Dear Parents/Carers,

This has been an incredibly busy term for all and I am grateful to all families for the great flexibility that all have had to show during a term when there has been disruption due to Covid but also lots of opportunities for students. I am incredibly grateful for the hard work and flexibility the staff have undertaken over this term.

Lion King Jr!

It was fantastic to be able to see the students doing so well in the four performances of the Lion King Jr! Every student involved as part of the core cast, stage crew or chorus should be so pleased, proud and impressed with the performance. It was a wonderful example of team work with students from across all parts of the college taking a full role.

Thank you to the staff who supported this production, especially the Arts Team, Sue Yates for the costumes, the premises team and all those who gave up their evenings and weekends to facilitate this.

Covid guidance:

New Covid guidance has been issued by the government. A video briefing is available explaining the impact of this for us and is available on our website at:

Easter Update – Oak Grove College

The updated government guidance includes a significant increase in the range of symptoms to be aware of and this is available here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

It is important that students who are unwell, including those with a temperature, do not attend college.

If families of students who have complex health needs want a supply of LFT tests can I ask them to email me at head@oakgrovecollege.org.uk to ensure I can allocate a supply of them for you.

Sixth Form Plant Sale:

Our Annual Plant sale will be running 16th-20th May. We are hoping to be able to re-open our doors for this but a limited delivery service will also be available. Details will be sent out nearer the time. In the meantime if any keen growers out there have some extra plants they would be happy to donate to our sale please get in touch with Carol Noble via cnoble@oakgrovecollege.org.uk  Alternatively if you are happy to contact any local businesses that sell plants to ask for donations please also let Carol know.

Friends of Oak Grove College Update

A message from FOGC:

“Even though our first attempt at a morning meeting in the Rosie last month was scuppered by COVID, we will arrange another date for next term… watch out on the Facebook page for the date.

It is an opportunity for parent/carers who are unable to come to the evening meetings to discuss all things “Friends” related over a cuppa and help in our efforts to fundraise for the school. 

We would LOVE to hear from you! WE NEED YOU!

Join us on Facebook and look out for upcoming events, give us your ideas and feedback as to how we can support the school and raise some money. 

Mary and Anna (Co-chairs)”

Mobile phones/ Instagram/ Facebook

It is important that all families check regularly the social media and messaging services that students use. It is also important that no young person is on a social media platform when they are younger than the minimum age for that platform.

Please also ensure that young people take regular breaks from using screens.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Students at Oak Grove College have teamed up with Worthing Golf Club to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee” – and will help to create new woodland there as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

Sixth Form students visited the golf club to help greens staff plant new oak trees. At the same time they were able to learn about the range of jobs involved in running a busy golf club, with its two courses of around 1,000 members.

The students were joined by Deputy Lieutenants Dr John Godfrey and Caroline Nicholls, representing the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex and the Queen’s Green Canopy for the county, and Worthing Golf Club Directors Micky Halford and Stephen Moore, who are leading on the work to forge a link with the college and so help introduce students to the world of work as well as learn about trees and nature.

The club is planning to name part of the woodland “Oak Grove Glade” in recognition of the new partnership with the college and students will return in the autumn to help plant and nurture young saplings.

Red Nose Day

We raised £63.40 for Comic Relief through the Red Nose mufti day on Friday 18th March.

Magic Breakfast:

This term students have benefited from having bagels or cereals available in college for breakfast. This has certainly worked in relation to a daily settling into college pattern and students will have had the opportunity to choose a cereal to bring home on Thursday evening. This is part of the support that the Magic Breakfast are providing and is aimed at all our young people.

Staffing:

Susie Hindman (Assistant Complex Needs Coordinator) is leaving us to move to the University of Chichester to undertake research to support the learning of students with SLD. I know you will join me in wishing Susie the very best for the future and thank her for all of her great work and energy over the last 9 years.

In the summer term, the leadership of Koa will move to Claire Goodger as the new Lead Teacher for Koa, she will be supported by Rachel Lane who takes on a new role of Wellbeing Coordinator for Koa.

Liseanne Shaw is joining us from St Margaret’s CE Primary School will take over Claire’s current class.

Joe and Vania, our current catch up tutors, will be joined in the summer term by a returning colleague, Toby, and will be providing in college catch up sessions to small groups of students.

We have a very active staff team and our Lead Teacher for PE completed the Paris marathon last weekend.

If the thought of running a marathon was not exhausting enough our Deputy Headteacher, James, is taking on the challenge of running 100 miles over 3 days along the South West Coast Path, during the Easter holiday.  He will be doing this to raise funds for Young Lives vs Cancer.  A just giving page has been setup if you would like to show your support.  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/100miles3days…

Great work:

8PS have been making great puppets in their DT lessons. Well done to all of them.

Thank you for your ongoing support to ensure that we can provide the very best education for your young people.

On behalf of the staff team I wish you all a great Easter break.

Yours sincerely,

Phillip Potter

Headteacher

 

 

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