Summer Reading Challenge

It’s that time of year again when all Somerset libraries are getting ready for the annual Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge is promoted by the Reading Agency with the aim of encouraging children aged 5 to 11 to keep reading during the summer holidays. This year the challenge is called Mischief Makers and is centred on Dennis, Gnasher and characters from the Beano. There are clues to follow, the usually (often smelly) stickers to collect and online activities to join in with at home. Children who take part are encouraged to read up to 6 books, either on their own or with family. They can read fiction, non-fiction, graphic or audio books. They are rewarded with stickers and a certificate and those who read all 6 get a medal. The Summer Reading Challenge is a great example of how libraries and schools can work together to encourage and develop a lifelong love of reading for the whole family. It’s not a competition, but a personal challenge that offers reading inspiration and incentives to entice children into libraries. Library staff encourage children to try new books, as well as reading more of their favourite authors. The Library also runs a series of activities based around the theme of the Challenge. Last year 84 children from Oakfield took part with 51 children reading 6 books over the summer. It would be wonderful if we can encourage more children to take part this year. Oakfield will be promoting this event after half term but meanwhile, please pop into Frome Library to find out more. Mrs Perrett, Librarian, Oakfield Academy  

BAFTA Cyber Bullying award.

Joseph Dobson and Louis Tozer who were pupils at Oakfield Academy from 2011-2014 recently attended the BAFTA TV Awards in London.  They rubbed shoulders with ‘Best Actor’ Sean Bean, stood next to Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent) and saw Dec from Ant and Dec.
 
Joseph and Louis won their tickets to the award ceremony in the Royal Festival Hall by making a short film about Cyber Bullying.  The film was judged by Ronan Keating (Boyzone) and Otto Bathurst (Film Director – Robin Hood) as best in the 16-21 year old category of an ‘All Rise’ International Film Competition.
 
Joseph and Louis will also attending Twickenham Film Studios in July for work experience as part of their prize, they hope to win a BAFTA in the years to come.
 
Well done boys, and good luck in the future.

Half Term Activities

The May Half Term Short Breaks Calendar can also be viewed / downloaded fromwww.somerset.gov.uk/cwd or call the office to get a copy posted on 01823 358117.

Tuesday 29th May

Purple Elephant Productions: 9.30am to 3.30pm Toy Library stay and play, Portway Church, Frome. Drop in, parents remain with children, £1 per child. Aimed at pre-school children with older siblings welcome.

Nova Sports & Coaching – Multi Sports Holiday Camp,

Future Roots Fun On The Farm, Sherborne (Nr. Yeovil) – SEE Flyer Attached – staffing and support provided.Have fun on the Farm May 2018 - Somerset

Wednesday 30th May

Somerset Cricket Board & Somerset Football Association – Taunton Sessions - SEE Flyer Attached

Purple Elephant Productions: 10am to 12noon Forest Fun (outdoor games) at Welshmill Woods, Frome. Drop in, parents remain with children, £1 per child. Aimed at children up to 12 yrs.

Nova Sports & Coaching – Powerchair Football Skills Camp, Frome – SEE Flyer Attached

Compass Wellbeing, Lego Loopy! Session, Taunton – SEE Flyer Attached

Frome Playscheme Consultation Event (flyer attached)KIDS Frome Event Flyer May 18

Thursday 31st May

Purple Elephant Productions: 10am - 12noon Woodland Creatures (crafts) at Trinity Church Hall, Frome.  Drop in, parents remain with children, suggested £1 donation per child.  Aimed at children up to 12 yrs.

Nova Sports & Coaching – Multi Sports Holiday Camp, Frome – SEE Flyer Attached

Step4ward-in2growth – sensory & messy play, storytelling, sensory garden, music and arts – Shepton Mallet, for 5-12 years, £10 per child, call Becky on 07737 331174 or check out the Short Breaks Calendar for more info.

School Travel Challenge w.c 21.5.18

Get set… we’re taking part in the School Travel Challenge, Frome’s Missing Links inter-school walking, scooting and cycling challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose to leave the car behind for their journey to school.

The challenge runs from Monday 21st to Friday 25th of May.

During this week (ONLY) pupils are encouraged to scoot or cycle (with a helmet) to/from school with parents’ permission.

