Sue Cheung visits Oathall

We were really thrilled and delighted to welcome author Sue Cheung to Oathall on Monday 11 November. Sue Cheung visited to speak to Year 9 students about her latest book ‘Chinglish’.

The book is about the up’s and down’s of Jo Kwan a teenager growing up in 1980s Coventry with her annoying little sister, too-cool older brother, a series of very unlucky pets and utterly bonkers parents. But unlike the other kids at her new school or her posh cousins, Jo lives above her parents’ Chinese takeaway.

Told in diary entries and doodles, Jo’s brilliantly funny observations about life, family and char siu make for a searingly honest portrayal of life on the other side of the takeaway counter.


Oathall’s act of remembrance

Our School captains represented the school at the Haywards Heath Schools’ Remembrance service At St Wilfrid’s Church on Friday 8 November.

To mark Armistice Day and Oathall’s act of Remembrance, students and staff gathered on the piazza around our Field of Remembrance. Half of the crosses this year have been dedicated to soldiers, sailors and airmen lost in conflicts such as the Falklands and Northern Ireland. Assemblies this past week, delivered by History teacher and British Army veteran Mr Hastings, have reflected this and enabled staff and students to understand these conflicts better as well as the individual sacrifices made by members of Britain’s armed forces.
As always, our students showed great respect for the Remembrance proceedings which makes this now annual ceremony very special to be part of.


Year 7 Settling in evening

The Year 7 Settling in Evening will take place on Thursday 24th October from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and you are warmly invited to attend with your child.

The aim of this evening is for you to meet with the tutor and discuss how your child has settled here at Oathall Community College. Please note that a further evening is arranged on the 3rd March 2020 for you to discuss your child’s academic progress with their teachers.

Further information can be found in this letter.

Letter to Y7 parents


Student Wellbeing drop-in sessions

As part of a strategy to help young people improve their wellbeing and mental health, Oathall student volunteers have begun a new initiative to help their peers cope with and discuss any wellbeing issues they may have.

On a weekly basis, students now have the opportunity to attend a “Wellbeing Drop-In Session.” This allows pupils with wellbeing-related issues, such as stress, anxiety and friendship problems, to speak to other pupils in a safe environment. These sessions are overseen by teachers but are ultimately run by pupil volunteers who have received training.

The aim of this initiative is to provide pupils with peers who will listen to them, as well as suggest potential solutions and coping strategies.

This logo has been designed by one of the wellbeing student volunteers.

Post 16 Information and Advice

Following our post 16 opportunities evening, please find attached a booklet containing details of all the open evenings at local colleges as well as detailed information with regard to the range of qualifications and options available to students after leaving Oathall.

Post 16 Information Booklet

Please also find attached the presentations from the evening.

Post 16 Opportunities Presentation

Apprenticeship Presentation

Please note the deadline for applying to colleges is Friday 6th December 2019.

We advise students to apply to at least two colleges.

Any students considering an apprenticeship should also apply for a college course as a back-up measure.

Students celebrate excellent GCSE results

Congratulations to Oathall students who are celebrating their excellent GCSE results. Students have seen impressive outcomes across all areas of the curriculum.

In English, 73% of students achieved a grade 4 or above whilst in mathematics 67% of students achieved a grade 4 or higher. In science, 75% of students achieved 2 good science GCSE passes.

There were some exceptional individual performances with more than 11% of the cohort achieving 7 or more passes at grades 7, 8 or 9. Moreover, 23% of all grades awarded were 7 or higher.

Students of all abilities have excelled and achieved results of which they should be very proud. It is clear that their progress and attainment is significantly positive.

Headteacher, Edward Rodriguez said,
“I would like to congratulate all students and staff. The fact that so many of our students have reached their full potential, with others exceeding expectations, is testament to their hard work and commitment.”

Year 10 First Aiders

Students in Year 10 studying child development have just completed a first aid course specifically covering emergency first aid for babies and toddlers. The course took place over two days and students learnt how to deal with burns, breaks, bandaging, choking and asthma in babies and small children. As well as this the course covered how to perform CPR and mouth-to-mouth and how to use a defibrillator – skills which could be applied to anyone, not just babies.

Mrs Kirkpatrick said:

“another successful Year 10 cohort has passed their first aid course. It was great to see so many of our students become potential life-savers and to learn skills which are so useful to them. They were all fantastic over the 2 hours and I was very proud of the way they all threw themselves into the practical elements, which can be a little embarassing!”

Oathall’s Rugby World Cup Bake-Off

Each year, the Rotary Club sponsors the Oathall bake-off competition. This year’s competition theme was the Rugby World Cup – Japan 2019.

17 students entered by baking a cake at home and sending in a picture for consideration. These entries were then judged on creativity and skills with 8 being selected to enter the final competition.

The competition took place on Tuesday 4 June with competitors being given 4 hours to bake & decorate their cake from scratch. The cake ingredients were provided by the Rotary Club & the decorations were provided by the students.

At the end of the competition the cakes were judged by a panel made up from WI members, Kate Kent and Julia Vokes, Mike Hoare and Nigel Vokes from the Rotary Club, Emily Hughes and Emma Brown from Oathall’s catering team, as well as Emily Brock, three times previous Oathall Bake-Off winner.

Cakes were judged on appearance, skill level, taste & texture as well as on creativity and originality. The winning cake came top in all of the criteria. The judges were particularly impressed by the original use of Yuzu a Japanese flavouring in the filling as well as the creativity and professional finish.

Every person who entered received a whisk and wooden spoon with the final entrants receiving an apron and recipe book. The top three entries also received gift vouchers as their prize.

A display and information about the event will also go up in the WI tent at the South of England Show.