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It’s time for the PTFA Spring Quiz!


Are you ready for some family fun over half-term? If so, we have just the thing for you!


Things might not be quite back to normal yet but there’s still lots of fun to be had over the holidays and during the first week of the summer term with the PTFA Spring Quiz. 


How many landmarks do you know from your walks around our local area? Can you guess the teacher from photos of them when they were children? Have you ever played I spy at Oakdale? 


There are 30 questions in the quiz over 3 rounds:

  • I spy in and around South Woodford

  • Guess who?

  • I spy at Oakdale


How can you take part?

It costs £3 to take part in the Spring Quiz. If you would like to join in, please send the exact money (£3 per quiz) in an envelope marked clearly with your child’s name and class, by Tuesday 25th May.


The quiz will be sent home in your child’s book bag by Thursday 27th May ready for you to complete over the holidays and during the first week back at school.


What can you win?

The quiz is primarily for fun but there is a prize for the highest score (a 4th generation Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker with Alexa voice recognition and control!) and some smaller prizes for the runners up. 


For a chance to win, hand your completed quiz sheet in to your class teacher no later than Friday 11th June. (Don’t forget to write your child’s name and class in the space at the bottom of your quiz sheet so we know which one is yours!)


Prize winners and answers to the quiz will be shared in the newsletter after this date.


Please note that in the event of a tie, prize winners will be drawn from a hat.


Have fun and good luck!


Santa is coming to Town!


When he heard it was going to be difficult for the children to visit him this year, Santa Claus thought to himself, "I'll visit them instead!"


On the evening of Wednesday 16th December, Santa Claus is going to be driven around the streets of Wanstead and South Woodford and is going to try and wave at as many children as he possibly can, with the help of his very own elves. Please do spread the word, stand outside your house and give Santa a warm welcome! His elves will be collecting change in buckets (from a distance), and your children are welcome to throw some change in! The Santa Drive By will take place from 4.30-7.00pm, please see the route with timings and map attached.


COVID-19: During the event, please remember to keep a 2m social distance and wear a mask!




This time of year, Parent and Teacher Associations (PTA) at schools are usually organising Christmas Bazaars, silent auctions and lots more! This year, with COVID-19 making our usual fundraising activities extremely difficult, Wanstead's local school PTA’s have come together as a community to sprinkle some Christmas cheer and ensure the children still enjoy the magic of Christmas. They will also be splitting any funds raised equally between the five schools. 


The money raised is spent on projects that have a direct impact on the children's learning environment. This year both Wanstead Church School and Our Lady of Lourdes PTA's are raising funds to support the upgrade of their school's computer equipment. The Oakdale Schools are fundraising for their push towards reading, including replacing old books with new, gaining annual subscription for age-appropriate magazines/newspapers and more playground wall signs to extend pupils' reading. Nightingale Primary School are also fundraising for a brand new set of books for the reading area in every classroom. Snaresbrook Primary School are raising money towards a bike track to promote road and cycle safety at the school. These projects are instrumental to the children's education, and the way in which our teachers are able to teach.


We would be so grateful for your donations and support! If it makes you smile, you can show your appreciation by making a donation online here: There will also be some elves with buckets on the day.

Please note that the streets and timings are indicative and while we will stick to the plan as much as possible, change may occur. The route is predominantly Wanstead based as this is where most of the schools are, however it will end in South Woodford by the Oakdale schools. We hope to send a message from Santa following the event to appease any children that miss it.


Huge thanks to Parker Dairies, North London Loft Rooms and Terry Tew Sound and Light for supporting this event


Thanks to Participating PTA's: Wanstead Church School, Snaresbrook Primary School,  Oakdale Schools, Our Lady of Lourdes and Nightingale Primary School.

Christmas Raffle December 2020


The PTFA are very excited to announce that our annual Christmas Raffle will take place next month, with some amazing prizes to be won and tickets costing just £1 each!


What You Can Win

Top electronic prizes include an Amazon Fire HD 8" Tablet (worth £139.99) - Kids Edition, 32GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case. Including a 1 year’s unlimited subscription to Amazon for Kids.


The Latest Amazon Echo Dot worth £89.99 (4th Gen) - Smart Speaker with Alexa Voice Recognition and Control, Charcoal colour.


For some festive fun at home we have the Family Fun Hamper brimming with treats for all the family including games, movie night popcorn, a cool disco light and glow sticks for a festive dance party, chocolates and more!


And it doesn’t stop there! With thanks to some kind donations from parents and local businesses, we also have up for grabs: 6 tickets to Kidzania, a Google Stadia (worth £59), Pantomime tickets for Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at the Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford, Waitrose Hamper of festive treats, a Hand Drawn Portrait by a local artist, luxury Lindt Chocolate Hamper, Creative Biscuit voucher (worth £30) towards their ceramic items, a Coffee Making Starter Kit from Pact Coffee and more!


How to Enter to Win (Deadline 10th December)

On Monday your child will bring home a booklet of 5 raffle tickets in their book bags. Each raffle ticket costs £1. Simply tear off as many as you would like and write your details on the corresponding ticket stub. It’s very important to do this on each stub so that we know who to contact if you win!


Please return the completed ticket stubs with the correct money in an envelope with your child’s name and class on the front, no later than Thursday 10th December. If you would like any extra tickets for family and friends, please put extra money in the same envelope with a note letting us know how many extra tickets you would like. The office will then send the extra tickets back to you in your child's book bag. For example, if you want 5 extra tickets, please put £10 in the envelope. We kindly ask that any unused tickets are returned so they can be resold. Winners will be drawn on 15th December. Good luck!


Donations are welcome!


In previous years we have run a very successful Tombola Stall at the Christmas Fayre, all thanks to the wonderful donations you have brought into the school. We've raffled everything from chocolates, wine, spirits, toiletries children’s books, craft and toys and more. Whilst the tombola will not be possible this year, we would still love to keep up with the tradition and receive donations which will be incorporated into our Christmas raffle to make it even more fabulous. Donations need to be new, within sell by date, unopened and in original packaging. They can be left in the white box which will be located at the large gates at pick up time (Cowslip Road entrance) every day from Friday 27th - Tuesday 8th December.

Raffle Winners


Oakdale Season’ Greetings Boards Fundraiser


We’re delighted to have Churchills Estates as the sponsor for Oakdale’s holiday boards! They will sponsor Oakdale’s holiday greetings boards, by paying the school £10 for each board placed in parents’ and carers’ front gardens for two weeks this season. Churchills will put up and take down every board.


All we need from you is your name and address. 


Please copy the form below and email the form (filled in) to the PTFA at, by Friday 27th November. 


The more we get, the more we’ll raise! Sometimes we are oversubscribed and not everyone who responds is given a board, but it’s really important that people respond, as we need as many as we can get.


Thank you!


Please confirm that you are a property owner, or have permission from the property owner, to have a Churchill’s board placed outside your property for 2 weeks this holiday season.





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