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Ski Blog: La Plagne

A group of Middle and Upper School students have travelled to the French Alps to enjoy some skiing at La Plagne ski resort before Christmas.

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Inspectors rate Oakham 'Excellent'

Oakham School has been given ‘top marks’ in its latest inspection report from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), with the quality of education at Oakham being rated ‘Excellent’ – the highest rating schools can be awarded.

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A busy term for Politics

It has been a busy and interesting term for pupils to learn about, be inspired by, and generally keep up with Politics!

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OO Richard Hope inspires Oakham's actors

On Sunday, OO and critically-acclaimed actor Richard Hope (71) led a workshop in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) for some of the Drama Department’s scholars and GCSE pupils.

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Chicago and 'all that jazz' returns

Oakham’s actors achieved the feat of five nights of standing ovations in front of a full house for their fantastic performances in Chicago.

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Oakham's 25th Library celebrations

Oakham was delighted to welcome a renowned author, a leading academic, and the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals to our 25th anniversary celebrations of the Smallbone Library.

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National Finals beckon for Oakham's Hockey players!

Oakham’s 1st VI has successfully qualified for the National Indoor Hockey Finals, after being crowned Midlands champions in an incredibly fierce regional tournament held at the weekend.

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Christmas Wreath-Making

The Art department welcomed teachers and support staff this week to a Christmas wreath workshop.

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Mesmerizing Piano Recital

Our Winter Term Music at Lunchtime concert series was brought to a close with a mesmerizing piano recital by Form 6 Music Scholar, Rupert. 

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Lower School Live in Concert

The final Friday night concert of the term presented an opportunity for Lower School musicians to show the fruits of their labours...

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Oakhamian Cricketer Wins Double Award.

Congratulations to Form 4 pupil Will who has won the Leicestershire County Cricket Club Batsman of the year award for the second year running and Rutland League Performance of the Year for a century in the league.

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Politics comes to life in Oakham's Mock Election

It has been a busy and interesting term for Oakham’s Politics Department - keeping pupils up to date with all of the latest political developments, as well as arranging a snap mock election!

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Oakhamians join the Woodland Trust's "Big Climate Fightback" campaign

On Saturday a small group of Oakham pupils attended a tree-planting event in Derbyshire as part of the Woodland Trust’s “Big Climate Fightback”; a national event providing opportunities for people to get involved in tree-planting activities across the country to help reduce the effects of climate change.

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Music For Celebration

Well done to Arthur, Thomas and Joshua for winning the book-themed composition competition launched in collaboration with the Music Department.

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IB Diploma Visual Arts Show

Form 7 pupils studying for an IB Diploma in Visual Arts held a mock exhibition showing their fantastic key work to date in the Wheelhouse Gallery.

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Old Oakhamian President's Dinner 2019

Old Oakhamians gathered from across the UK to attend the annual Old Oakhamian President’s Dinner, which this year took place in the Barraclough Dining Hall at the School.

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OO President Kat Klohe Chats To 7th Formers About Life During And Since Oakham

Kat Klohe (OO ’07) visited the Social Science Faculty on Friday before the OO President’s dinner to share her experience of Oakham School, her life experience after Oakham and to raise awareness of neglected tropical diseases and how they hamper the development of Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs).

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Autumn Concert 2019

The Autumn Concert got under way with a fiercely intense performance of Ravel’s Bolero.

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Barrow House win Debating Championship!

Congratulations to Barrow House who won the ‘Champion of Champions’ inter-house debating competition. Barrow House is only one of two Middle School houses to have ever defeated their Upper School opponents in the Champions final!

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Music at Lunchtime | October

Every Wednesday, our pupils perform fanstatic concerts at All Saints' Church. We take a moment to throwback to our October lunchtime recitals.

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Staff Enjoy Cyanotype Workshop

On Tuesday evening the Art department ran a cyanotype workshop for members of staff to help them learn a new creative process and to commit some time for their own wellbeing.

