Students rise to the Tenner Challenge

Enterprising students at Oathall Community College have raised £1586 for charities by participating in Young Enterprises ‘Tenner Challenge’. Over four weeks students use £10 pledges to get their student business ideas off the ground and make as much profit as they can.

This year, 18 teams made up from over 40 students in year 8 and year 9 took part. Teams provided a range of services and products such as chocolate pizzas, car washing, gardening services, arts and crafts and dog-walking. Students could sell their products & services to friends and family as well as at lunchtime fairs in school. Students commented that the challenge had taught them a lot about being independent and that it gave them a good experience of the financial & marketing side of running a business.

At the end of the four weeks, the teams returned their initial £10 and paid £1 as a legacy donation to Young Enterprise to support next year’s event. Students donated £1586 of their £2309 profits to their chosen charities.

Mrs Laura Griffiths said,
It has been remarkable to see how well the students have taken on this challenge. Their dedication and commitment has been fantastic. They have shown how well they can work together in a team and have overcome obstacles they have faced. It has been a great experience for them to see what it is like to run a business of their own taking into consideration costs, advertising and profits. I am very proud of what they have achieved and that a huge amount of their profits went to such fantastic charities

Crowdfunding update

It’s official! We have crowdfunded over £18,000 of the £25,000 target for maths and science equipment. Thank you to all of our supporters. We now have until 23 June to raise the remaining £7,000.

That’s about £7 for every student at Oathall so please do dig deep and make a donation towards the education of the young people of Haywards Heath, Lindfield, Scaynes Hill, Ardingly and Horsted Keynes. Who knows one of these young people may be a Nobel laureate of the future. You can go online and donate here. 

Brand new tractor!

Howard Wood and students take delivery of the new Massey Ferguson tractor.

Howard Wood and students take delivery of the new Massey Ferguson tractor.

The farm unit is now the proud owner of a new 75hp Massey Ferguson MF 5410 tractor. The tractor has been purchased as a result of generous donations made by farm sponsors and benefactors and replaces the 24 year old tractor that the college used on a daily basis.

Howard Wood, Head of the Farm, said
“We use a tractor regularly for typical farm operations and without it we would struggle to provide the farm educational facilities that we offer to students. Our old tractor had been a real workhorse for the farm but had come to the end of its useful life as a machine that could be used on a school farm. So we are very lucky and thankful for all the support and donations from our friends and sponsors from the farming community allowing us to make this much needed purchase.”

We are grateful to all of the following sponsors and benefactors who helped us to raise funds for the tractor.

Greenwood Trust
NFU West Sussex Old Scheme Funds
Garfield Weston Foundation
Coin Co International PLC
Educational Trust Fund of the West Sussex Branch of the NFU
Hurstpierpoint Ploughing Society
Mrs Maggie Chamberlain

Oathall is supporting Sport Relief 2014

Oathall is supporting this great cause

Oathall is supporting this great cause

Our school will be supporting Sport Relief on Friday 21 March 2014.

In return for a donation all OCC students can come to school for the day in their own clothes (not fancy dress).

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also be taking part in a fun run round the school fields; the dress code for this year’s run is anything beginning with the letter S or R so we want to see lots of sparkly, red, riotous, striped or spotty costumes for this fantastic cause!

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A Christmas Carol

Scrooge wakes up to a bright new day!

Scrooge wakes up to a bright new day!

If you missed the performance of A Christmas Carol last week or just want a reminder of this marvelous show you can see a selection of pictures taken on our Flickr pages or by clicking on this picture below.

Many thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets, refreshments or entered the chocolate tombola.

We raised a fantastic sum of £2000!


Hark! Oathall sings!

Magenta preparing for some Carols in the Barn!

Magenta preparing for some Carols in the Barn!

Oathall Community College has held its annual Carols in the Barn event on Thursday 12 December.

In the days running up to it farm staff and student volunteers decorated the barn with lights and other festive trimmings while a large Christmas tree generously donated by Balcombe Estates provided a spectacular centrepiece.

Past and present students, parents, staff and members of the local community packed into the barn for a cold but magical start to Christmas.  Under the watchful eye of the animals a selection of traditional and religious readings were given and music students raised the roof with renditions of lots of festive favourites.

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From Oathall to John O’Groats to Lands End!

Holly and her Dad at the end of their two week trip!

Holly and her Dad at the end of their two week trip!

Some people might take the opportunity to sit back and relax after taking their GCSE exams but Oathall Community College student and former chair of our Young Farmer’s Club Holly Farrage decided to do just the opposite.

Over the summer Holly and her father participated in a charity bike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End raising a good sum of money in the process.

Holly has been a brilliant club chairman and member of Oathall Farm and we will all miss her as she goes off to Sixth Form College in Brighton.