Dear families and friends of OBA,
I have spent several hours this last week showing prospective Academy Principals around OBA and they have all been very impressed with the high-quality learning, as well as the smart uniform and good behaviour, of our students.
We are currently conducting an internal ballot to elect a new Support Staff Governor, with the result being announced this Friday. Good luck to all those involved!
We also welcomed Year 8 parents to meet their children’s teachers last Thursday and I was pleased with all the positives in their reports, as well as the returns regarding their final option choices. Mr Easton has worked hard to make sure that almost everyone has received their first choices for their GCSE options.
On Friday, a cohort of Year 11 girls performed group, and individual, routines as part of their GCSE Dance examination. The moderator awarded 95% high grades and reported on the excellent quality of the routines, as well as encouraging the girls to work hard for their written examination. There were exceptional performances from Lauren Shannon (A*/A*), Tamika Hunt (A/A), Georgia Lewis (A*/A), Jennifer Wright (A/B), Georgia Cronogue (A/B), Emily Kayes (A/C) and Sarah Skiffington (A*/C).
We will be open for Year 11 and Sixth Form revision sessions during both weeks of the Easter holiday. You will be able to see the timetable of these enrichment sessions in this newsletter.
I would like to thank OBA’s students and staff who have all worked very hard this term and I wish them, as well as our whole school community, a restful, peaceful and very Happy Easter.
Mr. J Rigby
Construction Students Demonstrate Applied Learning Skills
Sixth Form students who are studying Construction at OBA have been putting their expertise and skills to good use to help to improve the learning environment in some areas across the Academy.
Under the watchful eye of Construction teacher, Mr Clerkin, the students have enjoyed working in the evening converting OBA’s PE teaching area in Brookvale Recreational Centre into a more vibrant learning environment by stripping and preparing the walls prior to freshening them up with a couple of new coats of paint.
They have also completed some demolition work in the Academy’s off-site study unit, Horizons, and have been knocking down stud walls, altering the layout of the unit and will be then going on to decorate it next week.
Mr Clerkin said:
Students Owen French, Elliot Leybourne, Lewis Dunbar, Jordan McDowall, Mark Nuckley and Lewis Jackson are doing an amazing job and are working like true professionals. They are really enjoying being able to apply their knowledge to a real-life working situation and I am very proud of the skills they have shown, their determination and the high quality of the work they have produced so far. Well done lads!
Walking for Kenya
Students from both Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy and Ormiston Chadwick Academy completed a sponsored walk up Moel Famau on Mothering Sunday to raise money for their expedition to Kenya in July.
Miss Hunt, Maths Teacher who co-ordinated the event said:
It was a crisp, sunny day and although the students had lost an hour’s sleep, due to the clocks going forward, this didn’t stop them giving it their all and they made their way to the top of Moel Famau with great determination. We have been doing a lot of different types of fund-raising so that we can bring some more happiness to the lives of the children in Kenya that we go out to support every year. The students are in the middle of their preparations for their GCSE exams and have very little free time on their hands at the moment, so it good to see them put others before themselves.
If anyone would like to make a contribution to this worthy cause, then please contact Miss Hunt on 01928 711643 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations, Mr Spencer!
Many congratulations go to Mr Spencer and his wife on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Olivia Grace. We hope you are all managing to get some sleep!
What did Mr Spencer do on his paternity leave, apart from change nappies and cuddle the new, little addition to his family? Well, he taught Olivia Grace how to monitor the attendance of his Year 11 Tutor Group! Now, that is dedication for you!
On this Day in History
29th March 1966Leonid Brezhnev becomes First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of USSR.
This is important because during his leadership the Cold War enjoyed a period of Détente where relations between US and USSR were improving.
Developing a Deeper Understanding of Child Development
Year 12 Child Development students spent the afternoon of 23rd March in Cavendish High Academy, in Runcorn, to learn more about supporting children with additional needs. Cavendish was the first purpose built school in Cheshire for children with severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, including those with Autistic Spectrum Condition and it caters for pupils from two to nineteen years old.
Year 12 had a tour of the academy courtesy of a Cavendish student called Kev, they worked with students to complete certain tasks and they also observed a lesson. The students found the whole experience to be invaluable and went on to say:
It was a massive eye opener to us all. It is amazing to see that the children who have mental health issues and who are disabled are actually getting all the support they need. While being on the trip we learnt how important developmental norms are and why we need to know them for our child development course and future jobs. It was a brilliant experience and I would love to go again and learn more about the school.
It showed us that people with special needs / disabilities have their own ways of learning and doing things. It was hard to see other people who are the same age as me struggle with day to day activities which I find easy. However, it showed me that even though they find it harder to do certain things they are still happy and enjoy to learn new things. I loved the time I spent at Cavendish High Academy.
