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February 2019

Half Term Fun In Nursery

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During half term some of the nursery and preschool/pre prep children went for a walk into Whalley to the post office to post a letter with Miss Lund.

They also visited the park for some fun on the playground

 

Year 5 Geography Project

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Year 5 pupils are currently enjoying learning about the world around them in their geography lessons. They have studied early settlements and how people chose suitable sites. They  have considered different types of power stations and energy sources – a topic which saw them getting out and about to find local examples of wind turbines and solar panels. They have been challenged to design their own settlements for a variety of communities – ranging local farmers who were also from ski enthusiasts to university students studying a variety of subjects. When the children return from half term, they are looking forward to to investigating food miles and also beginning an exciting eco-bricks project!

Christmas Jumper Fundraiser

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This year Senior student council have chosen Derian House as their charity to fund raise for. They decided to hold a Christmas jumper day fundraiser, where everybody donated £2 for wearing their Christmas jumper. Deputy Head Girl Isabelle and Deputy Head Boy Arthur presented the cheque to Susan Seddon who came to collect it on behalf of Derian House. Thank you to everybody for bringing in your £2.

Thomas, Year 8 Senior Student Council Secretary

Greek Club

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At Greek club on Friday lunch times, we have been learning the alphabet, the colours and some numbers but have also fitted in some Greek dancing.

Badminton, Oakhill’s Most Popular Sport This Half Term

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Badminton has grown in popularity this term with pupils from years 3 to 11 attending clubs each and every week. Along with learning new skills in their PE lessons. Mrs.Smith badminton club on a Thursday lunchtimes has been a popular option on the extra curricular timetable.

All the pupils have enhanced their range of shots and their success when using them. Movement both on and off the shuttle has noticeably improved along with employing strategies to outwit their opponents.

Lunch time tournaments have been keenly fought out including, singles, doubles, mixed doubles and our favourite biggies and Littlies (where our older KS4 pupils compete in a doubles partnership with a KS3 pupil) This is where the sporting prowess of the Lutwyche family dominated! Alex and Lydia were the unbeaten champions!

Our Year 6 pupils have astonished Mrs.Smith with their shots and tactical application to the games and she is hoping to arrange a fixture against a local secondary school as badminton is not usually played in prep schools.

Our pupils must have been taking their enthusiasm home as we have also had a group of prep Mums taking advantage of our excellent Sports-hall facility and playing their own games of badminton on a Thursday morning! Well done ladies, Mrs. Smith is very impressed.

Year Three Assembly

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The recent Year Three assembly was a bit of a pick-and-mix! There was something for everyone. The first half included boxes of sweets, a sheep, Mrs Smith getting a custard pie in the face, an IMovie DFS advert and a life appearance by a dog! The Prime Minister gave a rousing speech and Mrs May, Nadia, Anneena and Wilf entertained everyone with a story which was cut short by the appearance of a VERY grumpy caretaker. The second half was much calmer and more serious as the children used the bible story of The Good Samaritan to encourage everyone to respect and help each other-taught through a series of short dramas. Year Three finished the assembly with a song all about being a good neighbour.

Year Three were praised by Mrs Crouch for their confidence and enthusiasm and for the important message that they gave.

Many thanks to all the parents and relatives of Year Three to came to support them, Miss Baron and Miss Whittaker for their technical support, Mrs Turner for the 10 Downing Street door and especially to Rudy’s mum for the use of the dog and Mrs Smith for the use of her face! If you would like to watch Year 3s assembly click here https://youtu.be/oIVfDmGKBRY

LAMDA Success

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Year 6 pupil, Isaac and Thomas from Year 8 recently took their London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) exams and achieved outstanding results!

Isaac performed poetry for his Verse and Prose Grade 1 exam and Thomas performed a piece of verse and prose for his Grade 2 Verse and Prose exam; both students gained Distinctions which is the highest grade achievable.

They are now working towards their next LAMDA exam, along with all our other Speech and Drama students, which they will take in June. Congratulations Isaac and Thomas, keep up the excellent work!

Reception Go Bird Watching

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Following their big school RSPB bird watch, Reception went on a trip to Spring Wood on the hunt for different birds. The children had great fun seeing lots of birds they recognised and even saw a flock of Redwings, winter visitors from the north. We filled the bird feeders and watched different kinds of birds feed close up. We had a great time on a very cold and muddy trip!

 

Gymnastics Competition

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Last Monday Oakhill entered two teams of gymnasts into the KS2 key steps gymnastics competition held at St. Augustine’s.

