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Wiz Of The Week Wizards

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Prep children, who are awarded wiz of the week, will now be lucky enough to look after their very own wizard. They have been hand-crocheted by our  very talented Reception teacher,  Miss Young. They are already providing to be a very big hit with children who have got very excited and are now even giving them individual names and some classes have even started on the construction of homes for them!


Whalley Remembers Lantern Parade

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Year 5s lanterns were taken on the Lantern Parade to represent Oakhill on Saturday over the Whalley Remembers weekend. Over 300 children attended the parade to commemorate the centenary. They walked round to the war memorial and as the sunset came, their lanterns shone as a beacon of hope marking the peace which came at the end of the war. Thank you to Year 5 for making such fantastic lanterns, the pupils who came to carry them and to the Whalley Scout organisation for organising the event.

Year 6 Remembers…

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Year 6 enjoyed a visit to Whalley library to look at the items on display as part of the Whalley Remembers activities which are running in the village to mark the hundred year anniversary of the end of World War One.

The children were particularly interested in the military hospital model and had the opportunity to ask questions and see old photos of the buildings as well.

It was lovely to see the work produced by other schools in the village and to also to see their own poems about WW1 soldiers on the walls as part of it.

Visit To Hansons’ Cement

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Year 8 Geographers learning about geology and the use of rocks visited the cement works and quarry in Clitheroe on Tuesday.

Michael and Paul, who have both worked there for many years, gave an interesting and informed tour of the whole site, explaining the different grades of limestone and the blend of materials used in cement production.

They took students to look at every aspect of the site from the loading bays to the kiln and store as well as the amazing control room with its robotic tester of samples. Year 8 were fantastic, as usual, and asked excellent questions.

A really excellent insight into our local industry and the use of limestone. Thanks to Hansons’ Cement for organising the tour, Michael and Paul for their time and the great goody bags.

Prep School Annual Book Fair

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A massive thank you to everyone who supported the recent Prep School Annual Book Fair. You spent over £750, which means that we now have £376 to spend on new books for the school. Well done everyone!


Run The Lights

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During the half term holidays a group of Oakhill runners headed to Blackpool for our own annual ‘Run the Lights’ trip.

This is now a traditional event and a great alternative way of experiencing the Blackpool illuminations.

Running south to north, and the full length of the light show, the route is over 5 miles long and takes in all the sights along the way including the piers and Blackpool Tower.  Our running group kept up a great pace, motivated by the fish and chip supper at the end in Bispham.

Staff, parents and pupils of all ages took part from Year Eleven right down to one of our toddlers (who slept all the way in her pram!).  Well done everyone.



Whalley Remembers

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On Wednesday Prep had a visit from two members of the Committee for Whalley Remembers, Cliff and June, who came to talk about the importance of this centenary year and the events taking place this weekend. Cliff asked lots of questions of the pupils who were ready with their answers and he told them the importance of the military hospital in Whalley which looked after 60,000 wounded soldiers. They also brought a beautiful patchwork quilt made by a local group to symbolise the work done by those women in Whalley left at home.  The committee then presented all the pupils with a special commemorative mug. Our thanks to Cliff and June and the Whalley Remembers committee. The next event will be our memorial service on Friday at the war memorial and there are events taking place over the weekend. After the Remembrance Sunday parade there is a special lunch at Whalley Abbey with a brass band and tickets are available from Whalley Post Office. Please visit the Whalley Remembers page https://www.facebook.com/Whalley-Remembers-556632281380965/ for more information.


Hockey Coaching Clinic

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A group of year 3 and 4 girls travelled to Giggleswick to take part in a coaching clinic.

This was a fun tournament based afternoon where the girls played in mixed school teams each competing in 3 mini games.

The girls developed their dribbling throughout the afternoon and started to become more assertive when tackling. The girls all really enjoyed the afternoon and celebrated a couple of goals being scored by tucking into sausage and chips!

