OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 65 - 23rd March 2016

Issue 65- 23rd March 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

We are approaching the extended Easter Bank Holiday break this weekend, which is then followed by a final four day week before our full Easter holiday that begins on Friday, 1st April.  The Easter revision programme for Year 11 students is in this newsletter and we strongly encourage them to attend because we enter the exam season when they return on Monday, 18th April.  It was great to see many Year 11 students and their parents at Monday’s ‘Prepare like an examination champion’ workshop and I know that all the revision and stress busting tips really will make a positive difference.

You will also read full details of some fantastic achievements by some of our Sixth Form students, namely Holly Godden winning the national Ormiston Academies Trust prize for Linguistic Achievement, as well as Jack Shields-Roberts securing a prestigious work placement in a top French ski resort.  We are extremely proud of you both!

In other news, a group of students went to see a theatre performance of my favourite Roald Dahl book, ‘The Witches’.  Our enrichment programme this week features highlights such as the girls’ rugby team and art workshops.

As always, there is lots going on and much more to look forward to.

I wish you a peaceful Easter weekend.

Mr. M Wyss- Academy Principal

Prestigious Award for Young Linguist

Sixth Form student, Holly Godden, has been honoured to receive a very prestigious award from OBA’s sponsor, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) for her talents as a young linguist.

OAT began sponsoring academies in 2006, with a vision for all young people to have the highest academic, social and practical skills to allow them to lead a fulfilling life. The OAT network now supports over 25,000 students throughout England in 30 schools and employs over 5,000 teachers.

The fact that OAT is such a big multi-academy trust makes the award that Holly, 18, received all the more special as she was singled out from many thousands of students who study languages in all of OAT’s academies up and down the country.

The Oscar-type annual award ceremony took place in the luxurious venue of The Grand Connaught Rooms in London where only sixteen OAT awards were presented for a range of different outstanding achievements. After a red carpet reception, the spectacular event that followed included musical performances, speeches and a wonderful dinner, but the highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony itself.

The guest speaker for the evening and presenter of the awards was comedian, actor and writer Hugh Dennis.  Hugh is currently starring in BBC2’s topical panel show ‘Mock the Week’ and BBC1’s hit sitcom ‘Outnumbered’.  Hugh also writes and presents Radio 4’s award winning comedy ‘The Now Show’ which is currently in its twenty-seventh series.

Mrs Oulton, Assistant Principal, from OBA said:

“Holly is a most worthy recipient of the ‘OAT Student Achievement in Linguistics Award’ as the excellence she has displayed over the years in Modern Foreign Languages is unquestionable.  She is an outstanding linguist and her A* results in both French and Spanish GCSE and her grade As at AS Level are truly deserved. Her predicted results for this summer’s exams are also excellent. Holly even achieved 100% in all four components of her French GCSE exam and entered Spanish early in Year 9, studying GCSE Spanish in extra-curricular time.  Holly is a real language enthusiast and hopes to continue developing her love of Languages when she goes to university to read Spanish and Mandarin.”

Mrs Oulton continued:

“Holly has also spent time in her school holidays working in a restaurant in Nantes, France, and a shoe shop in Santiago de Compostela in Spain and on both occasions she lived with French and Spanish host families to immerse herself totally in the language. Holly has been a major player in assisting with Modern Foreign Languages events in OBA and has helped out at Options Evenings and Taster Days to promote both French and Spanish at KS4 and in the Sixth Form.  She has also taught lessons to younger students on The European Day of Languages as well as doing motivational talks to them about the value and importance of learning Modern Foreign Languages. In addition, when in Year 12 she took on the role of a Spanish Assistant with a Year 9 group. She now has a great future ahead of her using her languages in her chosen career.”

A Magical Afternoon of Theatre

On Thursday 17th March forty five students from Years 7 and 8 went to The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool to watch an amazing musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches”. Accompanied by Miss Mc Kevitt, Miss Carden and Miss Mc Evoy, the students enjoyed a captivating performance of non-stop, toe-tapping musical numbers on stage, which brought to life a book that most students were already very familiar with.  The actors brought all the characters from page to stage effortlessly with the use of over exaggerated movements, fantastic comic timing, spectacular lighting and sound, as well as a set that would give the West End a run for its money!

