OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 137 - 26th February 2019

Issue 137 - 26th February 2019
Dear families and friends of OBA,

Welcome back to our latest newsletter.

I have said on many occasions that to me, our school is so much more important than exam results. Yes, they’re very important for us to meet our goal of ensuring every child can get a good job and go to university so that they have a life of choice and opportunity but we place equal importance on the wider aspect of the development of the whole child. This week’s newsletter features heavily that development; our ECM (Every Child Matters) programme, sporting success experience, e-safety education and other enrichments (including a very exciting development for our Robot Team Nebula) are all featured. I hope you enjoy this week’s newsletter as much as I do.

Please remember you can keep in touch by following us on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also contact the academy directly through our contact us tab on our website. These messages come directly to me, and I then send them onto the most appropriate person in the academy to deal with them.

My next Principal drop-in (where parents and carers can meet with me without an appointment to discuss any aspect of school life) will take place from 3.00-6.00 pm on Monday 4th March. There are also pastoral team drop-ins from 8.30-9.00 on Monday 4 and 14th March. 

Finally, can I draw your attention to Mr Easton’s current absence from the academy, and how our Safeguarding team has been updated to reflect this. Visit our website to see the latest on safeguarding.

Mr. E Wright

Year 8 Progress and Options Evening

Year 8 Progress and Options Evening is taking place on Thursday 28th February.

Your child has an appointment sheet and has been encouraged to make appointments with all of their teachers, form tutor and a member of the Year Team.

Letters for this event can be found on the school website under Parents –> Letters.

ECM Day at OBA

On Thursday 7th February students in Years 7-10 took part in an ECM breakdown day. Our ECM programme was born out of the governments 'Every child matters' agenda and follows the three core PSHE themes which are:

* Health and Wellbeing
* Relationships and Sexual Health
* Living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and careers education)

Year 7 spent the day learning about the core British values of Respect, Tolerance, The Rule of Law, Democracy and Tolerance. They applied these values to their different subject areas, lives outside of school and future careers.

Year 8 took part in a 'Healthitude' day ran by the Halton Health Improvement Team (HIT Team.) This was our first launch day for our partnership together and engagement in the Healthy Schools programme. Students took part in the following workshops; mental health and wellbeing, tobacco education, ‘fit for life’ and alcohol awareness. They reflected on what mental health and wellbeing meant to them and how they can manage their own feelings and emotions in the future.

Year 9 and 10 took part in an anti-knife crime and county lines day. Students engaged with the Home offices' #Knifefree lessons and learnt about the dangers of county lines as part of a local and national campaign. They undertook a first-aid-in-an-emergency lesson and then created an anti-knife crime radio advert which will be entered into a national competition.

Louis and Vikki from 'Drop the knife live your life' delivered interactive workshops to 300 students educating them about the widespread dangers of knife crime. This was the first stage of their anti-knife crime programme that they will be piloting at OBA over the next 12 months. We look forward to working with them further in the future and educating our students on this important countrywide issue.

32 selected students from years 7-10 worked with Collaborate Digital theatre company to produce a radio advert for Cheshire police constabulary and the safer schools and young people's partnership's, knife free campaign. Their adverts have now been sent off to be professionally produced. We look forward to hearing the final product and wish them the best of luck for the competition!

Mrs Noon, OBA ECM Coordinator, said:

Well done to all the students and staff involved in making this important day such a huge success.

Scarlett Gets a Golden Ticket

A huge congratulations to our Year 8 ‘Double World Champion’ trampolinist who has this week received her golden ticket to the 2019 OAT Awards. The whole OBA family are feeling very proud and we are now very much looking forward to seeing Scarlett receive her award at the event in London in March.

Congratulations Scarlett!

E-Safety Day at OBA

On Tuesday 5th February 2019 students and staff at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy joined the global Safer Internet Day campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of technology. 

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.

The global theme for Safer Internet Day is “Together for a better internet”, with this year’s UK campaign entitled “Our Internet, Our Choice.”

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

Led by OBA E-Safety Co-ordinator Mr Hussey, Safer Internet Day 2019 at OBA was celebrated more than ever before. Starting with a staff training event on Monday evening, all teaching and support staff participated in a workshop to raise awareness of e-safety and understand what to do in different situations. 

On Safer Internet Day, 40 students from across the academy came off timetable to participate in an ‘Impact Day’ which involved reviewing a range of online situations and understanding the dangers and moral issues faced when using the internet. Students then worked in teams to create a campaign for combatting an e-safety issue of their choice. These campaigns covered issues such as cyberbullying, radicalisation, privacy and sexting and saw posters, iMovie’s and promotional T-Shirts created to spread their messages.  An interactive display of pledges for creating a better internet was made by students and staff and this will remain on display in the Academy for the next few weeks. E-Safety Co-ordinator Mr Hussey will also be delivering assemblies about online safety to all year groups for the week beginning after half term to celebrate our participation Safer Internet Day. 

