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OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 56- 11th January 2016

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Issue 56 - 11th January 2016

Dear families and friends of OBA,

A very Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a peaceful Christmas holiday.  It has been wonderful to welcome our youngsters and staff back to the Academy this week. 
 
We are already planning exciting events and activities for this half-term, including our celebrations for the Chinese New Year Festival and next week’s Awards Evening. 
 
Year 11 students are busy preparing for their mock examinations and in this newsletter you will see the timetable of exams.  Please continue to support Year 11s by encouraging them to revise, sleep well and eat healthily.  Some have had external exams in ICT, Creative iMedia, Hair & Beauty and Construction units this week, so the final push is really underway!
 
Can I just also ask you for your continued support in ensuring that students do not use mobile phones during our school day?  If you or your child do need to contact each other for any reason during school hours, this should be done via reception. 
 
Many thanks for your continued support – here is to a successful 2016!
 
Best wishes
 
M Wyss
Academy Principal

'Careers with Maths' Day

Nearly a hundred students from Years 11, 12 and 13 recently took part in a ‘Careers with Maths’ day. During the day they met with a range of inspirational speakers who have pursued careers involving Maths. We were delighted to be able to offer opportunities to talk with two engineers, an actuary, a medic and pharmacist, a quantity surveyor, an accountant, an architect and a pilot.

 

Our visitors spoke to students about what their careers involve, the different avenues available to them and what students need to be doing now if they want to succeed in their chosen career. They were given advice on apprenticeships, university options, A level choices and, of course, their earning potential!

Josh Kilpatrick said; “It was really useful to talk to an actual architect as I was able to learn so much more than I can by simply looking on the internet. I’m definitely applying for architecture now.”

The Skill and Chill Factore Trip

In preparation for the annual ski trip to France, students get the opportunity to gain experience on the snow at the Chill Factore in Manchester.  The beginners get the chance to start to learn the basics, whereas the more advanced students are able to take advantage of the full ski slope.

 

Mrs Jarvis Beginners Group

This year the ski trip will again be a joint trip with students from Ormiston Chadwick Academy in Widnes, so the trip to the Chill Factore enabled all 43 students to get to know one another as well as pick up some new skills on the snow. 

Ebony Gumbs, Ashlee Kavanagh & Isabelle Knisz Josh Elverstone & Lucy Winstanley

The countdown is now on for the ski trip to Alpe D’Huez at the beginning of February.


Chinese Delights

Miss Zhao is OBA’s Chinese Language Assistant and she is on a global work placement which has been organised through The British Council.  This is just one of the many opportunities that has resulted from Mrs Noon’s working trip to China, in 2014, to set up links with our partner School in Tongling.

Miss Zhao has been working with groups of Year 7 students teaching them about the Chinese language and offering them a fantastic opportunity to broaden their understanding of global issues and Chinese culture. Miss Zhao has had previous experience of working with students both in China and Thailand and although Runcorn is a very different experience for her, it is also a very enjoyable one.
In their lessons, the Year 7 students have learnt how to count.  Try the numbers 1-10 out for yourself:

yi   er   san   si   wu   liu   qi   ba   jiu   shi

They have all learnt how to introduce themselves; “ni hao, wo jiao…, wo shi ying guo ren.” as well as learning how to say family names such as mum and dad; “ba ba, ma ma, wo ai ni!”

They have also been learning how to describe a person’s personality and physical appearance.

Below are some examples of some of the fantastic work that students have done:

There is also a Chinese Classical Dance and Kong Fu Enrichment on every Thursday in G008, which students love.

 


OurPact

Internet Safety

OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that harnesses the power of Internet and Application blocking in order to teach children proper device use and responsibility. By syncing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch to OurPact, you will have the power to manage your entire family’s device use under one platform. Just follow this link: http://ourpact.com/

Also there is a new app called “OOVOO” which is a video chat website which has is coming to attention of the Police more frequently, where people are not who they say they are! Parents and carers, please be vigilant!

