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February 2015

Our Nursery is Outstanding!

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The staff and pupils at Oakhill are celebrating after receiving their best ever Inspection Report. Teaching, governance and leadership were awarded excellent and Oakhill Nursery and Early Years were given outstanding.

 

Of Oakhill Nursery and Early Years the report says, “the early years provision is outstanding at meeting the needs of the range of children. All members of staff are highly committed to the children in their care. They know them and their families extremely well.”

 

The inspectors said, “well qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff provide a range of experiences to enhance the youngest children’s progress, particularly in the prime areas of speech, physical and social development. For the older children, practitioners have high expectations. They provide a stimulating range of high quality activities, and employ varied teaching strategies, including well-targeted interventions for those with additional needs, to ensure that children develop their imagination and problem solving skills, become eager learners and progress well.”

 

The inspectors also said, “the ‘key person’ system and the warm relationships throughout EYFS enable all children to form secure emotional bonds enabling them to explore, learn and develop. They behave extremely well and learn to share. The children are extremely well looked after.”

 

Oakhill Principal, Mrs Riley, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Oakhill’s strengths have been recognised. The school has improved from good to excellent or outstanding in four key areas – teaching, Early Years, governance and leadership. Oakhill has always had an excellent reputation for its caring, family environment and the improvement in academic attainment for all of the pupils in our care is a cause for celebration.”

 

“I am particularly pleased with the fact that the distinct nature of Oakhill was recognised by the Inspection Team. The report states that ‘Focusing upon the needs of pupils as individuals is a hallmark of its ethos.”

 

 

 

Oakhill Celebrates Report Success

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The staff and pupils at Oakhill are celebrating after receiving their best ever Inspection Report. The inspection team visited at the end of January and they came into lessons, spoke to staff and children, looked at books and at the pupil and parent questionnaire responses. They were in school from Tuesday to Friday to complete this work.

 

The published report shows that the school has improved in four main areas. Teaching, governance and leadership were awarded excellent and Oakhill Nursery and Early Years were given outstanding. Oakhill was already excellent in the previous report on the pupils’ personal development, pastoral care and welfare, health and safety and remained excellent in these areas.

 

The inspectors said “The pupils’ achievement and learning are good; standards of attainment have improved in recent years and they are outstanding in EYFS. Pupils are strongly supported by the excellent quality of teaching throughout the school. Links with the local community are strong and the pupils benefit from an enriching range of trips and visits.”

 

They also said “The quality of pupils’ personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. The school fully meets its aim of developing spiritual awareness within a cohesive community, whilst instilling mutual respect and understanding. Service to others permeates the daily life of the school.”

 

Of Oakhill Nursery and Early Years the report says, “ the early years provision is outstanding at meeting the needs of the range of children. All members of staff are highly committed to the children in their care. They know them and their families extremely well.”

 

Oakhill Principal, Mrs Riley, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Oakhill’s strengths have been recognised. The school has improved from good to excellent or outstanding in four key areas – teaching, Early Years, governance and leadership. Oakhill has always had an excellent reputation for its caring, family environment and the improvement in academic attainment for all of the pupils in our care is a cause for celebration.”

 

“I am particularly pleased with the fact that the distinct nature of Oakhill was recognised by the Inspection Team. The report states that ‘Focusing upon the needs of pupils as individuals is a hallmark of its ethos.”

Shake Shak

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A group of Year 9 pupils achieved marketing success at an enterprise event hosted by Young Enterprise at UCFB Burnley. The team of ten pupils invested in a mobile milkshake business based in London. Upon securing financial backing they decided to develop the business by capitalising on its mobile nature and touring the summer festivals. “Shake Shak” chose to launch at Glastonbury Festival with music themed specials such as “Uptown shake” and “All about the shake”. Creativity flowed through the design of the logo which featured across staff uniform, promotional materials, menus and on the “Shake Shak” van.

 

The Marketing award was given to the team that communicated most effectively with its customers.

Congratulations to Abbie, Adam, Amy, Charlotte, Emma, Hannah, Harriet, Imogen, Sam and Taylor.

