OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 145 - 6th December 2019

Issue 145 - 6th December 2019
Dear families and friends of OBA,

This week’s assemblies have seen cast members from “School of Rock” giving all students a glimpse of what’s in store when they perform live next week. In true OBA style, it promises to be a fantastic run of performances and I would urge you all to buy tickets via the link - The shows commence at 7:00 pm sharp on Tuesday, 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th December.
We have also been focusing our assemblies on a “relaunch” of our academy behaviour policy. Whilst we recognise that more than 95% of our students are “on track” and that many of these are actually outstanding in their conduct and behaviour, the small minority who do cause disruption not only affect their own chances of success but they can jeopardise the learning and progress of others. To that end, we are adapting our behaviour systems to ensure that our message of “high expectations for all” is understood by all students and their families.
Finally, I promised to keep you updated about the academy’s plans for recruiting a new Principal. A national advert will be placed shortly and there has already been interest from within the Ormiston Academies Trust family of schools such that prospective candidates are planning to visit OBA. It is anticipated that interviews will be held in mid-January and, all being well, the successful candidate should be in a position to start immediately after the Easter break. As ever, I remained fully committed to ensuring that Mr Wright’s long-term successor inherits a thriving and rapidly improving school.

Mr. Tony Rawdin
Interim Principal

Year 10 Geography Field Trip

On Monday 25th November 60 Year 10 geography students took to the streets of Chester to carry out their Urban Fieldwork.

The trip involved geographers collecting data along a transect from the city centre and students looked at the relationship between land use and environmental quality through the use of five different methods: Pedestrian Count, Questionnaire, Street Observation, Land Use Survey and Environmental Survey.

Mr Chiles, Head of Geography, said:

Students represented our school exceptionally well when taking part in the visit to Chester. It was a great opportunity for them to undertake fieldwork independently to use in their examinations in Year 11.

Bolingbroke Students Embrace the Big Apple

Students and staff from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy have this month visited New York as part of their business, finance and ICT studies.

The eight students, accompanied by Miss Dutton and Mr Milne, visited the Finance District of the city to gain an insight into the financial aspects of business, as well as enjoying a fun-filled itinerary which included visits to the various popular tourist destinations across the city.

The students stayed right in the hub of Times Square at The Gallivant Hotel. They enjoyed taking in the colourful sites and spectacle of Times Square and the busyness of the area, with hundreds of marketing billboards all around them. They visited the Rockefeller Centre which was fit with a newly installed Christmas tree and ice-skating rink ready for Christmas, as well as exploring St Patrick’s Cathedral and Grand Central Station – both destinations which students excitedly recognised from famous films. 

On the second day of the trip, students travelled to Ellis Island to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, alongside a teaching and learning experience at the Immigration Museum on the Island. A sombre visit to Ground Zero followed, with a tour around the 9/11 memorial learning about the Twin Towers and the 11th September, as well as visiting the famous “Friends” Apartment in Greenwich Village and the Flat Iron building.  The following day, students walked around Central Park and visited John Lennon’s memorial Strawberry Fields before undertaking some shopping on 5th Avenue.

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, similarly to Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT), is committed to providing all students with the opportunities and skills required to fulfil their potential and succeed. They champion the importance of enrichment through learning, which helps to broaden horizons and raise aspirations. 

Miss Dutton said:

We had an amazing trip and with a fabulous group of students who excelled throughout, embracing all the opportunities and experiences given to them. The trip was a great opportunity to build life skills and to experience a vibrant culture and a different way of life. We already look forward to planning the next one!

OBA Community Christmas Market

The countdown is on to our annual OBA Community Christmas Market!

This year we are all set for another evening of festive fun with a mini steam train, a giant snow globe, a rodeo reindeer, Santa’s grotto and a large 8 lane Scalextric for the local community to enjoy!

We also have over 30 local stallholders selling their wares, a fish and chip van and delicious hot crepes on offer.

We look forward to seeing you at OBA on Thursday 19th December at 4:00 pm!

Treats for Hardworking Hospice Staff

You may remember that we reported back in October that Abby R in Year 11 baked some amazing cupcakes for Halloween? Well, she baked 22 of them (enough for all of the members of her tutor group!) and each member of 11C donated a small amount of money for their cupcake.

Abby then used this money to buy a load of sweets and chocolates for the staff at Halton Haven Hospice to keep them going whilst they are carrying out their vital work with terminally ill patients.

The staff at the hospice were very touched by Abby’s thoughtfulness and generosity. And they were very grateful for all their lovely sweets! Maybe this is the start of Abby’s baking journey and you never know, we might see her on Great British Bake Off one day!
Well done Abby, the OBA Family are really proud of you!

Halton Sports Hall Athletics Event

OBA recently attended the Halton Sports Hall Athletics Event held for all secondary schools. The winning teams will go through to Merseyside to represent Halton in the next event. 

The competition, renowned for its ‘electric atmosphere’, really put students to the test as they competed against pupils from other schools in the borough at events such as standing long jump, standing triple jump, shot put, 4 X 2 relay and 4 X 4 relay. The 8 lap Paarlauf and the 6 Lap race were particularly challenging for students. 

Miss Mc Auliffe, Head of Department of PE at OBA, said:

Overall there were some excellent performances, especially the Year 8 boys who finished second and only 2 points behind first place! And to the Year 7 boys who finished FIRST overall and will be representing Halton after Christmas. I would like to give a special mention to Callum Kerswell who won the 2-lap race and Logan Robinson who won the 6-lap race for Year 7, but all the team earned the squad crucial points with a brilliant performance on the day in a variety of different events!.

