Head Teacher Blog
Friday 5th April 2018
HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAYS!!!!
Wishing all of our pupils, families and our entire OBS Community a wonderful 17 day break from school. (Just a reminder to say we start back on Tuesday 23rd April due to the bank holiday on Easter Monday!)
What a week; 4 fantastic achievement assemblies, an Easter Bonnet Parade, A Staff VS Kids Tag Rugby Competition, An Odd Classes VS Even Classes 18/19 Topic whole school quiz, a Romeo and Juliet Celebration Showcase Assembly, Two Under 11’s Football End of Season league matches, A Rainbows Charity Coffee Afternoon and 2 Incredible Productions of Year 3&4’s Musical Cinderella! NEVER A DULL MOMENT HERE AT OBS!
Never in one week do I think the school motto of ‘Opportunities Brings Success’ has been more evident! We believe in giving each our of pupils rich and varied experiences that help to mode them not only as children, but as to the adults they will become in our modern British Society!
As a Royal Shakespeare Company Lead Associate School we this week have fully embrace throughout school our enrichment theme week of Romeo and Juliet. The children have thrived in their acting abilities, perform as characters from the play or recreating freeze frames from key scenes. It has been a joy to see just how engaged they are!
Thank you to everyone who attend one of the 4 achievement assemblies this week. The children just revel in having you there when they are awarded their Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Proud Achievement Certificates and Badges! It has been wonderful to see the children PROUDLY wearing them on their school jumpers and cardigans for the rest of the week and shows just how much they value them!
I would like to send my sincere thanks out to the incredible staff here at OBS; they each go above and beyond in order to ensure our pupils get opportunities to SHINE!
Remember the school is open on Monday – Thursday of the first week of the holidays with a variety of holiday clubs, each one just £17 a day. There is still some availability; so feel free to turn up on the day at 8:45.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy break – see you on Tuesday 23rd April ready for the summer term!
FRIDAY 15TH MARCH
What a way to end the week! No longer today were we a school that was a sea of blue in whole school assembly, but a sea of RED!
Red Nose Day here at OBS was a HUGE SUCCESS! The children loved their 'DANCE A THON' this morning in the hall! A huge thank you to Mr Tony Allen for once again giving up his free time to support school in another enriching activity! For 3 hours consecutively our school hall had children dancing in it! Each class tagged and high fived one another in and out of the hall! The atmosphere was just FANTASTIC! (All sponsorship money for the 'DANCE A THON' is to PLEASE be in by next Friday 22nd March - then we can announce the grand total!)
Well done to our school council representatives and to Miss McCulloch and Miss Tarlowski for allowing RED NOSE DAY here at OBS to run sooooooooooo smoothly, for being fully inclusive to every child and making it SO MUCH FUN!
Well done to the Y5 Mega Festival Team who all represented school for the 1st time in sport this Thursday at Harvey Haddon Stadium! It was lovely to hear that lots of parents and grandparents came along to support you! Well done for making school PROUD!
On Monday lunchtime our Y6 Football team narrowly missed out on a place in the FINAL OF THE CITY CUP. They lost to local rivals Whitemoor Academy after dominating most of the game in the cruellest of English ways ... the dreaded penalties! After full time it was 1-1, after extra time 1-1, BUT in a brutal penalty shoot out they lost by just one goal! I'd like to praise all the boys for how they conducted themselves throughout, especially afterwards when going back in to lessons in the afternoon after such disappoint! PROUD!
Our first night of Mid Year Parent Evenings this Wednesday was a real success! It is always fantastic to see pupils and parents leave together at the end of their appointment beaming with pride! We look forward to seeing all of our other parents at NIGHT 2 next Thursday!
Attendance this week was 96.1% This week the sickness bug has seemed to have hit Y3 the most! Let us hope it is completely on its way out of school very soon!
Enjoy watching Comic Relief tonight and thank you again for your support today!
FRIDAY 8th MARCH
Much to share and celebrate this week; as always here at OBS!
What a fantastic WORLD BOOK DAY we had! The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and enriching reading activities that took place throughout it! The costumes, WOW, were just amazing! It shows the clear love there is for WORLD BOOK DAY and for celebrating and sharing books in our school community. During todays Honours Assembly, all year groups showcased and shared the activities they had done or recited some performance poetry to the rest of the school! A very special assembly to be a part of and great to see the children leading it!
Amigo’s read with Foundation and Y6 read to Key Stage 1! As a part of our own going special partnership between our Y5’s and F2 children, and our Y6's and Year1-2 pupils - our children from Upper School spoke about their favourite books, characters and acted out scenes from their books over in Oak’s and Chestnut’s classrooms, and in classes 3-6! All pupils thoroughly loved the experience; something we need to do more often I think! Food for thought!
Football and Basketball Success! Both teams this week competed for school! The Under 10’s football team are now through to the semi-finals of the Forest Cup. Mr Hill and Mr Burrows were very pleased with the boys’ performance and are already looking forward and planning their team for their next match on Monday. The Basketball Team travelled to Ambleside Primary and played against both Ambleside and Jubilee Primary Schools they scored 48 points in total over the 2 games. The final scores were OBS 22 Jubilee 4 and OBS 26 Ambleside 5. All players did our school PROUD!