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Indoor Hockey Success!

Oakham School’s indoor hockey players have been putting in some excellent performances this term, with teams reaching both the County and Regional Finals.

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U16 Netball Team Through To Regional Finals!

Congratulations to the U16 Netball team who were clear winners in the recent County tournament, winning all of their six matches to secure a place in the Regionals tournament.

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Ensembles in Concert

Oakham’s busy concert schedule continued on Friday night in the Chapel with several of our leading ensembles...

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U13A rugby squad coached by OO rugby stars

Oakham School welcomed back Old Oakhamians and current Leicester Tigers rugby players Jack Van Poortvliet and Sam Costelow, alongside fellow Tigers player James Whitcombe, to help coach the U13A rugby squad in their preparations for their forthcoming competitions.

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Order! Form 5 Citizenship Pupils Visit Parliament

On Wednesday 6 November, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched the Conservative Party's General Election campaign, 26 pupils who study GCSE Citizenship made the journey into Westminster for an immersive day of activities, which provided insights into both past and present UK politics.   

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Geography And Design Technology Trip To Bologna

Upper school Geography and Design Technology pupils spent October half-term holiday in and around the magnificent city of Bologna, Northern Italy. 

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Oakham School Supports ISC's Partnership Week

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.

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Oakhamian wins Philosothon
Oakham Philosophy pupils are celebrating this week after a member of their team won the annual Philosothon competition at Stowe School. 
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Informal Chamber Music Recital
The Music Department’s annual showcase of Chamber Music moved to a new venue this term on Thursday 3 October, with a capacity audience enjoying the more intimate surroundings of Old Hall.
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A group of students and staff are heading to Mexico to enjoy an unforgettable underwater experience. 

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The Art department has had a busy few days with Form 3 creative projects taking place over a day and a half. 

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Oakham Piano Trio
We are delighted to be welcoming back Oakham School music staff, Anne Bolt, Martin Cropper and Richard Jenkinson to perform a captivating chamber music recital in the School Chapel this evening. Concerts Administrator, Sabine Russell, talks to cellist, Richard, ahead of the concert.
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Visiting Prep School Music Musicians sample the very Best of Broadway
We were delighted to welcome nearly 200 visiting Prep School musicians to Oakham School on Tuesday 8 October for our annual Prep Schools’ Music Day. Taking the exciting theme Best of Broadway, this year’s event offered opportunities for brass, percussion & woodwind players and singers.
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Form 6 pupils recently took part in a mini Model United Nations (MUN) event.

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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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Oakham’s U19 netball team are celebrating after winning all 8 games at the County Tournament to secure their place in the Regional Tournament for the 8th year running.

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Dring Trio
On Wednesday 25 September, we were treated to an impressive lunchtime recital from Jessica flute, Rupert oboe and Becky piano.
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Well done to Lower 1 pupil Lottie who has won the U11 Girls’ Cross Country event for the second time running in two weeks, with the girls’ team finishing 3rd and the boys finishing 2nd. 

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Congratulations to Form 7 student Joshua and Form 5 pupils Archie and Alex who won first, second and third place respectively in the recent Otterbox Design competition.

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Oakham U14 netball team are celebrating after winning all 5 of their games at the County Tournament reaching the Final to be played in December.

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Form 6 A-level & IB Diploma Design Technology pupils recently visited Jaguar Land Rover to learn about their production line, their testing process and to see how their vehicles develop into world-class, high performance cars.

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A talented Music Scholar from Oakham School has been invited to join the elite National Youth Chamber Choir – an accolade usually given to those who are beginning their professional singing careers, not when they are still studying at school!

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Dr Arfon Rees, retired Professor of Russian History at Birmingham University, gave a lecture to Form 6 A-level students on ‘Dilemmas in modernising Russia’.

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The Art Department recently hosted a bookbinding workshop for School staff. Participants learned the art of bookbinding and then used the books that they made for drawing and collage.   

