They looked friendly, but you can never be sure.

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Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.

Best wishes

Joe
                                      
Headteacher
Old Oak Primary School

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Covid Update-07/03/2022

date posted: 07/03/22

 

Dear Families,

I have been informed a small increase in the number of positive Covid cases in school. At the moment it is a small number, but we must be cautious about this and keep to the guidance. 

We have a number of cases in Year 2, (Hazel class) and one case in Year 6, Year 3, Year 1 and reception class. Until the holidays at the end of the month, the guidance states: 

'Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.'

The diagram below from the same guidance is helpful and easy to follow:

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More information is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

Please keep testing and let the school know if your child is off with Covid symptoms or a positive test.

 

Many thanks

Best wishes


Joe                                        
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World Book Day Photos

date posted: 07/03/22

Dear families,

 

Thank you for all the wonderful costumes yesterday - the school looked really colourful and there was lots of discussion about books and writing. The attached photos show what a good time was had by all.

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*SCIENCE WEEK*

The school will be taking part in different science activities linked to space during Science Week starting on 21st March. We will have a planetarium in school so each class can visit and see 'the sky at night'. You may want to take your child to the Science Museum to see the space exhibition: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/mission-mercury-bepi-colombo

 

*BRITISH VALUES WEEK*

The week beginning Monday, 28th March, we will celebrate British Values Week with a range of visits and sessions for each class. I will give you more information next week about these events.

 

*COVID UPDATE*

We still have some cases in school so please continue testing on Sundays. Tests are free until the end of the month. They can be ordered here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe

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World Book Day

date posted: 25/02/22

Dear families,

 

*WORLD BOOK DAY*

World Book Day is taking place next Thursday, 3rd March. Please come dressed as a character from your children's children's book. In the ks1 corridor, staff are completing a guide to their favourite children's books. From this, the children may be introduced to new stories to enjoy!

 

*COVID UPDATE*

With the announcement yesterday about the end of isolation, can I stress that for the school we ask you to continue to isolate your child at home if he/she has any Covid symptoms. The latest government guidance is below and this is clear about how we should behave. 

 

Children and young people with COVID-19 should not attend their education setting while they are infectious. They should take an LFD test from 5 days after their symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) followed by another one the next day. If both these tests results are negative, they should return to their educational setting if they normally attend one, as long as they feel well enough to do so and do not have a temperature. They should follow the guidance for their educational setting.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts/covid-19-people-with-covid-19-and-their-contacts

 

*NURSERY AND RECEPTION PARENTS - END OF THE DAY*

From Monday, 28th February, parents of children in the nursery and reception classes will be allowed into the playground to collect their children from the classroom. This is to keep the children safe and reduce the risk of things going wrong with the younger children. For the moment, the procedures at the other gates (key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) will remain the same. 

 

*SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS*

The school football teams have had a good week, the girls fought hard for a 0-0 draw and the boys played superbly for a 2-0 victory. It is looking hopeful for the rest of the season.

 

Best wishes

Joe

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*CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK*

date posted: 11/02/22

 

Dear Families,

 

*CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK*

Today was wear a scarf for children's mental health day and we have talked in classes all week about managing emotions and identifying people to talk to when things get tough. It is so important that we support everyone in the school community and always check in with friends and family, but also those we see sometimes out and about that maybe we don't know so well. There are plenty of resources for adults here - https://www.mind.org.uk/ and for children here https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-services/parents-and-carers/.

 

*A LONG  HALF-TERM*

It has been a difficult half term since the beginning of January and I wanted to thank all the staff and children for making this time easier for me to manage. Some classes have had a bit of disruption and this has been unavoidable. But everyone has adapted and coped so well - this flexibility and commitment is remarkable and extremely valuable. We have also needed a lot of resilience to get through to half term, so thank you again.

 

CHILDREN'S ART WORK ON DISPLAY*

You may have already noticed the artwork by the children which is displayed to the public on Old Oak Common Lane. Last year the school worked with the contractors at HS2 project and the children prepared pictures to brighten up the hoardings . These will be on display while the development is completed this will be seen by many thousands of people.​ Please see the attachment to see the hoarding as it is now.

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*HALF TERM EVENTS*

​Please remember to continue the reading over the half term- Shepherds Bush library is open and there will be events taken place there. The museums in central London are also free to visit. I have attached a couple of websites with events going on over half term, which may be helpful if you are looking for things to do with the family.

https://www.visitlondon.com/things-to-do/event/45089111-february-half-term-in-london

https://www.thelondonmother.net/things-to-do-half-term-london/

 

FREE circus performance at Old Oak Centre

The community centre is holding a circus morning on Saturday 19th February. Please see the flyer below as this has more information.

