This Week's News

Friday 22nd July 2020

A message from Mrs Mooney

And so we reach the end of a year like no other. I can’t really remember the lead up to the 20th March now, but that date I am sure will remain in our memories for years to come. This is the date that the doors of Oatlands closed for the majority of our children and the start of ‘lockdown’. At the time I remember writing in the newsletter that although the Oatlands building was closed to most the school was very much still open. I think we can safely say that we have come through this having kept together as a community and that indeed our Oatlands family is stronger than ever.

‘Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion’.

We all care greatly about Oatlands and that’s why our community went over and above to get through this. I am sure you will agree that our teachers have done the most amazing job in guiding you through your first year of teaching! And what a great job you all did. I am just disappointed that Ofsted weren’t operating during this time as I’m sure you would have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grading. The first hurdle achieved and the connection between the children and their teachers remained strong with entertaining videos and feedback on their work. Assemblies, Easter hat parades and fun time Friday are the things that kept us going and maintained some kind of normality in these strangest of times. And we laughed a lot!

It has been wonderful to begin to rebuild the school this half term and to have now seen almost all of our children and families again. For Year 2 an opportunity to end their time at Oatlands. We now wish them every happiness and continued success as they move on to their new schools. I do know that they leave having gained a set of values, which we hope they will take with them and hold for the rest of their lives.

Thank you Oatlands family and goodbye for now. We supported each other through this uncharted time. I look forward to us being reunited fully in September but for now have a wonderful summer and stay safe.

Huge hugs,

Tanya Mooney

 

PTA Virtual Camping Trip

As they couldn't hold their normal Dads & children camping weekend, the PTA suggested a virtual camp-out instead!  Whether it was indoors or out, many of our families spent the night under canvass in true Oatlands spirit!  Click HERE for a selection of photographs.

School Nurse

Our school nurse, Imogen Geraghty, and her colleagues at Children & Family Health Surrey are still offering a full range of services (including their enuresis (bedwetting) clinics) and will continue to do so over the summer holidays.  They are also now able to offer an ‘Anytime Anywhere’ virtual face-to-face contact for any health support and advice you may need in addition to regular telephone contact. Please do get in touch with the School Nursing team on csh.elmbridgeschoolnurseteam@nhs.net  or call them on 020 8979 6464.  For full information about the services available from Children & Family Health Surrey please go to their website https://childrenshealthsurrey.nhs.uk/