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June 2019

International Day Of Yoga

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Recently the Nursery children took part in ‘international day of yoga’.

Megan carried out yoga sessions with all the rooms, and they all made their own ‘little bags of happiness’.

Even the babies and toddlers took part in a yoga sensory experience.

Year 10 Donates Money To Pendleside Hospice From Business Enterprise Competition

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The Year 10 Business Studies class took part in Tycoon in School Enterprise Competition run by The Peter Jones Foundation.  Fizzle and Bubble finished in 13th position out of over 100 schools and made a profit of £268. Their profit is being donated to Pendleside Hospice. We chose Pendleside hospice because one of our fellow class mates Great Grandma received palliative care there, so we felt a connection to the place.

Written By Year 10 Business Studies

Year 5 STEM Challenge Shield

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This year our Year 5’s competed against each other for the Oakhill Year 5 STEM Challenge Shield.

The challenge this year was to make Whalley’s longest marble run.

Using limited resources and tight time constraints pupils had to design and build a marble roller coaster that would safely transport the marble from top to bottom in the longest time.

As well as using limited resources our ever environmentally aware pupils were also tasked and judged on ensuring that there was minimal wastage of resources.

It was, as always, interesting to see how the pupils approach the task and how they work together as a team to solve problems. All the teams produced excellent structures but there was one clear winner – Team William – whose teamwork and attention to detail produced a long, safe and reliable journey for our marble.

Well done to all the teams for an excellent afternoon of STEM.

Year 8 Activity Week – Day One

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On Monday 24th June, Year 8 visited Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

We learnt about the sun, solar system, rays and the aurora.

We attended a workshop kindly led by Sofiya and discovered new facts about ultra-violet rays.

We had a great day out and learnt many new things.

By Sorcha and Georgia Year 8

Dramatic Wounds

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In this week’s drama lessons, Years 8 and 9 had lots of fun experimenting with special effects make-up.

They learnt how to produce a ‘fresh’ wound, and some had a go at turning each other into old people.

We certainly have some budding make-up artists in our midsts!

Year 5 Assembly

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The final prep class assembly of the school year was certainly worth waiting for!  Not only did Year 5 entertain their fellow pupils and families, they also wowed them with their fluency in French.  The assembly started with the children ‘reminiscing’ about an imaginary French lesson when their teacher taught them something more akin to the poor French seen in ‘Allo ‘Allo than at Oakhill School.  Their ‘attempts’ at speaking French had the audience in stitches and Esmé was very convincing as the teacher.

The second half of the performance was a telling of the traditional fairy tale, Cinderella – or ‘Cendrillon’ as it is known in French.  The children had worked very hard to learn their lines with complete accuracy and authenticity.  They performed fantastically and should be extremely proud of themselves.

Well done, Year 5.  Your assembly was a true delight and your talents were a joy to watch.


Quilling Club

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The Victorian art of quilling has been a popular choice for a lunchtime activity this term. The children have learnt how to make basic shapes and what they were called. Then they have designed their own patterns or pictures by putting them together.

They had some very creative ideas between them too!

Year 7 Activity Week Day One

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In the morning, we learnt about ingredients and the translations into Spanish, along with the portions and weights in Spanish.

After break, we entered the “supermarket” and asked the teacher for the ingredients.

We had to do so in Spanish with proper sentences and manners.

Then we made our dishes based on the recipes that we chose, this took us all up until lunch.

After lunch, we played outside a bit whilst Mrs Hennighan prepared a surprise dessert.

Then we were welcomed into the “tapas restaurant”, where we enjoyed our finished dishes.

Written By Year 7

Year 1 Visit Whalley

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Year 1 enjoyed a gentle stroll into Whalley as part of their topic work on the local area.

In between sheltering from showers they managed to find some of the amenities in Whalley.

They learnt some of the street names and also identified the different types of houses.

Finally, they got to have a little play on the park.

Year 10 Journey To The Democratic Republic Of Congo

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Year 10 Geography took a virtual journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo using the BBC VR Headsets which are currently on a UK tour of libraries. Students visited Whalley library and were helped by the fantastic staff, Alison and Tom, to use the headsets and take part in a 7 minute journey on the Congo looking at issues of development and deforestation.

Alison also gave the students an introduction to library services and how to access study tools using the Lancashire Libraries website. Many thanks to Alison and her team.

Georgia Gets Gold

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Recently Year 5 pupil, Georgia and her doubles partner Olivia competed in their first competition in the North West Aerial Arts Championships and scored in the top 5% gaining 1st place!  They were on last and did everyone proud including their instructor pictured below!

