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February 2018

Watch out Paul Hollywood!

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The children in Year 2 had a fun day before half term baking bread. They enjoyed weighing out all the ingredients and mixing them together before the energetic bit – kneading the dough.

They all agreed it was quite difficult and not as easy as Paul Hollywood made it look but they persevered and even managed to plait their dough making their rolls look very professional.

After a couple of hours proving and baking it was time to tuck in and enjoy eating them. With an array of spreads including everybody’s favourite, Nutella, the whole class agreed that the effort of the day was worth it!

Year Three Budding Poets

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Year Three paid a visit to Mrs Crouch just before the half term holiday to share with her some poems that they had written, with a lighted candle as their inspiration.

Mrs Crouch was herself inspired by all their poems and thanked them for all their hard work, creativity and imagination.

Oakhill Chess Tournament

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Our 2018 Chess Tournament is well under way with 20 players, from Years 3 to 8 competing for the trophy and a chance to enter the regional Megafinal.   Skill, patience and a lot of tactics are being deployed each week as they battle it out against their opponents. Many players have already earned their chess competitors badge. Round 4 will be played this week with a chance to win one of the coveted mascots as the tension mounts. Who will become the overall Oakhill Chess Champions?

Senior Cross Country

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Before half term we had the annual senior school inter house cross country race. The event consists of a boys race, girls race and an elite race for those pupils who excel in cross country or really want to challenge themselves. The event ran very smoothly with some amazing achievements and times being recorded. There was a fantastic positive attitude for the event and every single person in the senior school completed the task and finished with a smile on their face. Our elite runners set off first pushing themselves to complete two and a half laps of the course. Five boys and one girl completed the course. Year 11 pupil Louis won the boys competition and Year 11 Chloe won the girls elite race – knocking 40 seconds off the school record that has stood for 5 years!

Tom led the boys race with ease completing his final interhouse cross country race in Year 11. Year 9 pupil Alex came in second and Giles, our head boy finished third. Year 10 girl, Lucy paced her self excellently well throughout the course leading the girls race with a well calculated race plan, coming in second was Year 10 pupil Isabelle and Year 9 pupil Ellie third.

Special mention must go to the whole of Year 11 who took part in their final race with great attitude and application, leading with great example to the younger years.

Madesimo 2018

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We arrived excitedly into the resort on Friday evening during a welcoming snow shower, ate our first bowl of pasta and prepared ski kits for day one on the slopes. A trying first day as ski routines were established, nursery slopes mastered and energy levels shattered. Revived by pasta, our traditional first evening’s entertainment, Mrs Smith’s Games Night explored the pupils creativity.

Day two, temperatures rose to -4 degrees and the sun shone as ski skills were enhanced, confidence levels rose and smiles sparkled. The day rounded off with sledging, hot chocolate and a warming bowl of pasta! What tomorrow will bring who knows but pasta and more smiles are definitely on the menu!


Day three and four saw temperatures plummet as we skied in temperatures of -16 degrees in the mornings, needless to say it was tough. However the wind dropped in the afternoons. The beginners had gained in confidence and were skiing on blue slopes high in the mountains over Motta, where the statue of the Virgin Mary is situated. Après-ski activities included a quiz night an a post dinner walk into Madesimo for Crêpes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.


Day five and skiing conditions improved. The advanced and intermediate groups went to the highest part of the resort to ski two beautiful red runs with views over to Switzerland. In the evening we swopped our ski boots for dancing shoes – disco time.


Our final day was snowy and the slopes were covered in fresh powder. Our last ski lesson finished with a presentation from the ski instructors at Larichi – everyone’s favourite destination for a wood fired pizza. Each of the pupils received a gift of a ski buff and we celebrated our achievements with a hot chocolate. Pizza night in a local restaurant with more dancing, was the perfect end to Oakhill’s ski trip in Madesimo 2018.

Prep Swimming Gala

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On Thursday 8th February, a team of Year 4s to 6 travelled to compete in our second competitive swimming gala. We competed against three other school teams from Giggleswick and Westville house. Our swimmers put in an excellent performance both in their individual events and team relays. Many of our under 10s swam up a year group taking on under 11s from the other schools and committing to two lengths rather than one. They should be really proud of themselves. After a many closely fought races the results were in. Oakhill were proudly placed second overall out of the four teams, this was a fantastic achievement as the other schools both have private pools where they train weekly. Well done Swim team, our next event is against the local Ribble Valley school, where we are looking forward to another excellent result!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

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Year 1 celebrated Chinese New Year in style with a trip to Yu and You!

The children (and teachers) enjoyed the entertainment and had the opportunity to taste a variety of Chinese food.

A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Yu for inviting us along for the celebrations and providing the fantastic feast and party bags. Happy New Year!

A Pound A Puppet

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A normal Thursday morning in the Prep school…not last week.

Pupils all mixed up in different classes with different teachers for an activity called ‘A Pound a Puppet’.

