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May 2017

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Competition

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Years 4 and 5 have been showing off their talents recently by producing some amazing poems – in French!  They have challenged themselves to enter the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition.  This is a national multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity. It is led by the Poet Laureate, Dame Carol Ann Duffy and officially endorsed by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner.  Amir Khan, the award-winning boxer launched the competition.

Children have devoted their French lessons to writing acrostic and other creative poems, entirely in French.   The results were then submitted to the Oakhill MFL department for an internal competition.  They were delighted to see an array of topics, including poems about sport, France, languages and even their mums! Lydia was awarded a special mention for her poem, entitled ‘Ecole’.  The winning four entries have now been submitted to the regional final.  In Year Four, the successful pupils were Savannah and Imogen and, in Year Five, Darcy and Thomas.

We wish them every success in the regional finals and look forward to hearing about their progress.


Ocean Animals

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Inspired by the poems Year Two have been learning in class, Imogen decided to independently write one about Ocean Animals. I think you’ll agree it’s excellent. Well done Imogen, Mrs Wilson is very proud of you.

Ocean Animals by Imogen age 6

Swishing jellyfish swimming in the ocean.
Dancing dolphins dashing in the sea.
Fish racing undercover from the shark and sea horses dancing away from me.
Whales blowing up water through their water holes.
Starfish sleeping on the hard jaggy rocks.
Octopuses squeezing through tiny holes and shrimps are a colourful pink just like my favourite socks.
Crocodiles waiting patiently for their next meal.
Rays gliding at the bottom of the sea.
Turtles swirling in the water and all of the creatures in the ocean are happy and sound like their in a wonderful under water musical band.

Mr Lowry Gets Made Redundant By Year 3!

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Over the last week Year Three have been taking over class lessons. Mr Lowry has taken a back seat while each member of the class has given a presentation on one aspect of The Victorians, as this is their history topic for this term. Topics have ranged from Queen Victoria herself to child labour, the Industrial Revolution, inventions, school and home life and even a Victorian Christmas. Complete with artefacts, posters, power points and IMovies each pupil gave a positive and informative presentation. Well done Year Three for all your hard work!



Quarry Bank Mill

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Last Friday Year Three went on a school trip to Quarry Bank Mill, in Manchester, as part of their history studies on The Victorians. They all looked fantastic in their Victorian costumes.

They took part in a workshop on forces and pulleys, saw what it was like to live as a Victorian child, see what school was like and had a guided tour of the mill.

Everyone had a great time and the pupils got to take part in lots of practical activities as well.

The leaders at the mill were very impressed with the pupils and they were a real credit to the school.

A special thanks for Jack’s mum and William’s mum who came with us on the trip.

Tudor Houses

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The children in Year 2 have been working hard designing and making their own Tudor houses.

They thought hard about all the different features of a Tudor house including adding a jetty, small windows, individual beam designs and a hay roof.

They enjoyed measuring, cutting, sticking and painting.

Thank you to Harry for bringing in the hay

even though it went everywhere and everybody commented on the smell!

Great fun was had and I think you’ll agree that they look amazing.




Pastoral Groups

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Mrs Everitt’s pastoral groups succeeded in making origami dogs this week – after two sessions of following a YouTube video very carefully!

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School Sports Partnership

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Year 5 have worked in pairs to design a flag to represent the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School Sports Partnership. Each pair had to design their flag and support it with a statement. These have been fantastic to read and included the children’s hobbies, passions and experiences gained through taking part in sport at school.

The pupils, supported by Mrs Crook have researched colours that indicate their emotions and how sport makes them feel. This competition is open to all Year 5s across our borough so we will have to wait and see if one of our creative pupils designs is chosen to represent our borough at the school games in July.

Year Three Turn Over A New Leaf

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Year Three, (joined by some pupils from Years Five and Six) have been turning over a new leaf…in fact lots of them, as part of their science topic on plants.

They recently visited the woodland area to collect many different examples of leaves and then took them back to class to examine them to find out just what they do.


Wiz Wiz of the Week!

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A first for Oakhill Preparatory School…this week William in Year Three received the Wiz of the Week certificate from not just one teacher but from two. As far as we know this has never happened before. Mrs Wilson presented him with the certificate for perseverance in learning the recorder whilst Mr Lowry gave him a certificate for excellence in writing. So well done William, the Wiz Wiz of the Week!

Plant Sale

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The recent Oakhill Association plant sale was a blooming success.

With over a thousand pounds worth of orders made the delivery of all the orders made for a spectacular display in itself.

Happy planting everyone!

Year 11 Leavers Meal

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This year’s Leavers Meal for Year 11 was held at The Fence Gate in their private room. Pupils arrived by various modes of transport ranging from a Maserati, bright pink Nissan Figaro, a tractor expertly driven there by Jack and a 6 series BMW.