This half term there will be a free circus performance at Old Oak Centre.

This will take place on Saturday 19th February.

Lydia & Elly, from the centre, will be organising a walking bus to pick up and drop children off if you live on the estate and would like your child to attend.

Spaces are limited!

Ages 7-11yrs only

See the poster below and for more information contact Lydia on hfartsfestfunding@gmail.com

Half Term Circus Fun! OLD OAK CENTRE.pdf.

 

 

Finally, see the attached photo of bird watching in nursery.

 

The answer to the question - why do you like working in a primary school, so much?

 

 

Have a wonderful half term everyone and look forward in seeing you all back on Monday 21st February 2022.

 

Best wishes

Joe

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OLD OAK UPDATE 21/1/22

date posted: 21/01/22

OLD OAK UPDATE 21/1/22

 

Dear families,

 

I have noticed that my newsletters have become a bit dry recently with all the news so I wanted to also celebrate the work happening in school. This week we have the great displays which you never see, which can be found in the lower hall. These refer to the Power of Reading texts the children are reading together in class. The final attachment is an example of the high quality writing that children in Year 6 produce - it an amazing diary entry.

 

*COVID UPDATE*

Thank you for keeping the school informed about the cases amongst children and thank you for testing regularly. It certainly helps. We are going to remain cautious as we have several staff off with Covid related issues. As the staff do not mix outside their bubbles in school at the moment, it would suggest that they are contracting the virus from asymptomatic cases in the school and community. Please continue to test so we can get through this complicated period.

 

*START AND END TIMES OF SCHOOL*

From Monday, school will begin again at 8.55am for all children and the registers will be taken shortly after. Pease make sure your child in by 8.55am or else he/she will be late and miss important learning when the children are fresh and awake in the morning. Gates will open at 8.45am in key stage 1 and 2. The Early Years Gate will open at 8.55am. At the end of the day the children will leave at 3.15pm and will wait for you in the playground. Children will be called to leave by staff near the gate. This may take a little longer than usual so please be patient. Please do not crowd round the gates as this causes congestion - we will only release your child when an adult is seen and will keep them safe in school otherwise. If your child goes home alone, remind them about stranger danger after the incident last week and avoid children walking home on their own.

 

*SEESAW*

We use Seesaw for homework for several reasons- most importantly we can adapt work for individual children easily (we could not do this with paper copies); it is a small step towards online learning which will only increase over time; and it saves time, money and the planet not photocopying sheets and sheets of paper. We have a duty to provide paper copies for children with specific needs but are unable to do this for all.

 

*READING AT HOME*

I was a little alarmed this week at the gate with the response to my question 'Did you read at home last night?' Reading regularly at home is the easiest way to improve, and become a better writer, speller, more creative, more imaginative and more empathetic. But it needs desire and resilience too. If a book is 'boring', it's the wrong book. Your child needs to change it. There are thousands of books out there for primary aged children, a few of these will suit your child, we just need to find them! I am sure the child who wrote the diary entry attached reads regularly.

 

Have good and relaxing weekend.

 

Mr. Brown

 

Parent News 14/1/22

date posted: 14/01/22

 

Dear families,​

 

*COVID UPDATE* We are aware of cases in school and there are some staff who are not in work at the moment. This is making some parts of school life quite difficult to run but with everyone pulling together, it is not affecting the well-being of the children. I want to recognise how hard staff are working. Attendance in school is very good at the moment which is great, and no child is coming into school with symptoms. Thank you. However I do think that we may have some asymptomatic cases in school (positive cases with no symptoms) so it is really important that we all - staff and families - test every Sunday to catch these cases before they come into school.

 

*RECEPTION PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 - For children born between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/2018* Reception Class applications need to be completed by 15th of January, tomorrow. If you do not apply by then your child will not have a school place in September, or you will have to complete a late application. If you need any help, please let us know. Thank you.​

 

*CHILDREN COMING TO SCHOOL ON THEIR OWN* I have been told there was an attempted abduction in Brook Green yesterday of child walking on their own. Although Brook Green is some way from the school, please be aware that, although very rare, this is always a danger and speak to your child if they come to school alone. Speak to them about the dangers and staying safe and make sure they are out for as little time as possible on these dark evenings. *BUBBLE AND SQUEAK-

MONDAY AFTER SCHOOL* Remember that anyone is welcome to take food from our Bubble and Squeak stand on the corner of Erconwald and Mellitus Street, near the Key Stage 2 gate. This is food that is perfectly good to eat but is approaching the use-by date on the package. It would otherwise be thrown into landfill and completely wasted. I often take a few bits and bobs for myself if there is any spare. The Bubble and Squeak stand is there every Monday after school.

