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October 2016

Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Cross Country Competition

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Fifteen senior school pupils from Year 7 to 11 took part in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn cross country championships. It was a bitter cold day and to describe the course as a mud bath is an understatement. The course ranged from 1500m for Year 7s up to 3500m for Year 10/11 boys.

There were approximately 600 pupils at the event and 100 runners in each race. Our team consisting of Emilie –Anne, Max, Ben, Juliette, Robert-John, Isabelle, Lucy, Arthur, Niall, Phoebe, Maisie, Tyler, Louis Coupe, Giles and Herbie did fantastically well. All completed the course in excellent times and gained some good positions. Everybody battled the heavy rain and the harsh wind, to finish the course was an achievement as many didn’t!

Special mentions must go to Juliette, Isabelle, Emilie-Anne and Herbie who all finished within the top 20 in their races. Athlete of the day however was Robert-John who ran a fantastic race from the start competing against boys who were a year older and double his size.

RJ was dominant in the race from the outset, he was in 6th place after the first lap but over the final two laps planned his race well and progressed through the elite pack finally finishing in 3rd place and receiving a bronze medal! Well done, RJ we are very proud of you as we are all of our runners!

Running club will continue to run weekly on a Thursday and we are training towards our school interhouse cross country event in February and the Catteral Shield, the toughest race in our calendar in January. Keep up the hard work and well done everybody!

Prep Girls Hockey

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We took 16 pupils from year 3-6 to play fixtures against Giggleswick on Wednesday afternoon. It was our first competitive hockey match and after 5 weeks of lessons and training our girls were really excited to put their practise into action.  First up was our U11 team who played well against Giggleswick, they worked hard in attack getting into the oppositions D on numerous occasions but unfortunately not finding goal. Our defenders were strong and held off the opposition until the final two minutes of the game when two goals were scored. However, this result did not reflect the game the ball was end to end making for an exciting match. We learnt a lot and aim to improve our positioning on the pitch to aid the flow of the ball through the team, well done girls I am really pleased with your development over only 5 short weeks. I look forward to watching you progress throughout the season.

Next up was our Under 9s team, firstly they played Giggleswick in an extremely close 0-0 draw. This was a highly energetic and quick game where the ball travelled up and down the pitch testing both teams. Our team were dominant in attack with Savannah and Mairead showing good speed and control and putting pressure on the oppositions defence. Lilly-Ella and Georgia were rock solid on the edge of the D only allowing Giggleswick one shot on target which was saved and cleared by Nellie . Due to a shorter game our Under 9s got a second match against Lady Lane. After the first match they had grown in confidence and were dominant from the off. Our team pushed forward and spent most of the match in our attacking half but unfortunately missing the goal on a couple of occasions. The girls marked well and turned the ball over. The game ended up another 0-0 draw, which was another pleasing result for our first afternoon of competitive hockey. Lots now to focus on with this team who are ball hungry and show great potential. With continued training and some attacking strategies putting in place this will be an exciting first season.

Well done girls Mrs Smith is proud of each and every one of you, keep up the hard work!

Barcelona Trip Day Three

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Our final day started out very wet but it didn’t stop us visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell for great views over the city and a closeup of Gaudi’s multicoloured ceramic lizard.

Next it was back to La Rambla, Barcelona’s main street for food and retail therapy.

We also had a tour around the Barri Gotic, admiring the old part of the city centre – and the flock of geese kept in the cathedral cloisters.

We spent our last evening on the beach conducting our own awards evening and quiz.

Thanks to all who made it such a great trip.

Barcelona Trip Day Two

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Year 11 visited the camp Nou stadium in Barcelona and  took a tour through the stadium looking at all the trophies  FC  Barcelona have won.  The museum had trophies from 1940’s as well as past players tops.

Barcelona Trip For Year 11

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Year 11 started their day at 0330 with a minibus ride to Leeds Bradford airport for the short flight to Barcelona.

After checking in to the hostel, they began a tour of Gaudi inspired buildings including the Casa Batló and the Sagrada Familia church.

They rode the lift in the tower up 65m for a great view of the city and visited Gaudi’s grave inside the crypt.

