in extra curricular activities is of great importance at Oakwood Park;
it fosters a sense of community, enables students to develop as
individuals and members of a team and provides rewarding ways for
students to broaden their horizons.
school runs a wide range of sports teams, giving our students the
opportunity to compete at local, county and national levels at football,
rugby, cricket, basketball, rowing and athletics. We combine this level
of excellence with a 'sport for all' philosophy, with regular interhouse
competitions, including the annual Sports Day.
school has a strong tradition in drama and music. The purpose built
drama studio is home to the flourishing drama club and there is a range
of musical ensembles, including the Ukelele band, whose
members are great ambassadors for the school in the community.
addition there are many other clubs providing opportunities in
activities such as robotics, chess, mock court trials and the Duke of
Edinburgh Award scheme. Also, there are frequent opportunities for
overseas travel with recent cultural visits to France, Spain, Germany,
Mexico, Canada and the USA.
part of our Humanities Specialism, Oakwood has sought to broaden our students'
cultural horizons by partnering with a school in the fishing village of Elmina
in Ghana. This partnership has many facets.
our students, from Years 8 to 13, it means they have an opportunity to
visit the school in Ghana where they will teach English, work on improving the
school buildings and build friendships with their Ghanaian peers with whom
they have exchanged letters. The project is an ongoing one so that friendships
can be developed and progress in Elmina school can be seen by OPGS students.
Our students are expected to fundraise most of their air fare which develops
their business acumen and means that the trip will be more rewarding.
link teachers in Elmina, with British Council funds, can visit OPGS and
discover what teaching and learning means in our school. The
teachers who visited us in December 2013 were amazed by the active nature of
learning at Oakwood. They taught lessons on Cocoa farming and traditional
drumming for all Year 7 student alongside OPGS teachers. They return home
with some new ideas of classroom practice.
MA JHS in Ghana benefits from resource sharing. We are able to fund their
internet connection which has allowed our students to Skype their classes. OPGS
students will also take out books and sports equipment on the trips in Easter
at OPGS have benefitted from meeting teachers from another culture who have
praised us for our good practice but also demonstrated where British schools
could develop in terms of community relations. Teachers at OPGS also benefit
professionally as our project has received British Council funding allowing two
teachers a year to go over to Elmina to teach the children there.
will be our first year of the partnership and we are looking forward to many