Shoes For Tanzania

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On our last day of term, the children were asked to leave their shoes in a box as they went home, so that they could be given to a project in Tanzania called “Forever Angels”. Forever Angels is an orphanage, where children under the age of 2years who have no one to care for them, are taken in and cared for. (The orphanage has connections with The Bethany Family.) The shoes are to be distributed in surrounding villages near the orphanage, to poor families who can’t afford them, as children aren’t allowed to go to school unless they have shoes to wear.

Our school council decided to support this cause and we were able to collect 50 pairs of shoes, both childrens’ and some adult ones too! The Forever Angels representative, Amy, was “immensely grateful” and said that they would enable many children to be able to attend school.

Thank you to all those people who gave their shoes to this very worthy cause.

Prep Afternoon Tea

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Last week, students from Years 5 and 6 played host to grandparents and members of the community at their annual High Tea event. The afternoon was opened by the Head Boy and Girl, Paige and Finn and included a rousing chorus of God Save the Queen from our brass ensemble.

The guests were then treated to first class service from the children, who served traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones with cups of tea.

A tricky quiz about board game favourites kept everybody puzzling whilst they enjoyed their food.

To round off the afternoon, the children provided entertainment including a variety of group and individual poetry recitals which they have learnt during their speech and drama lessons. There were musical items from the brass and recorder ensembles and several individual performances including Thomas and Joseph’s rendition of Love me Tender plus Paige and Zainab playing Autumn Leaves on the clarinet. Nellie and Maisey played solos on their clarinets while Gabrielle and Darcy teamed up to play All Through the Night. The recorder group played A Drunken Sailor and several students performed their specially chosen poems about grandparents.

To close the event both classes sang I wish I Knew accompanied by Thomas on his flugal horn which had everyone tapping their feet and singing.

A super afternoon was had by all!

Primary Maths Challenge

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Successfully completing this year’s Primary Maths Challenge were Rocco, Isaac, Nellie, Lily-Ella and Roman from Year 5 and Darcy, Joe, Thomas, Maisey and Zainab from Year 6. “It was a tough challenge but I’ m glad I tried it, “ was the comment from one pupil.

A special mention goes to Darcy who scored the most points in the trickiest section of the test!

Very well done to all those who took part for giving it a go and challenging themselves. You all did so well!

Senior Student Council

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Student Council pulled together a great stall for Bonfire Night, selling hot vimto, chocolate apples, sweets and cupcakes. Trade was booming and we raised over £100. Well done to all of Student Council who made the products and to Matthew’s Gran for the cakes. Thanks to everyone who came to see us. We are now planning our stall for the Christmas Market so see you there.


Primary Maths Challenge

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Ten enthusiastic, and very brave, year 5 and 6 pupils stepped up to do the Primary Maths Challenge this morning. The paper was tough as it does not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems.

Pupils need to read the questions carefully as they make pupils think outside the box as the subjects have not necessarily been covered in the curriculum. The 25 questions get harder as you go through the paper and I must say one question took me a page of algebra to calculate! Well done to all the pupils who gave it a go. You are our Oakhill Maths Whizzes.

Cereal Boxes

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Watch out Kellogg’s, Year 5 have been busy designing and making their new cereal boxes! From Mairead’s Munchies to Snorlax Loops the mouthwatering morning morsels on offer would make you want to get out of bed in the morning to pick these boxes off your kitchen shelf. The class had to design a logo, think up a new cereal name, research what type of information is required on the packaging as well as make the final product as enticing as possible. Fantastic work Year 5 – I’m looking forward to our next project: making money containers.

Run The Lights

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For now our third year, a group of Oakhill runners headed to Blackpool on Friday 3rd November to enjoy an 8km run up the Fylde Coast enjoying the illuminations on the way.

As the event grows ever more popular, 26 runners took part this year with our group made up of pupils, staff and parents.  The starting line was crossed just after 5pm as the lights were turned on and our runners ran past familiar sights such as the pleasure beach, tower and piers, and of course the largest free light show on earth!

Finishing in Bispham in just under an hour, the group were rewarded with a well- earned fish and chip supper!

Well done everyone and special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Everitt for driving the buses for us.

The Big Bonfire just got BIGGER!

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Friday 10th November saw a record 600 people enjoy a spectacular firework display, roaring bonfire and Meat and Potato Pie supper. Drinks were flowing in the Atrium bar and this year the Churros van was exceedingly popular, as were the neon sticks and cakes on sale by the PTA. Thank you all for supporting the event and the home team for all their hard work.

