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January 2016

East Lancashire Hospice 10K

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On Sunday the 24th of January two students and three teachers competed in the East Lancashire Hospice 10K race. This was a gruelling challenge up hills, along roads and canal paths and it took all the strength that everybody had.

First back was Mr Peel with a fantastic time of 43:46 minutes in 54th place. Then, Mrs O’Kane with a superb time of 51:48. The first pupil to finish was Jacob who had an incredible time of 56:51 and being placed as the second U18 male to finish. Lucy came in straight behind Jacob also being the second U18 female with a time of 57:02 and Mrs Sutterby then came in with a brilliant time of 1hour and 7 minutes.

Everyone ran extremely well and we are all looking forward to next year’s race.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Years One and Two have been working very hard on their performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (la Oruga Muy Hambrienta). On Tuesday they performed for Reception with lovely Spanish accents. Imogen was ‘una Oruga pequeña’, James was ‘una Oruga grande’ and Charlotte turned into ‘una mariposa’. Well done, Years One and Two.



Spanish Puppet Show

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In Spanish club this week, the Upper Prep children have been having fun with finger puppets and putting on their very own puppet shows.

The children practised greetings and asking their characters lots of questions to find out more about their exciting lives in their fantasy worlds.

Horris The Rabbit

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This week in Pre school they have been learning about the jolly phonics letter ‘r’. The children have been looking at lots of different things being with ‘r’. One of the animals the children learnt about were rabbits.

They were very lucky when Miss Marcella brought her beautiful pet rabbit, Horris to visit them.

He enjoyed his visit so much he didn’t want to leave!

The children fed him lots of yummy lettuce and he had a lot of cuddles.


Un, deux, trois …

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Year 3 have been practising their French numbers this week.

They took part in lots of fun games to help them remember the new words.

They sang songs, ‘drew’ the numbers on each others backs and hands and finally played ‘body numbers’ where they tried to form a number with their own body shapes.

Can you guess which number this is?

Seniors On Trial

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This term Senior students from Martyrs and Scholars are competing in a mock trial. They have formed two teams, one for the prosecution and one for the defence, and are currently preparing their cases for the trial to be run later this term.

They are being supported in this by people with experience of working with the law and Barrister James Hawks joined us to outline the case and give valuable tips to each side. Later in the term they will visit a Magistrate’s court. Watch this space for more on our legal eagles!


Hola Pre School

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Pre school have been having great fun in their Spanish lessons with Mrs Crook. The lesson starts with the ‘hola’ song to welcome everybody to the lesson.

Then they have been learning their colours in Spanish through playing Twister. It’s boys versus girls and whoever jumps onto the correct colour first wins a point for their team.

Multi Skills Event

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Year 5 enjoyed their annual multi skills event at Hyndburn Leisure Centre. The morning was split into hour long sessions. During the first hour year 5 were put through their paces in a series of multi skill challenges including skipping, golf chipping, an obstacle course, balance tests, target throwing and hand eye co ordination.

The group was separated in to two teams which meant that competition was fierce between the two Oakhill teams. All pupils gave their all in each of the events as the pictures show and there were some outstanding performances.

Our mixed team scored a fantastic 206 points in the challenges and this was a target for our boys team. The boys worked hard and with a good competitive spirit going on to score the highest score of the morning with 242 points.

In the second session the pupils competed in some inclusive games including seated volleyball, boccia and new age Kurling.

A great morning was had by all where not only skills were refined but also a new found understanding and respect was evident for disability sports. Well done to all involved!

The event runs for 3 consecutive days and all schools in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn association will take part. We look forward to the end of the week to see where our teams stand on the final score board!


Catteral Shield

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The toughest cross country event on the calendar took place at Giggleswick school. The Catteral shield is an annual prestigious event with well over 300 runners taking part each year. Nineteen schools in total entered the event with boys and girls teams at under 13 and under 11 age groups. At Oakhill we were proud to be one of only 4 schools entering in all four races.

Due to the warm but wet winter we have endured the course was extremely soft under foot and we were warned that after the first race it would resemble the Somme rather than a cross country course and that certainly was no exaggeration!

Our under 11 boys were the first to step up to the start line with a mixture of nerves, excitement and trepidation at the task of the 2300m run. A great start was had by all and all managed to pace themselves quickly and get into the rhythm of the run. Ben Thompson had an amazing start and was running with the top ten runners for the first half of the race.