Miss Mc Kevitt , Drama teacher, who co-ordinated the trip said “All pupils thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at the theatre and got the chance to mingle with some of the actors before the show. As always, our students were impeccably well-behaved and were great ambassadors for OBA.”

Living the Dream

OBA student, Jack Shields-Roberts, is currently undertaking a six week placement in Les Menuires in the French Alps, for a ski company called Skibound.  Jack, whose expert skiing skills were unearthed and developed on the annual OBA ski trip, is loving every minute of the placement where he is living his dream.

Jack is working as both a Kitchen Porter and a Night Porter throughout the six weeks but will have the opportunity to enjoy plenty of skiing on his days or afternoons off.  So, for Jack, life at the moment is going really well and although he is out there working, he is enjoying it so much that it just feels like one big holiday!  He is also really beginning to appreciate the beauty of nature around him and, just to make us all feel jealous, he sent this quotation to go with the mountain view picture that he took himself "Not a bad view while working!".

Mr Scott Fenner who organises the ski trip every year said:  

“We wish Jack further success with his placement in France are delighted that he is now working in the industry that fills him with passion.  Here at OBA, we believe in offering our students as many opportunities as possible to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations. Jack will almost definitely go on to reach even greater heights in this leisure industry, so, good luck Jack, or should we say ‘bonne chance’ from all the students and staff at OBA.”

Cross-curricular Skills

Year 7 have been developing their cross-curricular skills recently as the have been working on building a church as part of the Christianity module in RE lessons.  

Developing their artistic skills as well as their RE knowledge, the students have come up with some fantastic ideas and have created graves, crosses and even stained glass windows.  RE teacher, Miss Holton, is delighted with their efforts which show how imaginative, knowledgeable and creative they can be.

BBC Ten Pieces

OBA dancers have recently been working hard during enrichment on a project in conjunction with Merseyside Dance Initiative called BBC Ten Pieces. The concept behind the project was to get more young people listening to classical music. Therefore, ten dance groups from across the North West were each given a piece of classical music to choreograph and perform. All the ten schools then performed to a live audience at St John Bosco school in Liverpool.

Our OBA dancers did us proud and performed their superman themed piece with maximum effort and energy. Well done dancers!

This Girl Can: Rugby

Over the past two weeks Year 8 and 9 girls have been busy proving that these girls absolutely can!

Having studied tag rugby as part of their PE lessons, the girls had developed a keen understanding of how to play the game. On the back of this, twenty students took up the opportunity to participate in a Rugby Masterclass with Vicky Irwin, a coach from Sale Sharks Rugby Club. Vicky helped the students develop their contact skills and ability to tackle safely. The students were very muddy after but very happy and keen for more.

The following day, eleven students were selected to represent OBA at the North West Schools Rugby Championships. The girls played fearlessly and although relatively inexperienced, managed to score in every game, winning one of their three fixtures. Well done to the whole team who were a credit to OBA on the day: Olivia Axon, Taylor Briathwaite, Jessica Keggin, Anna Ng, Charlotte Verry, Maddison O'Rourke, Leigh Barnes, Demi-Leigh Humpries, Emma-Lyn Walker, Abby Hilton and Alisha Smith.  However, a special mention must go to Taylor Briathwaite, who competed impressively and led her team with passion.

If you would like to get involved, we have four more festivals to come and training is on Thursdays 3-4pm. See Miss Belford for more information. 

Art Update

Miss Oakley

Every day last week there was an overwhelming amount of students attending Art Masterclasses. Students produced clay monsters, printed skylines in the sunset, mixed media bird window decorations and excellent large abstract paintings. 

Miss Oakley said: “The students demonstrated commitment to their learning and had fun in the process!  I hope to see as many here again next week for more artistic fun.”

Tech Talk

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

The app in the spotlight this week is Map My Fitness, a free app which is used to keep track of exercises. With Map My Fitness you can plan, track, analyse and share your workouts. The feature that makes Map My Fitness superior to others on the market is the range of exercises and activities that can be logged. Map My Fitness allows you to log almost any type of training activity, including a run around the park, a martial arts class, a spin on the bike, gym workouts and dancing, to name but a few. Map My Fitness is a great app for those who are looking to improve their fitness as the nights become longer and the weather becomes warmer.

Map My Fitness is available free of charge on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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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