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June 2016

Pre School Graduation

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We had a wonderful morning of singing, certificates and disco games to celebrate our fabulous Pre School class of 2016 graduating to go to Primary School.

It was fantastic to see how proud the children were and parents alike.

Well done Pre School!



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On the 23rd of June all Year 3 and 4 pupils took part in the annual dodge ball competition held at Oakhill. We split all of the pupils into three even teams A, B and C.

In the first three rounds we played teams from: Gisburn A and B, Mellor, Clitheroe St James, Balderstone, Edisford and St John. Oakhill teams A, B and C won all of their games and went through to the quarter final, both B and C teams continued to win their rounds and went through to the semi final where team B was fighting for gold or silver medal and Team C for bronze.

In the end team C came fourth and Team B won the silver medal.

Well done to everyone especially Team B for coming second consisting of Pippa, Isaac, Paige, Imogen, Tyler, Thomas, Savannah and Lilly-Ella. Also a big thank you to the Year 9’s who took on the roll of umpiring the games and helping out.

Language and Enterprise Event

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Oakhill’s bi-annual Senior enterprise event combined language and enterprise skills as pupils competed to prepare a proposal for cruise holidays targeted at the French and Spanish family holiday market.

The teams had to prepare a Kids Club itinerary, to include a daily intercontinental activity, converse with tour operators, research a port visit for a passenger trip and produce a marketing poster – all in a target language chosen by the children.

Pupils were able to incorporate activities they experienced on French and Spanish school trips, supported by staff who had also recently visited the countries through a funded EU Erasmus+ programme, to improve the teaching of the languages in school.

The pupils were also able to practise their employability skills. Team work, awareness of business, application of number and communication skills were targeted. It was a pleasure to see the pupils learn and support each other throughout the challenge.

Congratulations to La Croisiere Culturelle for winning Team Award and Competition Winners “Todos a Bordo”.

Prep Sports Day

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The sun shone for the second year running and so the annual Prep School sports day was able to take place on the top field.

With children competing against their fellow class-mates there was much excitement throughout.

There was the usual mixture of races, ranging from javelin throwing, sprint races to the very traditional sack and egg and spoon races.

The carrying the egg running race saw some very creative running with equally creative faces and arm and leg movements!

A great afternoon of competition was rounded off with a grandparents and parents race, followed by the presentation of medals and certificates.

Thanks go to Mrs Smith and Mr Edgar for their superb organisation, to Mrs Crouch for presenting the prizes and to all those who came to support the children.

Coast to Coast

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Oakhill has developed quite a reputation over the past few years with regards to its cycling challenges, which to date have included 5 coast to coast routes and an impressive Lands End to John O’Groats bike ride successfully completed by 3 senior pupils last year.

This year is no different; over the summer, pupils are planning to revisit one of Mr Peel’s favourite routes across the width of England, starting out from Walney Island in Cumbria on the 26th August and finishing at Whitby, North Yorkshire on the 31st August.

Five pupils have signed up to undertake this 180 mile coast to coast challenge and in doing so we are hoping to raise money for the three school nominated charities; CAFOD, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and T.H.O.M.A.S, a local charity supporting those in need of residential rehabilitation.

We know that the Oakhill community is always supportive of these events and so if you would like to donate please visit the dedicated website:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Oakhillschool  (enter search term: sutterby)

or send donations into school via the office.

Finally, it’s not too late to get involved, if you want to give it a go then please contact Mr Peel, Mrs Sutterby or the school office, which is open over the summer holidays.  Pupils will be fully supported by Mr Peel and Mr Jepson together with the school minibus driven by Mrs Sutterby, which will provide transport from school and will stay with the group as a support vehicle transporting luggage and tents between sites.

Oakhill Association Golf Day success!

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The Oakhill Association Golf Day on Friday 3rd June saw sunshine, happy golfers and fundraising success. Thank you to the 25 teams that took part; 100 golfers played the immaculate Clitheroe Golf Club course and enjoyed a full day of corporate hospitality in 25 degree heat and not a drop of rain was seen!

