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April 2015

Science Fair at Manchester University

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Year 7 enjoyed a trip to Manchester University to take part in some Science Week activities. They got hands on experience with new technology at the Science Fair before taking part in a workshop to explore the jobs that engineers do.


The pupils did some chemical reactions to produce wonderful concoctions of colours before the teams presented their solution to a separation process dilemma. It was a super day for the pupils to find out what university life is about and experience cutting edge Science.


Prep Swimming Gala

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There was great excitement last week in Prep as it was the annual swimming gala held at Ribblesdale Pool in Clitheroe.


All the children from Year 3 to 6 took part and a great time was had by all with some very close races only decided at the very last second.


It was wonderful to see the grit and determination on display with so many children battling it out.


As always there was lots of friendly rivalry between Martyrs and Scholars with Scholars just taking the lead.


Abigail Lofthouse was the only person to break a record in the Year 4 backstroke beating a 2011 record held by Helen Assheton.  Well done Abigail!


Special mention must go to Eve Starkie who took part in a width race alongside her friends Pippa and Lydia. However there was no room for sentiment as Eve left them in her wake even doing a second width for good measure!


As usual the boys and girls were cheered on by both parents and children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with the Year 2s already getting excited about their participation next year!


Year 5 analyse Early Years

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Year 5 have been collecting data to analyse the changes that happen over those first important years of a child’s life.


They visited the Baby unit where they posed their pre prepared questions to our very knowledgeable staff and found out everything from what tactics they use to stop babies crying, how they get them to sleep, to when they start eating solid food.


The pupils took measurements of mass, height and head circumference from 3 of the children aged between 7 and 17 months.


Not content with these measurements the intrepid group headed to Nursery 1 then Nursery 2 to collect even more information to plot their growth charts. A very hands on day which all the children seemed to enjoy!


STEM Final

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The final of the BP Ultimate STEM Challenge took place just before Easter. Our STEM group Isabelle, Phoebe and Ruby had an early start to London heading across the city to the Science Museum.


After a very impressive breakfast which included molecular cocktails the girls had to present their investigation, which involved designing a hard hat for hot climates, to a packed room of Scientists from all walks of life.


The girls took it all in their stride, presenting confidently and clearly and responded well to the questions posed by the experts which included Ian Blatchford the CEO of the Science Museum and Dr Angela Strank, Chief Scientist at BP and winner of the UK First Woman’s Award in Science and Technology in 2010.


While the judges deliberated which of the 6 teams were to receive the first place in the inaugural BP national STEM competition the finalists were treated to hands on “Science Busking” where it has to be said the gloveophones really stole the show!


We were treated to a tour of the new exhibition in the Science Museum, which was just due to open at Easter, then back for the results.


Our team got pipped to the post by the Wells Cathedral School but all the teams that reached this final stage of the competition were winners. It really was an excellent day and a once in a lifetime experience for the girls. To have stood in front of all those people with constant film cameras rolling and present, as well as answer on the spot questions, is no mean feat – they deserved every bit of their exciting goody bag! Well done girls we are so very proud of you, you really did show Oakhill at its best.


Summer Time

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It has certainly felt like summer for the past few days at Oakhill.


The sun has been shining and it´s been lovely to see the children enjoying the lovely weather so much in the last few days.


Even Year 11’s have found revising for their GCSE’s more enjoyable in the sun.


Please remember summer uniform will be compulsory from 5th May so let’s hope the sun returns soon!


St George’s Day

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Today Pre school have celebrated St George’s day, they have listened to the story of St George, made flags and bunting and coloured some pictures of George and the dragon.


Life Cycles

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There is great eggcitement in Prep at the moment as they are counting down the days until their eggs crack and hopefully some chicks will appear. The boys and girls in Year 2 have an incubator in class, kindly provided by Charlie’s parents, with 7 eggs in it.


The eggs turn every 45 minutes and the children are keeping their fingers crossed for some new additions after the Bank Holiday Weekend. Watch this space…….


The children in Year 1 and 2 are also learning all about life cycles in science. As well as learning about the egg to chick life cycle they are also watching some caterpillars. There are 5 caterpillars at present and each day they can see how much bigger they are getting. It’s all happening in Year 2’s classroom at the moment!



Who was Jesus Christ?

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Years 7 to 9 have been working on an essay “Who was Jesus Christ” for the past few weeks for the prestigious Catholic Young Writer Award run by the Catholic Union of Great Britain Charitable Trust.  The award is open to all students aged 11-18 attending Roman Catholic Secondary Schools in Britain.


Students have had to make specific reference to a passage from C.S. Lewis and relevant scripture passages.


Mr Kelly read all the essays over the Easter holidays and decided on the following as the best entries for the competition – Isabelle Pugh and James Sutterby in Year 7, Phoebe Hawks in Year 8 and Sam Jacks and Amy Wellock in Year 9.  Well done to everyone and good luck to the above as they await their results in the Autumn Term 2015.  If any of the students are winners there will be a formal presentation of prizes at Oakhill by the Catholic Union.



