OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 122 - 28th February 2018

Issue 122 - 28th February 2018
Dear families and friends of OBA,

This edition focusses on three areas of school life;
Our sporting excellence, our nurturing transition programme and the support students receive through our enrichment programme.
Sporting talent is abundant at OBA – I am really proud of all of our students and we work hard to ensure we support students wherever their talent lies; the stories of Tom and Scarlett are inspiring to all of us.
Our transition programme rolls on! Our Year 5 achieving excellence day was an exceptional day that saw a number of students from local partner primaries attend for stretch and challenge classes in English and Mathematics.
Anyone associated with OBA knows the strength of our enrichment programme. This edition features both curricular and extracurricular examples. I was delighted to join a group of students from Year 10 who had completed the ‘Brilliant Club’ for their graduation ceremony on the Saturday before half term – the students all worked really hard and should be very proud of themselves.
Our Science Enrichment Programme is featured this week. With not many weeks to run to Year 11 examinations, the ‘Final Countdown’ really is on! The Science Team have produced a menu of revision classes between now and the exam that students can use to select really bespoke revision in preparation for their examinations.
I would encourage everyone who receives this newsletter to follow the school on twitter @OBAcademy and myself @MisterEWright for up to date and instant updates on all aspects of school life.
With best wishes for a lovely week,

Mr. E Wright

Year 5 Achieving Excellence Day

On Monday 19th February 43 Year 5 students from 11 different primary schools joined us at the Academy for a prestigious ‘Achieving Excellence’ event. Students were nominated by their class teachers for being the top performing Maths and English students in their year groups. They started their day at OBA with the English team and impressed teachers, Miss Smith and Mrs Richardson with their imaginative shape poems based on ‘The Bridge Project’.

Mrs Richardson, Head of KS3 said:

Exploring metaphors of what bridges are in our lives resulted in some incredible poetry and wonderfully presented work. The inspiration continued in the next part of the session as pupils were asked to imagine that the bridge had a voice. Unique and convincing (at times very moving!) narrative voices were created. These pupils really stood out as being great writers with fantastic ideas and vocabulary. What a day!

After a tasty lunch in the Academy’s dining room students were then ready to work with Mr Collinson and Miss Hunt to take on an exciting mathematical challenge. 

Year 5 were tasked with designing a creative rollercoaster course for a marble. This allowed exploration of different shapes, and their impact on the marble. Students were able to start exploring the idea of gradients and how this affected the speed of the course, whilst developing their creativity and teamwork skills. 

Miss Hunt, Head of KS3 Math’s said: 

The student’s creativity and enthusiasm for the project were contagious! The conversations surrounding gradients and speed were amazing to listen to and the final designs were a testament to all their hard work over the afternoon.  Well done to all involved, you really are a credit to both yourselves and your schools!

Brilliant Club

A group of Year 10 students have recently been involved in ‘Brilliant Club’, a fantastic course run by The Scholars Programme. Students attended a launch event at the University of Liverpool and worked closely with a PhD student to research information on nuclear power in order to answer their main question - “Nuclear Power: Is it a big kettle?” 

After attending tutorial sessions every Tuesday in school, students had to independently write a dissertation, marked to a university standard. The seven Year 10’s involved, ‘graduated’ from the University of Manchester on Saturday 10th February, with Mr Wright, Miss McMullen and lots of family members present to celebrate their success.  

Miss McMullen, Science Teacher organised the trip and commented:

This was a great opportunity and will be invaluable for each of the students as they move through their education and go on to higher level education and future careers.

The group all demonstrated high aspirations and are now eager to succeed and go on to attend university.

Congratulations to all involved!

Liverpool Hope University Dance Workshop

Sixth form dance students participated in a fantastic workshop this week with The Graduate Dance Company from Liverpool Hope University. The visiting artists worked with our Year 12 and 13 dance students during an hours ‘community workshop’, which allowed them to explore how they would lesson plan for a variety of different groups within the community. The second session then explored choreography and students experimented in layering movement to develop phrases and encourage creative thinking around different ways they could move together.  

Today’s session was interesting and eye-opening. It helped me to have a wider idea of different dance careers and helped to create ideas for our future dances. I really enjoyed it.Lauren Mather - Year 13

I really enjoyed the relaxed environment with the ability to be creative and expressive within different areas. Today’s workshop has helped me look at different pathways of dance as well as gaining a better understanding of how to show emotions through movements.Kennedy Doyle - Year 13

Trampoline Success for Scarlett

Halton’s Young Sports Person of the Year 2017 has had a great start to 2018 with another triumph in Portugal.  Scarlett Fletcher recently competed for her club, Liverpool Trampoline Academy in the Cascais beach cup. Over the February half term break, Scarlett won individual trampoline (64 in the group both boys and girls) and achieved a silver medal in synchro trampoline. Well done Scarlett! 