Prep Girls Cricketers Are Borough Champions

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On Wednesday after many wet weather cancellations we finally got to take part in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn  Girls cricket tournament. A team of 8 girls fro Year 5 & 6 competed in the tournament. During our first game against SASJ Mairead opened up with bullet speed bowling and putting the opposition under pressure. Excellent fielding meant we only allowed one four to slip through our clutches. We batted strongly taking advantages of the gaps in the field. Lilly-Ella stepped up to bat her over and scored six fours in a row, giving us the opportunity to pull away. The final score was an Oakhill win 248-204

Second game was Peel Park, a large strong team. As they stepped up to bat Gee was our star taking two wickets and making a fantastic catch. Excellent safe fielding ensured the score was kept down. Zara, Jess and Lydia showed excellent agility in the field backing up and keeping the boundary firm and secure. More great batting from our for pairs ended up in our second win and a result of 242-218.

In the final game we took on Benjamin Hargreaves who similarly had won all of their previous games with a great amount of runs. The girls had to remain focussed throughout. Strong supportive fielding meant only single runs were scored. Nellie made a fantastic catch to be proud off. Rebecca bowled well on her debut in cricket and made some good decisions whilst fielding. We knew that we needed lots of runs to ensure a win. And that is what we went out and did. The girls made good calls and excellent communication meant no one was out. Some more strong batting ensured another win with a score of 236-218.

Well done to all the girls who were commended once again on their manners and skilful play. The girls were unbeaten and came home with gold medals and a pass through to the county finals that take place at Northern cricket club, Liverpool in July.

Salters Festival of Chemistry

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Last Monday four of our finest Chemists took part in the annual Salters Festival of Chemistry. There was tough competition to find out Who Stole the Element. Pupils had to do a number of forensic style tests, such as chromatography and ions testing,  combined with code breaking to piece all the evidence together to identify which suspect was most likely to have committed the crime based on all the evidence. This year the venue was the University of Manchester which gives our students an insight into what a university research lab is like and the facilities available for pursuing Science as a career. It was an excellent day and as always our team did Oakhill proud.

Oakhill Bikefest

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The rain didn’t dampen spirits at the Oakhill Bikefest last weekend, as the rain clouds gathered, 24 riders led by the Oakhill D2D cycle team headed out into the Ribble Valley taking on either a 10 or 25 mile challenge. The Bikeability session headed indoors and Jill Eccleston delivered expert coaching on bike and helmet checks and worked on basic cycling skills with a few fun activities which the pupils enjoyed immensely.

As the BBQ’s were the lit the rain was relentless but each and every soggy cyclist returned with smiles on their faces and were greeted with a glass of Buck’s Fizz or pop and as many burgers and sausages needed to refuel, all expertly cooked by Mrs Pugh and Mr Chatburn.

Cyclists also got the opportunity to have a session with Tim from Preston Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic who video analysed individual cycling technique and advised on bike set up, something that our D2D cyclists will find useful when they head out this summer in their 930 mile  journey.

A superb event raising £250  for Derian House Children’s hospice, thank you all who came and for the donations.

Our Oakhill team are cycling 930 miles from Lizard Point to Dunnet Head this August.  They will undertake this epic journey from the Southern tip to the Northern tip of Britain on a 2 week adventure Our target is £5000 and all donations will directly benefit Derian House.

Please visit www.justgiving.com/L2D to support us




Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Climbing Competition

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A team of 6 of our Year 7 and 8 boys took part in the first Hyndburn and Ribble Valley climbing competition last Friday.  The event took place at the indoor climbing wall at Roefield Sports Centre. 

The boys were given 4 challenges, each increasing in difficulty.  The first three were on the wall where pupils had to ‘top out’ using certain holds and scoring for their use of bonus holds along the way.  The final challenge was the overhanging wall which tested the boys strength and skill.  The final challenge was to traverse the bouldering wall as far as possible without falling off. 

The boys did very well and supported each other with advice and encouragement throughout.  A very enjoyable event which we hope will become a regular one.  Well done all.  

The Wait Is Over For Year 1!

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Year 1 have not been able to contain their excitement this term and have been counting down the days until their block of lessons with Coach Zoli at Flipside Fitness.

Not only have they been excited at school but also at home.

We have had many stories of children telling parents about the wonderful opportunity they are embarking upon.

Year 1 are the final Prep class to travel to Flipside to learn new skills and utilise the fantastic facility this year.

Look at their faces, they all agree it has been well worth the wait since September.

In their second lesson they have been working on improved body control, hand stands and cartwheels.

