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December 2018

‘Il Neige’?

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Year 4 pupils have turned into budding weather forecasters as they practised their newly-learnt skills in French. They are making fantastic progress in their weekly French lessons and have recently thoroughly enjoyed learning how to describe the current weather in France. Using their iPads, they recorded each other delivering the latest forecast. With Christmas fast approaching, they are hoping to practise using the phrase ‘il neige’ so that they can all get their sledges out and have some fun in the snow.

Flash Bang!

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It all started with a forty minute bus drive to Bolton School, where we attended the Flash Bang Show. The show takes place once a year around Christmas and we were fortunate enough to go and see it. It was run by the Manchester and District Royal Society of Chemistry and Dr. Frank Mair showed us many experiments.

There were bangs, flashes, and pops. The experiments were breath-taking from tiny pops to loud bangs.

He made clouds using solid carbon dioxide (also known as dry ice) and water.

There were hydrogen filled balloons and he lit a fuse which ran up the wood to the balloons and made a loud pop and caused a green flame.

Dr. Frank Mair did many colour changing experiments using indicators, acids and alkalis. There was one which was a natural water colour and changed to blue, then change back and forth continuously because it could not decide if it was an acid or alkali.

For the final experiment he put three packets of Monster Munch crisps in a bowl poured some hydrogen peroxide over them and lit it. It made a huge orange flame.

It was such an amazing day filled with lots of smoke, lots of fire and lots of smiles. Thank you, Miss Stagg for organizing it.

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At Cookery Club we made a delicious Greek salad (Horiatiki) with all students collaborating to prepare this delicious and nutritious dish.

Even though some students were unsure of olives, they all gave it a go and there were lots of clean plates by the end.

Well done our budding chefs.

Christmas Carol Competition

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Prep children are very excited about the Christmas carol competition

currently being run by the Oakhill MFL department.

Working in small groups or classes, they have chosen a popular French or Spanish carol

and have truly got into the spirit of things by having lots of fun putting their entries together.

We wish everyone the best of luck as they celebrate – Joyeux Noël and Feliz Navidad!

Penfriends Across The Channel

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Pupils in years 5 and 6 have been very busy designing cards to send to their French penfriends. They have enjoyed creating a colourful design and have explained a little about their family and interests inside the cards – all in French of course!  They are now eagerly awaiting the return cards from their friends in our partner school in Rouen, Jean-Paul II.

Fizzle And Bubble

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This year’s enterprise team, Fizzle and Bubble have exceeded their targeted profit in what has been a busy trading window. Currently 11th in the leader board of Tycoon in Schools Enterprise Competition. The company will donate their profit to Pendleside Hospice. Summing up the experience the team; Layla, Bobby, Aaron, Joshua, Louis and Robert have found it challenging, stressful at times but in the end rewarding. “Being successful and making a profit has made it all worthwhile.”

Thank you to all of our Fizzle and Bubble customers.

Jingle Bells

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Year Three got into the Christmas spirit with a rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ on guitars from Orlaith and Caspar, who are both having guitar lessons. Very well played!

Fractious Fractions!

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Year Three have been getting to grips with the finer points of all things fractions.

Some of the lessons have been quite fractious with brain cells overheating across the classroom!

Year 7 Visit Oldest Church In Clitheroe

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Last week students in year seven were given the chance to look around St Mary’s Church in Clitheroe with Rev Andrew Froud. The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and experienced a detailed tour of the magnificent building. Rev Froud had the students enthralled with the tales of the historical fire which burnt down part of the church and once the tour ventured into the graveyard the year sevens were a little shocked to learn about some of the gruesome deaths that had taken place.

We had a fantastic time and wanted to say thank you to Rev Froud for having us.

‘¿Hay posada?’

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In Spanish this week, Year 2 enjoyed dressing up in Nativity costumes to take part in a Posada procession around the school. They knocked on every classroom door to ask ‘¿Hay posada?’ (Is there room at the inn?). Luckily, in the end, they found a place back in their own classroom where they celebrated with a piñata.

Have a look at Year 2 in action searching for a room at the inn on Oakhill’s You Tube channel https://youtu.be/lTR60z_y1CM

Year Three Explore Roman Times

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As part of their history study on The Romans Year Three recently visited Ribchester Roman Museum.

They studied a brief history of the Romans in Britain and then looked at a large variety of Roman artefacts and got to try some of them on.

They then visited some of the ruins outside…buildings that have survived for over 2,000 years!

The children really enjoyed their visit and were fascinated by actually holding original artefacts that Romans made!

Chess Tournament

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Six boys from Years 5-8 relished the opportunity to test their chess skills against Year 9 pupils at St Augustine’s last week. 

Despite the difference in age and experience levels, the boys were a very good match for their opponents and truly enjoyed each of the highly competitive games. 