Additionally, students across key stages 3 and 4 investigated e-safety in form groups as part of tutor time activities. Across the curriculum, teachers linked their lessons to internet safety. Maths lessons looked at percentages and rations of the ‘Internet of Things’, drama lessons had a link to cyberbullying and in Spanish students practised their speaking skills to discuss positives and negatives of social networks and addiction to smartphones.

Photos and updates from the day are available on the OBA e-safety Twitter and Instagram feeds, @EsafetyOBA. 

Liam Hussey, E-Safety Co-ordinator at OBA said:

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy has long encouraged online safety however this year our contribution to Safer Internet Day has been bigger than ever before. The work of students and staff to mark Safer Internet Day has been fantastic, the display on learning street looks brilliant too! E-Safety at OBA is a high priority and our work for Safer Internet Day gets across the message that the internet is an amazing resource but we all need to use it wisely and report any concerns to parents/carers or school staff.

Will Gardner OBE, Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, says:

There can be no doubt that sharing and connecting with others online is an integral part of everyday life for young people. Today’s findings are encouraging, highlighting how young people have a strong sense of what is right online, and are harnessing the internet to make a positive difference for themselves and others.

However, our research shows that without clear guidance for navigating the complexities of online consent, the gap between young people’s attitudes and behaviours is striking. 

Safer Internet Day provides a unique opportunity to address this gap, by listening to young people’s experiences, leading by example, and encouraging conversations about our online lives. 

It is vital that we – from an individual to an industry level – take responsibility to support young people to navigate consent online and put their positive attitudes into action. We must move beyond advising them only on what they should do online, and work with them to understand how to do this in practice. 

In doing so, we can empower young people, and those that support them, to be better able to harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.

Passport to Prom

‘Passport to Prom’ is now underway with a final 10 week challenge. 

Mr McIntyre, Associate Assistant Principal for Culture and Head of Year 11, said:
Currently all Year 11 students are welcome to prom, but they must achieve targets on attendance, punctuality, enrichment and OBA Way grades over the coming 50 days. All students must also be signed off from all subjects. We are really looking forward to prom and want to see as many Year 11 students as possible celebrating there with us on the night. Come on Year 11 – this is your final push. We know you can do it!

Over the next 10 weeks, there are lots of opportunities for both free and also discounted tickets to be awarded for prom (see student’s passports for full details). Full price prom tickets are £54 and can be paid anytime. Payments will be reimbursed if discounts are given.

Follow @oba_yes on Instagram and @OBAYES1 on Twitter for all the latest information on ‘Passport to Prom’ and all things Year 11.

OAT Inter Academy Chess Tournament

Ormiston Academy Trust recently held its very first inter-academy chess tournament.  Taking part were 11 establishments: Ormiston Victory Academy, Ormiston Rivers Academy, Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, George Salter Academy, Cowes Enterprise College, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Ormiston City of Norwich school and Tenbury High Ormiston Academy.  At 9:00am on Tuesday 29th January students eagerly awaited the online game to start, they had been training since September and were keen to check out the competition. Over 10 rounds three students from each academy faced their opponents in a chess battle to be crowned the champion.  

Mr Kendrick, Co-Chess Lead at OBA said:

The first round was over quite quickly as students were a little nervous and weren't used to the timers but as the competition progressed you could see them taking the time to put their strategies into place.

After 10 heated rounds our competitors finished:
Morgan Smith 5th, Joseph Ireland 8th and Clarence Beaumont 9th out of 30 students participating from across the OAT network. OBA finished a dignified 5th overall, but there is still everything to play for! The next round in February will see the highest scoring player from each of the 11 academy’s play in the final to be OAT champion.

Woodview Child Development Centre Parent Partnership Event

All parents and carers with children with special needs are invited on Tuesday, 26th March 2019, 13:00 – 15:00.

Kingsway Learning Centre, Victoria Road, Widnes, WA8 7QY
Healthwatch Halton and Bridgewater staff from Woodview Child Development Centre warmly invite parents and carers to attend a two-hour engagement event. Please come along to: 

  • Help shape the future health services for children with additional needs
  • Give feedback about the current improvement work at Woodview
  • Volunteer as a parent partner

The venue is close to bus stops and free parking is available.
Drinks and refreshments available

Please book your place here.
Please note if demand for this event is high a second event will also run in the near future. 

OBA Brave the Boulder

This term's adventurous sport for outdoor education was rock climbing. Each week students from across Year 7 have participated in 90-minute rock climbing sessions at the climbing hangar in Liverpool where they have had the opportunity to do ‘bouldering’ to help build confidence and concentration. 

