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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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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

 

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 Test with Zachariou International Language School

5LR were lucky enough to conduct a Skype test call with the English teacher Mrs Eleni Amourgi from ‘Zachariou Foreign Languages school ‘ in Piraeus, Greece. Oakington started a project with them last year where all three classes in Year 4, learned about life in Piraeus a fishing town in Greece. The classes exchanged PowerPoint presentations and video they had created about their school and local area.

It is now a chance to meet and say hello before Christmas. Next week we are going to meet the children and share our hopes for Christmas and the New Year.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a fantastic new academic year!

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Apple Event @ Brent Civic Centre

Ms V, Mrs Akonor, Mrs Jesani, Ms Gordon, Mr Libson and Mr Ryder attended the Brent School Partnership (BSP) and Apple event to present what Oakington has been doing for the new Computing curriculum. The day was opened by Jeff Smith from Brent Schools Partnership, followed by Lara Harvord from Apple. Ms V, Ms Gordon and Mrs Jesani, ran a workshop on coding. They demonstrated three apps, Beebot, A.L.E.X and Fix the Factory. Each candidate were able to have a go on their own iPads to see how children from EYFS to KS2 can engage in coding activities.

In the afternoon Mrs Akonor’s class 5RA who also attended the meeting, demonstrated what they had been doing using the ‘Book Creator’ app. It was an excellent session as the children confidently showed the adults how to use the app to create their own stories.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Uncategorized