LAMDA Success

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The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons continue to grow stronger here at Oakhill College. There are now 26 students from Pre school all the way through to Seniors taking these lessons with our teacher Claire Haymes.


The LAMDA lessons are a great extra curricular lesson for our pupils as they help with reading and literacy skills, confidence, communication skills, diction and of course performance skills. The examinations with LAMDA also enable our students to gain extra UCAS points if they wish to attend University in the future.


Recently two of our LAMDA students, Megan White in Year 8 and Florence Green in Year 4, took examinations with LAMDA. They both did extremely well, Megan achieving a Distinction with a mark of 81 and Florence gaining a Merit with a mark of 77. Both girls have done extremely well and we would like to congratulate them on all their hard work. Megan and Florence will be taking their next examination at the beginning of July alongside all the other LAMDA students as well, so keep your eyes peeled for more fantastic achievements from our LAMDA students in September!





Green fingers in Pre school

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The children in Pre school have been busy planting spring flowers amongst their strawberry plants in their raised beds.


The children can’t wait until their plants have flowered and the beds are all looking colourful.


Budding Gymnasts

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This term we are lucky enough to be able to offer lunchtime gymnastics classes to our Prep children. Sixteen boys and girls will attend the course which runs for six weeks with another sixteen children waiting to start after half term.


They are being taught by Mr Zoltan Lang who is a highly respected and qualified gymnastics coach. Zoltan is a level 4 gymnastics coach and has over 20 years of coaching experience. He has been a professional entertainer, performing as an acrobat, stuntman and been a ‘Cirque du Soleil’ artist.


The children were put through their paces doing bunny hops, forward rolls which not all the children could do at the beginning but were all experts by the end of the class! They also spent time doing balancing exercises and working on their core muscles.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the lesson and are looking forward to next week.


Golfing success for Thomas

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Year 11 pupil, Thomas Hughes won Whalley Golf Club’s Junior Captains Drive In Competition on Sunday.


Despite horrendous weather conditions, Tom who plays off 36 and has been playing golf for nearly 2 years was victorious over the 9 holes beating around twenty other players. Thomas started on a handicap of 45 and hopes to get down to 24 or lower before the end of this season.

This is not Thomas’s first competition win, last year he came 3rd in his first competition then in the summer Tom won a major competition, The Junior Captains Trophy by a massive 10 shots over 18 holes.


Thomas’ love of golf began when Mrs Bland, Oakhill’s former Registrar took several pupils to Whalley Golf Club for coaching sessions in all weathers in her own time. He has a lot to thank Mrs Bland for his achievements so far. Thomas also attributes his success to Margaret Calvert for all her hard work with the juniors at Whalley and club professional Jamie Hunt for all his enjoyable coaching.

Good luck for the future Thomas!



Buster and Buddy Bear pay Prep a visit

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On the first day back at school lower Prep had some very special visitors, Redrow’s health and safety mascot Buster Bear and his keen apprentice Buddy. The children learnt about  the potential dangers from Redrow staff and were introduced to some of the safety equipment builders must wear.


All of the children promised they would never set foot on a building site when they found out how dangerous they could be. They really loved meeting Buster and Buddy Bear and were still talking about them the next morning in registration! The message came over really well and the children enjoyed learning about all the safety equipment and clothing.


Silver DofE Practice Expedition

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The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group made their first big adventure over the Easter holidays with their first full 3 day expedition. They faced the challenge of being fully self sufficient, carrying everything they needed for three days walking and two overnight camps.


Their route began in Kirkby Stephen where they made the long ascent up to Nine Standards Rigg – an impressive collection of monoliths which line the summit of the hill.  They then descended over boggy moorland to the welcome sight of camp in Keld. Day two saw an early start ready to climb onto Gunnerside moor, navigating old lead mines and steep valleys, traversing the long valley of Swaledale, thankfully in glorious weather. After camping by the river Swale, the group again had an early rise for their final challenge.  This involved climbing out of Swaledale and navigating moor moorland and descending into Wensleydale for the finish line at Castle Bolton, and the always welcome sight of the minibus – back to civilisation and home comforts!


Well done to Meghan, Tom, William, Dominic and Sam from Year Eleven who made an excellent team. They remained positive and upbeat throughout their journey and tackled every challenge with success. They can now look forward to their final assessed expedition which will take place in the Lake District in July. Best of luck!



MaaChild Update

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The MaaChild team returned from their annual visit to Kenya where they found their students in Kimana and Oloitokitok in good spirits and enjoying their secondary educational opportunities.


The group are delighted to have met up with the 6 new students starting their 4 year education this time. The girls are; Poreka Senewa, Rachel Sainko, Soila Kayieyo, Everline Ntida and the boys, John Leposo and Isiah Ikanea.


Also, on behalf of all the students MaaChild are supporting, a huge thank you for all the pencil cases, toilet bags and stationery you​ have donated.



