Dear families and friends of OBA,
The Festive Season has now arrived and you will see in this Newsletter a sample of some of the wonderful things that students have been involved in both in school and in the local community.
We are always very proud of our Christmas Market, organised by Mrs Snagg, and again this year it was a roaring success. Thank you to all of you who attended this or one of our other many community events recently or throughout this term. The Jingle Jam was another musical delight and we will be having many more superb events for you to attend or participate in next term.
In the meantime, may I wish you and all your family and friends a Happy Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Mr. M Wyss
OBA's Annual Christmas Market
There was an amazing turn out at OBA's Christmas Market this year and more people than ever attended and had great fun, as well being able to buy some last minute Christmas presents.
With stalls galore, selling all kinds of goodies from clothing, scarves, homemade jams, flowers, toys, decorations, jewellery, make-up, locally made cheese, candles,gift cards, an ice rink and much more, it was a great festive night out for OBA's students, staff and local community.
Father Christmas was, of course, in attendance to give out presents to the children and he arrived on his sleigh with two of his trusty reindeer to bring smiles to faces, both young and old.
With lots of treats to eat available too, including fish and chips, hot dogs, burgers, cakes, candy floss and popcorn, there was something there to appeal to everyone's taste.
Mrs Snagg who organised the annual event said:
Our annual Christmas Market is always a huge success and we had even more people through the doors this year. There was a lovely, festive atmosphere and lots of happy faces as they were able to catch up on their Christmas shopping.
One of the stall holders, Jacqueline from 'Glamstop', emailed after the event saying:
I just wanted to say a big thank you and well done to yourself and everybody that worked so hard to put this fabulous event together. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part, the atmosphere was great and it was a real pleasure to chat to some of the school children who were so polite and helpful. They certainly did Bolingbroke proud today. Keep us posted for your next Christmas fair.
This term the Student Parliament have led on a heart-warming community project. The team decided they wanted to make a positive contribution to their local area and therefore came up with the idea of making Christmas hampers for those they felt would be most in need during the festive season.
They named the project ‘Winter Warmers’ and asked for donations from their peers such as hot drinks and flasks, tinned soup/beans, pasta and biscuits to put in the packs. Student Parliament members raised awareness of the project by talking in assemblies and visiting form groups urging people to contribute. They were also greatly supported by O2 staff who were keen to get involved as soon as they heard about the project! O2 Staff created a collection point at their CAPITA building in Preston Brook and invited the Student Parliament members Milly, Taylor and Ewan to join them in packaging up the donated goodies.
As a combined OBA/O2 effort we created sixty-five fantastic Winter Warmer Packs!
Fifty packs have been collected by Adult Social Care who will be issuing them over the Christmas period to elderly residents across Runcorn who lack food and/or visitors. Social Care said that the packs are greatly appreciated and will make a big difference to the people who receive them.
We also donated 15 packs to Creative Support – formerly the YMCA in Halton Lodge who were thrilled with the gesture and said they will use the hampers as prizes for a festive quiz happening later this week.
OBA’s annual ’Jingle Jam’ musical spectacular was another amazing success this year.
With over one hundred and forty students performing, it was no surprise that in the hall there was a packed audience to support the event. The ‘Jingle Jam’ has grown in popularity over the last three years; the first of its kind included ten performers and an audience of about twenty parents/carers.
Prior to the performance, students welcomed the guests to mince pies and a hot drink as they waited eagerly for the show to start. And what a performance it was! Students from Year 7 to Year 13 entertained the assembled audience as they presented a range of solo, band, orchestral, and choral performances, all of which had been put together in just four weeks.
Mr Reid, Head of the Music Department, said:
It was great to see so many students on stage giving it their all. There was a fantastic, festive atmosphere and the comments from parents/carers were really positive. They were astounded with the talent on display! On behalf of all the Music Department, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took part or supported this year’s Jingle Jam that the students and staff worked so hard on in recent weeks. It was brilliant to see how the students performed with such confidence as they belted out the festive hits, and the audience participation was tremendous. I think it got everyone into the festive spirit and I would like to wish everyone a really enjoyable Jingle Jam Christmas!
Supporting Save The Children
OBA Staff and students all turned out in festive jumpers on Friday 16th December to support the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Appeal. They raised just over £500 to support this excellent charity and had huge fun in the process.
Assistant Principal, Mrs Oulton, said:
This is always something that OBA likes to support. The staff and students love to compete with each other to see who can turn out in the best festive outfit. There were some amazing jumpers this year, some with lots of flashing lights, some playing Christmas carols and there were plenty of Santas about too! Well done to everyone who took part.
Manchester Christmas Market Reward
A group of Year 11 students, accompanied by Miss Fleetwood and Mrs Fisher had the treat of a reward trip to the Manchester Christmas Markets earlier this week.
The students who had an excellent record of attendance, punctuality and had been going to the most Enrichment sessions after school had been awarded at least thirty points on the Year 11 Achievement Tracker and were delighted to take part in this trip.
They had fun great fun shopping for presents, sampling all the Christmas food delights on offer and also popping into one of the chalet bars for a hot chocolate to get into the festive spirit.
Miss Fleetwood, Head of Year 11, said:
We all had great fun and it was lovely to see these dedicated and hard-working students rewarded for all the outstanding work they have produced this term.
Top 10 Healthy Eaters
|1) Jake Clive 11AR
||1st place = 6 week free pass to Brookvale Recreation Centre gym and pool plus Cineworld voucher.
|2) Kofi Aliu 11LH
||2nd and 3rd place – A free pass to Brookvale Recreation Centre Gym and Pool plus a voucher.
|3) Harry Kudrycz 7GCN
|4) Jorge Dwyer 9NSH
||4th to 10th place – A free pass to Brookvale Recreaction Gym and Pool.
|5) Alex Barton 8SMG
|6) Michael Roberts 10SH
|7) Dylan Hughes 8KAS
|8) Daniel Barton 10SSS
|9) Sophie Dorgan 8LRY
|10) Callum Newton 8KGN
In the last newsletter we gave you a Christmas puzzle to solve. Did you crack it? If you did, give yourself a mince pie!
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