Problem Solved!

Apologies for the lack of blog entries recently, I have been having problems with the technology – again!

There are lots of lovely things going on in school all the time, you just have to look at the “Latest News” page on the parents section of the website. However sometimes problems occur and upset individuals so that learning is spoiled for a short time. We work tirelessly in school to resolve issues quickly and effectively to prevent them from escalating into “big deals” and we appreciate your support when your little ones come home with tales of woe. Please understand that when your treasure tells you about an incident in school it is only their viewpoint you are listening to, not the full picture. We have to have systems in place to deal with upsets and those systems work if they are allowed to run their course. If we feel the need to inform parents then we will do, but most of the time the falling out can be sorted swiftly. Please rest assured your little ones are in capable hands.

Thank you for your continued support.

Parent View

We have the most wonderful, supportive body of parents here at The Oaks. Children make wonderful progress in school because you all manage to complete Reading Journals, Research Logs, Maths Challenge books and spelling tasks as well as listening to your little ones read every night. You support our charitable efforts and help us to raise money for worthy causes and sometimes for school too. I would like to say a very big “Thank you” for all the positive remarks parents make as they pass me on the playground in the mornings or ring to congratulate the staff on their wonderful work. I need Ofsted Inspectors to know what a wonderful supportive body of parents you are. Ofsted will visit “Parent View” before they consider making a visit to school, this is the only way they can tell how supportive you are. Some of you will already have completed Parent View last year but it needs updating every year so please can I ask that everyone logs on to the Parent View site and registers their views? Please could you do it now, before you forget! There is a direct link to Parent View from our website. Thank you so much for taking the time to go this one last step!

Open Morning

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our recent Open Morning for existing and prospective parents. The children loved having you all in school to share their learning and I really enjoyed show casing our provision. It is one of my favourite days of the school year although I don’t think the teachers share my enthusiasm as it is no easy task keeping a full class of children focused on their learning when dad or grandma are waving and smiling from the back of the room or peeping round the corner! The choir enjoyed entertaining you in the “MacMillan Coffee Morning” and appreciated your undivided attention and enthusiastic applause – I noticed some of you joining in with the singing too! Thank you also for your contributions to the charity collection, it will all go to the grand total we have been collecting over the past couple of weeks.

If you are a prospective parent please do not forget when you are completing the paperwork that the Local Authority will send you, do not leave any spaces on the school choice list! I look forward to seeing lots more of you again if you do indeed choose to send your little ones to The Oaks when the time comes.

Time to Celebrate!

There is so much going on at the moment I am not sure where to start!

Years 5and 6 have performed their end of term show “The Pirates of the Currybean” which went down really well. They were superb, really professional and every single member of the cast and crew thoroughly enjoyed themselves which is essentially what it is all about. A very big “Thank you” to everyone involved.

The rounders team won their competition at Smithills School with Amelia binging back the “Player of the Tournament” Award – fabulous ambassadors for our school, well done everyone! We also sent a team to the Town Athletics event at Leverhulme Park where all the team did wonderfully well.

The team who went to Sharples to take part in a maths competition returned triumphant, another very enjoyable event.

Sports Day was a success, despite it being very hot. The weather always causes us lots of stress, wondering if it is going to rain/thunder/dry up in time, but again everyone had a lovely day. Thank you to everyone who came along to support their children and a very big thank you to those who returned their chairs to the rack. Moving a hundred chairs by myself isn’t the best therapy for a bad back!

Lots of classes are getting involved in outdoor learning at present, making the most of the lovely weather and groups are out and about within the local community supporting various events that have been organised. A group were down at Asda last week getting involved with the press etc. If you see us on your travels do wave – the children love to see people they know when we are out.

The choir performed to their usual very high standard at the annual Music Service event at Victoria Halls in Bolton recently and last weekend they sang at the opening of the Community Garden Summer fayre. Thank you to everyone who supported both those events, we rely on mum and dad’s taxis so often!

Finally can I ask you all to support the Astley Bridge Summer Festival this next weekend – there are numerous events planned in various spots around the locality, something for everyone to get involved with I am sure. Congratulations to Maria for designing one of the winning posters!

I feel I might have missed some things out but there is still lots going on so I won’t sign off for this term just yet!

Thank you for your continued support.

Thank you to all parents who are vigilent with regards to e-safety rules at home! Keeping abreast of your child’s internet usage is not a one-off event, it is a continual process and needs to be part of the ethos at home at all times. There are links on our main web site page to help and support but if you are in any doubt at all about how to keep your child safe please just ask – there is always someone in school who can give you the support you need and answer your questions or point you in the right direction.

Now that the better weather is here please prepare your children for the sunshine – hats and suncream every day and also don’t forget to send a coat whatever the weather as it can soon change! Children have access to cooled water throughout the day but would benefit from a gentle reminder about the need to hydrate in the hot weather. Let’s hope it is here to stay!