After enjoying a beautiful meal Head Girl and Boy, Harriet and Alfie thanked the staff and even told an amusing tale about one or two!

To end the evening Mrs Crouch used Norman Rockwell paintings to describe each pupil, a design and a Ladybird book pertinent to them and of course showed the obligatory baby photos of each of them which had been kindly and eagerly handed in by parents!

We are all incredibly proud of our pupils and it really was an evening to remember. All the staff at Oakhill wish them the very best in their upcoming GCSE’s.


Tower Wood

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Teamwork and individual achievements were in abundance during an action-paced stay at Tower Wood. Years 5 and 6 have just returned from an amazing week in which they all participated in a range of exciting challenges.

They were blessed with fantastic weather and they certainly profited from it with every activity.  Each day started with the children learning how to make their own packed lunches, something which proved an interesting sight for the teachers to watch!

A cooked breakfast was devoured and set the children up for each busy day, as they headed off in their groups to embark on their adventures.  Many surprised themselves with their stamina and determination to tackle everything that came their way.

They relished the chance to try something new and show off their newly-discovered skills and confidence.  Eve and Felicity appeared to have turned into Spiderwomen with their rock climbing, such was the speed and skills they demonstrated!

Archie proved a complete natural with his sailing on Lake Windermere.  Pippa, Harrison and Austin climbed to the very top of the Jacob’s Ladder – no mean feat!

Joe and Florence even found time to stop to help an elderly lady with words of encouragement during the demanding mountain walk, demonstrating such thoughtful kindness.

Ollie and Oliver demonstrated terrific teamwork by helping every single member of their team with specific instructions on how to successfully climb the rock face.  Kayaking, raft building, obstacle courses, mountain biking – the list of enjoyable yet testing activities went on.

The fun didn’t stop after tea, as the children found a new surge of energy to participate in the evening activities.  These included orienteering and a competitive treasure hunt. Hide and seek proved particularly popular with the highlight being the whole group looking frantically, and unsuccessfully, for Mr Edgar – only to discover that he had been hiding right in front of their base!

The list of accomplishments is truly endless and the teachers are rightly proud of the children.  They worked so hard and achieved so much!

The children demonstrated the ethos of Oakhill, working together to rise to every challenge.  The only one they didn’t see coming was the gentle wake up call from Mrs Hellewell on the last morning!

Dover 2 Durness Training Cycle

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Our D2D cycle team met last Saturday to step up their training to another level, taking on a 55 mile ride around the Fylde Coast.  Setting off from Lytham the team headed up the sea front via Blackpool and up to Fleetwood, taking the ferry over to Knott End for a well earned lunch.  The route then went East to Winmarleigh turning South to return to Lytham.

A windy day offered a challenging ride, but thankfully there were few hills to contend with.  For many of our young riders this was the longest cycle ride they had ever undertaken and they should be very proud of their efforts.  The mileage of our training rides is gradually increasing and the next part of our training will focus on climbing some hills

Our team are cycling 800 miles this August from Dover to Durness – the most South Easterly and North Westerly points of Britain.  They will be raising funds for the Peru Mission to support the Oakhill visit taking place in 2018.

The Mission directly benefits the lives of those living in poverty through Christian acts of faith with projects to improve living conditions, health, education and social welfare.  You can find out more about our training and fundraising, leave a message of inspiration for our team, and help us reach our target by donating online by visiting www.justgiving.com/OakhillThePeruMission

Quad Kids

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Years 3 and 4 took part in the Ribble Valley Quad Kids Competition. This is an athletics meeting in which a team of boys and girls all perform in the 4 competitive events.

These are 400m run, 50m sprint, howler javelin throw and the long jump.

It’s a great event because it allows the athletes to become more wholesome performers getting involved in a variety of track and field rather than just specialising in one event.

Our team put in a massive effort and did themselves proud, all achieving great positions in their runs.

Our girls team were commended on their throwing ability and all of our boys performed well in long jump.

We were up against larger schools which was very difficult but our team should be proud of what they achieved coming in 9th out of over 20 teams! A valiant effort by all and 100% effort and determination was evident throughout. Well done!


Bronze Practice D of E Expedition

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Our Year Ten explorers headed out this week to undertake their first full 2 day practice expedition.  They have now completed all their training and have proved themselves as skilled map readers and navigators.  They are also able to survive a night in the open, building their own camp and cooking meals for themselves.

Heading out into the Ribble Valley, pupils took on the challenge of a 25km circular journey from Newton, taking them up and around Easington Fell with some fantastic views across the Ribble Valley

They were blessed with sunny weather but faced strong winds on the summits.  They made an overnight camp at Bolton By Bowland.

They also had the additional challenge of carrying everything to survive for two days and parents would be very proud to see the excellent meals they cooked for themselves at camp!

All our explorers rose to the challenge brilliantly, maintaining a positive approach throughout and enjoying their adventure.