First Holy Communion

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June has been an extra special month for eight of our Year 3 children as they received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion.  For the last few months, they have been preparing for this very important event and they were rightly excited for the big day.  After the torrential downpours of the previous day, the Lord truly was looking down on the children, as the sun shone for the special Mass at English Martyrs, Whalley.  Father David Yates ensured that this was a true family occasion as each child received the sacrament, surrounded and accompanied by their families.

In traditional Oakhill style, we wanted to ensure that the children could share this momentous time with their school family and so a celebratory Mass was held in school two days later.  

We are so proud of the children and they take our love with them as they continue on their spiritual journey.

Lilly-Ella Takes The Lead

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Another great weekend of competition for Lilly-Ella. After qualifying with her team for the rhythmic gymnastics Espoir National league back in March with her team from City of Manchester Rhythmic Academy. They have put in hours of training each week in order to master their ball routine. Lilly-Ella attended the first of three rounds of the National competition at the weekend at Fenton Manor in Stoke on Trent. After a great performance at the English championships the previous weekend, the girls had high hopes for a good result. During their first performance on the carpet there were 3 minor fumbles of the ball however they still achieved an excellent score of 7.350.

This result fired up the girls and they were determined to perform their routine cleanly and without any drops. The second panel of judges appeared to be much harsher on the day and most results were lowered during the second performances. Therefore the pressure was on for the girls to achieve their target of scoring an 8. They came out fighting and showed excellent mental strength when it was needed. The performance was clean so it was now a nail biting wait to find out where they stood in the national competition after the first round. The result they wanted came and they scored a spectacular 8.375. This placed them first position nationally in the completion after the first round. This is an amazing achievement for Lilly-Ella has only been training at the club for 6 months. We look forward to watching her progress in rounds 2 and 3 which will take place in October and November this year. To see if Lil and her team can replicate their performances keep the lead and take the title of National Espoir champions.

Bonne Fȇte Des Pères!

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Year 5 pupils have loved making their Father’s Day cards this year.  They have combined their artistic skills, carefully choosing designs that matched their dads’ key interests, with a series of individually -chosen adjectives to describe dads and grandads – all in French.   Well done, Year 5.  We hope your dads enjoyed the cards as much as you enjoyed creating them.

Spanish In Reception

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Reception have been learning the parts of the body in Spanish. They’ve loved singing heads, shoulders, knees and toes and playing Simon says. Today they covered Darcey in post-it notes and sounded out the names of the parts of the body.

Borough Orienteering Competition

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Last Friday we attended both the prep and senior borough orienteering competitions.

In the morning the weather was fine for our key stage three team to compete at Wilson’s playing field. After completing three change gets based on navigation and map reading and identifying map symbols our pairs set off on the 20 minute course. The teams had to work in mixed pairings and map their route as they ran to locate the check points. All 4 pairs performed well and we were placed third in the competition.

Unfortunately for our two prep teams, the weather took a dramatic turn over lunch and they had to compete in a torrential downpour but this did not dampen their spirits at all. Both the Green and Orange team were fired up and determined to do well. This was a tough competition with 39 teams entered and over 250 pupils taking part. All of the pairings set off at full pace and worked exceptionally well. Exhibiting fantastic teamwork and determination. All of our teams managed to find 9 or more of the available checkpoints during their 20 minute time limit. Special mentions must go to Taylor and Lilly-Ella who achieved a score of 14 out of 17 check points, a top score on the day beating all other teams including our seniors!

After an eager wait for the results, both Oakhill teams narrowly missed out on coming home with medals. Out of 39 teams our Oranges were placed 5th and our Greens 4th! A result to be proud of in a very tough competition. Well done to all involved, as always you did your self and Oakhill proud.

Art And Design

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Year 10 pupil, Alicia has been drawing pheasants. She has used watercolour and machine stitch to create feathers and also used copper wire to make structures.

R.S.P.B. Wild Challenge

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During their Forest School sessions, Reception have been working on the R.S.P.B. Wild Challenge. They undertook a variety of activities to explore and help nature, including feeding the birds, making butterfly friendly seed bombs and setting up a compost bin in the playground. They are very proud of achieving their Bronze award and their next aim is to build a minibeast hotel in the woods.

The Great Fire of London

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Year 2 have been finding out all about The Great Fire of London last term.

Having learned that the fire started on Pudding Lane at Thomas Farrynor’s bakery the children were excited to bake some bread.

They enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together but they found the kneading the dough the most energetic.

They had to use their muscles! It was worth it in the end though when out of the oven came some delicious bread and they could enjoy eating it with their favourite toppings of butter, jam, Nutella and honey!

