This Week's News

Wednesday 21st July

A message from Mrs Mooney

Dear Parents and Carers,

We made it! I spoke to my amazing father last night and we reflected upon the year and he commented that he had never heard me tell him anything other than positive things about life at Oatlands.  Today however I feel we have finally reached the finish line of a very grueling race! 

We optimistically started this year thinking everything was going to be ok but have experienced so many ups and downs and ins and outs. I am obviously very disappointed that we didn’t manage to get to the end of the year with our year 2 children but have yet again been blown away by the brilliance of our school community and the resilience of our children.

As I sit here writing the final newsletter of the year, the corridors are filled with chatter and laughter and that is what keeps us all going. How fortunate we are to come to work every day and spend time with such happy, optimistic fun-loving children.

Thank you to all of our brilliant staff who have always put on a brave face and to all of you for your support and encouragement. You have really helped us get to the finish line.

And so goodbye to our Year 2 children, who are off to the next chapter in their lives. It was wonderful to see them all on our final zoom this morning and to see their end of year movie, which was spectacular! Well done Year 2. We are very proud of all of your achievements.

We hope that you have a wonderful summer and that when we return in September it is as the school we remember. As it stands today, we will return to normal drop off and collection times and no more bubbles!

We look forward to seeing you at 8:50am on Thursday 2nd September.

With all my love and thanks,

Tanya Mooney

Year 2 farewell at the field – Tuesday 24th August 11:30 – 12:30

I am delighted to let you know that the Year 2 team be hosting a final farewell get  together for our year 2 children on Tuesday 24th August. This will be an opportunity to see each other and for the children to receive their Oatlands leavers pens. We appreciate that not everyone will be able to attend and will therefore give pens of children not attending to Cleves at the beginning of the new term. Once again, have a wonderful summer and keep in touch.

Leavers

As we reach the end of the year we will be saying goodbye to Miss Lowe, Mrs Chaffe and Mrs Russell. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all they have done at Oatlands and wish them every happiness for the future. While Mrs Taylor is also leaving us as a permanent member of the teaching team, we look forward to seeing her again in school in September as she will be covering PPA in Year 1. Finally, we also wish Mrs Mansell well as she leaves us temporarily to go on maternity leave.

Update to previously published term dates: 2021/22

Surrey County Council have added an additional day’s holiday to the 2021/22 calendar in lieu of the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday which falls on Friday 03 June 2022 as this falls during the May half-term break. The additional day will be Friday 22 October 2021; the day immediately before the October half-term.  Please update your diaries accordingly.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support

As we transition away from many of the restrictions that we have become accustomed to living with it can be challenging to get used to new norms and remember old routines.  This is especially the case for children, many of whom cannot remember life before ‘lock-down’.  Please look at the Mental Health and Wellbeing pages of our website (https://www.oatlands.surrey.sch.uk/parents-information/mental-health-and-wellbeing/) where you will find a range of resources that might help you navigate the rocky road back to ‘normality’.