Our annual carols in the barn service will be held on Monday 18 December from 7.00pm until 8.00pm. Join us in the Oathall farm barn for carol singing surrounded as usual by some of our farm animals. Music will be provided by members of the Oathall orchestra and choir. Refreshments including mulled wine, hot drinks and mince pies will be available. Wrap up warm, we look forward to seeing you there.
From left to right: Jordan Hards, James Guy, Rhys Chester (in green), Aaron Head (all Oathall Year 10 students), Luke Timms, Cameron Terry, Angel Knott, Liam Rollings. (All Woodlands Meed Year 11) Back row: Mr John Blackholly and Ms Chris Candy from Woodlands Meed.
Oathall’s students were celebrating after being awarded first place for their garden design entry at the South of England show in June. First place was well deserved with our students competing against garden design students from Brinsbury and Plumpton Colleges. Well done to James Guy, Jordan Hards, Rhys Chester and Aaron Head who gave up much of their own time in support of the project and learnt much throughout the process.
It wasn’t just about garden design. As is our usual tradition Oathall students participated fully in the show helping out in the parade and showing our pigs and cattle. Harry Woodington was successful in showing our large white adult breeding sow. She came first in the large white class, a testament to all the early starts and hard work that Harry put in to prepare her for the show. Jacob Wall also did well, coming second in his cattle handling class.
Mr John Blackholly said,
“Well done to everyone associated with Oathall Farm It was a massive team effort from all concerned and we are justifiably proud of all our achievements. Thank you to all the students but in particular to all the staff, parents and former Oathall students who gave up their time to support our efforts.”
This year, the farm open day will be held on Sunday 30 April. We are holding the event a bit earlier this year to give our visitors a chance to see our spring lambs. Admission is free and visitors will have a chance to see all of our animals around the farm. We will be open from 11 am until 3 pm. Teas, cakes and a BBQ will also be available.
This is Lucky, one of our very first lambs. Lucky had a difficult start in life but thanks to some careful nursing and TLC from students, parents and staff she is now doing well.
On Monday 9 January, Oathall students along with Headteacher, Mr Edward Rodriguez and Chair of Governors, Mrs Rowena Chalk were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £2000 from the Rotary Club of Cuckfield and Lindfield.
Over 50 students who attend the Oathall Young Farmers’ Club turned up to receive the cheque from Rotary Club president, Mr Jaime Wallden and vice-president, Mrs Karen Looker. Also present from the rotary club were Mr Chris Jupp, chairman of youth activities and past president, Mr John Davey. The Rotary Club are long-standing supporters of the school and the farm.
Speaking at the presentation, Mr John Davey said to the students,
The farm at Oathall is a very special resource and as students at this school you are given an exceptional opportunity to get involved with the farm and its activities. You will find that when you leave Oathall this gives you a unique experience which you can use in your future studies and careers.
Head of farm Mr John Blackholly, said
We are so grateful to the Rotary Club for this donation. The money will be used to improve the natural environment for our animals with better outdoor housing and fencing. Every year, we have visits from a wide range of community groups, this donation will also be used to improve the accessibility and environment for our visitors and so benefit the wider community.
It’s been a fortnight of competitions for staff and students at Oathall – with winners all round.
Over 50 students from Oathall took part in the 2016 South of England show. Our Students showed our Ayrshire cattle with great professionalism taking a fourth and a fifth place. We also showed commercial pigs on behalf of Andrew Strong gaining two first places. And, as in previous years, students gave their support to the show by carrying the breed boards for the cattle parade in the main arena. Continue reading
This year’s Farm Open day was a huge success! The weather was fine and we welcomed 100’s of visitors from the local community to the farm.
Our students were on hand to explain and answer questions about the farm and livestock care as well as being integral in the event organisation. Visitors got the opportunity to get up close to see farming practices in action. Alan Kensett gave sheep shearing demonstrations. Students helped visitors hand-feed orphan lambs. And, of course, our youngest visitors were able to sit in our tractor driving seat, always one of our most popular activities.
Once again, Oathall Farm students achieved notable success at this year’s South of England show.
Yesterday, the sun shone on a wonderful lambing day down on the farm. Our students engaged with our local community providing explanations about the farm and lambing in particular. Lots of our visitors were given a great opportunity to handle the lambs and to get a real hands-on farming experience. Don’t forget, if you missed lambing day there’s still an opportunity to see the farm in action at our annual farm open day on Sunday 17 May.
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 wife Mary and daughter Sarah at the award ceremony in London on Friday.