Dear Oak Community.
As we reach the end of another enriching term at Oak International School, it’s with great pleasure and pride that I reflect on the remarkable journey of growth and achievement we have together. Our school community has flourished and I am excited to share some highlights with you in this end-of-term newsletter.
I am delighted to announce that our students have once again demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to their academic pursuits. The hard work of our educators and the enthusiasm of our students have translated into outstanding results. We celebrate not only the grades but also the love for learning that permeates our classrooms. Beyond academics our focus on character and leadership development continues to bear fruit. Our students have not only excelled in the classroom but have also demonstrated resilience, compassion and a sense of responsibility that will serve them well in their future endeavours.
In a momentous stride towards enhancing the learning environment at Oak International School, I am thrilled to announce that we opened our new education block. This state-of-the-art facility is a testament to our commitment to providing the best possible educational experience for our students. It is equipped with modern classrooms, advanced laboratories and collaborative spaces that will foster innovation and creativity.
The new education block symbolizes our dedication to staying at the forefront of educational excellence providing our students with resources and facilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
As we look back on the term, I want to express my deepest gratitude to our incredible teaching and administrative staff, whose hard work and passion make Oak International School the vibrant and nurturing learning community it is. Additionally, I extend my appreciation to our supportive parents and guardians who play a crucial role in the success of our students.
I am incredibly proud of the achievements of our school community and excited about the possibilities that the future holds for us. May the upcoming break be filled with relaxation and rejuvenation for our students, staff and families.
Thank you for being an integral part of the Oak Family. I look forward to the continued success and growth of our school in the coming terms.
Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a Happy new year!
Sincerely, Evelyn Twebaze – Head of School
Dear Oak Community,
As we come to the end of a successful term we would like to thank parents for your unending support and involvement in our school activities and programs. We are grateful for the dedication and interest you have in your child’s academic pursuits and welfare. Their well-being ensures our school runs in the most conducive environment; your ideas, support and challenges continue to help us create a better school for our students. It has been an incredible journey thus far, the commendable work of our educators, students and parents ensures your child has the best chance to learn in our school. It goes without saying that when parents and teachers work together simultaneously, greater academic attainment can be reached.
It has been remarkable to be a part of the exceptional growth seen at Oak International School since my appointment in August 2023. We have taken a huge step towards advancing the provision of education offered as seen by our new state-of-the-art facilities, our implementation of English acquisition classes for our native Arabic speakers, individualised and small group support pullouts and the introduction of coding for our secondary students. As per your suggestions, we have moved towards advancing our learner’s ICT abilities by the implementation of the google classroom, we are committed to introducing further online platforms as the academic year commences. We look forward to the implementation of ideas and programs that further prepare our learners for the dynamic and evolving landscape that is the job market.
Admittedly, we have had some challenges this term with student submission of homework, particularly in the upper primary and secondary sections. We would like to emphasise the importance of completing homework to supplement the learning taking place at school. It is imperative practice for students to advance their knowledge, time management skills and application of their understanding. We invite you to regularly review your child’s coursework/markbook grades on Quercus, as a family, by accessing them at https://quercus.oakinternational.ac.ug/coursework/ to encourage them to be responsible for their learning. Only when we work collaboratively can progress be achieved.
Despite our students having made steady progress towards bettering their behaviour for learning this term, this hasn’t been consistent. Behaviour for learning is imperative as it helps to establish a positive, safe and supportive learning culture in Oak International School. When positive relationships between self, others and the curriculum are attained and nurtured in unison in a classroom, a culture of positive learning behaviour is embraced enabling our learners to develop emotionally and intellectually. Please support our learners to advance their behaviour for learning by encouraging them to come to school with the correct attitude, equipment, uniform and behaviour.
As we break off for the holidays, we kindly request for you to support your child in furthering their learning by accessing and engaging with the core-subject resources provided below.
Again, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your continued, unwavering support and involvement in your child’s development. Your dedication and partnership continue to play a crucial role in their success!
Sincerely, Nikita Marcellin – Curriculum Coordinator
Dear School Community,
We are thrilled to introduce our new Accounts Administrator, Mr. Shahnawaz Jassani. With a robust background in financial management and a keen eye for detail, Mr. Jassani joins us to lead our accounts department. His dedication to precision and efficiency aligns perfectly with our school’s ethos, promising to enhance our financial operations significantly.
Dear OIS family,
We would like to thank you for the efforts made towards clearing school fees on time, however, some have not managed to keep up with timelines.