The evening ended with a stroll along La Rambla into the Placa de Catalunya.

Year Three Potters

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As part of their studies on the Romans Year three have been finding out what it was like to be a Roman potter.

They have made coil pots and investigated the techniques behind making them.

They have also researched what clay is make from and they made some fascinating discoveries!

Well done Year three, excellent work!

Year 6 Harvest Poems

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Year 6 have been learning about different harvest customs from around the world.

They have written some super poems about harvest which are on display near their classroom.

Bring Your Teddy To School Day

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Tuesday was bring a teddy in day in Year 2. The boys and girls were very excited to bring in their cuddly friends and tell everyone about them.

They discussed the similarities and differences between bears now and in the early 1900s.

They all looked very loved and it was lovely to hear how special their teddies are to them. Lottie brought in Dorothy and Steve, Isabelle brought in Starlight, Cutey and Cuddles,

Imogen brought in Snowflake, Saul brought in Bunny and Harry brought in Snuggles.


Prep Netball Winners

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Last Thursday Years 4, 5 and 6 girls played a netball tournament against Highfield Priory School.

There were two teams, one under 9’s and one under 11’s.

The under 11 girls played fantastically well and won their match 10 – 1. The under 9’s ended their match with a brilliant 6 -1 win.

Savannah scored 5 goals and Nellie scored 1 goal. For the under 11’s 5 goals were scored by Ruby, 3 by Mia and 2 by Sorcha.

However Highfield Priory School did manage to get one goal past us right at the end.

A special mention must go to all the shooters and to the defenders who did a good job of defending by keeping the ball away from our goal.

Overall a magnificent result for Oakhill and a great reward for everyone’s hard work at netball!

Report by Felicity, Sports Captain


Year 4 Electricians

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As an introduction to our Electricity topic in Year 4, the class were given the option to explore some different resources to see if they could analyse how different electrical items are put together.

As well as having fun exploring these resources, they also worked really hard on answering the scientific questions. Electricians in the making?!

Year 11 Art

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Year 11 Art students are busy preparing for their Cultural and Language trip to Barcelona by studying Architecture as part of their GCSE coursework.

Students have worked from original drawings in watercolour, oils, charcoal and collage.

They have studied both traditional and contemporary Architecture and visited Whalley Abbey to take photographs and draw in their sketchbooks.

Students have included the work of Gaudi in their sketchbooks and are very excited about visiting the Sagrada Familia in real life! Roll on Barcelona!


Careers Week

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Yesterday, Dr Ashworth came in to talk to us about being a GP.

He explained medical school to us and gave lots of information about the profession of being a doctor, motivating us with chocolate rewards when we could answer his tricky questions.

He mentioned his current practice and the benefits and disadvantages of being a doctor.

We all thoroughly enjoyed it and made lots of us think seriously about entering the profession. Thank you so much Dr Ashworth!

Careers Week

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Today PC Brown came in to talk to us about what it’s like being in the police force in the local area.

He brought in some look a like drugs and showed us two different batons that the police use.

We would like to thank PC Brown for giving up his time to come and talk to us about his job.

Year Three Archaeologists

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This half term Year Three are finding out all about the Romans.

As part of their investigations they became archaeologists for an afternoon and discovered some buried Roman pottery.

They then attempted to put the pieces back together and made plates and a bowl.

Alas, they weren’t quite two thousand years old but everyone enjoyed the experience and it gave them a real insight into the work of archaeologists.

Careers Week

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On Monday, Mrs Murphy-Purves came into talk to us about being a chef. She talked about her career and her training at the Cookery school at Ballymaloe where she then went onto teach

She gave us tips on how to start a career in cooking, with a lovely treat at the end! It was very interesting and inspiring and all thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thank you so much Mrs Muprhy-Purves for giving up your time to do such a wonderful talk.

Isabelle and Bridget, Student Council Reps for Years 8 and 9.

Chess Club

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Chess club takes place every Friday lunch-time for Years 3 to 8. It proved so popular the first week it started that we didn’t have enough boards for the 26 students that attended.

Mr Kelly is ably assisted by Aaron and Matthew in Year 6, who help guide and teach our novices how to play the game.