 

Have a great and safe weekend.

 

 

Best wishes,

Joe Brown

 

Last day, Friday on 17th December 2021

date posted: 16/12/21

 

 

 

Dear families,

 

I would like to thank you for your support and understanding this term. September seems such a long time ago and a lot has happened. Things have been pretty normal this term besides the last week or two and it seems we may have to get used to another 'new normal' in January.

 

*DATES FOR YOUR DIARY*

  • ​SCHOOL FINISHES TOMORROW, 17th DECEMBER, AT 1.45pm 
  • On Tuesday, 4th January, staff are at school and completing a training day. 
  • SCHOOL BEGINS AGAIN FOR CHILDREN ON WEDNESDAY 5th JANUARY 2022. 

We will keep to the start and end of day times that we used this week. These are below:

Nursery - Golden Sunburst

​8.55am

3.10pm​

​Peach class - reception

​8.45am

​3.05pm

​Olive class (year 1)

8.55am​

3.15pm​

​Hazel class (year 2)

8.45am​

3.05pm​

​Maple Class (Year 3)

​8.45am

3.05pm​

​Magnolia Class (year 4)

8.55am​

3.15pm​

​Aspen class (Year 5) 

​8.55am

​3.15pm

​Willow class (Year 6)

8.45am​

3.05pm​

 

There is talk of children possibly learning from home with remote learning in January. These are only reports at the moment ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-59673271but please check that you have access to remote learning on Seesaw just in case. Get in touch with the school as soon as you can if you are having any problems with Seesaw. I would much prefer and really hope to have the children in school in January! 

 

Please continue with the Sunday family testing in the holidays and especially at the beginning of January.

 

Otherwise have a good holiday, rest and relax and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2022.​

 

 

Best wishes

Joe

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*COVID UPDATE*

date posted: 10/12/21

Dear families,

 

The Christmas jumpers today make the school colourful and thank you for the money your child brought in to go the charity Save the Children. Teachers have now completed their assessments and we have a better idea of their progress this term. The final music lessons of the term took place this week as well. Music will start again in the new year.

 

*COVID UPDATE*

Please can you complete an LFT test with your children again at the weekend as a family. I have decided to close Peach class until the end of term, as there has been 3 positive cases in the class over the last two weeks. Work will be put on Seesaw for this class. If you have children in the school who are in Peach class and other classes please test all your children with a PCR at the weekend. Any brother or sister of children in Peach class will be sent home if they show any symptoms of Covid. At the moment, I have no reason to suspect further cases in the school and still believe if we are careful and work together we can keep it this way until next Friday. No school assemblies will take place next week and we will continue to limit contact between classes.  Staff will wear a mask in all communal areas inside.

 

*EVENTS IN SCHOOL NEXT WEEK*

The Christmas dinner and the class parties will still take place next week as it stands at the moment.  No food from home should be sent in for the class parties. NON UNIFORM DAY and SCHOOL FINISHES AT 1.45pm NEXT FRIDAY, 17th DECEMBER

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe Brown                                           

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Mabel under the Christmas tree

date posted: 03/12/21

Dear families,

Thank you for sending in your child in the colours of the emergency services. I really like the navy blue uniform but it was nice to see the other colours today. I look forward to Christmas Jumper Day next week. We are trying hard to make sure the time in school is as special as it can be in December and the tree in the hall looks lovely again.

*DECEMBER EVENTS*

I am sorry to say that I am reviewing the events inside the school again this year, and I am looking to the national and local advice about staying safe. I will make a decision early next week but it may be that  we record the nativity and concerts and post online on our Youtube channel. All the other events for children - Christmas Jumper Day, the Christmas lunch, nativities and class parties - will go ahead as planned. Remember that all unvaccinated adults have to isolate if they are a close contact of somebody with Covid, and all adults have to isolate if they contract or are in contact with the Omicron variant. Cases are on the rise among young children across Hammersmith and Fulham at the moment.

 

I hope to have more news next week and will watch the developments closely in the meantime.

 

Best wishes
Joe Brown                                           
 

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*ONE MORE REQUEST*

date posted: 26/11/21

Dear families,

 

*ONE MORE REQUEST*

Thank you for your support in your child's attendance. It is really positive at the moment. But I have a further request which I hope will keep you all safe.