– A minimum of 70% of school fees must be cleared at the beginning of the term.
– Children whose fees have not been cleared will be sent home after 10 days until full school fees are cleared.
– Children with any outstanding amount will not be allowed to begin the new term.
– If you wish to register your child for lunch and transport services please do so before the beginning of the term as it will help us plan better.
– Club list will be sent out at the beginning of the term.
– Offices will be open during holidays from 9 am to 2 pm. For inquiries and payments.
– Please find attached the fees structure. (DOWNLOAD FEES STRUCTURE)
For any further queries:
On the eagerly anticipated first day of school, the campus buzzed with excitement as students of all ages flooded in, ready to embark on a new academic journey. Amidst the bustling energy, a guided tour awaited each eager student, unveiling the classrooms where knowledge and imagination would intertwine. The air was vibrant with the sounds of laughter and camaraderie as groups engaged in a medley of activities. From skipping ropes to the intricate strategies of chess, students reveled in a tapestry of welcome activities tailored to different age groups and class levels.
As the sun began its descent, the day culminated in a grand school assembly, a cherished tradition to warmly embrace the newest members of our educational family. Here, amidst the collective spirit of the community, heartfelt welcomes were extended, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. The school grounds echoed with merry tunes, lively rhythms, and the infectious laughter of students and teachers alike, as the entire administration came together, infusing the day with a harmonious blend of merriment, music, and an inclusive spirit, ensuring that every individual felt a part of something special from the very start.
The gathering for Coffee with the Curriculum Coordinator proved to be an enriching forum where parents, educators, and school administrators converged to delve into pivotal aspects of our educational ethos. Amidst a diverse assembly representing various educational levels – from Early Childhood Development (ECD) to primary and secondary stages – the dialogue resonated with a shared commitment to fostering inclusivity within our school community. At the heart of the discourse lay a profound exploration of inclusion, embracing differences in abilities, disabilities, and racial diversity to ensure equitable opportunities for all students.
The session unfolded as an illuminating exchange, where topics like tailored learning interventions took center stage. Discussions about specialized Maths and phonics pullouts for students highlighted our dedication to providing differentiated and adapted learning experiences, catering to the unique needs and learning styles of each child. Additionally, the discourse emphasized the integral role of regular homework and classwork in shaping coursework marks, emphasizing the holistic approach to student assessment and development.
Amidst the conversations, the Curriculum Coordinator steered the discourse towards empowering parents in supporting their child’s learning journey. Sharing a treasure trove of online resources, the Coordinator provided parents with tools to actively engage in and fortify their child’s educational growth beyond the classroom. The event culminated not just in an exchange of ideas but in the establishment of collaborative partnerships, reaffirming our commitment to fostering an inclusive, adaptable, and supportive learning environment that extends seamlessly from school to home.
The Prefects Council Elections Day commenced with an air of anticipation as candidates vying for leadership roles took the stage, delivering impassioned final speeches. Each contender articulated their vision, highlighting why they stood as the ideal choice for the coveted positions. Spearheaded by the esteemed Prefects Council Patron, Mr. Lucky Rater, the proceedings reflected a meticulous orchestration, emphasizing fairness and transparency in the electoral process.
Under the watchful guidance of the electoral committee, entrusted with the dissemination and oversight of the ballots, the elections unfolded seamlessly. Class by class, the fervor among the voters was palpable, resonating through the corridors as enthusiastic supporters echoed their favorite candidates’ names. Prior to casting their votes, students were briefed thoroughly on the voting procedure, ensuring an informed and structured approach.
The meticulous planning bore fruit, as this year’s elections showcased a commendable level of participation and adherence to the electoral guidelines. Notably, there were minimal instances of invalid voting, resulting in very few wasted ballots. The day stood as a testament to the school’s commitment to fostering a democratic ethos and nurturing responsible leadership among its student body.
Amid the usual afternoon assembly, the Students Council Swearing-in ceremony commenced with warmth. Mr. Lucky Rater, the Prefects Patron, set the tone with his gracious welcome remarks, paving the way for the transition ahead. The outgoing head prefects delivered poignant speeches, sharing insights and experiences, marking the end of their tenure.
Ms. Evelyn Twebaze, the Head of School, orchestrated the symbolic exchange as outgoing prefects handed over their responsibilities, receiving certificates in return. Each winner was announced, and with a sense of pride, they were handed a file containing their respective duties and a personalized name tag.