Our first ever Makaton Workshop was an overwhelming success. Our Speech and Language Teacher Gemma was so impressed with the number of parents attending and how quickly they picked up basic signing elements. Miss Wardle (SENDco) will be continuing to run additional workshops in the next 6 weeks to support parents of our children – so keep your eyes peeled.
EASTER HOLIDAY CLUBS ARE BACK! After the success of our first ever holiday club during February Half Term, I am delighted to say that: Dancing Motion, Hood’s Multi-Sports and The OBS Arts and Craft in Action dates will be realised shortly for the first week of the Easter Holidays – keep an eye out for our flyers and get your places booked soon to avoid disappointment!
Bronze, Silver and Gold Handwriting Award has its first acknowledgements! Well done to 5 boys in years 2-5 this week who have our first children to achieve an award! All boys achieved the ‘bronze’ handwriting award for improvement! Each of the boys have rung the original (1878) school bell at different points this week around our site and received much praise from both staff and pupils for their impressive handwriting.
Thank you to the 42 Y6 parents who attended one of our 2 SATs Examination Information Meetings this week. I hope you found them both knowledge and insightful in how to best support, prepare and encourage your child in the weeks ahead. The Year 6 team were very thank you for your very positive comment, questions and responses. We are always here to work in partnership with you.
Attendance this week was 95.8% which is disappointing! The bug seems to have really hit Y5 and Y1 this week! I hope those of you who have been ill feel better over the weekend!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, and remember the free science fair at Wollaton Hall on Saturday if you have a few hours spare. It’s meant to be FANTASTIC!
Friday 1st March
WELCOME BACK EVERYONE & HAPPY ST DAVID'S DAY!
I hope all the children had a good break over half term! I know the 50 plus children who attended one of our two new Half Term Holiday Clubs had a fantastic time doing: sport, dance, drama and craft! Dates will be out soon of more clubs over the Easter Break! EXCITING TIMES!
We have been so impressed by the optional family homework projects. The variety of amazing, homemade, musical instruments has been wonderful! Many of which were brought along to assembly today to be showcased and played to the school! Well done to anyone who gave it a go!
Similarly the OBS School Council have also been very impressed with the entries they have had from their half term to ‘Design our new buddy bench’ competition! I am sure it will not be an easy decision when trying to work which of the creative designs make the final cut!
Congratulations to the Y3/4 Athletics team who this week made it through to the Semi Finals of the Indoor Sports Hall Athletics Competition. The children preformed especially well in the field events; we’ll be sure to keep practising our sprinting and baton changes over the next couple of weeks!
Wel done to our Y5/6 Nurture Children who this week went to Morrison's in Bulwell to help shoppers pack their weekly items in to bags, whilst trying to raise money for school enrichment activities. Members of the public commented on how well behaved, polite and careful you were when serving them. PROUD!
A small reminder, following my message to parents this week, about ensuring all pupils come to school smart, and in full school uniform. We are particularly focusing on footwear at present; if your child does wear trainers to school these must be completely plain black.
Thank you to all the Year 3 parents who joined us for our Reading Workshop. Having a lesson alongside your child is such a prilvedge and something the children thrive from! We hope many of the techniques shared with you, you are able to regularly use at home when supporting your children with their reading and comprehension skills.
I was delighted to announce this week that we will be running an after school club post Easter. The new OBS KIDS CLUB will run daily from afterschool until 6pm. Please book your child’s place with the office to ensure your choice of days can be met as soon as possible.
Attendance this week is 95.9% which is disappointing, sadly a few bugs are still lurking in amongst our lovely school community. Hopefully we will be back in the high 96%’s and 97%’s next week!
Have a fantastic weekend!
FRIDAY 15th FEBRUARY
Another Half Term GONE! We are officially now half way through the year! And with the hours of daylight increasing and summer on its way … there is so much to look forward to after half term as we move in to the second half of the academic year!
Thank you to all of the children who attended one of our two Valentines Discos on Tuesday evening and to the parents who, whilst waiting for them, enjoyed a few games of Bingo in our Foundation Block! We raised an incredible £630! This, as always, goes towards covering the total subsidies made by our school for all year groups' Residentials and Trips this year. In total, school subsidises over £6000 to ensure costs stay as low as possible for our parents. Your support and fundraising for all of our events really does make all the difference!
Talking of Trips – On Monday our Year 5’s went to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham City Centre linked to their topic this half term ‘Crime and Punishment!’ They had a fantastic day and were brilliantly behaved! Our Chair of Governors, who also attended the event with them, shared how much the trip really brought all their classroom lessons and learning to life!
Key Stage 2 ‘Aced' the Road Safety Quiz with a combined score of 89.6%! On Wednesday afternoon, all pupils in Y3-6 took part in our annual Road Safety Quiz in partnership with The Highways Agency! With being so close to a busy, main road, it is so important we prepare and inform our pupils about road safety. The pupils did brilliantly and really applied their learning and practical experiences.
On Thursday evening the OBS Street Dance Team performed at the East Midlands Regional Finals of ‘The Great British Dance Off’ at the Albert Hall. Thank you to the many, many parents and grandparents who came, supported and cheered us on every step of the way. I am delighted to share that WE ARE THROUGH TO THE NATIONAL FINALS IN OXFORD IN JUNE! AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT!
