School life at our school is based on the child, the family, the staff and community. The care and education of the pupils permeates everything we do on a daily basis. We are continuously looking for ways to improve on what we do and all pupils and staff have imbibed our core values Respect, Inspiration, Reflect, Independent and Confident.
These words are active and dynamic at our school and underpin everything we think, say or do. Pupils are received at the school gate every morning at 7.30 and throughout the day are supervised by staff who ensure they are safe and getting the best out of every activity at hand whether it be teaching and learning, sports, meal times after-school care and more.
Our pupils eat meals freshly cooked in our school kitchen. The menu is balanced with a good mix of Nigerian and European dishes. We include vegetables and herbs from our school garden. Our school day ends at 5.00 pm in the after-school care club where a fresh member of staff is in charge from 2.00 – 3.00pm. Activities are planned in a fun way and the pupils have a relaxed time with their friends till they are picked up at home time. Our parents are an integral part of our school, we run an open-door policy; concerns and feedback from parents receives prompt attention and that has kept our stakeholders and community happy.
We offer a wide range of co-curricular activities at our school on a daily basis. These are both indoor and outdoor activities covering a wide range so as to ensure each child can find 1or 2 activities to sign up for in a week. We engage external providers to run some of the clubs such as karate, swimming (at a nearby swim academy), ballet, football, dance and others. Some of our teachers add value by running a few of these clubs such as handicraft, French, Toastmasters and others. Club activities run every day from 2.00 – 3.00pm and 1.15 – 2.15pm on Friday. Oakland staff are on duty at each and every club session for safeguarding the pupils.
In the academic year 2017/2018, we voted in our very first set of School Council representatives. These were boys and girls chosen to represent their year group in regular meetings with the Key Stage Manager and other members of staff. They came up with some brilliant ideas as regards school improvement, many of them showed unique leadership qualities and we were extremely pleased with their contributions to the school community.
Many competitions hold at our school. We have arranged them on house lines so as to ensure both individual and collective effort and participation are rewarded. These range from sporting activities, song and dance, spelling bee and big write. The Key Stage Manager organized our first ever spelling bee in February 2018. The four houses chose 1 representative each from Reception up to Year 5. The competition was keen, the pupils were excellent and put in their best, winners and losers were extremely happy to have been a part of it all. Our parents were spectators to cheer the pupils on and it was good feedback as well for the academic team.
Our parents are an integral part of the school and in partnership we work to ensure every child makes progress at his or her own pace. We agree on targets and how to achieve them, we take the pupils out for an extension of their learning for swim meets, football matches and parents are there with us all the way to cheer the school team on. We operate an open-door policy and parents are welcome to meet with their child’s teacher before lessons start and at the end of the school day.