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A group of Middle and Upper School students have travelled to the French Alps to enjoy some skiing at Les Deux Alpes ski resort before Christmas.
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Parents, staff and pupils of Oakham School celebrated the end of the Winter Term with two Carol Services held in the magnificent surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral.
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Old Oakhamians Harry Smith (16) and Jack Cornes (16), founders of the revolutionary company ‘Hausbots’, returned to the School to run a ‘Build Your First Robot’ workshop for Lower, Middle and Upper School students.

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Oakham School librarians have organised a Secret Santa Book Borrowing event giving pupils the opportunity to read books they would not otherwise have chosen.

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Steve Mackenzie and Alisha MacIntyre from LEGO Education in Billund, Denmark, which is also the birthplace and home of the LEGO Group, visited Oakham School during their week-long UK tour.

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Members of staff recently enjoyed taking part in a Christmas wreath making workshop organised by the Art Department with donations being given to Cancer Research. 

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The Chapel was busy and bustling as we gathered together to celebrate the wealth of talent from Oakham School's youngest musicians.
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Our Lower School pupils have been busy embracing the festive spirit, decorating their Houses and taking part in seasonal activities to celebrate the start of Advent. 

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Form 6 art students were delighted to welcome A-level artists from Harington School to view their joint exhibition in the Wheelhouse Gallery, which runs from 3rd December to 19th December. 

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Holly performed a varied and beautifully executed programme, featuring music by Scarlatti, Chopin and contemporary composer Gubaidulina.

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Oakham’s annual interhouse Steeplechase saw an overall tie for first place between Barrow and Wharflands with Barrow winning both the Junior and Senior races and Wharflands winning the Inters race.

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In the midst of Theresa May’s scramble to finalise her EU Withdrawal Bill in London and Brussels, Form 6 Politics students made their much anticipated visit to the 3 institutions of British political power. 
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Well done to Oakham School’s talented mathematicians for achieving 6 golds, 8 silver and 8 bronzes in this year’s UKMT Senior Maths Challenge (SMC).

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Last Friday Oakham School’s Charity Rock concert, featuring student and staff bands, raised £195 for the School’s charity of the Year, Rainbows Hospice.

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An evening of 'Ensembles in Concert'-impressed the audience with a display of true musical variety.
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Multi-instrumentalists from Form 4,5 & 6 wow audience with Dvorak Sonatina in G.

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For the 17th year running, pupils at Oakham School have hosted a ‘Children in Need’ cake stall to raise money for this fantastic charity. 

 

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Oakham's actors are preparing to stage Dicken's ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the first time at the School.
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Oakham School Geography Society welcomed four University of Nottingham lecturers to give Upper School Geography students a taste of university lectures and current research in their fields.

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Oakham Philosophy students took part in Stowe School's inaugural open Philosothon this week, discussing ideas surrounding trust, identity, property and environmental ethics. 

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Pupils in Form 1 started the Bookbuzz reading programme today by collecting their chosen books, discussing them with teachers and enjoying some breakfast treats in the Smallbone Library.

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A fantastic evening of great music, filling the Chapel with people and themes of remembrance of the Armistice of World War I.
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Form 7 IB Higher Level geographers recently visited the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London as part of their studies on sport and tourism.

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The U19 netball team had an incredibly successful afternoon at the County round of the National Schools’ Netball Tournament winning a place in the Regional Tournament for the 7th year running.

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Pupils from Forms 5 to 7 were invited to attend the annual Careers Fair, which took place just before the half-term break. 

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The poppies that Oakham’s Lower School pupils helped to create, as part of the Rutland Poppy Project, can now be seen in the magnificent display in the grounds of Oakham Castle.

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Middle School Munich Trip
18 Middle School students spent 5 days discovering Munich and experiencing German culture.
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Congratulations to Sophie , Olivia and Daisy (in Form 4) on being picked by the Wasps U19s Netball Academy as well as to Evie (Form 2) and Milly (Form 3)  who have been selected as part of the Loughborough Lightning U15 side.
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A group of students and staff have travelled to the Dominican Republic to enjoy an unforgettable underwater experience.