The Prep Student Council came up with a fund raising idea whereby all the children brought in a sock and some decorating materials and spent a lesson being imaginative and creative and at the same time raising money for Cancer Research and new playground equipment.

As you can see from the photos everyone had a great time!

Sock Puppets

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Year 4, along with the rest of the prep school, had an amazing start to their morning as they worked with children from other classes to make their very own sock puppet. It was a great chance to work alongside different children in other prep classes as well as raising money for both the school and Cancer Research.

Thomas Group

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Before Christmas the Prep Student Council raised £77 at the Oakhill Christmas Market. They decided to donate the money raised to the local charity THOMAS in Blackburn, who provide meals and support for the homeless. On Wednesday the children had the opportunity to deliver the bags of food to THOMAS that included chickens, coffee, cakes and juice. A big thank you to Mrs Rishton for buying the food and coming along with us.

Year 10 Geographers

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Year 10 Geographers have been studying glaciation in Britain. They have looked at the processes of erosion, transportation and deposition and in this picture below you can see them modelling erosion features found in the British landscape. Students enjoyed getting out the play dough and discovering their inner pre-school selves as they formed corries, pyramidal peaks and glacial troughs.  In the background you can see their map of Britain with their CSI evidence of glaciation throughout Britain. The next stop is to go and investigate for ourselves with a visit to the Lake District. Watch this space!


Prep School Student Council Cake Sale

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Year Three and Four Prep School Student Council members organised a very successful cake sale last Friday. They raised £93. Half of this money has been spent on new storage containers for prep playground equipment and the other half will be donated to Cancer Research.

Well done everyone in the prep school for supporting this event.


Oakhill v SMH Swimming Gala

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On Thursday we travelled to SMH to compete in our first head to head swimming gala against SMH. We had a bus of nervous but excited pupils not knowing what to expect. After the warm up the nerves settled a little and we were ready for the races. A range of pupils from years 5-7 competed. All taking part in two or more races and the relays. All of our swimmers put in a sterling performance and we had many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. It was a fantastic event and we learned lots about the formation of the team. We look forward to returning for another event in the near future. Well done to all involved, you did Oakhill proud.

Year 10 Historians Visit To London

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Despite the cold and rain, Year 10 were bright and cheerful on Saturday morning as we travelled to Preston station and then onto London Euston for a day of History. Having navigated the Underground,  they delved straight into the Elizabethan period and took on the mighty Globe, a reconstruction of the Lord Chamberlain’s company theatre, run by Burbage and, of course, a certain W. Shakespeare. Tim gave a fascinating talk on the construction and goings-on in at the Theatre which was seen as most ungodly by the Puritans across the river who ran London city.

After a well deserved lunch, our attention then turned to the 19th Century and a visit to the oldest Operating Theatre in Europe at the old site of St. Thomas  Hospital. Students were “entertained” by a talk on bladder stone removal which was achieved in 45 seconds, if you were lucky, and then an amputation which ideally would be performed in 2-3 minutes, all without modern day anaesthetics and antiseptics. A surgeon’s skill lay in speed and not necessarily in precision!

Students then returned to the 16th Century to see the reconstruction of Drake’s Golden Hinde. They even then managed to squeeze in a quick look at the Tate Modern, conveniently located on the South Bank.

Our arrival at Euston was greeted by train cancellations and with the help of Virgin staff we rerouted our return journey, arriving back in Skipton 2 minutes later than scheduled. Clearly, our dabbling in historical drama, speed of operating and undertaking unknown journeys paid off!

Well done to Year 10 Historians who were fantastic throughout our travels and to Mrs Hipwell for joining us on our day out in London.

Senior Girls Cricket Team

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The senior girls cricket team played in the indoor girls cricket competition on Wednesday. The girls were placed in a difficult group with St Augustine’s, Ribblesdale and Clitheroe Grammar. In the first fixture, the girls won in fantastic fashion against St Augustine’s with Year 9 pupil, Jessie starring, she scored 20 runs before having to retire. The next fixture we came up against was a strong Clitheroe Grammar team, our girls batted first and scored 42 runs in 8 overs, a very respectable score. It came down to the last over and we just missed out on victory with two bowls to spare. In our final game we still had a chance of winning the tournament, we had to beat Ribblesdale, who were yet to lose. We again won the toss and batted first, we had a slow start but some positive batting between Year 8 pupil Isabella and Year 9 pupil Ellie managed to get Oakhill to a competitive score of 32. The game went down to the wire, but sadly we missed out on victory despite our best efforts. Well played girls, we came joint second against strong opposition.

Year 1 Explorers

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Year 1 became explorers this week as their classroom was transformed in to a bear’s cave. They stepped over huge stalagmites, looked up at the pointy stalactites, braved a steep ledge and walked under ice cold waterfalls. The children all came up with some imaginative descriptions and adjectives to use in their story writing. Luckily they all made it out safely and did not wake the big brown bear!