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December 2016

Christmas Hats

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The now annual Prep school Christmas fund-raising competition certainly put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The Prep Student Council came up with the idea of a Christmas hat competition to raise funds towards new playground equipment.

As you can see from the photos pupils certainly put their creative hats on and came up with fantastic hats.

It was so hard to choose three winners and judges Mary Riley and Mrs Sutterby changed their minds several times before announcing the top three…

3rd Thomas with Santa Coming Down The Chimney 2nd Casper with his delicious Brussel Sprout hat and 1st Jack with Christmas Around The World Well done to everyone who entered and a merry Christmas to all in the Prep School!

The Peru Mission

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On Friday 16 December we were pleased to welcome Mr. Joe Plumb – the Projects Co-ordinator and Honorary British Consul for Iquitos to Oakhill to speak to staff and Senior students about the work of the Peru Mission – a British based charity that helps to support need amongst the poor of the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru.  Iquitos is the world’s largest city that is inaccessible by road and from the city you can look out to the Peruvian Amazon.

Part of the role of The Peru Mission is to enable visits from schools to work on projects in and around Iquitos.  It is hoped that a group of staff and students will go to Iquitos in the summer of 2018 for two weeks to work on an educational project (building a classroom, for example) and to help with teaching English and other subjects in a girl’s orphanage.

The trip promises to be challenging – as staff and students will be working in tropical climes to a tight schedule.  It is not a holiday but an opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of poor indigenous people and to demonstrate gospel values by practising what we preach.  It should provide all those who go with an experience of a lifetime.  Whilst in Iquitos, staff and students would have the opportunity to experience the Amazon jungle and safely meet some of the wildlife.  It is also an opportunity for students and staff to practice their Spanish (and improve their salsa dancing) as they work and play alongside the local community.

Details for the trip are being finalized and will hopefully be available in January – if you require any information then please contact Mr. Kelly.

At The Car Wash

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Year 10 were given £5 in the Advent Challenge to see what they could do with it.

After £4 spent on sponges and car wash soap, they washed cars all last week and raised £64 for CAFOD.

They have used their talents well and are now deciding what CAFOD gift to buy. Great work, Year 10!

Mountain Biking at Whinlatter Forest

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Our latest mountain bike adventure took place on Sunday 18th December with a trip to Whinlatter Forest near Keswick in the Northern Lake District.

A group of pupils, staff and parents enjoyed taking on the single track trails through the stunning and scenic pine forest with views across to the mountains in all directions.  There were some tough climbs and some excellent speedy descents through the trees.

Our older pupils took on the more advanced ‘red’ trails, while our budding year 6 and 7 group enjoyed the ‘blue’ route with their skills improving all the time.  They even had time to complete the route a second time after lunch.  They all learnt a lot whilst enjoying a great day outdoors.  Well done everyone.

An excellent day out was enjoyed by everyone and we all look forward to the next adventure.

Christmas Lunch

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Christmas is coming and the Millennium Hall was full of happy children eager for their Christmas lunch, which certainly brought a smile to everyone’s face.

Pupils from both Prep and Seniors got into the festive spirit last Thursday with a delicious Christmas lunch.

We enjoyed a great lunch of turkey with all the trimmings, cooked by our fabulous kitchen team.

The children and staff certainly had fun pulling the crackers, telling the jokes and wearing the hats.

A big Christmas thank you to the kitchen staff for providing such a lovely lunch.

Heroines In Science

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The Royal Society of Chemistry celebrated Chemistry Week in the North West by hosting a Heroines of Science event at the brand new UTC facility in Warrington. Amy and Charlotte presented an excellent account of Marie Curie’s lifetime contribution to Science. They were first up to speak in front of a room full of teachers, pupils, RSC Associates and workplace professionals. Dressed as the lady herself, Amy replicated the work that Curie undertook and Charlotte, as the modern day Scientist, addressed the imbalance of women in STEM professions in the workplace.

With inspiring talks from women who use Chemistry in their jobs, the girls heard how Lorelly Wilson MBE’s path has led to her setting up her Chemistry with Cabbage company. It was interesting to hear how in her day it was common for technical jobs to be deemed unsuitable for women, a myth she personally successfully managed to dispel. Amy and Charlotte were indeed Oakhill’s Heroines of Science and are an inspiration to all of us with their confident and professional delivery.


Young David Attenborough’s In The Making

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Year 7 have been enjoying the Environment and Feeding topic by creating either shoebox habitats or information posters on their chosen environment. They have been watching clips of Planet Earth II which has inspired them with the wide range of adaptations that creatures and plants have to survive successfully.

Last year we were treated to an edible habitat and this year we saw an illuminated underwater scene made by Emily which was fabulous. Our Year 7’s never fail to impress with this project and they become young David Attenborough’s when they present their research to their peers. Well done Year 7 I will proudly display them in the lab for every year group to see.

Pre-School Nativity

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Oakhill Pre-School have been working hard learning lots of new songs to perform at their nativity play ‘The First Christmas’.

The hall was packed full of parents and grandparents excited to watch Their little ones perform on stage.

Everyone agreed that it was a fantastic way to begin the Christmas celebrations.

Year 8 Make Their Mark

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Year 8 Art students have been busy studying the mark-making of Van Gogh and one of the UK’s best loved artists – David Hockney.

Students compared the approach Van Gogh took in painting the wheat fields in oils to how David Hockney used his IPad to create a range of images entitled ‘Spring’ from his native home of Yorkshire.

