OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 84 - 9th November 2016

Issue 84 - 9th November 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

It was once again a pleasure to welcome parents, families, guests and of course students to our annual Awards Evening. This was a celebration of academic and pastoral achievement in the last academic year. Our special guest of honour, international DJ and producer Yousef, praised the efforts of our students and was particularly impressed by the singing performances. Congratulations to all our award winners - we are very proud of you!

You will also read about our fantastic History trip to Berlin, our prestigious filming for the national Ormiston promotional video, Miss Belford's Masters Degree success and the amazing hair shave for charity by Sharon, one of our wonderful cleaning staff.

Just to remind you that on Wednesday at 6.30pm there is the Prepare Like A GCSE Champion workshop for Year 11 students and their parents. In addition, please note once again that the Year 11 Parents' Evening has been rescheduled from Thursday, 17th to Tuesday, 15th November.

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

The Berlin Experience

A group of History students from OBA have just returned from a very memorable trip to Berlin. 

After studying Germany and the atrocities of the Second World War in school, the students were keen to relate what they had been learning in the classroom to reality, so they flew to Berlin over half-term with History teacher, Miss Bhebe, to experience what this magnificent city had to offer.

During their time in Berlin, they visited two museums, the Jewish Memorial, Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and they even had time to squeeze in a bit of shopping on the morning before their flight back. 

Miss Bhebe said:

The trip was a great success and every student got a lot out of the experience. In the four days that we were there, we managed to see a lot of Berlin and the students were fascinated with everything they saw. In the Berlin Museum, they heard a story about an American man named John P. Ireland who smuggled 10 people out of East Berlin to West Berlin during the Cold War. Year 11 student, Daniel Ireland, was particularly interested in this story especially because he has American relatives, so he was excited to go home and research his family tree to see if there were any family connections with this courageous person.

OBA Celebrates!

On Tuesday 1st November, Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy held its annual Awards and Celebration Evening.

It was a glittering event which saw eighty students receive special awards for academic excellence in all curriculum areas, as well as pastoral awards for being an outstanding ambassador for a year group.

After a buffet reception for guests, the evening kicked off with an amazing musical performance by Demica Regan, whose rendition of Ella Henderson’s ‘Yours’ wowed the audience.

Head Boy, Connor Murphy and Head Girl, Emily Willcott then welcomed OBA’s Principal, Mr Wyss, to the stage to sum up the importance of the students’ achievements.  He highlighted all the hard work that is needed to be singled out for the prestigious awards, congratulated the awardees on the excellent progress they had made and he encouraged them to continue to pursue the highest standards in subsequent years.

Mr Wyss then invited Guest Speaker, Yousef, to the podium.  Liverpool born Yousef, an international DJ, producer, label owner and club promoter spoke about having high aspirations in life, no matter what your background or up-bringing; you must use all your talents and strive as hard as possible to live your dream.

The gathered assembly of family and friends then enjoyed a brilliant, musical performance of an Adele song, sung this time by Year 11 student, Chelsea Scouller. Their loved ones were then called up to the stage to be presented with their specially framed certificates and prizes by Yousef and Mr Wyss.

Mr Rigby, Executive Principal, then brought the evening to a close by urging all the students to be proud of their awards and to go forward to achieve even better things in the future.

When asked about the special evening, Mr Wyss said:

It was a wonderful event and the parents/carers of all the students were beaming with pride when they saw their son or daughter go up to be presented with their prize. I always think that evenings like this are one of the high points of the year, as we reflect on what fantastic things our students achieved during the last academic year. It was also great to have Yousef as Guest Speaker; he is a role model for young people of how determination, sheer effort and self-belief contribute to the individual and group success of our young people.  Well done to each and every one of them!

A Hair Razoring Experience for Charity

Sharon Bird, a cleaner at OBA, raised nearly £800 last Thursday when she had her head shaved to support Cancer Research, a charity which is very close to her heart. 

Sharon, who has been helping her mum over the last year with her battle against cancer, felt she wanted to do something significant to highlight all the great work that Cancer Research does for so many, so she had her curly locks removed by Head of Hair and Beauty, Miss Finigan, in OBA’s ‘Futures Salon’.

Miss Finigan said:

She was very brave and lots of staff and friends turned out to see her have her head shaved.  She had been gathering sponsors over recent months and the amount she managed to raise was amazing.  We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer and it is a very difficult battle that they have to get through.  It was great that Sharon’s mum was able to be there too, looking so well, despite her treatment.

Well done to Miss Belford

Many congratulations go to Miss Belford who has recently completed her Masters in Education after many years of hard work.

