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End of Lent Term - March 2018

Last Updated: 23/03/2018 13:22:38

Dear Parents and Guardians

Snow for the third time this term! I am looking forward to the better weather so that the girls can make more use of the table tennis table which looked like this earlier today:

Our busy term is ending on a high with more successes to celebrate. My thanks to our fantastic relay team who won the 1.2 competition on Friday. Girls from all years competed so congratulations to Martha Dunlop, Heidi Neuman, Luise Benthaus, Jasmine Chan, Orla Walker and Abigail Saker. I was delighted that Abigail ran the final lap to victory in her fifth and final turnout in the 1.2 race and had the fastest lap!

The teatime concert in Routh earlier in the week was wonderful. The Year 9 GCSE musicians gave an innovative performance of Fresh Trash and Conga which was so entertaining.

And Lucy Hannah did well with her saxophone solo performance of Jean-Baptiste Singlelee’s Vivone Allegro. Well done to all.

This weekend saw the final performance of the Fourth Form play of Grimm Tales. I was so proud of all of our performers from Oakley House who featured in every tale. Heidi Neuman’s comic timing was impeccable as the wicked mother in Red Cap. Sophie Eaton’s teenage persona was also hilarious to watch. Charlotte Holden’s Granny was a physical and auditory delight. Freya Tweddell gave a beautifully clear and moving performance as the victimised Gretel and Rose Willetts lifted the mood with her outrageous Rumpelstiltskin. Annabel Schulze played the part of the daughter with poise and clearly enjoyed the whole experience. Finally, Polly Green and Molly-Jo Sword gave dazzling performances in Ashputtel. Polly’s ‘Cinderella’ character was delightful to witness as she transformed before our eyes and I must say that Molly-Jo’s stepsister role was truly wicked, in every sense of the word. To find the time and energy to partake in the rehearsal schedule at this stage of the term is an impressive achievement but, given the audience reaction on Saturday night, well worth it.

In the Fourth Form Assembly on Monday, the following were awarded certificates:

U14A Netball
Isabelle Lloyd
Brady McGlynn

U14C Netball
Prabhneet Sondhi

U14D Netball
Assica Thapa
Mikayla De Gouveia
Joelle Booth

U15B Netball
Claudia Bullock
Victoria Moberley

U15C Netball
Lucy Day

U15D Netball
Meredith Atkinson
Hermione Lawther
Junior Swimming
Joelle Booth

Elizaveta Potekhina
Simran Sandhu
Isobel Scott
Charlotte Holden
Esme Elwell-Thomas
Joelle Booth

Mikayla Almeida De Gouveia
Sakeenah Syed
Aida Abd Rahim

Eloisa Boriello
Freya Tweddell
Isobel Scott
Cherry Fung

And in our end of term Routh Assembly on Monday, it was so lovely to see so many Oakley girls being called to receive special congratulations for a variety of areas, for some, the culmination of three years of dedication to a team:

Duke Of Edinburgh Gold Award
Anna Da Costa Martins
Meghan McIntosh

In Netball, to qualify for the National Finals the 1st team won all of their 14 county and regional qualifying matches to represent the West Midlands. At the National Finals they won every match in their group which took them through to the semi-finals where they faced a very strong Worthing College who Bromsgrove overcame to win 11-8. All in all 22 games won in a row in the English Schools Competition so, despite their defeat in the final, an impressive and outstanding record. Congratulations to Ellie Bennet and Ellie Preece.

Claudia Moberley was invited on stage three times, which is an outstanding achievement in itself:
Girls’ Hockey Player of the Year
Hockey Cap
Netball Major Colours

Badminton Minor Colours
Maria Karicheva
Michelle Mok

Badminton Cap
Tiffany Leung

Cross Country Minor Colours
Orla Walker

Cross Country Cap
Abigail Saker

Girls’ Hockey Minor Colours
Fleur Gallagher

Girls’ Hockey Major Colours
Charlotte Campbell

Netball Minor Colours
Catie Ranger
Hannah Pover
Phoebe Fletcher

Netball Major Colours
Laura Merritt
Dichhya Pun

Netball Cap
Ellie Bennett

Swimming Cap

Abigail Saker

House ties have been awarded to Mikayla De Gouveia, Kate Stepanova, Daisy Wen, Isobel Lloy, Sakeenah Syed Muhammed and Jenna Wong. House Colours for Orla Walker. Congratulations girls and thank you for everything you do for Oakley House.