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This week we were witness to a beautiful oboe recital from Emilia. The Form 7 music exhibitioner performed music by Telemann, Saint-Saëns and Bellini.
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As part of the Lower School’s induction programme, Form 1 spent two wonderful days camping in the countryside near Harringworth, developing their learning skills outside the classroom.

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Congratulations to Wharflands House who swept the board at the annual interhouse Steeplechase winning the Junior, Inter and the Senior races. 

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GCSE Form 4 pupils visited a few of the capital’s museums to conduct primary research, learn about the designers, their work and the influences that inspired them. 

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Lower 1 pupils enjoyed a visit to nearby Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water to learn about the different habitats found there.

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Our Music at Lunchtime series continued with a vocal recital by Form 7 music scholar Holly. The recital featured the Cabaret Songs by Britten and A word on my ear by Flanders and Swann.
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Our Music at Lunchtime 2019/20 series began with our annual recital by Peter Davis, Director of Music, who treated us to two organ works of the Classical repertoire betwixt a piece of piano music by contemporary Latvian composer, Peteris Vasks. 
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GCSE geographers have been investigating the impact of tourism with groups travelling to the town of Stratford-upon-Avon and the city of Cambridge to carry out their research.

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Oakham School was privileged to welcome the renowned musicians of Tim Garland’s Weather Walker Trio to the School Chapel on Thursday 12 September. 
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Oakham School welcomed back 9 Old Oakhamians last weekend to take on the current 1st VII netball team in a battle of ‘youth versus experience’. 

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In July, 51 pupil musicians and 6 staff travelled to Riga in Latvia for a hugely successful one week music tour.
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Form 6 cadets from Oakham School Combined Cadet Force (CCF) are in the Telemark region of southern Norway undertaking their assessed Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition. 
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A group of Oakham students have travelled to India to work on a School building project and explore the country.
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IB Diploma students from Oakham School are celebrating today having received excellent International Baccalaureate Diploma results that, once again, place them amongst some of the highest scoring IB students in the world.
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The School’s orchestras have enjoyed an excellent year of performances, leading up to their final Oakham concert of the season on Friday 21 June. They offered a wide-ranging programme of popular orchestral classics, which was hugely appreciated by the Chapel audience.

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The Chamber Choir traditionally gives the final lunchtime recital of the academic year during the Oakham Festival, and this year was no exception. The choir presented a programme contrasting French choral works with more contemporary spiritual arrangements by Ken Burton.
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Despite the inclement weather ‘stopping play’ a few too many times, it’s been an excellent season for cricket at Oakham!  

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Oakham’s athletes go from strength to strength – breaking school records, as well as racking up a variety of podium finishes in meets across the county, region and country!

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As part of the Form 4 Project, which enables pupils to further develop their team-working, research and presentation skills, nineteen students worked with Andrew Gillespie, a contemporary Artist based in Birmingham.
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Form 6 Critical and Contextual Studies’ students have recently taken inspiration from a visit to Cambridge for their ‘Personal Investigation’ project.

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As part of the Form 4 Project; a 2-day project enabling pupils to further develop their team-working, research and presentation skills, nineteen students worked with Andrew Gillespie, a contemporary Artist based in Birmingham.

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The final Lower School concert of the year was full of a large variety of performances with something for everyone. From ensembles to soloists, it was a chance for them to demonstrate all the skills they had been fine-tuning throughout the year.
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Over two sunny June days, more reminiscent of Italy than the UK in 2019, 25 Form 4 Oakhamians took part in the Language and Business Challenge Project “The Italian Job”.

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It’s been another impressive year for students taking part in the TeenTech Awards at Oakham School:  with teams winning much-coveted places in the Final for the fourth year running!

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Oakham students have just returned from a very successful Alkmaar International MUN debating competition, where they have received huge praise for their debating skills representing the Republic of Korea and Belgium.