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls, known as boulders, without the use of ropes or harnesses. 

Mr King, PE teacher, said:

Students loved the session and several students have since returned outside of school hours to do more sessions at the hangar! 

This terms climbing activity has been a real hit and students are already looking forward to other adventurous sports opportunities they can take part in and challenge themselves with as part of OBA’s exciting outdoor education programme.

Launch of the High 5 League 

The High 5 League is here! 8 forms from each year group will battle it out against each other over the course of a 7-week league, playing against a different form each week. The aim of the game is simple - gain as many top scores as possible during lessons to achieve a higher grade 5 average per pupil than your opponents. 

3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 if you lose. The winning form will receive a movie afternoon in the last week of term!

Associate Assistant Principal for Culture, Mr McIntyre said:

Students who regularly try their best will receive more rewards for their efforts and for those who know they need to up their game, this is a great incentive to make sure they are following The OBA Way on a daily basis.


Park Run

The February Park Run proved to be eventful as the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures led to a number of local runs being cancelled. This meant a late change from Widnes to Warrington, where our resilient racers joined in with a total of 525 runners on a bitterly cold Saturday morning!

Despite the conditions, new personal best times were achieved by the majority of the team and Mr Bird who organised taking students to the event was proud to report that Park Run organisers were impressed with OBA students and commented on how well they conducted themselves.

Thank you to Mr Bird and Miss Greenwood for supporting academy students at this event.

Team Nebula are Rocketing to Success!

Team Nebula attended a Scrimmage Event held by First Tech Challenge at Cheadle Hulme High School on Tuesday 29th January.

The event gave students the chance to speak to industry professionals and representatives from First Tech Challenge to gain help and ideas for their robot, Johnny 5.

They were commended for their outstanding outreach to the public through the use of Instagram. 

Students now have a wider understanding of the priorities they need to address ready for the Regional Competition in March. As a team, they sat down and redirected strategy, future enrichment, session plans and scoring.  To get the big points the team realised they are going to have to make Johnny 5 lift off the ground! 

The question is, how are they going to create an arm that can hold the robot's weight?

Miss Smith, Science teacher said:

The most exciting part of the day came when it was revealed that the Regional Competition is to be held at the Manchester Concorde Conference Centre. Students are thrilled that it will be held close to home so they can gather lots of support! What an amazing day it will be. We hope to see you there.

Team Nebula would also like to welcome Dylan Kenzie from Year 9. Dylan arrived with some big ideas, Miss Smith and the team commented that they can’t wait to see him put them into action!

Auschwitz Assemblies

Following their recent trip to Auschwitz sixth form students were tasked with sharing their experiences with the wider community. Our Year 12 students designed an assembly to try and put a human face to the 6 million people who lost their lives during the horrors of the Holocaust and this term they have delivered it to students across the Academy. In conjunction with History teacher, Mr Murphy, the message of remembrance was embraced by the OBA family and students were asked to relay the message to their families and friends.

Year 5 Achieving Excellence Day

31 high flying students from 8 of our local primary schools recently took part in a day of stretch and challenge at OBA. 

The talented year 5 students worked on a Bridge themed project with specialist English teachers. Their first challenge was to think outside the box about what bridges could represent. The students then read the short story ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and created amazing blackout pieces from the extract. After the morning break, students thought about what a bridge might be like if it was alive and they used their creative writing skills to write a short narrative as a bridge. 

Mrs Ralph, English teacher, said:

Throughout the morning the students used a range of reading and writing skills to complete the tasks we set. Both Mr Rushton and I were blown away by the high standards of work produced and the students amazing level of effort and enthusiasm.

In Maths, students took part in an enterprise project designed to develop problem-solving skills linked to numeracy. The challenge involved building a rollercoaster for a marble using limited resources. Students worked in groups, developing not only their maths but their teamwork and communication skills as well. 

Mr Coring, Maths teacher said:

The winning group was the one who constructed the rollercoaster with the longest running time, so this challenge really developed their understanding of speed, distance and time. Mrs Thornton and I really enjoyed our time with these brilliant Year 5 students and we look forward to working with them again at OBA in the future.

Thank you to staff and parents/carers at the following primary schools for allowing your children to take part in our Achieving Excellence day:

Windmill Hill Primary School, Gorsewood Primary School, Murdishaw West Community Primary School, St Mary’s Primary School, Beechwood Primary School, St Bertelines CofE Primary School, Aston by Sutton Primary School and Hallwood Park Primary School.

Memory Model

This term Team OBA have been focusing on the memory model to explore how we learn. Mr Chiles has been delivering assemblies across the school to help students understand how they learn best. 

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