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September 2017

Annual Book Fair

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The Pre-Prep and Prep School Annual Book Fair returns next week. There are books galore for all ages and it’s never too early to think about Christmas pressies! So come along to the Millennium Hall at 3.50pm on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th October.

For every one pound spent the school gets 50p back in books. Last year the book fair raised nearly £800 so the school got back nearly £400 which was spent on class sets of dictionaries, thesauruses and group reading books.

Hope to see you there.


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The Art GCSE course for both Year 10 and Year 11 begins with observational drawing.

The Year 11s visited Whalley Abbey to take photographs and sketch the ruins as part of their Architecture project.

Meanwhile Year 10s have been producing fantastic line drawings of flowers and plants for their Flora and Fauna project.

Year 4 Classification Of Animals

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Year 4 had a ‘real’ treat in store for them when they arrived at their Science lesson last week. They have been looking at the classification of animals into the main groups of vertebrates and invertebrates so what better way than to look at the real thing.

Jack kindly brought in his African snails and shared his extensive knowledge with us telling us about their diet and habits. We then dissected a trout to observe the backbone and identify similarities and differences that exist between the organs of other animals.

We all found out a lot about the two different creatures and thank Jack for allowing us to use his pets.

Languages Week

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On Thursday morning, we began a week-long celebration of languages with an assembly from Madame Crouch, wearing the colours of the Tricolore, entirely in French. Monsieur Lacy and Monsieur McGuinness captained house teams who battled to identify the languages of the songs they heard. Eventually, les Savants (Scholars) were narrowly beaten by les Martyres. We’re looking forward to more language-based activities this week culminating in the annual lunch menu of foods from other cultures on Thursday.

Oakhill School Challenge Cup winners 2017

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Yesterday Mrs Smith attended the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn school sports partnership annual conference and came away with a handful of awards! The awards were given out by Jenna Downing, the world champion inline skater.

Last year Oakhill were awarded second place, at that point Mrs Smith set herself, the department and our pupils the challenge of going for the top spot this year! This mission was accomplished and Oakhill were awarded The Challenge Cup for the academic year 2016/17.

This award recognises busy, active and successful PE departments within schools. Schools are awarded points for every team that they enter into competitions within the borough. Bonus points are given if a school is placed at the event. With Oakhill entering A, B and even C teams in a number of sports we obtained a good amount of points.

With successes in football, dodgeball, basketball, orienteering, girls and boys cricket, tri golf and sports hall athletics due to fantastic hard work and commitment from our pupils, staff and coaches we came away the overall winner of the whole borough! This is a fantastic achievement that we are all very proud of.

Three of our pupils also won individual awards in the cultural competition to design a flag to represent our borough at the level 3 school games. These had to encapsulate a passion for sport, the ethos of the games and an artistic flair. Poppy, Pippa and Joseph all from Year 6 won these awards. These 3 pupils were invited to lead out the borough at the opening ceremony of the games with their flag made up.

Senior Student Council

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We are delighted to present our new Senior Student Council who will be working under the guidance and leadership of Molly and Tyler, our Deputy Head Girl and Boy. All students elected their representatives at our school polling station last week and competition was fierce in some forms with excellent speeches made by all candidates. Miss Cunningham and Mrs Pugh are looking forward to working alongside the new Council and sharing their good ideas. Keep up to date with their work on the Oakhill website

World Faiths Day

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This year our world religion focus is on Buddhism and for World Faiths Day Seniors went to the Buddhist Temple in Ulverston.

We were guided by our Buddhist teacher, Jeff, who led us in meditation and guided us around the Temple, explaining many different aspects of Buddhism.

Lunch was taken in Conishead Priory and then students were able to take a reflective walk to the beach.

The Temple is a very impressive building and the atmosphere in and around the retreat centre at Conishead Priory is very peaceful and relaxing.

A very interesting and informative day and many thanks to Jeff and the Buddhist community for warmly welcoming us.


Prep Student Council

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A new school  year and we have a new Prep Student Council. Last week the children were busy campaigning for their place and on Friday the children voted for the people they thought would best represent their class and school.

The votes have been counted and verified and the results are as follows…

Reception – Jasper
Year 1 – Lucia
Year 2 – George
Year 3 – Jake  & Isabelle
Year 4 – Zakary & Jamimah
Year 5 – Taylor & Mairead
Year 6 – Joe & Pippa

We are very excited to get started and stuck in this year and hope we can do just as well as last year.


Reception Class 2017

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We would like to introduce our Reception class for 2017, who are all looking very smart.