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On Wednesday 22 May, for our weekly Music at Lunchtime concert, we were lucky to hear a complete performance of Bach's Double Violin Concerto.
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At lunchtime on Wednesday Form 1 and lower 1 pupils were treated to a French story telling event.

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Inter-house competitions of various sorts take place regularly throughout the year and this week saw the Lower School Girls compete in their annual Inter-house Tennis Tournament.

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Well done to Eric (Form 2), Ranulph (Form 4) and Eloise (Form 6) who are winners of the inaugural Geography Photography Competition, the theme of which was “Geography – Human or Physical”.

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Oakham School was honoured to welcome Nobel Prize winner and current President of the Royal Society, Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan FRS, for a unique event: ‘In conversation with Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate.’

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A team of students from Oakham School have won the prestigious ‘Innovation Award’ for their work in the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES), beating over 100 schools from the East Midlands who took part in the competition.

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The Leicestershire Youth Hockey Schools and Youth Presentation evening saw Oakhamians pick up plenty of awards for their successful 2018-2019 season.

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Form 4 Artists enjoyed a visit to Pitt Rivers, the Museum of Natural History and the Ashmolean in Oxford. 

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For this week's Music at Lunchtime concert, we were blown away by the vocal athletism and vitality of Grace's performance of a selection of French Operatic Arias.
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Lower School boys from Peterborough (PH) and Sargants Houses – together with a group of Hodges girl boarders – challenged themselves once again to cycle around Rutland Water raising money for charity in the process.

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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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Two talented actors from Oakham School have been offered a much-coveted place in The National Youth Theatre (NYT) of Great Britain. 

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Prep School pupils from Witham Hall, St Hugh’s School and Spratton Hall enjoyed a day of A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed drama and dance workshops as part of Oakham’s Prep School Drama Day.
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Old Oakhamian and Leicester Tigers player Matt Smith has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the season after a 14 year career, which saw him amass 227 appearances and score 30 tries for the club. 

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Form 6 students studying Environmental Systems and Society as part of their IB Diploma visited Twycross Zoo to learn more about biodiversity and conservation.

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Computer Science students took part in Oakham’s second-ever Hackathon along with students from Dixie Grammar.

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Congratulations to Form 1 pupil Sofia who won Gold medals in the U13 girls 800m and 1500m races at the Northamptonshire County Track and Field Championships.

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Friday 3 May brought us our first major concert of the Spring Term, with fantastic music from Chamber Orchestra, Wind Band, Polyphonix and Concert Band.
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Oakham School is honoured to be welcoming Nobel Prize winner and current President of the Royal Society Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan FRS on Thursday 16 May for a unique event: ‘In conversation with Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, Nobel Laureate.’

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Findlay gave a beautiful and impressive 'cello recital, with music by Bach, Casals and Saint-Saëns?.
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Congratulations to Form 6 student Janhavi who has been given the honour to chair an international committee on the General Assembly at the International Model United Nations Conference (MUN) being held in Alkmaar, Holland after half-term. 

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Fasten your seatbelts, set your ray guns to stun and prepare to blast off with Oakham’s talented actors in their rendition of the Olivier-award winning musical - Forbidden Planet!

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Our Summer Term Music at Lunchtime concert series began with a spectacular start as we were treated to a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in D Major.
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Over the Easter break, 48 Middle School geographers headed to Iceland to explore the varied physical and human geography aspects of this amazing island.
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German Exchange Trip to Weinheim
 

Form 3 pupils travelled to Weinheim in Germany during the first week of the Easter holidays to stay with their German exchange families and experience first-hand the language and culture of Germany.

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Over Easter, students from Forms 3 and 4 embarked on the annual French exchange trip to the beautiful southern city of Montpellier.

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A group of Lower School students have travelled to the French Alps to enjoy some skiing at Les Deux Alpes ski resort over the Easter holidays. 
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As we take a well-earned break after a bustling Spring term, we reflect back on the last month of spectacular Music at Lunchtime concerts, put on by our talented students.

