Dear Parents/ Carers
On Wednesday 8th June 7.00 – 8.15 pm we plan to hold our third Parent Focus meeting of the year at the Olney Campus. The topic for discussion is ‘What information do I require to support my child with their progress at school?’
As you will know I introduced these meetings at the start of my Headship at Ousedale in order to provide parents with an opportunity to discuss matters which are undergoing development at the school. The first meeting of the year provided opportunity for you to input into our new website. At the second meeting we explored academy status and in this meeting we are looking at information you would find useful to judge if your child is making good progress at the school. I do hope you can find time to attend; we shall be using technology to support us and therefore numbers are restricted to 60. Please complete the form on line to secure your place.
Kindest regardsSue Carbert
We have reached the end of another busy term! I hope you have enjoyed keeping up with our achievements over the last few months via the new website. Last night, Thursday 7th April, we held a fantastic music extravaganza 'Disney Mania'. Unfortunately I had a long standing engagement but Mrs Murray represented the senior team and she reports on the event for us.
Led by 'Tigger' (Mr Couldrick) and his team, students from Year 7 to 13, dressed in character, sang or played their hearts out to some of the best known songs from the world of Walt Disney creations. The evening started off with BBLB's rendition of 'Can you feel the love tonight?', followed by some stunning individual performances. The Junior Choir added to the mix with their contributions from 'The Jungle Book'. Ousedale Big Band opened the second half of the show, which was followed by contributions from a number of our very talented Year 13 students, for whom this would be their last school performance. Ousedale Big Band's medley of songs including 'Be Our Guest' and 'You've Got a Friend in Me' provided an uplifting finale to a wonderful event. All the students who took part are to be congratulated on their performances. Our thanks go to the Music department for organising such a tremendous show.
Congratulations must also go to the Year 7 Rugby team, who participated in, and won the Milton Keynes Schools Rugby Tournament. Getting to the final involved winning their initial group stages, followed by beating the team from Stantonbury in the semi-final. In the final, team spirit was strong, and helped by a number of tries from Philip Bowden, they had a resounding victory over Hazeley School, with a score-line of 25-5.
I wish you all a relaxing Easter Break.
This year's annual Music Department concert was themed 'DISNEY MANIA'! Everyone involved got into the spirit of the evening and dressed up in character. It was fantastic to see a variety of costumes, from Minnie Mouse to Woody, and Pocahontas to Buzz Lightyear!
BBLB (Big Band's Little Brother), made up of the school's younger students, kicked off the first half with 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight?' and finished with 'The Bare Necessities', conducted by Captain Hook (Mrs Pinto) and Jessie from Toy Story (Miss Hart). The Big Band followed with 'The Incredibles' and concluded the night with 'Disney Movie Magic', conducted by Tigger (Mr Couldrick).
There were some incredible vocal solos, duets and group performances on the night, consisting of a variety of Disney classics. The 40 strong Junior Chorus and Ousedale Senior Chorus, sang well known tunes from the Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. The concert also included many soloists playing a range of music such as 'Friend Like Me' by Alex Colson(French Horn); 'Colours of the Wind' by Cerys Stoneman(Piano) ; 'You'll Be in My Heart' by Kieran Gould (Cornet) and 'The Swan' by Madeline Hamilton (Cello).
A big thank you has to be mentioned to all of the Year 13 students, who have put in so much effort over their years at Ousedale, and who will sadly be missed next year. Also, to all the staff from the Music Department, and all others who were involved in making the concert so special. Finally, to all the students who worked hard, and families who supported them! Hopefully, the amazing music heard at this concert, will inspire younger students to contribute and add to the already vibrant musical atmosphere!
By Frances Cunningham and Sarah Gould
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