Pupils, parents and staff celebrated Oakhill’s Annual Prize Giving on Thursday 23rd November in the Sports Hall at Oakhill. The Rt Hon Ralph Assheton, presented the prizes to returning and current pupils, in front of invited guests including the Mayor of Clitheroe, Deputy Mayor of the Ribble Valley, governors and members of the Baron family.
Head Boy, Giles Bridge, welcomed the guests with an entertaining speech and talked about how Oakhill had given him a second chance and how the staff want to help and want you to succeed. Giles also talked about the range of sports Oakhill offers from running to badminton to rounders to name but a few!
The Chair of Governors, Mr Tony Baron, thanked all the staff spoke for their hard work and dedication to Oakhill. He spoke of Oakhill’s future plans, which includes a new senior school block. Mr Baron congratulated the Year 11s on their outstanding GCSE grades.
The Principal, Mrs Crouch, spoke about how everybody at Oakhill is treated with respect, tolerance and understanding. Mrs Crouch went on to congratulate the Dover to Durness team for their amazing effort in cycling 60 miles per day over 2 weeks. Mrs Crouch also congratulated Year 11s on achieving 100% pass rate in the new much harder Maths exam and also 100% pass rate in French, Latin, Spanish, history, computing, art, textiles, PE and Japanese.
The Rt Hon Ralph Assheton, then gave out the prizes, and followed this with a motivational speech reminding us to look forward and not to dwell too much on the past.
The Head Girl, Phoebe Hawks, thanked The Rt Hon Ralph Assheton and spoke about the highlights of her time at Oakhill, including various trips she had taken. Phoebe’s most important memory of being an Oakhill pupil is of being allowed, and encouraged, to be herself.
Between the speeches and Prize Giving we were entertained by Year 10 pupil Isabelle on the harp, Year 9 pupil Holly singing a solo and a piece on the piano by Year 10 pupil James. Following the proceedings there was an extensive buffet which provided an excellent opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to meet once more.