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Oakham’s netball players reach National Finals, are inspired & coached by England player Jodie Gibson & have been selected to play for Netball Academies. 

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During the last week of the Spring Term, Oakham’s IB Diploma students enjoyed an evening of celebration and awards, recognising achievement within the IB Diploma Programme. 

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Oakham Hockey has seen a victorious term with teams reaching Regional and National Finals, securing the League title and players celebrating representative honours.

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Oakham Shooting has seen impressive results this term with shooters winning the Midlands Schools Cup, students being selected to shoot at a National level and teams reaching the Finals in their specific shooting categories.

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Congratulations to talented mathematician Ryan in Form 5 who has been invited to the National Mathematics Summer School as a result of his excellent performance in the UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) Intermediate Challenge.

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Oakham’s Drama Scholars took part in an extraordinary production of ‘Handbagged’ by Moria Buffini which left audiences not only on their feet with appreciation, but also in awe of how such young actors could convincingly characterise two of the world’s most iconic women: the Queen and Margaret Thatcher.

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As a truly co-educational school (with 50% girls and 50% boys) that fully embraced co-education back in the 70s before other independent secondary schools, we don’t just celebrate inspiring women on International Womens’ Day!

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Four Oakhamians are celebrating after receiving offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, two of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions.

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Oakham School joined French speakers around the world in celebrating the French language and culture on Francophone Day.

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Congratulations to 9 CCF cadets in Form 7 who have achieved a BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Teamwork and Personal Development in the Community. 

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The final weekend of the Six Nations was certainly a busy one for Oakhamians - with both current and former students making their mark in this well-loved tournament.

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A small group of Form 5 and Form 6 Oakham students interested in pursuing a career in science recently attended a neuroscience outreach event entitled “Brain, Behaviour and Beyond” at Leicester University where they learnt more about the brain and how it functions.

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Oakham School was delighted to welcome England netball player and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jodie Gibson to help coach the U14 and 1st VII in their preparations for the forthcoming National Final competitions this weekend. 

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Form 1 enjoyed a French play performed by actors from visiting theatre group Onatti Productions Ltd.

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Form 5 Artists visited the Hepworth Gallery and the Sculpture Park in Yorkshire as part of their exam preparations. 

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Congratulations to Form 5 pupil George who has been selected to shoot for Wales in the British Schools Small Bore Shooting Association (BSSRA) International competition.

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Lincoln House has introduced a new initiative whereby one of the girls is nominated the Woman of the Week (WOW).

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Congratulations to Hattie (Form 3), Ben (Form 3), Scott (Form 2) and Eddie (Form 2) who finished an impressive joint second place in the Regional Final of the Junior Team Maths Challenge.

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Congratulations to Form 1 pupil Sofia who finished 2nd out of 8 athletes representing Northamptonshire County at the UK Inter Counties Cross Country championship held at Prestwold Hall.

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Oakham rugby players, past and present, have been garnering plenty of success in national and club teams.

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Head of Careers, Mrs Pippa Gibbs, was recently invited to work as a volunteer Careers Advisor at the ‘What Career Live?’ event held at the NEC, Birmingham on 1 March. 

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Congratulations to our U12 Boys’ and Girls’ Hockey teams for triumphing at the County tournament and reaching the Regional Hockey Finals.

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The School's annual concert always promises to be a treat for the ears, but this year's concert was a truly varied spectualar, setting new high standards for performance at Oakham School.

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To celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March, students from Form 6 and 7 have been invited to attend a series of seminars hosted by The Matthews Society. 

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A student from Oakham School has been invited to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their TeenTech Award by HRH The Duke of York – making it the third year in a row for Oakham’s successful TeenTech winners!
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Oakhamian delegates have won several awards and received huge praise following their participation at the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference held at Kingswood School, Bath.

