Settling into Camp Life at Cuffley

Miss Jones popped in to see how our intrepid campers from Year 4 were faring! Despite a smattering of mud left from the assault course this morning, everyone was wearing a smile ( even Mrs Edwards, Mrs Archer and Mr Barker!)

A few photos of  Birchester camp life just before hot chocolate and marshmallows:

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Approaching the end of my time at Oakmere…

I am writing this post with a sense of sadness but also excitement. Sadness because my very long association with Oakmere is drawing to an end, and excitement because I know that the school will continue to go from strength to strength under Miss Jones’ headship.

This half term is going to be a big transition for the school; moving from one headteacher to the other.  Miss Jones and I want this to be as smooth a process as possible, especially for the children and staff. So we have a plan!

Over these final seven weeks, I plan to gradually step more and more into the background and Miss Jones will start taking the lead on more whole school things.  This will allow me to begin getting used to what it is going to be like, not being a headteacher anymore, and gives Miss Jones an opportunity to practice being a headteacher, while I am still around to offer her the benefit of my experience.

So here’s to the next seven weeks –  I will be doing everything I can to savour every minute of it!

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Our football team in Manchester – CBBC media stars too!

See from about 7:30 minutes onwards.


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The weather held; Mrs Pearce and her army of amazing, fluorescent marshals took to their posts around the route which Mr Vialla , Mr Corr and Mr Blakemore had devised early this morning and then  700 children went running!

Nowhere other than Oakmere Primary School could put on such an event. Many spectators and members of staff from our visiting schools commented on how well organised an operation the Mini Marathon is. It’s true and just shows what an amazing, community-spirited team we have here!

The podium places were shared amongst the competing schools. The Wroxham School took first and second in  the Year 5/6 race. Congratulations to Kieran Lee who finished the course in 11:52 minutes. The winning girl, in a time of 12:28 was Brookmans Park’s Sienna White. Huge ‘well done’s to our fastest Oakmere runners: George Fox in year 5 and  Charlie B in year 6.

The finishing line exploded with Oakmere cheering as Liam Hummel from year 4, crossed the finishing line in first position! We had four boys in the top 10 – and huge praise goes to Callum, Alfie and Mason. Our first girl home was Honey in year 3, who was only narrowly pipped to the post by Pope Paul’s Isabelle Fleet, whose winning time was 14:51.

Huge thanks to the children, staff and parents of Wroxham, Cranbourne, St Giles, Brookmans Park, Little Heath, Ladbrooke and Pope Paul for joining in the fun and the inclusive feel of the Oakmere Mini Marathon.

Thankfully this year, the afternoon’s Micro Marathon was able to go ahead and was another example of how the famous Oakmere spirit shines through.  The young and not-so young took to their lap as if it was the Olympics and showed the resilience and drive we want for all our pupils. Congratulations to Callum Hummel ( What must mum be feeding her boys?) and Jorja Hall in year one for being victorious!

Although it is right that we are delighted by our elite runners’ performances, it is the joy on the faces of everyone who crosses the finishing line – the feeling of achievement all the runners gain that we as a school must value and be proud to have given. Oakmere we should be proud to be the school that puts the fun in ‘fun run’!

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On Monday, PSCOs Carl Rowsen & Graham Tippett spoke to the children in assembly about the importance of road safety.

Crossing the road safely:

Find a safe place to cross, i.e. use zebra & pelican crossings, where there are traffic lights

It is VERY IMPORTANT to use Roy, School Crossing Attendant outside Oakmere School – THIS IS THE SAFEST PLACE TO CROSS THE ROAD!

It is UNSAFE to cross the road between parked cars, as drivers will not see you

What to do when crossing the road:

  • Stop just in front of kerb
  • Look in both directions
  • Listen for cars
  • Walk do not run
  • Do not use mobile phones or listen to music whilst crossing the road
  • If you are on a scooter or bike – GET OFF your scooter and bike and wheel them across the road
  • Look and listen for cars whilst crossing

Message to parents when dropping off and picking up their children:

  • PLEASE DO NOT park on the yellow zig zag lines outside school
  • PLEASE DO NOT park on the pavements in the local streets around the school
  • PLEASE leave home earlier and park a little way away, and walk a bit to and from the school
  • PLEASE DO NOT drop your children in the middle of the road immediately in front of the school gates
  • PLEASE DO NOT cross Chace Avenue, further down the road, when you can cross safety with Roy, our School Crossing Attendant.

