British Science Week
– Oulder Hill students recently took part in a variety of activities to commemorate British Science Week (Friday 13th to Friday 20th March). These activities included: CSI (Tuesday), making aeroplane wings and testing them (Wednesday), Anatomy Class – dissections of different organs (Thursday) and learning and making models about the solar eclipse using food (Friday). Sixty Year 10 students will visit Alton Towers on Tuesday 24th March to learn about the science behind designing rollercoasters. Key Stage 3 students took part in the “Science on Your Doorstep” competition and some students will be selected to represent the school in the National British Science Week Competition. Winners will be selected after Friday 27th March. Thank you to all the staff and students involved in running a successful week.
Parent Forum Meeting
– The next Parent Forum meeting will be held in the LRC on Tuesday 24th March, starting at 6:00pm. New and existing members are welcome to attend.
Year 11 GCSE Drama Performance
– On Wednesday 25th March, Year 11 GCSE Drama students will be showcasing Fumed Oak, a one act black comedy, by Noel Coward in the Gracie Fields Theatre from 6:30pm until approximately 8:00pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served in the LRC from 6:00pm. Entry is free, and all students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening
– A reminder that Year 11 Parents’ Evening takes place on Thursday 26th March, from 4:00pm until 7:00pm. Your child should now be making appointments to see their subject teachers. If you have any queries regarding Parents’ Evening, please contact Mr Noon.
Normandy Residential Trip
– 21 students from Years 7 to 10 are going on a residential trip to Normandy, France from Thursday 26th to Tuesday 31st March. During their visit, students will be staying at Chateau Beaumont and will take part in activities on site (including fencing, archery and team games) and will also spend a day at Euro Disney. We hope they have a brilliant time.
Parent Forum Fashion Show
– The Parent Forum are hosting a Fashion Show on Tuesday 31st March in the school’s Sports Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the show starting at 7:00pm. Tickets cost £3.00 each, including either a glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets are available from Mrs Corlett at school, and must be purchased in advance.
Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts
– Students from Oulder Hill have been participating in the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts. On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March, students performed in various categories with hugely successful results. On the Saturday, the following students competed in the Key Stage 3 Accompanied Pop Solo Category: Leah Fisher, Benn Johnson, Chloe Davies, Amira El Moamaly, Natalie Jones, Katie Hicks, Olivia Lindsay, Morgan Shepherd, Melissa Lingard, Phoebe Massey and Ben Whitehead. All of the students performed brilliantly but it was Amira El Moamaly (first place) and Melissa Lingard (second place) who impressed the judges the most.
On Sunday morning, the Key Stage 4 Accompanied Pop Solo Category took place, with performances from: Nixon Mandigo, Jaiomi Roberts, Chloe Thompson, Megan Smith, Rebecca Gill and Charlotte Warrington. Again, all of the students did a marvellous job of representing the school and performed brilliantly, with a special well done to Jaiomi Roberts (first place) and Chloe Thompson (second place).
On Sunday afternoon, students competed in the Accompanied Pop Song Duet categories. Amira El Moamaly and Chloe Davies; and Loren Brand and Phoebe Massey performed in the Key Stage 3 category, with Amira and Chloe finishing in first place. Jaiomi Roberts and Charlotte Warrington; and Rebecca Gill and Chloe Thompson took part in the Key Stage 4 category, with Jaiomi and Charlotte taking first place.
Jaiomi also competed in the Key Stage 4 Singer/Songwriter category, performing one of her own songs on a ukulele, finishing in first place.
Also in the afternoon; Melissa Hardman, Amira El Moamaly, Chloe Davies, Melissa Lingard, Morgan Shepherd and Abbie Holt took part in the Vocal Group category, accompanied by Mr Jackson. The girls sang their hearts out and performed exceptionally. Unfortunately, no other vocal groups competed in this section so the girls won by default. However, the judge had really positive things to say about the performance and the girls really enjoyed performing to an audience.
Next up the Ukulele Band performed in the Key Stage 4 Vocal Group category. The current line-up of the Ukulele Band is as follows: Ben Whitehead, Nixon Mandigo, Chloe Davies, Charlotte Warrington, Jaiomi Roberts, Harry Edwards, Zoya Gill and Connor Marland-Lord. The judge awarded the band with the highest marks of the entire weekend (87/100) and each member contributed their best efforts to ensure the result.
