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OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 57 - 19th January 2016
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Weekly
Newsletter
Issue 57 - 19th January 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

A very wintry evening on Wednesday saw us hosting one of the true highlights of our calendar. Along with Results Day and our Year 11 and 13 Proms, the annual Awards Evening represents the pinnacle of our celebration of student achievement.  Students from last year’s Y7 to 13 joined us with their families to receive their awards from both the academic field, as well as the pastoral domain.  In addition, we had two truly inspirational guests to help award the prizes.  You will read full details below but I would also like to give my special thanks to Mrs. Oulton, who did a stunning job in organising the best Awards Evening that I have ever been involved in.
 
This week I have enjoyed spending time in lessons with students, looking at the quality and presentation of their work in books and folders.  On the whole, this is fantastic and reflects their hard work and dedication.  This is especially evident when our youngsters come prepared with pens, pencils, rulers and relevant equipment for individual subjects, such as protractors in maths.  Thank you in advance for ensuring they have this equipment when they arrive in the morning.
 
Finally, as the cold weather now takes hold, I’d like to kindly remind our students to come to OBA wrapped up warmly in coats, scarves and gloves. 
 
Thank you for all you do to support the OBA learning community.
 
Best wishes
Mr. M Wyss- Academy Principal

OBA Students Celebrate In Style 

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently held its annual Awards and Celebration Evening and it was a truly spectacular event from start to finish.

The Guest Speaker, contemporary poet and writer, Levi Tafari, entertained the audience with an inspirational delivery of rap-style poetry about his own life and experiences and then went on to praise the students for their many talents.  Joining Levi on stage was Special Guest, boxer Rob Reid, a former student of the school, whose boxing achievements are numerous.  Rob had brought with him some of his very glittery awards and belts and his Bronze Olympic medal that he had won in the Barcelona Olympics.  Both of the special guests encouraged all those present, no matter what their age, to have self-belief and the determination to develop your talents and follow your dreams.

Levi and Rob then went on to present students from all years with their awards for outstanding academic progress and effort. There were also House and Year Ambassador Awards and the final presentation of the evening was The Tony Lewis Award for Special Achievement.  This prestigious award went to Adrianne Outten who, amongst other things, had achieved 100% attendance every year for five years. 

Head Boy, Jack Ward, and Head Girl, Sarah Taylor, presented the whole evening and also spoke from the heart about what OBA meant to them, giving details of just some of their experiences and the extensive range of opportunities on offer to the academy’s students.
The evening ended with, students, parents and staff having the opportunity to take photos with Levi and Rob, and Rob’s very impressive array of boxing awards.

Mr Wyss, Principal, said “This was a stunning event and the pride on the faces of the students, as well as their parents, was a delight to see.  We have so much talent here in OBA and it is always a pleasure to celebrate it.”

Mr Rigby, Executive Principal, added “I am very proud of all of our students and their wonderful achievements. I would also like to thank Levi and Rob who did a wonderful job this evening.  They were both truly inspirational.”

 


Success for OBA Stars

OBA is delighted that three of its star students, Kaitlin Falconer, Chloe Hewitt and Danielle McGoff have been accepted onto the prestigious and highly competitive University of Liverpool Scholars programme. The programme offers Yr 12 students the chance to take part in a range of activities aimed at preparing them for University life and supporting entry into higher education. Activities  from workshops to academic skills masterclasses,lectures and more are delivered in partnership with academics, undergraduates and the wider University.The programme supports students to develop academic skills while experiencing University life.


Netball Update

OBA played netball away at The Grange on Monday 11th January. We took 29 students to play in four games. There were some fantastic performances over all, particularly students in Year 7 who showed excellent grit and determination. The Year 7 team won 15-3, delivering an all-round brilliant performance which the whole team contributed to. 

The Year 8 team narrowly missed out losing 12-7, after a very tight first half. Jessica Keggin was strong in defence and the Year 8 Sports Student of the Year, Taylor Braithwaite, battled hard at goal attack. 

The Year 10 team also lost to a very consistent Grange team. Well done to Holly Mogg for her brilliant defensive skills. 

All the students were fantastic and a credit to OBA. Congratulations to you all but a special mention must go to our players of the match: Morgan Lunt, Beth McTegart, and Beth Ashton. 

 


Saturday Academy

OBA Around-the-World Project  January – March 2016

 
What’s Happening When?
Date Country Activity
Saturday 9th January Spain Hola! Happy New Year.  This week you will have the exciting chance to learn how to communicate in Spanish.  In addition to doing a language and interactive research session you will cook some delicious Spanish food with Miss Ray and Mrs Fakir. 
Saturday 16th January Russia

Sports clothes, pumps/trainers and an extra drink required

This week you will look at specific sports in which the Russians excel.  You will have the chance to try your hand at some gymnastic skills – including the trampoline.  You will also get the chance to get creative, be prepared for beads, sequins, ribbons, stitching and gluing! With Mr McIntrye and Mrs Riley.

