Year 3 pupils have been getting in the festive mood in their French lessons this week. They have created their own Advent calendars and are looking forward to opening them at home with their families.
Following our virtual Prize Giving last week, this week we had an in-house Prize Giving to award certificates and prizes to the rest of our Senior School pupils in recognition of all their hard work last school year.
Our Head Boy, Ben Pike and Head Girl, Emilie-Anne Hudson had the opportunity to make a speech and both were a lovely balance of affection, thanks and good humour.
We were all grateful for the opportunity to thank our Senior School students for all their hard work and the independence, creativity and initiative they showed when working from home. This has been true of all our students throughout school, both in the Prep and the Senior School and they have certainly developed skills that will be with them for life.
Congratulations to all of our prep children for a fantastic effort in the recent MFL Christmas Card competition. Mrs Buttery had an extremely difficult job trying to choose three winning entries to put forward to the Routes into Languages competition.
Spencer in Year Two was chosen in first place with an impressive drawing of the Three Kings that he had produced all by himself. Second and third places were awarded to Emily in Year 5 and Olivia in Year 2 respectively. All entries earned a service star for their contribution. We now wish the three winners every success in the national competition.
Year 3 have been working particularly hard over the last couple of days by writing their letters and making some Christmas cards which are going to be sent out shortly in the Hope of spreading some festive joy to people in the local community.
At lunchtime today Year 8 & 10 students volunteered to wrap and label presents for our advent appeal to help those who access Church on the Street in Burnley.
A lovely gesture of charity from our students who enjoyed singing along to Christmas music as they imitated Santa’s elves in the work shop.
Thank you to all of the parents and students who have donated so far. We still have two weeks of collections before we break up for Christmas if you would like to donate.
Also a special thank you to Carrie Kay of Rene K couture (Barrowford) and Jennifer Cormack from Windermere lake Cruises both life long friends of Mrs. Smith that have donated over 100 gifts to our appeal.
Move over Elf-on-the-Shelf… here comes Flo-on-the-Go! Flo the frog lives with Year Four and she helps the pupils with their maths lessons. During the Christmas season the children came up with the idea of Flo being just like the Elf. So each morning one member of the class has to follow the clues to find Flo. Once found there’s a chocolate treat hiding inside her mouth!!! It’s been a fun four days so far.
So… what adventures will Flo get up to next week???
During lockdown, just before the end of the summer term, pupils from Years 4, 7, 8 and 9 took part in a national competition run by Big Ideas, a company that supports projects bringing communities and countries together.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 showcased great inventions of the time and the Great Exhibition at Home competition was designed to get pupils thinking about what they would invent to benefit the world while they were stuck at home. Pupils had to submit a two minute video showcasing their idea. There were some amazing ideas from all of the pupils that entered and 19 pupils across the year groups received certificates of commendation for their work, however Thomas Pugh in Year 10 caught the attention of the judges with his fantastic GymGenerator idea and was awarded a Special Commendation prize as his entry was one of the top entries across the whole of the country. This was an amazing achievement and we are extremely proud of him and his idea which can be watched on the video link below. He received an individual prize for his excellent work.
As a result of our super talented pupils’ big ideas and the work that we do to support STEM challenges Oakhill was also awarded a Champion School prize of STEM materials from the RAF Youth to support our STEM learning in school. We are looking forward to using them in class and outside of the classroom in extra curricular activities.
Well done to all of the pupils who got involved showing that even in such unusual circumstances great things can be created.
Year 8 girls were thinking about their feathered friends today in Science when they made a bird food garland to put on the cherry tree for the birds to feed on. Old fruit and mini fat balls were strung together to make a tasty treat for the robins, blue tits and other birds that visit our grounds.
At this time of year the birds are finding it harder to find food and as the frosty mornings start it becomes even more difficult for them.
Year 6 have been learning all about World War II and have been impressing Mr Edgar and Mrs Chatburn with their enthusiasm towards the topic. They have produced some amazing presentations about their family members who served in the war and even brought in a bullet and medals from WWII. Year 6 have also written letters, replicating those of an evacuee child and imagined how it would feel to evacuate at such a young age.
Both the prep and seniors school pupils have been very excited to participate in the Routes into Languages Modern Foreign Languages Christmas card competition. Here are the Reception children proudly displaying their entries. Results to be announced very soon!
As local lockdown prevented us from taking our avid runners out into Whalley we decided to create some In house running challenges.
The first one “Earn your Stripes” was a great success. A large number of students from year 7 – 10 joined us for a range of running based challenges which, once completed earned them the coveted face paint stripe.
The red challenge involved a gruelling two laps of the mud soaked, tussock riddled “Field of Doom“ (A good warm up for Cross Country after Christmas!) Made even more difficult when running with your hand over your face so the camera didn’t catch you – (year 8 girls!)
The Claret challenge (Mr Peel – of course) entailed a flat out 100M sprint – measured by the stop watch. The most spectacular time (and fall!) of the day taken by Ruairi in year 9.
The hill rep challenge was probably the most difficult- three reps of the looming ascent up towards the top of the field. Some wonderful times and feats of endurance displayed here by all students – a few pale faces at the top of the hill and then back down to enjoy it all again.
The final challenge – the side strides running across the field and back in the fastest time you could – some people enjoyed this one so much they kept going back for another go! I am sure there were even some students attempting to cartwheel this one!
We had lots of fun and were immensely proud of each student who joined in with this event.
NEXT CHALLENGE IS TOUGH MUDDER – I hope your washing machines are ready!
The Student Council ‘Film Night’ hamper was won by Jensen in Year 7. He can now enjoy his favourite film whilst eating snacks and drinking pop and know he has helped to raise money for charity. There were also four runners up who won chocolate: Leigha, John, Jonjo and Jess. Well done to our winners and thanks to everyone who entered.