Our U11 hockey team also travelled and played two coaching games against Giggleswick. Our first game against their A team was exciting with the ball travelling end to end in an evenly fought game which ended 0-0.

Our second game against their B team some fantastic defence was seen and numerous saves by Nellie our goal keeper who was selected as player of the match.

The final score we lost 2-0 as we struggled to send the ball into the oppositions D. A great afternoon was had by all.


Les Miserables

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Year 9 pupil Charlotte has been rehearsing for Les Miserables for a whole year, culminating in 6 shows in October at the Colne Hippodrome. Every performance was a sell out show. Charlotte was in the chorus and featured mainly in the first act  in the ‘lovely ladies’ scene and ‘master of the house’. Charlotte has been with Basics for 5 years but this is her first year in the Seniors. Well done Charlotte!




Oakhill Remembers

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As part of the Whalley Remembers community events, students from Seniors and Prep hosted a tea for pupils from Whalley and Barrow Primary schools and for members of the local community.

Bully Beef sandwiches were served alongside tea and scones and James Hawks played World War One songs on the piano.

Professor Hudson from Derby University provided items belonging to soldiers from the trenches and information on local solider, William Herbert Doxey, was provided by Pat Doxey.

Pupils from the Senior School spoke of the research they had conducted into local soldiers over the past four years from 2014 to 2018.

They had travelled to the Ypres Salient twice on bicycles, cycling over 250 kilometres in 5 days on two separate visits in 2016 and 2018 and spent time visiting the graves and memorials of local men.

During the two visits they had stayed at Talbot House in Poperinghe which provided a good cup of tea to all ranks of soldier who found themselves far from home.

In the same spirit, all who attended shared a cup of tea and time together.

Oakhill pupils also presented pupils from Whalley and Barrow with a rose from the garden of Talbot House, marking their links in this 100 Centenary Year.

Year 5 and 6 boys from the Prep School then gave a moving performance of “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae who was a surgeon at a dressing station on the Ypres canal.

Our thanks to all who came along to the event and to those who supported by sharing information, making food, knitting poppies for the displays and to the pupils who worked so hard to create such a memorable afternoon.

Whalley Remembers continue with events over the weekend 9th-11th November. Please visit their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Whalley-Remembers-556632281380965/ for more information or contact school.

Spanish Trip To Santander

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On day one, we went to the local market where pupils competed to find the name of an item in Spanish for each letter of the alphabet. They were also challenged to buy the most interesting item they could find for just one euro. This resulted in an array of unusual items including a pig’s trotter and a complete sheep’s head. Pupils could not believe that the Spanish use these in their cooking!

In the afternoon we visited the beautiful, medieval village, Santillana del Mar and pupils were very appreciative of the detailed architecture and quaint buildings. Here we went for a traditional Spanish meal, including paella, squid, stews and egg flan.

Pupils practised their Spanish by completing interviews of tourists, finding out where they were from and what they were visiting. Pupils found this fairly challenging but fun.

On day two, we spent the morning at a school, Colegio Atalaya. It is a school of similar size to ours and very friendly. Pupils spent the morning playing board games with the Spanish pupils and going to a variety of lessons. They were fairly tired after having to concentrate so much to understand everything, but they really appreciated the experience, not to mention making Spanish friends. We are planning further projects with the school to keep the communication going between the pupils.

After relaxing on the beach for a short while, pupils then completed a quiz in Spanish around the Royal park, el Parque de la Magdalena, before going to a restaurant for our evening meal.

On the final day, we went to the maritime museum where we were given a guided talk in Spanish. Pupils learnt about whales and other local sea life and visited the aquarium which had sharks and stingrays. Pupils then completed a town trail in Spanish and completed further interviews in Spanish but this time, they interviewed local people about what they like and dislike about their town.

It was a fantastic trip and the pupils really put their all into practising their Spanish. We were really proud of them all.

