OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 85 - 16th November 2016

Issue 85 - 16th November 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

OBA honoured Remembrance Day on Friday 11th November in impeccable style, as the Academy came to a standstill to observe the two minute silence.  In the run up to this event, students designed and sold their own Poppy Appeal button badges to members of our school community.   In a similar vein, two of our Sixth Form students took part this week in an ‘Auschwitz Remembered’ event organised by the Ormiston Trust.  Both occasions mark our commitment to ensuring our students understand and appreciate the deeds and fates of others less fortunate than themselves.

I’d like to remind parents and carers of our Year 11 students that the resources from the ‘Prepare Like a GCSE Champion’ revision workshop can be found on our website under ‘Students’ and titled ‘Year 11 Examination Preparation’.  Here you will see key dates, the presentation on learning styles and revision techniques, as well as guidance on how to beat exam stress.  

As we begin our approach to Christmas, we also have some important Academy events taking place, namely our school production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, which takes place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of December, followed in the final week of term by our Christmas Market on Tuesday, 13th December from 4.30 – 7pm.  

I would be delighted to see you at both of these events.

Best wishes,

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Let Us Remember

Last week, two Sixth Form History A Level students Jess Davies and Emma Bygrave visited Gorton Monastery in Manchester to take part in the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz Programme’. 

They were fascinated to learn more detail about the Jewish communities and the life of Jews before the terrible events and atrocities of the Holocaust.  

Holocaust survivor, Steven Frank, gave a presentation on life as a Jew during the Second World War which made the students’ classrooms studies become much more poignant and seem even more horrific, as they learnt in detail about how the lives of so many were affected, both directly and indirectly. 

The girls are now following up this very moving visit with a trip to Auschwitz on Tuesday of this week and they will then take part in a further follow up session on Sunday back in Manchester.

Once they have carried out all their first-hand research, Jess and Emma will then share their findings in a series of assemblies. 

Creative Poppy Appeal

Thanks to the creative thinking of some Year 12 Textiles students, students and staff at OBA were able to wear unique poppies this year.  They had the idea with Miss Taylor to make poppies out of recycled buttons and sell them for a minimum of a £2 donation to The British Legion Poppy Appeal. They raised nearly £80 for this excellent cause and really enjoyed seeing the staff wearing them with pride around the Academy.

OBA Supports the Shoe Box Appeal

Over the past couple of weeks OBA has been supporting the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal in support of a charity called ‘Blythswood Care’. This charity brings hope to thousands of children in Europe, Africa and Asia.  It is also committed to long-term care projects in Romania, enabling disadvantaged children and young people to lead a more fulfilling life. 

OBA’s students are doing a fabulous job bringing in toys, books, colouring pencils, as well as other such items, to be sent off all over Europe to brighten up Christmas for disadvantaged children. The ‘Blythswood Care’ charity is a very worthy cause and is now celebrating its 50th anniversary of helping people across.

If any member of our community has any spare empty shoe boxes they would like to donate for us to fill, please contact Miss McEvoy at

Equally, if you would be able to donate items to fill these boxes, please send them into school as soon as possible.  Alternatively, if you would like to make a small donation towards the charity this would be greatly appreciated, so please get in touch with Miss McEvoy. 

Drama Production Update

From Miss Mc Kevitt and the Production Team

Check out the latest update on the blog for this year’s theatrical production "A Christmas Carol". It's all hands on deck with only three weeks to go until opening night! 

Rehearsals are in full swing and all those involved are working their socks off!!

The amazing production will take place on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December and tickets will be on sale very soon!  

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Job Vacancies

OBA has a job vacancies for a caretaker and a cleaner, as detailed below.

CaretakerRequired as soon as possible, a practical, cheerful and well-motivated person to join our premises team. The successful candidate will be a well-organised and flexible team player, with a good standard of practical maintenance and I.T. skills.

CleanerRequired as soon as possible, a cheerful and well-motivated person to join our premises cleaning team. You must be a reliable, hard-working and flexible team player.
You will be required to work on a designated cleaning area undertaking cleaning which will include: vacuuming, toilet cleaning, sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing of furniture and glass cleaning. It will also be a requirement that electrical machinery such as buffing machines, and wet pick-ups etc, be used periodically for which training will be given. The successful candidate must have a friendly can do attitude, preferably have experience within cleaning and a general knowledge of COSHH.

For more information and an application form, please visit our Job Vacancies page.

We welcome applications for this post as soon as possible.  If you have any further questions, please contact Mrs Hedgecock at or ring our Reception to speak with her.

E-Safety Awareness

Last week we shared an article telling the story of a mother whose teenage son took his own life after being bullied on social media.

This week: What if your child is a cyber bully?

Information about how to protect children from cyberbullying and warning signs to watch out for can be found at


If you have any concerns about E-safety that you would like to discuss, please email or contact reception.

Puzzle Challenge

Last week we gave you a puzzle to solve. Did you crack it? Check your answer below:

Now have a go at this week’s Maths Puzzle Challenge.  

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