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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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Music Concert 2012

….well, it was great!
The concert was well attended by people from our community; Residents from Willows Rest home, people in our community, parents, friends of staff, as well as most of the staff at Oakington and staff from Stonebridge and Chalkhill. 
Every item was a highlight. From the opening recital of parent, Ramesh Vudathu playing soothing Classical Indian Music on a wooden flute, the melodious strains of the violin from Ilai Avni to the first ever performance of Collaborate! Oakington Manor’s eight-piece Rock Band who compare to any rock band on the music circuit!
For me, seeing the children from Stonebridge, Chalkhill and Oakington Manor lift the roof off to a superb rendition of “Aint no stopping us now” as the final item was awe-inspiring and received a standing ovation.
Why not add Oakington Manor School to your regular web browsing sessions? In this way, you’ll be able to see when we have events in the future.
Come again and be inspired! 

Edward Francis
Director of Music and Drama.

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Carnival 2011

After the raging success of last year’s carnival, the whole school is in the thro’s of the 2011 carnival on 1st July. The countdown has begun!

Every child and every member of staff have  been playing their part in preparing costumes etc. making sure that our 2011’s amazing Continent Carnival is a roaring Tim Davis screen printing demosuccess! Planning for the carnival started soon after the last one in 2010. Preparations started in ernest in May with the Tim Davis inset for staff on screen printing and ways to make structural costumes using willow. All staff were also inspired by Mrs Jesani’s inset on ways to make fantastic carnival costumes, masks and simple hats using scraps of material and a little imagination!

One week before the BIG DAY!!!!!!!!!! And there’s so many things to be organised. Mr Roy is preparing the big marquees on the field. How many do we need? And where is the best site? Last year we had problems with the food queues so we have placed the Making masksfood marquees at the far side of the field. He also wanted to know about the picnic area. We had to place this rectangle quite centrally on the field so that there is room to march around it for our fantastic parade. Each class is busy painting, sticking and glittering!!!!!! Masks, costumes and willow sculptures are in the final stages of preparation. Fun! Fun! Fun!

WIllow scupture head dressFriday 24th June

Marquees are now in place so we need to start thinking about the placement of the central parade area/ picnic area. There’s a large tree root which needs to be dug out so that no one trips over it. Mr Fletch will be working hard to remove the stump over the weekend.

Children and staff are working on their Carnival displays in each year group. This year’s theme is ‘Continents’. The Nursery are working on Antarctica/ Artic with ice snow, polar bears and fish in black and white.

Reception has Australasia and are working on their Aboriginal Art T-shirt and hat designs. Year One are covering China dressed in sequinned red T-shirts and hats.

Year 2 costume fittingAnd lastly in Key Stage 1 Year Two are thinking about Grimms Tales and are creating purple and pink wings, hats and costumes.

Ms Birch has begun the request for help with the evenings world feast!! Parents and Staff are being approached about their contributions to the menu. A BIG thank you to all who support this venture!!

What a sensational end to this weeks preparations!

Mrs Griffiths

Monday 27th

Stilt Walker in last year's costume

I have been in touch with the company ‘Sticks and Stones’ for the last time today. We are planning to have another stilt walker at the front of the parade on Friday to lead the school around the field. His dress is a surprise for the day!

Have you noticed the advertisements for the Carnival on bill boards in the gardens of friends and parents of the school. Hopefully these will encourage the community to participate in the Carnival fun!

We need to start hunting for the bunting to be hung at the entrance of the school and around the field.

It is so exciting when all the planning is in it’s final week!!! I hope the Carnival is in your diary too!!

Tuesday 28th
Rain, rain, go away!  Come again … after Friday Carnival pleeeease!
Rain or shine the Carnival will take place this Friday, 1st July.  We have made plans if it’s wet to be inside the 2 halls and sports hall.  I’m an optimist and am still planning for the Carnival to be out doors!!!!!!
Mr Cordiero Gilson has been taking a dancing workshop all week with Year 3, 4 and 5.  Last night the teachers

Mr Coediero Gilson preparing year 3 for carnival

were swinging away at their dance inset in preparation for Friday’s extravaganza!!!!!  He will be joining in the rehearsal dance parade tomorrow afternoon.

Today we have finally prepared our school letter to remind our community of the event which starts from 2pm.  The firework sound show will be taking place around 6.30pm.  If you can support the event by cooking a dish to share please either send it into school in the morning via your child’s class teacher or bring it along to the marquees in the afternoon.


The sun was shining!!!

Today was the parade rehearsal. Unfortunately Mr Roy was unable to open the all weather pitch so it was decided that we should parade from the back of the pitch instead of the front. Mrs Singh and Mrs Obi were able

Parade rehearsal

to direct everyone into their lining up places.

This took a little longer than last year because there is only a small entrance into the pitch.

The Nursery practiced walking with their sari which kept all the little ones in their places. They took longer than everyone else so they started walking around the parade first. All the classes filed out onto the field and sat in their designated places.

It took half an hour to parade out on to the field and another twenty minutes to empty the field.

3 cheers were given to celebrate our rehearsal!!!! Ms Birch reminded everyone to remember to bring in dishes of food to share at the Carnival.

Well done everyone!

Thursday 30th

The the sun is shining, grass is green, the bunting is fluttering and the fence now has a saree rainbow!!!!!

Today many adults spent the day decorating the field, marquees and front entrance to the school!!

There are a few more last minute jobs to complete tomorrow – stitch here, a stitch there. But we can’t wait for Mr Francis to bring out the musical equipment tomorrow to give some sound effects to the event!!!

Don’t forget to bring your delicious dishes tomorrow!!

We are looking forward to seeing you here!!!!


What a fantastic day!!

Thank you to all the children who produced such fantastic hats, T-shirts, skirts, willow sculptures and models. You are awesome!!

Thank you to all the parents and staff who have given of their own time to help create our amazing Carnival this year!! Bringing delicious foods from around the world!! Helping on the stalls!! Bringing the entertainment onto the stage!!

A big thank you to the site staff who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes – Cyril, Fletch, Ben, Roy and their gang!!


Mrs Griffiths

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Carnival


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