Headteacher's Blog

07 Dec

All things being equal?

Thank you all for your hard work this half term and especially this week. The weather; including wind and rain; have not made it easy for any of us.

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30 Nov

Christmas lights?

It is that time of year when we all creak, just a little, under the weight of the weather, the bugs and illnesses, the darker nights and the long term dates. We do have a light, however dim at this stage, on the horizon. It’s December on Saturday. That date brings with it a whole host of things: wall to wall Christmas carols and songs on the radio, TV and in the shops; the advent calendar, with the cheapest of chocolates inside (or make-up and perfume – as someone informed me); the TV adverts offering once-in-a-lifetime Christmas bargains; the TV adverts for the sofa sales (didn’t they used to start on Boxing Day?); the TV adverts for next year’s summer holidays (didn’t they used to start on Boxing Day?); the prospect of spending more time with friends and family; the winter / Christmas holidays. So… not all bad.


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16 Nov

Talking about children

Sometimes in school, or in education more widely, we can become consumed by the issues at hand. By this I mean that we are presented with something that we need to react to and, being the professionals we are, we do react to that issue. Sometimes that may well be something being pushed at us from the government or the local authority, in other cases it may be something we need to manage within school. All too often we are responding and reacting to things that may well be negative and then we find it hard to secure the space to recognise and celebrate.

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09 Nov

We will Remember! We do Remember!

As always this is an important week in the school’s calendar. I publicly thank Ms Baker and Mrs Bowater for leading on the remembrance assemblies. And thank you to all of our pupils for supporting the important two minutes of remembrance and silence at 11 am on Friday.

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26 Oct

The half term icy blast

At the end of an eight week half term we can all (staff and pupils) just about muster enough energy to say thank you. Many of us will want to thank our pupils or our teachers and our friends and colleagues for the work undertaken this half term. We will want to say thank you for the support that we have given each other and the progress we have individually and collectively made. We can all go into the half term break knowing that it’s been a job well done. Can I just say thank you too. Thank you for your commitment to Oakwood High School throughout this long half term.

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