Whole Senior School Walk

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Pupils and staff from the Senior School enjoyed spending the afternoon together at the end of half term as they ventured out of the classroom to enjoy a walk together.

The walk has become somewhat of a tradition and is a great opportunity for pupils of all ages to share time together.

This year those taking part were raising funds for the Oakhill Peru Mission Project.  Next August a group of 15 pupils, staff and parents will visit Iquitos in Peru to assist in a classroom building project in a deprived area of the city.  The funds raised on our walk will provide building materials for our project.

Heading out from school we climbed our local summit of Wiswell Moor to earn a picnic lunch and some amazing views of the Ribble Valley.

We then enjoyed the annual Interhouse Conker competition with teams from each year group going head to head to conquer the house victory – this time going to Martyrs house.

From here the party of headed towards the Nick of Pendle before returning to school – just in time for half term!

The weather was very kind, and an excellent time was had by all.

Year 2 Make Bleuets

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Year 2 have enjoyed making Bleuets (cornflowers) to wear for Remembrance Day and have talked about the ceremonies which take place at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Year 10 Field Work

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Year 10 History ended the half term with a visit to the graveyard at St. Mary’s church in Whalley to collect data on the age of death in different centuries. Students could then build a picture of mortality rates over time. This raised some interesting conversations about changing levels of health care and the impact of wealth and the rural setting on mortality. Students were then rewarded with an celebratory ice cream after working hard for the first half term. More hard work to follow!

Year 5 Library Trip

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Year 5 pupils spent a very informative morning at Great Harwood library – thank you to all of the friendly and helpful librarians there. The class was welcomed by the staff who gave them a fantastic insight into all of the services offered. Children were surprised to learn that they can not only borrow books but that they also have access to DVDs, jigsaws, maps and PCs. They were told about reading groups which take place in the library and the many clubs – particularly wide-ranging during the school holidays – and were treated to a reading from one of their favourite books. The children then tested out their newly-found knowledge, of the way the library was arranged, by taking part in a treasure hunt and book quiz. Everyone left having borrowed a book to read – and some were so inspired that they have already read that book and returned to their local library to exchange it for another one! Many of the class are now planning to sign up for the Lancashire Reading Trail, a challenge to read 50 books, which provides prizes along the way. The librarians commented on how keen and interested the children already were in books and it is hoped that this visit inspires them to continue reading an even greater range of books.

Heather Ball

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Parents and friends of Oakhill gathered at the Eagle at Barrow, Whalley for a night of fun and fundraising in aid of the Oakhill Association on Saturday 30th September.

100 guests attended the Ball and danced the night away after a delicious 3-course meal.

An incredible £6,000 was raised on the night through a superb auction and raffle, thanks to many kind donations.

Louise Brett, Charlotte Ashby, Heather Griffiths, Juliet Cort and many helpers formed the Association Committee responsible for such a sparkling success.

Looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Harvest Festival

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The annual highlight of this half term for many is the Harvest Assembly for THOMAS. This year we were taken to the gardens of India to find out the story of our Friday night take away. What we took away from the performance was how the children of Oakhill look after one another and are so keen to help others.

We also learned that we had some very good dancers. Father John and Beverley told us about their work and reminded us to give food and drink to beggars rather than money. It is better to give money to the organisations that support street beggars so that the money is spent effectively.

We are also looking into ways in which we can hold a regular collection for THOMAS throughout the year rather than just at Harvest. As always this year’s Harvest assembly was a wonderful event which lifted everyone’s spirits, especially the Harvest Samba Song.


Vocab Express Senior Winners

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The seniors winners of the vocab express were Harrison, in top place, with RJ and Sam in second and third. Charlotte, Joshua and Sam also won national certificates for Arabic, Hebrew and a range of other languages. Well done to everyone who took part! It was a house competition which, this time, was convincingly won by Martyrs.


Ribble Valley Cricket Presentation Evening

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Oakhill were invited to Longridge Cricket Club for the Ribble Valley Cricket presentation evening. Mrs Smith, Mr Edgar and a number of our pupils attended the event. Our mixed cricket team from the summer 2017 were presented with the Malcolm Blackburn trophy for their sterling performance against 16 other schools in the borough.

There was also a surprise award on the evening where Oakhill School had been selected as the Borough’s Primary School of the year due to our girls’ team achieving 3rd place in the tournament, our boys’ team winning the tournament and our mixed team successfully winning the Malcolm Blackburn tournament.

