Dear families and friends of OBA,
Welcome to the school’s first newsletter of the year, and my first as Principal.
After celebrating excellent examination results this summer, we have had a fantastic start to the term. I was pleased to welcome over 200 Year 7 students to the school on our first day, presenting planners and ties at our welcome ceremony. I really look forward to supporting the journey of all the students in the school but I will always have a special bond with what will be the class of 2022, as we share the same start day.
A letter has been sent home by me this week covering some reminders on important points about uniform and attendance. Please do ask your child for it! Attached to that letter is also some important information about the future direction of the school (The OBA Strategy Map). I would like to offer all members of our school community the chance to comment on this and parents may do so, if they wish, via a feedback email address detailed in that letter. This consultation will continue until Friday 29th September and after that, the email address will close down.
Can I thank all parents and carers who have called in or sent messages and cards to wish me well in my new job - your support has made me feel very welcome already and I am very much at home in the OBA family. Finally, a reminder that I offer a half-termly Principal’s drop in. The details of these drop in sessions will be on our website and detailed in this newsletter, however the first is on Wednesday 27th September from 3.00-6.00pm. Parents can come to school to meet me for a 1-1 meeting, without an appointment, at this time, to discuss all aspects of school life.
Mr. E Wright
Gold Award for OBA
We are delighted to announce that OBA has achieved the ‘Gold Level for School Games Mark.’
The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of PE and School Sport, across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.
The award is nationally recognised as the kite mark for school sport, and to achieve Gold Level is an incredible achievement. To achieve the award, OBA had to demonstrate excellence in Participation, Supporting Talented Athletes, Competition, Leadership, Inclusion and Community Links; all within a PE and School Sport setting.
Miss McAuliffe, Head of PE at OBA said:
This is really exciting as we are able to demonstrate to parents and the wider community the success of PE and School Sport provision in OBA. A lot of hard work has gone into achieving this award and, amongst other things, this recognition shows the quality of PE and sport that young people attending OBA receive. I would like to thank my wonderful team of teachers and all my other colleagues who have supported any PE activities in any way – and of course the students and the local community. Achieving the highest standard is something we are very proud of and we cannot wait to proudly display our plaque when it arrives.
Outstanding GCSE and A Level Results
Students and staff at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy were again celebrating, after achieving another year of excellent GCSE results.
Read the full articles about GCSE Results and Sixth Form Success on our website
Young Volunteers do a Sterling Job in the Community
During the summer holidays, four Year 10 students from OBA, Hannah Brown, Milly Ward, Ewan Jago and Ethan Fryer, worked in collaboration with Cheshire Police Force, when they volunteered as stewards at the Phoenix Park Experience (PPX).
The fun event, which was held on 4th August was a great hit with local young people and their families. There was a huge range of events taking place, including American football, boxing, cheerleading, target sports, various demonstrations as well as stalls, attractions and funfair-style games to suit all tastes.
Unfortunately, in Runcorn, just like in many towns, anti-social behaviour can be a problem, so events like this help to break down barriers between the Police and the young people who might engage in anti-social behavior; they encourage members of the local community to all work together in keeping the area in which they live as safe as possible. The local council, bus companies, businesses, housing providers, as well as the local residents, all work together on this very worthwhile project.
The event also aims to provide families and young people in Runcorn with something fun to do over the long summer school holidays and it highlights and promotes local support groups and any facilities available to them.
The day was a huge success and it is estimated that several thousand were in attendance on the day. There were representatives from Widnes Vikings, Spartans American Football, Liverpool Housing Trust, Cheshire Search and Rescue, Rampworx, The Army, ABC Boxing Club, Arriva Buses and many more local clubs and activities.
PC Suzi Williams (Youth Engagement Officer, Cheshire Constabulary) said:
The PPX event is a great way of bringing members of the local community together and is really enjoyable. I would like to offer my personal thanks to the four OBA students who got involved for their valued support – they worked really hard!
