Dear families and friends of OBA,
On Friday, Year 11 students and our staff celebrated together at their prom. This was held at the stunning Liver Buildings in Liverpool, in our own black-and-white themed function room, complete with fine dining and rousing rock band. Mrs Bennett really excelled herself in securing this venue and organising such a superb event. We had 110 students in attendance, with over 50 members of staff joining them. This is testament to the fantastic relationships we have here at OBA. All our youngsters looked stunning in their ballgowns and suits, making it extremely hard to choose our Prom King and Queen! Nevertheless, Georgina Jones and Bradley Timms were the very glamourous and worthy winners of these titles. Many congratulations to you both! The whole event made us all very proud to serve our young people.
In other news, our Dragon Boating team once again enjoyed huge regional success. We also enjoyed welcoming parents to our Catering event, which saw some of our Key Stage 4 students serving their families with delicious afternoon cream teas!
Please note that we have moved our Year 6 Parents’ Induction Evening from Tuesday 5th to Monday, 4th July. This will take place from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Mr. M Wyss
Year 11 Students Get Stylish Send Off
‘A prom to remember’ was what Year 11 students experienced recently when OBA pulled out all the stops to make the students’ final gathering a truly spectacular event.
After arriving at school in a range of flash forms of transport, including a vintage American car, the Year 11s received a huge send-off from friends in other year groups, family members and even neighbours. They all looked amazing in their smart suits and their gorgeous gowns of various colours and designs.
On the way to the prestigious venue, The Liver Building in Liverpool, the mood was one of nervous excitement from both students and staff. After everyone gathering outside for their last year photograph together and photos in friendship groups, the students were applauded into the event. With a live band performing, a photo booth and an open balcony with a view over the River Mersey, everyone was able to take some great pictures of this historic part of Liverpool to provide them with lasting memories. Projectors displayed images of the students arriving earlier that evening at OBA and the band continued to play as everyone then took their seats to enjoy the delicious, culinary delights on offer.
After a short speech from Principal, Mr Wyss, who thanked the students, teachers and Form Tutors, special awards were presented to selected students for their contributions to the House to which they had been attached for five years. These awards went to the following students who were ambassadors for their House:
- Browne House: Sarah Taylor, Niamh Allanson, Callum Ellis
- Tafari House: Carrie Clarke, Tom Dyson
- Cottrell-Boyce House: Kate Gaffney, Charlie Fogg
- Wilson House: Chloe Thain, David Mullaney
- Nickson House: Emma Bygrave, Ryan Farrow
After the formalities were over, everyone took to the floor to dance the night away. There was some competition between students and staff as to who was the best singer and the best dancer, and the friendly rivalry added to the fun-filled extravaganza
Principal, Mr Wyss, said:
I would like to congratulate all the Year 11s for putting so much effort into this evening; they look fantastic! Thank you to Miss Porschke Head of Year, Mr Milne Assistant Head of Year and all the teachers who have helped in any way to organise any aspect of the Year 11 Leavers’ Assembly or tonight. A very special thank you, however, must go to OBA’s Receptionist, Mrs Bennett, who has yet again excelled herself in organising a truly special event for our students. She is always very creative and imaginative when planning OBA’s Prom and the students have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this fabulous evening.
Dragon Boating Champions
It has been another fantastic year for OBA’s Outdoor Education Programme and the final activity of Dragon Boating saw OBA students crowned as the Champions of Merseyside.
After two weeks of intense practice, the sixteen students selected to represent OBA headed off to the Merseyside Schools’ Dragon Boating Competition which took place at the Albert Dock on Wednesday 22nd June. Although they were rather nervous, the students took part in three preliminary heats with confidence and determination. In their first race they were up against St Chad’s so there was a certain amount of Runcorn pride at stake but after a brilliant start and building up momentum, they managed to win in a very impressive 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
In the next two races, OBA’s team managed to chop ten seconds off their time, securing their place in the final against Litherland High School. OBA’s team members made their way down to the starting line filled with hope and trepidation but, as the race began, it was clear there was only ever going to be one winner! The team displayed maximum effort and brilliant teamwork skills. They even had the energy to push for a sprint finish, resulting in them winning with a magnificent time of 2minutes and 2 seconds, beating Litherland High School by an incredible 30 seconds.
Miss Belford, PE teacher and co-ordinator of OBA’s Outdoor Education Programme said:
I was so impressed with the attitude of the students as they all tried incredibly hard and did OBA proud. They truly deserve to be Merseyside’s Dragon Boating Champions as they were the clear winners in what was a very tough competition. We are now hoping to work with Amathus Dragon Boating Club even more, as our students even managed to finish in a time that has qualified them for the National Club event in September. This is OBA’s second consecutive win in this event and everyone is already looking forward to taking on the challenge again next year.