Special mention was also given to Jack Edgar who has put a great amount of time and effort into the teams and trained them to success. He was even given a brief biography into his own cricket season.

Well done to all involved in cricket and we look forward to another successful summer!

What Have Year 6 Been Making?

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Water, food colouring, cheerios, marshmallows and cake sprinkles…..what could Year 6 have been cooking up in their science lesson?

They have been learning about our body’s circulatory system and these are the ingredients which went into their ‘model’ of blood!

Each ingredient represented an element of our blood and showed us how it all works together. Cheerios and red food colouring made the perfect red blood cells with white marshmallows showing us the proportion on white blood cells.

Senior Cross Country

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Senior pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 headed to Wilson Playing Fields to take part in the inter-schools cross country competition on Thursday 5th October.  Schools from across Hyndburn and Ribble Valley took part in the competition which this year has moved location to offer a more challenging course.  Conditions were tough with plenty of mud to contend with as well as hundreds of fellow runners.  The new courses included more in the way of hills, and some interesting forest sections to navigate!

Our Year 9 girls were first and Ellie and Juliet put in an excellent performance staying in the leading pack throughout the race, finishing in 21st and 28th place respectively.  A great achievement on a tough 3km course.  Alex Lutwyche represented our Year 9 boys finishing in 52nd place.  Our Year 10 girls, Taylor, Isabelle and Lucy and Chloe from Year 11 were up next, tackling a 3.5km course.  The girls did brilliantly in the face of tough competition.  Congratulations go to Chloe for finishing 14th, Taylor 12th, Isabelle 29th and Lucy 33rd.  The final race was the Year 10 and 11 boys which was planned as a 5km course but resulted in 2km due to difficulties in navigation by the front runners!  Our boys James, Arthur, Tyler and Louis ran well all achieving top 50 places.

Well done to all runners who represented Oakhill with determination, and thanks too to Niall, Phoebe and Ellis from our Year 10 GCSE PE group who helped out at the event as marshalls.


French Exchange

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Year 10 pupils Isabelle and Taylor are spending a week in Rouen, France on an exchange trip.

The girls have visited Institution Jean Paul II and have been answering questions from the pupils and presenting a power point on Oakhill to the pupils there.

The girls have immersed themselves into the French way of life and learning about French culture and we look forward to hearing all about their time in Rouen on their return.

Careers Week

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Senior School Careers’ week got off to a flying start with a talk from James Pugh who has worked with planes and submarines in his Career. He talked about the importance of knowing what you want to aim for and the skills you learn in your chosen field of work. He brought some interesting demonstrations including a Pilots anti-gravity jacket and the sounds heard on sonar devices of submarines. He talked about how his interest in Maths at High School has taken him on a fascinating journey and inspired students to look at Engineering as a career. Our thanks to Mr Pugh.

Students were very fortunate to have talks from Burnley College and Mysercough exploring the options for further study. Burnley College teacher, Samantha Allen, brought her Performing Arts students who both acted and danced showing the range of subjects taught at Burnley.

Rebecca Reynaulds, explained the many courses on offer at Myerscough and the prestigious names which are associated with their vocational qualifications from Lewis Hamilton’s chief engineers to Real Madrid’s grounds men. Many thanks to students and staff who took the time to visit Oakhill.

Students heard two exciting talks on Thursday covering Law and Travel. Lisa Collier came into speak about her work travelling the world as Cabin Crew.

Mr Hawks talked about his career as both a solicitor and barrister in criminal law. He presented students with scenarios and explained the many different fields in which lawyers can work. He even showed his dress for Court. Our thanks to Lisa and Mr Hawks for giving such informative and inspiring talks.

Careers’ week finished with a fantastic talk on TV editing by Lindsey Dillon. Her talk to the whole school was fascinating and demonstrated the work of a TV editor with clips from some of the well known shows Lindsey has worked on. She explained how everyone who starts in Television works as a runner and then specialises in one particular area. She showed her office and explained the day to day nature of her work. We were so fortunate to learn so much in half an hour. Our thanks to Mrs Dillon for taking the time to see us with such an inspiring insight into the world of TV.

Stay And Play

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The boys and girls from nursery, pre school and pre prep along with parents and grandparents had a great time on Friday afternoon enjoying lots of autumnal activities during Stay and Play.

The classrooms were buzzing with excitement as children and adults were enjoying getting very crafty.

Activities included making bird feeders using cheerios, necklaces from pasta, making people out of leaves, decorating autumn hats and using lots of different cereals to make hedgehog spikes.

There were lots of children nibbling some of their work too!

