Spring Term 2011
Back to school after a very late Easter holiday this year. It’s already the 26th April and there is so much to pack into this Spring Term. With field days, camps and sports days to attend at Home Schools, please could we ask all our parents to let us know if children will be absent. Things will be busy at Oak Hill too, as our students start to finish the programme and they show us in the testing just how well they have done this academic year.
We are delighted to already have several new families enrolled with us for the Autumn Term, so we would like to thank you all for spreading the word about Oak Hill in the community. You are our best ambassadors! Thank you. Of course, we are sad that at the end of this term we have to say goodbye to some of our students but in the meantime, there is still so much to celebrate.
Tuesday 10th May – Tour Day.
We were very pleased to welcome our first visitor from the International School of Lausanne to our first Tour Day of the term. This follows the interest aroused when the Oak Hill team gave a presentation to members of the P.T.A. just before the Easter holiday on Friday 8th. April. We are hoping for further collaboration from I.S.L. so that, in the future, their students may also benefit from the services provided by Oak Hill.
Thursday 19th. May – Woodcock-Johnson III assessment begins
This is an important date on the Oak Hill calendar involving the detailed assessment of all our students. The WJIII is a standardised assessment by which we are able to monitor the progress of our students and compare them to a ‘standard’ US population. Hill Methodology is research-based and doing standardised assessment enables us to verify the claims that our students do generally make tremendous progress. The students have ten sub-tests to complete in reading, written language and maths which, as you can imagine, is quite time consuming. We are very grateful for the services of Mrs. Katherine Barr Norling who is our expert substitute teacher – the children really love having her! This enables the teaching staff to ensure that testing is done in the optimum conditions and the students are able to perform at their very best.
Wednesday 1st. June – Pedagogical Day
The focus of our Pedagogical Day on this occasion was the Woodcock-Johnson assessment. The teaching staff were involved in checking and double-checking all results and tabulating progress made over the year. A great deal of discussion took place and, as with all good assessment, results provided insights and information for our methodology. As always, our Pedagogical Day provided us with food for thought and ideas to improve our practice.
Friday 10th. June – New students visit
Great excitement today when three of the new students, who will be joining us in September, joined us for the traditional ‘juice and biscuits’, followed by a whirl around the playground. We were delighted that Mollie Davies, Isabel Anderson and Gabriella Bonic could join us and, although they were all rather quiet during the formal introductions, by the time they came in from the playground, all three were definitely part of the Oak Hill gang!
Thursday 23rd. June – End of Year Awards Ceremony and Barbecue
As always, our Ceremony ended with the traditional rendering of the Oak Hill song – much enjoyed by everyone. Then it was on to the fun and the food of the barbecue… Friends, old and new, make it a very memorable occasion and remind us of what it means to be part of the Oak Hill Family!
Wednesday 29th June – End of School Year
The Oak Hill team wish all our families a marvellous summer and would like to thank them for the wonderful photo-books of the 2010 – 2011 students. What a wonderful way to remember each and every one of them. Mrs Scott would also like to add a special, personal note of thanks to all those parents, both past and present, who contributed so very generously to her retirement gift of ‘Bon Cadeaux’ for Schilliger Garden Centre.
“So far, I have bought two climbing English roses – one called Malvern Hills (I went to college in nearby Worcester) and the other called ‘Shropshire Lad’. Whenever I look at my new roses, I will think of all the happy times in the Oak Hill classroom, of the amazing children I have taught and of their kind, generous and warm-hearted parents. It will take me some time to use all my gift and it will give me tremendous pleasure not only in choosing many beautiful plants for my garden, but also in watching them grow in my retirement. Thank you all so much!”