House Challenge 2 – Code Breaking

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It’s All about Taking Part was the message that was revealed when the code was broken, and lots of the pupils got involved and took part. In particular, very well done to Year 9 who all entered and got points for their house. In fact the first three entries came in from Year 9 with Isobel cracking the code first, closely followed by Gabby D then Gabby S.
In the end it was a close run competition with Scholars just sneaking ahead by 3 points.
Scholars 26 points
Martyrs 23 points


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Every year we celebrate our Harvest by collecting food for our friends at the local charity, THOMAS. Even with the crazy world we are living in, this year is no different. More than ever they need our help and support.

We just wanted to thank God for how lucky we are and our Oakhill Family for all their donations. You still have time to bring in your donations before they’re collected on Wednesday.


European Day Of Languages

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Pupils across the whole school were treated to a week of celebrations to honour this year’s European Day of Languages.

The children were keen to enter competitions to design a poster, T-shirt or bookmark demonstrating why the learning of languages is both fun and useful.

The high standard and fantastic amount of entries from both prep and seniors was magnificent and the winners were rightly proud of their efforts.

In addition, children worked on a range of challenges in school ranging from researching facts about languages to producing European origami creations.  One of our year 5 pupils was so inspired that she even treated her family to her very own paella dish!

The week culminated in an outstanding menu created by our superb catering team,

who once again provided a truly delicious range of European dishes, encouraging children to try something new.

Well done to everyone who took part in this fantastic celebration.

Forest School

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In our latest forest school, we had our first outdoor cooking session of yummy chocolate bananas!

We prepared them in the classroom, wrapped them in foil and cooked them around our campfire.

They were delicious!

Year 1’s Autumn Hunt

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Year 1 have been enjoying looking for signs of Autumn. They collected some conkers and have used them to weave these incredible conker webs that they have decorated their classroom with. Lucky for Mrs Thomas conkers are said to keep spiders away!

5 A Side

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5 a side was a welcomed addition to our senior extra curricular programme this week.

Both the KS3 and KS4 bubbles got a lunchtime practice in our county grade sports hall.

It was a quick fire round robin of 3 minute games. Brilliant attendance from boys and girls in all years and much fun had by all.

Positions Of Responsibility

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Congratulations to Year 11 pupils Ben and Emilie-Anne who are our Head Boy and Head Girl for this year and Scarlett and Louis who are their deputies.

We have a new post this year of Pastoral Leader and Lily and Robyn will be taking a lead working on pupil welfare and wellbeing in school.

Roman has his work cut out for him this year as school Sports Captain to find ways to encourage participation in sport with limited opportunities to play other schools in fixtures at the moment.

We also congratulate Leigha, Gabriel, Max, John, Sophia, Betty and Matthew who will be House Captains and prefects during this year.

Bouncing, Balancing And Burrowing Bunnies

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This weeks reception PE lesson was all focussed on the letter ‘B.’ Our pupils became little bunny rabbits.

Taking part in bouncing challenges including hoop skipping, jump rope and rope ladders. Balancing on benches, beams and tightrope walking.

Bouncing balls to enhance their catching skills from the previous week. Along with burrowing through tunnels.

The class worked on a skill then completed a lap of the bunny assault course, trying to improve their teams time.

The class developed their skills throughout the lesson and gained confidence, this was evident when they knocked a whole minute of their first attempt of the Bunny run (assault course)

Take a look at our pictures to see how much fun we had!

Build A Bodybuilder

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Year 10 GCSE PE students sat a very different exam this week. Rather than a written exam they had to work in teams to ‘ build a body.’

Each group had to build a life size Muscle model. They had to name the 11 muscles listed in their exam specification, spell them correctly, locate them within the body and cut them into the correct shape and size.

This was a fun activity with a competitive edge that really consolidated their knowledge and understanding of muscles. The Broome Brothers won this challenge against the rest of their class. A great effort from all exhibiting an excellent level of knowledge, well done everyone.

Modern Art

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Former head girl Georgina Watson has very kindly donated two 2 metres tall 3d printed sculptures from her Bachelor’s Degree Show from 2017. The two pieces are an example of how modern technology can advance contemporary art.