A massive "well done" to all students who attended. Miss Mc Auliffe reported that the attitude and behaviour of the sports representatives were impeccable throughout the day and all were a credit to the school. Miss Mc Auliffe said she most enjoyed seeing the support that teammates were giving to each other throughout the events.

Around the World students experience a taste of Japan

On Saturday 30th November, 52 Year 6 children visited Siam Thai and Teppan-Yaki Restaurant in Chester to experience a real taste of Japan.

Students had the exciting experience of sitting at authentic teppan grills to watch experienced chefs cooking up a delicious meal right in front of their eyes!

Students enjoyed the theatrical experience and gasped in amazement at the roaring flames and knife juggling performances from the skilled cooks. They also revelled in attempting to catch potatoes tossed into their mouths and ducking from the tomato sauce silly string! 

This is the 9th year we have visited the restaurant and as always it didn’t disappoint! 

Mrs Snagg, who organised the trip, said:

This trip provides a great opportunity for our ATW students to experience something new and different. The service at the restaurant was as always extremely friendly and professional and the behaviour of all students was impeccable. We already can’t wait for this Saturday Academy trip next year!

OBA and Murdishaw West Primary Celebrate Inter Faith Week 2019

The History and RE department have once again teamed up with neighbouring primary school Murdishaw West to host a number of exciting lessons based on Interfaith Week 2019.

The partnership work which aims to deepen pupils respect and understanding of the traditions that are throughout the UK and the world has now been running successfully for a number of years and once more an amazing few lessons were shared between both schools.

Students in Years 3-6 from MWCP visited the academy over the course of the week and had the experience of learning about how to use the Bible and the Qur'an, whilst one-year group studied the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the founding of Islam.

The students had loads of fun acting out the stories of the Bible and making a person-less comic strip of the Prophet; students had discovered that in Islam drawing the Prophet was disrespectful, so all the children choose to not draw any people at all. 

Head of History and RE, Mr McGlory, said

The students were up for any challenge and whole-heartedly got involved. Everyone really enjoyed the lessons and the teachers cannot wait for next year's interfaith week.

Miss Palmer, teacher at MWCP, said:

The children really enjoy visiting the local high school to participate in the partnership lessons and it's a great opportunity for them to learn from RE specialist teachers. The lessons are fun and engaging and well received by the children. Thanks again to OBA for allowing us to take part in the Interfaith week lessons year after year.

Primaries Excel at OBA Art Day

On Tuesday 26th November, the OBA art department had a fantastic day working with 65 Year 5 students from St Mary’s and Hillview Primary schools developing exciting 6ft x 5ft pieces inspired by our local environment of Runcorn. 

Children worked in teams to create large scale art pieces using a variety of techniques and media. 

Art teacher Miss Cleverly said:

We really wanted to challenge the students; most said that they had never taken on an art outcome of that size before. It was lovely to watch them working collaboratively together to problem solve and share ideas.

The work produced included drawings of local landmarks and details from maps of the local area. 

Miss Cleverly added:

We were particularly impressed with the children's attention to detail and how they listened carefully to instructions and to one another. Both groups took the pieces back to their school to develop further- we can't wait to see the finished results!

Hot Chocolate Friday

Congratulation to all our top achievers in Year 7 and 8 this week. We hope you enjoyed your hot chocolate reward with Mr Rawdin!

E-safety Update

What is TikTok? Looking at the latest lip-syncing app

There have been a lot of concerns regarding TikTok over the last few months. TikTok – which used to be called, is a social networking app that young people can use to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app allows users to create and upload videos, remix existing videos using in-built editing tools, and also to view and comment on videos created by other users.

TikTok is very popular among young people as it allows them to become content creators and to design their own videos to the songs that they love.

What features does TikTok have?           

On TikTok users can create their own videos where they lip-sync along to popular songs and audio clips. To do this, users select the song they want to use and then create their own video. Once their video is created users can then share it with their followers or all other users on the app.

In the changeover from to TikTok, there have been some new features released, these include new creative filters that can be put on videos and a ‘for you’ section on the homepage, where users can discover, react to and interact with others people videos. Users also caption their videos using a hashtag to help others to find their content, and also to find content that has been created by others.

On TikTok there is also the ability to live-stream via LiveMe - Live Video Chat, where users can directly interact with online audiences through chat and live video.

The app puts some focus on themed challenges, encouraging users to make videos of themselves doing things like editing two videos together or performing trending dance moves.

There are also Tikok ‘celebrities’ who regularly get over 100,000 views on their videos. These ‘celebrities’ can start new challenges or trends on the app, and for some users, it may be aspirational to gain a similar level of fame and influence.

Things to be aware of

Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.

As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.

Users also have the ability to interact and chat with other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who are following each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.

Making a report

To report a user, you need to visit their profile page, click on the three dots at the top right, click report, and fill out the reporting forms. You can also block a user by clicking on the three dots at the top of their profile.

Privacy settings

There are a number of privacy settings available in TikTok. Profiles are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app. You can select the privacy settings most applicable to you and your child by going to the settings part of the user page and clicking on the three dots at the top of your profile, then clicking on ‘privacy and safety’.

Once here, you will be able to select who can find your profile, comment on your posts, react to your videos and also who can send you direct messages.

It is important to remember that setting an account to private does nothing to delete or restrict users who have already followed your account. To delete a follower or ‘fan’ you need to block the user using the above steps

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