They are now looking forward to their final assessed expedition which will take place later in May in the more remote terrain of the Yorkshire Dales.  Best of luck everyone!


Race For The Line Regional Final

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Our STEM groups really did us proud last Wednesday when we went to 101Bn REME army base to make and test rocket cars. Two of our teams had qualified from the area trials and went on to build their own models under controlled conditions and tested them against 22 other teams.

It was an excellent day and although Gabriel and Alexander’s  car was a little narrow the first time they managed to remake one just in time for the race.

Both teams did really well and the OOB, named after its makers Olly, Oliver and Ben, managed to whizz into third place in the Primary challenge.

This means they get their own names listed on the tail fin of the Bloodhound car when it races to try to beat the land speed record later in the year.

A fantastic day out and some excellent engineering skills shown. Well done boys, lets go for gold next year!

Mental Health Awareness Week

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Student Council decided to launch a week of activities to raise students’ understanding of issues surrounding mental health and strategies for maintaining mental well being. Students attended a talk with Mr Lemon, the school counsellor, who explained the broader issues around mental health.

Student Council then led a session with a specially made video to help students think about the people around them and what they may be dealing with. Miss Cunningham then led a session on identifying and managing anxiety before students then looked at some of the strategies to maintain mental well being: some went for a morning run and others looked at mindfulness and meditation.

The final session, led by Council reps, allowed students to reflect on what they had learned and to give feedback. Thanks to all speakers, teachers and Council reps.



National Skipping Day

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Prep were all encouraged to take part in National Skipping Day.

It was a great opportunity for fun and to use our new play ground equipment.

Pupils from Year 6 to Reception engaged in fun skipping activities during lunchtime and breaks.

From skipping with hoops, to ropes, to French elastic and everyone’s favourite, the large rope team skipping.

Many staff got involved too. I think Mrs Hargreaves enjoyed it more that anyone!

Well done everyone! Keep skipping, it is a fundamental skill that leads onto many sports specific skills and physical movement patterns! Come on parents, you can get involved too!

Ribble Valley Tennis Tournament

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Thursday 27th April, two teams from Oakhill took part in the annual Ribble Valley tennis tournament. The pupils from Year 3 and 4 did themselves extremely proud. We were seeded in a very difficult group up against : Salesbury, Gisburn and St Leonard’s. One of the teams won three out of 4 games and the other won 2 out of their 4 games. Sadly we missed out on qualifying by just one point!


Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – Megafinal

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A brilliant day was had by Harrison, Arran, Matthew, Joe, Isaac, Roman and Zak in Fleetwood at the Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside regional Megafinal of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge on Saturday 29 April.  The children did brilliantly and represented Oakhill so well.  We left Oakhill at 8.30 am and got back at 6 pm.

All the students received a certificate to say they are in the top 20% of chess players in schools across the U.K. by reaching the Megafinal.  They got to the Megafinal by playing 6 games at Oakhill and having the best results in their year groups.

They all played 6 matches at the Megafinal and all our players won at least 2 games against students from other schools.

Zac finished 3rd in the U8s for the whole of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside. He won a medal and missed out on being in the North of England final by half a point.

Harrison – our Oakhill Chess Champion – also finished joint 3rd in the U11’s but managed to defeat 4 of his 6 opponents and as a result has got through to the North of England Chess GigaFinal in July.  His age group was highly competitive.  He is now rated as being in the top 2% of chess players in schools (prep and seniors) in the UK. There is a North and South final and then a UK final.

Arran and Isaac also came within a point of being in the North of England final.

The students loved the day and I am sure we will have a bigger contingent next year for the May 4 2018 Megafinal.

A lot of the competition today played in U.K. National Chess Competitions so our students did brilliantly as this was their first ever competition.


Year One Go Exploring

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Year 1 enjoyed a walk into Whalley last Wednesday as part of their study of the local area.

They had to follow a map

look at the names of roads

and discover the location of various amenities in Whalley.

This all proved to be thirsty work so they finished their search with a juice and a cake at Breda Murphy’s.

A big thank you to Breda for welcoming us to the new restaurant.

Scientists Of The Future

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Keen Scientists from Years 8 to 11 were inspired by a talk from Mr Ross Strang who works in the Global Discovery Chemistry section at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research based in Basel. He explained how long it takes for a drug to come to market and the many processes involved. For every 10000 researched new compounds only one will receive regulatory authority approval and make it to market at a cost of at least one billion pounds.

Mr Strang emphasised how fortunate he has been to be involved in such a discovery and the need for resilience and attention to detail to survive in such a field. It is exciting times for Scientists and with new technology and advancement in challenging fields such as cancer research and autoimmune diseases it is all looking positive for careers for our Scientists of the future. Many thanks to Mr Strang for sharing his knowledge and experiences with us he was an inspiration to us all.