Exciting Times Ahead for WRL Player Tom Hopwood

2018 promises to be another huge year for international youth rugby league in Wales and Year 11 student, Thomas Hopwood has the amazing opportunity to be part of it!

It is with delight that we can confirm that Tom has been selected to take part in the first Youth Performance Camp of 2018 at Cardiff Metropolitan University on Saturday 3rd March.

The initiative is the first of a series of camps and trials designed to prepare players and ensure they have the best opportunity possible to make the final squad.

The Under 16’s National team will face England RL Under 16’s Academy in September and additional fixtures in the 2018 international schedule may include Ireland RL and France RL.

Good Luck Tom, we know you can do it!

The Final Countdown for Science

It’s the final countdown for the Year 11 Science GCSEs with only 8 more Monday night enrichments to go!

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All of the science department at OBA have worked really hard to plan some fantastic revision sessions that will cover ALL of the GCSE content in the final 8-week enrichment run up to the exams!

In order for students to make the most of this opportunity and re-cover some content covered as far back as year 9! As well as those all-important core practicals the examiners love! Science enrichment will be on for ALL STUDENTS EVERY MONDAY starting in G020!

Can’t wait to see you there Year 11!

Miss Hanson, Head of Science

MFL Trip

Year 12 and Year 13 students visited Manchester University earlier this month to take part in a Spanish seminar along with other schools from across the Northwest. The seminar was based on ‘El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)’, a film directed by Guillermo del Torro. The film is a module of the students A’level exam and the seminar gave constructive advice on how to plan and write detailed essays based on the characters and themes in the movie. 

Mrs Mcmaster, Spanish Teacher said: 

This was an invaluable opportunity for the students involved as the session, which was delivered by an academic professor was completely in Spanish, so the students got to experience first-hand exactly what it would be like studying Spanish at university.

ECM Training: My Former Life

On Monday 29th January Mrs Noon attended a training day at the Warrington Peace Centre where she was invited to attend an Education Resource event set up by the Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation. My Former Life is a film and multimedia educational resource which has been designed and delivered by the Foundation to schools across the country. The full-day workshop explored the stories of four former extremists to help build an understanding of and resilience to radicalisation. It is directed towards young people aged 14-19 in classes of up to 30. My Former Life compliments several key curriculum areas, has strong community cohesion themes and supports statutory duties under the PREVENT agenda. Mrs Noon will roll the course out to selected year groups as part of an ECM break down day in the next academic year. 

Mrs Noon commented:

I found it so interesting hearing the different stories and discussing with colleagues how extremist behaviours and views can develop and the consequences of this. We discussed the ways in which teachers, parents and communities have a responsibility to be vigilant and be equipped to know how to seek help if we are worried about someone we know.

The Prevent Strategy is a government policy that was set up in 2006.

The aim of the strategy is "to reduce the risk to the UK and its interests overseas from terrorism so that people can go about their lives freely and with confidence."

CONTEST is split into four work streams that are known within the counter-terrorism community as the 'four P's': Prevent, Pursue, Protect, and Prepare. The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of government departments, and community organisations to deliver the Prevent strategy. The police also play a significant role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes. At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorist activity.

If you require more information on this please visit the website below or contact the school for more information.

Artist of the Week

Dylan Evans, Year 8 has been nominated this week for his stunning Comic Cubism Mixed media drawing. The drawing is striking, bold and eye-catching to the viewer. 

Mr Smyth, Head of Art commented:

We were particularly impressed by his superb and careful handling of the art materials which demonstrates a growing confidence. Dylan’s work has been used as an example to inspire other students.

Well done Dylan!  

E-Safety Update

We have recently received 200 copies of an excellent magazine published by mobile phone network Vodafone called ‘Vodafone Digital Parenting’. 

The online safety guide for families is a  magazine that is now available at school for parents/carers totally free of charge. The magazine features advice from teachers, parents and online safety experts on subjects ranging from Virtual Reality to Snapchat. It also has tips from online safety experts, parents and children themselves.


The latest issue also has an updated guide to setting parental controls on apps and devices, and information on gaming and keeping kids safe while they play. 

Having read through the magazine, we recommend it to all parents as a great collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing online. Free copies of ‘Digital Parenting’ are available in the foyer area at OBA or can be requested by contacting Mr Hussey at the academy. Please call or email directly using 

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