We celebrated the end of midyear assessment week today with a whole school Talent Show! The children love performing to one another; all 24 acts were just fantastic and the audience was very supportive and encouraging to each pupil who was brave enough to take to the stage. School Council, Eco Council and the Music Captains also shared at the event the optional holiday homework creative projects for this half term, as well as a recycling challenge!
Attendance this week was much better and back to normal at 97.7%! Stay healthy over the holidays!
I wish you a very happy and healthy half term break. See you bright and early on Monday 25th February.
FRIDAY 8th FEBRUARY
What a week! So much to share and celebrate once again!
The Y5/6 Street Dance Team blew the entire audience away at the City of Nottingham Dance Showcase event on Wednesday evening! The 20 OBS pupils danced with pride, determination, passion and skill! We can't wait for the Regional Finals of The Great Dance Off next Thursday at the Albert Hall. A HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to all of the parents, friends and families that have and will be supporting us at both events!
The chess team are victorious again! The 8 individuals from the OBS chess team this week had an away match on Wednesday night. Many of the individual players won a number of their matches and are increasing in both confidence and skill each week!
SCIENCE ZONE! This week our Y5 pupils and their parents got to make slime and bath bombs as a part of our National Enthuse Project! Working alongside young adults from Basford College (just down the road) they turned our school hall in to their very own laboratory! Thank you to so many of our Y5 parents who came and joined us! I hope you have had some time to yourselves to enjoy your very own bath bomb!
We were delighted by the number of F2 Parents who were able to join us earlier this week for your 2nd phonics workshop of the year! The children just loved showing you everything they have learnt so far! It is amazing isn't it, just how far they have come on since September! Thank you for your overwhelming positive feedback and requests for more workshops!
LOOK OUT in your child's bag tonight for our 'parent voice' request in terms of whether or not OBS should/could provide an after school out of hours childcare club to help our working parents. Can responses please be back at school by Wednesday 13th February!
Attendance this week was a low ...... 95.4% - we still can't seem to shake this bug! Congratulations to Class 5, 3, 12 and 13 who this week all received PROUD POUND Cheques for their overall class attendance!
Have a great weekend everyone!
FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY
Welcome to February everyone!
Please look out for my latest newsletter that your children will have in their bags at the end of school today. I hope, as always, it gives you a flavour of all of the latest news, achievements and celebrations that have taken place in our OBS community. Look out also for the section on the topics for Spring Term throughout school in your child’s year group! We continue to heavily invest in their full and rounded curriculum.
Thank you to the many parents of our y1 & y6 children who attended this week’s parent workshops! We love having our parents be a part of our school and learning alongside our young people. It is all about education in partnership!
A huge well done to both our A & B KS2 Boccia teams who competed for the first time this week at Harvey Haddon Stadium. Both teams are through to the final! Many of the pupils were representing school for the first time in sport! They competed with sportsmanship and determination! PROUD!
Next week we will be trialling the very successful ‘early opening’ for year 3 and year 4 pupils who can go in to their classrooms from 8:40. This has been very effective for year 5 and year 6 pupils since the start of the year. With the weather being so cold, and these two year groups having to wait for all of lower school to come off of the infant yard, we thought it was the perfect time to trial this!
The children are really embracing the NEW PUPIL PROUD TREE in our school hall! Each child has the opportunity to nominate another child in their year group for following our PROUD rules! And our Year 6 children have the responsibility for nominating any child throughout school! It has been wonderful to see their ‘leaf’ nominations grow day by day each week in the school hall.
Good luck this weekend to both Dana and Christian who will be heading to Wollaton Hall on Saturday morning for the Regional Finals of the U11’s Cross Country! Let the weather be kind! We are so PROUD of you for making it this far!
Brilliant effort from our Y5 team of girls who all represented school for the first time at the ‘Y5 FEMALE FESTIVAL’ this week! Miss Fleet was so PROUD of each and every one of you!
This week is just 95.8% which is again disappointing – we have been dropping like flies this week in school, and surprisingly this week it is Y6 that has been hardest hit! The bug season seems to have well and truly landed here at OBS! However well done to our top3 attendance classes this week. 3RD PLACE = CLASS 1 with 98.7% (£1 PROUD POUND) 2ND PLACE = CLASS 5 with 99.0% (£3 PROUD POUNDS) AND WINNERS THIS WEEK 1ST PLACE = CLASS 10 with 99.3% (£5 PROUD POUNDS)
Stay wrapped up warm this weekend - brrrrrrrrr
FRIDAY 25th JANUARY
How are we approaching the end of January already! Time certainly does fly here at OBS!
Thank you to our Year 5 parents who were able to attend our ‘shared reading’ workshop earlier this week, I’ve just been reading your feedback sheets and I am so pleased to hear how helpful it was in terms of supporting your child and understanding the expectations of them now they have moved in to upper school.
Year 6 this week has thrived in the ‘Street Aware’ workshops that they have taken part in hosted by the Community Police. As always, we are so keen to not only prepare our pupils academically for the next stage in their education, but socially and emotionally too!
School Council met at lunchtime this week to feedback to one another about suggested improvements that pupils from within their class would like to put forward for our school. I look forward to reading the minutes of the meeting and once again allowing our pupils to have a voice in the running of their school.