Saturday 23rd January Turkey This week offers you the fantastic opportunity to try some delicious Turkish Mezes with warm bread and the wonderful and very sweet Baklava. You will also create your own key rings with a Turkish twist using beads with eyes!  With Miss Ray and Miss Moneypenny.
Saturday 30th January Egypt Egyptian adventure!  Working with Miss Moneypenny you will have the exciting opportunity to decipher some Egyptian hieroglyphics and create your own papyrus scroll.  You will also put your culinary skills to the test by creating an Eastern Mediterranean dish with Miss Ray.
Saturday 6th February Thailand Students have the chance this week to learn about the mythical Thai Elephant and create their own free-standing decorative animals with Mrs Riley – think bright colours, imaginative designs and lots of glitter.  You will also be cooking a delicious traditional Thai dish with Miss Ray
HALF TERM – No Saturday Academy
Saturday 27th February Africa Animals take over!  A unique chance to learn about the climate in Africa and meet some of the animals who have adapted to survive under its very specific conditions.  Meet the Giant African Land Snail, a Giant African Millipede, a Royal Python Snake, a Frog, a Scorpion and a Barn Owl will all be visiting OBA.  You will also try out an African musical extravaganza with OBA’s music teacher Mr Reid.
Saturday 5th March Italy Let’s get cooking!  Students will sample authentic Italian flavours and cook their own traditional dishes; tasty homemade pizza is definitely on the menu!  Students will also have the chance to work with Miss Moneypenny in the technology department to make a wind chime featuring landmarks of Italy.  The wind chime will have a wooden top with a range of materials used to make the hanging chimes.  With Miss Ray and Miss Moneypenny.
Saturday 12th March Belgium Seriously sweet!  Belgians take chocolate very seriously and that’s why they are considered the best in the world.  Students this week will have the chance to create their very own delicious tasty treats here at school with an exciting workshop with ‘The Chocolate Cellar.’   Team spirit is also needed this week as Mr McIntrye teaches you the rules of Soccer; a fun skills session for both boys and girls.  Sports clothes and trainers required
Saturday 19th March England

TRIP TO NORTON PRIORY – PLEASE PROVIDE A PACKED LUNCH FOR YOUR CHILD

Think horrible histories!!  This week we will be visiting the Georgian-styled walled garden at Norton Priory.  You will look at Halton Castle through smell cubes and mystery bags and take part in a mock sword fighting activity. Students will look at the importance of Norton Priory to the local community and do a medieval medicine activity.  We will conclude the trip with having a go at Tudor writing and there is replica objects and costume to look at too. More information and trip letters to follow.

EASTER BREAK– FIRST SESSION BACK 23RD APRIL

Year 11 Mock Exams

January 2016

Mock exams are underway this week, 19th - 23rd January. All Year 11 pupils will be sitting mock exams in preparation for the upcoming exam season. Please be aware of the timetable below if you have a child in Year 11.
 

 

MONDAY
19th

 

TUESDAY
20th

 

WEDNESDAY
21st

 

THURSDAY
22

 

FRIDAY
23rd

 

Session 1

English Language

(OCR 140)

2h

 

Science

(Edexcel 140)

1h 20m

 

Mathematics Non Calculator

(Edexcel 140)

1h 45m

 

Spanish Unit 1: Listening

(WJEC 55)

45m

Spanish Unit 3: Reading

(WJEC 55)

1h

French Unit 1: Listening

(Edexcel 13)

45m

French Unit 3: Reading

(Edexcel 13)

1h

Catering

(WJEC 19)

1h 15m

 

Mathematics Calculator

(Edexcel 140)

1h 45m

 

Session 2

ICT Unit 1:

Living In A Digital World

(Edexcel 70)

1h 30m

Computer Science

(OCR 6)

1h 30m

 

 

 

 

Geography Paper 1

(91)

1h 30m

History Paper 1

(45)

1h 15m

 

Music

(AQA 10)

1h

Dance

(AQA 7)

1h

Product Design

(AQA 7)

2h

 

English Literature

(AQA/WJEC 140)

2h

 

Geography Paper 2

(91)

1h 30m

History Paper 2

(45)

1h 15m

 


Session 1 Exams start at 0900. Session 2 Exams start at 1125. You need to arrive in the Learning Plaza 10 minutes before, ready to be seated.




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