Roy is there every morning and afternoon to help you and our children cross the road safety. IF WE DO NOT USE HIM. WE WILL LOSE HIM because the county council will say that we don’t need him.



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Today – Oakmere representing Arsenal Football Club, in Manchester!



Today Oakmere taking part in the ninth Premier League Schools Tournament, which this year is taking place at the Etihad Stadium, home of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League champions, Manchester City.

Yesterday, the team travelled up to Manchester on the Arsenal FC First Team coach.

“It’s quality!” Was the overriding impression from everyone on board.

Twenty Under-11 mixed teams and the same number of Under-13 girls’ teams will contest for the trophies at the Etihad Stadium after coming through regional and finals qualifying to represent their local Premier League club. There was a record number of pupils with more than 10,000 taking part in qualifying, and more than 1,300 schools, another record, competed to be in the final 40.

The 40 teams will sport their Premier League team’s colours, use the dressing rooms at the Etihad and run on to the pitch to the tune of the Barclays Premier League anthem. Their matches on the Etihad turf will be refereed by Premier League match officials.

The tournament is divided into four five-team groups, from A to D in the Under-11s and P to S in the Under-13s. The draw for the 2014 tournament was made by Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

To keep up to date with the 2014 Premier League Schools Tournament on social media, use the hashtag: #plschools

Groups C/R


U11 winner: Oakmere Primary School
Team: Charlie Bullamore, Dexter Levy, George Monery, Joshua Tozer, Alex Quilter, Jaime Randall, Lubuto Chapeshamano, Amy Stone

Oakmere Primary School produced some impressive performances to top their group at the Arsenal qualifying tournament. Oakmere were crowned as Arsenal’s representatives when they defeated St John Evangelist Primary School 3-0 in the final. Following their win, the team were invited to the Arsenal training ground where they were presented with their winners medals by Arsenal first-team players Lukasz Fabianski, Emiliano Viviano and Kim Kallstrom.

U13 winner: Stoke Newington School
Team: Stella Mathias Stanley, Elsa Froggart-Brown, Celia Hobbs, Berry Coleman, Ana Kurti, Isabella Mullan-Lipman, Lauren George, Paige Bailey-Gayle

Stoke Newington School earned the right to represent Arsenal for the second successive year with a dominant performance at the club’s qualifying tournament, winning all of the matches, scoring 23 goals and conceding only once. The team have also won the Hackney Schools League this season and did so without without losing a match. They have also reached the final of the London Cup. Isabella, Ana and Lauren competed at the Schools Tournament at Anfield last year.

Crystal Palace

U11 winner: Woodcote Primary School
Team: Nathan Barnwell, Nathan Young-Coombes, Nathan Glass, Albie Ludford, Remmy Sultan, William Hoare, Jake Linney, Sajjad Khan

Woodcote won the Croydon area U11s qualifying tournament by defeating St James The Great Primary, a school that had been winners of the Croydon area Schools Tournament for the last four years. In the club finals, they beat Oak Lodge from Bromley and St. Cecilia’s RC Primary from Sutton. Four of the present squad, Albie Ludford, Remmy Sultan, Jake Linney and Nathan Young-Coombes, were part of the squad that won last season’s Croydon Primary School U11s League.

U13 winner: Coloma Convent Girls School
Team: Simone Eligon, Rachel Harris, Aoife Courtney, Katie Tucker, Lucy Wright, Anabel Quartly, Emily Sawkins, Niamh Barnett

Coloma Convent Girls School has enjoyed plenty of success recently, winning the Croydon area U13 Tournament for the last four years. The school has the honour of being the first school to represent Crystal Palace at the Premier League Schools Tournament finals and in qualifying they won every match by three goals or more.

Newcastle United

U11 winner: Redesdale Primary School
Team: Josh Gilchrist, Louis Smith, Kai Hay, Joshua Stewart, Jack Watson, Harvey Walker, Bailey Askwith

Redesdale Primary won the club’s U11 tournament after a tense penalty shoot-out win against Newcastle School for Boys in the final. Louis Smith plays for Newcastle Academy but names his favourite Barclays Premier League player as Vincent Kompany and will hope to give a performance at the Etihad Stadium his idol would be proud of. Kai Hay and Harvey Walker play for the famous Wallsend Boys Club while Joshua Stewart currently trains with the Sunderland Youth Academy.

