Tuesday 6th February was National Safer Internet Day. This year students once again took part in the annual competition to secure the Safer Internet @ Oakwood Trophy!

Students had a collapsed timetable day where all lessons were cancelled and instead they participated in a carousel of activities all of which had an e-safety theme! Activities included a gaming competition, creative art session, cinema experience complete with popcorn, scavenger hunt, and bean bag bonanza board game.

This year our yellow team, Linux, stole the much-coveted Trophy beating the green team, Microsoft, by just 7 points and took home a goodie bag of surprises for all of their hard work.

The sportsmanship award was also awarded with a prize for team work & sportsman like behaviours.

Last week at Oakwood Community School we were raising money and awareness as part of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. Students took part in a range of wellbeing activities at the end of each day, making their voices heard by completing an activity to inform staff of something about themselves that they wish staff knew, and identifying people that they know they can talk to.

Students and staff expressed themselves through a non-uniform day, and a cake raffle was held with all money raised being donated to Place2Be – a massive thank you to all parents/carers, students and staff!

It is important to celebrate the achievements, big or small, that make your child proud. Whether it’s taking a test, making a new friend, overcoming a challenge or accomplishing a goal – let’s spread joy and positivity together!

Remember, it’s okay not to be okay, and together, we can support each other and create a nurturing space for the future generations – we hope you have made this Children’s Mental Health Week both memorable and meaningful!

There are many ways that we can all look after ourselves, and as part of Children’s Mental Health Week we’re taking a moment to give you some tips on how to take care of your mental well-being.

Remember, you are not alone, and taking care of your own mental health should always be your top priority in all situations. And with this week being what it is, it’s important that our children and young people are all made aware of this as well.

Last week at Oakwood, in Computer Science we have been delving deeper into binary representation and looking at how to convert between not only binary (0’s and 1’s) and decimal (0-9) but also up to hexadecimal and even into character sets Students have been decrypting messages, associating colours to images, and completing mathematic equations in binary.

As the saying goes, there are 10 types of people in the world… those that understand binary and those that don’t….Or as our students would say… 10111111 = BF = 191!

On a lovely sunny day there’s no better place to have an Art lesson than in our very own forest. Pupils were given a clipboard and a sheet of plain paper and were tasked to produce a woodland picture, the difference here, they weren’t given pencils or pens to do this with…..They were instructed that all they could use was whatever they found naturally in the forest! Whether that was sticks, soil, moss, leaves, bark or anything else they could utilise.

Some of the pupils found charcoal sticks from the remains of a fire from a previous outdoor lesson and were very resourceful in using them in the pictures.

Today, we celebrate the power of knowledge, the journey of learning, and the importance of education for all! At Oakwood School, we pride ourselves on being creative, innovative and never settling for anything less than excellence with our students. We’ve created a community where intimacy, warmth and trust is nurtured to provide a level of care that enables children to feel safe and respected, allowing them to be able to learn as much as possible while they’re with us.

Let’s embrace the transformative power of education and strive for a world where every child has access to quality learning.

Here at Oakwood School we have been thrilled with the way our new Learning Hub (Womble Pod) has been integrated into our school grounds – it looks amazing. Now we have added another great feature for our pupils to enjoy – an outdoor kitchen. As you can see the builders got a little help from one of the residents of the Pod!

We hope to develop more outdoor features and facilities throughout the year which we will showcase here for you.

We recently took our students to visit Santa in his grotto – our new underground classroom. They were each asked what they would like for Christmas and then received a personalised bar of Cadbury’s Chocolate and a selection box each.

A lovely way to kickstart the festivities!