On Monday evening, the U6 enjoyed a relaxed meal out with Oakley staff to mark the fact they have nearly reached the end of their journeys with us. Our guest of honour was Dr Whitbread and we were delighted to give her a wedding present from Oakley ahead of her Easter Wedding – Mr and Mrs teacups!

This week has also seen the fiercely fought House Netball competitions. My thanks to all who took part in the Junior round– we had over 30 volunteers which shows excellent House Spirit! It was the Seniors who brought home the trophy – runners up in the cup and victors in the plate:

On Wednesday night, Mulan, Lisa and Amy each performed in a charity concert at neighbouring South Bromsgrove High School in ‘Women in Music’. Mulan’s Chopin and the classic Disney ‘Tale as Old As Time’ sung beautifully by Lisa and Amy made sure that Bromsgrove was well represented at this excellent event.

Last night, a plethora of Oakley students performed in the very popular ‘Pop and Jazz Evening’ in Routh Hall. I would highly recommend you put its 2019 date in your diaries if you are looking for an evening of pure entertainment and rich talent:

I would like to wish you all a Happy Easter and leave you with photos from our annual Oakley PA Easter Egg Hunt from Wednesday:



Best Wishes


13th March 2018

Last Updated: 14/03/2018 07:11:02

Dear Parents and Guardians

Can you believe we had yet more snow? My thanks to all of the staff who still managed to get into School, including Ms Honey who helped Mr Vice to dig out his car:

We start with the wonderful news that Oakley House won the prestigious Senior House Drama Competition last week. Madelaine Barber Fray, Anna Martins, Ellie Johnson, Phoebe Fletcher, Anya Butler and Meghan McIntosh gave a magnificent performance of an extract from Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. The adjudicator commended our girls on their professional and exciting stage presence and I have since been inundated with compliments for those students involved. My thanks to them for their hours of preparation and I am so proud that their talents were recognised in the form of an impressive trophy. In House we treated them to a pizza lunch in celebration:

And if that wasn’t enough pressure, following her weekend competing at the Oxford Union Debating Finals at the weekend, Madelaine Barber Fray also joined forces with Anna Martins to take part in the Senior House Debating Competition, proposing the motion that assassination is a legitimate political tool. Impressive:

I have been so pleased with the numerous fundraising events organised and supported by our Oakley students. Well done to Kalea and Judy who organised a Crispy Crème sale at the Cultures Connect concert last weekend. June and Vanessa also manned a stall of Easter goodies for the Primrose Hospice and our U6 Business Studies students helped to organise, run and participate in a staff v students dodgeball competition last week for the charity Sense UK. Despite their busy schedules, it is heartening to see our young people put others before themselves.

Congratulations to Joelle Booth (L4) and Jasmine Chan (L6) who received their House tie and House colours respectively this morning during roll.
Joelle also received a special Academic Commendation for recent AEO grades, along with:

Charlotte Holden (L4)
Joelle Booth (L4)
Zoe Law (L4)
Esme Elwell-Thomas (L4)
Ruby Bruton-Gibney (U4)
Lauren McClean (U4)
Laura Merritt (U6)
Nuna Kwak (U6)
Maria Starikova (U6)

The following girls have received a Headmaster’s Commendation for most improved grades:

Evie Richards (L4)
Charlotte Holden (L4)
Liza Potekhina (L4)
Eleanor Rea (U4)

And House Awards go to the following with the best engagement grades in Oakley:

Chloe Derbyshire (U4)
Kalea Booth (Vth)
Phoebe Fletcher (Vth)
Ellie Johnson (Vth)

Congratulations to Annabel Schulze who received a distinction for her Lamda Grade 4 examination.