On Wednesday the school acknowledged the importance of Internet Safety Day. Miss Crosby led an insightful and thought provoking assembly on how to stay safe online. Also, on Monday, the school came off timetable for our 4th ODW (One Day Wonder) of the year celebrating World Religion Day! There are lots of pictures of the huge variety of learning and activities that took place on the latest news section of the website. I’d like to thank our parents who came in as guest speakers to support us, our pupils loved being able to ask first hand inquisitive questions about lots of different faiths and cultures.
Our 2nd Cinema night of the year was another huge success yesterday, a big thank you to the FOBS (Friends of Old Basford) Team for their efforts in organising and running a great night. Another thank you to Mrs Mignott (FOB) for running her Friday am ladies fitness class for our mums – great to see so many of your there this morning.
There have been 35 FREE Extra Curricular Clubs on offer for our pupils this week! Please check both the PTA board and the Club’s Blackboard on a weekly basis to see everything that is happening in school each week.
Attendance this week was 96.1% for the whole school. We still have quite a few nasty bugs over in reception this week. Attendance winners this week …………… 3rd Place – Class 12 98.3% (£1 PROUD POUND) ….. 2nd Place –Class 14 – 99.3% (£3 PROUD POUNDS) …. And winning this week …. 1st Place – Class 7 – 99.7%! (£5 PROUD POUNDS!)
Have a great weekend everyone – it looks like we have escaped the snow for another week!
FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2019
A week full of exciting opportunities for many members of our extra curricula clubs to share with you all!
This week we had 34 FREE extra curricular clubs on offer to our pupils! With over 280 places to pupils available! OBS = Opportunities Bring Success!
Talking of Success....... Congratulations to Dana and Christian who this week after finishing 4th and 5th in the Nottingham City Cross Country Finals (which had over 250 pupils take part) are now representing Nottingham in the Regional Cross Country Finals in February. 14 OBS pupils took part in the event, all finishing the wet and muddy 1.5km distance with superb determination! The boys team finished an overall 3rd place and were awarded with Bronze Medals!
The Y5/6 Handball Team competed on Thursday at the City Finals. The 5 boys and 5 girls played with great team spirit, resilience and skill to finish in 3rd place and achieving another Bronze Medal!
The KS2 Chess Team hosted The Nottingham Girls High School and Richard Bonnington Primary on Thursday evening in a chess tournament! Mr Ross was over the moon as his team, consisting of pupils from Y3-Y6, won the event, beating The Nottingham Girls High School by just 1 point! Nail biting stuff!
The Y6 Boys Football Team are now 2nd in the league after two back to back victories this week, scoring a total of 8 goals and keeping a clean sheet! Keep it up boys!
Our new topic curriculum areas for this half term throughout school are really starting to take flight! Y1 this week were off to Australia as a part of their Around the World topic, Y4 have been flying high with the animals in amongst the Canopy of the Rainforest and Y5 have been running Drama Debates linked to their new Crime and Punishment theme! It is just wonderful to see pupils learning coming alive through our topics!
And finally..... WOW.... what an encouraging turn out to our Y2 & Y4 Parent Reading Workshop this week! We were delighted that over 57% of our parents/carers were able to attend our Y2 WORKSHOP! Both workshops we full of insightful and energy filled reading activities where pupils and adults were learning together! Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive feedback! The year 2 team really appreciate it.
Attendance this week was only 95.9%, sending lots of well wishes to our F2 classes who have had many a bug spread throughout the Foundation Unit this week. Feel better soon!
Wrap up warm, it's a cold one this weekend!
See you on Monday - Mrs Shaw Head Teacher
FRIDAY 11TH JANUARY 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
It feels great to be back! I've loved seeing all of the children this week, hearing about their winter break and have been so impressed with their attitude, effort and calmness around school.
Things never stop here at OBS, this week I am very PROUD to say we have had 28 FREE extra curricular clubs on this week and next week look forward to the start of KS1 Board Game Club and Y3/4 Comic Book Club and KS2 sewing club! OBS = Opportunities Bring Success!
This afternoon 161 children and members of staff had an incredible afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in Nottingham watching 'Babes in the Wood!' Thank you to Mrs Tee for organising such a superb event, the children I am told were brilliantly behaved and a credit to us.
Tonight the Y5/6 basketball team had 2 league matches winning both with excellent teamwork and strong interplay! The scores were OBS 26-9 Robin Hood Primary and then OBS 19-3 All Hallows Primary. Congratulations to Mason, Maja, Chris and Kyhannah who all had their debut for school tonight and were very impressive!
Whole school attendance this week was 96.4% which is good. Punctuality on the whole is very strong and we continue to be very pleased with this so lets keep it up. 'Cross the line before 10 to 9!'
Wishing you a fantastic weekend and GOOD LUCK to the 7 members of the school basketball team who are have a trail tomorrow to see if they can get in to the County U11's Squad! (See you there!)
FRIDAY 21st DECEMBER
What a week! It has flown by, that is no doubt due to the number of very special events that have taken place this week!
Thank you to all of the parents that joined us for one of our 4 PROUD Achievement Assemblies this week. It was fantastic to see so many children earning their bronze and silver awards! A huge thank you to all of the staff who this week have put on 8 different Christmas parties for their year groups!
The entire 240 children and staff from KS2 on Wednesday afternoon walked to Christ’s Church and held a beautiful and very touching carol concert! The children were impeccably behaved throughout!
