Oak International School

NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2022

Message from The CEO

At the start of our new academic year here at Oak International School (OIS), it is with great pride that I wish you a warm welcome, new and returning parents. I intentionally use the word pride to welcome you all because it encapsulates how I feel. So many reasons to celebrate!

Expand, Emendate and Embark! This is the theme of my write-up today! Images below depict all the reasons how OIS is soaring high with expansions, emendating and embarking on new beginnings with new schools and buildings and revamping current structures and programmes!

This year will be special for so many reasons at OIS. After a total emendation of current classrooms into smart classrooms and expansion of new classrooms, it is now time to embark on the construction of a purpose-built campus. We hope to begin the work with a groundbreaking ceremony in 4-6 weeks’ time. Watch out for communication come your way very soon. I will keep you all posted with updates on the new campus regularly through newsletters.

At the onset, I also want to take the opportunity to thank all the staff members at OIS who have shown immense resilience and continued to work hard even during the most difficult times. This was not possible without the support from parents and students. A big thank you to all!
I am looking forward to this academic year again for many special reasons and looking forward to building more memories together as a community. Once again, welcome back!

Ameena Lalani

Expand, Emendate and Embark!

Message from The Head of School

On behalf of Oak International School, I would like to welcome you back to yet another exciting academic year 2022-2023. I would also welcome the new families that are joining us. I hope the rest was rejuvenating!

This year is another exciting year at Oak International School. We have finally been approved by Kampala City Authority so our construction will start soon. We have refurbished our classrooms with new furniture and improved our laboratory to the highest standards which will enable us to achieve our goal to produce inventors and innovators. Our classes are all smart classrooms and this will enhance us to move with the digital revolution.

As per our last parent-teacher meeting we had promised to hire more experienced staff who bring vast knowledge which will further improve our quality of education. This term we are pleased to announce that we have staff members joining us with new specialties and years of experience.

This year we will be introducing new forms of assessment to better understand our learners and help them succeed. We will introduce CEM assessments as another form of assessment to help us best place the learners and understand how best we can help them individually. We have also scheduled our primary checkpoint exams for November sitting. We wish all the best to our learners.

Last but not least, I would like to welcome Ms. Zoe Greenberg who joins the team as our new Curriculum Coordinator. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead.
Sincerely, Evelyn Twebaze – Head of School
(principal@oakinternational.ac.ug)

Evelyn Twebaze

Message from The Curriculum Coordinator

I am excited to become a part of the Oak International School community for the 2022-2023 school year and join the whole staff in my eager anticipation of when the students arrive. I have been working in schools in the United States and Ghana for the past 9 years and am hopeful for all we will accomplish as a school community this academic year.

It is such a joy to be starting the year with all of the students in the classroom and I am looking forward to all the happiness that they will bring with them.  I hope you and your families have had restful vacations and that your students are coming to school excited and ready to learn. Please reach out if there is anything I can do to assist you or your student.

Sincerely, Zoe Greenberg – Curriculum Coordinator
(cc@oakinternational.ac.ug)

Zoe Greenberg

Message from The Admissions and Administration

Welcome back!

I would like to welcome everyone to school, and extend a special welcome to all of our new students and their families. The staff and I are looking forward to another exciting year of learning at Oak International School.

You can expect periodic newsletters from our office through whatsapp groups or email (admin@oakinternational.ac.ug) to keep you up to date as to what is happening here at Oak International School and in the classrooms. Please help us by communicating with our school staff as well.

We are excited to begin the 2022-2023 academic year at Oak International School. We will strive to provide the best education possible for our children. If at any time during the school year you feel the need to contact me, please feel free to come to the office between 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Sincerely, Rumina Gaulani – Admissions and Administration
(admin@oakinternational.ac.ug)

Rumina Gaulani

Message from The Finance Administration

Hello Oak Family,

We hope you are keeping well and safe.
As we begin the new academic year, please take note of the following:

Fees structure Academic Year 2022-2023 << Click Link

70% of school fees must be cleared before the beginning of each term. Late payments will incur a 5% surcharge.

Children using school transport and opting for school lunch must register and make payments before the beginning of the term.

Please contact the accounts office for any further information.

We hope you will take these into consideration.
We look forward to seeing you all.

Best wishes, Aleena Karmali – Finance Admin
(finance@oakinternational.ac.ug)

Aleena Karmali – Finance

NURTURING CHILDREN OVER THE YEARS

MEET THE TEACHERS

Ms. Rebecca – Class Teacher EC1/Creche

Ms. Deborah – Ass. Teacher EC1/Creche

Ms. Stella – Class Teacher EC2

Ms. Juliet – Class Teacher Reception

Ms. Rose – Class Teacher Y1

Ms. Jacklyn- Class Teacher Y2

Mr. Shem – Class Teacher Y3

Mr. Simon – Ass. Teacher Y3

Ms. Marion – Class Teacher Y4

Mr. Francis – Class Teacher Y5

Ms. Carol – Class Teacher Y6

Ms. Zoe – Class Teacher Y7

Mr. Godfrey – Class Teacher Y8

Ms. Esther – Class Teacher Y9

Ms. Lucy – Kiswahili

Ms. Shahzia – Art Teacher

Mr. Isaac – ICT/Art

Ms. Kandess – Librarian

Mr. Yves – French/Kiswahili

Ms. Rebecca Biira – Music Teacher

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

Highly trained staff: At Oak International School we have invested in  professional developments during the holidays and weekly throughout the year to make sure our teachers are highly trained. We are eager to bring innovative methods of teaching to the classroom and to provide our students with new methods of learning.  This year we will continue to make sure that our teachers are well trained and aware of Cambridge Curriculum and are up to date on the current technology through professional development. In addition we will develop new means of assessment, differentiation, planning and cross disciplinary activities that we believe will help all students achieve academic success

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Healthy and nutritious lunches: We are excited to be able to provide nutritious lunches to any of our students who are interested. Our new menu includes main dishes, sides and desserts that we hope will appeal to our students who come from many different cultures. Please see the menu here for more details.

