Last night we enjoyed an excellent Carol Service at St Peter and St Paul's church in Olney. Certainly holding our service in church added significantly to the occasion. The Rev Claire Wood was very welcoming and gave a very poignant address about the joy of giving at Christmas time. The choir, orchestras and soloists were wonderful, performing to a very high standard. We listened to several readings from the Bible reminding us all, whatever our beliefs, to put others before ourselves.
The church was full and we enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies during the interval. We made a collection during this time and raised over £450 to be split between the school charities, Save the Children and Willen Hospice, and the church funds.
Above all a sense of community filled the air, which was made possible by: the hospitality of Claire's team, dedication of the Music and RS department, the musical talent of a large number of our students and the willingness of the congregation to join in the carols.
Pictures are available on the website and we look forward to next year's carol service which will be held in Newport Pagnell.
Do check out Ousenews where we give thanks for the life of Ghislaine Pullen and celebrate the successes of our young people in a variety of areas.
I wish you all a Happy Christmas.
On Wednesday 7th December a group of Year 11 ASDAN students visited Year 2 students at Green Park School. The visit took place so the Ousedale students could read the children’s stories that they had written to the Green Park children; this was an integral part of their ASDAN course.
It was a treat to see the students interacting so delightfully with each other. The stories were well received and the Ousedale students gained the credits they needed whilst enjoying themselves at the same time. Both Ousedale and Green Park can be proud of their youngsters.
Andy BurtonDeputy Headteacher
Charity Week ran from Monday 28th November to Thursday 8th December. As always staff, students and local community groups gave generously of their time and money in support of our school charities: Save the Children and Willen Hospice. The scale of activities that took place was incredible! A range of events were held at the Olney Campus starting on the Monday morning with charity bingo. This year’s “Ousedale’s Got Talent” drew in the crowds for the semi-finals and the finals and there was a wealth of musical talent on show. Thursday saw the lunchtime stalls with a huge variety of cakes and biscuits up for sale and some ingenious ways of raising money such as “Guitar Hero” and “How many Jaffa Cakes can you eat in a minute?” Year 10 and 11 still enjoyed the possibility of throwing sponges at Mrs Grace on Wednesday and the week finished with the Non-uniform Day where there were a variety of characters seen wandering around the campus from Shawn the Sheep to Superman. An enjoyable week’s events and all in a good cause.
At Newport Pagnell Ousedale’s Got Talent was again superbly supported with some real talent on show. The judges were excellent as always though it was felt that Mr Glover played the stereotypical irritable and controversial judge far too well! The stalls were superbly supported with an overwhelming variety of home baked cakes on sale. It was also great to see some variety acts and tombola stalls on show with magic acts and raffle style lucky dips. However, the highlight, as it is every year, was the OAP Christmas Party organised by Thames Valley Police. This is one of our regular annual events that takes place in ‘charity week’. As a cross campus event it is an absolute delight to see three generations of local people socialising together and clearly enjoying themselves. In terms of the school building relationships within and between the local community, the OAP party is always a special event. PCSO Dave Huckle said: “This event has been running for a number of years and we are honoured that Thames Valley Police and the local neighbourhood team in Newport Pagnell are able to support the event for the fourth year running.” Honoured guests included the Mayor of Newport Pagnell and none other than Father Christmas himself!
As yet we do not know how much will be raised although we fully expect it to finally reach around the £4000 mark. Representatives of the chosen charities will be invited into school to receive a cheque and talk to the students in assembly about how the money will be used by their charity. As Willen Hospice has lost one of its main sponsors this year we will be even more delighted than usual to be presenting them with their cheque in the New Year. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to all those involved.
Here’s to Charity Week 2012!
A BurtonDeputy Headteacher
Some of you may have noticed an increase in the number of men sporting a freshly grown moustache last month. This is because November is now Movember! Men across the world ‘grew a mo’ to raise money and awareness of men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. At the time of writing the worldwide total was a rather impressive £51million!
16 teachers at Ousedale school did their part by growing their own ‘facial furniture’ and raised an equally impressive £1,100. This is a figure that will rise once cash donations have been counted and added to the total.
You can still donate to this excellent cause until the 9th December, 2011. Well done to everyone involved and a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who gave generously.
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