The culmination of the ceremony arrived with the solemn swearing-in of the new council members. Each prefect, bearing their name tag and position, took the oath, signifying their commitment to serve the student body with dedication and integrity.
In a memorable moment, the outgoing and incoming prefects united, shaking hands in mutual respect. Amidst smiles and glamour, they posed for photos, capturing the transition that marked the continuity of leadership within the student council.
The ECD Family Week began with a venue that sparkled with perfect decorations, setting the stage for an unforgettable event. Welcoming parents and children alike, a red carpet awaited them, elevating the excitement right from the entrance.
The festivities commenced with an engaging icebreaker, a scavenger hunt that brought parents and children together. Teams navigated their child’s classroom, relying on parental knowledge to conquer the hunt, fostering a bond between families.
The ceremony drew an intimate crowd, immediate parents and grandparents, creating an atmosphere of closeness and familial warmth. A captivating moment unfolded as one of the grandparents shared a delightful story, weaving generations together in a shared experience.
The event’s core was activity-driven, with families competing in a spirited hula hoop game. Uneven hoops challenged parents to join in as music played, fostering a sense of teamwork and competition. The last family standing triumphed, claiming a well-deserved prize amid cheers and laughter.
Under the watchful eye of Ms. Rumina Gaulani, the event flowed seamlessly, ensuring everyone’s participation and enjoyment. As the day wound down, two final activities capped off the celebration: paint activities sparked creativity while parents mingled, sharing conversations and capturing moments through photos, reinforcing the sense of community and connection.
Under the guidance of Curriculum Coordinator Ms. Nikkita Marcellin, the Secondary Careers Day unfolded, designed to offer students a peek into the professional world. Organized into small groups of 4-5, students embarked on a journey of discovery, armed with job descriptions to decode and match with the corresponding job titles.
The event spanned two insightful hours, during which secondary teachers played a supporting role, offering guidance to each designated group. This hands-off approach allowed students to take the reins, fostering teamwork and independent thinking as they delved into the intricacies of various professions.
Working collaboratively, students navigated through the complexities of deciphering job requirements, unraveling the essential skills and qualifications needed for the most sought-after roles in today’s competitive job market. This immersive activity provided valuable insights into the expectations and prerequisites for their future careers, empowering them with practical knowledge and foresight.
At the university fair trip hosted by Acorns International School, our secondary students from Year 7 to Year 10 embarked on a unique exploration of higher education. The fair brimmed with stalls manned by representatives from diverse universities worldwide, offering students a panoramic view of their post-high school possibilities.
Amidst the bustling atmosphere, students seized the opportunity to glean invaluable insights. They delved into the intricacies of various courses and programs, learning about prerequisites and core subjects essential for their chosen paths. The fair served as an illuminating platform, illuminating the roadmap towards different academic pursuits and career trajectories.
Notably, the event wasn’t just a congregation of Acorns International School and Oak International School students. Instead, it served as a melting pot, attracting students from numerous schools around Kampala city. This diversity enriched the experience, fostering an environment where knowledge, aspirations, and aspirations intermingled, broadening horizons for all attendees.
At the Global Village event, unity and diversity intertwined as students transcended class boundaries, uniting by their nationalities. Representing the school’s vibrant demographic, each camp showcased the tapestry of cultures that enrich our community. With Ugandan, Eritrean, South Sudanese, Congolese, Sudanese, and various other nationalities forming distinct groups, the event became a celebration of global heritage.
Within each camp, students brought their cultural essence to life. Through traditional dances, poignant poems, national anthems, and insightful explanations of their customs, they shared the richness of their heritage. The atmosphere buzzed with enthusiasm as each presentation unfolded, offering glimpses into the diverse traditions and norms that shape different nations.
Stalls adorned with cultural regalia, tantalizing foods, traditional attire, and symbolic items transformed the venue into a kaleidoscope of global cultures. The vibrant displays became windows into the soul of each nation, reflecting their unique identities and histories. Attendees were treated to an immersive experience, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the tapestry of traditions represented.
As the event culminated, the judge lauded the efforts of all participants, acknowledging the incredible showcase of diversity and unity. Ultimately, the Eritrean community emerged victorious, their passionate and insightful portrayal earning them the distinction of this year’s Global Village champions. This celebration of cultural richness and unity left an indelible mark, strengthening the bonds that unite our diverse school community.
