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September 2019

Year 1 Enjoy Spanish

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Year 1 pupils have had lots of fun this week practising their numbers in Spanish by playing dominoes.  They are increasingly confident with speaking Spanish on a range of topics.

All pupils in prep receive a full hour’s teaching of Spanish or French, by a specialist language teacher.  This is supplemented by in-class practice from their individual teachers and a weekly language club in Spanish or German.  We love to hear how much they enjoy this subject and invite you to school to see them in action.

Read For Good

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Last week, pupils in Years 7 to 11 have taken up the challenge to ‘Read for Good’.

They are reading as much, and as often, as they can in order to raise money for children in hospitals who need new books and storytellers.

Pupils have been reading in lessons, at break times and at home, and it is lovely to see them showing such a positive attitude towards helping others.

All pupils have been provided with a sponsor sheet and have been encouraged to ask friends and family to sponsor them.  As an incentive, the pupil who raises the most money will receive a £10 book token, and we will get the equivalent of 20% of the money raised for new school library books.  Please can we ask that all sponsor money is paid online, or brought into school, by 14th October.

Are Year Two The Chosen Ones?

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Year Two have been learning about what it means to be CHOSEN by somebody to do a special job. They have been learning about the bible story of Abraham and Sarah and how God chose them to have a baby. They loved dressing up as the characters and acting out the story…especially the cattle, whose noses made a noise when pressed!

Lunchtime Recorder Club

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A mixture of Year Three and Four enjoyed their first Recorder Club of the new school year. Very quickly they were playing away to backing tracks and making a great sound. They can’t wait for next week’s lesson!

Oakhill Peru Mission

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Last August Oakhill pupils, staff and parents travelled to Iquitos in Northern Peru as part of the Oakhill Peru Mission.  A large part of our work was to assist with the reconstruction of a primary school in a very deprived area of the city.  We were delighted to receive news recently that the school is now complete.  The school is now named the ‘United Kingdom School’ as a tribute to the hard work and donations from the UK.

The school now accommodates around 500 pupils in 17 classrooms.  These classrooms are now of permanent brick and concrete construction, having previously been made from salvaged wood and metal.  They offer a much safer, cooler and more spacious environment for the children.  The school now has proper toilet facilities, significantly improving sanitation and hygiene.

The Oakhill team worked each day on the project, offering assistance to the construction team by shovelling soil, sand and concrete, plastering walls, and digging trenches for new toilet facilities.  The funding of the project came from all areas of the Oakhill community who supported charity events and made generous donations.  We can be very proud of our contribution to greatly improve this desperately poor and deprived area, and in providing its people with a safer and more dignified place to grow and learn.

Roman Masks

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Year three have been making salt dough,

following a recipe and then designing their own masks/busts as we have been studying the Roman busts of famous emperors (our history topic this term is on The Romans).

Next step is painting and varnishing them and then they will go on the corridor outside our classroom.

Having make their Roman style masks out of salt dough last week Year Three have been painting them. They have used either white to represent marble and silver or bronze to represent precious metals. Just how the Roman masks would have looked!

Next step…varnish!

Fantastic Finn Gets Selected For Northwest Squad!

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Competing on Sunday at the northwest regional compulsory grades in Wigan in the Under 12’s grade 4 category, Year 8 pupil, Finn had 7 apparatus to show he was good enough for a place in this years squad selection, high bar, parallel bars, vault, pommel, rings, floor, and physical prep.  Achieving scores in the 9’s on his top 3 pieces high bar, floor & vault, whilst achieving his personal bests on parallel bars, rings & pommel.

Finn who trained throughout the summer holidays 20 hours per week in preparation for this competition, had lots of inspiration as he was lucky enough to train alongside current Olympic gymnasts such Nile Wilson, Dom Cunningham & Giarni  Regini-Moran as well as being coached my former Olympian Dan Purvis too!  Finn managed to finish 7th in his category which takes him to squad training in October in the hope of further selection to make it to Nationals in November this year.

LAMDA Distinction

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Mrs Buttery’s assembly was all about pride and feeling proud of ourselves and for others. We certainly felt proud of all our LAMDA students as their recent exam certificates were also handed out during this assembly. We had 33 students take Verse and Prose or Acting exams with The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in June and all 33 students gained the highest mark achievable with a distinction! These achievements are certainly something that our students should take great pride in. Well done to all our LAMDA students and keep up the excellent work!

Year 1 – Olivia – 95, Avani – 85, Ava – 96, Edward – 83, Penelope – 92 and Darcy – 82

Year 2 – Oliver – 93, Grace – 96, Hannah – 97, Archie – 90, Jasper – 98, Jaxon – 82 and Elijah – 93

Year 3 – Jacob – 98, Scarlett – 95, Jessica – 95, Ivy – 97, Riley – 98 and Lucia – 96

Year 4 – Isobella – 82, Katie – 90, Francesca – 92,Evan – 90 and Thomas – 86

Year 5 – Charlotte – 98, Isabelle – 88 and Imogen – 94

Year 7 – Noah – 80 and Joshua – 89

Year 8 – Gabrielle – 84

Year 9 – Thomas – 90

Year 10 – Louis – 91 and Finn – 83


































Year 7 Trip

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Year 7 pupils enjoyed a superb trip to Gisburn Forest on Friday.  They were very lucky to have exceptional weather for the day and they certainly capitalised on it.  Working in small groups, they challenged themselves to tackle the orienteering course.  Their competitive and team spirit certainly shone through as some groups even came back asking for further points to find!  After an enjoyable picnic lunch, they scoured the countryside for materials to produce their very own piece of nature art.

Inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, that they had already looked at in school, they were truly inventive with their ideas.  As you can see from the photos, they produced a wide variety of designs: a bus, Mr Pea, a deer and a colourful rose garden.  Well done, Year 7.  You are a fantastic group of young people and we are very excited to see how you grow and progress as you embark upon your school career at Oakhill.

Mountain Biking Adventure – Darwen Tower

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A group of 13 mountain biking pupils, staff and parents ventured out onto Darwen Moor on Saturday.

The weather was glorious which made for an excellent adventure as the group took on the trails through the forest at Tockholes, before climbing up onto Darwen Moor for a brief stop to climb the tower and enjoy some excellent views.

A speedy descent took the group back to the cafe for a quick pitstop, before enjoying a second loop of the forest.  Well done all, particularly our younger pupils from Years 7 and 8.

Year 6 Learn About WW2

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Year 6 have started learning about WW2 and as part of the cross curricular nature of this topic they have been making their own gas masks in DT and will be designing and making a gas box over the following weeks. In Science they will be researching the toxic gases that were actually used during the war and the effects that they would have.

Archie Harrison Thanks Year 5

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Before breaking up for the summer holidays, Year 5 pupils designed cards to send to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex congratulating them on the birth of their son, Archie Harrison.  They were delighted to be greeted with individual thank you cards upon their return to school.  Each child received their own message from Kensington Palace – something which they will treasure for a long time.


Materials Science

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For most of us School was out for summer but our head boy, Sam undertook a three day summer school in Materials Science in London. The residential course was a three day course for Year 10 pupils fully funded by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and held at St Paul’s School. He undertook lots of practical activities using equipment and methods which are cutting edge that pupils would never have the chance to normally use in a school environment with Materials specialists. It was a great opportunity which Sam had to apply for. He was fortunate enough to secure a place with 23 other pupils from around the country. I am sure that he will share the experience and knowledge that he learnt from the experts.


Prep Student Council Is Announced

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The votes have been counted, checked and verified and we can now confirm who is in our brand new Preparatory Student Council. Here are our class representatives…

Reception – Scarlett

Year 1 – Avani

Year 2 – Elijah

Year 3 – William and Scarlett

Year 4 – Thomas and Sophie

Year 5 – Samuel and Lottie

Year 6 – Jack and Marianna

Mr Lowry and Mrs Thomas cannot wait to meet with the new council members to tackle issues raised by staff and pupils, raise money for charities and organise events throughout the school year. Good luck to them all with a very busy year.

Lunchtime Activities

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Board games club began today with Prep pupils eager to share their skills with each other. As always, there are the classic favourites but we are always keen to try new games.

If you have any good quality board games suitable for ages 7-11 and which you no longer need, we will gratefully take them off your hands! Please send in to Year 5 classroom.

Reception’s Spanish Lesson

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Reception children have made a great start to their Spanish studies at Oakhill.  They have been busy practising the basics of greetings, numbers and colours.  Juliet even brought her Spanish-speaking dolls, Anna and Elsa, in to help us!  This week, the pupils have been describing feelings.  We are so impressed with the progress you are making, reception.  Keep up the good work and Buena Suerte!

Prep Student Council

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Well we may not be getting a general election just quite yet but election fever has gripped the Prep School, as all the classes are voting for their new Student Council representatives. With ballot papers in hand each class has been casting their votes and putting them into a special ballot box. All the votes will be counted by Mrs Thomas and the results will be announced at the next Prep School assembly.

The children are voting for one representative from Reception to Year Two and one boy and girl from each of the older classes.

Once elected the eleven new council members will meet with Mrs Thomas and Mr Lowry once a fortnight. The council raises issues put forward by staff and pupils, helps to organise events and raises money for nominated charities and school resources. In particular they organise events to support the THOMAS Group, based in Blackburn. This charity works with the homeless and those who need particular individual and family support to find jobs, overcome drug use and help financially and with relationships.

A busy year ahead beacons!

La Tomatina

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Year 2 pupils have enjoyed learning about the Spanish festival ‘la Tomatina’ this week.  La Tomatina is a traditional tomato food fight festival held on the last Wednesday of August each year in the town of Buñol in the Valencia region of Spain.  They were amazed to learn that, in one hour, 150 000 tomatoes are thrown.  The pupils enjoyed making their own tomatoes but have promised to keep them just for display!

Juliet Races Ahead

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Juliet in Reception has been taking part in the Burnley and Pendle Grand Prix series. Children have to compete in at least 5 races and their top 5 races give them an overall position. Juliet has completed two road races, and three trail races and has placed overall 3rd in the under 7 girl’s category. Juliet says the best thing about the series was seeing her friend Finlay also competing and the goody bags at the end of each race.

Year 7s First PE Lesson

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Today our new year 7s took part in their first senior PE lesson. Mrs Smith planned a team building session in order to observe the pupils and identify any leadership skills, innovative ideas and team work amongst our new pupils. The class engaged in a number of activities including bench line up where the pupils had to organise themselves and find a way of communicating without the use of their voice! Mat raft challenges and the human crane!

Take a look at our pictures to see how much fun we had. Mrs Smith is excited as each and every member of the class showed great commitment, teamwork and respect for one another during the challenges.


Year Three’s First French Lesson

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Having successfully grasped the basics of the Spanish language during their time in Lower Prep, Year 3 children have now started their journey with French.  They were extremely keen to try their hand at pronunciation and certainly impressed their teacher with their efforts.  They were interested to learn about French customs when greeting each other and even produced puppets to help them learn the French version of ‘Two Little Dickie Birds’.  Well done, Year 3 and bonne chance!