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26th May 2023

House Half Term Round Up

Pupils watching film at outdoor cinema

The first half of the summer term has seen Oakhamians take part in a myriad of events and activities.

In Hodges Lower School boarders have been enjoying a more relaxed pace. They started the term with pottery painting and a day out to Rutland Water for a walk and afternoon picnic. This was followed by a much anticipated trip to the cinema to see the new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ film.

Last weekend Lower School were blessed with good weather for their charity walk and bike ride. The combined total is now well over £4k and still going up!

With the improving weather, pupils have been spending more free time in their large garden called ‘out back’ where cricket and tennis have been hotly contested most evenings, under the watchful eye of the Matron’s Miss Wakefield’s new puppy, Milo.

The annual Lower School Inter-House Singing Competition returned to the stage. To mark the year of the Coronation, houses selected from the wide range of pop songs on the DCMS’ specially-curated Coronation Celebration Playlist 2023, resulting in an eclectic selection of songs from the back catalogues of Boney M, ELO, Madness and Queen. Well done to Peterborough House for winning the overall trophy for best House.

The Middle School Houses have had another jam-packed term, where lots of fun has been had. Both boys’ and girls’ Houses competed in the Tom Grant House Football Festival. They have enjoyed outdoor laser tag, a sailing teaser activity, BBQs, the boarders’ dinner, Slip n Slide fun in the sun, watched a film at the outdoor cinema on Doncaster Close, and explored Cambridge.

Senior Housemaster Tim Dixon Dale said, “Many pupils have been sitting public exams and have all had internal exams. This summer’s theme has been outdoor fun, and whilst the weather did not help us early on, it hasn’t dampened the Oakhamian attitude! Weekend activities have provided a real opportunity for the Boarding community to stay connected and have fun outdoors.”

Meanwhile, Rushebrookes pupils raised nearly £1,500 for charity after rowing the distance between London and Paris. The House fundraised for the DEC Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal, which provides emergency support to those affected by the disaster.

Highlights for Seventh Form include the Leavers’ Ball, rounding off their time at Oakham in style. They will be dressed in their best attire, enjoying a superb night of dining, dancing, and celebrating.

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