On Thursday 20th October 2016, Google came to Oakdale Junior School to give us a taste of what virtual reality was like. We’re sure that everyone in the school really enjoyed it! The digital leaders – Aidan and Millar – really enjoyed controlling the VR headsets and teaching classes and teachers about the different topics that are available on Google Expeditions. We also enjoyed hearing all the screaming and laughing. Google cardboard and Google expeditions is a really good way to teach children how to describe different scenes and how things looked in the past, it is both fun and entertaining.
Our day with Google expeditions was FANTASTIC – you can buy your own cardboard headset and the expeditions app can be downloaded onto both android and apple devices. No matter how old you are, what you do, what you like, or if you’re a boy or girl, VR is the way forward for you.
You can see photos below and read more about it in the Ilford Recorder: http://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/education/google_helps_excited_south_woodford_schoolchildren_fly_to_the_moon_1_4748543
Some quotes from children who took part:
I really enjoyed it – the way they designed this is amazing! It felt amazing because it felt like we were actually there! Teijan 5JS
We saw so many landscapes, it was a blast! We were on top of Ancient Greece flying – it looked so real, I wanted to touch the sky! Next landscape was under the sea, we were swimming with sharks, the whole class was screaming- even the boys! Zoey 5F
Report by Aidan and Millar
Google Expeditions on PhotoPeach
Attendance for last week rose slightly with a school average of 96.01% and 6 classes exceeding our school target for attendance of 96.2%. Congratulations to 4D who had the best attendance with 100%. Unfortunately, the number of lates rose again to 100. Another good week for 3C who had only 1 late over the week. Please remember to be on time for 5 to 9!
Many thanks to the parents, teachers and friends who attended the AGM last week. We are pleased to announce we have filled the positions for committee members, Esther Walsh is our new chair and Joanna Roberts is treasurer. We still have a vacancy for Secretary – if you are interested in the post, please contact the PTFA via the school office or email email@example.com
Tuesday 8th November, 7pm – PTFA meeting
Friday 9 th December – Christmas Wrap
Friday 9 th December – Christmas Disco If you are able to help at these events, please let the PTFA know.
Attendance for last week took a slight decline with a school average of 95.68% and 5 classes exceeding our school target for attendance of 96.2%. Congratulations to 3C who had the best attendance with 100.00%. The number of lates fell to 61. A good week for 3C who had only 1 late over the week. Please remember to be on time for 5 to 9!
To encourage the use of reflective/florescent safety clothing, take part in this year’s ‘Be Bright Be Seen Design Competition’ by designing a logo for a hooded sweatshirt. Brightly coloured felt tips, pens, crayons and pencils may be used to illustrate the design. Glitter is not to be used. Prizes will be available for the 3 best entries and all entrants will receive a reflective key ring for entering. The deadline for your design is Friday 21st October 2016. For further information please contact Miss Chowdhury.
Thank you for your cooporation whilst we trial our new online booking system for appointments. Appointments can be booked via http://www.parentsbooking.co.uk/oakdalejunior If you have any problems, please contact the school office.
This year, as we have in previous years, we will be collecting food donations for the Redbridge Food Bank, please send in any tins or non-perishable goods that you would like to donate with your child to their class teacher. We will be welcoming CEP – Christian Education Project into school on Friday 14th October for a special Harvest assembly.
Redbridge foodbank works with front-line care professional, who identify people in crisis and give them a food voucher. People take their voucher to the foodbank centre where they receive a warm welcome, hot drink and their foodbox which contains enough food for three days. They also put people in touch with other agencies who can help resolve the underlying causes of the crisis. Redbridge foodbank also provides foodboxes to other charities.
Any donations are gratefully received, we will be collecting up until next Thursday and are hoping to deliver our items to the Foodbank on Friday . Below is a suggested list of items that can be donated.
Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar, Fruit Juice (carton), Soup, Pasta sauces, Rice/Pasta, Tomatoes (tinned), Cereals, Tinned Meat/Fish, Tinned Fruit, Biscuits or snack bars, Tea bags/Instant coffee.
Many thanks for your support.
The NELFT Redbridge Health Team will be coming into school on Thursday 13th October to measure the height and weight of pupils in Year 6. You will have received a letter with information regarding the measurement programme. Result letters will be sent to parents approximately 6 weeks after the measurements have been taken. If attached to your results letter you receive an invite to a healthy lifestyle session we encourage you to attend. If you require further information please contact the Healthy Eating Team on 0208 822 4142.
On Tuesday 11th October there will be a change of menu in celebration of World Food Day as follows:
Red/Yellow – Chicken Fajitas with Spicy Mexican Vegetable Rice
Green – Quorn Quesadilla with Spicy Mexican Vegetable Rice
Vegetables – Sweetcorn and Cumin Glazed Carrots
Dessert – Chocolate Ice Cream
WOW! Attendance last week has improved yet again with a school average of 97.04% and 8 classes exceeding our school target for attendance of 96.2%. Well done to 5JS who again had the best attendance with 99.00%. Unfortunately, the number of lates rose to 66. Well done to 4D who had only 1 late over the week. Please remember to be on time for 5 to 9!