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April 2018

Year 9 Ecology

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Year 9 undertook fieldwork at Spring Wood on Tuesday. In class, they are looking at the temperate deciduous woodland ecosystem and during their visit they collected data on plant types, numbers and evaluated the quality of the woodland. Paul Shoreman who manages Spring Wood, was there to share his extensive knowledge of the area and of plants and animals.

Even though it rained throughout the visit and they and their data collection sheets got very wet, Year 9 managed to complete all tasks. Back to the classroom to analyse those results! Thanks to Paul for his time and guidance round the Wood.

Student Council’s Sport And Tea

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Senior Student Council organised a super Sport and Tea social event for after school on Monday.

Students could choose between three options: going for a run, football on the new 3G pitch or a Pilates class in the dance studio.

All options were popular and students enjoyed a good hour of exercise before joining another group of students who had cooked the tea.

One group made dessert, a delicious banoffee pie, whilst the others prepared a BBQ.

Despite the rain, staff and students enjoyed themselves and kept smiling.

It was a lovely afternoon and opportunity to mix with other year groups.

Well done to Student Council for organising and thanks to staff who helped to lead the activities.

Commonwealth Athlete

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Paige in Year 6 and Elysia in Year 1’s grandad, Tony Gornall took part in the 1974 Commonwealth Games, in the road race. His team mate, Phil Griffiths received a silver medal. Grandad was captain of the English cycling team. He also rode in the world championships in Montreal and the Berlin, Warsaw, Prague Peace Race which included one week in Czechoslovakia, one in Poland and one in East Germany. Plus the Tour of Britain. He also won the Manchester track league in 1970.

The girls brought his jacket and programme in to show their classmates.

Paige and Elysia

Fantastic Beasts In Year 6

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A new version of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ book from the Harry Potter series has appeared in Year 6. This version, written by the children themselves, contains new and previously undiscovered creatures! Which one can breathe ice to make its nest? Which creature’s wool is used to make Hogwart’s uniform? Which leaves a trail of magic dust? And which one has venom so powerful that wizards use it in deadly potions?

Read the book to find out these answers and discover more about the curious beasts on display. Oh…and look out for our super sentences containing parenthesis and relative clauses too!

St Joseph’s Penny

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Before Easter the Prep Student Council were eagerly raising money for St Joseph’s Penny. Each class was given an Easter egg box to fill with pennies, each filled box earned the pupils 5 minutes of free time, where they could choose from a variety of exciting activities. It was harder than we thought to fill a whole Easter egg box, but the pupils in Prep managed to fill 8 Easter egg boxes! This earned them 40 minutes of free time and they managed to raise a total of £229.61 for St Joseph’s Penny.

Archdeacon Michael Reaches New Heights

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Oakhill’s support for its Charity, the Peru Mission, took Mrs Everitt’s husband to new heights. Archdeacon Michael jumped from 15 000 feet to freefall and parachute down to North Lancashire.

It was an exhilarating experience, although not one he hopes to repeat when he flies out with Oakhill to the mission in Iquitos this August. There is still time to sponsor Michael via his just giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-everitt1. Well done Archdeacon!

Poppy Heads To Royal Ballet Summer School

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Congratulations to Poppy in Year 6 who has been offered a place at Royal Ballet Summer School. This is a unique opportunity for Poppy who will attend a residential course at White Lodge in Richmond Park. Over 2500 boys and girls apply to attend this prestigious vocational training course where the pupils are trained by Royal Ballet staff and renowned international teachers. 

Well done, Poppy.