In cross country, Orla and Abbie were part of the team that came 3rd at the prestigious Attingham Park Relays at the weekend against some very strong teams. Abbie Saker recorded the fastest lap overall in the competition.

We have everything crossed for Ellie Bennett and Ellie Preece who will be competing in the national finals for netball this weekend – good luck, girls.

Finally, some pictures of our boarders’ recent visit to Harry Potter World:


Best wishes

2nd March 2018

Last Updated: 02/03/2018 08:09:24

Dear Parents and Guardians

Storm Emma makes her way through the British Isles and, despite the fact that she has postponed two popular House events, Senior Drama and 1.2 relays, there is still plenty to report in my first news update of this half term.

Earlier this week, Emily Evans and Mulan Yang entertained us at a Routh lunchtime concert. It was the perfect escape from the increasingly cold weather and both girls gave stellar performances. Their performances can be seen on our Oakley Twitter feed @BromsOakley.

Last week was a busy week for our equestrian team. Last Monday, they competed in the National Schools’ show jumping qualifier where over a hundred riders were competing. Our team came an impressive 4th in the 90cm event. On Thursday, they competed in the National Schools dressage competition qualifier. Our preliminary team came 3rd with only 6 points separating them and the winners. Victoria Moberley did exceptionally well out of the novice individuals where she was placed 4th. Congratulations, Victoria!

Our star runners continue to achieve success. Abbie Saker has been selected to represent the West Midlands region in the London Mini Marathon which takes place on the day of the London Marathon. Bromsgrove hosted a league cross-country race at the weekend and Orla Walker finished 2nd – well done!

My thanks to the team of girls who represented Oakley in the School’s first ‘A Question of House’ competition. Based on a University Challenge format, it was great entertainment and I commend those who took to the stage to test their knowledge: Esme Elwell-Thomas, Hermione Lawther, Kalea Booth, Georgina Muscutt and Tiffany Leung. Better luck next year, girls!

House Ties and House Colours are awarded to students who go above and beyond for their House in a number of different activities. There is strict criteria to be met before they can be awarded, usually in roll call or at an end of term assembly. I would like to congratulate the following girls for receiving their House Ties in recent weeks:

Assica Thapa
Rafaela Nascimento
Zoe Law
Polly Green
Sophia Eaton
Esme Elwell-Thomas
Lorelei Allden
Macy Mellor

And finally, the Oakley Ball. On Saturday night we travelled to Stanbrook Abbey, near Malvern for an evening of good food, company and dancing, rounded off with a fire pit experience. It was a really special occasion in a spectacular venue and so wonderful to see so many 6th form students and their guests enjoying themselves, dressed to the nines. I will leave you with a selection of photographs from the event:



Best wishes

9th February 2018

Last Updated: 16/02/2018 11:06:16

Dear Parents and Guardians

We are officially half-way through the academic year but for our Fifth Form and Upper Sixth, we are edging even closer to the next stage of their journey with us. In the midst of all of the studying, there have been some lovely events and great successes to celebrate in House.

Junior and Senior Cross Country House Competitions were held and we were delighted to support the teams who gave their all in each event. My thanks to the Juniors: Eloisa Boriello, Freya Tweddell, Mikayla De Gouveia, Joelle Booth, Kate Stepanova, Brookie York, Assica Thapa, Prabhneet Sondhi, Isobel Scott, Zoe Law and Esme Elwell-Thomas. Congratulations to our two Senior runners who gained first and second place respectively, Abigail Saker and Orla Walker. They were supported by the rest of the team: Miray Kose, Jasmine Chan, Sophie Roy, Vanessa Chou, Amy Nolan, Georgie Muscutt, Chiara Trauttmansdorff-Weinsberg, Vivianne Zhang Wei and Hannah Pover.


Tiffany Leung, Jasmine Chan, Charlotte Campbell and Georgie Jeynes-Cupper also represented Oakley in the Senior House Badminton Competition.

