28th September 2018
Last Updated: 01/10/2018 08:47:33
Dear Parents and Guardians
Last week saw our latest ‘Getting To Know You’ events. Our local pizza takeaway is doing great business at this time of year! Our Vth form enjoyed a civilised lunch in the Hospitality Suite while the U4s had a much more raucous event during the evening.
An U4 who couldn’t make the evening was Rose Willetts because she was performing on stage along with U6 Polina Dzghun in a fantastic (and rather drunken) interpretation of Othello in our Cobham Theatre. It was the culmination of an intense rehearsal period during an already busy start to the term. Well done, girls.
Freya Tweddell (U4) was part of the Greenpower GP race team which headed to Castle Combe for the last heat of the season before the Finals at Rockingham next month. The team won the day as the fastest Kitcar and Freya was presented with her medal during last week’s Routh Assembly.
Oakley Beekeepers have been enjoying their first outings in their impressive kit; next stop, the moon!
It’s always nice to hear about successes of old Oakley girls. Emily Evans left us in the summer to take up her organ scholarship at St David’s Cathedral in Wales. We have just heard that she has also secured a second year gap placement as Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor for September 2019. Considering the fact that Emily only started learning the organ 18 months ago, this is an incredible achievement.
I have no doubt that Emily would be interested to know how House Song has been going. I am pleased to report that the whole House have been taking part in rehearsals, led by our wonderful Monitors, Lisa Bradburn, Christie Lloyd and Amy Nolan. So far, so good. Oakley House has been harmonious, in both senses of the word.
Congratulations to Orla Walker who achieved wonderful success last week in two races. She gained Gold in the Midlands Counties cadet force cross country championships on Cannock chase last Saturday. Good luck for the finals in Liverpool. The very next day Orla was placed 11th Senior girl at the English Schools Fell Running Championships.
The House has been a little quieter today with the U4 enjoying a CCF day and the Silver Duke of Edinburgh students out for their practice expedition. How lucky they’ve been with this weather. Long may it continue!
17th September 2018
Last Updated: 17/09/2018 09:08:07
Dear Parents and Guardians
We are now two weeks into the new academic year and it is my pleasure to use this newsletter to fill you in on just some of the things your daughters have been enjoying.
The International Boarders’ Induction now seems like so long ago but we had a few days of relative calm welcoming new faces to the Oakley family:
My thanks to the returning girls who volunteered to help during the Induction:
Before the term even began, many of the girls had exciting summers. We are very proud of Mulan Yang and Vivianne Wei who travelled to Yang Yuan county in northern China; they taught two weeks of free English lessons for 40 students in the fifth grade. A fundraising movie night with the Prep School last term funded this initiative.
During the summer holidays Emily Gieron in the U6 worked at a professional Event yard in Bromyard. Emily has been offered a full time placement when she leaves school. Emily has also taken part in her first international event at Gatcombe.
We are in awe of Pippa Nisbet’s skydiving challenge in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital. She raised a magnificent £500 for this worthy cause.
ABRSA music certificates were presented in Routh last week to the following Oakley students:
Joelle Booth, Music Theory, Grade 5
Isabella Lloyd, Singing, Grade 5
Lisa Bradburn, Singing, Grade 8
Judy Wu, Catriona Ranger, Orla Walker and Francesca Davis were awarded their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Congratulations to Eleanor Boardman in L4 who has received her Chief scout’s Gold Award. She is also a founder member of a brand new local Explorer Unit.
Exciting times for both of our House Mothers. Mrs Pugh has joined our boarding team and already made her mark with some baking this week:
And Mrs Astill has recently marked her 20 years of service to the School. Oakley House is extremely lucky to have both of these members of staff giving their time and energy to your daughters:
In addition to the usual fire practice drills at the start of term, we also welcomed a visitor to Oakley to teach us more about keeping safe. A firefighter from Northampton Fire Service came to share her experience and common sense advice with the girls. The fact that Heather was Mrs Pugh’s daughter added to the sense of occasion!
And finally this evening we have just finished our first Getting To Know You evening for the new L4s. What a night! The monitor team planned and prepared the event and everyone had a fantastic time. Lots of pizza, sweets, giggles and fun at the end of an exhausting week. It is a privilege to watch new friendships forming and seeing how the U6 take the younger girls under their wings; most of them remember their own first socials five years ago with fond memories.
We will continue to help your daughters create their own memories of their time in Oakley over the coming months and years.
25th June 2018
Last Updated: 25/06/2018 08:47:06
Dear Parents and Guardians
We have enjoyed a party week as we head towards the final few days before Commemoration Day. On Monday we teamed up with Elmshurst House to offer a woodfire pizza night welcoming our new boarders for next year. I did laugh when a Page boarder commented that our facilities were impressive because they only had an oven in their boarding house – I had to break it to them that the woodfire had just been hired in for this special occasion and wasn’t a permanent Oakley fixture!
On the same evening, we also hosted a welcome evening to new Oakley parents, their daughters joining us in September. My thanks go to all of the girls who acted as ambassadors for the evening, in particular Esme, Zoe, Rose and our wonderful L6.
One more photograph from last week’s L4 camp. Here you can see our L4 being supported ably by our Gold Duke of Edinburgh stalwart, Ellie Chan:
Congratulations to the Junior House Rounders team, largely made up of U4 students but also supported by Isabella Lloyd and Brady McGlynn in the L4. Undefeated matches has allowed us to retain our trophy – fantastic effort, girls!