El Día de los Muertos

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Reception have been learning about el Día de los Muertos in Spanish.

They watched a short clip from the Book of Life

and then coloured in some beautiful Calaveras masks.

Day Three Careers Week

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Laura Williams from North West Dance Solutions joined us to tell students about all the options in dance careers. She told us how she originally started as a ballerina but later on changed to modern dance. Laura also shared her extensive experience in dancing and her passion for the variety and creativity in dance. Many students enjoy dancing as a hobby so they were interested in where they could go next. She showed us a video of all the work she has done with her business. Thanks to Laura who took the time to join us and share her story.

Alexander Year 10

Mrs Hunt came in on Wednesday the 17th to talk about her job as an accountant. Mrs Hunt has had various jobs such as in a chocolate factory, a hotel and various other places. She told how she started off her job and the GCSE and A-levels she took which gave us what to think about if we want to become an accountant. Also talked about how events in her lifechanged such as children and how she moved around during her life for different jobs. She said, ‘you’ve got to like numbers and said it’s a good job as the pay is decent and your job is up to you to get it done but says that she enjoys working in a small business as there is no fixed deadline for work.

Thomas Year 8

Day Two Careers Week

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On the 16th of October Sarah Clemson came for Careers week to talk about marketing and her business Latitude. She talked about what she does and how she improves a business. She also talked about how she got into graphic design and how she’s built two businesses from scratch. Thank you for a great talk.

Maisey Year 7

Also, on Tuesday the 16th of October, Caroline Walker from ‘Johnson and Johnson’ came into school to do a talk on her job. She is a bio engineer and looks at body parts for operations. These could be for knee, hip, finger and many other operations. Her career at first was a babysitter, but she was always interested in the human body. She worked her way up the ranks after she studied at Edinburgh University. Caroline went on to be a nurse for a while and then became a bio engineer with Johnson and Johnson later. She works at the front of the company, taking orders and sending them to the manufacturers and then to the testing team. Caroline did a great talk on her job as it gave us the values of it: money and extra time.I think this is a great job to consider if you are interested in the human body or chemistry/engineering. Thank you Caroline.

Thomas Year 8

Young Ambassadors

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Our two prep sports captains Isaac and Lilly-Ella attended the boroughs young ambassadors training course at Accrington Academy. The course began with some highly competitive rock, paper & scissors team building challenges.

Next they were inspired by a motivational talk from World Champion In-line skater Jenna Downing. She spoke of the trials and tribulations it took to get from the council estate she was brought up on with only the support of her mother, to break into the male orientated world of extreme inline skating. She became a professional skater at only 12 years old! She explained the importance of working hard at school at the same time as travelling the world to compete. Jenna also spoke about the devastating effect MS had on her career and when she experienced periods of numbness and loss of balance. She kept on going and working towards her dream of becoming a world champion, she was determined never to let her illness limit her. Sport has taught Jenna that anything is possible and that everyone should dream big, work hard and stay focused. Which she encouraged our young ambassadors to take back to school and motivate their peers. Jenna is the only female skater to have her own brand of inline skates that are sold across the world. She decided to give something back and donates all proceeds to breast cancer care.

Lil & Isaac had to engage in a discussion as to who their role models were and understand the qualities these role models possess. In order to become role models to their peers in school.

Our young ambassadors have been given a few challenges to complete, to increase participation in sport, by setting up a new sports club, to promote sport through the student council and be the voice of the pupils in PE and to make our school a healthier school, by encouraging participation and healthy eating. They have asked to lead a KS1 club in the spring term to start off with and Mrs Smith has challenged them to bring a new activity to our extra curricular programme!

Baby Massage

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Last week we ran our very first baby massage session. Megan works in the baby room and is a qualified Yoga Instructor experienced in Thai massage and baby massage. Megan guided staff through the techniques of soothing the babies with therapeutic stroking of the body.

The babies thoroughly enjoyed bonding with us through the experience of massage.