Three Oakley students took part in the U16 Worcestershire County Schools Tournament. Well done to Yuki Chan, Jenna Wong and to Aida Abd Rahim who came second.

And our musicians have been busy with concerts this term. It was great to see 11 of the 18-strong Girls’ Choir perform Winter Song by Sara Bareilles in last week’s Lunchtime Concert. The girls sang beautifully: Sannica Chang, Rose Willetts, Emily Evans, Daisy Wen, Assica Thapa, Charlotte Holden, Amy Nolan, Christy Lloyd, Madelaine Barber-Fray, Lisa Bradburn and Brookie York. Later in the week Amy Nolan was joined in the wind band by Meredith Atkinson, Zoe Law, Luise Benthaus, and Kalea Booth for another concert!

As part of Bromsgrove Badge, the Lower Fourth spend two sessions at Upton Warren taking part in team building activities. Despite the cold, lots of fun was had by Oakley girls:

Excitingly, we would like to congratulate Oakley girls who are through to national finals. Madelaine Barber-Fray has made it through to the finals of the Oxford Schools Debating Competition. Madelaine and her teammate had 15 minutes to prepare for two challenging debates: banning private schools and legalising all drugs! We wish Madelaine all the best for the finals in March. Meanwhile, the netballers continue to shine this year. Well done to Ellie Bennett and Ellie Preece for the part they played in getting their team through to the national Netball Finals in March.

And last night was the annual House Music Competition. The ensemble group comprised Emily Evans, Amy Nolan, Lisa Bradburn, Christiana Lloyd and Madelaine Barber-Fray. They gave a stunning performance of real technical dexterity and their performance can be viewed here:

Mulan Yang performed in the solo category and we were delighted when she received the Highly Commended award. Please follow this link to see and hear Mulan’s stunning performance:

And Mulan was thrilled to meet past Oakley pupil, Theodora Dyakova, when she visited Bromsgrove last weekend. We were pleased to show her where her donated piano lives in the day study. It gets lots of use by our girls and we are so grateful to Teddy for her thoughtfulness.

In between the House Music performances many of our students took part in a 5-a-side football competition. Although we were the only girls’ House to turn out, it was a great event and I know the girls are looking forward to making more of the outdoors as the weather gets better next term. Although not confirmed at the time of going to press, I do believe our Senior team was successful in their match against Lyttleton House. To see Oakley girls getting into the competitive spirit was a lot of fun.

At the end of term, our local MP, Sajid David sent our Monitors a letter to congratulate them on their successful bake sale for House charity Days For Girls. To end the half term with a letter from the Houses of Parliament was a real highlight!

Best wishes

22nd January 2018

Last Updated: 22/01/2018 16:43:13

Dear Parents and Guardians

Two weeks into the new term and your daughters continue to impress us with their commitment to their academic studies and making the most of their time in House. Today saw a fantastic Oakley team effort during our bake sale in the LRC, raising over £170 for our House charity, Days For Girls. Thank you to Meghan and Izzy for their initiative and to everyone who contributed. The Monitor team did a great job manning the stall today.


The following girls were presented with music certificates in Routh Assembly last week:

Emily Evans, Organ grade 5 with Distinction
Isobel Scott, Piano grade 5 with Merit
Elyzia Wong, Violin grade 6 with Merit

Continuing with the musical theme, it was lovely to see Annabel Schulze and Ellen Kitchen performing in the Wind Band during last week’s informal lunchtime concert.

Congratulations to Freya Tweddell who achieved her House tie during roll call this morning. Her contributions to House life have included: taking part in House badminton, swimming and hockey; excellent grades and commendations as well as contributing to House drama and the opening of Cobham Hall. Well done, Freya!

Yet another birthday last week – it was lovely to see friends sharing a meal in House:

And here are a few shots of the ever-popular ‘Treat Friday’:

Finally, it was an honour to see one of our staff receive a gift for her extremely impressive 30 years of service to the House. Congratulations to Maureen Williams who works with a team that keeps the House looking smart for all of our girls. Thank you, Maureen!

Best wishes

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