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Farewell Ms Vanderpuye

Today, we sadly said goodbye to Ms Vanderpuye after nearly 26 years at Oakington.

Ms V as she was affectionately called by all pupils and staff, decided to take early retirement and at a party held in her honour, she remembered the journey Oakington had made to reach its outstanding status in ICT and Computing.

In the days long before USB pendrives and terabytes of storage space, Ms Vanderpuye reminded her guests of what had gone before.

Her interest in computers started as a 15 year old, it blossomed as she got older. One of her first computers was one of the first solar powered calculators which she  still has at home –it has seen better days but still works when she tested it last week, after more than 30years. Some people may not have heard of some the first computers Ms V had owned such as Sinclair’s ZX80, ZX81, Dragon 64, BBC B, BBC Master with PC emulator MS Dos, Acorn computer with RISC OS, before moving onto a Windows 3.1 PC.  All of this was even before the Internet as we know it now.

Ms Vanderpuye thanked the Governors, the SLT and staff and pupils for allowing her the opportunity to pass on some of her passion. Ms V gave a personal thank you to  Mrs Libson for all her love and support she had given her for more than 30 years since they had known each other. She thanked her two network managers, Andrew and Gaddi, without whom ICT & Computing would not be as ‘Outstanding’ as it is.

Ms Vanderpuye said that the highlight of her evening was the fact that so many ex-teachers of Oakington came back to celebrate with her.  There was also a very beautiful performance from one of Ms V’s favourite robots, Bluey with messages from twins RedCandy and RedCurrant too.

Staff and pupils will miss very much Ms Vanderpuye’s enthusiasm and her love for all things ICT and computing. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD LUCK, MS V!



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BB8 and Drones

Our robots have some new additions to their family, introducing BB8 and Parrot drones. We are using Tickle app to programme them. RedCandy isn’t too sure about BB8.

Ms Vanderpuye said goodbye to her Nao family and their new additions.


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Dutch Visitors

Today we were happy to host a group of educationalists from Holland. There were visiting our school to learn about how we teach Computing and to be inspired with new ideas.

They were given a tour of our school by a selection of our school councillors. They visited classes and spent some time talking to pupils and teachers. They were impressed by what they saw, especially seeing children working with Beebots, A.L.E.X, using Mathletics to challenge Year 6’s mathematical knowledge and Ms Vanderpuye working with year 3 in programming RedCandy, RedCurrant, Bluey and the Ozobots.

After break, the visitors spent some time programming the robots themselves before spending time in the woodlands with Mr Fletch and the chickens.



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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016. We have a lot of exciting things in store for this year!

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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Uncategorized


Reception Nativity Assembly

This time of year is always wonderful to see how Reception children have grown in such a short space of time. This year’s Nativity was no exception. Children spoke in loud voices, clearly and timely. The hall was packed with parents who were proud of their children. They told the story of the birth of Baby Jesus.

Following the wonderful assembly by Reception, the staff sang a number of carols to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Christmas


Acorn Nursery Christmas Carols

Aah, what a lovely end of the day for our Acorn Nursery. Acorn Nursery parents were invited to see their children performing. The afternoon was started by the school choir who sang a beautiful carol. Together with mince pies, mulled wine and lots of treats, parents were very happy and excited to share in the Christmas cheer.

After a short break Acorn children sang two of their favourite carols that they had learned. They sang beautifully. After their song, children were able to get their face painted, play treasure hunt games and eat goodies. All the children were surprised when Santa himself paid a visit. Everyone was excited and asked Santa lots of questions about where he had left his reindeers.

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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Uncategorized


Skype call with Zachariou International School

What a fantastic pre-Christmas party 5LR had this afternoon. After a year of exchanges of work about our schools, 5LR finally got to meet the children they had sent their presentations about Oakington to. The connection was a little shakey especially the sound but despite this we were still able to share our favourite subjects, our favourite sport and interesting facts about our schools.

At the end of the call, 5LR sang their favourite Christmas carol for the class at Zachariou school. Their favourite carol was 12 Days of Christmas. This was followed by the children from Zachariou school singing their favourite Greek Christmas carol. It was awesome!

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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Christmas, International