Move it! Shake it! Enjoy it! at the Shake Shak.

 

 

Young Historians

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You don’t have to look too far to find evidence of the past. A walk down to Whalley Parish church with Year 5 and 6 showed just how true that is. As part of our local time line topic, the children set off to see what they could find in the church yard. Their first find was the ancient chancel door complete with sanctuary knocker. Thought to date from the 13th century, the door was a reminder of the days when the church offered protection to those in danger.

 

Next were the three Celtic crosses standing tall and proud amidst the many tomb stones. These were said to have dated from the time of Paulinus in the 7th century but more recently, historians have agreed that they are more likely to have been from the 10th century – still very old! A huge variety of windows gave us the opportunity to study Norman and medieval architectural details, while the tower proved a fine example of 15th century engineering. The children were intrigued by the grave stones and searched determinedly for the oldest and the most interesting.

 

Armed with iPads, the children took photos of the evidence they found; back in class they have been using their photos for further research work and as the starting point for some careful observation drawing. We didn’t have long in Whalley but we discovered a huge amount about the history of our beautiful village. Next stop – the Abbey!

 

Job Vacancy

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Oakhill are looking for an experienced Learning Support Assistant

If you are experienced at working with children who need individual support and would like to work in a close family environment then take a look at our vacancies page for details of a new post.

Pancake Fun

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All the children in holiday care had a great time on Shrove Tuesday.

 

They all enjoyed their pancakes and the children chose their own toppings from lemon, sugar, Nutella, syrup, raisins or jam.

 

Pancake day races were also held, with paper pancakes!

 

 

 

Disco Fever

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Oakhill Prep pupils celebrated the end of a long half term in style with their very own disco night.

 

With tunes a-rocking and the crisp packets and cans of drink a-popping the dance floor was a grooving, moving place.

 

Many thanks to Jedi discos and the Oakhill Association for providing yet another night of great fun!

 

Year 6 Maths Challenge

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Over the past few months Year 6 have been challenging themselves by competing in a times table challenge each week – 100 mixed tables questions in 5 minutes! Can it be done? Yes it can!

 

Everyone has improved their knowledge of tables facts and can recall them much more quickly! Several class members have achieved a perfect score of 100 and moved on to harder challenges! Excellent work Year 6.

Chaplaincy Day

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Twelve of our students from Years 5 to 10 went to SS Peter & Paul, Ribchester to complete their Salford Diocesan Chaplaincy Training led by Mr Kelly on Friday 13 February.  The day began in prayer before the students learnt about the history of Chaplaincy and then reflected on what it means to be a chaplain at Oakhill.  Students worked in groups reflecting on how they wanted Chaplaincy to be at Oakhill.  They studied Diocesan guidelines and created their own mission statement for Chaplaincy at Oakhill.  Later in the day they would use their mission statement to help to create an action plan.

 

Students learnt about the features of a Catholic Church as they explored SS Peter & Paul.  The church was originally built to look like a barn from the outside when it was illegal for Catholics to celebrate Mass in England during the reign of Henry VIII.  They also walked a short distance to visit Stydd Chapel, where they were able to compare and contrast the features of a Catholic and Protestant place of worship.

 

Students then created their own video of “We are the Chaplains” which is being worked on by the students during half term.

 

Lunch was very kindly hosted by Mrs Keane in her home and then students had an opportunity for some fresh air on Ribchester park.  We then returned to SS Peter & Paul’s to end our day how it had begun.  An enjoyable day was had by all and the Student Chaplain’s will receive their certificates from the Diocese at our next whole school mass on Tuesday 24 February.

 

Year 4 Inspect their Assembly

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Year 4 with iPads

Our assembly was based on our views on the school and how we would see the place if we were inspectors! We used the Oakhill prayer as a framework and talked about how Oakhill is a family in which we are all nurtured.

Group Assembly

We finished by showing a gallery of pictures that we have created using the app Paper53 and a movie trailer on iMovie which will give the pupils the ideas for their own movies to be created over half term.

Assembly