Each of the gymnasts had to perform a set floor routine and also two vaults. The pupils had been working with Coach Zoli for 4 weeks and all were keen to compete. It was a tough decision to decide upon the teams.

There were 21 teams in total that competed. We entered Oakhill Oranges this team was made up of George, Saul, Isobella, Sophie and Francesca. Our Oakhill Greens were Caspar, Billy-Roy, Orlaith, Leonie and Imogen.

The teams competed on the vault first all making clean vaults and sticking their landings. Leonie and Saul deserve special mentions for this as they were awarded the highest scores from the judges.

Next came the set floor routine and with only one chance each the gymnasts knew they had to make it count. Some were nervous as they were still mastering the cartwheel and backwards role!

All performed excellently well achieving both of these difficult components within their routines. Imogen and Isobella’s performed tremendously and each achieved an excellent score of 9 points. Each and every gymnast performed their best routine extending from the tips of their fingers to the tips of their toes!

We are very proud of them and very grateful to Zoli for his expert teaching and giving our pupils a love of gymnastics.

The final results were long awaited and revealed by email the following day! Oakhill Greens scored an excellent 62.2 placing them 9th out of 21 schools. Our Oranges performed outstandingly well and achieved second place with a score of 65.6 and they were awarded the silver medals! Well done to everyone involved and thank you to all the parents that came to watch and support our teams.

Gung Hey Fat Choy

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Last Tuesday the boys and girls in Year 2 were once again invited to celebrate Chinese New Year with the Yu family at their restaurant, Yu Copster Green.

The children were all very excited and were kept entertained by Taz who had even brought along his pet rabbit.

Then came the food! The children devoured everything that was put in front of them: prawn crackers, ribs, crispy duck with pancakes, rice, noodles, prawn toast and sweet and sour chicken.

Even the children who didn’t think they would like it tried it. Chopsticks were used too until the children got fed up as it was too difficult and just got a fork!

There were empty plates and full tummies all round and the staff weren’t left out either.

The children even left with a party bag.  It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and we are very grateful to Annabel and her family for inviting us. Thank you and Gung Hey Fat Choy

First Lady Of Running

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Over 700 runners completed Blackburn Road Runners Winter Warmer event, which took place on 3rd February 2019 starting and ending at Witton Park, Blackburn, Lancashire. The first lady to finish was none other than Oakhill’s Religious Studies teacher Mrs Mousley! In a fantastic time of 40.58 and coming 44th overall Mrs Mousley said, “It was a beautiful day for a race and all credit to Blackburn Road Runners for spending hours shovelling snow off the track on the Saturday to ensure the race could go ahead. A decent run for me although definitely not a personal best which remains at (37.59) I managed to pull my hamstring just on the sharp hill before the descent into Pleasington but luckily someone from the club told me I was first lady with no other in sight so I just slowed off a bit to ensure I didn’t cause an injury. Happy to finish first lady even though my time was a bit over what I would have liked. There was excellent support on the course from club members and marshalls making it a really enjoyable day!’

Double Netball Win

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Yesterday our fantastic U11 netball team travelled to Giggleswick for a triangular match against our hosts and Lady Lane from Bingley. In our first match we took on Giggleswick and with great effort and determination we won the game 4-1. Nellie was chosen as player of the match her excellent timing and movement onto the ball and accuracy when shooting. Our second match against Lady Lane started with a very nervous team as both their shooters and deference were extremely tall! Our girls had to move around the court to dodge past their opposition. Zara did this very well to be chosen as player of the match. Final score was another win at 3-0. A fantastic well deserved double win for the afternoon.

Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championship

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Well done to Robert-John in Year Ten who represented Oakhill and the District, in the Lancashire Schools Cross Country Championship on Saturday.  RJ qualified last year in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley competition, finishing in a very impressive 3rd place.  After earning a place in the District Team he was faced with the challenge of taking on top runners from all over Lancashire. 

The race was a 5.5km course around Witton Park in Blackburn and with freezing temperatures it was no easy challenge!  RJ put in a determined performance holding his position throughout the race, and picking off at least 6 fellow competitors in his final sprint, to finish 43rd. 

A great performance against a strong field in challenging conditions – well done RJ, we are all very proud of you!

Prep Student Council

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Prep Student Council have split the money they raised at the Christmas Fair between CAFOD and the Prep playground. For CAFOD they have bought many wonderful gifts, including a mosquiteo net to protect, beekeeping equipment, a goat and much more! Well done to everybody who baked and supported the stall.

Prep Choir

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Prep choir are meeting every Tuesday lunchtime in Year 3s classroom. Even though they have only been singing together for three weeks they are performing amazingly well and thoroughly enjoying singing together.