We were so proud of all our new Year 7 students when they started at Oathall this September. They managed their first-day admirably even with all the new Covid-19 measures in place. They finally got to meet their new tutors in person and got to meet all the other students in their Houses. And everybody got a chance to experience some lessons in English, Maths and Science. We are so pleased to finally meet you all.
We are pleased to announce the 2019-2020 House Championship winners.
Credit cup winners – Pioneer
Attendance Cup winners – Pioneer
House Championship winners – Pioneer
Congratulations to everyone in Pioneer for this great achievement. Assistant Head of House, Mrs Corbett accepted the cup on behalf of the students in Pioneer at the end of the term.
The final end of year House scores were
Pioneer – 138
Discovery – 104
Endeavour – 104
The match against Claremont School was a gripping game with the score drawn at 2-2 at full time. Neither team was able to penetrate the defence in extra time and following a further 20 minutes of play, nothing could divide Oathall and Claremont teams. The match went to penalties with Oathall’s penalty takers and goalkeeper holding their nerve eventually winning the match 3 – 2. Congratulations to everyone who took part.
The team will now go on to play Cardinal Newman school in the Quarter finals.
Students at Oathall have just attended their first session at Compton House care home in Lindfield. Our students volunteered to spend time with the residents helping them to colour and write messages on poppies for a Remembrance day project in the home. Our student volunteers are ideally placed to give the residents an opportunity to chat and socialise with younger people from the community.
Miss Murray, who organised the session said
The group were fantastic and were really natural with the residents. They were so helpful and lovely with the residents, it was great to see. We are hoping to make this a regular event.
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.”
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.
We are very pleased to announce the new 2019 senior prefect team. The selection process involved students initially writing a letter of application. They were then asked to present on a theme of ‘What one thing would you change about Oathall and how would you go about actioning the change’.
All the students who took part in the process performed exceptionally well and after careful consideration, Ben McDowell and Kitty Underhill were chosen to be School Captains. Seren Billson, Esme Bridgen, Felix Carter and Jessica Ruddock were appointed as Vice Captains.
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
On Monday 25th March, around 50 students from Oathall took part in the 2019 Rock Challenge Competition. This was the culmination of 7 months hard work and dedication from the performers, stage crew and lighting team. The achievement from each and every student was outstanding.
Oathall’s performance this year was titled ‘Black Swan’. This was a contemporary, street dance fusion piece that explored the physiological and psychological struggles of a mentally delicate dancer and her strive for perfection, only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity as she descends into madness from the pressure of perfection. To succeed, she will have to transform herself into something she has never been.
The Rock Challenge was established in order to combine the benefits of taking part in a large scale dance production with involvement in a positive ‘ drug-free’ activity.
Although Oathall did not win, the students’ performance was recognised with awards gained in the following categories
• Award of Excellence in Lighting
• Award of Excellence for Entertainment
• Award of Excellence for Visual Enhancement
• Award of Excellence for Stage Use
• Award of Excellence for Costuming and Character
• Award of Excellence for Soundtrack
Performance faculty enrichment leader, Mrs Avery said
I am proud that at Oathall the Rock Challenge event brings students of all ages, backgrounds and gender together in order to work collaboratively on a brilliant production. The students take charge not only of choreography but costumes, sound, lighting and scenery.
I would like to thank every student who took part in and contributed to this year’s production, you were all a pleasure to work with. Finally, thank you to all the parents & staff who kindly support dance at Oathall and help to encourage our students to achieve amazing things.
It has been a fabulous sporting start to 2019 for Oathall’s PE teams. We have been successful against local schools in Football, Futsal, Indoor Athletics, Indoor Cricket and Hockey to name but a few.
Here’s a quick summary of some of the highlights
The U12 boys’ hockey team (pictured above) played in the annual tournament in Crawley with 5 other schools, with a combination of U13 and U12 teams. Despite being the youngest team present they finished unbeaten with 4 wins and 1 draw.
Our Indoor Athletics teams were successful in the Mid-Sussex round of the Countywide indoor athletics competition with the Year 7 Girls & Year 8 boys winning their rounds.
The Under 12 Girls Football team have completed all of their West Sussex league fixtures and have finished the season unbeaten.
Keep up the good work everybody!
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