On Friday afternoon we held our annual staff vs kids football match! It was the staff that were VICTORIOUS with a 3-1 win! (Not rubbing it in kids, but that’s 3 years in a row now that the staff have won!) We are all already looking forward to the staff vs kids basketball match at the end of the Spring Term!
The street dance group, after performing brilliantly this week to our parents, leaving many of them in tears, have found out THEY HAVE been selected for the regional ‘Big Dance Off’ finals at the Albert Hall in February!
Attendance this week was 95.1%, which is much lower than normal, but we are aware of a few nasty bugs doing the round at the moment! Sending you healthy wishes and hoping you’re better for Christmas Day!
All in all it has been a WONDERFUL term filled with special memories to cherish and treasure! I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!
See you bright and early on Monday 7th January. (Crossing the line BEFORE 10 to 9!)
Mrs Shaw – Head Teacher
FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WEEK TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL!
This week has been all about Christmas and spreading the joy associated with this season!
Our KS2 choir have been extremely busy……….. they have been to sing for the residents of St Andrew’s Residential Home in Bestwood, raised money for the OBS School Fund by singing in Morrison, and have performed with choirs throughout the City of Nottingham at the Royal Albert Hall!
Our Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 children in total have performed 8 Christmas Productions this week (including dress rehearsals) to the whole school, friends and family! All of our audiences have been overwhelmed with the quality of our 3 different the shows,: The Nativity, Angel Express and A Midwife Crisis, thank you for the many message of thanks and praise we have received, they are very much appreciated!
This afternoon, we had elderly residents from 3 local care homes join us for the final reception classes production. They were captivated by the children and felt so privileged to be invited in to our school.
Today we have had our School Christmas Jumper Day, over 500 school dinners were made and served! Hats off to Tanya and the kitchen team for arriving at 5:30am this morning and for all of the preparation and effort!
Attendance this week was 96.9% which is good!
Next week you’d think we’d be slowly down, but not at OBS ………………. Next week we have 4 Christmas party afternoons, a carol concert, 4 achievement assemblies, a staff vs kids football match and a partridge in a pear tree!
Have a fantastic weekend everyone! Enjoy!
FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER
So we are officially in December!
This week, as always, there is so much to share with you!
Well done to the Y4 Handball Team who competed in their first ever tournament and finished 4th in the City of Nottingham, narrowly missing out on a medal. All of the pupils had a fantastic time and Miss Fleet was delighted with their effort, attitude and sportsmanship.
Year 6 today have visited the Holocaust Museum in Newark linked to their topic on World War 2. They got to speak to a real life survivor from a concentration camp – it was incredibly powerful! Our pupils asked insightful questions which were returned with thought provoking and factual responses. I look forward to see the work they produce next week linked to their trip.
On Wednesday Year 4 had their enrichment Viking Day. The costumes and outfits they arrived in that day were so impressive and really allowed them to fully embrace in to the flavour the day. Thank you to the Year 4 team for all their efforts and for the numerous creative crafts that the children got to experience.
This week we held our first OBS/FOBS Cinema evening! It was very popular, thank you to the 131 children who attended. I was told the popcorn was very tasty!!!
Attendance this week is 96.2% which is good considering we have a sickness bug doing the rounds throughout school.
Looking forward to seeing many of you next week at one of our 5 Christmas Productions!
Have a great weekend
Friday 30th November
Well it may be the last day of November, but we are already in the Christmas Spirit here at OBS!
Last night our Winter Fair raised over £700 in just over 90 minutes! Our Old Basford Community is such a central part of this school, the support from parents and the extended family of our locality is something quite special! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!
MUSIC AWARD! This week I received some communication from the Nottingham Music School Hub! Unbeknown to us they had nominated us for the Music Mark Award due to our dedication to towards our musical opportunities and the value that we place on this curriculum area! Huge thanks must go to Miss Sharpe, our school music lead, who works tirelessly to provide numerous fantastic opportunities throughout the year for our pupils to excel in music! Our new award status will now appear on our website and all letters we send home.
This week the school choir not only performed at the school Winter Fair, but were recorded singing for Radio Nottingham! We will be a part of their Christmas Advent School Choir! Make sure you all listen out for us! Well done OBS Choir!
Time for some Karate! This morning our Year 1 children got to take part in their first ever OBS Karate lesson along with members of our local community! Thank you to the FOBS team and Mrs Tee who are working to continue to promote exercise and healthy living in our school to both parents and children alike!
On your marks, get set, GO! The Y5/6 Athletics team this week were just all on fantastic form, they won their semi-final with an impressive team total of 294 points! They go through to the final on Tuesday 18th December at Harvey Haddon Stadium! Thank you to the many parents who came and supported us, the kids loved having you there cheering them on!
This week we welcomed back our Patron of Reading, Author Chris White! We held a whole school assembly, then spent the rest of the morning working with our y6 children and the afternoon working with our most able writer in Y5 and Y6! It is always a pleasure of have him visit us here at OBS!
Attendance this week was 96.1% which is 2% down on last week, but classes 1 and 2 have had a lot of absence with illness this week.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I’ll see you on Monday when we will officially be in December!
FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
Another excellent week for attendance! Whole school attendance is 98.4% and 3 classes this week had 100% attendance! Fingers crossed all the bugs and germs have disappeared with the colder weather.
Talking of colder weather, it has been a tad chilly the last few days, please can you ensure all children ALWAYS come to school with a warm coat, hat and gloves. (If these can all have names in, it is incredibly helpful!)
