Spring Term 2009

April and May

As always at this time of the year, there is a flurry of interest by parents who are wondering if Oak Hill is the right option for their child. Much time is invested by Chris, as Admissions Coordinator, in ensuring that parents are well informed about the Oak Hill programme – even if it becomes apparent that it may not be the right ‘fit’ for every struggling student. From the many families who have expressed interest, we are pleased to have confirmed two enrolments for September. It is becoming evident that a number of our current students will be either graduating or moving elsewhere, so new enrolments are good news indeed!

On 11th. May, Jayne and Chris attended a lecture organised by our Oak Hill School Foundation colleague, Paul Nichols, at the International School of Lausanne (ISL). The lecture was presented by the CEO of the All Kinds of Minds Institute, Mary-Dean Barringer, and the occasion also provided Oak Hill staff with an opportunity to meet other professionals working in the field of supporting students with learning difficulties in this local area.

June 2009

Following two lovely long weekends in May, Oak Hill teachers dedicated their Pedagogical Day on 2nd. June, to listening to two fascinating lectures which were given at the 2008 International Dyslexia Association Conference in Seattle, Washington. Oak Hill has purchased the Conference Set of lectures and it was very difficult to decide which ones to study on this occasion – there are so many which are relevant to our work. We finally chose two rather clinical lectures, which gave us insights into current research and understanding of specific learning difficulties. Much interesting discussion took place as we three teachers applied this cutting-edge research to our daily methodology and considered its implications for our programme.

Only nine weeks four days after the beginning of term, the end of the Spring Term came upon us like an express train. Fitting in assessments, birthday celebrations and writing reports – as well as the usual end-of-term celebrations, can be quite a challenge! However, it is one that we are well used to and, as always, everything is completed in the end. With eight of our fifteen students leaving, there were many goodbyes to be said and we wish those students all the very best for the future. For those students returning in September, we look forward to continuing to work with them next year.

Oak Hill staff – Jayne, Sue, Chris and Lilian, would like to thank our parents for the generous gifts, their kind words and cards, given at the end of the year. They are much appreciated.

And … don’t forget to check out the Students’ Pages to see what your offspring have been up to at Oak Hill, in the past few months! There are lots of lovely photos!

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At the end of our third year, Oak Hill School has become a firmly established resource which has already helped a number of students begin to achieve their academic potential. In the future, we hope to help many more. Starting in October 2006 with just four students, we finished this academic year with 15 – one short of our maximum (with the current staffing provision). Slowly but surely, we are growing but, whatever the future may bring, we remain dedicated to maintaining the highest possible provision for our students, enabling them not only to achieve academically at a level commensurate with their intellectual ability, but also to face the world with confidence in the knowledge of their own strengths and talents.

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