Mini vegetable pizzas

Creepes

Mahamri

Mini vegetable samosas

Chicken rice stew

Green peas, vegetable rice, pumpkin

Spaghetti, boiled eggs

Zanzibar coconut beans, chappati, white rice

Chicken pilau, fried irish, brown sauce

Fruits salad

Cake slice

CLUBS

With great pleasure we would like to inform you that we are re-introducing clubs this academic year.

Extra-curricular activities: This term there will be a variety of extra-curricular opportunities happening twice a week at Oak International School. Outside experts are coming in to provide instruction in robotics, coding, scouting, keyboard/piano and sports. In addition, students will be dancing and doing aerobics, reading and storytelling, acting and engaging in spoken word, and doing other hands on arts activities. These creative outlets will help our students develop their passions and develop critical thinking skills outside of traditional classroom activities.

If your child wishes to participate in any of the above clubs kindly register with the admin office latest by Friday, September 2, 2022.

HOLISTIC LEARNING

Learning inside and outside of the classroom: At Oak International School we believe that students do not just learn by taking notes in a classroom, they learn by doing.  We have made sure that there are plenty of hands-on activities in every student’s schedule.  In ICT class our younger students will learn the basic mechanics of holding a mouse while our older students will learn programing and virus protection.  Students will have Physical Education twice a week where they practice teamwork and collaboration skills on the football pitch, problem solving in chess and motor skills and endurance in the pool.  In addition to these hands-on activities, students will have regular health and personal development classes where class teachers lead them through developmentally appropriate activities to promote social-emotional growth.

REVAMPED SMART CLASSES

Well-furnished classrooms: Proper functioning, well-designed school furniture is essential to facilitate learning and contribute to effective classroom environments. In response to research on effective classrooms, we have purchased new furniture this year, which includes chairs, tables, shelves, lockers and many more things for the needs of the children. We believe that this furniture will lead to more focused and orderly classrooms, will help us increase behaviour expectations and increase overall student learning. We have also added smart boards to each class.  The technology advances at our school will help prepare our students to engage in the digital age in which we are living. With these new changes in our classrooms, we expect learning to be more organized and cutting edge than ever before.

MUSIC ROOM

Well-developed Music room: We are delighted to share that we have added many new instruments such as violin, guitar, mixer, flutes etc to our music room this year.  Research shows that music directly benefits the ability to learn words, speak them correctly, and process new sounds. In addition, music education involves a high level of memorization. We believe that the investment we have made in our students’ music education will benefit their overall learning and we are eager to help our students continue to advance their music skills.

SCIENCE LABORATORY

State of the art Science laboratory: Science Laboratory at Oak International School has been updated with work stations, each of which include a water and gas system, beakers, lab stools, and  lab storage systems.  This means that students will be able to have more hands-on practice in their chemistry, physics and biology lessons.  Chemistry students will be analyzing reactions of metals with acids, physics students will be measuring reflection and refraction of light and biology students will be looking at carbohydrates under microscopes among the many other experiments that we have planned.  Hands on experiments teach students to think and analyze independently, practice making observations, increase the students’ motivation to learn and enhance their perception, creativity, and logic. In addition to all of the learning benefits our students will receive, this will also help them prepare for the hands-on components of future IGCSEs and A-levels.

LIBRARY

Well-developed Library: We have been working hard to prepare a new library for our students when they arrive. Every student will have library time during the week where they will be able to explore and read all the texts we have to offer them.  One of the strongest predictors of improvement in literacy is time spent reading so we are confident that the investment in the library will lead to our students becoming stronger readers. In addition to reading-books for students of all reading abilities, we have invested in academic text sets to help students deepen their understanding of topics of interest and are excited for students to have the ability to extend their studies.

HOMEWORK

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How to Access Homework

Homework Portal: Homework at OIS is always sent out every friday. Year 4 to Year 9 students can access homework with a unique Access Code provided by their class teacher through our official homework portal which can be found at this link:
HOMEWORK PORTAL

TERM 1 IMPORTANT DATES

8th-19th August
Staff in service
22nd August
First Day of Term I / Orientation for new parents
2nd September
CCC/PTO Elections
1st-9th September
CEM Assessment
12th – 16th September
Student Leaders Election Week
16th September
Voting Day
3rd-5th October
Cambridge Check Point Exams
5th October
World Teacher’s Day
14th October
Global Village
17th-21st October
Half-Term Break
4th November
Evacuation Drill
11th November
ECD Field Trip
14th – 24th November
End of Term I Exams
25th November
Primary & Secondary Field Trips
9th December
End of Term I / PTM



Calendar Academic Year 2022-2023