OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 70 - 13th May 2016

Issue 70 - 13th May 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

Good luck to all our local Year 6 pupils who are taking their SATs this week.  My own sons are also currently doing these so I know only too well that this can be a stressful time.  Just encourage them and remind them that the results will not define or limit them in life.  Then plan to do something fun and relaxing at the weekend!

Fundraising for our annual trip to Kenya is going well, with the second sponsored walk having been completed on Sunday. Forthcoming events include a car boot sale and quiz night so please watch this space.

In this week’s newsletter you will read stories about active and sporting success, including our dancer of the year award, Jacob Healey’s rugby achievements and our newly launched staff running club.

Finally, Year 11 had a special assembly last week where they received good luck letters and cards from their families, teachers and academic mentors.  There was not a dry eye left in the house as they received our very best wishes for their exams and future dreams and ambitions.

Here’s looking forward to the much heralded spell of warm and sunny weather.

Best wishes
Mr. M Wyss- Academy Principal

Special Messages of Support for Year 11

Year 11 had an assembly with a difference on Thursday 5th May.  The assembly began like any other but had a twist that brought a tear to the eye of many.

The students entered the hall seeing a list of key priorities on the screen that they had heard about in so many previous assemblies; grades, commitment, enrichment, revision, study skills….. However, the assembly took a turn when a video message from a certain Mr Beezy, was shown.  Mr Beezy had presented a motivational assembly to the Year 11s earlier in the year, focussing on 'What's your why?’  In other words, what is the reason you want to do well at school? Is it for your mum, your dad, your carers, who? The short video clip was followed by another one from the Year 11 team wishing all the students the very best of luck and huge success in their exams…..and then there was a little visit from Postman Pat!

You may well be confused here but so were the students! So let’s explain…

Over previous weeks the year team had made contact with parents, carers, form tutors and academic mentors and they were invited to write a letter that would offer a final boost to the students in the weeks leading up to their exams. We were overwhelmed with letters, cards and notes that had been secretly collected and each one contained a special message of praise, encouragement and good luck for every individual student in the year group.

There was not a dry eye in the house after reading some of the emotional and very personal comments that had been written. It was extremely uplifting to see how happy and touched the Year 11s were with those special words of encouragement and hope, words that would support them and keep them going over the coming tense months.

The assembly finished with the announcement that there would be up to 10 more free tickets being presented very soon to Year 11s who have impressed the Year 11 team the most with their A2L scores (Attitude to Learning) and their commitment around school in recent weeks.

More to come on this in the future….. But, in the meantime, we wish the very best of luck to each and every Year 11 student in both their exam revision and their exam performance.  So come on Year 11, go for it and remember OBA’s very encouraging motto ‘Lucere Aude’ – ‘Dare to shine!’

Rugby Union Champion

Dedicated rugby player, Jacob Coole-Healey, recently tasted real success when he helped his team win the Lancashire Colts Cup Final earlier this month.

Jacob who is a Sixth Form student, plays for Widnes Rugby Union Football Club as a prop forward and he was ecstatic with the part he played in beating Bolton with an impressive 37-17 triumph.

Jacob said: “It was a great feeling and we have now won the cup for two years on the run.  We also won The Raging Bull League this season so we are doing really well.  All of the team get on great with each other and we are always focused on winning.  We have been unbeaten all season and that is a great feeling.

Dancer of the Year

Year 10 student, Lauren Shannon, was presented with the prestigious 'Dancer of the Year, 2016' award at OBA’s recent Dance Show. Lauren received an engraved trophy shield which was presented to her by last year’s winner, Ebony Gumbs, who is now in Year 13.

Miss Roper said:

Lauren was selected because she is a role model to other Dance students. She has attended so many enrichments throughout the year and has assisted with Year 11 GCSE exams. She has also been a part of many external performances including Liverpool John Moores University’s Community Dance Show and the BBC’s Ten Pieces Dance Project with Merseyside Dance Initiative.  Lauren is a pleasure to teach and strives to do her best to improve in every way possible each time she enters the dance studio.  Many congratulations, Lauren!  You truly deserve this award.

Promoting E-Safety

O2 and the NSPCC have been working together to develop a new way to interact with parents and carers in relation to E-safety and want to promote this within schools. 

So, this term they will have a stand at Parents Evenings for Years 7, 8 and 9 and also one at our Summer Fete to encourage parents to discuss any concerns they may have and give out advice about internet safety.  They can also help you to manage privacy settings on devices and would like parents and carers to bring in any items that might need checking.

On your marks, get set, go!

After a few informal practice runs, the inaugural Staff Running Club took place last week with eight members of staff keen to get fit for the summer.

After undertaking a number of warm-up activities to gradually raise their heart rate and prevent injuries, newly qualified Leadership in Running Fitness Instructor, Mr Bird, led the group round a 5k loop, ably assisted by Miss Campbell. They ran at an 11 minute mile pace at the front but frequently "mustered" back to Mr. Faulkes who was acting as back marker, ensuring all stayed together.  Returning to school with a great sense of achievement the runners then had some cool down stretches, led by Mr Bird, to aid recovery and prevent injuries.