 

COVID is still about in Hammersmith and Fulham. We have so far been very lucky, and have had no cases in school in 2021. This is incredible but to stay safe, the local authority have discussed with me the possibility of families joining staff and doing an LFT test every Sunday with your children at home. 

 

Tests can be ordered here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/

 

I am talking to the local authority about having tests for families delivered at school and I will let you know how this develops. But if you can order the tests and complete the LFT, we can be even more secure about keeping COVID out of Old Oak. Thanks again.

 

*DATES FOR THE DIARY*

  • Monday 29th November - nominations close for parent governor position and assessment week begins
  • Friday 3rd December - Non uniform day to collect money for the NHS. Please bring in £1.00 and wear the colours of the emergency services - ( red, blue, green or orange). The money will go towards building an Emergency Services Cenotaph.   
  • Tuesday 7th December final Reception Open Day for September 2022
  • Friday 10th December - Nursery and reception classes Christmas Nativity Songs - 10.00am in the lower hall to parents and carers only distanced in the lower hall at 10.00am. Booking information to follow​
  • Monday 13th December  - Nursery and reception classes Christmas Nativity Songs - 2.00pm in the lower hall
  • Tuesday 14th December - Community Christmas Street party around the school  from 3.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Tuesday 14th -Thursday 16th December - Nativity to parents and carers only distanced in the lower hall at 10.00am. Booking information to follow
  • Thursday 16th December - Key Stage 2 Christmas Singalong - to be recorded and posted on Youtube channel
  • Thursday 16th December - class parties; LBHF music hub digital Christmas Service
  • Friday 17th December - last day of school. Finish at 1.45pm
  • Tuesday 21st December - final day Old Oak EYEC​

Parents and carers will only be allowed to attend nativity performances in school with proof of vaccination or a negative LFT test.

We could have lots happening in school in December, but only if we keep COVID out. If we can work together on this, then we can keep children and staff safe and allow them to have a great time too. If anything changes, and we have cases in school or the local community, I will let you know.

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe Brown                                           

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*PARENT GOVERNORS*

date posted: 19/11/21

Dear families,

 

A little late, but I thought the Nursery Poppy was worth sharing. I hope everyone had a good week.

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*PARENT GOVERNORS*

The nomination forms for governors went out earlier this week. Please give me a call or see me on the gate if you would like to be involved. It's a key role for those interested.

 

*FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER - NON UNIFORM FOR NHS*

This is a non-uniform day to collect money for the NHS. This campaign will see students invited to wear the colours of the emergency services (red, blue, green or orange) and donate £1 towards building the UK’s first ‘Emergency Services Cenotaph’ which is supported by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, the Prime Minister and First Ministers of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You will have noticed that we have not done any Children in Need activities this year and this is the reason.

 

*PARENT MEETINGS*

Please make sure you speak to your child's teacher if you have not already done so. Your child's education is a partnership between us and these conversations are helpful for you to support more at home. Reading always helps by the way.

 

*ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY*

The attendance this week has been fantastic. Thank you. The next thing to think about is punctuality - coming late to school. With the catch up curriculum in place, classes really begin at 8.55am with different support teaching taking place. It disturbs the class and children feel uncomfortable coming in late. The KS1 and KS2 gates close at 9.00am. The Early Years gate closes at 9.05am. If you are late, please phone ahead and let us know. If you do not do this, then please wait with your child in the key stage 1 playground under the canopy until 9.20am, when your child will be collected and taken to their class.

 

*SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHER*

On Wednesday 24th November, the school photographer is in to take photos of the children. This will include the younger children in the Old Oak EYEC. Sibling photos will also take place but unfortunately no older siblings from outside the school are allowed to come.

 

*GUESTBOOK + PARENT COMMENTS*

Visitors to the school often talk about the children and describe them as happy and emotionally literate and engaged. I see this as a real positive for us and a great way to promote a really important side of primary education at Old Oak - developing the whole child. You can see the comments here - https://www.oldoakprimary.co.uk/guest-book​. Parents have also made some lovely comments to teachers during the conversations this week - if you do have positive things to say, please write them in the parents section in the guestbook. Thank you.

 

*CLASS ASSEMBLY RECORDINGS*

We have begun our class assemblies and are recording these so parents can enjoy them as well during these Covid times. Families will be sent a Youtube link on Seesaw by the teacher with a recording of the assembly. The video will remain on the school Youtube channel for 2 weeks. It will then be taken down.