Year 3 get in a spin!

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Year three have been ‘in a spin’ every Wednesday afternoon this term, using their design and technology skills to investigate the lives of spiders. They have designed spiders webs using foam boards, tac pins and cottons. After studying pictures of a spider’s egg sack they have each weaved a woollen design and some of them have already sewn it together to make their own egg sack. Clever little spider-workers!


Watch out Mary Berry!

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Over the last few weeks Year 2 has been learning all about weight and using instructions so what better way to use both than to do a spot of baking?


It wasn’t quite the Bake Off tent but on Monday Year 2’s classroom was a frenzy of weighing, measuring, beating and stirring.


The boys and girls made yummy double chocolate chip cookies and as you can see from the photographs they went down a treat and there was even enough for Year 1 and Reception.


Great fun was had by all and you never know there may even be a future Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood in the making!



Senior swimming gala

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The Senior School made their annual trip to Daisyfield pool in Blackburn for the interhouse swimming gala this week.  Our two houses, Martyrs and Scholars, went head to head in the spirit of friendly competition, with 50 pupils taking part and earning points for their house.


At the end of the heats the competition was very close with 129 points to Scholars and 128 to Martyrs.  The finals proved to be very exciting with some very close races, and the event finished with medley and squadron relays, and a Year 11 fun relay involving lilos!

The gap between the houses was widened in the last few relay races leading to a Martyrs victory.  Well done to Martyrs and to all who took part in a very exciting event.


Year 6 have a cracking time

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For the end of Year 6’s science topic on forces this term, the class were paired up and asked to break out of their shells to design and construct a parachute that would safely land a fragile egg un-cracked.


The class rose to the eggstreme challenge and used their knowledge about air resistance to help with their eggcellent designs.


Below are the culprits that eggcepted the scary mission.


Rockin’ all over Oakhill

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Friday lunchtimes at Oakhill are time to rock out and feel the groove with Band Club. The talented boys in years 9, 10 and 11 get together to play their favourites pieces including tracks by Foo Fighters and Nirvana.


Mr Lacy teaches them to listen to each other alongside tips on performance. They are gelling well and hope to make an appearance in public soon.


Year 6 Assembly

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Year 6 presented their class assembly to the Prep school and parents this term. Their theme was Easter traditions. They had great fun preparing for it and took part in egg decorating and rolling activities on the school field. They also enjoyed some delicious hot cross buns!

The assembly included a special Easter edition of ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, hosted by Will Barrass. The picture shows Will handing over a cheque for £1,000,000 to year 6 for answering all questions correctly!

They did a great job! A special finale question involved Mrs Riley who correctly answered ‘What is special about the 28th March this year?’ It was of course, her wedding day!

To see Year 6 enjoying their egg rolling activities click here

Running club – The Nab Challenge

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Following literally in the footsteps of our older 10k runners, our younger members of the Tuesday lunchtime running club were keen to take on the challenge of the Whalley Nab climb this week.


Freddie, Arthur, Louis and Tyler from Years 7 and 8 set out confidently and made light work of the slog up from Whalley to the mast at the top of the Nab.


The reward for their efforts was the sprint back down again to the welcome sight of lunch back at Oakhill. Well done boys!



St Joseph’s Penny

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The children in Prep once again rose to the challenge to bring their coins into school for St Joseph’s Penny and put them around the edge of the Prep school corridors. All the children were really enthusiastic and it wasn’t long before both corridors had a double line of coins going all the way around the edge! Well done everyone for such a fantastic effort.

Badminton Tournament

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The boys who were selected to represent Oakhill, in the Annual District Badminton Tournament, are a multi-talented group. Their commitment to lunchtime football training has meant they haven’t been regulars at Badminton Club, which runs at the same time. However, raw talent prevailed and the boys made an excellent start in the group stage of the competition.

In the round robin section, Oakhill had to play four other schools. In each event there were two singles and three doubles matches.

Opponents found Sam Jack’s agility and long reach a real problem. His refusal to give up on any point resulted in two excellent wins as our number two singles player. However, the surprise of the tournament was Jacob Lutwtyche, who showed he is not only talented at ice hockey and skiing but also very effective on the badminton court. Jacob also played a couple of games in the number two slot. With little training he almost sneaked a victory against a very skilful league player from Clitheroe Grammar School, losing by 11 points to 9.

Various pairings were tried in the doubles matches. Sam Blackburn and Alfie Marriott played intelligently, winning points through placement as well as power.

The team began the tournament on a high, beating Mount Carmel 4-1 and Rhyddings by 5 games to 0. They then found St Augustine’s and Clitheroe Grammar School ‘A’ teams too much of a challenge. However, the boys finished in third place in their group and met Bowland School in the Plate Competition. Sadly, they were unable to finish on a win but are now inspired to find time to practise, ready for some friendly games next term.

Well done boys, it was a pleasure for Mrs Lee to take you to this event.