The final category was the ‘Bands’ category where the Band and Mr Benet decided that they would enter the Key Stage 4 category even though they are a Key Stage 3 band; they decided they wanted a bigger challenge and so opted to compete against older students from the other competing schools. Ben Whitehead, Melissa Lingard, Harry Edwards, Zoya Gill, Lucy Crabtree, Zara Bradley-Ahmed and Lewis Miller performed with confidence and swagger to earn themselves second place.
A huge congratulations to all the students involved, and a special thank you to Mr Jackson and Mr Benet for accompanying the students during the weekend.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Ceremony
– The following students attended Rochdale Sixth Form for the first ever Duke of Edinburgh’s Award ceremony held in Rochdale. Students were presented with Bronze and Silver awards by the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Carol Wardle. Oulder Hill had by far the most students receiving awards in the borough. Three of our students (Beth Chadwick, Shannon Moorhouse and Charles Dickon) organised the event and were also the presenters on the evening, doing an excellent job. All students were a credit to the school and D of E.
Bronze Award winners: Fred Gorton (ex-student), William Moore, Beth Chadwick, Sofia Christoforidis, Dhanyal Shahid, Iman Rafiq, Ikrah Mackmood, Mirza Baig, Stephen Elkin-Walker, Katie Shepherd, Katie Fitton, Aroob Raja, Emily Phillips, Shannon Moorhouse, Jessica Harrison, Aneeb Illahi (ex-student), Charles Dickson, Joel Pickles, Abigail Dennison, Alina Siddique, Anisha Siddique, Danny Moore, Georgia Milton, Ifrah Naqvi, Leah-Jade Marsden, Connor Moorhouse, Maria Asif, Kal Torson, Alex Wilson, Callum Smith, Beth Blackburn, William Pickard, Ryan Lang, Callum Riley, Moet Griffiths, Megan Ratu, Hannah Turner, Mohsin Hussain, Laura Clegg, Hena Ahmed, George Kean, Megan Roscoe, Katie Warburton and Eleanor Smethurst.
Silver Award winners: Sidrah Asim, Georgina Butterworth and Alex Nunns.
Year 9 Boys’ Rugby
– The Year 9 Boys’ Rugby Team enjoyed their best success to date by finishing as runners up in the Lancashire Finals at Blackburn RUFC. Having qualified to represent Greater Manchester, Oulder Hill participated against winners of the Merseyside and North Lancashire Competitions. Oulder Hill’s group consisted of Bury Church, Highfield, Alder Grange, Knowsley Park and SFX Liverpool. The boys started with a narrow 1-0 defeat against rivals Bury Church. They then played Highfield in their second group fixture, which finished 1-1. Oulder Hill then defeated SFX Liverpool 4-0 and Alder Grange 2-1, and were awarded a 4-0 win over Knowsley Park who had to forfeit the match. The result of the competition makes the Year 9 Team the second best ‘All School’ in the North West, a fantastic achievement. Huge congratulations to: Dayne Stewart, Jack Turner, Callum Ruffell, Jordan Parkhill, Eddy Riley, Emmerson Bradshaw, Liam Hicks, Matthew Greenwood, Daniel Madeley, Marcus Welsby, Connor Marland-Lord, Hakeem Gbajabiamila and Hayden Lewis. Thank you to staff for making this happen, the boys are elated! Also, thank you to Mr Bardsley and Mr Meah for helping out on the day.
Year 7 & 8 Boys’ Rugby
– The Year 7 and 8 teams competed last week in their Greater Manchester ‘All Schools’ competition at Broughton Park RFC. Sadly, neither team were able to follow the success of the Year 9/10 Boys and Girls teams, although the quality of Rugby played by both teams should have brought them more success. The Year 8 team won one out of four games and the Year 7 team won two out of six fixtures. In total, we took just short of 30 pupils. Well done to all the students who took part and represented the school: Year 7: Lucas Dowd , Chris Carney, Tommy Coleman , Mohammad Qaisar, Edward Pickard, Isaac Khan, Tom Elkin-Walker, James Warburton, Will Strudwick, Aaron Hill , Dylan Stott, and Mason Shortall. Year 8: Muzamil Bashir, Saif Zulfiqar, Aadam Latif, Azaan Tariq, Mohammad Faisal, Sean Crossley, Eren Dincer, Harry Toogood, Jack Ashton, Zaki Bowden, Joe Moore, Haseeb Raza, Isma’il Mackmood, Bilal Malik, Luis Andrew and Ethan Pope. Thank you to Mr Bardsley and Mr Arain for accompanying the students on the day.