The group will now meet every Thursday evening after school and runners of all abilities are welcome to join. Some members are already planning to complete a park run together on a Saturday morning and three members of the group have been so taken with the challenge that they have entered a running event in October.

Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Walker and Mr. Bird will take part in the Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday October 15th. This is a very fast, flat course and we wish them all well. It would be fantastic if we could have a few more staff taking part in this event, so if you would like to take on this challenge, please contact Mr Bird.

Mock Trials Regional Heats Are In Sight

Following OBA’s recent success in the local heats of Mock Trials at Mold Magistrates’ Court, we are now preparing for the regional heats of the competition that will take place on Saturday 14th May at Crewe Magistrates’ Court.

We would like to wish the new team, as listed below, good luck and also congratulate them on their hard work and commitment to the competition so far! We have two new recruits since the local heats and also the students have changed roles since the last round.

You will see also see above the shield we won in Mold - we are really looking forward to add another one to our collection very soon!



Student Name 

What they do

Prosecution Lawyer 1

Nicola Falconer

• Opening speech

• Examination-in-Chief of Prosecution Witness 1

• Cross-Examination of Defendant

Prosecution Lawyer 2

Tom Hopwood

• Examination-in-chief of Prosecution Witness 2

• Cross-Examination of Defence Witness

Defence Lawyer 1

Toni Burns

• Examination-in-Chief of Defendant

• Cross-Examination of Prosecution Witness 1

• Closing speech

Defence Lawyer 2

Elliot Newton

• Examination-in-Chief of Defence Witness

• Cross-Examination of Prosecution Witness 2 

Prosecution Witness 1

Dominique Costello

• Questioned by Prosecution and Defence Lawyer 1 

Prosecution Witness 2

Abby Cheers

• Questioned by Prosecution and Defence Lawyer 2 


Ethan Fryer Durcan

• Questioned by Prosecution and Defence Lawyer 1 

Defence Witness

Amber McGloughlin

• Questioned by Prosecution and Defence Lawyer 2 


Ewan Jago

• Decide verdict


Mia Abbott

• Decide verdict 


Jorja Tipton

• Decide verdict

Legal Adviser

Ella Main

• Read charge and Section 9 statement

• Law summary 


Bethany Smith

• Swear in witnesses


 Jessica Hardy



Fundraising for Kenya

Fourteen students from Years 11 and 12 from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, along with a group of students and staff from Ormiston Chadwick Academy, will take part in July in the expedition of a lifetime to Kenya.

Mr Rigby, Executive Principal and Miss Hanson, Key Stage 3 Science Coordinator, who will be accompanying the trip have been working tirelessly with the students to raise funds for travel, expedition kits and many much needed items for those living and attending schools in Kenya.  So far, funds have been raised by organising quiz nights, cake sales, beauty evenings and students have also written to local companies to seek sponsorship and support.

Whilst on the trip, students will have the opportunity to go on safari and cycle through Hell’s Gate National Park, but the main purpose of the trip will be to help the local community and complete project work based on biological or social topics.

As a last push to raise more money, the students will be holding a Car Boot Sale which will be held at OBA’s sister school, Ormiston Chadwick Academy, on Sunday 15th May AND Sunday 26th June from 8am-12pm.

We will also be holding a joint quiz night on Friday 10th June at Birchfield Rugby Club in Widnes. Tickets will cost £5 and can be purchased from any student going on the trip or from OBA’s reception. The last quiz was a massive success and the raffle prizes were fantastic so come along, have a laugh and support this great cause – we would love to see you there!

Tech Talk

Welcome to Tech Talk @ OBA, the part of the weekly newsletter where we share useful apps, websites and devices.

This week’s Tech Talk is going to focus on an app called ‘Fit Brains Trainer’ which has been ranked the top education app in over 90 countries. Fit Brains is designed by neuroscientist Dr. Nussbaum, a leading brain expert in clinical Neuropsychology and Chief Science Officer. Fit Brains Trainer prides itself as the only comprehensive brain trainer that can stimulate your IQ and EQ (cognitive & emotional intelligence) whilst being a fun and challenging way of exercising the mind.

Fit Brains Trainer is an award-winning personalised brain games app that challenges you to perform at your best. It has more than fifty fun games, over five hundred workout sessions and in-depth performance reports. Fit Brains Trainer enables people of all ages and abilities to play the widest variety of brain games and offers an easy and quick way to stimulate the mind.

Fit Brains targets all six major areas of the brain: Memory, Speed of Thinking, Concentration, Problem Solving, Language and Visual-Spatial. Plus, it targets EQ, Emotional Intelligence, the ability to recognise and manage your own emotions, and those of others, in 4 key areas: Self-Control, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness and Social Skills.

Fit Brains Trainer is available for free on the Apple App Store and on Android devices. Download it now and start training your grey matter!

Do you have a piece of technology that you would like to share or that you may have heard of and would like to see explained in Tech Talk? If so, contact Mr Hussey via email:

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