OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 102 - 24th April 2017

Issue 102 - 24th April 2017
Dear families and friends of OBA,

I hope you had a healthy and happy Easter and are enjoying the Spring weather and flowers.  It is good to see the tree that was planted last Autumn, next to The Hillsborough Memorial at the front of school, is now beginning to blossom. 

There were many students in school over the Easter break; Year 11s and 13s in particular were working hard in preparation for their exams which will be starting later this half-term.  Thank you to all students and staff who gave up their time to focus on achieving the best grades possible in the summer.

We are looking forward to OBA’s annual Dance Show which will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm.  If you would like tickets, please ring reception, but tickets are selling out fast, so you will have to be quick!

Finally, many congratulations go to Year 9 student, Ewan Jago, who has been appointed as Halton’s Member of the Youth Parliament, after seeing off stiff competition from five other candidates in this year’s elections.  I am confident that Ewan will carry out this role exceptionally well and I am sure that you will join me in wishing him every success in this prestigious position.

Mr. J Rigby
Executive Principal

Get Ready for Action!

The hugely inspirational Jackson Ogunyemi, better known as ‘Action Jackson’ returned to OBA before Easter to work with all the Year 11s, prior to their GCSEs.

‘Action Jackson’ is a motivational speaker who focuses students’ mind on the importance of studying for exams, gives them revision tips and techniques and inspires self-belief and confidence.  

Mr Wyss, who organised the programme for this special day for the Year 11s, said:

It is always a great pleasure to welcome ‘Action Jackson’ back to OBA.  He does such a fantastic job and always delivers such important messages in a very exciting and lively way.  The students always enjoy his engaging presentations and benefit from the practical and aspirational advice that he offers.”

Year 10 Work Experience

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s work experience programme continues to provide students with the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into how organisations work and are bespoke to individual students. 

Year 10 students have been allocated placements throughout the academic year which are tailored to their individual interests and strengths. The skills and experience that they acquire will allow them to stand out to potential employers. 

Thirty-one students attended work experience last term, with 21 different providers offering placements to our students.   

Lucy McCoy and Luke Burgess-Whitehead spent the day at Warrington Peace Centre with Football Coaching Company SG International.   Lucy said:

It was a great experience and it has made me want to pursue a career in sports coaching even more than before.

Denika Lunt who spent two days with Anita’s Blossoming Flowers and Gifts commented:

The placement was definitely a good confidence builder. I learnt new skills and enjoyed dealing with the customers.

Alex Murray and Samuel Baker spent the day at O2/Telefonica on an IT placement. Alex said:

The placement has made me more confident and I learnt loads about IT.

Mrs Jarvis, Careers Co-ordinator at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy who set up the placements said;

Participating in a work experience enables our students to be valued members of our community. It also assists them in choosing the right sector to work in when considering a career path in the future.

More of OBA’s Year 10 students will take part in work experience placements during the course of this year, so watch this space for more news!

UK Youth Parliament

We’re pleased to announce that Ewan Jago, Year 10, has been appointed as Halton’s Member of the Youth Parliament, after seeing off stiff competition from five other candidates in this year’s elections.

Ewan’s manifesto included a focus on more sports and leisure facilities and a call for 16 year olds to be the given the right to vote in UK elections.

Ewan was named as Halton’s new MYP at an event at CRMZ, Kingsway, Widnes on Friday 31st March.  He will represent Halton’s 12,000+ young people aged 11-18 at the UK Youth Parliament as well as working on local issues and developing his own campaigns.

The event saw Halton Youth Cabinet presenting their first round of School Participation and Democracy Awards.  The Awards are presented to schools demonstrating that they meet criteria around the teaching about democracy and seeking to involve their students in youth voice and participation opportunities. It is hoped that the Awards become a regular fixture in the Youth Cabinet calendar and that all schools in Halton go on to achieve the Award.  For more information about the Awards check out Halton Youth Cabinet’s website

This week in History:


The Red Army (USSR) enters Berlin, signalling ‘the beginning of the end’ of Hitler’s/The Nazi reign of terror and World War Two.

Puzzle Challenge

In the last newsletter we gave you a puzzle to solve. Did you crack it? Check your answer below:

? = 42

The sequence progresses +6, +12, +18, +24, +30

Now have a go 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.

Tech Talk

Welcome to Tech Talk @ OBA, the part of the weekly newsletter where we share useful apps, websites and devices. 

This week Mr Collinson would like to make you all aware of a new and improved Maths learning website called MathsWatch. 

There are several reasons the MathsWatch resource works as the best Maths revision aid on the internet today:

  • It revises every single topic just like a teacher would, at the board.
  • The three producers of the disc are all highly experienced practising teachers.
  • Every clip has real exam questions for students to do - because we all know that to be good at Maths, a student has to do it, not just watch it.

MathsWatch covers a range of levels and provides a short clip that goes through each concept in a similar manner to that done in school, as well as having a worksheet to download that can be used to rehearse the skill. This should prove valuable for any student who may have missed a lesson or who is revising and comes across a topic that they have forgotten. 

To make use of this website simply go to 

Your username is surname@ormbol – for example hughes@ormbol

Your password is your date of birth in the DD/MM/YYYY formate – for example  01/05/2001

Should you have any difficulties using MathsWatch please see your Maths teacher or Mr Collinson.

Do you have a piece of technology that you would like to share or that you may have heard of and would like to see explained in Tech Talk? If so, contact Mr Hussey via email:

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