On contacting school Georgina said, ‘it seems such a long time since my days at Oakhill; I’m still studying, and I’m currently researching connective approaches to trans-Mediterranean diplomacy between Christianity and Islam in the early modern period on the PhD History Programme at UoM. I’m hopeful this will allow me entry to a career in the United Nations – all those student council meetings will come in handy!’

We are very grateful to Georgina for her kind donation and wish her all the best for the future.

Year 7 Team Building

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Year 7 pupils enjoyed a fantastic teambuilding day at Gisburn Forest this week.

The day started with an orienteering task.


It was a delight to see the keenness and competitive spirit of the children as they worked hard to learn and put into practise new navigational skills using just a map and compass.  They rose admirably to the challenge and were suitably proud of themselves as they found the control points.

After a beautiful walk, appreciating the stunning surroundings, and a well-deserved lunch,

the class produced some fantastic natural artwork, inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

Their imaginations were truly engaged as they produced a wide range of designs.

The final task of the day was to identify a range of leaves in the forest, encouraging the children to look closely at the nature surrounding them.

An ice-lolly stop was greatly appreciated by all before heading back to school at the end of a wonderful and enjoyable day.  Well done, Year 7.


Forest School

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Reception’s forest school has got off to an exciting start with lots to explore in the woods over the last couple of weeks.

We started with a minibeast hunt to familiarise ourselves with the smallest inhabitants and after learning about autumn,

we made a hedgehog house to help encourage hedgehogs to hibernate here.

We’ve also investigated colours in nature with a rainbow colour hunt and, of course, lots of splashing in the stream!

While We Can’t Hug

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Year 2 have enjoyed reading the book While We Can’t Hug.

It is a lovely story that explains all the other things that we can do to show people that we love them even though we aren’t allowed to hug due to the virus.

We can wave, pull funny faces, tell jokes, write letters, blow kisses and dance as well as lots of other things too.

The boys and girls had so many ideas which just shows how much love they have for all those around them and they certainly show Mrs. Wilson that every day. Thank you Year 2

Year 2s Autumn Walk

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Year 2 have been using iPads when out on an autumn walk.

They had fun looking for leaves, acorns, berries,  Bramley apples and the best of all conkers.

They took lots of photographs and then showed off their IT skills to make their own pic collages. Mrs. Wilson was very impressed. Well done Year 2


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This weekend our bronze and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award groups enjoyed the great weather as they headed out into the Ribble Valley to undertake their expeditions.

Our year 11 pupils successfully completed their final bronze expedition with a two day hike from Newton to Holden and back, tackling Easington Fell in between.

They showed great positive spirit and excellent navigation skills, and we were very proud of all of them.

With things a little different this year, pupils camped in their own gardens at home and some even cooked their expedition meals for their families!

Our returning silver group were also out on their three day practice expedition, and it was wonderful to see them all again, reunited for their challenge which they took on with skill and excellent teamwork.  They will complete their final expedition in two weeks time.

Well done to all who took part, and many thanks to our DofE volunteers who gave up their weekends to allow pupils to enjoy time outdoors and some great adventures.

Badminton Club

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Mrs Smith’s badminton club was popular on Friday with our key stage 3 bubble!

Pupils worked hard refining their skills after a long six months off!

But they could still give their opponent the run around, using a well selected shot and game plan!

BMX Club

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This Thursday saw the return of Mr. Peel’s BMX club, and many pupils from Years 7 and 8 took the opportunity to get out into the school grounds and the fresh air.  For some this was an introduction to BMX riding, whilst for our more experienced pupils it was a chance to show off their skills.

Pupils enjoyed some competitive racing and a few games of ‘BMX manhunt’ with the hiders avoiding being found by the speedy BMX hunters!  Next week we hope to introduce new pupils to our downhill BMX track in the school grounds.

Reception’s First PE Lesson

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This morning Reception had their first PE lesson with Mrs Smith.

The lesson began with some ‘getting to know you challenges’ then moved on to bean bag skills.

The pupils were asked to invent ways to travel and balance their bean bag.

Mrs Smith focussed the lesson on the fundamental motor skill of under arm throwing through challenges such as colour sorting baskets and playing pirates.

The class were amazing and all began to throw correctly using the opposite arm to leg technique.