Table Tennis Triumphs

Table Tennis Club has taken off in a big way at OBA. Students attending the club have opportunities to play at whatever level they choose. They can play for fun, with friends or with the many staff who also attend. If they wish, they can develop their skills to a level where they can compete in local or national competitions.
Through our partnership with Halton Table Tennis Centre, students not only have the chance to receive coaching from two times British Champion and 2006 commonwealth games silver medallist, Andrew Rushton, but they also get the opportunity to train with the Halton County Team, if they develop their skills to the required standard.

 

Current successes include Emily Shone, Year 10, who came second in last year’s Cheshire Schools’ Singles Championships. In addition, this year our Under 13 Boys’ Team made it into the semi-finals of the Cheshire Schools’ Inter School Team Championships and our Under 19 Boys team came second.

This term will see the 2016 Cheshire Inter-school Singles Championships taking place and our Under 19 Boys’ team will find out if they have a place in the upcoming regional qualifying round, where they would have a chance of winning a place in the National Inter-Schools’ Event.
We look forward to future successes and, hopefully, you will soon be reading about some of the trophies that our students bring back!


Introduction to Pc 5403 WILLIAMS

Hello, I am PC Suzi WILLIAMS and I started working as a Youth Engagement Officer in OBA at the beginning of November 2015 as part of the Safer Schools Partnership run by Cheshire Police. This is a new and exciting role for me and one which I am keen to develop during my time here.  I have worked for Cheshire Police for almost 10 years; I was a Police Community Support Officer initially and for the last 4 years I have been a frontline response officer based in the Warrington area. 
My main role as a Police Officer in the school is to help break down barriers between young people and the Police and I also aim to work with students on issues such as victimisation, criminality and anti-social behaviour.  I will be working closely with Runcorn Local Police Unit to share information in order to create a safer environment for everyone in the community. 
 

As part of this Education and Development Programme for students, I organised for 6 female students to attend Styal Women’s Prison on the 24th November, accompanied by Amy Jarvis, Student Transition and Welfare Co-ordinator. It was a chance for the students to meet current prisoners, to learn about life in prison and to understand the impact of their actions on their families, as well as themselves.  Students also had a tour of the prison and saw exactly how the prisoners have to live on a daily basis.  The day was run by the Chaplaincy Team at the prison who work with the ladies to help re-train and rehabilitate prisoners to prevent them from reoffending in the future, upon their release.


Year 11 Mock Exams

January 2016

During the week of 19th - 23rd January, all Year 11 pupils will be sitting mock exams in preparation for the upcoming exam season. Please be aware of the timetable below if you have a child in Year 11.
 

 

MONDAY
19th

 

TUESDAY
20th

 

WEDNESDAY
21st

 

THURSDAY
22

 

FRIDAY
23rd

 

Session 1

English Language

(OCR 140)

2h

 

Science

(Edexcel 140)

1h 20m

 

Mathematics Non Calculator

(Edexcel 140)

1h 45m

 

Spanish Unit 1: Listening

(WJEC 55)

45m

Spanish Unit 3: Reading

(WJEC 55)

1h

French Unit 1: Listening

(Edexcel 13)

45m

French Unit 3: Reading

(Edexcel 13)

1h

Catering

(WJEC 19)

1h 15m

 

Mathematics Calculator

(Edexcel 140)

1h 45m

 

Session 2

ICT Unit 1:

Living In A Digital World

(Edexcel 70)

1h 30m

Computer Science

(OCR 6)

1h 30m

 

 

 

 

Geography Paper 1

(91)

1h 30m

History Paper 1

(45)

1h 15m

 

Music

(AQA 10)

1h

Dance

(AQA 7)

1h

Product Design

(AQA 7)

2h

 

English Literature

(AQA/WJEC 140)

2h

 

Geography Paper 2

(91)

1h 30m

History Paper 2

(45)

1h 15m

 


Session 1 Exams start at 0900. Session 2 Exams start at 1125. You need to arrive in the Learning Plaza 10 minutes before ready to be seated.



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