Celebration Evening 2014

Celebration ev 2014

Oathall was delighted to welcome Haywards Heath Town Mayor, Mrs Sandy Ellis to present awards at the college’s annual celebration evening on Tuesday 15 July.  The evening recognises students in all college faculties and from all year groups who have demonstrated the greatest progress and highest achievement over the school year.  Students are also awarded for their outstanding contribution to the college and wider community.  Accompanying parents left the event with pride stating what a memorable end to the school year that the evening provided.

Pictured with Mrs Sandy Ellis, Haywards Heath Town Mayor and Mr E Rodriguez, Headteacher, are left to right: Lila Jones (English award), Connie Went (Headteachers award), Jesse-Antoine Allotey (Humanities award), George Adams (Science award), Connor Ghosh (Year 8 award), Myles Rice (Modern Foreign Languages award and Year 10 award), Kimberley Guest (Year 9 award)

The 12th National Students Art Exhibition

Katy Gardner beside her portrait at the Mall Galleries

Congratulations to Katy Gardner, whose GCSE artwork was selected by the Royal Society of British Artists judging panel to be exhibited at this year’s National Students Art Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.  This is an incredible achievement, particularly as both large scale pieces made the final selection.

Congratulations also to Zakiyra Begum, Kieran Ross, Hassana Akther-Tuhra, Freya Way and Marjana Akther-Bushra whose submitted artwork was highly commended.

Year 10 Work related learning week 2014

Students in Year 10 have just completed a range of work related activities aimed at broadening their experiences and helping to inform future career choices.

Students visit Sainsburys in Haywards Heath

Students visit Sainsburys in Haywards Heath

During the week students participated in visits to local businesses, trips to colleges and universities and workshop activities led by employees from Barclays Bank. This included a formal mock job interview which was subsequently graded. One senior Barclays advisor said of the experience “I would happily employ any of the students I’ve interviewed today”

As well as these activities, two former Oathall students, Dr Daisy Moffatt who is training to be a GP and Ben Higgins, Director of HR at the Societe Generale Bank returned to talk to students about their experience of work. Daisy and Ben are both members of the Oathall Alumni Association which is set up to keep in touch with former Oathall students. A short movie of the week’s activities was collated and shown to students at the end of the week.

Award for a lifetime in teaching

Howard Wood, won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual TES School’s Awards on Friday 4 July.

“A man of great gentleness but with a powerful belief in the children in his care” is how one person who has worked with Howard Wood describes him. Others call him “outstanding”, “exceptional” and “selfless”, but the word that crops up more than any other is “dedicated”.

Mr Wood with his family at the award ceremony in London on Friday.

Mr Wood with his wife Mary and daughter Sarah at the award ceremony in London on Friday.

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