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On Friday 12 October, the East-Midlands’ only professional and Grammy-nominated Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva come to Oakham School Chapel to perform The Italian Symphony, a balanced programme of virtuoso musicality.

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On Monday of service weekend, Lower One pupils spent the day with Clan Wulfhar, a Viking re-enactment group from Peterborough. 

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Oakham’s U14 netball team are celebrating after winning all 6 of their games at the County Tournament to secure their place at the Regional Finals in December.

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On Tuesday 2 October, Oakham School welcomed over 170 students from 13 prep schools for a fun-filled day of music-making. This year’s theme for Prep Schools’ Music Day was Flavours of Folk, involving string players and singers. 

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Congratulations to the U14 Girls Hockey team who have been crowned champions at the Tier 1 County Hockey Finals.

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On Wednesday 3 October, Emilia performed a beautifully curated oboe recital, with music from Britten, Grovlez and Mozart.

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Always a highlight in the Oakham School calendar, activities for Service Weekend are due to get underway.

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Pupils in Form 1 enjoyed an exciting outdoor adventure to mark the start of their Oakham learning journey, with an overnight outdoor learning camp, developing essential life and learning problem-solving skills.
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The highly accomplished Alina provided a captivating 'cello recital, impeccably accompanied by Jessica.
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We were honoured to welcome double Olympic medal winner, GB Hockey player, and Old Oakhamian (03), Crista Cullen MBE back to Oakham School to officially open our new hockey astro.

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Form 1 celebrated European Day of Languages by participating in a variety of fun taster lessons in four different languages instead of their usual French lesson.

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Oakham School’s Duesbury Society recently welcomed Dr Nicholas Morton, a history lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and specialist in the history of crusading and the Medieval Mediterranean between the tenth and thirteenth centuries. 

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The Modern Foreign Language Society gathered yesterday evening for dinner and an address from Old Oakhamian Abigail Chell.

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Award-winning group Classico Latino come to Oakham Chapel on Thursday 13 September to perform an eclectic mix of techniques and sounds, combining classical music and Latin American rhythms and melodies.
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Model United Nations (MUN) students are delighted to have accepted an invitation to represent Germany and Egypt at the esteemed Cheadle Hulme International debating MUN conference in October. 

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Our very own Director of Music, Peter Davis, launched the Music at Lunchtime series 2018 with a lively and energetic performance of Chopin and Schumann

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Oakham’s first team sailors emerged victorious at the Rutland Trophy Firefly sailing competition held at Rutland Water last weekend. Oakham’s second team also finished a respectable third.

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Oakham School U14 cricket team have been crowned champions at the County Cricket Finals against Leicester Grammar School, which was held at the Oakham Cricket Club. 

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We are thrilled that Old Oakhamian Lucy Beardmore-Gray (12), who graduated from RADA's BA (Hons) in Acting this month, has won one of the two annual Spotlight Prizes!
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Professional musician and Old Oakhamain Maddy Aldis-Evans, returns to Oakham to perform in a concert entitled ‘The Italian Symphony” with Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, on Friday October 12.

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Form 6 cadets from Oakham School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) undertake their assessed Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition in the Dolomites area of Northern Italy.
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Well done to Oakham athletes, Luke, Evan and Isabelle who represented Leicester and Rutland at the ESAA (English Schools Athletics Association) Championships at Birmingham last weekend.
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As part of the Form 4 project week, 20 Oakhamians chose to take part in the Journey to Japan Business and Language challenge.

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For the third year in a row Oakham triumphed at the TeenTech Final, with Form 6 student Holly winning the Best Research Award Project for her inquiry into the causes of the underrepresentation of women in computer science.

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The boys of Peterborough House were delighted to welcome Jess Dixon of Rainbows Children’s Hospice to the Lower School, where they presented her with a cheque for £1,000.

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On Monday lunchtime for a peaceful hour Lower 1 and Form 1 pupils enjoyed a session of French stories in the Smallbone Library. 

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Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane (13) and her former Oakham PE teacher Ellie Watton are featured in the powerful England Hockey #BehindEveryGreatPlayer campaign, which celebrates the importance of supportive role models in achieving sporting success. 

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Four budding scientists from Form 2 recently attended the Salters’ Chemistry Festival at Nottingham University. 