U13 winner: John Spence Community High School
Team: Shelly Brogden, Orla McCallion, Jessica McVay, Georgia Keethlo, Lucy McIntosh, Holly Chatterton, Beth Waterson, Mia Wallace

John Spence Community High School are representing Newcastle United for the second successive year. In the Newcastle qualifying tournament they won all of their group matches, scoring over 20 goals and conceding only five. Their semi-final against local rivals Marden High School went to penalties with goalkeeper Orla McCallion saving the final spot kick. The final against Whickham School again went to spot kicks with Shelly Brogden scoring the winning penalty. Shelley, the team captain, plays for Middlesbrough FC and has recently attended trials for the England team while striker Jessica McVay scored 14 goals at the qualifiers.

Swansea City

U11 winner: Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant
Team: Rhys Phillips, Ioan Phillips, Finlay Cooke, Jac Rees, Dylan Williams, Thomas Elliot, Joni Hartson, Ellis Dickeson

Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant successfully won their way through to the Premier League Schools Tournament Finals by beating teams from the Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire areas. In the Swansea qualifying final, Ysgol Gymraeg Dewi Sant defeated YGG Rhosafan 6-2. The squad is multi-talented one, with a Welsh Judo Champion, two Welsh development cricket squad members, two district rugby players and a Welsh 50m swimming freestyle champion in their midst.

U13 winner: Cwmtawe Community School
Team: Georgia Cosiello, Bryanna Demery, Isobel Thomas, Alana Rees, Hannah Carson-Jones, Eve Jones, Jamie Edwards, Chloe McQuaide

Having won the opening regional heats, the squad from Cwmtawe Community School defeated Dyffryn School 2-1 in the final of the qualifying tournament at Pitchside Swansea to earn the right to represent the Swans in Manchester. Georgia Cosiello will have the honour of leading her team out from the tunnel at the Etihad Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion

U11 winner: Pitmaston Primary School
Team: George Bourne, Alex Perrin, Zach Humphreys, Ethan Sherwood, Ben Watkins, Sam Judge, Joe Mills, James Taylor

Ben Watkins scored the crucial goal for Pitmaston Primary School with only two minutes to go to give his side a 1-0 final win over Glynn Primary School in West Brom’s qualifying tournament. Goalkeeper George Bourne represents West Bromwich Albion’s Academy at U11s.

U13 winner: Sandwell Academy
Team: Heidi Logan, Brodie Vincze, Katy Stonehouse, Camile Samuels, Molly Barton, Erin Shellis, Saxon Partridge-Smith, Jade Millward

Sandwell Academy put an earlier penalty-shoot cup exit behind them as they progressed to the Premier League Schools Tournament with a nervy final victory over rivals Thomas Telford School by the same method. They scored all five spot kicks with goalkeeper Molly Barton proving to be the hero of the day by saving one of Thomas Telford’s penalties. It is the second that time Sandwell Academy have represented West Bromwich Albion in this event, having played at Anfield last year. Captain Heidi Logan and Brodie Vincze represent Sporting Albion while Katy Stonehouse plays for Wolves and Camile Samuels turns out for Aston Villa Academy.

Premier League Schools Tournament Roll of Honour

2013 Anfield
Under-11 winners Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School (Fulham)
Under-13 winners Congleton High School (Stoke City)

2012 Emirates Stadium
Under-11 winners Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School (Fulham)
Under-13 winners St Peter’s Catholic High School (Wigan Athletic)

2011 Reebok Stadium
U11 Farnborough Road Junior School (Liverpool)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)

2010 Ewood Park
U11 Oakthorpe Primary School (Tottenham Hotspur)
U13 South Hunsley School (Hull City)

2009 Old Trafford
U11 Dorridge Junior School (Aston Villa)
U13 Durham Johnston Lower School (Newcastle United)

2008 Madjeski Stadium
U11 Ipsley Middle School (Aston Villa)
U13 Broughton Hall High School (Everton)

2007 Old Trafford
U11 St Jude’s C of E Primary (Portsmouth)
U13 St Joseph’s High School (Bolton Wanderers)

2006 The Valley
U11 Gomer Junior School from Gosport (Portsmouth)
U13 N/A


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Parent Voice 17.03.14

The minutes of the last meeting with Mrs. Lilly’s responses, were uploaded to the Parent Voice site today. This is password protected. People who attend the meetings are given the password to access the minutes on this site. Paper copies will be available from the school office.

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