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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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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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ICT Mark Award

Children at Oakington Manor  are at the forefront of using information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their work, and that’s official!

Following an extensive external assessment Oakington has been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark for the second time.

The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of ICT in both administration and across the curriculum. Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

Stewart Smith, ICT Adviser said “ Brent School Improvement Service is determined
that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. Oakington Manor should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools.”

Head teacher Sylvia Libson commented “On behalf of Oakington Manor, I am delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to ICT and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that ICT can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.

We are very proud to include the mark on our website and our mailings and this has been noted on a number of occasions, which has further raised the profile of ICT at Oakington Manor School.  Our last OFSTED report, in 2010 positively acknowledged that ICT is an integral part of everything we do.”

The lead member of staff, Ophelia Vanderpuye (ICTAdvanced Skills Teacher), instrumental in ensuring the school was ready for ICT Mark assessment, commented:

“I am really pleased that the presentation of this award shows recognition of the excellent ICT work that is taking place at Oakington.  Applying for the award really brought into focus the ICT work that we are doing each and every day.  All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement.”

Bernadette Brooks, Naace General Manager, said “Oakington thoroughly deserve the accolade of an ICT Mark accreditation. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using ICT in schools.  We look forward to working with Oakington Manor to demonstrate how ICT can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future”.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in ICT


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