The details

On each day of the challenge, participating schools in Frome will compete to see who can record the biggest increase in the number of pupils walking, scooting or cycling to school, with the Challenge Cup going to the winner. You will be able to see how Oakfield have done in the challenge by finding our school on the map (The Hall of Fame) on this website:  http://bigshift.sustrans.org.uk/schools/famous

 Why we’re taking part

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling actively to school.  At the same time, we are pleased to support Frome’s Missing Links, a local charity who would like to see safer, family friendly walking and cycling routes in Frome, and better connections to neighbouring towns and villages.  The charity is currently working to complete the missing 2 miles of cycle path to connect with the Colliers Way from Great Elm to Radstock.  Their aim is to create traffic-free routes which are as level as possible and which will be suitable for all ages and abilities.

What’s happening Monday 21st to Friday 25th May

  • Stamp/colour the Frome’s Missing Link Travelcard for each day of the challenge. Hand it in to the tutor on the last day, Friday (25th May), and it will be entered into a prize draw.

On Friday 25th May:

  • Free pedal-powered smoothies.
  • KS2 Lunchtime Roller-Blading/Skating session. £1.00 to take part. Pupils must bring their own roller blades/skates and a helmet (can be a bicycle helmet) and knee and elbow pads.
  • KS3 Lunchtime Roller-Blading/Skateboarding session. £1.00 to take part. Pupils must bring their own roller blades/skateboards and a helmet (can be a bicycle helmet) and knee and elbow pads.
  • KS2 Cake sale. Pupils can bring in cakes on Friday 25th May – to the office.  Pupils can bring some money on the day for cakes and other activities happening throughout the day.
  • Design a Safety Helmet and Skateboard Competition (taking place in lesson time).
  • Cycle to school on Wednesday 23rd May and get a free “health check’ of your bicycle by a “Dr Bike” mechanic.

Numbers are limited so ‘Appointments’ for bikes will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and
only with a completed permission slip handed in to The School Office.

 What’s next?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to walk, scoot or cycle to school every day during the Challenge Week 21st – 25th May.  (If your family can’t avoid using the car to travel to school, then park further away than normal and walk for approx 10 - 15 minutes for your journey to qualify.  Bus pupils qualify to stamp the “feet” as we

encourage them to take one lap around the playing fields during lunch breaks!)

 

Miss Pullen

Acting Head of PE

Reggae Projects Year 8

 

Every year as part of their topic on Reggae music our year 8’s are given the opportunity to carry out their own independent research and produce a project on Reggae music.  They can work with friends if they wish and are encouraged to play to their strengths when choosing a presentation style. They are all given the same guidance in preparation for their projects, outlining what they need to include and ways they can demonstrate their learning. They are also inspired by generations of projects that have gone before (including older siblings!) which get donated to the music department and put on display.

The projects get more and more creative EVERY year and it’s always a privilege to see the hours of work (not to mention the pride) that goes into them.  This year has been no exception. We have seen some incredible creations from handmade drums to TV sets, record players , animations, power points, books, posters and sculptures. It has been incredibly difficult to choose winners. Many congratulations to all the students for their amazing efforts and especially to this year’s winners:- Melissa, Lottie,Tilly, and Ella who won ‘Best Overall Reggae Project’ as well as to Sophie and Violet who won ‘Most Artisitic Reggae Project’.

Ms C Parsons,
Head of
Performing
Arts

Year 7 Author Visit-2.5.18

Year 7 pupils pupils enjoyed a fantastic interview with our visiting author David Almond and asked lots of enthusiastic questions. David's books are available to read in our school library and are also available to purchase at Hunting Raven Bookshop in Frome.

Parent Contact Details

Please ensure the Academy Office are updated with any changes to pupil's contact details, for example mobile phone numbers, addresses etc. We require at least 3 contacts per pupil.   Thank you for your support.

Year 7 Author Visit

To promote the enjoyment of reading and literacy we have a great opportunity for our Year 7 students to enjoy a visit by acclaimed author David Almond on 2.5.18. There will be an opportunity for your child to purchase a signed copy of David’s new book ‘The Colour of the Sun’ at the end of the presentation for £10.99 or his paperback books Skellig and Kit’s Wilderness priced at £6.00 each.  

Increase in price for School meal

Please note that after Easter it has been necessary for Edwards and Ward to implement a 5 pence price increase for school meals. With effect from 1.4.18 the price for a school meal will be £2.25 for a main meal and £2.75 for a meal deal (main meal and pudding). There will be increases on other items available which will be displayed in the school canteen.
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