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September 2018

Library Visit

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‘Inspiring others with our eagerness to learn’ – a phrase which forms part of our Oakhill prayer and the pupils in Years 4 and 5 have been truly inspired this week with a visit to Whalley Library.

The welcoming staff, Joanne and Joan, spent time with the children, explaining how a library is set up and the many services it offers.  Some were surprised to learn that they could visit the library for a variety of activities, including free access to computers and printing facilities, in addition of course to reading the many books there – over 10,000 in fact!

The Lancashire Reading Trail also tempted a number of children to continue their reading journey.  The pupils discovered how the Dewey Decimal system works and were able to navigate themselves around in order to select a book which they could take home and enjoy.

It was fantastic to see them reading their chosen books as soon as they were in their hands, so eager were they.  The staff were very impressed with the knowledge the children demonstrated but, most of all, with their enthusiasm for reading and learning.

We are sure that they will be making return trips very soon.  Years 4 and 5 would like to extend a sincere thank you to the library staff – they had a memorable and enjoyable morning.

Lantern Making For Whalley Remembers

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As part of the Whalley Remembers commemorations taking place in November, Year 5 have begun their preparations by making willow lanterns for the evening parade on the 10th November.

They had to plan their structure and work together to build a frame.

There was lots of excellent cooperation and thinking in the designing and making and they are now ready to tackle the messy part by adding their tissue paper and decorations next week.

There will be more information about the events in Whalley coming out soon so watch this space.

Senior Student Council

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Students in Senior School voted in elections on Friday. A good number of students put themselves forward and they were all fantastic candidates prepared to contribute their time and efforts to helping others. The elections are by secret ballot and the process follows the democratic system in Britain, helping students learn about our political values. The results will be announced on Thursday. Well done to everyone who stood.

Continental Cooking

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This term students are exploring their inner chefs and finding out about food from across Europe. The first week involved quizzes about food and countries in Europe and last week we met to cook crepes. Many countries have traditions of crepes or pancakes and we looked at when in the year they are eaten and the different shapes and ingredients. Students then made their own with a good variety of toppings. Great cooking and great eating! Next week gets a bit smellier with cheese!

Prep Student Council

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On Friday the Prep boys and girls cast their vote for their new Student Council members. The new student council representatives are as follows…

Year 6 – Lilly-Ella and Monty
Year 5 – Ella and Will
Year 4 – Imogen and Saul
Year 3 – Emily and Evan
Year 2 – Ivy
Year 1 – Archie
Reception – Edward

The council will meet every other week to discuss new ideas on how to improve our school and help our community.

Babies Adventure

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Now that Autumn is upon us it is great to get the babies out in the fresh air.

They have been out exploring Whalley together in their new amazing prams.

Mountain Biking Adventures in the Yorkshire Dales 

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The new term kicked off with a mountain biking trip to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales where pupils, past and present, parents and staff headed out from school on Friday to Muker campsite.

The weather was kind on Saturday and the bikers spent a full day biking around the Swaledale Valley, heading back to the site after an impressive distance of 50km along goods tracks, taking them past the abandoned lead mines and then up to Keld, the highest village in Yorkshire.

On Sunday, the bikers completed the Swaledale loop which delivered fantastic views across the valley and ended with an enjoyable ride back down to the campsite before heading home.

Royal Mail

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Here are a couple of photos regarding the replies which last year’s Year 5 received following the making and sending of cards on the occasion of the wedding of Harry and Meghan. The children were genuinely shocked and excited about their individual replies. They will treasure them forever.

Green Fingered Zara

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A huge congratulations to Zara from Year 6 who was one of the runners-up in this year’s Southport Flower Show design-a-garden competition. This year the garden theme was ‘Once upon a time’ and Zara’s garden had lots of magical, fantasy features to reflect this. Zara wins a £50 voucher for school which we can spend on something to enhance the school grounds. We will be asking Zara for ideas!

Year 10 Geographers

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Right at the end of the summer term, Year 10 Geographers packed clipboards, measuring tape and dog biscuits and ventured to the Lake District for two days of field work. They visited the beautiful valley of Mosedale and collected data on the River Caldew. This involved two students getting very wet! They then climbed the steep sides of the U-Shaped valley to visit Bowscale Tarn where they collected field sketches.

In the evening they set up camp at a local site and devoured a pub dinner and watched the football. The next day they collected data on the human impact in the Lakes, visiting the town of Keswick and conducting questionnaires. They quickly grew in confidence in approaching members of the public. A great two days and some super data to now pull together. Well done, year 10!