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Oakham School’s eleventh annual Piano Duet Competition took place on Thursday 28 February, and was as always an excellent celebration of collaborative pianism at the school.
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Last Sunday, despite the inclement weather, Oakham hosted a highly successful rugby sevens tournament in which 20 of the best rugby-playing schools from all over the UK took part. 

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Form 6 Politics students were treated to an undergraduate-style lecture from Dr Justin Schlosberg of Birkbeck, University College London about the role the media plays in controlling our political agenda. 

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A group of 30 students from Form 6 and accompanying staff have just returned from Kenya, where they spent time teaching and working with pupils in two local primary schools.

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A record number of 26 top universities from around the UK participated in this year’s University Fair, providing expert advice for our students on university admissions.

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Oakham School students are returning to Kenya for the ninth time during February half term to support primary schools in rural Kenya. 

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As we end our first half of the Spring Term, we look back on our major Chapel concert, Ensembles in Europe, on Friday 1 February.
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The Ashburton Hall was filled once again for the Spanish Department’s termly Film and Pizza evening. 
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Members of the Oakham Geography Society attended a talk by Tim Marshall, author of the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller, ‘Prisoners of Geography’ and ‘Worth Dying for’ at the Stamford Arts Centre.

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Last week DocSoc was hosted at Harington School and saw Form 6 (Year 12) students from both schools speak about various healthcare issues in the news, a now annual event.

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Last Wednesday, a selection of four of Oakham School's Horn players came together to give a varied repertoire of one of the brass family’s hardest instruments.
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Lower One pupils had great fun celebrating “La Chandeleur” (French Pancake Day) today by making their own crêpes.

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Oakham School’s eleventh annual English Song Competition took place on Sunday 3 February 2019, and despite the bitterly cold weather, it was once again a glorious and warm-hearted celebration of singing at Oakham.

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Congratulations to Oakham rugby players this weekend with Form 7 student Sam taking part in the Welsh U20 side of the Six Nations championship and our School team winning the Trent 10s U18 tournament.

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Oakham runners had a successful weekend at the Leicestershire and Rutland County Championship including Form 1 (Year 7) Girls’ and Boys’ teams being crowned County Champions! 

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We asked a selection of our rugby aficionados for their predictions for this year’s Six Nations Tournament, ahead of this weekend’s opening matches. 
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This Wednesday lunchtime, we were treated to a spectacular performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in D major.

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Oakham's IB Diploma students took part in their Group 4 Project this week, which saw them facing a variety of difficult challenges. 

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Congratulations to our U14 and U19 girls for triumphing at the Regional Schools’ Netball tournament and reaching the National Netball Finals for the second year running.

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Oakham School's Chamber Choir returns to Brandenburg's Choral Festival for its 10 Year Anniversary.
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Oakham School’s Biology Society members were delighted to welcome Professor Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, a Research Professor and director of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience and Head of Bioengineering at the University of Leicester. 

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Form 6 music scholar, William, introduced the first pupil lunchtime recital of 2019 perfectly, with a mesmerizing performance of German Lieder.

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The Form 7 Pre-U Mid Year exhibition is now open to visitors in the Wheelhouse Gallery and showcases pieces by students who have pushed their skills in their chosen discipline of Painting or Textiles.

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In conjunction with this year’s Engineering Education Scheme (EES), a group of Oakham students spent two days at Loughborough University building their first scale prototypes following months of research and design.

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Members of Oakham School's Chapel Choir were privileged to welcome Dr David Hill as a guest speaker at the 2019 Choir Dinner.
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Our Graduate Musician performed an array of jazz pieces on the piano, providing a perfect snippet of escapism this January lunchtime.
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Oakham Hockey enjoyed a busy Christmas period with a squad of senior hockey players on a pre-season tour to Barcelona, a Junior pre-season camp at Oakham and impressive achievements garnered by Oakhamians playing at Club Indoor matches. 

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Oakham’s piano department was thrilled to receive an invitation to take part in the Steinway Artist Masterclass with concert pianist, Charles Owen, held at the prestigious venue of Steinway Hall. 

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