This week Oakham School is delighted to be supporting the ISC’s Partnership Week, which aims to shine a light on the wonderful work taking place in independent schools across the UK.
“A commitment to service, being a part of and contributing to a community are intrinsic to life at Oakham,” says Headmaster Henry Price. Every day there is a wide array of different partnership activities taking place. This week is no different – other than, as part of the ISC Partnership Week, we are sharing a snapshot of the activities taking place during Oakham’s weekly calendar of Voluntary Action and partnership events.
In addition to our usual Monday and Friday Voluntary Action activities, which see Middle School pupils going out into the community, there are charity bake sales and events; teachers freely sharing their expertise to the wider education community; school facilities housing community groups; and pupils showcasing their talents to entertain members of the community.
This week alone we’ll be celebrating the following community and partnership activities:
- On Monday: pupils take part in Voluntary Action in a variety of different ways – from working in primary schools, to visiting care homes. There are also a number of pupils who work in many of the town’s charity shops.
- On Tuesday: Oakham’s Head of Careers, Pippa Gibbs, has been invited to present at the Careers Summit at Westminster, London. She is sharing her knowledge and best practice from many years developing the Careers service at Oakham. Her talk ‘Realising your careers goals’ will be given to a variety of schools (state and independent) from across the country. Under her leadership, Oakham’s Careers Department has been awarded the Gold Careers Mark Award. She is looking forward to helping other schools on their journey to supporting pupils’ careers.
- Also on Tuesday evening: Oakham Choral Society will be rehearsing in our Chapel, as they do each week in readiness for their two annual concerts in December & March. This important community choir is supported by the School, both in being run by school music staff and in being able to use school facilities freely for their rehearsals and concerts. Oakham Choral Society offers encouragement and support by providing an opportunity for those who live and work in and around Rutland to enjoy shared music-making, accompanied by professional musicians and soloists of exceptional calibre; and members often perform alongside pupils from Oakham School who appear as soloists in their concerts.
- On Wednesday: as with every Wednesday during term time, the town church becomes a concert destination for Oakham’s musicians. Timed to coincide with the town’s busy Market Day, the community enjoy listening to pupils demonstrating their vocal or instrumental talents. This week, William, who has recently been given one of the highest vocal accolades (membership of the elite National Youth Chamber Choir, joining the top 16 young choral singers in Great Britain) will be playing clarinet.
- On Thursday & Friday: pupils are hosting charity bake sales to raise money for Children in Need. The Lower School pupils host one event on Thursday, cooking up a storm to sell to pupils and staff. Then on Friday, Hambleton House are hosting their famous cake sale, which last year raised over £1,000. This will be the 18th year the Hambleton House girls have been baking for Children in Need and we estimate they have raised, to date, over £10k for this incredibly worthwhile charity.
- Also on Thursday: Oakham’s Head of Library has been invited to speak at the School Library Association in the Republic of Ireland to schools (both state and independent) on the topic of ‘Future proofing students through inquiry’. He will be sharing Oakham’s knowledge and expertise in the area of Inquiry Learning, specifically our ‘Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning’ (FOSIL) and the work of The FOSIL Group. Established by Oakham and launched this year, this online platform (www.fosil.org.uk) creates an opportunity for educators to share and reflect on their inquiry learning activities in detail – to make implicit knowledge explicit – and to therefore advance thinking, teaching and learning in this important area. It houses a continually growing number of FOSIL-based resources (at present 44) all developed by Oakham’s teachers and Librarians, which can be immediately used by other schools to support full inquiries or inquiry-led lessons in a range of subject areas for different year groups.