Fantastic news this week to share about the U11's football team! Back to back victories for our y5/6 boys team this week! Firstly on Tuesday the team went straight through to the semi finals of the 5 aside indoor cup and last night they beat top of the league team Southglade 5-2! Mr Hill and Mr Burrows have had very big smiles on their faces all day today!
A big thank you to the KS2 Mathletes club who spent Tuesday lunchtime counting all of the Children in Need money from last Friday. I am delighted to say our total was £495! A fantastic effort - thank you for all your support!
Year 5 this week walked to Strelley Road Library to watch a superb WW1 play involving two best friends and how the start of the war changed both of their lives forever! The children couldn't stop talk about it when I was having dinner with them at lunchtime on Tuesday!
Book Fair starts from Tuesday next week, be sure to join us one evening, you are always very welcome!
Please look out for my Autumn 2 newsletter which should be in your child's bag tonight! It is full of successes and school news from the last 10 weeks of the academic year so far, as well as things that are coming up in the next coming weeks. I hope you find it insight, useful and allows you to see everything we are about here at OBS!
Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!
FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER
How fantastic to have 2 dressing up opportunities in just 1 week!
On Monday as a whole school we wore ‘Odd Socks’ to launch our Anti-Bullying Week! Throughout school all week we have focused on healthy relationships, what it is to be a friend, what bullying looks like and what to do if you are ever upset or hurt by others.
Secondly we celebrated Children In Need TODAY by all dressing up in our ‘School Council decided theme’ ……….. SPOTS! I’ve seen some INCREDIBLE COSTUMES – dominos, ladybirds, dice, cheetahs! You all looked FANTASTIC! We also held an OBS/Children In Need Talent Show this afternoon which meant there was a fun filled and supportive atmosphere to fundraising in school –Pudsey would have definitely approved! We look forward to letting you know how much we have collectively raised one Mrs Schlinder’s lunchtime Mathletes group have counted all the money up!
Sporting success this week for the basketball team as they were undefeated at the city heats! We now await the finals on Monday 17th December, it is looking very positive indeed! The rugby team also got to take part in two events this week. On Tuesday they represented Nottingham at regionals after being the top team in the city! AND… this afternoon Miss Fleet and Mrs Thomas took two teams of Y5 pupils to play tag rugby at the Nottingham High School annual competition where the A Team finished joint first!
Thank you to the many parents who attended the year 3 and year 4 workshops earlier this week! Having the opportunity to have a lesson alongside your child is a very special thing indeed! THE CHILDREN LOVED IT!
Well done finally to the group of Y6 pupils who represented us this week at the Theatre Royal with the Royal Shakespeare Company. As a lead RSC associate school our pupils get to experience such wonderful additional opportunities! OBS = Opportunities Bring Success!
Whole school attendance this week was 97.8% which is very pleasing!
Enjoy watching Children In Need tonight and have a fabulous weekend
FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
WELCOME BACK TO AUTUMN TERM 2 AT OBS!
What a week to tell you about … OBS …. BACK WITH A BANG!
Huge congratulations to Deneiko, Joshua, Skyla and Christian who were all shortlisted for one of the 3 Young Black Achievement Awards for Nottingham 2018. The ceremony, which they attended on Thursday evening with myself and their parents, was held at the Town House in the Ball Room in the city centre. I was SO SO PROUD of every one of them for being shortlisted! To our delight Christian won the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in the primary category and Skyla was Runner Up in the Outstanding Extra Curricula Achievement category! AN AMAZING NIGHT!
FOBS FITNESS – this morning the FOBS team lead by the very talented Mrs Mignot had their first parental fitness class in the hall. It was a HUGE success. This is something we are looking to run more often and will share more details within you in a flyer, coming your way next week!
The Athletics team stormed to victory this week in round 1 of the Nottingham City Indoor Heats! With a total of 300 points they shone in every event and are already looking forward to the Semi Finals on Wednesday 28th November.
FOBS school discos! A huge thank you to ALL of the FOBS team, but especially to Mr Alan for being our resident DJ and Mrs Tee for organising and overseeing both the KS1 & KS2 disco. In total £420 was raised and will go towards all school trips and residentials in order to help reduce costs for parents.
Thank you to both our F2 and Y1 parents who attended two separate ’Learning with your child’ Maths Workshops this week. Both sessions had between 50%-70% attendance, we really appreciate and value working alongside you to support the education of your child!
Finally, it was such a privilege and pleasure today to celebrate and acknowledge our over own OBS Remembrance Day to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. Each pupil made their own poppy and attached it to our school fence facing our community. We also held a 2 minutes silence as a school looking at the poppies and remembering all those who gave their lives for us.
Attendance this week is a FANTASTIC 98.3%!
FRIDAY 19TH OCTOBER
Happy Half Term EVERYONE!
What an exciting, busy and enriching 7 weeks it has been!
I'd like to start by thanking you all for the overwhelmingly positive responses to our parent questionnaire! It means so much to school to know we have your support and that you appreciate all we try to do. Thank you also for the many suggestions shared, I'll spend some time over the holidays reflecting on how/if we can cater for these.
