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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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BETT 2012

The Bett Exhibition opened at Olympia from 11 – 14th January. A number of teachers including the ICT team went to the exhibition over three days.

Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Jabble and Ms Vanderpuye went on Friday 13th. As usual the annual exhibition was packed with teachers, headteachers, coordinators and anyone and everyone interested in technology in education. There was just so much to see. We were quite excited about getting inspiration for various new projects we have in the pipeline. Our task was clear, each of our teachers had tasks to complete whilst there.

First on our agenda when we got there was to go to the Naace stand to be presented with our ICT Mark award which the school received last term.On the way to the stand we got a little distracted with this amazing F1 type car simulation. It was brilliant, just to look at it… but before you could say..”F1 rocks!”…Mrs Griffiths had jumped in the car and was ready  to put her driving skills to the test, driving at speeds that went over 1000mph. The nice lady at the stand told her how to keep the car on the road making sure she watched the screen and when to press the red and blue buttons on the steering wheel. Once Mrs Griffiths got the hang of driving the car it was really hard to get her out of it…we were there for ages. I was jealous because time was running out at the presentation time was fast approaching. We said we would go back for me to have a go.

The Naace stand was packed with other schools also being presented with their ICT Mark awards. It was great

to see Oakington Manor’s name on the big screen. We were really pleased to see the headteacher from College Green Nursery and  Mrs Federico from Queen’s Park CLC who had both come to give a cheer for our school achievement. When our turn came Mrs Griffiths took photos and short video clips of our presentation.

The added bonus for our school was that Naace had announced on Thursday the people who had been shortlisted for the Naace Impact Awards 2012. Wow, Ms V was on the shortlist This is an award for making an impact on pupils and other people using ICT.

Mrs Griffiths with our ICT Mark AwardAfter the presentation we split up to go and look at different things. We later met up with Mrs Jabble. There was just so much to see. There were also lots of companies who knew our schools and had visited our website. We also heard from Webanywhere that they had received  enquiries from other schools about having their website built  because they were impressed with ours.

We saw a demonstration of the Van der Graaf Generator using a doll and other ways of generating electricity. If you’ve never seen this before the Van der Graff generator creates static electricity that makes your hair stand on end. It was great fun!

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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in ICT, New Year, Technology


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