End of Year Newsletter 2017

20 Jul 2017

Anmol Kharel 13/3/2009 – 17/5/2016                   

19th July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

This morning we held a special assembly to celebrate the life of Anmol Kharel, a pupil at Oldfield, who sadly passed away in May last year.

Anmol was born on 13th March 2009 and started in our Nursery in September 2012. Anmol enjoyed his time in Nursery and soon made lots of friends.

Sadly on 17th May 2013 Anmol was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mostly affects babies and young children. As you can imagine this was devastating news for his parents and his older brother Anuvab, who was in Year 1 at the time.

Anmol received intense treatment at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and showed great courage, even when he was in pain. During his stay at Great Ormond Street Anmol continued his learning and participated in many events organised by the hospital. On one occasion Anmol spoke via satellite directly to the astronaut Tim Peake!! Anmol asked him, “How does the connection work?” and impressed everyone by this important question! Anmol also got to meet the actor Robert Downey Jr who presented Anmol and other children with a £50 Hamley's Toy Shop voucher.

Anmol continued his treatment until he sadly passed away on 17th May 2016. In memory of Anmol, Mr and Mrs Kharel and Anuvab have started the Anmol Foundation, where money raised with go support very poor children in the world who have been diagnosed with cancer. The details of this fund are: Barclays Bank, Sort code 20-45-45, account number 43701085.

During this morning’s assembly we remembered Anmol and spoke of our decision to raise money for the research department of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. We presented Mr and Mrs Kharel and Anuvab with a wonderful framed photograph of Anmol decorated with artwork of butterflies created by the year 3 children, Anmol’s friends and classmates. They also received a copy of the Singing CD of Oldfield children and staff recorded in the Spring, as organized by Miss Savage and the Friends of Oldfield, and dedicated to Anmol.

Thank you to the School Choir who sang beautifully in the assembly this morning ‘The Time of Your Life.’ The choir are:  Ria Bammi Y5O, Shafia Thulakdar, Y5O, Sonia Hare Y5O, Anarghya Zala Y5O, Kinga Blok Y5O, Gerry Comber Y4O, Layla Mentel Y4O, Victoria Szwach Y4O, Vrishin Prasad Y4O,   Sarah Kotob Y4O, Grace Sheanon Y4O, Aylah Sher Y4L, Lily Leiper Y4L.

Mr and Mrs Kharel have been extremely generous in donating books for use across the school and again this morning  they kindly presented Dr Day with many more books for children in our school. Every book goes out to classrooms or into our reference library with a book plate in memory of Anmol that has a picture of him so as children pick up and read these various books they can remember Anmol, his story of courage and, after today’s assembly where they met the Kharel family, the strength families can find when facing the hardest of circumstances.

SCHOOL OUTCOMES 2016-2017: update from Mrs Lorrimore and Mrs Taylor, Assistant Heads.

Oldfield continues to deliver excellent outcomes for all pupils. Children have demonstrated that they are flourishing academically and personally

END OF YEAR RESULTS (all provisional)

  • EYFS: The majority of children made excellent or accelerated progress. Even more children achieved a Good Level of Development this year and in line with national results.
  • KS1: In Year 2 SATs, children attained very well in reading, writing and maths. The number of children working at Greater Depth has increased in all areas. We are very pleased to now have even more children achieving mastery of the curriculum. Year 1 children made exceptional progress. We are delighted!
  • KS2: In Year 6 SATs attainment has improved this year in reading, writing and maths. The number of children working at Greater Depth has increased in all areas. We are very pleased to now have even more children achieving mastery of the curriculum! Initial analyses published from the local authority, show once again at Oldfield progress in writing and maths is significantly above national and reading is in line with national. A fantastic achievement! The vast majority of children in Years 3, 4 and 5 have made excellent progress.

Please congratulate your children on their successes at school this year. Thank you for your valued support. Have a restful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all on 6th September.

STAFF LEAVING: 
Mr Mangan is retiring. We thank him for creating memorable learning with our children over 11 years and wish him well for the future.

Ms Moles has gained a promotion to Phase Leader in another school. We thank her for her great work with the children across the school, especially in Art and IT over 9 years, and wish her well in all she does.
 
Mrs Osei-Clarke recently married and is leaving to teach at a school nearer her home in West Sussex. We thank her for her hard work and creativity with the children over 9 years and wish her every success at her new school.
 
Mrs Fazaldin is leaving Oldfield to spend more time with her young family. We thank her for her enthusiasm and expertise teaching in Early Years and for teaching singing in the school.

Mr Muhammad joined Oldfield last year as a Newly Qualified Teacher. Mr Muhammad has decided to pursue a career in journalism and has thanked Dr Day for the opportunity of working in a school.

NEW TEACHERS FOR SEPTEMBER: We are delighted to welcome 3 new excellent teachers appointed for September 2017. They are: Ms Yacoub, Y1L Teacher,  Miss Davies, Y2L Teacher and Ms Carter Y4L Teacher. They have received very good induction already and children had the opportunity to meet them as their new teachers during Moving Up Afternoon.

School starts back for children on Wednesday 6th September, no exceptions!

Have a great Summer Holiday!

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