OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 73 - 10th June 2016

Issue 73 - 10th June 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

Welcome back to our final half term of the year.  The weather has been glorious and I hope you managed to make the most of it during the holiday.
The coming weeks feature lots of prestigious events for our students, from the Year 11 Prom on the 24th June, the Year 13 Prom on the 8th July, to our Year 6 Transition Days on the 4th and 5th July.  The Transition Evening for Year 6 parents is also on the 5th July and we look forward to welcoming you to the Academy.
Our popular Summer Fair will take place on Friday, 8th July and you will receive further information on this shortly, but we guarantee that there will be lots of exciting activities and stalls.  We will be open to the public from 2.30pm so make sure you add this to your diaries!
The date of the last Year 11 exam is Tuesday, 27th June and our current Year 10 take on the mantle of Year 11 the following day so that we can instil in them the values of successful senior students as they look forward to the summer holidays.  We will also be seeking applications for prefects and senior prefects from our current Year 10s, a process that is a real highlight of the calendar for me.
All students should still be wearing their standard school uniform.  They do need to wear blazers around the Academy but are allowed to take them off in lessons.  I would suggest leaving jumpers and cardigans at home on particularly hot days.
Thank you for your continued support.
Best wishes

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Students Enjoy Sports, Sea, Sand and Sun

For the third year running, students at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy have enjoyed the sunny delights of a water sports trip to the North-East of Spain.

Staying in Tossa De Mar, a relatively small town nestled in the heart of the Costa Brava coastline, the students and staff took part in a range of different water sports and also managed to visit the beautiful city of Barcelona. They were thrilled to go to the Camp Nou Football Stadium, the former Olympic Park and the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi which, although incomplete, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Organiser and Key Stage 3 Pastoral Leader, Mr Barrett, who is also a PE teacher said:

I was really impressed with how the students threw themselves, sometimes quite literally, into the water sports which included water polo, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and diving, amongst other activities.

Miss McAuliffe, PE Teacher who also accompanied the trip along with Teaching Assistant, Miss McEvoy, added:

Our students had an amazing time in the evenings too as these were filled with other fun activities on the impressive, endless beach such as beach volleyball, rounders and Ultimate Frisbee games, to name but a few. They also enjoyed taking part in various treasure hunts as they explored Tossa De Mar.  It has a wonderful historic town centre that has preserved its medieval charm.

The all whole trip was a real physical, cultural and challenging experience for everyone and plans are already being made for next year’s water sports adventure.

Congratulations go to every student who took part so valiantly in all the exciting activities, but a special mention goes to Jack Baxter who consistently gave 100% effort to everything and, as a result, he won a special award at the end of the trip.  Well done, Jack!

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining!

Congratulations to those Year 10 students who completed their final Silver Duke of Edinburgh Expedition recently.

They set off for Waddecar Scout Camp, Preston, at 3.30pm one Friday after school to complete the two day Silver adventure. Once they had arrived, it was a race against time to set up camp before the black clouds above burst and the torrential rain came down!  Although the rain was relentless, the students remained in great spirits and went to bed eagerly awaiting their first walk the following morning.

All pupils were up and out of camp by 9.30am with no rain in sight…yet! The three groups followed the various routes, passing the River Brock and Beacon Fell Country Park, to but a few local landmarks.  Unfortunately though the rain just didn’t stay away but this did not put off our determined students who marched on, battling against the elements.

When there was eventually a break in the rain some students, including Lauren Shannon and Tamika Hunt, stumbled across an interesting and lively Vintage Car Show which they had a quick look at before continuing on their route. Although arriving back to camp exhausted, students and staff took full advantage of the dry spell and played numerous games of rounders.

Everyone arrived back at OBA late on the Sunday afternoon with soaked rucksacks and walking boots, but all with a massive sense of achievement and pride! They did extremely well and should be very proud of their fantastic achievement! Well done Year 10… and the next stop is Gold!

Year 7 Reaching New Heights

Forty-five Year 7 students have had the opportunity to go to ‘North West Face’ in Warrington over a period of three weeks to try their hand at Rock Climbing.

The experience was a new one for most of the students and the sessions were led by a qualified instructor who encouraged them to go further, higher, and faster each time they took on the challenge.

Miss Belford, PE Teacher, who organised the events said:

Every student showed impressive perseverance skills and, even though there were some who were afraid of heights, they all gave it a really good go. Well done to everyone who took part and we have more exciting adventures planned for the next outdoor education programme.

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 a Language specific website called Vocab Express Vocab Express is an online vocabulary learning application that was designed and developed in conjunction with a number of secondary Modern Foreign Language departments a number of years ago.

Vocab Express prides itself as being dedicated to bringing the best of online learning to the world of foreign languages and it is an excellent way of learning new words, testing spellings, improving grammar and working on pronunciation by imitating native language speakers. It is made up of pre-categorised content from all the major exam board specifications, as well as from the vocabulary found in the course books of major publishers. All vocab is pre-loaded into consumable bite-sized chunks for easy learning on a simply presented and easy to use website.

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:

Students will be able to have a challenge match with other students (or teachers brave enough to accept a challenge) who are up to three places higher than themselves in the league. If the lower ranked player manages to win the match, they will swap places in the league table! Mr Bird (Maths) will keep the chess ladder updated at the end of each week. So come along and have some fun!

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