Although I have only been associated with the academy for a very brief period of time, I am proud to serve our community as Interim Principal and this week's newsletter highlights once again the fantastic range of opportunities available to all students. Despite our negative inspection report, I can report that the school remains, calm, orderly and extremely purposeful. On Friday afternoon
for example, as part of our whole school programme of lesson observations, I observed a great Y9 Geography lesson where students demonstrated high levels of engagement and commitment.
Last week, all staff met with me and Mrs Evans, our soon-to-be newly appointed Principal, to discuss our response to the recent Ofsted report. There is a strong sense of unity throughout the school and, under Mrs Evans' leadership, I am confident that the future success of the academy is
in safe hands. I will write to all parents/carers later in the week with more details of our ongoing work to ensure that the quality of education continues to go from strength to strength.
Mr. Tony Rawdin
On Friday 3rd January, OBA hosted the Halton School Games Kinball competition for pupils in Years 5 and 6.
The tournament, delivered by Kinball UK was structured so that everyone would play each other once and when the team wasn’t playing they were learning fun exciting skills and games involving the Kinball.
All the schools loved the competition, which was also led by the amazing Ormiston Bolingbroke Sports Leaders from years 7, 8 and 9. The Sports Leaders took the lead in delivering the mini-games and ensuring all the primary schools were enjoying themselves. Overall, the competition was a success with Gorsewood taking home the championship.
Student Senior Team Spread Key Messages about Mental Heath
The OBA Student Senior Team have delivered assemblies this week to spread key messages as part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2020.
Standing in front of Year groups 7 – 10, Head Boy Michael, Head Girl Kayleigh and their deputies Eleanor and Ben advised their peers on top tips around wellbeing as well as dispelling some common misconceptions about mental health issues such as OCD and Schizophrenia.
The team highlighted to each year group the key members of staff available in school to support with any emotional or mental health concerns and pointed people in the direction of any further support that may be needed.
Their main message was, that whilst there are things we can all do to try and positively influence ourselves, it is OK not to be OK and the most important thing is to talk about it.
BBC Bitesize visited OBA on Thursday 6th February, giving our students an insight into a range of careers in the creative industry. Host Nick Bright was joined by Olivia Downing, a copywriter who creates adverts for big brands including a national chain of theme parks, photographer and Blogger Onyi Moss who has worked with a number of large fashion brands and Head of Creative at Clicky Media, Rhian Cox, who has designed websites for brands including Raleigh.
Following a brief interview with each of the panellists, students had an opportunity to quiz them with questions covering topics such as the specifics of their role, good and bad things about the creative industry and how they recover from a bad day! Students also found out how the BBC Bitesize website can help them to learn and revise, with new interactive quizzes which use each individual’s strengths and areas for improvement to tailor the questions and personalise the learning for each student. The new “careers” section on BBC Bitesize contains a vast careers library as well as insights into different industries and tips and advice for applying for jobs.
Mr Oakes, Assistant Principal, responsible for Personal Development said:
At OBA we’re committed to preparing students for the next stage in their life and we believe that it’s never too early to learn about the vast array of opportunities that await students when they leave education!
The academy has a new and exciting sports enrichment every Thursday in the rec centre! Two Olympic weightlifters from Pride Performance Gym are training our students in the techniques and skills of Olympic weightlifting.
Head of PE, Miss Mc Auliffe said:
Everyone is welcome as pride performance would love to train as many students as possible to compete.
On Thursday 6th February, OBA students competed in the 1st heat of the Urban Debate League at Alsop High School, Liverpool. The academy entered three teams in the event including a novice team of year 7 students!
Our students competed in two rounds on the hotly contested topics of whether school pupils should be able to choose which subjects they study at school and whether there should be a curfew for all under 18’s.
Mr Bird, who led the trip said:
Our experienced team of year 9 students won a round, however the results of the second round have been withheld for a few days. The results will be converted into National League tables with the top 50 schools published before the next round.
Mr Bird further commented that:
Our students were able to demonstrate excellent teamwork and were observed handing notes to each other. Our students clearly took on board advice from round 1 and along with extended individual speeches they were able to rebut arguments raised by their opposition and had a number of interventions or points of information.
Miss Crellin and Mr Bird agreed that this was by far the strongest teams the academy has ever sent to compete and the year 7 students, in particular, were outstanding communicators.
Advice for parents/guardians from the Department for Education:
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
Spanish Spelling Bee
On Wednesday 29th January, seven well-prepped Year 8 students rose to the challenge of the latest OBA Spanish Spelling Bee.
Miss Clemencon commented that the competition was ‘intense’ and that all students were absolutely fantastic and very well prepared.
Congratulations to Joel who finished first and became the official Spanish Spelling Bee winner 2020!
Hot Chocolate Friday
Congratulations to this week’s top achieving students. Our weekly Friday reward recognises the hard work and commitment that each of you have shown to achieve the top points in your year group. We hope you enjoyed your hot chocolate treat!
A special mention must also go out to Isabelle, who alongside her Hot Chocolate Friday certificate, also received a Principal’s award to celebrate the fact that she achieved over 110 points last week!