Photography Competition

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Senior School Student Council held another photography competition and this time the theme was “Being You at Oakhill”. There were lots of fantastic entries at a very high standard and judging was difficult for our panel. Jack Monk won first prize for a characterful photo of his two sheep; Isabelle Pugh came second with her photo of Blackburn Cathedral where she sings in the choir and Georgia Lee came third with her atmospheric lakeside photo. There were also fantastic entries from Prep too with first place going to Rocco, second place to Jack and third place to Hannah. Thank you to all entrants and well done. The Competition entry fee has also raised funds for Will’s Wishes, a local cancer charity

Chess Champions

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This final round of the Annual Oakhill Chess Tournament took place recently Players met their final opponent of the competition and battled it out for a place in the regional mega final to be held in May. Overall winner, Harrison from Year 8, scored a maximum 21 points having won each of his seven matches. All of the participants showed true dedication and commitment each week as they faced different players of a similar ability. Even the youngest players who were from Year 3 and have just started on their chess playing, made huge improvements to their game over the term. There were badges, mascots and chess books to win as the points mounted up.

The players scoring enough points to qualify for the mega final are Harrison and Matthew from Year 8, Isaac, Roman, Taylor and Charlie from Year 5 and Joshua, Max and Zak from Year 4. We hope as many of these children as possible can make it to this next event.

Well done everyone for playing so well and completing the tournament.

Chocolate Frogs

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Q: If it takes 150g of chocolate to make 4 chocolate frogs, how much chocolate is needed to make 14 frogs?

A: Ask Year 6!

Frogs were the topic for this week as Year 6 continued their Harry Potter themed English lessons. Having written their own ‘collectible’ frog cards featuring characters from the books and using different sentence types, they completed the unit by making chocolate frogs and 3D boxes to go with them. Lots of ratio problem solving included!

Archdeacon Michael’s Leap of Faith

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This summer Mrs Everitt’s husband, Michael is going out to Peru with Mrs Everitt and some of her colleagues and pupils from Oakhill School.

To raise money for The Peru Mission, Mr Everitt, is doing a tandem jump. Watch the clip below from That’s Lancashire tv were Mr Everitt talks about his upcoming adventure!

They are going to take part in The Peru Mission with Joe Plumb. Details of the charity can be found on its website.


Whilst they are out there, they will help with the mission in its work with the poor and disadvantaged, teach and build a classroom, whilst sharing their faith in Jesus Christ.

As Chair of the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education and Cidari Blackburn Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust and Archdeacon of Lancaster, being part of this mission combines Mr Everitt’s faith and  interests. Taking a leap of faith by doing a parachute jump shows his commitment to it all. (And many clergy, parishes and schools have said they would like to see him jump from a plane!)

To sponsor Mr Everitt please go to his giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-everitt1

Silver D of E Practice Expedition

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On Easter Sunday our Silver D of E group ventured to the North Yorkshire Dales for their first full 3 day expedition, taking on the challenges of the lingering winter weather.  Their route began in Kirkby Stephen on day one, where the group climbed to the summit of Nine Standards Rigg, briefly taking in the views and the impressive monoliths which give the peak its name. They then descended into Ravenseat and on to the picturesque village of Keld for their first overnight camp.

Our explorers had a cosy night under canvas with extra blankets and sleeping bags, waking up to a very snowy Swaledale and a challenging day ahead.  The staff generously provided the group with a bonus bacon butty, and after a good breakfast the group braved the elements with a route change avoiding the high peaks descending instead into the valley towards Muker.  They then stayed low following the river Swale and battling the wind and snow through Gunnerside to the second camp at Scabba Wath.  We opted for the bunk barn at the campsite as an alternative to pitching tents in the snow.  Everyone enjoyed the chance to warm up, dry off, and spend the night in a proper bed!

Day three brought milder conditions but the new challenge of mist and low visibility.  The group climbed out of Swaledale on to the moors above Wensleydale.  Navigation was tough but the group worked together well, using good techniques to find their way onto the mining tracks above Wensleydale which would take them to their finishing point at Castle Bolton.  The group were very happy to see the castle appear in the mist and even happier to see the minibus ready to take them home!

These were certainly testing conditions, and all our adventurers took on the challenge with confidence, walking nearly 50km in total, carrying all food and equipment weighing around 15kg.  Well done to all for a great achievement.  The Silver group can now look forward to their final assessed expedition in July, which will take place in the Lake District and hopefully in sunshine!