13 December 2016
Oakham’s netball players are celebrating after both the U16 and U19 teams reached the Regional Schools Netball Finals!
At the County U19 Netball tournament, Oakham girls certainly dominated the field of teams, beating Hinckley (14-0), Welbeck (14-5), and Wigston (24-1) with a draw against Loughborough High (5-5). They then battled hard and won their semi-final match against Queen Elizabeth School (9-2) to secure their place in the finals. After beating Ratcliffe 13-7, they were crowned County champions!
At the County U16 Netball tournament Oakham clearly beat Robert Smythe (14-2), Kibworth (12-8), Uppingham (6-5) and Ashby (21-0) and then faced Loughborough High in the final. They finished as runners-up, (narrowly losing 10-9) but have won their place in the Regional Schools Netball Finals.
Stunning recital of Shakespeare inspired songs
9 December 2016
Rebecca's recital on Wednesday showcased a delightful array of songs under her theme 'Shakespeare in Love'.
Where the bee sucks by Sullivan was bright and clear followed by the meaningful Ophelia's Song (Maconchy) which Rebecca sang with a beautiful tone. Quilter's It was a lover and his lass was sung with energy and spirit. Rebecca exhibited clear diction and a real sense of enjoyment.
In Take, O take those lips away the audience were treated to soaring high notes. More contemporary pieces ended the recital, with the powerful Somewhere by Bernstein closing the recital. This was sung with strong communication and the climatic style was embraced by Rebecca with both flair and understanding.
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Creative and Motivational French Grammar Seminar
9 December 2016
Earlier this month, Mrs Hollering's and Mrs Ward's French sets joined together for an interesting and engaging grammar seminar in preparation for the upcoming GCSE Mock exams in January 2017.
The activities included using talking dice, writing on desks with dry-wipe pens, revision of a key tense and a fun online exercise called Kahoot. Kahoot is a tool for using technology to play games, quizzes, etc and students can answer any questions by using their phones, tablets or via the computer. In this particular instance they had much fun answering them with their smart phones.
The pupils said that they enjoyed working alongside different pupils from another set and studying in this creative way.
Overall this revision lesson was a thoroughly useful, motivational and unique experience. A real success!
Christmas has come to the Spanish Department!
8 December 2016
Mrs Segura and Mrs Fernández’ 6AS class are in the mood for Christmas (La Navidad)!
Choreographed beautifully by the students. The song was translated by them (with a only a little help from Mrs Segura) and, Navidad Rock rang out on the ground floor of the Ashburton this week. Well done to the students and congratulations on a great video! Click play to see the video.
TeenTech Centre of Innovation
8 December 2016
Following last year’s resounding success at the TeenTech Awards, where our teams picked up more awards than any other school, Oakham has been designated a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be one of the first schools in the country to be given this accolade,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School, who coordinates TeenTech entries. “It is yet further recognition of Oakham’s excellence in both the design process and the research process.”
Last year, students from Oakham won the ‘Research and Information Literacy Award’, the accolade of ‘Best Innovation’, and the much-coveted ‘Consumer Innovation Award’. Harry Smith, who won two of these awards, returned to Oakham this week to inspire the 35 students who are currently working on their TeenTech projects. As well as giving a presentation on TeenTech and STEM, he listened to all the teams ‘pitch’ their ideas.
“Harry was able to share his experience of taking part last year to help guide our current TeenTech teams,” continues Darryl. “His advice and feedback really was invaluable to the students.”
Harry’s winning idea was an ergonomically redesigned hairdryer – one that is cordless and heats using semi-conductors to minimise damage to the hair. As well as winning ‘Best Innovation - Model, Prototype or Product’, he also won the coveted ‘Consumer Innovation Award’ – and as a result is currently working with Maplin to see if his idea can be made, marketed, and sold in their stores!
The TeenTech Awards challenge students to work in teams (of up to three) to look at problems large and small, and to see if they can use their imagination and think creatively to find a better way of doing things. The Award was set up to help young people understand their true potential in the contemporary STEM workplace.
Visit by the Dark Lord, aka author Jamie Thomson
7 December 2016
On Thursday 1st December, the Dark Lord, aka author Jamie Thomson, paid a visit to Oakham School bringing along his Dark Lord Roadshow with which to delight and entertain our Lower School pupils. Year 6 pupils from local primary schools were also invited.
Initially, ideas of what dark lords are and why they might want to take over the world were explored, before pupils were encouraged to practice speaking like the Dark Lord - which went along the lines of, “I am the Dark Lord! Bow down and worship me, you worms! Mwah, hah, hah!” – and then exhorted to insult their neighbours as if they were their greatest enemies. They seemed to find this part particularly rewarding and much impressive mwah, hah, hah-ing was in evidence, especially from a number of boys in the audience during each of the three sessions.
After a peek into the Dark Lord’s chest of skulls and handbag; a glimpse at what the Greys (aliens who make good tech and are extremely bright, if a little wobbly) might look like; and a vote on whether the new forthcoming book covers are more or less attractive than the current ones, pupils were set loose on their unsuspecting teachers, families and the good folk of Oakham to wreak havoc and mayhem – for which we can only apologise profusely.
The Boys 1st VI qualify for the Hockey National Finals!
5 December 2016
The Boys 1st VI had a successful weekend of indoor hockey qualifying for the National Finals as the Regional runners up.
Their pool consisted of Warwick, Worksop, Repton & Malvern and it was a strong start for the team beating Warwick 5-1. The boys played some exciting hockey in their second game to beat Worksop 4-0.
The next match was against Repton, where the boys missed chances to win the game and drew 2-2. These results meant that the top place in the pool was closely contested between Oakham and Repton.
To take the lead, Oakham needed three more goals than Repton in their final pool games. The boys rose to the occasion and responded brilliantly by winning 11-0 against Malvern with some excellent attacking hockey.
Oakham therefore topped the group and played against Rugby in the semi-final. The boys continued to play very well and easily won 6-0 to book their place at the National Finals at Whitgift School in January.
The final game of the Regionals was a repeat of the pool game against Repton but with a place at Nationals secured, the match was not as fiercely contested and Repton finished 5-1 victors to claim the Midlands title.
Hopefully in January, the boys will have a chance to challenge Repton again in the National Finals!
Headmaster takes on the Diamond D of E Challenge
6 December 2016
As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, the Headmaster has successfully completed a challenge he set himself earlier in the year, which was to abseil down the Ashburton building whilst combatting his fear of heights!
During the School's Speech Day in May, Nigel Lashbrook highlighted some of Oakham's D of E successes over the past year and made reference to just how important the scheme is at the School. Having offered it for 56 of the 60 years it has been running, he wanted to take part - just as hundreds of students do every single year at Oakham.
Throughout 2016, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award have been celebrating their 60th Diamond Anniversary, hosting many events across the country as well as launching their Diamond Challenge initiative. The Diamond Challenge has three inspired themes challenging participants to step out of their comfort zone, whilst raising money for the Charity. The three themes are a) to learn a skill, b) to embark on an adventure or c) to conquer a personal challenge. All of the money raised goes to the Diamond Challenge fund, helping disadvantaged children.