 

*SHEPHERDS BUSH LIBRARY EVENTS*

Please find an attachment which tells you about the events which have begun again in our local library at Shepherds Bush. Events list for schools library.docx

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe Brown                                           
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*WICK COURT*

date posted: 12/11/21

Dear families,

 

*FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN GOING TO RECEPTION CLASS 2022 OPEN DAY - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th at 8.30pm*

Please meet in the main school reception.

 

*PARENTS MEETINGS*

​Please look out for a call next week after school. This is a chance for you to discuss with your child's teacher how they are doing. Please look out for a unknown caller number on your phone and accept the call. If you have any problems, please communicate with your child's teacher on Seesaw.

*ATTENDANCE*

Attendance this week has been much better. Thank you. I should congratulate the 78 children across the school who have 98% attendance. This means they have come in every day or have missed one day since we returned in September. Well done to you all!

 

*WICK COURT*

Today the Year 6 children returned from the farm in Gloucestershire. They will come back tired, and perhaps a little dirty, but full of memories. They will also have learnt a lot about themselves, learnt a lot about life on a farm and gained confidence. There are some photos attached and I know that parents have also been kept up-to-date on the school Instagram page throughout the week.

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*REMEMBRANCE*

The school held a 2 minute silence yesterday and classes have commemorated this 11th November in several creative and moving ways. There are wonderful pictures and writing about this including a wonderful, large poppy printed by the school nursery children on the window of their classroom. Thank you to staff for making this happen.

 

*OLD OAK EYEC*

I enjoyed visiting the children to see the pizzas they had made earlier this week. They all looked delicious and I am sure they tasted nice!

 

Best wishes


Joe

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*PARENT MEETINGS*

date posted: 10/11/21

Dear families,

 

*PARENT MEETINGS*

Next week, from Monday 15th November, the parent meetings will take place. This gives you the chance to discuss your child's progress and well-being with your teacher. From September until now, your new teacher has got to know your child and can speak with some confidence and knowledge at how they are in school and how they can get better. Please make an appointment with them on Seesaw to speak. We are holding the meetings on the phone again. We looked into Zoom meetings and we considered meeting in person, but decided against this. As cases remain high, we want to keep Covid out of the school and all staff and children in here every day. 

 

I think some of you may hear that your child should read more at home and/or learn their times-tables. The times-tables can be practised anytime and this takes only a couple of minutes if you do this regularly. Reading is so, so important. If a child does not like reading as a free reader in Years 4, 5 and 6, then they have not found the right book. All children should listen to a story every day anyway. It's your job as the parent or carer.

 

*CLASS ASSEMBLIES*

The class assemblies are beginning again this term. These will be performed in front of the whole school and then recorded for parents to see. The video will be available on Seesaw. We begin this week with Magnolia Class. Next week, Aspen class will perform their assembly on Thursday, 18th November.

I hope you find the parent meeting useful.

 

Best wishes

Joe Brown     

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*EVENTS IN SCHOOL THIS WEEK*

date posted: 05/11/21

Dear families,

 

*EVENTS IN SCHOOL  THIS WEEK*

We are slowly developing our curriculum enrichment again with our school partners helping out. This week alone we have had specialists in from the Museum of London working with our Years 5 and 6 talking about the Blitz and Remembrance, Year 4 have enjoyed professional cricket coaching, the early years children have worked with the Royal College of Music, the professional music teachers have worked with all the classes and Mike from QPRFC has been in as usual. The school counsellor and Family Group have both taken place and clubs after school. The Old Oak Early Years Education Centre has welcomed their children in- it is wonderful to see the younger children here, as young as 7 months! The place feels alive again and we hope that by working together we can continue to keep safe and busy as winter approaches.

 

*ATTENDANCE*

You will have received my letter yesterday about attendance. The school has to work with you as parents and carers about keeping children in school without taking too many risks. This is a partnership between home and school. It is a real challenge but after 2 interrupted years, children need to be in school as often as possible while staying safe.

 

*CLUBS*

The clubs after school have begun - multisports, Money Sense, English catch up, and German club - and there are spaces available. Please pay with Pay 360 (SIMS Pay). We are a cashless school now and all payments should be made on this app. This includes school lunches and future events. If you have trouble with this, then please contact frontdesk@oldoak.lbhf.sch.uk or 0208 743 7629.

 

*FLU VACCINATION - TUESDAY 9th NOVEMBER*

The flu vaccination nasal spray takes place next Tuesday. All forms should have been returned by now but if you missed the deadline, please contact the school on Monday at the very latest.