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Form 5 and 6 students recently spent an afternoon attending interesting activities and seminars giving information and advice about University.

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In beautiful spring sunshine, Oakham’s Lower School boys from Peterborough (PH) and Sargants Houses joined forces to cycle around Rutland Water to raise money for charity.

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Lower One have set off on their annual residential trip to Lea Green Development Centre near Matlock in Derbyshire.

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Pupils from Copthill, Hallaton, Highfields, Laxton and Whissendine visited Oakham School Library for a day of writing workshops with author Robin Price as part of the Authors Abroad Scheme.
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Youth Brass 2000, whose members include Form 4's Lizzie and OO Adam Hebditch, were crowned champions at the European Youth Championships, finally adding a European title to their impressive list of contest achievements.
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Oakham School's Duesbury Society welcomed Bradley Phipps, a PhD student from Leicester University, who gave a talk entitled 'White Resistance to Civil Rights and Racial Integration in 1950s/60s America'. 
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A cold Sunday morning on Wilson Pitches held host to the 10th Annual Tom Grant Football Festival: 12 Houses were ready to compete for the Champions League Replica Trophy.
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Prep school pupils from Witham Hall, St Hugh’s School and Spratton Hall enjoyed a day of Peter Pan themed drama and dance workshops as part of Oakham’s Prep School Drama Day.
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Oakham’s cricketers have got off to a strong start in the first few weeks of the Summer Term, especially now the summer weather has finally arrived!

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?Yet another National Finals beckons for Oakham’s athletes, with our U13 boys heading to Nottingham Hockey Centre, the home of Beeston Hockey club. 
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Computer Science students are taking part in Oakham School’s first ever Hackathon!

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Congratulations to Middle School students and talented footballers Emma W, Emma G and Phoebe B for being selected to represent the Midlands region at the inaugural Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) Girls U15 Regional Representative Festival.

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This term’s ‘Friday Night Classics’ was a superb concert, filled with an array of ensembles that showcased the high musical standard that the students of Oakham School work hard to achieve. 

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On a very cold and windy Sunday morning three Oakham pupils shot target rifles alongside three Old Oakhamians with team GB shooting experience, in the Malvern Cup at Bisley.
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Form 6 student Khalid has been given the great honour to chair the General Assembly at an international MUN debating conference held in Alkmaar, Holland in the week after June half term.
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The U18 Boys Hockey team have  been awarded Silver Medals in the National Schools Outdoor Championships held at the prestigious Olympic Stadium, Lee Valley this week and are now runners up in both the Indoor and Outdoor National Finals 2018.

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A team of Oakham School pupils win this Spring's British Schools Small-bore Rifle Association Section 2 Division 4 competition.
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The talented musicians and singers of Oakham School Big Band travelled to the Church of St Peter & St Paul in Langham on Sunday 22 April to give a concert in aid of Church funds. 
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County cricket will return to Oakham School this season when the Foxes (Leicestershire CCC) take on Lancashire Lightning (Lancashire CCC) in the Royal London One-Day Cup on Thursday, 31 May.

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A former Oakham School student and her teacher have played alongside each other in the England Women’s Hockey team to win Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games this weekend!

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It’s been an exceptional few weeks for Old Oakhamians’ and Oakham’s top hockey players – playing in matches with their national and club teams:

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A delegation of Oakham students, who have just returned from the International Dublin MUN conference representing the Maldives, have received huge accolade and been highly commended by the hosting school.
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Oakham School shooters recently took part in a two-day target rifle shooting training trip to Bisley camp Surrey. Held at the London and Middlesex Rifle Association Club house, this practice was aimed at helping Oakhamians prepare for the forthcoming very busy Full-bore shooting season.
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Last week saw the fourth outing of the year for the Oakham School Geography Society. 

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Last Friday saw teams of Form 6 students put their creative talents and their crafting skills to the test, as they made a fashion garment within a short period of time for the inaugural 'Anna and Anastasia Fashion Show'.

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Lower School netballers battled terrible weather conditions to place second in a netball tournament held at Condover Hall in Shropshire.