What a zen room we had this autumnal morning! We are already looking forward to next week’s session.


Careers’ Week

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Careers’ Week began with a fantastic talk by Rachael Walker, professional mountain biker working for Hope Technology. Rachael talked of her career path where she worked as a lawyer in London. However, she took some time off after a big case and then ended up working for Hope through her love of the outdoors and mountain biking. She has competed across the world and recently took part in a 10 day ride in the Himalayas. She was inspirational in her advice where she told students to follow what you enjoy and love and then see where that path takes you. Thanks, Rachael for sharing your passion and talking so openly about your career experiences.

Inter Schools Cross Country

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Six boys took part in the inter-schools cross-country running competition at the Wilson’s playing fields.

Despite the pre-race nerves and a tough course, the boys did us proud and it was great to see such determination in all of their faces, right through to the finish line.

James gave it all knowing that, as a Year 11, this would be his last inter school cross country.

A special mention goes to Robert-John who battled amongst the first few throughout the race, finishing third which he should be very proud of, as we are. Hopefully we’ll see more running from RJ, especially as he has been invited to race in the regional championships next March. Well done to you all!

Ready Steady Cook!

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Continental Cookery club sometimes feels like Ready Steady Cook! This week we looked at pasta and made our own pasta dough. We talked about working the gluten through good kneading. Students then had a go at rolling the pasta through the pasta machine. Thanks to Breda Murphy we had two doughs we had made earlier (Blue Peter style). Students then took their dough and pasta home. All in 20 minutes. Great work our young chefs!


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Year 2 have been learning about hedgehogs and Ivy was so inspired she went home and  painted a lovely watercolour of a hedgehog with her grandma. We are all very impressed with her talent. Well done Ivy!



French Exchange

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The French exchange programme is very educational as well as fun, you’ll never get an experience like this one so you shouldn’t pass up on the opportunity. It can be intimidating at first, listening to everyone around you talking in a foreign language and only understanding small snippets of the conversation. But nearing to the end of the week, it gets easier to follow the conversation and your French will have improved. When on the French exchange trip, you learn to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.

Throughout my time in France with my exchange partner, Emma, I mostly relied on google translate before I would say anything, because I didn’t want to embarrass myself. However, the students at Jean-Paul II were really understanding and kind, plus when I made a mistake it can just be something for us to laugh about, because their English isn’t perfect either. In fact, during English lessons, which were my favourite, it was entertaining to hear them talk in English which was probably the same for them when I spoke French. In English lessons, I liked to help out, because it’s easy to get the English tenses mixed up and pronounce words differently and it was the only lesson I could completely understand.

Coming from a small school, I felt quite intimidated by the size of the school (Jean-Paul II has roughly 3,000 students and 200 teachers), but all the students I met were helpful, funny and genuinely nice. Students who knew English tried to make me feel slightly at home, and those who didn’t made an effort. Pretty soon I realised that I didn’t have to worry so much because none of the people I met made me feel like I was being judged. The Jean-Paul II Institute of learning was very centred on the educational part, thus not providing lessons like art or music, instead providing Philosophy lessons. And the days are quite long compared to Oakhill’s school hours; lessons at Jean-Paul II begin at 9am on Monday and 8am Tuesday to Friday as opposed to Oakhill’s hours which start at 9am each day. However at Jean-Paul II they have longer holidays than at Oakhill.

A thing I shouldn’t be proud of is that I learned was how to use google translate properly, but I did learn some more French and now I feel more comfortable talking in French, I think.

Aerynne Year 10

Yorkshire Young Writers Festival

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Several Oakhill pupils were excited to be part of a literature event at Broughton Hall last weekend.  Eliza Rose, Year 7, and Rocco, Year 6, were presented with a book in which their winning stories in the Yorkshire Young Writers Festival have been published.

Along with a number of other pupils, they were fortunate enough to see a range of authors who have truly inspired them.