 

*REMEMBRANCE*

Thank you for buying the poppies this week. We will mark the occasion, as we always do, with a 2 minutes silence on 11th November. 

 

*EVENTS NEXT WEEK*

Good luck to all the Year 6 children going to the farm at Wick Court next week and we have the Life Bus in school. Sarah, the teacher, will work with every class on developing confidence, staying safe and healthy and making good choices.

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

Joe Brown                                           
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*CLUBS*

date posted: 22/10/21

Dear families, 

 

*PROUD TO BE...*

There has been a wide variety of school dress today in school. Some wonderful and colourful traditional costumes which have brightened up the school. Our families in the Old Oak EYEC from 6 months also joined in and shared examples of their traditional dress which reflected their heritage. ​Thank you for taking part in this. We have had another author in school again today as part of our Black History Month events. We also had the English Chamber Orchestra working with Year 4 on Wednesday and Lydia did some art work with the children as well. Please see attached what the school nursery children are proud to be. proud to be.png

 

*INFLUENZA VACCINATION FOR CHILDREN*

All children from reception to year 6 have been offered the flu vaccination in the form of a nasal spray again this autumn. An information leaflet is going out today to all parents. While we recommend that your child receives the vaccination, I want to make you aware that it does contain gelatine derived from pigs. An alternative injection without the gelatine is available from your doctor or the telephone number on the form. Please return the form after half term.

 

*CLUBS*

We are beginning to offer a small number of clubs again after school. Mike from QPRFC is running his multi-sports sessions again after school and there is  also a Money Sense course for the older children. Some can benefit from catch up literacy and some can learn a new language. Please look out for the flyer coming home today. We are charging £15.00 a term for these clubs. This equates to £2.00 a session.

Please note that Money Sense club will now take place on a Thursday and NOT the Wednesday as stated on the Flyer.

 

*ABSENCE AND PUNCTUALITY*

Absence has been very high again and I am concerned about this as we approach winter. Of course, you as a parent know when your child is not fit for school, but there is a pattern of a minority of families with poor attendance. This affects their progress at school and friendships, and is disruptive for the teacher. Also, during an inspection, high absence will work against the school and the judgement we receive. Please try to ensure that your child is in school if they are well. School begins at 8.55am sharp. Gates close at 9.00. The gate to the school Early Years closes at 9.05am. If you are later than this, please bring your child to the main reception in Stokesley Street and wait with them there until they are collected at 9.20am

 

*JEWELLERY*

Can I remind parents that jewellery - necklaces, rings and bracelets - is not allowed in school. 

 

*INSET DAY FOR SCHOOL ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1st*

Staff training means that the school is closed for children on that day. School begins again on Tuesday 2nd November. The Old Oak EYEC will be open as usual for children on the 1st November.

 

Have a good half term!​

Best wishes

Joe Brown                                           
 

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*PROUD TO BE .... DAY*

date posted: 15/10/21

Dear families,

 

We have been celebrating Black History Month this week and the school nursery have also been involved. Please see attached the photos of the children completing some art work.

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*PROUD TO BE .... DAY*

On Friday , 22nd October, the last day before half term, all children are invited to come to school wearing something that makes them feel proud. This could be something which reflects their family heritage, national dress for example, or something they are passionate about. Children will have a chance to show the rest of the school during our sharing assembly in the morning. This event is part of our Black History celebrations.

 

*HARVEST FESTIVAL*
Next week is the last chance to bring in food for our collection. Please hand them in at the gate and we will add them to the table. Many thanks.

 

*RAFFLE TICKETS*

Please buy some tickets for the raffle at the end of next week. There are some great prizes to be won. They will be sold at the different gates throughout next week. Tickets cost £1.00 pound each or £3.00 for 5 tickets.

 

*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1st - INSET DAY*

The school will be closed for a staff training on Monday 1st November. You can find the term dates here: https://www.oldoakprimary.co.uk/parents/term-dates

 

*PACKED LUNCHES IN SCHOOL*

Packed lunches should not contain any nuts or chocolate spread (this often contains nuts). A good packed lunch should contain fruit and some salad - carrot or cucumber sticks. A sandwich is also sensible. A small portion of crisps in a tupperware is good , rather than a whole packet. Be careful with shop-bought dips and snacks - they are often full of salt and fat. Smoothies and yoghurt are also an issue - often full of sugar. Grapes should always be cut in half and not given whole. Staff will ask children politely to eat the grapes later at home if they are not cut in half. We spend so long making sure the children have healthy minds, let's work together to make sure they have healthy bodies too. Remember, school lunches are available and free to those in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. 