After the races, the students and Miss Belford were interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Maher, and the students spoke enthusiastically about what ‘the dragon boat experience’ had offered them and what they had learnt from it.
A special thank you goes to Amathus Dragon Boat Racing Club for their fantastic training and also to The Liverpool Confucius institute for hosting the event.
Work Bard, Play Bard Festival
Year 8 and 9 students, working with Drama teacher, Mrs Noon, and trainee Drama teacher, Miss Walker, have recently been involved in an exciting project with the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.
The Shakespeare ‘Work Bard, Play Bard ‘project started with a launch visit to the Everyman back in April where students participated in a Director’s workshop and met the six other schools that are involved. Each school has a fifteen minute slot in the performance, focusing on a theme or issue from the ‘Merchant of Venice’ by William Shakespeare.
Students have been working hard during rehearsals to create an engaging and powerful performance. They have used Physical Theatre throughout the performance which has been both exciting and demanding for the students. Throughout the last four weeks they have continuously shown a great commitment to the project by attending enrichment twice a week. This opportunity for the students has been invaluable and has proved to inspire and promote a greater interest in Shakespeare’s work.
On Tuesday 21st June Allan Williams, and Siofra McKeon-Carter, a Director and a Producer from The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatre, came to do a workshop with the cast and he was highly impressed with the standard of their work and their commitment. The students performed their piece and worked with a professional Director as well as finding out about the role of a Producer.
The performance will take place at the Everyman Theatre on 12th July. There will be a matinee Performance at 3pm and tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. There will also be an evening performance at 7pm which is £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.
Serving Up a Treat
Catering students in Year 10 recently treated their family members to afternoon tea which they had prepared as part of their Catering exam.
After working hard throughout the day, preparing everything from scratch to impress the examiners, they were then able to serve what they had made to their family members. Everyone was exceptionally proud of their achievements and the invited guests really enjoyed the tasty treats that were served up to them. There were lots of happy, smiling faces as they left the building after sampling the range of savoury and sweet delights on offer.
Food Technology Teacher, Miss Ray, would like to congratulate all the Year 10s who study Catering for the very high standard of their work.
OBA’s Mock Referendum
As everyone was heading to the Polling Station last week to cast their vote in the EU Referendum, OBA’s students were also being given the chance to voice their opinion.
Prior to the Referendum on 23rd June, the students had been considering and discussing the pros and cons of voting either to stay in, or come out of, The European Union’. So, when the ‘big day’ came they were all prepared to make a well-informed decision.
The Student Parliament volunteered to man the polling stations over break and lunchtimes when the votes were cast, replicating the same official system used up and down the country.
Miss McAuliffe and Mr Donegan who organised the mock vote couldn't believe the debates that were taking place in the canteen about voting 'In’ or ‘Out’ as students tried to convince their peers of the arguments for and against BREXIT.
When the votes were counted, the result showed a 57% turnout and were as follows:
Remain: 197 votes = 61% Leave: 126 votes = 39%
Poem of the Week‘The Road not Taken’
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
This poem is written by a man called Robert Frost. He is a highly regarded American Poet who is praised for his description of life in the country and for how he uses colloquial speech within his writing. His work is often set in rural life in New England in the early twentieth century, and he uses this to examine complex social and philosophical themes. Frost was honoured frequently during his lifetime, receiving four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
This poem is about a speaker who is stood in a woods thinking about which way to go as he stands in a fork in the road. He talks of how both paths are equally worn. He picks one, and tells himself that he will walk the other another day. He knows, however, that he probably won’t have the opportunity again. He also admits to himself that he will twist the story when he tells others and claim to travel the road less-travelled.
This poem is immensely popular because it is so emotive and addresses the feeling that so many people have experienced of confusion, doubt and regret. The ‘road less travelled’ is often seen as a metaphor for life and opportunities, something we can all relate to!
Welcome to Tech Talk @ OBA, the part of the weekly newsletter where we share useful apps, websites and devices.
This week’s Tech Talk is going to focus on a prototyping app called POP - Prototyping on Paper
Anyone who has an idea for an app or website can use this interactive and easy to use app in order to prototype what their app or website would look like. If you have an app idea you simply need to draw it on paper and use POP to make it come to life on your iPhone & iPad! App and website developing software can often be difficult to use and requires a lot of skills and design expertise. The POP app is different. POP loves paper! