OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 144 - 19th November 2019

Issue 144 - 19th November 2019
Dear Parents and Carers, 

The great industrialist and car manufacturer, Henry Ford, once said, “whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re probably right.” As I have visited more lessons this past week, I have seen at first hand how true this is here at OBA and it makes me even more determined to encourage our students to demonstrate the positive attitude to learning that is likely to result in success. 

Where students show resilience and high levels of commitment, we are seeing excellent rates of progress. However, the opposite is also true: where our young people lack self-belief, it can frequently lead to under achievement and this is where home-school partnerships are so vital. At exam times, and our Y11 students are currently in the middle of their PPEs, this support from parents is even more important. We know that our students have huge potential and, by working together, we vastly increase their chances of success. So, thank you for your continued support, particularly around the need for effective revision before exams.
I wish you well.

Tony Rawdin
Interim Principal
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

Young Artist in Tuscany

During the recent half-term holiday OBA sixth form student Gemma J visited Italy as a participant in this year’s ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ experience. This prestigious residential for gifted and talented A-level students is recognised by universities and has taken place for over 25 years. Gemma was chosen to take part from a highly competitive field following an interview process earlier this year and was the only student studying in the town to be selected. Students on the study trip were provided with the unique opportunity to develop work within the Tuscan landscape visiting the cities of Florence and Siena and stayed at Castiglionchio, an ancient, fortified settlement halfway up the hillside in a small valley in the middle of a wine estate. Students used sketchbooks to record first hand their personal responses to the environment around them. Gemma was particularly successful at this element of the trip and was awarded the prize for the best sketchbook and was praised for her imaginative use of media. 

Gemma says of her experience:

I knew I would be challenged on the trip, but not in the way that I expected; some of the work that we created really pushed me out of my comfort zone. The experience constantly developed my art practice and proved to me that there are always new ways of learning. Being part of the ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ course was a great opportunity that helped shape me as an artist. I am excited to present the work that I created throughout the week in an exhibition later this year.

Miss Cleverly, Art Teacher said:

It is fantastic to see a student that is not afraid to take creative risks and that is so passionate and enthusiastic about the subject. We cannot wait to see all of her work when it is displayed as part of the ‘Young Artists in Tuscany’ Exhibition in November.

The whole OBA Family are incredibly proud of Gemma for all that she has achieved thus far.

English Schools Cup

Monday 11th November proved to be a cold and wet night in Rossendale for Round 4 of the English Schools Cup but the OBA Year 11 football team arrived feeling confident after the hour-long Journey to Alder Grange High.

Commentary from coach Mr Barrett:

A positive start from the team saw Alder Grange with very little possession and just 5 minutes in Rhys Ferguson latches on to a solid through pass from Cameron Schofield and places the ball bottom right with the outside of his boot.

Alder Grange built into the game and start to put pressure on the OBA defence, and whilst Luc Dwyer and William Harrison (Year 10) have held strong, a corner becomes their undoing when the opposition head home to equalise.

Just before half-time, keeper Luis Ormson fumbles a free-kick and no one follows on to clear, 2-1 Alder Grange at HT.

The OBA boys make a few changes at HT, not players but a tactical change to 3-5-2 and gamble for the win. A rejuvenated side start the half quickly on the attack and Luc Dwyer, who moved himself onto the wing, makes an early breakthrough with a bullet header to make it 2-2. Shortly after OBA take the lead as Luc Dwyer attacks again down the left with a surging run and he’s brought down in the box. A penalty from Owen Cushion, coolly placed in the top right corner.

Alder Grange not giving up pull one back straight after. It is then that Year 9 Alex Konstantinides comes into the game with a shot from near the halfway line finding its way into the net, but that’s not it, as Rhys Ferguson had other ideas and after a lengthy spell for Alder Grange pressuring the defence Rhys Ferguson drills one home to put the game to bed. OBA 5-3 Alder Grange.

Year 11 Reward Afternoon

On Friday 8th November 50 Year 11 students were treated to the first reward event of the year.

The students selected were the top 50 students in the year who had: 98%+ attendance, excellent punctuality, attended at least 1 enrichment each week and had the highest OBA Way scores from the beginning of the year.

They had the joy of an in-house cinema afternoon with popcorn, juice, sweets and crisps to keep them going throughout the entire movie!

Watch this space for the next reward event for our Year 11 cohort…will you be on it next?

Instagram: @oba_class_of_2020 

CSI Day - Part Two

Two more Years ear 5 classes had the exciting chance to take on the role of Crime Scene Investigators and Forensic Scientists as they joined us for a second CSI Science day on Monday 11th November.

Pupils, this week from St Berteline’s CofE Primary School and Windmill Hill Primary School each had the chance to work with Mr Houslay to collect fingerprints, observe microscope work, undertake fibre analysis and even carry out a study of synthetic blood!