Our enriching curriculum has shone even more brightly this week. Foundation have had a visit from The Community Police and been to visit the 'Build a Bear Factory' in town. Y1 have had their superhero dress up/activity day and when seeing Y3 I've surrounded by the most wonderful cavemen and women! Wonderful to see their curriculum coming to life and children just thriving in their learning!
Sports wise we have had a very busy week. The basketball team stormed to success in their first league matches of the season. Our new Young Ambassadors for Sport completed and passed their training this week with flying colours and will be working with y3 pupils at lunchtime from November. The football team played yesterday, team work was strong and the kids, although looking a tad tired compared to their usual energy levels ,did well. Year 6 were involved in a Mega Festival on Wednesday and did brilliantly! Miss Fleet was delighted with their attitude and commitment!
Captains of school have been announced this week! Well done to the 36 pupils (please see our website page - children - school captains - for photo's) who were acknowledge this week in whole school assembly. I know you'll help to lead our school forward in the wealth of extra opportunities we as a school provide.
Attendance this week is a disappointing 95.6%. Bugs and colds still seem to be rife in school! Fingers crossed the 2 week break will allow us all to come back refreshed and healthy!
Wishing you all a fantastic 2 week break!
Friday 12th October
I can't believe we only have one more week until half term! Time flies when you are having fun!
I'd like to start my review of the week by sharing the fantastic success of the new OBS Chess Team who played their first match last night! 5 players made their debut for school. Mr Ross was delighted with all 8 members of his team and told me this morning that overall they beat the Nottingham Girls High School Squad! Looks like a successful year is in store!
Mr Burrows as Geography lead on Tuesday morning took 10 of our y5 children to compete in an orienteering event at Wollaton Hall. The children were wonderful ambassadors for school behaving brilliantly, showing real enthusiasm and resilience as they completed the course in one of the fastest times of the day!
The y5/6 football team narrowly missed out on a place in the Forest Cup Semi Finals this week - they went out on goal difference but played superbly well! Both Mr Hill and Mr Burrows have high aspirations for them this season!
This morning our FOBS parent group and members of our local school community joined us for a cake decorating workshop. A huge thank you to FOBS member Mrs Della Roca for being so brave and leading the session! You were FANTASTIC!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for night 1 of parents evening this week. It was fantastic to meet and greet so many of you as well as see so many happy children and proud parents. Night 2 as a reminder is on Monday 2-7pm.
Attendance this week is only 95.4%, which is really disappointing - it seem the sickness bug has hit our lower school this week! Please encourage your children to wash their hands and to remember good hygiene rules.
Hoping you all escape the bugs and have a healthy, enjoyable weekend.
Thursday 4th October
Well I hope you all have an opportunity to enjoy the delights of the historical Goose Fair over this extended school weekend whilst we have staff inset training tomorrow. (Friday 5th October)
The week may have been only 4 days long, but wow have we yet again packed a huge amount in at OBS!
On Wednesday this week Y6 held a WOW enrichment Evacuee day – it was FANTASTIC to see them dressed up as children from WW2. They made Anderson Shelters using papier-mâché and corrugated card, role played life on a WW2 school playground and both met and interviewed a real life WW2 London Evacuee; Joan Leverett. As an 86 year old she had the pupils in the palm of her hand throughout their 70 minute dedicated time together! The children were enthralled!
Thank you to the 41 Y1 parents who joined us to have a phonics lesson alongside their child this week! Your overwhelming positive feedback has been greatly appreciated! Please know how much it meant to your child to share this special experience with you!
Our y5/6 boys and girls cross country relay teams competed at the city finals on Wednesday afternoon. The event took place at Colwick Park and both teams did tremendously well. The girls team consisting of Kyhannah, Dana, Abbie and Alisha finished in 3rd place with a bronze medal! The boys team made up of, Ned, Jacob, Davon and Christian won their final by some 10 seconds and finished as champions of the city, each receiving a gold medal! I couldn’t be prouder of you all!
Congratulations to our new school librarians for 2018/2019 who were announced in our Honours assembly at the end of today! I know you’ll not only help to direct others towards books that might suit their favourite genre and will introduce them to new authors, but will also help us to keep our library stocked with books that children love to read.
Attendance this week is 97.4% which is GOOD! A huge thank you to the overwhelming majority of pupils arriving at school on time and crossing the line before 10 to 9!
Enjoy Goose Fair weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!
FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER
What an incredible week!
On Monday we celebrated our first ODW (One Day Wonder) International Deaf Awareness Day! Throughout school the children learnt about and look part in activities all relating to Deaf Awareness! The afternoon assembly was just magical when as a school we used sign language to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears! It brought a tear to my eye!
Today in particular I could not be more PROUD of our pupils, parents and community! A huge thank you to everyone who attended, made cakes and supported our Macmillan Coffee Morning! It had an extra special feel to it this year and it was definitely the highest turn out we have ever had! Well done to our FOBS (Friends of Old Basford) Team and our OBS School Council for organising such a successful event. We will let you know the total amount raised on Monday! (please see photos in latest news)
OBS Mini Marathon Race for Life 2018! This is one of my favourite days in the annual school calendar; but this year to see the children run whilst raising money for Cancer Research added a real warmth and extra supportive feel to the afternoon! (Please see more pictures on the latest news page!) EVERY CHILD WAS FANTASTIC AND DID THEIR BEST!
