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October 2017

Heather Ball

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Parents and friends of Oakhill gathered at the Eagle at Barrow, Whalley for a night of fun and fundraising in aid of the Oakhill Association on Saturday 30th September.

100 guests attended the Ball and danced the night away after a delicious 3-course meal.

An incredible £6,000 was raised on the night through a superb auction and raffle, thanks to many kind donations.

Louise Brett, Charlotte Ashby, Heather Griffiths, Juliet Cort and many helpers formed the Association Committee responsible for such a sparkling success.

Looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Harvest Festival

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The annual highlight of this half term for many is the Harvest Assembly for THOMAS. This year we were taken to the gardens of India to find out the story of our Friday night take away. What we took away from the performance was how the children of Oakhill look after one another and are so keen to help others.

We also learned that we had some very good dancers. Father John and Beverley told us about their work and reminded us to give food and drink to beggars rather than money. It is better to give money to the organisations that support street beggars so that the money is spent effectively.

We are also looking into ways in which we can hold a regular collection for THOMAS throughout the year rather than just at Harvest. As always this year’s Harvest assembly was a wonderful event which lifted everyone’s spirits, especially the Harvest Samba Song.


Vocab Express Senior Winners

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The seniors winners of the vocab express were Harrison, in top place, with RJ and Sam in second and third. Charlotte, Joshua and Sam also won national certificates for Arabic, Hebrew and a range of other languages. Well done to everyone who took part! It was a house competition which, this time, was convincingly won by Martyrs.


Ribble Valley Cricket Presentation Evening

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Oakhill were invited to Longridge Cricket Club for the Ribble Valley Cricket presentation evening. Mrs Smith, Mr Edgar and a number of our pupils attended the event. Our mixed cricket team from the summer 2017 were presented with the Malcolm Blackburn trophy for their sterling performance against 16 other schools in the borough.

There was also a surprise award on the evening where Oakhill School had been selected as the Borough’s Primary School of the year due to our girls’ team achieving 3rd place in the tournament, our boys’ team winning the tournament and our mixed team successfully winning the Malcolm Blackburn tournament.

Special mention was also given to Jack Edgar who has put a great amount of time and effort into the teams and trained them to success. He was even given a brief biography into his own cricket season.

Well done to all involved in cricket and we look forward to another successful summer!

What Have Year 6 Been Making?

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Water, food colouring, cheerios, marshmallows and cake sprinkles…..what could Year 6 have been cooking up in their science lesson?

They have been learning about our body’s circulatory system and these are the ingredients which went into their ‘model’ of blood!

Each ingredient represented an element of our blood and showed us how it all works together. Cheerios and red food colouring made the perfect red blood cells with white marshmallows showing us the proportion on white blood cells.

Senior Cross Country

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Senior pupils from Years 9, 10 and 11 headed to Wilson Playing Fields to take part in the inter-schools cross country competition on Thursday 5th October.  Schools from across Hyndburn and Ribble Valley took part in the competition which this year has moved location to offer a more challenging course.  Conditions were tough with plenty of mud to contend with as well as hundreds of fellow runners.  The new courses included more in the way of hills, and some interesting forest sections to navigate!

Our Year 9 girls were first and Ellie and Juliet put in an excellent performance staying in the leading pack throughout the race, finishing in 21st and 28th place respectively.  A great achievement on a tough 3km course.  Alex Lutwyche represented our Year 9 boys finishing in 52nd place.  Our Year 10 girls, Taylor, Isabelle and Lucy and Chloe from Year 11 were up next, tackling a 3.5km course.  The girls did brilliantly in the face of tough competition.  Congratulations go to Chloe for finishing 14th, Taylor 12th, Isabelle 29th and Lucy 33rd.  The final race was the Year 10 and 11 boys which was planned as a 5km course but resulted in 2km due to difficulties in navigation by the front runners!  Our boys James, Arthur, Tyler and Louis ran well all achieving top 50 places.

Well done to all runners who represented Oakhill with determination, and thanks too to Niall, Phoebe and Ellis from our Year 10 GCSE PE group who helped out at the event as marshalls.


French Exchange

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Year 10 pupils Isabelle and Taylor are spending a week in Rouen, France on an exchange trip.

The girls have visited Institution Jean Paul II and have been answering questions from the pupils and presenting a power point on Oakhill to the pupils there.

The girls have immersed themselves into the French way of life and learning about French culture and we look forward to hearing all about their time in Rouen on their return.

Careers Week

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Senior School Careers’ week got off to a flying start with a talk from James Pugh who has worked with planes and submarines in his Career. He talked about the importance of knowing what you want to aim for and the skills you learn in your chosen field of work. He brought some interesting demonstrations including a Pilots anti-gravity jacket and the sounds heard on sonar devices of submarines. He talked about how his interest in Maths at High School has taken him on a fascinating journey and inspired students to look at Engineering as a career. Our thanks to Mr Pugh.

Students were very fortunate to have talks from Burnley College and Mysercough exploring the options for further study. Burnley College teacher, Samantha Allen, brought her Performing Arts students who both acted and danced showing the range of subjects taught at Burnley.

Rebecca Reynaulds, explained the many courses on offer at Myerscough and the prestigious names which are associated with their vocational qualifications from Lewis Hamilton’s chief engineers to Real Madrid’s grounds men. Many thanks to students and staff who took the time to visit Oakhill.

Students heard two exciting talks on Thursday covering Law and Travel. Lisa Collier came into speak about her work travelling the world as Cabin Crew.

Mr Hawks talked about his career as both a solicitor and barrister in criminal law. He presented students with scenarios and explained the many different fields in which lawyers can work. He even showed his dress for Court. Our thanks to Lisa and Mr Hawks for giving such informative and inspiring talks.

Careers’ week finished with a fantastic talk on TV editing by Lindsey Dillon. Her talk to the whole school was fascinating and demonstrated the work of a TV editor with clips from some of the well known shows Lindsey has worked on. She explained how everyone who starts in Television works as a runner and then specialises in one particular area. She showed her office and explained the day to day nature of her work. We were so fortunate to learn so much in half an hour. Our thanks to Mrs Dillon for taking the time to see us with such an inspiring insight into the world of TV.

Stay And Play

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The boys and girls from nursery, pre school and pre prep along with parents and grandparents had a great time on Friday afternoon enjoying lots of autumnal activities during Stay and Play.

The classrooms were buzzing with excitement as children and adults were enjoying getting very crafty.

Activities included making bird feeders using cheerios, necklaces from pasta, making people out of leaves, decorating autumn hats and using lots of different cereals to make hedgehog spikes.

There were lots of children nibbling some of their work too!

Finally the afternoon was finished off with a delicious afternoon tea where it was declared a great time was had by all.

Thank you to all those who came along.

Book Fair Success

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A massive thank you to all pupils, parents, relatives and friends of the Pre-Prep and Prep School who supported the Scholastic Book Fair recently. £735 worth of books and stationary were purchased which means we now have roughly £367 to spend on new books for the school. A great achievement!

Vocab Express

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The vocab express was a great success from Year 3 to 11 and Prep did particularly well. Nellie took seventh place overall and there were lots of points scored in Urdu, Italian, Russian and French by the others. The senior results will be given out next week when we find out which house won the competition.