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Activities and Annual Events

Throughout the year at Oakley College, a whole range of celebrations, shows and events take place in school. Each one is eagerly anticipated and are for all the community to share in.

– Halloween –

At the end of October we celebrate the Anglo-American festival of Halloween by having a fun-filled party day in the infant school, where children come to school dressed in spooky costumes, play games and do Halloween crafts. In the evening the school is transformed for our disco party evening, with fancy dress competitions, food and drink. Also around this time we remember Divali, the festival of light, which is celebrated by our Indian children. In the infants, children make Divali lanterns and listen to the Divali story.

– Christmas –

Christmas is celebrated in many ways throughout the school, with Primary departments having a party day to which Santa Claus usually makes a most welcome appearance! The whole school community joins together for the traditional nativity plays, watched by expectant Mums, Dads, Grandparents and friends.

– Carnival –

Every spring we celebrate carnival in school with party days where the children and teachers come to school in fancy dress! Parents are welcome to the infant party afternoon to enjoy the celebrations and laugh at the annual clown show!

The older classes have differing focuses to their celebrations with sports and general knowledge competitions pitching the houses against each other.

– Día de Canarias –

At the end of May we join with the rest of the Canarian community in celebrating Día de Canarias. Leading up to the day, time is spent in class learning about the culture, history and traditions of the canary islands. The day is celebrated by children wearing Canarian costume and enjoying playing typical Canarian games and sports such as lucha canaria, salto de palo and learning Canarian dancing. Parents and friends are invited to join with the school community in a special commemorative assembly and fiesta.

– Graduation –

At the end of each academic year, we have a graduation ceremony for children who are moving onto another department. Children completing the infant stage, primary stage and secondary stage each have a special assembly in which their achievements are recognised and diplomas are given out. Parents and friends are welcome to these events.

– Community service –

Students are also encouraged to look beyond themselves and the school to the local community and the wider world. Fundraising for a range of local, national and international charities takes place each year and provides an outlet for students to learn to use their gifts and skills to help others. Money is raised annually to support our school charities.

– Assemblies –

Students share their learning with the school community and parents in our, themed based, weekly assemblies. These are also a perfect opportunity to develop confidence and drama and public speaking skills. Each department has a weekly assembly, in which each class takes a turn to lead once per term. Assemblies are also a time for raising self-esteem as children are positively commended each week through the presentation of merit awards and English speaking awards.

-Events per month-

– General –

• Infants and primary – termly assemblies in first and second terms
• Class trips
• Camping trips
• Secondary international trips

–October –

• School photograph
• Halloween parties and disco
• Oakley college calendar competition

– December –

• Reports evenings – (all departments)
• EY nativity production
• KS1 and KS2 productions
• Santa claus visit (foundation stage, KS1 +KS2) .
• Secondary end of term Xmas trip.

– February –

• Carnival celebrations
• Half-term reports (secondary)

• Year 9 meeting on subject options for following year

– May –

• IGCSE exams start (Y11 and Y10)
• AS / A level exam take place
• Dia de Canarias celebrations
• Sports days

– July –

Summer school

– September –

• Parents meetings (meet your new teacher)
• Year 7 “introduction to secondary” meeting
• Year 10 introduction to IGCSE course meeting
• Year 12 introduction to AS level courses and option confirmation

– November –

• Secondary poetry competition

– January –

• Mock exams and exam week

– March –

• Report evenings (all departments)
• Egg painting competition ey, KS1 + KS2

– June –

• Inter school sports events
• Reports (all departments)
• Sats exams
• End of year day trip (all departments)
• Graduation assemblies (Rabbits, Y6 and Y11 and Y13)
• Year 11 work experience week