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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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Leading Leaders Network Visit – Day 1

Today we had a visit from 15 Leading Leaders from around the UK. The group led by Mr Jeff Smith from IET and the Brent Schools Partnership. The group as with all the LLN events, were looking to be inspired by Oakington’s teachers and pupils in their use of technology. The days a started with a wonderfully harmonious song from  the Oakington Mass Choir conducted by Mr Francis. Ms Vanderpuye, Mr Newton and Mr Libson gave a talk about how we use technology to support the new computing curriculum. This was followed by a tour of the school.

The afternoon was filled with hands-on workshop  delivered by Lee Grahame from Data Harvest looking at E-Learn and Go. Computer Xplorers looking at Appshed, Mr Newton and some of the media team filming in 3D, The OMRN team interviewing  and Ms V and Mr Libson together with the coding champions were programming RedCandy, RedCurrent and Bluey.


Great Finborough School visit to Year 5

Today, Year 5 pupils at Oakington were visited by a local village church school, Great Finborough Primary School in Suffolk as part of an exciting project focusing on comparing and contrasting their two localities.

On arrival, Great Finborough School were greeted by the school councillors who followed this with a presentation about their school and local area. After the presentation the two schools took part in an ice breaker activity, a woodland activity with Mr Miles and a 3D lesson with Ms Vanderpuye finished off with a demonstration by Red Candy, RedCurrant and Bluey the humanoid robots, showing off their skills in dancing to Thriller, Tai Chi and following instructions.

As part of the day, children from Oakington and Great Finborough visited Wembley Stadium as the FA marked St. George’s Day at one of three special ‘Together For England’ events. During their time at Wembley, pupils designed their own England football posters. This was followed by a surprise visit from England football manager, Roy Hodgson and Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill. The star guests judged the poster competition and after signing autographs and posing for photographs with the youngsters, both Hodgson and Chelsea star Cahill sat down for a Q&A session with the youngsters.

Tulsi from 5WS, Oakington, who won the poster competition, commented: “Meeting the two football stars was incredible and everyone was so excited as soon as they walked through the door. I was delighted that they chose my poster. It focused on teamwork and the importance of working hard, so I thought I had a good chance of winning.” Children from both schools had a fantastic time at Wembley and it is unlikely that the star-struck pupils will ever forget the day!



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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Visitors, Wembley Stadium


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Visitors from Bihar, India

Today Oakington had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of dignitaries from the State of Bihar in Eastern India. They were here to look at inspirational leadership and outstanding teaching in England. They were also keen to look at how we improve our schools and how we support our teachers. Bihar is a very large state and although they have achieved a huge amount in getting most of the children in the State into school, they now need to focus on getting the  best people into teaching and the best teachers into school leadership.

They were greeted in the morning by our schools councillors who were keen to show off their school. This was followed by a meeting with Mrs Libson (OBE) to answer some of the questions about the running of Oakington, development of ICT, preparation for SATs in Year 6 and an informal chat with a number of subject and year group leaders.They were keen to know more about how Mrs Libson (OBE) as a head manages performance and underperformance and  also to understand teachers are held to account. They were also keen to know how subject and year group leaders are held to account and the role of the governing body.  The CfBT had already done a session with them on head teacher and teacher standards / OFSTED / models of peer review / self improving school systems.

They went on a tour of the school, visiting many classes including our fantastic multimedia studio where Ms Vanderpuye was conducting a robotics lesson with 3HA. The delegation were impressed initially by the media team who were ready to with their cameras and camcorders to record and photograph our guests in 2D and 3D.  They watched the introduction to the lesson conducted by one of the Nao robots, RedCurrant, teaching the class how to do yoga to relax them before starting their highly concentrated lesson. The ‘Coding Champions’ further demonstrated some of the robot pre-programmed actions before they themselves used the Choregraphe software to program, RedCandy, Bluey and RedCurrant. The visitors went to see another class before returning to watch a short video on plants and leaves in 3D.

They were so impressed by the work of both Oakington Manor and Furness Primary School – they found Ms Libsons leadership inspiring and they observed the wonderful work the staff do for the children and the high expectations they have of them in both schools. It was a memorable visit for them. They told Mrs Libson (OBE), “You have contributed to giving the children of Bihar a better education”.


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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Visitors


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Visitors from Japan

Professor Hiroyuki Tanaka made a personal visit to Oakington to see our school and to see how his research project was developing. The project which has brought together year 6 pupils from Oakington and Hamadera Primary school, Osaka, Japan was designed by the professor to use digital technologies to communicate, exchange information and to find out if life in year 6 is the same in both countries.

The Professor came with three of his masters graduate students who will be starting their teaching careers next year in Japanese secondary schools. The four were fascinated by the enthusiasm shown to them by the pupils in 6DA, 6RJ and 6SE towards the project.  Children asked questions about Japan and the inspiration to start a project with Oakington and Hamadera. Professor Hiroyuki, promised to ensure that further communication between the two schools is a little quicker when he gets back to Japan.

The rest of the visit continued with a tour around the school, visiting classes and seeing our school. Professor Hiroyuki stopped in 3IB’s class and was asked if he could teach the children how to count to 10 in Japanese. He willingly obliged. All the children were happy that they were able to count in Japanese, it seemed so easy.


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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Visitors


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Carlos Curbelo @ Oakington

We were very happy to have received an impromptu visit from  Carlos Curbelo – District 7  School Board, Miami this morning. Since he was in London, he wanted to visit schools who were using technology and 2Simple software in innovative ways. He was able to pop in for a chat with Ms V, Mr Newton and a few children from year 5 and 6. He enjoyed what he saw so much, especially our recording studio, that he gave the children an unscripted interview. The children involved enjoyed it very much especially when they asked him how much money he spends on schools in Miami. We were all left wide-mouthed when he talked of his school district spending about $4B a year.

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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Visitors


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