They have all settled in really well making friends and enjoying their lessons especially their Spanish lessons. We are sure they will continue to enjoy their time with us at Oakhill.


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The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons continue to grow stronger here at Oakhill. Last year there were 52 students from Prep all the way through to the Seniors who took these lessons with our teacher Claire Haymes.

The LAMDA lessons are a great extra curricular lesson for our pupils as they help with reading and literacy skills, confidence, communication skills, diction and of course performance skills. The examinations with LAMDA also enable our students to gain extra UCAS points if they wish to attend University in the future.

Recently 29 of our LAMDA students took examinations with LAMDA in June. The results were outstanding, with students gaining either a Merit or Distinction, 25 out of the 29 gained a distinction!

The results are fantastic and we would like to say a huge well done to all those who took the recent examinations, the results really are a testament to all their hard work and talent. A special mention must go to Scarlett Year 1, Imogen Year 3 and Olivia Year 4 who all gained full marks, 100%! We would also like to say well done to those students who didn’t take exams this time but have all still been working so hard during their Speech and Drama lessons and their progression has also been outstanding.

LAMDA lessons have already started in school so students are well under way to achieving excellent exam results again this school year! There a few spaces available for lessons but they are very limited so will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

The full marks are below:

Lottie Ashby Verse and Prose Intro Stage 3: Distinction 87
Rocco Lewis Acting Entry: Distinction 89
Isabella Zappa Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 89
Katie Hennighan Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Merit 76
Imogen Wilson Acting Entry: Distinction 80
Francesca Brett Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 84
Caspar Cort Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 81
Jemima Cort Verse and Prose Intro Stage 1: Distinction 88
Eliza Taylor Verse and Prose Grade 1: Merit 69
Lilly- Ella Smith Acting Entry: Distinction 98
Scarlett Smith Verse and Prose Intro Stage 1: Distinction 100
Jacob Walsh Verse and Prose Intro Stage 1: Distinction 95
Isobella Howson Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 95
Noah Howson Acting Entry: Distinction 83
Thomas Ashworth Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 89
Ivy Ashworth Verse and Prose Intro Stage 1: Distinction 91
Evan Black Verse and Prose Intro Stage 2: Distinction 88
Roman Allison Acting Entry: Distinction 85
Imogen Allison Verse and Prose Intro Stage 3: Distinction 100
Zara Pycock Acting Entry: Distinction 81
Olivia Currie Verse and Prose Entry: Distinction 100
Georgia Rishton Verse and Prose Entry: Distinction 95
Jessica Rishton Verse and Prose Intro Stage 1: Distinction 80
Isabelle Baron Verse and Prose Intro Stage 3: Distinction 95
Edward Starkie Acting Entry: Distinction 83
Esme Hargreaves- Norris Verse and Prose Entry: Distinction 92
Emilie- Anne Hudson Acting Grade 1: Merit 69
Thomas Kelly Verse and Prose Grade 1: Merit 72
Nellie Wilson Acting Entry: Distinction 80

Rapping Success

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Year 8 had fun writing their own raps in the Summer term, getting out of their comfort zone to explore language in new ways.  Many members of the class did so well that they are going to be published in a new anthology, entitled ‘Busta Rhymes’.  Well done to all our published poets!

James’ Mountain Marathon

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James in Year Ten took on the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) in Wensleydale at the weekend.  The competition brings together fell runners and mountain bikers as they tackle a gruelling two-day mountain orienteering challenge on a very large scale.  As one of the youngest competitors at the event, James joined dad John to form a generation team.

The challenge involved a 5 hour run on Saturday followed by a 4 hour run on Sunday.  The aim of the challenge was to navigate and locate as many control points as possible and build up team points over the two days.  As this was his first time attempting the challenge James wasn’t sure how far he would run or how hard it would be!  He did extremely well running a total of 44km over the weekend – an incredible achievement which was further than a marathon involving many long and steep climbs on the peaks around Hawes.  His achievement was all the more impressive considering the terrible wet weather on Sunday.  Well done James!

Year 11 GCSE Success

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We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results which once again prove the hard work of both pupils and staff to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential. We had 100% pass rate in many subjects including modern languages.  In Maths we had a 100% pass rate with one of our pupils achieve the highest grade 9. With an overall A*- C pass rate of 87%, the second highest in the last five years, we are confident that in spite of the challenging changes to GCSE we are in a very strong position with excellent teaching staff and pupils who are keen to make the most of the opportunities available to them. As a school we celebrate their outstanding achievements.