Chess has long been the game of gentleman, geniuses, philanthropists and other gifted people. This has formed an incredibly wide misconception around the word that ONLY geniuses and gifted people can play the game and it is strictly designed for them.

If someone was asked to name the first things that come to their mind when they hear ‘chess player’, it would be ‘old’, ‘smart’, ‘talented’, ‘genius’ (all these things do apply to Mr Kelly of course) and many other things unrelated to everyday people… But once again, this is a misconception – it is a false belief injected to people by mass media.

The reality of chess is different – it actually is an incredibly beneficial pastime, because playing chess results in better brain function, improved memory and cognitive abilities, strategic thinking and attention improvement.

All of these benefits are directly related to the practice of chess, both in real-life and virtual environments, which means that chess is the answer to the question – ‘Is there a game where I can have fun AND get benefits from?’



European Day Of Languages

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To celebrate the annual European Day of Languages, Years 10 and 11 spent the day at UCLan where they listened to talks on the importance of language learning for business.

According to the CBI, over 80% of British employers would prefer to employ someone with a second language and are willing to pay them higher salaries too.

In the afternoon, they took part in taster sessions in Japanese, Korean and Greek after a lunchtime session trying out foods from other countries.




Learning Lacrosse

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Yesterday pupils in all senior years took part in a taster session of lacrosse. The session was led by Mrs Johnson the school games organiser for the borough who is a former player.

Jane introduced various techniques including the pick up, passing the ball, receiving in the air and cradling the ball. Our pupils made quick progress with their hard work ethic and focus ensured that they quickly got into a game which they really enjoyed.

The teams were highly competitive and started to defend and attempt tackles which are not allowed in the pop version of the game!

We will focus in the modified version of the game and we look forward to implementing lacrosse in lessons throughout the year in both Prep and Seniors!

Mountain Biking – Llandegla Forest

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The Welsh hills were the venue for our latest mountain bike adventure as a group of 20 pupils, staff and parents headed to Llandegla Forest, just outside Wrexham on Sunday 2nd October.

We were pleased to welcome some young riders from year 6 who joined the more regular senior pupils, many of whom were still on top form after completing the 200 mile coast to coast ride in August.

We were lucky to have a warm and sunny day and perfect conditions for some off-road adventures.  Riders split into two groups, taking on the red or blue trails both which started, as ever, with a long climb to the top of the hill.

The reward was mile after mile of exciting downhill tracks with swooping bends, berms and roller-coaster dips.

Our young riders bravely took on the challenge and all enjoyed a thrilling day, rounded off with a very welcome lunch in the café.  We all look forward to the next adventure.

Football Winners

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Years 4, 5 and 6 went to a football game, there were two teams, team one and team two. Team one played well and kept the ball. After a while of good football they scored one after another then they scored two more. The goal scorer for all three was Arran Dignan.

A special mention must go to, James Broome, Ben Thompson and Oliver White who set the goals up for Arran. With great defending by Oscar Knight, Taylor Beaumont and Christopher Broome.

The final score was 3 – 0 to Oakhill!

We can’t forget team two. The first goal was scored by Marcus Neill, second and third by Roman Allison then Marcus Neill again and finally Harrison Crook.

Olly Wilkinson set four goals up and they were cracking set ups. Well done team two with a final score of 5 – 0 another win to Oakhill.

Both teams cruised to victory! Well done Oakhill

By Ben Thompson, Prep Games Captain


Visit To The Jewish Museum

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Following on from a very successful World Faith Day last year where we had 6 Muslims come in to school to explain the 5 Pillars of Islam.  This year we focused on Judaism and every student from reception to Yr 11 had the opportunity to visit the Jewish Museum in Manchester.

The Jewish Museum had been a Synagogue for over 100 years and our students were able to learn about the Jewish faith and worship.  All learning was age appropriate.

Students were able to explore the synagogue and handle items connected to Judaism.  Special mention must be made of Leighton Paul in Year 10 who not only volunteered to dress up like a Jew but he then seemed to know everything about Judaism in the plenary quiz.

An enjoyable and informative day was had by all and we are grateful to the Jewish Museum for accommodating us over the 5 days of our visits.