Nellie has recently been enjoying a selection of books by Robin Stevens and so was delighted to meet her favourite author.

William, Harrison and Zakary are all football fanatics and so were thrilled to meet Tom Palmer who talked about how, as a child, he was a reluctant reader.  He told them that this changed when his mother introduced him to books about his passion – football. He explained where he now gets his inspiration from and the boys even left with a preview copy of the first three chapters of his brand new book.  What’s more, they were also lucky enough to take part in Tom’s very own penalty shootout – with William achieving the runner up position!

Saul loved the Scarecrow Trail at the Festival and enjoyed the presentation by Will Mabbitt.

John Charles was enthralled to listen to the rap poet, Christopher Donavan

The weekend was a fantastic experience for the children and we are now looking forward to seeing them put their new skills to good use as they write their own stories coming in school.


Prep Prefects

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Year 6 are proudly wearing their prefect badges after receiving them from Mrs Crouch in assembly last week.

In addition, Noah and Roman were made Head Boys and Mairead and Nellie, Head Girls. Sports Captains this year are Lilly-Ella and Isaac. Martyrs’ house will be captained by Imogen and Taylor and Scholars by Zara and Josh.

Well done to you all – we know you will rise to the challenge this year!

Go Frankie!

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Year 2 pupil Frankie has been scouted by Manchester United to train for their academy. Frankie was spotted when playing for his local team Longridge Football Club. Frankie is a dynamic and energetic player who exhibits excellent potential. He also excels in tennis and gymnastics but is never happier than when he has a ball at his feet. Well done Frankie from all at Oakhill, we look forward to following your career over the next few years.

Aerial Yoga

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Zoli at Flipside has given our pupils another new experience over the last few sessions. Year 5 & 6 pupils have been introduced to aerial yoga using the elevated silks which dangle from the gyms ceiling!

Our boys and girls worked on enhancing their flexibility attempting and perfecting moves such as upside down star and the bat.

These moves all work on core stability and will improve the pupils core strength and body control, which will contribute to all of the sports and physical activities that they take part in.

Thank you to Coach Zoli for introducing a new component to our broad and varied PE curriculum.

Year Two RE

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In RE Year Two have been looking at the story of Abraham and Sarah from the bible. With the help of some imaginative costumes they retold the story of God’s promise to bless Abraham and Sarah with a family.


Forest School

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Through the participation in Forest School activities the Pre-School children have been enjoying the beautiful surroundings of our Nursery.

They created a leaf storm and leaf animals,

built houses out of sticks for insects

and talked about what they could feel, hear, smell and see.

Inspiring Author Visit

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Damian Harvey delighted our Key Stage 2 children last week with a visit which gave them an insight into the life of an author.  His entertaining style was truly an inspiration, as he explained in an animated style how his books are put together – from conception through to publishing.  The children were surprised to hear how much time can pass between the two events. 

His tale of spotting a man with a long beard leading to an entertaining poem about a teacher with spaghetti in his beard, had the whole room in fits of laughter.  Damian shared details of the first book he bought, why he writes, where he writes, his favourite authors and even gave a sneak preview of his newest book, Snail’s Legs.  

Damian was keen to hear the endless questions from the children and answered each one with a cheerful honesty whilst also showing a keen interest of his own in getting to know the boys and girls.  He captivated the attention of everyone as he read extracts of his books and poems.  The children particularly enjoyed being the sound effects as Damian read a rap poem.

Thank you to Damian for a fantastic morning.  The children are now looking forward to putting some of his hints and tips into practice.

Continental Cooking Club

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This week at Continental Cooking Club, we looked at Cheese. We learned how to taste cheese, not just looking at flavour but texture and aftertaste. We learned how Cheese is made and then tried out four cheeses from Europe including a Goat Gouda, a Harrogate Blue, a Manchego and, of course, a French Brie. Students were all willing testers and chose their favourites. Next week pasta!