Congratulations to Molly-Jo Sword who performed the role of Fantine in a recent production of Les Miserables
at The Artrix theatre. I am sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as she sang the iconic ‘I dreamed a dream’ to a packed auditorium. I am always amazed by our students who manage to balance the busy demands of School life with their own outside commitments. Well done, Molly-Jo.
Lower Fourth pupil Mikayla De Gouveia has been a part of local dance company Elite Performing Arts this year and she wowed the audience (including her mum who had flown in from Angola) in their Showcase Performance last week. Beautiful work, Mikayla!
Even though this is an exciting time of year with lots of occasions to enjoy, it is bittersweet as we say goodbye to friends. After her examinations were complete, Sakurako bid farewell to her friends earlier in the week:
And this morning we waved farewell to Amanda Wu who has come to the end of her Bromsgrove journey. The three Wu sisters are pictured here before departure. Fortunately for us, Judy and Janice will be returning in September:
Finally, last night we held our annual Oakley Summer Party with hog roast, ice cream van, rounders and fun. It was lovely to welcome parents and, in particular I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Saker for everything they have done for the House while Abigail has been in our care. Mr Saker was the Oakley PA treasurer for a number of years and their support has been greatly valued by the House.
I look forward to seeing many of you at Commemoration Day.
12th June 2018
Last Updated: 13/06/2018 08:36:42
Dear Parents and Guardians
As Induction for our new L4 Oakley students looms on the horizon, it is hard to believe another year is nearly over and there is absolutely no abating of events and activities to update you with.
At the end of last half term it was my pleasure to announce the names of the Oakley House Monitor Team 2018-19. It is such a strong year group and I know that even those who were unsuccessful in their applications will continue to support Oakley and their peers to help Oakley to thrive next year. I would like to congratulate the following students:
I look forward to working with the new team next year. We started their induction with a lovely lunch at a local café:
Last week was an intense week of examinations for the fourth form so we joined forces with Elmshurst to allow the students some relaxation time in the courtyard at the end of the week. The new table football, funded by the Oakley and Elmshurst PAs has been a very popular addition to our outdoor space.
Fresh from their examinations, our L4 have a very busy week of camp and activities in School. I visited L4 camp yesterday and saw some of our Monitor team showing their competitive spirit in the raft building competition. I was also there to welcome the L4s back from their Duke of Edinburgh practice bronze walk. It was great to see so many smiles, despite the heat and tough terrain. Well done, girls!
Best of luck to the remaining L4s who go on camp tomorrow and to our Gold Duke of Edinburgh L6 – Grace Morrin, Georgie Muscutt, Lisa Bradburn and Lilly-May Fowke who are taking part in their qualifying expedition from tomorrow until Sunday. I hope the rain keeps off!
And finally, last night was the Year 7-10 Scholars’ Concert in Routh Hall. We were treated to an evening of remarkable talent and, as ever, Oakley House was well represented. Elyzia Wong was a force to be reckoned with on the timpani drums as she skilfully presented a piece called Impulse. And Evie Richards sang a beautifully haunting soprano piece by L’Estrange, Now Sleep The Crimson Petal.
There was even a future Oakley girl on the bill: Eleanor Boardman from Year 8 gave a stunning version of On My Own
from Les Miserables on the oboe. It’s good to see that Oakley’s musical legacy will continue in future years! Well done to all performers.
21st May 2018
Last Updated: 21/05/2018 09:14:48
Dear Parents and Guardians
Exam leave is finally here for the U6 and Vth form. We marked the occasion with a House Breakfast last Friday. This week I also thanked this year’s Monitor team. There will be further opportunities later in the term to mark their departure and contribution to the School but I wanted to show my appreciation for their unfailing support this year. They have been an excellent team from start to finish.
Oakley House was very proud that four of our students were selected to be School Monitors. We wish them well in their roles as they serve the School for the coming twelve months. Congratulations to Anya Butler, Lisa Bradburn, Lilly-May Fowke and Lydia Wright.
Corey-Jo McGlynn has had incredible success with her netball team. The East Midlands Charnwood Rutland Netball Club came 3rd in the country in the U16’s. They lost only one game over the whole weekend by 2 goals to the winning team. Fantastic achievement, Corey! The following week, the same team qualified for a place in the Premier League. This team have gone undefeated all year. Such an amazing achievement for Corey and her team and we are very proud of her success.
Sports Day saw Oakley House take the bronze award overall. My thanks to all of the girls who took part in events and for the wonderful support (some with pompoms) that was on display. Particular successes:
Freya Tweddell 2nd 800m hurdles
Rodena Bernthal 1st 100m & 2nd 200m
Maria Karicheva 2nd 80m hurdles
Orla Walker 1st 1500m
Vivi Zhang 2nd 800m
Emily Gieron 100m hurdles
Abigail Saker 1st 800m & 1st 1500m
Oakley House was delighted when Abigail was also presented with a special award, the Victrix Ludorum which acknowledges the students who wins the most events.
There were successes in the County Tennis Tournament over the weekend: Claudia Bullock (U4) was part of the winning U16 Doubles and Georgie Jeynes-Cupper the champion for the U18 singles (beating Claudia in the final).
Our visiting Thai Scholar from BIST took part in the customary Upton Warren visit. Je T’aime is an Oakley girl by day but by night stays at Page. She is enjoying getting to know her new environment and it is lovely to have her around the place:
This week was a royal affair, beginning with three of our U6 students going to London to be presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards by HRH Prince Andrew. Congratulations to Abigail Saker, Meghan McIntosh and Maria Starikova:
And then we had the Wedding of the Year (after Dr Whitbread’s, obviously). Another special occasion, made even more wonderful because the House came together to enjoy the event as a House:
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