Next, it was the turn of our under 11 girls team made up of Felicity Griffiths, Maeve Bentley, Sorcha Purves, Abigail Lofthouse, Olivia Bentley and Lily Lee. This was a big race with almost 100 competitors. Felicity made her usual flying start gaining a good position within the race. Maeve had her head down and dug deep focussing on her pacing and technique as she always does. More team work was seen with the rest of our runners encouraging each other along and motivating each other up the fell section of the run. There was great effort and enthusiasm from all of our Prep girls who should be rightly proud of themselves for all of their individual achievements.

For our under 13 and senior girls race the course was extended to 2700m this meant two laps of the flat but boggy field before enduring the hilly fell part of the race. Our three girls worked magnificently hard. Juliette Griffiths and Isabel Pugh worked as pace setters for each other throughout the race keeping one another in each other’s sights and even having a sprint battle to the finish from the final hill drop and the 300m sprint to the finish. Alicia Birchall was outstanding although she found the run difficult she refused to give up showing great strength, grit and determination she was my star runner of the day!

The final race of the day was the toughest, our under 13 boys had to run 3400m and complete two laps of the fell section of the course. Not to mention the state of the terrain after the previous 3 races. At parts bogs were knee deep! Our boys were excited and confident as they lined up on the start.

This was to be the toughest cross country challenge to date but they all rose to the challenge. James Sutterby led our team for the first lap of the course but it was Arthur Shaw who had saved a little burst of energy to overtake James on the second lap and to be our first boy to cross the line. Ellis Lund, Alex Lutwyche and Harry Pike had to dig deep and never gave up all completing the course with smiles on their faces.

After a shower all of our pupils enjoyed sausage and chips and discussed and laughed about their race experiences.

Special thanks have to go to Mrs O’Kane and Mrs Rawlinson for helping with the logistics of the teams and being our motivators and fan club around the course. Also special mention must go to Lucy Fielden our Year 11 pupil who took the role of cross country captain. She was a great role model to our younger athletes, warming them up before their races, getting them organised and motivating them around the course, using her wealth of cross country experience to offer advice on their race strategy.

It’s Freezing In Toddlers

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The theme in Toddlers this term is based on the Disney film, Frozen.

Before Christmas the staff in toddlers collected milk bottles and made this fantastic castle for the children to play in.

Toddlers would like to say a big thank you to the kitchen staff, parents and staff who collected milk bottles for them.


Warm Welcome To Miss Woods

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We are delighted to welcome Miss Jane Woods to Oakhill as our new Nursery Manager.

After finishing her degree in Psychology which focused on neuroscience and child development, Miss Woods worked in schools and early years settings, of which four years was spent living, working and training in Sydney, Australia.

Jane was born just across the road at Bramley Meade and was brought up in Whalley so she knows the area and people well.

When offered the position of Nursery Manager, Miss Woods said, ‘I am excited to join Oakhill and maintain the outstanding standards that have already been created.’



Prep Hockey

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With the new Easter term extra curricular programme comes new opportunities for all of our pupils. Mrs Smith has encouraged Mr Peel to take his hockey club to a younger cohort within the prep department. Year 3 and 4 will now have hockey on Friday lunchtimes.

The first session had a great turn out with almost 100% attendance. The pupils were quickly put through their paces by our Vice Principal learning the grip and stance in hockey.

They then moved onto dribbling and stick stopping the ball. Great fun was had by all and fantastic enthusiasm was on show throughout, we look forward to watching their progress through the term.



Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

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With a chance of snow forecast for next week,

Reception practised counting in Spanish on a die and trying to win parts of the snowman’s body.

Well done Reception you were fantástico!

Hopefully you might get enough snow to build your own snowman.

Ski Trip 2015/2016 to Alpe D’Huez

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Last Saturday saw the safe return of our party of 30 pupils, staff and parents after a very enjoyable week’s skiing in the French Alps.

Having tried other resorts we were glad to return to our favourite destination of Alpe D’Huez and the Beausoleil Hotel, located right on the edge of the piste.

Winter had not quite fully reached the French Alps so snow was often hard to come by, and at our time of arrival it had not snowed since November! The French pisteurs however had done an amazing job at piling it up and most of the resort was open and skiable. We were also lucky to be skiing in glorious sunny and warm conditions.

The large resort and range of pistes meant that our skiers of all abilities were able to enjoy a great week on the slopes and all skiers made excellent progress in their daily lessons and enjoyed practising their skills and skiing together each morning. Many also had the opportunity to ski La Sarenne – the longest black run in Europe at 16km!

Pupils also enjoyed the evening activities; bumboarding, games and movie nights, high ropes, and the annual quiz. The highlight for many was singing karaoke at midnight on New Year’s Eve!

Well done and thanks to all for your contribution to an excellent week. We hope to soon announce details of our ski trip next winter.