Child Development teacher Miss Machin said:
We are so grateful to the staff and students for making us feel so welcome during our visit. Particular thanks go to Paula Burke and her class for their hospitality. We hope to visit again in the future.
Health and Social Care Students’ Experiences
PC Suzi Williams recently spent some time working with Sixth Form Health and Social Care students. After a presentation from PC Williams, the students went on to discuss policies and procedures that are used when people are in custody or detained under the Mental Health Act.
The students discovered that the police have to ensure that they follow the code of practice as stated in PACE (The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984), which is an operational handbook that has to be followed by all serving police officers in England and Wales. PC Williams explained that this Code of Practice deals with the statutory power of police to arrest a person who is involved, or suspected of being involved, in a criminal offence.
he Health and Social Care students who were studying the laws about ‘equality, diversity and human rights’ as part of their Level 3 Diploma, were enthralled to hear what PC Williams had to say and they broadened their knowledge and understanding of The Equality Act of 2010. They learnt how it is unlawful for police officers to discriminate against, harass or victimise any person on the grounds of the ‘protected characteristics’ of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity when using their powers. When Police Forces are carrying out their duties, they must also ensure that they eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and take steps to foster good relations.
She also went on to say how much the ‘Human Rights Act of 1993’ has had an impact on how the Police manage people in their care. She explained how people in custody lose their right to freedom at that time, but the police still have to follow appropriate guidelines, ensuring that discretion is used at all times, depending on different circumstances.
Following the presentation, the students were given time to ask their own questions, which PC Williams was only too happy to answer. Afterwards the students explained that it had made them realise how challenging it is to be a Police Officer; they decided that being ‘tough skinned’ was essential because of the way you can be spoken to and treated at times.
Ms Hart, teacher of Health and Social Care, said:
The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit, it was a valuable experience for them to be able to talk to a serving police officer who was able to give an accurate insight into a typical working day in the Police Force. PC Williams supported them with their learning and left them with a thirst for more information on the criminal justice system.
The girls made the following comments after the visit…
It has changed my perception, in a positive way, of the work the Police do within the community. I now realise that they are there to support people.
It has given me a new insight into how the Police work within the human rights act 1998.
Suzi provided me with a better understanding of how fair the police system is.
Suzi was a positive role model who has left me wanting to find out more about the criminal law system.
Personal Best Records for OBA’s Female Runners
On a bright sunny day earlier this month, during the week of International Women's Day, an all-female team of runners took on the challenge of the Warrington 5K run.
Mr A Bird, who co-ordinates both of OBA’s student and staff Running Clubs said:
It was a great day and all of those who took part demonstrated grit and determination. Beth Verry deserves a special mention as she achieved her personal best time, taking an amazing 12 minutes off her previous run and completing the course in less than 30 minutes. Mrs Crane was another good example of ‘girl power’ as she too achieved a personal best. The students are already looking forward to their next race and their commitment is admirable. After the run, as usual, we treated them to a bit of relaxation in the local park for all their hard work.
Report by Miss Watkins
Six of OBA’s incredible Year 11 students recently sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge. This is no mean feat; it is a gruelling 60-minute question paper that tests problem-solving ability and is organised and run by United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. This prestigious challenge attracts entries from over 1000 schools across the country and approximately 250000 pupils. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and we were delighted to have two of our students receive an award.
So, congratulations to all those who were involved and a particular mention should go to Stephanie Cullen who achieved a Silver award and Daniel Ireland who achieved a Bronze award. You should be very proud of yourselves- I know I am!
An example of one of the questions they had to answer:
In the last newsletter we gave you a puzzle to solve. Did you crack it? Check your answer below:
? = 4
( 6 x 9 = 54, answer reads down the middle two blocks)
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.
Welcome to Tech Talk @ OBA, the part of the weekly newsletter where we share useful apps, websites and devices.
This week we are sharing with you all an app that has been downloaded millions of times. Education writers, parents, teachers, and students have praised it in thousands of reviews – for everything from its original voice and extensive selection of topics, to its ease of use and unique delivery of fresh content daily.
BrainPOP was founded in 1999 by Dr. Avraham Kadar as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to his young patients and has become a trusted learning resource supporting both core and foundation subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. The content in BrainPOP Featured Movie is produced by a well-respected educational organisation. The content changes daily (though everything is archived, so students don't feel pressured to use the app every day). Each day, there is a new animated documentary, and it could be on just about any topic you can think of. Film topics have included the planet Mars, dogs, asthma, blogs, and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. These films and the information within are geared towards older secondary school students.
Bring learning to your fingertips with the BrainPOP Featured Movie app for Apple and Android devices. Watch a different animated movie every day, then test your new knowledge with an interactive quiz – free!
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: L.Hussey@ob-ac.co.uk
Saturdays and Easter Holiday Revision Sessions