Success At Blackburn Festival

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Oakhill recently entered nine of their Speech and Drama students into Blackburn Festival of Speech, Music and Dance. The festival is part of The British Federation of Festivals so is open to any one across the country. We are so pleased because all nine of our entered students performed extremely well and they all got a placing of 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their competitions, which is amazing! Students were entered in Verse Speaking and Acting competitions; they were competing in large classes against a wide range of students from different schools so we are so pleased with them. Congratulations! All these students along with our other Speech and Drama students are now working towards their LAMDA exams in June so we wish them every success again.

Year 6 pupils; Zara – 3rd 11 years and under Verse Speaking; Roman 3rd 11 years and under Verse Speaking; Joshua 2nd 11 years and under Verse Speaking

Year 4 pupil Imogen – 1st 9 years and under Verse Speaking, 2nd 9 years and under Acting, 2nd 9 years and under Verse Speaking Own Choice

Year 3 pupils Francesca – 1st 8 years and under Verse Speaking Own Choice, 2nd 8 years and under Verse Speaking; Casper 3rd 8 years and under Verse Speaking

Year 2 pupils Jemima – 3rd 7 years and under Verse Speaking Own Choice; Riley 3rd 6 years and under Verse Speaking Own Choice

Year 1 pupil Jasper – 2nd 6 years and under Verse Speaking Own Choice

Year Four Travel The World

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Year 4 had a tough call putting on their class assembly with only 9 children but wow did they amaze us. Each and every child put 100% effort into making their Round the World trip informative and fun. The class travelled at the speed of light in their bus, darting from the UK through to Europe, travelling across to Africa and then finally ending their journey in America. All of this was accompanied by music, songs and videos. Great job Year 4!

Lilly-Ella Wows At Rhythmic Gymnastics English Championships

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Our prep sports captain Lilly-Ella travelled to Bath University in half term to compete in the Rhythmic gymnastics English championships. Fourteen of the top teams from across the country competed in the event. Lil who has gone from strength to strength in the last few months since joining City of Manchester Rhythmic Academy, performed both a ball and free routine with her four team mates. The girls had had an intense week of training during the holidays so felt well prepared to take on the elite teams. First they competed in free, this was a new routine and Leotard to be performed for the first time. The funky music got the judges and audience bopping in their seats and the girls scored a pleasing first performance score placing them seventh and qualifying in the top eight for the finals the following day.

Next up was their intense Queen of hearts ball routine which had seen them make the national league back in March. All of the hours of training and journeys to Manchester paid off. They scored an amazing score, almost double what they had scored in the past. This ranked them third over all in England for ball. A fantastic achievement and experience for all of the girls and coaches involved. This weekend Lil travels to Stoke on Trent to compete in the first round of the National league with a further two rounds to take place in October and November. Well done Lil, as a school we are very proud of you! Keep up the hard work and keep on shining as you do!


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On the day before the summer half term holidays began nearly 300 food items were delivered to the THOMAS Group in Blackburn from pupils and staff donations across the Prep School. The Student Council set everyone a challenge…to bring in five items of food which would by swopped for one minute of ‘free’ activity time on the last day before the half term break. That target was very nearly reached and so everyone enjoyed a choice of movie time, colouring, jigsaws, Ipad time or chilling out on the playground. A great way of serving others and getting something back in return. A massive thank you to all those who did donate and for Mrs Rishton for taking all the food items to THOMAS.


Quarry Bank Mill

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Last week Year Three travelled back in time and became posh or poor Victorian children for the day and visited Quarry Bank Victorian Mill.

They discovered what a grim life children faced back then working in a cotton mill.

They visited the areas where they worked, had a go at some weaving, looked at where they lived and what they ate and experienced a Victorian schoolroom lesson that was very different to how schooling is now.

The teacher was very strict!

In spite of all the doom and gloom children and staff alike had a great day and now have a much better understanding of what life was like in Victorian times.

We were all very glad to return to 2019 and so much more appreciative of how we live today!

Lydia Represents England

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Year 7 pupil, Lydia represented England U13s Ice Hockey over in Belgium over the Easter weekend. They had a great tournament finishing in Bronze position. The team competed against regional teams from Belgium and Holland.

Lydia started ice skating at around 5 years old and developed her skating skills at Blackburn and Blackpool ice rinks. She progressed to ice hockey soon afterwards and joined the Bradford Bulldogs, who have a strong reputation for nurturing and developing elite junior players.

Lydia was put forward by her club, and attended various trials across the country. Typically competing with older girls across the UK for a slot in the squad, Lydia was not only successful but was also appointed Assistant Captain for the tournament in Belgium.