Miss Jarvis who co-ordinated the event with the OBA students said:
The four OBA students will be awarded with an AQA accreditation in Event Volunteering and will receive their certificates later this month! They truly deserve them and should be very proud of their achievements. Thank you once again to those who took part and for representing OBA’s commitment to supporting our local community.
The Rehearsals Begin
Shakespeare Schools Festival rehearsals started this week. We will be performing ‘King Lear’ at the Floral Pavilion – New Brighton on 31st October. Rehearsals are every Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 3:00-4:30. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from the Floral Pavilion website. For more information please email Miss Edwards firstname.lastname@example.org
LAMDA Examination Success
At the end of last half term over 50 students from OBA, as well as primary students who attended ‘Drama Saturday Academy’, took part in prestigious LAMDA Acting Examinations, ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 7.
For the third year in a row we achieved a 100% pass rate with over 25 students achieving the highest distinction grade. The comments provided by the visiting examiner acknowledged the excellent use of performance skills and the high level of articulacy when the students discussed their character and the extract that they had performed.
Miss McKevitt Drama teacher and LAMDA Centre Co-ordinator said:
I am extremely proud of everyone who took part in the exams and the fantastic marks they received. Their achievement was a result of their unwavering commitment to attending Saturday Academy and after-school rehearsals. A massive well done to all!
Drama Saturday Academy will start again after the school production in January. Speak to Miss McKevitt for more details.
School Christmas Production
The annual Christmas production has been announced! Performances of the Tony Award winning musical ‘Annie’ will be staged from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th December 2017. Tickets will be available from November with more details to follow.
For those involved in the play, the Rehearsal Schedule is available to download but is subject to change.
If you require more information please contact Miss McKevitt – email@example.com
Tough Charity Challenge
Many congratulations to Miss Hindley, Spanish teacher, who recently took part a ‘Tough Mudder’, a fund-raising event to support the wonderful charity, MIND. The event took place at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire and saw Miss Hindley and her group of friends raise the AMAZING figure of nearly £3000!
Miss Hindley said:
It was tough, in fact it was extremely tough, but I knew it was for a great cause, so I just kept pushing myself as much as I could. My friends and I took part in this because one of our close friends sadly took his own life last year after a long battle with depression. Charities like this need as much support as they can get, and we are still collecting, so if anyone would like to make a contribution, no matter how small, they can contact me via school and it would be very much appreciated.
A Running Success
Well done and many congratulations to Mr A Bird who completed the English Half Marathon 5K event last week, and also to Year 8 student, Alice Wilcott, who Mr Bird bumped into at the finish line! Mr Bird said that he also ran alongside a former OBA Teacher, Steph Haughton, for a while!
Mr Bird is now looking for staff, parents and students to enter the ‘Mad Dog 10k’ in Southport next month. Entries open at 6pm on October 1st and this fills up within 24 hours so anyone interested will have to act fast. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Mr Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Congratulations to Mr McIntyre
Congratulations to Mr McIntyre, Head of Year and PE teacher who has recently gained a further qualification, at Liverpool Hope University to become a qualified Maths teacher. The value of life-long learning and professional development is always recognised as a high priority at OBA and we wish Mr McIntyre, who now teaches both PE and Maths every success.
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 an interactive astronomy guide called Star Walk for iPad.
Star Walk is a brilliant app for those who are interested in astronomy and/or those who are currently studying physics. Whether you are the next Professor Brian Cox or just a stargazer, Star Walk will keep you entertained for hours whilst giving you knowledge of what is in the sky above us. Simply point your iPad at the sky and this educational app tells you what you are looking at. It labels the constellations, stars and satellites. With its Apple Design Award-winning graphics, loads of educational content including events and best of all you don’t even need an internet connection.
Star Walk has a range of up to date features including night mode, satellite tracking and a calendar of events so you can plan your stargazing in advance. If you are searching for a particular star, plant or satellite that you may have heard of in class, then this app will find it for you. You can also link Star Walk to a big screen allowing you to view the night sky on a separate display. With an average rating in App Store of 4.5/5 Star Walk is an app not to be missed!
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: L.Hussey@ob-ac.co.uk