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November 2017

Prize Giving 2017

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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.

Leeds Royal Armouries

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Year 8 travelled to Leeds to visit the Royal Armouries and took part in an excellent workshop run by the Education Team on the type of warfare used in the English Civil War.

The session really enhanced their classroom learning and allowed them to understand some of the challenges on the 17th Century battlefield.

They also enjoyed dressing up and handling the museum artefacts.

After lunch, they had time to listen to a Norman soldier after the Battle of Hastings and take a look around the fascinating exhibits.

A super day out with our thanks to the staff at the Royal Armouries, Mr Peel for driving the bus and Year 8 for being so enthusiastic.

La Casa Encantada

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Year 10 and 11 GCSE Spanish groups went to watch  La Casa Encantada (the Haunted House), performed by the Onatti theatre company entirely in Spanish. Fortunately it wasn’t too scary and they were able to understand most of the plot!

Borough X Country

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As we enter into the cross country season we must reflect on the achievements of one of our pupils last season. Year 9 pupil, Robert-John was placed 3rd in the borough cross country event last year and received the bronze medal, which resulted in him being selected for the Borough team. RJ represented Oakhill and the Ribble Valley fantastically on a freezing winter morning back in February. The course was much tougher and double the length. RJ fought his way to a very impressive result, coming in 27th. This is a highly respected result up against many club runners. Well done RJ, the first pupil to represent Oakhill since Harriet Ashworth back in 2013!


Shoes For Tanzania

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On our last day of term, the children were asked to leave their shoes in a box as they went home, so that they could be given to a project in Tanzania called “Forever Angels”. Forever Angels is an orphanage, where children under the age of 2years who have no one to care for them, are taken in and cared for. (The orphanage has connections with The Bethany Family.) The shoes are to be distributed in surrounding villages near the orphanage, to poor families who can’t afford them, as children aren’t allowed to go to school unless they have shoes to wear.

Our school council decided to support this cause and we were able to collect 50 pairs of shoes, both childrens’ and some adult ones too! The Forever Angels representative, Amy, was “immensely grateful” and said that they would enable many children to be able to attend school.

Thank you to all those people who gave their shoes to this very worthy cause.

Prep Afternoon Tea

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Last week, students from Years 5 and 6 played host to grandparents and members of the community at their annual High Tea event. The afternoon was opened by the Head Boy and Girl, Paige and Finn and included a rousing chorus of God Save the Queen from our brass ensemble.

The guests were then treated to first class service from the children, who served traditional sandwiches, cakes and scones with cups of tea.

A tricky quiz about board game favourites kept everybody puzzling whilst they enjoyed their food.

To round off the afternoon, the children provided entertainment including a variety of group and individual poetry recitals which they have learnt during their speech and drama lessons. There were musical items from the brass and recorder ensembles and several individual performances including Thomas and Joseph’s rendition of Love me Tender plus Paige and Zainab playing Autumn Leaves on the clarinet. Nellie and Maisey played solos on their clarinets while Gabrielle and Darcy teamed up to play All Through the Night. The recorder group played A Drunken Sailor and several students performed their specially chosen poems about grandparents.

To close the event both classes sang I wish I Knew accompanied by Thomas on his flugal horn which had everyone tapping their feet and singing.

A super afternoon was had by all!

Primary Maths Challenge

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Successfully completing this year’s Primary Maths Challenge were Rocco, Isaac, Nellie, Lily-Ella and Roman from Year 5 and Darcy, Joe, Thomas, Maisey and Zainab from Year 6. “It was a tough challenge but I’ m glad I tried it, “ was the comment from one pupil.

A special mention goes to Darcy who scored the most points in the trickiest section of the test!

Very well done to all those who took part for giving it a go and challenging themselves. You all did so well!

Senior Student Council

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Student Council pulled together a great stall for Bonfire Night, selling hot vimto, chocolate apples, sweets and cupcakes. Trade was booming and we raised over £100. Well done to all of Student Council who made the products and to Matthew’s Gran for the cakes. Thanks to everyone who came to see us. We are now planning our stall for the Christmas Market so see you there.


