OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 93 - 27th January 2017

Issue 93 - 27th January 2017
Dear families and friends of OBA,

Last week we welcomed Nick Hudson from OAT who walked around several classes at OBA and commented on the hard work, positive atmosphere and excellent presentation of our students. Nick is second in charge at Ormiston and visits many academies across the country, so I was very pleased with his very positive feedback about our Academy.

Friday saw the Kenya fund-raising quiz in Widnes which was attended by staff, students and parents from both OBA and OCA. The evening was great fun and raised over £400 for our charitable causes in Kenya. This is in addition to the recent bag pack which raised £1,300. In Africa, our students will be helping to build and refurbish classrooms in a very poor area of West Pokot in the far North of Kenya. Our exciting expedition will be biggest yet, with around forty-eight staff and students, mainly from Year 11.  Once again, this will be an amazing opportunity for so many of our students and everyone is really looking forward to this adventure.

Mr. J Rigby
Executive Principal

Quiz Night for Kenya

Students, staff, parents and other family members gathered together last Friday evening in the Birchfield Park Sports and Social Club in Widnes to take part in a fun Quiz Night to raise money for the trip to Kenya later this year.

The turnout was fantastic and around twenty teams competed in the different rounds, which included music, film, famous faces, general knowledge and facts about Kenya. Great fun was had by all as they battled it out in a light-hearted way, and quiz masters Mr Spencer and Mr Murphy entertained the gathered audience.  The winning team, in the end, with a clear three point lead was made up of Miss Watkins Miss Arends, Mr McGlory and Miss Nelson.

Students worked hard throughout the evening selling raffle tickets and they had also sold many to staff and students who were not able to attend the evening.  There were lots of happy raffle winners and students enjoyed selling sweets and cakes to raise even more money for this great cause. There was even a ‘Guess the name of a bear’ competition and Mr Coring was delighted to win £40 for guessing the correct name!

Miss Hunt and Miss McMullen who will be accompanying the students on the trip to Kenya, co-ordinated the Quiz night with the students.

Miss Hunt said:

We all had a fabulous evening and raised over
£400.  The students are really looking forward to going so much and are working so hard to raise money for children in Kenya and to fund their trip.  If anyone would like to make a donation towards this great cause then please contact Miss McMullen, Mr Rigby or myself at school.


Year 10 Work Experience with Isover Saint Gobain

Four Year 10 students recently undertook work placements at Isover Saint Gobain, based on the Whitehouse Industrial Estate in Runcorn. 

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s work experience programme provides students with the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into how organisations work and are bespoke to individual students. The placements are tailored to the interests and strengths of each individual and provide them with the skills and experience that will allow them to stand out to potential employers. 

Mrs Jarvis, Careers Co-ordinator at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy who has set up an excellent community working link with local company Isover Saint Gobain, said:

Participating in a work experience enables our students to be valued members of our community. It also assists them in choosing the right sector to work in when considering a career path in the future. 

Jamie Niandpradit, who was on as Catering placement said:

I really loved learning how to prepare the meals for the employees and how to present food. I had the opportunity to speak to new people and I feel so much more confident after this experience. I have always wanted to be a chef and being able to see all of the other cool things that you get to do when working in catering, has made me want to do this even more. The only downside of the placement was that it was not long enough!

William Allanson who was delighted to gain an Engineering placement said:

I really enjoyed doing my work experience at Isover. It really helped me to improve my communication skills and the experience of welding some of the machinery was brilliant. The placement has helped me to feel much more confident and I would really like to work for Isover Saint Gobain in the future.

Udom Deesamer secured a placement in the company’s Finance Department and he thought the experience of working in the Finance Team helped to prepare him for later life and the real world of work. 

Whereas James Batty really enjoyed his time on a Science Laboratory placement.  He added:

I learnt loads of new things and new terminology too.  Getting the impurities out of the gullet and taking samples from the insulation was really interesting. I also enjoyed working with new people.  This was difficult at first but everyone made me feel really welcome and so in no time I was working with them in a much more confident way.  It was great!

More of OBA’s Year 10 students will taking part in work experience placements during the course of this year, so watch this space for more news!


Sport Update

Years 7 and 8 recently took part in a handball tournament at Saint’s Peter and Paul Catholic College in Widnes.

It was the first time the students had played in a tournament and Mr Barrett reported that the team made great progress, with some goals from Zac Comer and Adam Moseley.  Although OBA’s team didn’t win on this occasion, it was an excellent learning curve for the Key Stage 3 students who gained a lot of confidence.  

They are now looking forward to their next matches with great enthusiasm.

Shoe Box Donations Acknowledgement

Miss McEvoy was delighted to receive the following letter on behalf of OBA’s students and staff recently.  A great job was done in December with the  collection of items for Christmas shoe boxes for those in need, and this acknowledgement was very much appreciated. If you missed that story, it is in a previous edition of our Newsletter so you can catch up on this via the Newsletter Archive on OBA’s website.

Dance Update

Numerous students have been busy working hard in the dance studio after school every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with Mrs Barker producing some fantastic work during enrichment. 

Tuesday after school is an invitation only group for pushing the more advanced dancers from Years 7 to 13. It is great seeing students from Year 7 step up to working with the older students.

On Wednesdays our Year 11 GCSE dance students are working on their choreographies for their upcoming practical exam in March.

Finally, on Thursday's we have Dance Club which is open to all students to learn a fun, energetic routine, ready for the annual dance show on April 25th and 26th. Keep up the great work dancers!


Many congratulations go to Miss McKevitt and Miss Arends who have been given extra responsibility within the Academy to oo-ordinate the amazing Enrichment Programme that OBA offers to its students.

The number and range of enrichments offered to students in OBA is amongst the best in the country and they give our students the opportunity to develop in so many ways beyond the classroom, both personally and academically.  From dance and theatre to skiing and catering, not forgetting The Duke of Edinburgh Award and , of course the many extra lessons on offer, the students have so much to choose from to keep them busy after normal school time. 

We look forward to hearing more about OBA’s Enrichment Programme from Miss McKevitt and Miss Arends in the future. 

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.  

You will find the answer in the next issue of OBA’s newsletter. 
Good luck from Miss Arends and the Maths Faculty.

Tech Talk

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

The app in the spotlight this week is ATM Finder UK and comes in very handy for those who are in need of a cash machine in an area they are not familiar with.

ATM Finder UK allows you to instantly find the nearest cash machines (Automated Teller Machines) anywhere in the UK.

The app returns results for every ATM in the UK providing total coverage, not just major cities or certain banks, and is accurate to a few metres of each cashpoint.

Finding your nearest cash machine is now at the touch of a button where you live, work or whilst you are travelling.

You are presented with a list of nearest and most convenient cash machines, the address and directions to take you there from your current location. And if you hate paying to access your own money, you can set this app to only display free to use cash machines. 

Miss Dutton recently downloaded ATM UK and says that she has found the app to be very useful when she is on her travels around the UK and is stuck for cash!

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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