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July 2018

Race For Life

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The Prep children had a very hot and sweaty Race for Life on 4th July as they raised money for Cancer Research UK.

However armed with lashings of suncream, sun hats and bottles of water the children completed their walk around the fields with no complaints.

Their efforts and determination have certainly paid off as they have raised to date a wonderful £638! Well done Oakhill Prep!

Don’t worry if you haven’t sponsored them there is still time. Just follow the link, to donate to this very worthy cause that is close to Oakhill’s heart…

Lancashire School Games

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Last Tuesday three of our Prep pupils were treated to a VIP experience at the Lancashire school games held at Stanley Park in Blackpool. Year 5 pupils Nellie and Lilly-Ella had won the Ribble Valley design a flag competition.

They had their flag made and got to lead the Ribble Valley team out during the opening ceremony. Year 6 pupil Gabrielle won not only the pledge competition for the Ribble Valley but then went on to win for the whole of Lancashire. Meaning that she got to open the ceremony with her Pledge, reading it in front of more than 200 people!


The girls did us proud on the day. They were treated to brunch and lunch in the VIP tent with various Mayors from across Lancashire and were given a tour of the games both on foot and on a train. So much fun and enjoyment was had by all. Check our videos and photos below. Our U13 football team were also there competing in the competition representing the Ribble Valley after qualifying in our borough.

Education Awards

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Oakhill were very honoured to be nominated for two awards at the recent East Lancashire Newspapers’ Education Awards, held at Burnley College.

All of the categories were keenly contested, and we were proud to be nominated for the Young Scientist/Engineer Award and the Secondary School of the Year Award.

We are delighted to announce that we were presented with the Young Scientist/Engineer Award. Year 7 pupils, Christopher, James and Matthew were nominated for this award after they made it through to the final of the BP Ultimate STEM challenge event in London. Based on their well presented board, clear information, varied prototypes and interactive learning the judges voted our Oakhill Brilliant Biogas Boys this year’s Stand Winners.

Well done to everybody who was nominated for an award, it was an excellent evening.

Prep’s Celebration Assembly

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Prep had their final celebration assembly where they said goodbye to their Year 6s and wished them luck for the future. The pupils read out a selection of their memories and were treated to a slideshow of pictures reminding them of how far they have come and how much they have accomplished while they’ve been here. Eliza read, “…I will really miss Prep – they have taught me so much and given me the confidence to do things. Thank you for welcoming me into your very special family.” Poppy commented, “Oakhill has given me lots of happy memories and I am looking forward to starting seniors and making new friends.” They all said that although they might be nervous to begin with, they are looking forward to moving on to seniors and doing new things.

Trophies were awarded for special achievements and the Head Boy and Girl were thanked by Mrs Crouch for doing the role so well. Pippa was presented with the Governors’ award for Service to the School by school governor, Mr Anwyl who himself, is a regular visitor in school. The award for Music and Drama went to Joseph and Zainab was given the Outstanding Achievement award for her many talents.

Darcy was awarded for her achievements with the Consistent Effort Award and Gabrielle received the Good General Progress shield. The award for Sporting Effort went to Lydia, and Maisey and Ruairi received the Principal’s Cup from Mrs Crouch.

Merit winners this year were Orlaith (Y2), Joshua (Y4) and Roman (Y5). New awards for this year were the Performance, Service and Critical Thinking Stars Awards given out to the children achieving the highest number throughout the year. These were: John Charles in Y2, Indiah and Oliver both from Y3 and Nellie in Y5 who all had the most Performance Stars; George P. from Y2 Imogen from Y3 and Mairead and Lilly-Ella from Y5 who earned the most Service Stars; and George C. from Y2, Charlotte in Y3 and Nellie from Y5 who have proved they are all good at critical thinking.

Each class chose a ‘Child of the Year’ – someone they all felt deserved the title from the things they do during the year. The children chose: Jasper from Reception; Ivy from Y1; Leoni from Y2; Rudy from Y3; Zakhary from Y4; Noah from Y5 and Maisey from Y6.

Well done to all our achievers and to everyone for their efforts this year!

Jigsaw Challenge

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Over the last few weeks the boys and girls in year 2 have been working on a very challenging jigsaw. It has 1155 pieces and is an unusual shape so it has taken a lot of hard work, time and dedication to get it done. The result was worth it though and they were all delighted to finish it without losing any pieces too! Mrs. Crouch was invited over to have a look as the children, quite rightly, were very proud of themselves. She was very impressed as she had been monitoring their progress! Well done Year 2 a great way to finish the year.

Greek Club

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Greek club celebrated the last meeting of the year with a tasty picnic under the oak tree. Zainab entertained us on the guitar with a rendition of Zorba’s dance which she learned for the occasion and Lottie showed us some of the dance steps which go with it. Mrs Everitt was very impressed with Year 6s cooking skills. We had stuffed peppers and aubergines from the Dillon family, homemade baklava from Zainab and a lovely Greek salad from Darcy. Not to mention the olives, dips, tyropita, yoghurt and honey and more. Everyone managed to ask for their food in Greek too. Kali orexi!


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On Wednesday 20th June 14 pupils from Year 5 to Year 11 enjoyed a coaching session at the BMX track, located within the Manchester Velodrome.  Pupils have regularly attended BMX club here at Oakhill and are now experts at tackling our own downhill track in the school grounds. 

They were all keen to take on the challenge of the Velodrome track which was built for the Commonwealth Games, and is a regular training ground for Olympic athletes.

Our coach took us through different sections of the track, linking berms, jumps and pump sections before taking us to the 5 metre high start ramp, which is used to build up speed. We then enjoyed a full circuit of the course.  Everyone enjoyed the session and the coach was impressed by the skills and confidence of our pupils – well done everyone!