The Secondary Overnight Fun Trip unfolded as a three-day adventure, offering students a break from routine. Nestled in the serene landscapes outside Kampala at Tembuzi Cultural Park in Mukono, secondary students embraced the outdoors for a camping experience that promised both fun and learning.
The trip served as a playground for team-building activities, challenging students with a medley of adventures. From camping under the stars to scaling heights through climbing activities and navigating obstacle course games, the itinerary brimmed with opportunities for camaraderie and skill-building.
Beyond the thrill of adventure, the trip provided a profound lesson in self-reliance and resilience. Being away from the comforts of modernity, students learned to adapt and survive with limited resources. This experience instilled a sense of independence, nurturing skills that extended beyond the classroom, fostering a deeper understanding of self-sufficiency and the importance of teamwork in unfamiliar environments.
The Primary students embarked on an exciting excursion to Acqua Water Park in Namugongo, while the ECD (Early Childhood Development) learners headed to a water park in Ggaba for a day filled with joyous adventures. It was a delightful break from routine as both groups embraced the thrill of water-based activities.
Amidst the playful splashes and laughter, the students indulged in a day purely dedicated to fun and camaraderie. Engaging in swimming activities, they embraced the water’s embrace, reveling in the sheer delight of the water park’s attractions. It was a chance for them to unwind, explore, and create unforgettable memories in the company of friends and classmates.
Beyond the watery escapades, the day was complemented by shared meals, fostering a sense of togetherness and communal enjoyment. As the weekend beckoned, the students concluded their escapades with shared dining experiences, enhancing the bonds formed through the day’s adventures. This outing served not only as a fun-filled break but also as a platform for building social connections and creating lasting moments of joy for both the Primary and ECD students.
The Book Week & Spelling Bee brought together students from across all levels, fostering a love for literature and language. From primary to secondary, every student eagerly participated in a week-long celebration of books, spelling, and creativity. Each day was dedicated to immersive book-reading activities and challenging spelling exercises, igniting a passion for words and storytelling.
Throughout the week, points accumulated, creating an air of anticipation as students vied for victory. Winners emerged from each class, recognized for their dedication and prowess, except for Year 1 and Year 10, who indulged in other engaging activities tailored to their levels.
Adding a touch of literary flair, students delved into the realm of poetry, crafting captivating original pieces. The poetic contest provided a canvas for their creativity, allowing them to express themselves through verses that stirred emotions and imagination.
The crescendo of the week arrived with the grand finale, where achievements were celebrated and accolades awarded. The winners of the spelling bee competition, along with the best poem creators, those dressed as the most convincing book characters, and the authors of the most compelling five-page books, were recognized for their outstanding contributions. This culmination not only celebrated academic achievements but also nurtured a culture of literary appreciation and creative expression among the students.
Art and Craft Week at OIS was a canvas of creativity, with Ms. Shahzia and Mr. Ceasar at the helm, orchestrating a delightful array of artistic endeavors. Under their guidance, students were grouped and paired with dedicated teachers, each serving as a beacon, guiding their flock through a labyrinth of crafty ventures. The centerpiece of this artistic symphony was the collective endeavor of constructing cities from humble cardboard, each group weaving their architectural dreams into tangible realities. The emergence of these cardboard metropolises was not just a visual spectacle; it was a testament to the students’ skill honed diligently throughout the academic term, which happened to be the longest of the three. Beyond the sheer joy of creation, a reward of UGX 50,000 awaited the most innovative and captivating group, adding an element of friendly competition that further fueled their imagination and dedication to craftsmanship. This weeklong celebration wasn’t merely about art; it was a living testament to the power of imagination, skill, and the beauty found in the amalgamation of both.
Music Performance Day at OIS was a vibrant talent showcase, resonating with the harmonies of students from Primary to Secondary levels. The place pulsed with energy as young performers took the stage, unveiling a myriad of talents through dances, soulful singing, mesmerizing instrumental solos, and captivating band renditions, each act a testament to their dedication in music classes throughout the term. Orchestrating this symphony of skills was the maestro himself, Mr. Fred, whose guidance and passion for music shone through the meticulously organized event. The dynamic duo, Mr Adam and Ms Jacklyne, added flair and charisma to the day, and effortlessly steered the event as the MCs, engaging the audience with their charm. However, stealing the spotlight in a moment that will linger in memories was the enthralling performance by Mr Godfrey and Ms Nikki, whose dance number had the entire hall erupting in thunderous applause and cheers, leaving an indelible mark on the day’s festivities.