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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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Makey, Makeys are coming to Oakington

Makey Makey, what is a Makey Makey, I hear you ask? Well – simply FUN technology – Coming soon to Oakington!

Oakington is delighted to have been asked to participate in a really exciting project being run by  Gavin Summerfield from Heber Primary School and some of his partners in the project to engage children in technology in ways you would never have imagined a few years ago.

Makey Makeys are making children let their imagination run wild by using everyday items to create new and exciting technology tools to use in school, at home, everywhere!

Heber Primary School – Read about the project ‘Awesome Box’ Project


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Posted by on June 21, 2015 in Awards, Hour of Code, ICT, Technology


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Brent Choir of the Year 2015- Oakington Manor Mass Choir

Oakington Manor Mass choir, an amalgamation of our school and gospel choir sang their hearts out to produce a qualifying entry to the finals with a wonderful rendition of Sing with Joy. Out of over thirty choirs entered in Brent, Oakington Manor have been recognised as a worthy selection to the prestigious finals held at the Brent Civic Centre on 11th July 2015.

We selected the hit ‘One Love’ by Bob Marley to be our entry for the competition. Our lyrics were re-arranged, three part harmonies designated and a backing track flavoured with a mix of reggae, gospel and calypso by Mr Edward Francis, Director of Music and Drama at Oakington Manor, School.
We felt nervous as we were lining up for our final warm up but it was more excitement than anything else as we had practised hard to achieve our place in the finals and were confident of our parts.
There was some disappointment when we realised we had not won as we knew we had tried our best but Mr Francis assured us that  we had done everything he wanted us to do and that our time would come. When you listen to our performance, you’ll see why there was rapturous applause and cheering at the end. We were magnificent!
Oakington Manor Mass Choir were awarded a Platinum Award for their rendition.
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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Awards, Music


Spelling Bee 2014, WIN!

What a fantastic day of spelling!

The day started with the arrival of Princess Frederica at about 9:30 and the last school arriving  at 10:30. Each participating child got a participants badge and the officials put in their gowns and badges. There was a welcome address by Mrs Libson , OBE. The groups then split up into individual groups for the heats. 30 children were in each heat but only 10 from each made it through to the finals.

After lunch, the children took a break and spent some time getting to know each other. The finals started at 1:30 with key stage 2 classes as the audience. It started with year 3. Oakington won first and 2nd place with Furness finishing 3rd. Oakington triumphed again in  Year 4 with 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Year 5 was won by Oakington, Furness 2nd and Sudbury 3rd.

It was a tense final in year 6. Princess Frederica came third and the 2nd and 3rd place were won by Olivia Lee and Shanae Griffiths respectively after 5 rounds of stale mate. It went to sudden death with words picked randomly from a dictionary.  Key Stage 2 pupils let out a tumultuous applause when they realised that Oakington had won the 2014 Inter-school Spelling Bee!.

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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Awards


Birthday Honour

As a long standing Headteacher with over 25 years of experience,

Mrs Sylvia Libson, our headteacher, has gained a formidable reputation in the field of Education.  Her commitment and dedication has now been recognised formally and she has been awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the June honours list.

Many of you, who have known her over the many years she has worked in Brent, know of her passion and dedication to the children ensuring that their education was paramount. She has used her expertise to transform Oakington Manor Primary to an outstanding school. Most recently she has worked her magic at Furness. This award is a welcome recognition of her years of commitment, drive and energy she has shared willingly with all. 

We  are sure you will all join in with Oakington and Furness in congratulating her on this momentous personal landmark.

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Posted by on June 17, 2013 in Awards


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