Pupils sported personal protective equipment worn at crime scenes to stop cross-contamination and this included them donning overalls, shoe covers and masks!

Scientist, Mr Houslay, who led the project day said:

Students looked at the scientific skills involved in piecing together the necessary evidence and facts in order to solve a crime. I was really impressed with everyone’s enthusiastic approach to each activity and look forward to welcoming all four local schools back to OBA for future Science project days.

First Hair and Beauty WOW day

On Saturday 9th November, Future’s Salon at OBA welcomed 28 primary students to take part in the academy’s first-ever Hair and Beauty WOW day!

The pupils who ranged from Year groups 4-6 worked on ‘block heads’ and carried out a deep conditioning treatment with several massage techniques. This was followed by them all rinsing the conditioner out and then using a hairdryer to dry the hair using a variety of tools such as brushes, combs and clips.  

Miss Finnigan, Head of Faculty for Hair and Beauty said:

All students worked extremely well. They seemed very motivated and eager to learn a new skill and all were very excited about being in the salon. The group were a pleasure to teach and all students were well mannered and respectful.

Within the Beauty session, we carried out skincare, including Cleanse, Tone, Mask & Moisturise with a lovely little Hand & Arm Massage. All of the students worked so well & really engaged within the practical activity. 

Some real natural talents & future therapists attended the session and really enjoyed carrying out Mini Facials on their friends and learning how to look after their skin.

Such a lovely environment and positive attitude was displayed throughout by all of the mini therapists’.

Looking forward to seeing all of you and hopefully more on our next Hair and Beauty WOW DAY 😊

Year 11 EBacc Evening

On Thursday 7th November Year 11 students and their parents participated in a series of workshops to help them prepare for their upcoming mock exams and Summer GCSEs.

Families were welcomed on arrival with tea and cake and then briefed by Miss Dutton (Head of Year 11) and Mr Chiles (Head of Faculty-Geography) on key strategies to help students prepare for their summer exams, this included retrieval practice, space practice, interleading, concrete examples and dual coding.

After this presentation, students along with their parents experienced a range of workshops based on Geography, History, English, Maths, Science and Spanish where teachers provided bespoke subject guidance to inspire them to be the best they can be and achieve the highest possible grades in each subject area.

Students were also able to take away a pack of resources to help them prepare and revise over the coming months.

Mr Chiles who led on the event with Miss Dutton said

It was wonderful to see lots of parents on the evening working collaboratively with their children to help them to achieve their potential for what will be an important 6 months at OBA.

If you were unable to attend, please contact Mr Chiles or Miss Dutton to arrange to go through the important information shared.

Revision Week at OBA

Following on from the recent Ebacc evening, Year 11 students have been working hard this week in preparation for the mock exams which start on Monday.  All lessons in the academy this week have been focused on how to revise in each subject area, techniques that can be used at home. The best advice is to start now! Little and often is the key, if our students start revising now for the Summer exams it takes the pressure off in the Summer. Good luck next week Year 11. 

Bright Future Ahead for OBA Sixth Form Student

Congratulations to Sixth Form student Kai M who has been offered an unconditional offer from the University of Central Lancashire (UCALN) to study Psychology. UCALN were so impressed with Kai’s application that a scholarship has also been offered! 

Well done Kai!

We now have a total of 15 students who have already secured offers from universities (Including redbrick universities) all over the country, from Edinburgh to Plymouth!

Debate Mate Launch 2019

Last week OBA students joined a packed lecture theatre for the launch of Debate Mate 2020. 

Debate Mate is an educational charity that uses the brightest university students to run after-school debate clubs across the world. In the last nine years over 25,000 young people have been taught to debate in the UK, USA, Jamaica, Nepal, Dubai, Doha, Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, China, Japan, Korea and Israel.

Our learners enjoyed watching a show debate on the subject of “should reality TV programmes be banned”.

A sign of the progress our students have made is that during the questions from the floor section, they were keen to become involved and many hands were raised to confidently ask questions.

Mr Bird, Debate Mate lead for OBA said:

Our students begin to train to compete after the Christmas holiday. This enrichment club provides a huge opportunity for our students to learn how to converse and to debate and disagree with each other in an atmosphere of respecting the other person’s point of view.

The club meets every Thursday with Mr Bird in room F008 

Esafety Update – Safer Schools App

Our aim is to ensure that all students are safe and happy both inside and outside of school as well as online. We are delighted to invite you to download our new, totally free, ‘Safer Schools’ App’ which is full of the latest information on how to keep yourselves safe online.

The App is completely free of charge and by downloading this app, you can receive tips and advice on how to keep safe online, as well as information, guidance and support. 

You can find out more about the Safer Schools App by speaking to Mr Hussey or visiting

Download the ‘Safer Schools’ app for free by following the links below.  The code for students is 1544. The code for parents/carers is 7675.


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