Some even demonstrated some fantastic catching skills. Star of the lesson was Sebastian who showed great speed, agility and dynamic catching skills.

Take a look at the pictures to see what fun we had. Homework has been set to play throwing and catching games at home this week in preparation for next weeks ‘catching’ lesson.

Powering Up Outside

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Year 5 took their learning outside this week to take advantage of the milder weather and the outdoor eco-classroom.

What better place to run around and look for the information cards hidden around the play ground?

The children were trying to find the answers to complete some work all about energy and power stations.

We now know much more about the National Grid, that Scotland is the windiest country in Europe and that our TVs use most of the energy at home out of our entertainment devices.

Time to look at ways to save energy next!

Dodgeball Tournament

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We hosted the borough dodgeball tournament at Oakhill. We welcomed 12 schools to play in the ‘spirit of the school games tournament.’

This was a none competitive event where rather than being scored on the game, pupils were asessed by their teachers, officials and opposition team on the three core values of the school games. Honesty, teamwork and respect. All of the qualities we instil daily in our pupils at Oakhill. Both of our teams worked excellently well and the qualities they possess shone through. They represented Oakhill with pride and integrity, I was very proud of them, as I always am.

Out of the twelve schools that competed Oakhill oranges achieved 4th place and Oakhill greens came 1st winning the whole event. The winning team was led by Jensen in Year 6, he was a fantastic role model for his peers and our school. He initiated three cheers after every game to the opposition, gave feedback to his team mates and cheered on the opposition. Well done to all involved and good luck to Oakhill Greens who will represent the Ribble valley at the level 3 school games event held in Blackpool in July.

Year Three DT

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Year three have begun their new D.T. topic on Sculpture.

They were set the challenge of using only cocktail sticks, sultanas and marshmallows to make a sculpture.

It was a wonder that any sculptures appeared as the temptation to eat the resources was almost overwhelming!

Mountain Bike Adventure

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Oakhill cyclists of all ages got together last Sunday for a mountain bike ride across Gorple Moor and sections of the Pennine Bridleway.

Pupils, ex pupils, parents and staff made up the team who enjoyed the chance to explore and get some much needed fresh air.

As ever, the long uphills were rewarded with excellent downhills, and an enjoyable morning was had by all.

Annual Cross Country Race

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On Friday we finally got a beautiful afternoon to host our annual inter house cross country race. All of our senior pupils from Year 7 to 11 took part and yet again every single runner completed the course and we had lots of smiles along the way, for a few once they crossed the finish line.


Our elite runners had competed the previous week out in spring wood. We had our largest race to date including 8 boys and 2 girls. Showing how much running opportunities have increased in recent years at Oakhill. It was a highly competitive race with many of our younger runners hot on the heels of our older more experienced athletes. Race positions in the elite run were:


1) RJ Hudson (11)

2) Thomas Pugh (9)

3) Finlay Hall (8)

4) Noah Howson (7)

5) Charlie McHugh (7)

6) Noah Harwood (8)

7) Chris Broome (7)

8) Stefan Sabanovic (7)


1) Felicity Griffiths (9) NEW COURSE RECORD!

2) Nicole Phillips (9)


Well done to all our elite runners who chose to challenge themselves and become the best they could be. We are all very proud of you.

Friday afternoon started with the girls race, the course was quite soft underfoot due to the numerous storms we have encountered. Year 11 pupil, Holly led the race from the start, working as a great pacemaker for the rest of the runners. However, many of our runners ran smart with a fantastic race plan in place that they expected well. All of the positions changed on the long straights of the top field. With staff and our elite runners at Marshall points there was no time for easing off. Our elite runners were fantastic in motivating their peers. The race remained close until the very end, when Year 11 pupil, Juliet strode out on the down hill to take her little sisters title, with Felicity running with her and pushing her on until the very last step! Final results in the girls race:

1) Juliet Griffiths (11)

2) Maisey Dillon (8)

3) Layla Abbott (11)

The final race of the day was the boys race. A very quick start with Year 9 pupil James  hot off the line and leading with determination. Fantastic effort was seen from every single pupil, our Year 11s led by example giving their all even though they do not find the event easy. The boys event is quite a bit longer and was tough for many of our boys. But not one gave up. Final results in the boys race:

1) Ruairi Dillon (8)

