Judo success for Oathall students

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The Mid Sussex Martial Arts School Judo Team, with Oathall students Hannah (pictured kneeling on the far left), Azhar (pictured front row, fourth from the right) and Thomas (picture standing back row, second from left).

At this year’s 2016 Sussex County Judo trials, Oathall students, Hannah Nelson, Azhar Ahmed and Thomas Abram were worthy winners of Bronze medals in their respective categories.

All three students train at Oathall and at the Mid Sussex Martial Arts School where they are taught Judo as a martial art and not as a ‘competitive sport’. Despite that, our students have gone on to compete and as a result have all secured places in the Sussex County Judo Squad for 2016.

Click here for a full report on the 2016 Sussex County Judo Trials 

Worth Less? – update

Worth less logoIn the past few months, all schools in West Sussex campaigned to secure interim funding for the academic year 2016-17.  This campaign took place against a wider context of securing fairer funding arrangements for all schools nationally.

Unfortunately in spite of everyone’s best efforts and support, schools in West Sussex have not received any additional funding for 2016-17.  This was required to act as a bridge to the proposed new Fair Funding Formula that is currently being considered.

Heads and Principals across the county are very frustrated that pupils in our care will not receive the fair and crucial extra funding during the current academic year. Whilst the concerns of Headteacher representatives were listened to carefully by the Minister for Schools, Sam Gymah MP, it is extremely disappointing that the Department for Education chose not to provide the vital interim funding that we have campaigned so hard for.

Click here for a full response from Mr Rodriguez about this issue

The Spirit of Rock Challenge

This March, 60 Oathall students showcased their dancing and performance talents by competing in 2016 Be your Best Rock Challenge. The event, held at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley takes place in front of a large audience and involves schools from across the region competing against each other in a dance contest.

Oathall’s dance, titled, ‘Is Alice in Wonder Land?’ focuses on a young girl with mental health issues who struggles to distinguish between reality and her perception of reality, the so-called “Wonderland”. Students were involved in the whole process and contributed to the development of choreography, costume, set and make-up. On the day, the dancers were also supported by stage crew, hosts and of course, staff.

Oathall was placed 4th overall and were rewarded with 9 awards of excellence in several categories. We were also pleased to have been voted into first place by the other competing schools for the school that most embodied the ‘Spirit of Rock Challenge’.

More photos from the event can be seen oin the college Flickr pages.

Oscar-nominated screen writer inspires Oathall students.

Students at Oathall had plenty of questions for Oscar-nominated screenwriter and novelist William Nicholson when he visited Oathall this week. The visit, by William Nicholson, was part of a regular initiative inviting authors to meet students during a school day. The visit included a Q&A lunch and a special assembly for Year 7.

At lunch, older students with an interest in writing and media met with the acclaimed author. Students had researched Nicholson’s background beforehand and so came prepared to ask him about his career. Students asked him about the controversy over racial diversity at this year’s Oscars, what inspired and motivated him when writing as well as chatting with him about current affairs.

After lunch, William Nicholson hosted a special assembly for Year 7 students. He talked about his book ‘The Wind Singer’ and how his experience of the exam system had influenced his ideas for the book. He spoke about his career in TV, books and films, why he writes and why students should write as well.

Charlie Wallbank, Year 7 student, said,

“I found it fascinating because you got to understand what life was like as an author and what dedication you have to put into writing a film and books.”

And, Abbi Neale, Year 7 student, said,

“To be able to tell people I met William Nicholson, the script writer for films like Gladiator and the Long Walk to Freedom is amazing! The whole experience has inspired me to write, work hard and follow my dreams.”

This article was written using contributions from Oathall students in Year 7.