Finally the afternoon was finished off with a delicious afternoon tea where it was declared a great time was had by all.

Thank you to all those who came along.

Book Fair Success

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A massive thank you to all pupils, parents, relatives and friends of the Pre-Prep and Prep School who supported the Scholastic Book Fair recently. £735 worth of books and stationary were purchased which means we now have roughly £367 to spend on new books for the school. A great achievement!

Vocab Express

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The vocab express was a great success from Year 3 to 11 and Prep did particularly well. Nellie took seventh place overall and there were lots of points scored in Urdu, Italian, Russian and French by the others. The senior results will be given out next week when we find out which house won the competition.


Annual Book Fair

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The Pre-Prep and Prep School Annual Book Fair returns next week. There are books galore for all ages and it’s never too early to think about Christmas pressies! So come along to the Millennium Hall at 3.50pm on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th October.

For every one pound spent the school gets 50p back in books. Last year the book fair raised nearly £800 so the school got back nearly £400 which was spent on class sets of dictionaries, thesauruses and group reading books.

Hope to see you there.


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The Art GCSE course for both Year 10 and Year 11 begins with observational drawing.

The Year 11s visited Whalley Abbey to take photographs and sketch the ruins as part of their Architecture project.

Meanwhile Year 10s have been producing fantastic line drawings of flowers and plants for their Flora and Fauna project.

Year 4 Classification Of Animals

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Year 4 had a ‘real’ treat in store for them when they arrived at their Science lesson last week. They have been looking at the classification of animals into the main groups of vertebrates and invertebrates so what better way than to look at the real thing.

Jack kindly brought in his African snails and shared his extensive knowledge with us telling us about their diet and habits. We then dissected a trout to observe the backbone and identify similarities and differences that exist between the organs of other animals.

We all found out a lot about the two different creatures and thank Jack for allowing us to use his pets.

Languages Week

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On Thursday morning, we began a week-long celebration of languages with an assembly from Madame Crouch, wearing the colours of the Tricolore, entirely in French. Monsieur Lacy and Monsieur McGuinness captained house teams who battled to identify the languages of the songs they heard. Eventually, les Savants (Scholars) were narrowly beaten by les Martyres. We’re looking forward to more language-based activities this week culminating in the annual lunch menu of foods from other cultures on Thursday.

Oakhill School Challenge Cup winners 2017

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Yesterday Mrs Smith attended the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn school sports partnership annual conference and came away with a handful of awards! The awards were given out by Jenna Downing, the world champion inline skater.

Last year Oakhill were awarded second place, at that point Mrs Smith set herself, the department and our pupils the challenge of going for the top spot this year! This mission was accomplished and Oakhill were awarded The Challenge Cup for the academic year 2016/17.

This award recognises busy, active and successful PE departments within schools. Schools are awarded points for every team that they enter into competitions within the borough. Bonus points are given if a school is placed at the event. With Oakhill entering A, B and even C teams in a number of sports we obtained a good amount of points.

With successes in football, dodgeball, basketball, orienteering, girls and boys cricket, tri golf and sports hall athletics due to fantastic hard work and commitment from our pupils, staff and coaches we came away the overall winner of the whole borough! This is a fantastic achievement that we are all very proud of.

Three of our pupils also won individual awards in the cultural competition to design a flag to represent our borough at the level 3 school games. These had to encapsulate a passion for sport, the ethos of the games and an artistic flair. Poppy, Pippa and Joseph all from Year 6 won these awards. These 3 pupils were invited to lead out the borough at the opening ceremony of the games with their flag made up.

Senior Student Council

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We are delighted to present our new Senior Student Council who will be working under the guidance and leadership of Molly and Tyler, our Deputy Head Girl and Boy. All students elected their representatives at our school polling station last week and competition was fierce in some forms with excellent speeches made by all candidates. Miss Cunningham and Mrs Pugh are looking forward to working alongside the new Council and sharing their good ideas. Keep up to date with their work on the Oakhill website

World Faiths Day

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This year our world religion focus is on Buddhism and for World Faiths Day Seniors went to the Buddhist Temple in Ulverston.

We were guided by our Buddhist teacher, Jeff, who led us in meditation and guided us around the Temple, explaining many different aspects of Buddhism.

Lunch was taken in Conishead Priory and then students were able to take a reflective walk to the beach.

The Temple is a very impressive building and the atmosphere in and around the retreat centre at Conishead Priory is very peaceful and relaxing.

A very interesting and informative day and many thanks to Jeff and the Buddhist community for warmly welcoming us.