In training and preparation for their final pieces students first practised pen techniques, similar to Van Gogh’s pen and ink work. They then worked in paint directly from Hockney’s Spring IPad images.

Come Springtime next year students will venture out into the beautiful woodland grounds of Oakhill to capture the environment with paint and mixed media in situ.

Here’s hoping it’s sunny and dry!

Year 1’s Pet Hour

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They say never work with animals or children… But Year 1 had a busy but lovely afternoon with their pets on Friday to demonstrate what they know from their Science topic this term.

The children enjoyed talking about the animals very different personalities, how they look after them, looking at the different body parts and deciding whether they were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

Thank you to parents who took time out of there busy days to bring their much loved pets into school.



Santa Fun Run

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If you were out and about in Whalley last Thursday you may have been surprised by lots of running reindeers,

Mrs Claus, a runaway present and of course leading the group – Rudolph.

Oakhill’s Running Club’s Santa Fun Run took place at lunchtime where a group of 30 pupils and staff made their way into Whalley, down the High Street,

past Whalley Abbey then back onto the main street and up to school for a well deserved lunch.

Carol Concert

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On Tuesday we enjoyed our annual carol concert. Parents, grandparents, friends and pupils were entertained by the children from Reception through to Year 11.

Year 6 pupil, Thomas opened proceedings with a moving first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. We listened to readings and prayers from members of our Senior Student Council and our Principal, Mrs Crouch.

Year 3 and 4 regaled us with their version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and Upper Prep sang a beautiful rendition of Amazing Peace. Our very talented Woodwind Group played the first verse of Silent Night.

Year 9 pupil Isabelle played a beautiful solo piece on the harp and Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 entertained us with Jesus Christmas Party. It was a wonderfully festive concert enjoyed by everybody. Thank you to all who attended and well done to all our very talented performers.

Prep Student Council

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Last Saturday at the Oakhill Christmas Fair the Prep Student Council ran a cake and biscuits stall.

So many pupils, parents, staff, relatives and friends of the school contributed to the stall with delicious treats, many of them of a seasonal nature.

The council raised £116 which will go towards new playground equipment that all the pupils will benefit from.

A massive thank you to everyone who contributed towards the stall and to all the council members who gave up their time to run the stall.

Miss Baron and Mr Lowry




Prep Pantomime

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Last Friday the boys and girls in Prep went to watch a pantomime. They went to see Sinbad at the Thwaites Empire Theatre in Blackburn.

It was a great performance with lots of singing, shouting and booing. Mr Lowry received a special mention from Sinbad’s mother, Dame Salubria Fatima who remembered him as her first boyfriend.

The children as always were a credit to us and a thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all.




RJ joins Burnley FC U13s Academy

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In September 2016 Year 8 pupil Robert John joined Great Harwood Rovers Football Club which enabled him to be placed in the shop window of the footballing world. Within weeks he had been scouted. After being scouted by several football clubs, (Leeds United FC, Manchester City Select, and Burnley FC) on the 21st of September RJ had the dilemma of deciding which academy to join as a trialist. The first offer came from Leeds United FC after he impressed them with his sharp eye for goal after spending just three weeks in their Shadow squad, but this was instantly followed by an offer from Burnley FC, and then a twist in the tale came from Manchester City Select Squad who invited him to join the ‘select’ squad – all within the same month!

Without being seduced by the different category ratings of each club, RJ made his decision. He signed for a 6 week “trial” with Burnley FC, which gave the Club the opportunity to better assess his potential for a future in this sport with them.

On the 22nd October, RJ was offered a 2 year contract to continue to develop his skills and ability for the beautiful game and play for Burnley FC which he accepted. To date he has had the opportunity to play against Liverpool FC, Manchester United and Accrington Stanley.

Well done RJ and keep up the hard work! We hope to see you at Turf Moor one day (or the Kingpower Stadium).

Christmas cheer at the annual market!

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The seventh annual Oakhill Christmas Market was a huge success with happy customers all round. There was a wonderful atmosphere around school, as 1,000 visitors enjoyed the day, met Father Christmas and feasted on festive food and drink. 40 unique and interesting stalls delighted and solved the problem of gift buying.

Pictures speak louder than words, so we hope you enjoy our gallery.

Christmas Fair

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The Oakhill Christmas Market 2016 was a truly enjoyable occasion for visitors with over 40 fabulous foodie and gift stalls, inflatable castle and slide, tombola, knitted tree decorations, glitter make-up and of course the main man – Father Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event by dropping by, as usual we had an incredible turnout. Thank you to the PTA who worked tirelessly to make cakes and gifts ahead of the day and then manned the stalls. Well done also to the Student Council and pupils who made cards for sale and created games on the day.


Annual Interhouse Orienteering Competition

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Yesterday Senior pupils took part in the annual Interhouse Orienteering competition.  Based in our school grounds, teams of four from each house and year group were given the task of seeking out 20 locations to collect codes and score points for their house.  The challenge put pupils’ map reading skills to the test along with speed, agility and teamwork in their strategies.

Years 10 and 11 were first to take on the course and proved to be masters of their surroundings, navigating the school grounds quickly and confidently.  Years 7, 8 and 9 then took on the same course, and showed some excellent team strategies and map reading skills, with some sprinting the entire course hunting down points.

The runaway winners were Scholars house with each team earning a perfect score and a total of 550 maximum points available.  Martyrs were not too far behind with a total score of 500 points.  Well done everyone for working together so well, we all look forward to the next house competition.