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Lower One pupils have been learning how to read maps and they recently put their skills into practice with a day of orienteering at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire.
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This has been a phenomenal season for Oakham’s rugby players; who have accrued an impressive tally of successes from International honours, to championship title wins!
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Around 300 Oakham musicians successfully battled through the snow to give a quite remarkable Gala Concert performance on Sunday 18 March in the Cambridge Corn Exchange. 
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Old Oakhamian Lydia Farley (06), a former Textile student who has gone on to enjoy success in various film projects, returned to the School to offer advice to current students eager to break into the industry.
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Cameron, a Form 7 student Sports Scholar from Oakham School is making waves on the rugby pitch - having represented England last weekend in the U18 match against France.
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Oakham students are looking forward to facing a wide array of challenges as part of their Service Weekend over the next three days.
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On Thursday 15 March one of the UK’s most promising emerging choirs will be coming to Oakham School to perform an evening of stunning choral music in Oakham School Chapel. 
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Last weekend Form 5 and 6 students in Buchanans and Haywoods listened to a moving tale of bravery and resilience from British campaigner, fundraiser and former event rider Claire Lomas MBE.
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Undaunted by the ‘Beast from the East’, the Form 4 DofE Bronze canoeists have recently returned from an afternoon's pre-practice canoeing expedition on the River Nene at Wansford.

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Students gathered in the Chapel for the much anticipated annual Boarding House Singing Competition last Sunday.
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Form 3 pupils enjoy German play
Form 3 pupils learning German were entertained by visiting theatre company Onatti Productions.
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Over the February half term, three intrepid Form 7 CCF cadets joined a group of skiers from all over the UK on a nationally run cadet skiing course.
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Middle and Upper School students have the opportunity to explore future paths and gain an insight into different professions during Careers Week.
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Oakham will send out a team of students next week to the International Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Bath, where they will be debating current global issues from an assigned country's viewpoint.

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Oakham School students are returning for the eighth time during February half term to support primary schools in rural Kenya. 
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History students explore the cities of Berlin and Krakow in relation to the events of the Second World War.
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The week before half term Teacher of French Mrs Hollering, together with the French Assistants and the School Barraclough chefs, organised a special day to celebrate Shrove Tuesday for Oakham staff and pupils.
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German Film Night
Students of German in Forms 5, 6 and 7 spent an enjoyable evening watching a recent German comedy.
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On the second weekend of the Spring Term, the Form 6 boarders were treated to an entertaining night of Scottish dancing and eating to celebrate Burns Night.

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A hockey player from Oakham School has won the U18 Hockey Writers’ Club National Youth Award. Matt Ramshaw, a Seventh Former at Oakham, received his award at a presentation on Wednesday evening at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge. 

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In the second lunchtime recital of the Spring term, talented Form 4 music scholar Alina performed a programme of vibrant ‘cello music by two Italian composers from contrasting musical eras.  

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Last October a group of 38 Social Science students from Forms 6 and 7 travelled to New York and Washington DC to visit some of the USA’s finest political and business institutions. 
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Three Upper School pupils Oliver, Francesca and Loewe recently attended the Midlands Heat of the RSC Schools Analyst Competition held at Nottingham University.

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A group of Upper School Geography students travelled to Stamford Arts Centre to hear a talk entitled “The Land Beyond” by Leon McCarron as part of this term’s Oakham Geography Society events.

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The start of the Spring Term has seen the annual arrival of our Gap students from Australia and New Zealand.
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A team of budding engineers are once again taking part in the national Engineering Education Scheme, which sees them collaborating with professional companies and engineers, working on a real life, industrial problem.
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Oakham’s senior boys indoor hockey team are ranked second in the country following an impressive show of talent at the National Finals held at Whitgift School this weekend. 
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Oakham’s choristers were privileged to be joined by distinguished organist and choir trainer, Steve Grahl, at the Choir Dinner on Saturday 13 January. It was particularly fitting to have the Director of Music from Peterborough with us as the senior musical representative of our diocesan cathedral.
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It has become a tradition for Oakham’s Graduate Musician to give the first recital of the Spring Term, and so, this week, it was a real treat to hear baritone, George Cook, performing a selection of songs accompanied by Anne Bolt at the piano.

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