The event raised over £3,500 for the Association which buys extraordinary items for the pupils, such a Trim Trails, sports and playground equipment, ipad infrastructures etc.

Players competed to win the Harry Stephenson Memorial Trophy and £1,000 of vouchers were up for grabs between the first and fourth team places, with seven individual prizes around the course. Congratulations to the winners Northern Carbide Specialists Ltd of Blackburn and indeed everyone who took part.

We look forward to staging the event next year.

“Murder Comes to Saltertown”

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Four Year 8 pupils braved the rain on Monday morning to take part in the Manchester Salters’ Festival of Chemistry. Twenty schools took part to solve the mystery of “Murder Comes to Saltertown”. James, Harry, Phoebe and Isabelle had to work together to crack codes and perform rigorous chemical testing on ink and powder samples to piece together the information to come up with who they believed was the culprit.

Only half the teams got the correct suspect, Emma Sprint, including our super sleuths! Which proves their careful analysis and powers of deduction. The team did themselves proud and thoroughly enjoyed the Flash Bang Show put on by Frank Mair of the University of Manchester. A fantastic day that definitely developed the pupils’ analytical techniques.

STEM Success

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We hosted our inaugural Primary STEM Challenge Day last Thursday where 7 schools competed for the Challenge Shield to be presented to the team which produced the best solution and demonstrated teamwork, financial acumen and quality video documentation.

The challenge was to design and build a flood defence device to move water from one level to another 30cm higher. The 7 local teams were judged throughout the day on their ability to design a solution, communicate and ultimately build a prototype that would move as much water as possible in 1 minute.

The teams were exceptionally keen and enthusiastic and came up with a range of imaginative solutions but at the end of the day St Hubert’s excellent design won the day with robust construction and high volume of water transferred.

Every team was a winner though as they all worked as a team to come up with a solution to a problem. A fantastic day which sets a high standard for next year’s Challenge!


French Penfriends

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Year 5 were delighted this week to receive some letters from their friends in Oakhill’s partner school in Rouen, France. During a recent visit, Mrs Sutterby and Mrs Pugh were given the letters by the French penfriends.   The letters have been very exciting for year 5 and contained lots of photos of the French families. They are now busy compiling their replies.

Year 8 Bike Skills

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Year 8 braved the rain to enjoy an afternoon learning bike skills and tricks. They were fortunate to welcome back the delightful Mr Jepson, who knows everything about bike riding, and the amazing Mr Peel and both shared their extensive knowledge with them.

Mr Peel and Mr Jepson were part of the team who cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats last year. By the end of the afternoon, they were able to scoot and limbo simultaneously and all students had worked hard.

Well done fantastic Year 8 and our thanks to the legendary Mr Jepson and Mr Peel.

Orienteering Success

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Pupils from Years 5-9 were selected to represent Oakhill in the local orienteering competition.

Our senior team was made up from pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. The team ran in four mixed pairs. All 8 pupils gave it there all and we were awarded the gold medals! It is a hat trick for us at Oakhill as we have won the event three years running and have qualified for a place in the level 3 school games competition in Blackpool on 5th July! A great achievement for all involved.

In the junior competition we took two teams Oakhill Oranges and Oakhill Greens. Again a fantastic amount of effort was seen with all pupils using their pacing skills from cross country and their map reading skills from lessons. There were 22 teams in total so this was a massive competition. We waited nervously for the results. Oakhill Oranges came in 15 and our green team were awarded the silver medal! Well done to each and every pupil involved!

Year 6 Get Smelly

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Year 6 set up their own mini compost bottles last half term as part of their study of micro-organisms and the results are in. After many complaints about the smell the bottles had to be moved outside for more ventilation.