Congratulations to Christian, Davon, Jacob, Ned, Elijah, Libbie, Dana, Alisha, Abbie and Kyhannah who ran the 5 quickest girl and boy times of the day during our Mini Marathin! They will be representing our school next week at the Nottingham City Cross Country Team Relay! I look forward to letting you know how they got on! (Please see a picture of them from today below!)
Well done to both the y5 and y6 hockey teams this week who competed at the City Finals! Every single child in both teams scored at least 1 goal! They played brilliantly together as a team and were so encouraging of one another! PROUD!
Attendance this week was 96% for the whole school!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend - see you bright and early Monday!
FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER
Well what a week!
We have had 3 very prestigious leadership roles appointed and announced this week!
Firstly, congratulations to the 20 children from Y2-6 who were voted on to our new School Council by their peers. Well done for wearing your new OBS Councillor badges so PROUDLY all week – I know you’ll do your best to be a voice for your classmates in how you’d like to see school continue to enhance your educations.
Secondly, Eco Council is here for 2018-2019! Well done to the 13 pupils who again have been voted by their peers for their passion about looking after the environment both in our school and beyond! Mrs Cocker and Mrs Pickup have some exciting challenges ahead for you to lead us all on!
Finally, we have a new set of Spanish Ambassadors for school! Miss James, our Modern Foreign Languages Specialist, has been so impressed with how all KS2 classes have started the year in Spanish lessons! Well done to those 16 individuals who have been given the honour of helping to lead school in always promoting Spanish in our everyday learning!
Well done to all of those pupils who attended an extra curricula club this week at lunchtime and after school! I know Mr Ross was surprised by the level of new chess talent joining the club! Both my y6 and Mr English’s y5 basketball clubs were on great form on Monday and Tuesday night! Mr Hill and Mr Burrows have an array of impressive footballers to pick from after seeing the y4, y5 and y6 trails. Miss Fleet’s y5 and y6 hockey teams look ready for action in next week’s first Nottingham City sporting competition of the year! The street dance y5/6 club have begun creative work on their dance routine for the showcase later in the year and Mr Reyes’ two gymnastics clubs for y3-6 pupils have started with real energy and excitement!
Next week we welcome the return of much of our music provision. Miss Sharpe has been working incredibly hard alongside our 3 new specialist teachers! THANK YOU! Watch out OBS it’s about to get very musical next week!
OBS = Opportunities Bring Success
Attendance this week was 96.8% which is good. I hope next week to be in the 97%’s!
Wishing you all a fantastic weekend. (I’m hoping to go conker picking with my two little people, surely the wind over the last few days will guarantee us some success.)
See you all on Monday! Mrs Shaw
HEAD TEACHER BLOG - FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER
A really lovely week in school to report on!
This week we have seen the launch of our new Infinity Lunchtime Group! The children who have been chosen (so far) to be a part of it have this week enjoyed a scavenger hunt around our entire school outdoor grounds, then used the materials collected to make a collage reflecting school! Another 2 groups have also taken part in physical challenges promoting teamwork! I look forward to hearing and seeing what they get up to next week! Exciting Times!
Year 1 have taken part in their first week of 'Go Ride Go' which new programme were we at OBS are teaming up with British Cycling! The children had the time of their lives on the school playground on both balance and pedal bikes! I can't wait to see how far they will have come on over the next 4 weeks!
Year 4 today started their topic for the half term 'Ey up me duck' (Nottingham Past and Present) with a trip on the tram in to Nottingham. The children did the 'Hookwinked Robin' challenge that has been running throughout the city all summer! Whilst finding the Robins the children got to explore and observe different areas of our beautiful and cultural city.
This week we practised out 'Lock Down/Shelter Drill' - all pupils did just brilliantly; I was very PROUD of them for following the schools procedures to the letter, ensuring everyone was safe!
Well done to all Year 3 and Year 5 pupils for doing really well in their first swimming lessons of the academic year this week! I can't wait to see how many more of you will achieve your 25m swimming badge before Christmas!
Attendance this week was 96.1% which is good. I hope to see it in the 97%'s next week!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs Shaw - Head Teacher
HEAD TEACHERS BLOG - FRIDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018
What a fantastic and very positive start to the new school year!
All of the children have really impressed me over the last 3 days with how smart they have looked, how happy they have seemed and how hard they have been trying to impress their new teachers.
Congratulations to: Ugo, India, Jeremiah, Danielle, Connor and Maddison for being the first children to be in our HONOURS CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY today! A superb start to 2018/2019!
Thank you for all of the very positive comments about the new school website! (We are still working hard to update a couple of pages, this should be done in the next week or so. )Towards the end of next week, please look out for my first OBS Newsletter of the academic year in your child's bag.
Thank you to all of the y1 and y2 parents that attended our Welcome Parent Information Events on Wednesday and Thursday! It was wonderful to see such a high turn out and for staff to start to get to know you all.
Next week there are the Y4, Y6, Y5, Y3 and F2 Welcome Parent Information Events from 3:30-3:50 in our school hall. We hope to see as many of you there as possible!
MONDAY - Y4
TUESDAY - Y6
THURSDAY - Y3
FRIDAY - F2
FINALLY well done to all of our brand new Foundation and Nursery children! It has been a pleasure to see our begin to blossom in your new classrooms! Well done on your very first ever week of school!
Have a WONDERFUL weekend! See you all Monday morning.