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April 2017

Max Is Manchester City Mascot

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On Sunday 2nd April Year 7 pupil, Max  was the Manchester City Mascot when Manchester City played against Arsenal.

Max got to meet the players and managers from both teams. He was presented with his own kit and then he received another one which had been signed by the team.

Max was interviewed before the match and Manchester City made sure he was on the match day programme too.

Unfortunately Max injured himself before the game however he was seen by the Manchester City physio and Doctors so he was well looked after and they made him pain free and heavily strapped up so as to walk out on the pitch.

To see Max in action click on the video below

Race For The Line

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The junior and senior STEM groups headed to Preston with great anticipation and excitement to race their rocket cars that they have been building over the last few weeks. The Race for the Line competition is organised by the Bloodhound team whose car is designed to attempt to break the land speed record. It was incredible how fast these cars sped along the ground, one (we won’t mention whose!) was so fast it wiped out the timing gates!

We raced ten cars in total and all managed to remain intact with all their wheels attached, which is credit to the teams for their excellent engineering skills. At present Gabriel is top of the leader board which will mean, if he remains in poll position, he is through to the regional final which will be held in Manchester over the next few weeks.

This is the first time we have participated in this competition and we will be definitely entering again next year. An excellent day with super results. Watch the video to see Gabriel’s car speeding through the gates.

Year 10 Entrepreneurs

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Researching suitable locations for a new gym, estate agents, take away or sports shop, was the objective of the Year 10 Business Studies trip into Clitheroe.

The group looked at Clitheroe Market, Castle Street and surrounding areas to ascertain the proximity of competitors, business opportunities and potential customers to help make a decision as to which will be the most suitable location for their chosen business.

The pupils will now have to consider the benefits and drawbacks of each location to decide which provides the best features for their start up business.

Year 1 Get Published!

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Year 1 entered a poetry writing competition with Young Writers. They had to write a Safari poem about an animal of their choice using similes and put this into an acrostic poem… A big task for 5 and 6 year olds!

But their hard work has paid off as ALL of their poems have been selected to be published in to a poetry book. Year 1 are all very proud of their achievement and cannot wait to read each other’s poems when the book is published. Well done!

Student Chaplains

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Well done to this year’s Student Chaplains who have recently received their Chaplain’s certificates from Salford Diocese.  The Chaplain’s help with the spiritual life of the school and take it in turns to run the Fairtrade Shop at Friday afternoon break.

This year’s Chaplains have been very enthusiastic and have come up with some great ideas for Chaplaincy to pursue.  Thanks to their hard work and endeavour several charities have benefitted from their support.


Visit To Rouen

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During the Easter holidays Madame Crook and Madame Everitt enjoyed  a very successful trip to Rouen. They spent the second of their two afternoons in our link school, the Institution Jean Paul 2. After spending time in the primary school, Madame Roman had organised a ‘goûter’ for us with the pupils who have visited Oakhill in the last two years and those who will be coming in June.

Madame Crook and Madame Everitt also met Monsieur Eude, the Head, as well as Monsieur Avril, the director of sixth form, who gave them lots of information on the history and ethos of the school. Both teachers took part in a Year 11 English class discussing Manchester and its heritage and were very impressed to hear the pupils using simile and metaphor in the style of Charles Dickens. We are looking forward to welcoming our French visitors to Oakhill later next term.

Dover To Durness

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Our Oakhill team are cycling 800 miles from Dover to Durness this August. 6 pupils and 4 adults (aged 13 to 71) will undertake this epic journey from the bottom to the top of Britain on a 2 week adventure.

We are raising funds to support the Peru Mission in Iquitos which Oakhill will visit in 2018 to undertake our own project. The Mission seeks to benefit the lives of those living in poverty through Christian acts of faith with projects to improve living conditions, health, education and social welfare.

Our target is £5000 and all donations will directly benefit the Oakhill project to be undertaken in 2018.
Please visit www.justgiving.com/OakhillThePeruMission to support our cause

Oakhill Receives Highest Fairtrade Award

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Oakhill was awarded the highest Fairtrade award on 11 April 2017 – the FairAchiever School status – which runs until 11 April 2020.

To gain this award Oakhill has had to adopt a fairtrade policy, create an action plan and show that fairtrade is embedded into our learning at school.  We had to show to an inspector how we use fairtrade products within the school.  We also had to complete two challenges and a teacher and learner audit.

The inspector required to see lesson plans, lesson resources, examples of student’s work and photographic evidence before the status was awarded.

The Kitchen uses fairtrade products and our Student Chaplain’s run a Fairtrade Shop every Friday in Prep and Seniors.  As well as raising awareness of fairtrade around the school, the Chaplain’s also raise funds for charity.

Well done to all concerned.

Year 8 Curators

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Year 8 completed their work on the Industrial Revolution by imagining they were curators of a gallery and their brief was to design an interesting exhibition on this tumultuous period of history. They could take any interpretation on the period and, in preparation, considered views by contemporaries such as Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria as well as more modern views of Margaret Thatcher and the Olympic Games opening ceremony in 2012.

As such a capable class, they relished the challenge and came up with brilliant interactive exhibitions. In pairs, they worked to select exhibits and thought carefully about how they would be displayed. Some groups focused on the negative impact with items on the Opium Wars, slavery and child labour whilst others considered the positive changes to farming, transport and sport. They could present their findings in any format with many choosing Keynote presentations on their iPads and others working on models. Their final Presentations were enjoyable and informative – excellent work, Year 8!

St Joseph’s Penny

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Over the last three weeks the prep school pupils have been raising money for the St Joseph’s charity by filling boxes with pennies and bringing them into school.

As an incentive they have been covering a template of an Easter egg in their classrooms and earning free time to use on the last day of the term.

The Prep School Student Council decided the activities that were available. The pupils earned one hour of free time and thoroughly enjoyed making their choices.

The final penny count was an AMAZING £512!!! Well done indeed to everyone who collected- pupils, parents, relatives and friends of Oakhill. You have done a great thing for those in need.


Easter Egg Bingo

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The annual end of term Easter Egg Bingo was an egg-cellent success with over one hundred people attending.

Every ounce of chocolate, along with a raffle and spot prizes disappeared, with games creating much tension and egg-citement!

The event raised over £400 for the Oakhill Association. This money will go directly to benefitting the pupils. A big thanks to all those who donated eggs, sweets, drinks and the very popular popcorn!

The Stations of the Cross

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As part of their RE studies Year Three have been researching The Stations of the Cross. Last week they visited English Martyrs Catholic Church in Whalley to look at the fourteen stations in the church grounds. They were joined by the parish priest, Father Price.

He led the children around each station and encouraged the pupils to think about how Mary and Jesus were thinking and feeling disputing this time of ultimate suffering.

Father Price was very impressed with the knowledge that the pupils had about the stations and invited them to return in the summer term for a look inside the church and a picnic lunch!