The informal tournament was arranged by Year 8 pupil, Harrison, through a contact at his local chess club, Blackburn Crusaders. 

He headed up an excited team who are already looking forward to the next games, which we are hoping to arrange for the New Year.  Well done, boys! 

You all played extremely well and were a real credit to Oakhill.

Prize Giving 2018

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Pupils, parents and staff celebrated Oakhill’s Annual Prize Giving on Thursday 29th November in the Sports Hall at Oakhill. The Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster, presented the prizes to returning and current pupils, in front of invited guests including the Mayor of the Ribble Valley, Clitheroe Town Mayor, governors and members of the Baron family.

Head Girl, Phoebe Richardson, welcomed the guests with an entertaining speech and talked about how high school is a crucial part of your journey through life, where some schools can break you but Oakhill makes you, and that is what makes Oakhill special.

The Chair of Governors, Mr Tony Baron, spoke about the new houses which are to be built at the bottom of the car park, form which the profits of the venture will go towards building the proposed new senior block. Mr Baron thanked the governors and the Oakhill Association for all the time they give to helping school. He spoke of his sadness in losing Oakhill’s matriarch or the mother of the family, Mrs Crouch who will be sadly missed by pupils, staff and parents alike.

Before The Principal, Mrs Crouch spoke we were entertained by a video highlighting the last academic year. Mrs Crouch congratulated last year’s Year 11 on their successful GCSE results. Other events of last year were the inspection were Mrs Crouch spoke of how proud she was that our teaching is excellent, an accolade very few independent and state schools in the area share.

The Venerable Michael Everitt, Archdeacon of Lancaster, then gave out the prizes, and followed this with an amusing speech which included his thoughts on his time in Peru and how you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

The Head Boy, James Sutterby, thanked Archdeacon Michael and spoke about the highlights of his time at Oakhill, including various trips he had taken, although he did have to apologise to Mr Peel for the amount of accidents he’d had resulting in several hospital visits on various trips!

Between the speeches and Prize Giving we were entertained by Year 10 pupil Holly on the violin playing a piece from Vivaldi. Following the proceedings there was an extensive buffet which provided an excellent opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to meet once more.


Year 2s Christmas Adverts

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Last Friday saw Year 2 performing their class assembly to the rest of Prep and their parents and grandparents.

The children were very excited because there were only 25 sleeps to Christmas and everyone had a premier showing of Year 2’s  own take on many different iconic  Christmas adverts.

They then went on to tell everyone about Advent, which is the coming of Jesus at Christmas, and how important it is to remember the true meaning of Christmas.

The boys and girls were amazing and made Mrs. Wilson and Miss Whittaker very proud with their efforts.

We hope everyone has a very happy and holy Advent. Watch Year 2s Christmas adverts here https://youtu.be/xeVblaHJIfU


Year Six Visit The Imperial War Museum

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Year 6 have been studying World War Two in history this term and have written some reports on a recent visit they had. Here are a selection of their comments which explain what they did and saw there.


Last Thursday, Year 6 went on a trip to the Imperial War Museum in North Manchester. “ (Isaac)

“The building was massive and the shape of it was inspired by the shards of a broken pot.”  (Monty)

“ When you went inside, it felt strange like you were lost on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean.”(George)

“We stood next to a T-55 Russian tank before we went inside.”(Josh)

“ A man showed us some WW1 and 2 helmets and gas masks. “ (Noah)

“ I personally liked trying on the Mark VI hat best – it was called ‘the mushroom’.(Roman)

“ I found out that the hats we saw from WW1, weren’t even bullet proof!” (Zara)

“ We listened to an old-fashioned wireless broadcasting a speech by Winston Churchill.” (Imogen)

“There was a 1940’s living room where you could listen out for the air-raid siren and listen to the wireless” (Taylor)

“ We watched a video called War at Home which told us what they people at home had to do to support the soldiers.” (Charlie)

We were privileged to meet war veteran, David, who at 95 was still able to recall his memories of WW2.

“He was only 19 when he joined the RAF and he worked as the ground force crew so never shot a gun. He even had to do look-out duty on his birthday.”(Edward)

Mairead says “ …he had several medals and he told us the story of him being sent a chocolate cake on his 21st birthday. It was fascinating to meet someone who had been in the war and knows how it feels.”

“I thought it was nice that we got to see a picture of him in uniform when he was younger. He had lots of medals all different shapes and sizes and joked with us that they were from Marks and Spencer’s!” (Nellie)

Lilly-Ella wrote…” We went outside to see the beautiful, ceramic poppies which cascaded downwards. It took my breath away and was a tremendous feature”.

“ It was put there to mark the 100th year since WW1 ended.” (Kyle)

“ We saw an underwater mine, an English tank and a German car. It was a really good trip and I would like to come again with my parents and explore the main exhibitions a bit more.”(Rocco)