Spring Term

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.


Friday 13th May – Our first “graduate”
Today we celebrated a very important event at  Oak  Hill.  Imogen Baxby became our first student to finish the Hill Center Methodology Primary Programme.  We celebrated her success with a presentation ceremony when she received a certificate and a prize.We are all extremely proud of her!
Later in the term, Joris and Sonja also completed the Primary Word Lists and gained their certificates too! We congratulate them for their hard work and determination to master all those difficult words. Well done!


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

And so we come to the highlight of the Oak Hill year 2010-2011. The Award Ceremony and Barbecue is a very special event when teachers, parents, brothers and sisters come together to celebrate the efforts and achievements of this year’s students. It is wonderful to see so many ex-students and their families swell the throng and add their congratulations for all the hard work that our students have done. We were also very happy to have some of the new students who will be joining us in September, at our Ceremony – one family even flying all the way from London, to spend the evening with us.
It is also a time to say farewell to the students, and their families, who are leaving Oak Hill. This year there are seven leavers. Adrian and Weiss will be returning full-time to LGB and André, and his sister Laura, are off on a new adventure as weekly boarders at Saint George’s in Montreaux. Immy is also changing schools and becoming a full-time LGB student and Alexi is continuing his Year 8 studies at La Côte. Two of our students are moving a little further afield. Joris is off to Croatia, where his Daddy has been working for some time, so he will be very happy to have the whole family back together again. And, after four years in Switzerland, Jack and his family are returning to Canada.
Where ever they go and what ever they do, we wish our leaving students all the very best of everything. We are sure that their time here will help them in their future studies and that they will have happy memories of their friends and teachers at Oak Hill.

Farewell gifts and flowers were also presented to Mrs. Christine Scott, who will be retiring from Oak Hill on 30th September. After 42 years of teaching, in England, Zambia, France and Switzerland, Mrs. Scott thinks it’s time to slow down a little. She is looking forward to reading some good books, spending time in her garden and going for lovely long walks with her dog, Jessie!

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!”