Primary Maths Challenge

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Ten enthusiastic, and very brave, year 5 and 6 pupils stepped up to do the Primary Maths Challenge this morning. The paper was tough as it does not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems.

Pupils need to read the questions carefully as they make pupils think outside the box as the subjects have not necessarily been covered in the curriculum. The 25 questions get harder as you go through the paper and I must say one question took me a page of algebra to calculate! Well done to all the pupils who gave it a go. You are our Oakhill Maths Whizzes.

Cereal Boxes

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Watch out Kellogg’s, Year 5 have been busy designing and making their new cereal boxes! From Mairead’s Munchies to Snorlax Loops the mouthwatering morning morsels on offer would make you want to get out of bed in the morning to pick these boxes off your kitchen shelf. The class had to design a logo, think up a new cereal name, research what type of information is required on the packaging as well as make the final product as enticing as possible. Fantastic work Year 5 – I’m looking forward to our next project: making money containers.

Run The Lights

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For now our third year, a group of Oakhill runners headed to Blackpool on Friday 3rd November to enjoy an 8km run up the Fylde Coast enjoying the illuminations on the way.

As the event grows ever more popular, 26 runners took part this year with our group made up of pupils, staff and parents.  The starting line was crossed just after 5pm as the lights were turned on and our runners ran past familiar sights such as the pleasure beach, tower and piers, and of course the largest free light show on earth!

Finishing in Bispham in just under an hour, the group were rewarded with a well- earned fish and chip supper!

Well done everyone and special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Everitt for driving the buses for us.

The Big Bonfire just got BIGGER!

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Friday 10th November saw a record 600 people enjoy a spectacular firework display, roaring bonfire and Meat and Potato Pie supper. Drinks were flowing in the Atrium bar and this year the Churros van was exceedingly popular, as were the neon sticks and cakes on sale by the PTA. Thank you all for supporting the event and the home team for all their hard work.

Whole Senior School Walk

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Pupils and staff from the Senior School enjoyed spending the afternoon together at the end of half term as they ventured out of the classroom to enjoy a walk together.

The walk has become somewhat of a tradition and is a great opportunity for pupils of all ages to share time together.

This year those taking part were raising funds for the Oakhill Peru Mission Project.  Next August a group of 15 pupils, staff and parents will visit Iquitos in Peru to assist in a classroom building project in a deprived area of the city.  The funds raised on our walk will provide building materials for our project.

Heading out from school we climbed our local summit of Wiswell Moor to earn a picnic lunch and some amazing views of the Ribble Valley.

We then enjoyed the annual Interhouse Conker competition with teams from each year group going head to head to conquer the house victory – this time going to Martyrs house.

From here the party of headed towards the Nick of Pendle before returning to school – just in time for half term!

The weather was very kind, and an excellent time was had by all.

Year 2 Make Bleuets

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Year 2 have enjoyed making Bleuets (cornflowers) to wear for Remembrance Day and have talked about the ceremonies which take place at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Year 10 Field Work

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Year 10 History ended the half term with a visit to the graveyard at St. Mary’s church in Whalley to collect data on the age of death in different centuries. Students could then build a picture of mortality rates over time. This raised some interesting conversations about changing levels of health care and the impact of wealth and the rural setting on mortality. Students were then rewarded with an celebratory ice cream after working hard for the first half term. More hard work to follow!

Year 5 Library Trip

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Year 5 pupils spent a very informative morning at Great Harwood library – thank you to all of the friendly and helpful librarians there. The class was welcomed by the staff who gave them a fantastic insight into all of the services offered. Children were surprised to learn that they can not only borrow books but that they also have access to DVDs, jigsaws, maps and PCs. They were told about reading groups which take place in the library and the many clubs – particularly wide-ranging during the school holidays – and were treated to a reading from one of their favourite books. The children then tested out their newly-found knowledge, of the way the library was arranged, by taking part in a treasure hunt and book quiz. Everyone left having borrowed a book to read – and some were so inspired that they have already read that book and returned to their local library to exchange it for another one! Many of the class are now planning to sign up for the Lancashire Reading Trail, a challenge to read 50 books, which provides prizes along the way. The librarians commented on how keen and interested the children already were in books and it is hoped that this visit inspires them to continue reading an even greater range of books.