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SQA Star Awards

sqa-awardsOn Friday the 11th of November staff from Oaklands School attended the SQA Star Awards at The Assembly rooms on behalf of former pupil Gregor Downie.

Gregor had been nominated in the School Candidate of the Year Category for his exceptional work in the Senior Phase at Oaklands School. Gregor obtained 19 National Qualification units and awards in a wide range of subjects in levels 1, 2 and 3.

Gregor received a highly commended award at the event along with a lovely prize and trophy. The SQA annual Star Awards are a unique way to celebrate success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in education and training. Behind every success story lies motivation and commitment, pride and self-esteem and, of course, a lot of hard work. The SQA want to reward excellence by both individuals and establishments, across all sectors of education and training.

A massive well done to Gregor, his family and all the staff who worked with Gregor throughout his years at Oaklands and we wish him continued success for the future.

Harvest Celebration

Harvest was celebrated in style this year at Oaklands. We had a special assembly where we discovered what harvest was and sang some lovely songs. School Chaplin, Gayle Taylor, came along and played some music on her guitar for us which we really enjoyed. Each class brought along items for the food bank. We took turns coming out to the huge harvest table at the front of the hall and putting the items on top of it. By the end of assembly, the table was completely filled with lots and lots of donations!

Oaklands School collected massive amounts of stuff including; biscuits, coffee, wipes, pasta, soup and tins of beans.A few days later, a small group of pupils took the bus across town to the food bank. Here we met up with the volunteers who helped us unload all our donations and take them into the warehouse. Inside there were really high shelves filled with boxes of donations. Our next job was to help weigh our donations using a big scale on the ground. We were told that our donations would be used to help at least 7 families in Edinburgh, fantastic! A big thank you to everyone who donated items and a big well done to the pupils for doing such a great job at the food bank.

We hope to make another visit to the food bank at the end of November. In the meantime, if you would like to donate anything else, Oaklands is a collection point and items can be handed in to the trolley in the reception area of the school.

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