 

*NETFLIX*

Children are talking about the series 'Squid Game' in the playground, possibly from older brothers and sisters. This is a certificate 15 and it is very violent and inappropriate in other ways too. Please manage what your children watch on the Ipads, tablets, phones and televisions.

 

As it gets darker in the evenings now, and if your child goes home on their own, please make your child aware of the potential dangers.

 

Have a good weekend

 

 

Best wishes

Joe
 

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*SCHOOL VISITORS AND VISITS*

date posted: 08/10/21

Dear families,

 

*SCHOOL VISITORS AND VISITS*

As we step slowly towards a new Covid normal, it is a good time to share how we are approaching visits etc. If the visitor is essential for the children's learning or well-being, we are accepting them in school. So this week, we have had: 

  1. Mike from QPRFC as usual working with the children on a range of sports and fitness
  2. Our friends from the Royal College of Music, who work with the early years children
  3. The author of 'Baller Boys', Venessa Taylor, as part of black history month working with Years 3-6
  4. The specialist music tutor, Izy, who works across the school
  5. A student from Imperial College who worked with Hazel class on how to stay fit and eat healthily​

We are also taking part in sporting events with other schools if this takes place outside. So our football team, girls and boys, are taking part in the Mayor's Cup again. Year 6 children are also going to Wick Court farm for a week in November.

 

However, I am monitoring the situation in H&F, and we are not going out on visits and using public transport this term. This may change in the new year. 

 

*RAFFLE- BUY A TICKET, THERE ARE WONDERFUL PRIZES!*

To fund our wonderful workshops and visitors during Black History Month, we will be holding a raffle, with ticket sales starting next week on Monday.

 

Tickets will be sold at the KS1 gate before school. They will be priced at £1 per ticket, £3 per strip of five tickets.

Prizes include vouchers for brunch, vouchers for children's meals at Bando Burgers, vouchers for holiday art workshops, tennis camp vouchers, a month of sessions at Little Gym in Westfield, beauty gift bags and much more. Please see the attached flyer for more information about some of the wonderful prizes up for grabs!

Raffle Poster 2021(1).pdf

 

 

*RECEPTION CLASS OPEN DAYS*

These are taking place on Wednesday, October 20th; Thursday, November 18th and Tuesday, December 7th. This will begin at 8.30am in the hall with the headteacher's welcome and be followed by a short tour. Please see the flyer attached. All nursery parents are welcome and please share these dates with friends and family who are looking at local schools for September 2022. Please let us know you are coming by contacting frontdesk on 0208 743 7629 or frontdesk@oldoak.lbhf.sch.uk.

I wish you all a good weekend.

Best wishes


Joe                                            
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InSpire Coffee Mornings 2021-2022

date posted: 04/10/21

Please join us for these relaxed and informal coffee mornings hosted by ASD Specialist Teachers from Hammersmith & Fulham’s InSpire Outreach Service.

 

InSpire Coffee Morning Flyer

Autumn has arrived

date posted: 01/10/21

Dear families,

 

It seems that Autumn has arrived as the rain arrives. But nevertheless, it has been a great week.

 

*FORMER OLD OAK PUPILS*

Young adults often return to say hello and tell us all about how they are doing. I am struck by how mature they appear and how well they have done in their field of work. This week I have had two parents come to us with news of ex-pupils. One has done really well in his GCSEs and achieved the highest standards in all his subjects at secondary school. The other has just received a Masters in Science from University College London! Both families were so grateful for the best start they received here at Old Oak. Success looks different to each person and I am always impressed to hear news of pupils who are doing well in all different paths in life.

 

*HARVEST FESTIVAL*

As Autumn begins it is time for us to collect food which we can give out to our community. There is a table in the lower hall which is slowly filling with tins, packets of rice and pasta and other foodstuff which keeps for a longer time. Please bring in anything spare you have at home and leave it with the staff on the gate. We will add it to the collection.

 

*FAMILY GROUP*

Please find attached the newsletter from Family Group. If you are interested please contact Isabel or myself. Many families have benefitted from working with Family Group over the years so please get involved if you think it can help you.

FG newsletter October 2021.pdf

 

*OLD OAK EARLY YEARS EDUCATION CENTRE (EYEC)*

Welcome to the families who have joined the Old Oak EYEC. We now have children aged between 6 months and 3 years of age who come to us for all or part of the week. It is very new - it only opened this month - and is a partnership with Imperial College West. We are proud to provide high quality care for these children and look forward to welcoming the families into Old Oak in the coming months. If you are returning to work and would like a setting for your child, then please ask at frontdesk or contact me at head@oldoak.lbhf.sch.uk. The families at EYEC will now receive the weekly update from school as well.