2) Louis Dillon (11)

3) Harrison Crook (11)


A very successful afternoon for the Dillon family with all three children achieving either first or second place and for the Griffiths girls who both achieved first places in their respective races. However, at Oakhill we do not only support those those win the medals. We are proud of each and every pupil that completed the race to the best of their ability, marshalled the course showing excellent leadership and supported and motivated their peers at times when they struggled. This was evident throughout the afternoon especially when our Year 11 girls ran an additional lap in support of one of our younger boys who was finding the final lap tough. I must admit, I left school on Friday evening with a tear in my eye, a huge smile on my face and a feeling that ‘my work here is done’ a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the event from taking running club, cheering on our runners and marshalling the course. This is what makes Oakhill different and is the Oakhill Advantage!!

Ribble Valley Schools Swimming Gala

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Oakhill entered the Ribble Valley schools swimming gala on Monday, competing against nine other schools. Although we only had a small pool to choose from our team did fantastically well! We had a team made up of four girls and four boys. Mae, Jess, Gee, Jack, Cody, Will and Zach from Year six and Lottie from Year Five. Our both our boys and girls performed well in all of their events. With Jess, will, Jack and mae winning medals in their individual events. But special mention must go to our boys relay team who dominated their heat by half a length working with great teamwork, coordination and determination. Their super time got them the silver medals across the two heats. Once all the results were in the final results were:

Girls team narrowly missed out on medals coming 4th out of ten schools

Boy team came 3rd and won bronze

Overall, Oakhill achieved 3rd place out of ten.

An amazing achievement as many of the school teams were made up of club swimmers. The team were rewarded with an ice cream from Mrs Smith for their fantastic effort, grit and determination.

Year Three Rock At Science

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Year three are having a ROCKIN time in science this half term. Their topic is all about Rocks.

So they went on a rock hunt last week looking for objects made from different types of rocks.


Year 6 Visit THOMAS

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Last week Year 6 had the privilege of delivering all the donations that the prep children had collected over the last few weeks to the Thomas Group in Blackburn. The Thomas Group help to support homeless people in the area and toiletries were part of a list of items that were needed by the charity. We received a very warm welcome from Beverley and her colleagues…and the sun even made an appearance just for the occasion!




St Joseph’s Penny Charity Box Challenge

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And they’re off… Francesca has laid the first pennies for this year’s St Joseph’s Penny Charity Box challenge. The aim is the raise as much money as possible in the run up to Easter for this charity which helps children and families in need.

In return for each metre of pennies that are laid out round the edge of the prep school upstairs and downstairs the pupils earn one minute of free time to use on the last morning before the next holidays begin. The aim is to make sixty metres of pennies for sixty minutes of free time. The Student Council will then decide the activities for the free time.

It looks like Francesca has earned the first minute! Well done!

Forest School

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After a few weeks of extreme weather, forest school was back on this week and we were greeted with sunshine and birdsong on a beautiful spring day.

Our den had been a casualty of the storms so everyone worked together to rebuild it then we rewarded ourselves with pancakes cooked over the campfire.

For the last half hour, we worked on our World Book Day challenge of doing some “Ridiculous Reading,” choosing some unlikely places to read our books!

Everyone had lots of fun and we can’t wait for next week!

Year 2 Poetry

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Year 2 have been thinking about their futures recently and talking about their ambitions in life. The boys and girls surprised us with some of the jobs that they want to do although the teachers surprised them when the children tried to guess which ambition matched each teacher! They then turned their ambitions into some fantastic poetry and went to visit Mrs. Buttery so she could hear them. She was very impressed and enjoyed their performances. Mr. Edgar was so impressed too that he’s entered them into a competition, so watch this space, we would love to have a winner. 🤞 Please feel free to pop by and read them as they’re on display in class. They are worth it.

Careers Week

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On Tuesday morning Peter and his associates from Peter Hitchen Architects came to give an insight to our senior pupils about careers and pathways in architecture and working in the industry. It was interesting to find out about the different avenues in from studying BTEC in Construction to a degree in Geography. The work is varied and interesting, the pupils were inspired.

Today pupils have reviewed their own skills and set targets for improving their employability. Year 11 have specifically looked at leadership, what it encompasses  and discovered their leadership type.