They have kept a very close eye on them over the past few weeks and have seen signs of micro-organisms at work including changes in temperature, moisture and smell. They were also horrified to see how many mini-beasts like to help with the decomposing process. Yuk! Needless to say they were happy to get rid of the compost bottles in the bin!

Year 1 & 2 Go On A Scavenger Hunt

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Year 1 and 2 joined forces to go on a scavenger hunt.

During the hunt the children had to answer questions about plants and learnt lots of facts too.

The speedy winners were Max and James, who completed the hunt in record time and got the most correct answers.

Running 4 Cystic Fibrosis

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Year 9 pupil Chloe Gardner got presented with a medal at ‘Running 4 Cystic Fibrosis’ weekly meet, for graduating from the ‘Couch to 5K’ group with her completion of a 5K at Park Run. Well done Chloe!



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The children in Year 4 have been finding out all about sound in science.

They were investigating how sound travels in vibrations and they made string telephones to see how that works.

They enjoyed trying them out and had fun talking to each other. They also used them as a limbo during playtime the next day!

Fire Safety In The Home

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The children in Years 1 and 2 enjoyed their visit from Annie the fire lady who came in to talk to them about fire safety in the home.

They watched a couple of short films and got an opportunity to act out what to do if there was a fire in the house and how to keep safe.

They enjoyed dressing up and asked lots of questions too.

Josh adore la France!

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Just before the end of half term 22 pupils had a great time visiting Rue in France. Josh Wilkinson from Year 7 has written an account of his time there – in French of course!

Vendredi, j’ai visité la France. J’adore la France parce qu’il fait chaud. Le matin, je suis allé à Oakhill à quatre heures. En route, j’ai ecouté la musique. Le soir, il y a les jeux Olympiques. Samedi, je suis allé au marché.

J’ai acheté un rouleau de printemps. L’après-midi, je suis allé à la chocolaterie et à la ferme des escargots du Bocage. J’adore le chocolat et l’escargot. J’ai acheté un chocolat et une coquille d’escargot.

Dimanche, j’ai fait la construction d’un radeau, la Tyrolienne, l’escrime et le tir à l’arc. La construction d’un radeau est sympa et mouillé. J’adore l’escrime et Tyrolienne. Le soir, j’ai fait un feu de camp. C’était amusant. Ensuite, j’ai joué aux cartes. Lundi, je suis allé à la boulangerie. J’ai acheté rien. Puis, je suis allé à la maison. J’adore la France.


Rhythmic Gymnastic Star

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Year 4 pupil, Lilly-Ella was invited to take part in the 10th anniversary Rose Cup event in Northampton over the weekend. She was entered with her Nationals Team Quartet into the hoop routine competition and also as a soloist in her first free (no equipment) routine.

Lilly-Ella had to learn a new routine which had the music and theme of ‘The Pink Panther’. She performed excellently against tough competition from around the country and many of them were two years older. To say that Lilly-Ella has only been training for eight months she was excellent and her parents, coaches and team mates were very proud of her.

In the team Quartet competition the four girls worked brilliantly making all their catches and executing their dance moves well. They were awarded the silver medal, raising their confidence for the up and coming rounds of the national competition taking place in June, October and November this year!

Lilly-Ella’s favourite part of the day was meeting future Olympian Hannah Martin, who advised her to remain focused, hard working and believe that anything is possible. Hannah is only thirteen years old but is Great Britain’s hope for rhythmic gymnastics in the Tokyo Olympics 2020!



Santander Trip

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Oakhill’s language department were successful last year in applying for a grant from the EU Erasmus+ fund to allow us to improve the teaching of French and Spanish in school.

Following the visits of Mrs Crouch, Mr Kelly and Mrs Crook earlier in the year, this week, Mrs Everitt and six other staff are visiting Santander while Mrs Pugh and Mrs Sutterby are in Rouen, France.

We are attending language classes and visiting schools to help build up links between our countries.

In between work sessions we have had time for some lovely food and runs on the beach too!