 

*BLACK HISTORY MONTH*

Please find attached a poster of the events taking place in October. Other events will be added during the next week or so.

Poster 2021.pdf

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Best wishes

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Covid Information

date posted: 29/09/21

Dear families,

 

As the term progresses and the weather starts to change we are now having to look again at the Covid symptoms and clarify for all what the policy is.

 

There is no clear distinction between an asthma cough and and a Covid cough to a young child, and many of us seem to have a a bit of a sore throat at the moment. 

 

Our clear position is that we do not want a Covid case in school.

 

However, in order to clarify for staff and parents we will:

  • ​Use the original 3 Covid  symptoms as our guidance for judging how well the children are. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness.
  • If a child has a temperature over 38 degrees, he/she is sent home and asked to take a LFT test. The child remains at home until the temperature goes down and/or other symptoms develop. If they do, then the child remains at home for 10 days.
  • If a child has a cough, then a call is made to the parents and the individual case of the child is discussed. If the child suffers from asthma for example, then the parent can explain this and we agree that the child stays at home until the cough subsides or the child can return to school. Regardless, parents look out for other symptoms and if these develop, then the child isolates for 10 days. 
  • ​If a child has diarrhoea, and another main symptom, then the child isolates for 10 days. Otherwise the child stays at home for the 48 hours as usual. The advice over diarrhoea is quite vague and therefore cannot be applied across the board.
  • Other less common symptoms - sore throat, aches and pains, red eyes, rash - should not be viewed in isolation but in combination with other symptoms. Any of these and a fever mean the children should stay at home until the symptoms subside.  This may be 10 days . 

We have a responsibility to respect parents' opinions and experiences with the child and therefore listen to any previous or on-going health issues the child may have. A call to the parents from school and a discussion should enable us to make the right decision . 

 

The stance remains that we do not want Covid in the school and we will err on the side of caution in dealing with each case. 

 

Thank you for supporting the school in this way.

 

 

Best wishes

Joe

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We do not want Covid in the school

date posted: 24/09/21

Dear families,

 

*ABSENCE*

 

I have spoken to several families and staff about the high rate of absence in school at the moment. We have to deal with pupil absence in a sensible way. Our starting point is: 

  1. ​We do not want Covid in the school 
  2. You do not want Covid at home. 

There are several interpretations of symptoms and we must be careful but sensible. I have a duty of care to all staff and children.​ Therefore we must work together on keeping Covid out of our community. I will send out further school guidance early next week which I hope will make things clearer to all.

 

*BLACK HISTORY MONTH*

 

Next month is Black History Month at Old Oak, and we will be celebrating together as a school family. We have two authors coming in to visit - Ifeoma Onyefulu and Venessa Taylor - and they will doing assemblies, workshops and book signings, information about purchasing books to be signed will come home next week. We also have Tie-Dye Drama coming in, and they will be doing a drama workshop with Year 1 based on the story of the Leopard's Drum and DanceWest will be coming in to work with the Reception children in a dance workshop. We will also be welcoming Lydia back to work with all of the children on a collaborative piece of art based on traditional patterns and prints. Finally, we will be hosting Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE. She is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, who was born in Kensington, and will be speaking to the children about her life and achievements.

 

We will also be running a raffle during October to raise funds to support the projects we have organised. Prizes include a voucher for half term art workshops at art-K in Chiswick; a voucher for brunch for 2 at Burnt Provisions on Askew Road; a voucher for a meal for 2 at Grill Shack and Tiki Bar on The Vale; vouchers for Bando Burgers in East Acton; vouchers worth £15 for no drama on Old Oak Road and much more! Information about raffle tickets will come home next month - the draw will be at the end of half term.

 

 

*KEY STAGE 1 MOVIE NIGHT*

 

On Friday 1st October, KS1 are invited to The Old Oak Cinema for movie night! Letters went home this week about tickets for children in Year 1 and 2 - please ask your child's teacher if you have lost it and need a replacement. Please return the slip by Wednesday at the latest so that Miss Hepworth has time to buy cinema treats in time! Tickets are prices between £2.50 and £3.50. Please contact Miss Hepworth if you have any questions. She looks forward to seeing lots of children there next week!

 

Movie Night for Year 3 and 4 will take place on Friday 8th October and for children in Year 5 and 6, it will take place on Friday 15th October - the films will be announced next week so save the dates!

 

Have a good weekend.

 

Best wishes

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