Her Masters qualification in Physical Education was accredited by Loughborough University and she was exceptionally proud to achieve a Distinction, which is the highest possible award. 

Miss Belford was also an undergraduate at Loughborough University where she completed both her degree in Physics and Sport Science, as well as her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Miss Belford, who was obviously delighted with her wonderful achievement said:

“The research project for my dissertation was conducted in OBA.  It involved raising students’ perceptions of their ability in PE and monitoring the impact that this had on their learning.  The results of my research enabled us to create and implement a new curriculum and rigorous assessment methods, which will hopefully further raise attainment of all students in PE.  I am now looking forward to the formal awards ceremony later this year.”

PE News

Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 Girls’ Football Team for coming second in a recent tournament against other Halton girls’ teams.  All players did themselves proud but a special mention must go to Hermione O’Gorman for an overall outstanding performance.

Don’t miss out on all the brilliant PE enrichment opportunities on offer each week. Last Thursday alone saw over one hundred students attend PE enrichments, which is fantastic! So, come along and have some fun!

Children’s Hospice Heros

On 3rd November Keelan Early from Claire’s House Hospice came into school to talk to our Sixth Form students about volunteering at local fundraising events and their charity shop in Frodsham. Our amazing Sixth Form showed a huge interest in doing their bit to help out and about twenty signed up to volunteer. 

Claire House Children’s Hospice is a bright, vibrant place full of hope for children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

Claire House could not survive without the work of volunteers and are committed to maximising the involvement of volunteers across all departments and services. Volunteers play a unique role within the organisation bringing their skills and experience to enhance and support the work of Claire House employees. They consider their community of volunteers to be vital in delivering the vision of Claire House; to be there for every child who needs them, as well as their families, making sure they can get the very best support when and where they need it.


Unfortunately, the hospice seem to be struggling to recruit new volunteers in the Frodsham shop.  Our students can volunteer to do as little as one half day a month which is a commitment that fits well around their studies and other employment.  In addition, the Sixth Formers are keen to do some of their own fundraising for the hospice this year, as they feel so passionate about it.

Mrs Smith who organised the event said:

I was so impressed with the interest from our students and was thrilled that so many volunteered to collect money at Cheshire Oaks and to work at the shop in Frodsham. It is always a very humbling experience to help others in greater need than yourself and you really can learn a lot from it.

OBA on Film

OBA was delighted last week to welcome Kerry Barry, Marketing and Communications Manager from Ormiston Academies Trust, along with a former BBC journalist, to do some filming around our wonderful academy.

OBA had been chosen as one of the academies to be featured on a special DVD to be presented at the Principals' Conference, later this month, to celebrate the fantastic opportunities that OAT Academies offer their students. 

They conducted interviews with Principal Mr Wyss, Chair of Governors, Mike Cunliffe and they also interviewed parents, students and staff who had taken part on OBA's recent trip to Kenya.  and they filmed students at work in lessons.  We now look forward to sharing the DVD with you, as soon as we receive it.

Puzzle Challenge

Last week we gave you a puzzle to solve. Did you crack it? Check your answer below:

Try your hand at this week’s Maths Puzzle Challenge.  

You will find the answer in the next issue of OBA’s newsletter. 
Good luck from Miss Arends and the Maths Faculty.

E-Safety Awareness

Last week we shared an article about the rise in cyberbullying. This week we have an article telling the story of a mother from Worcester whose teenage son took his own life after being bullied on social media.

Read more in the full article at

Information about how to protect children from cyberbullying and warning signs to watch out for can be found at

If you have any concerns about E-safety that you would like to discuss, please email or contact reception.

Tech Talk

Welcome to Tech Talk at OBA, the part of the newsletter that shares useful apps and devices. 

This week’s Tech Talk is going to focus on an app that you can use to help you find misplaced phones and devices. You take your devices everywhere, which means you might leave them somewhere. Whether you leave them at the office in a conference room or under a cushion on your sofa, with ‘Find My iPhone’ the chances are they won’t be lost for long!

Simply install this free app, open it, and sign in with the Apple ID you use for iCloud. ‘Find My iPhone’ will then help you to locate your missing device on a map, remotely lock it, play a sound, display a message, or erase all the data on it.

For missing iOS devices, ‘Find My iPhone’ also includes ‘Lost Mode’.  ’Lost Mode’ locks your device with a pass code and can display a custom message and contact phone number right on the Lock Screen. While in ‘Lost Mode’, your device can keep track of where it has been and report back so you can view its recent location history, right from the ‘Find My iPhone’ app.

Next week’s Tech Talk will share the apps you can use to locate missing Android Devices!

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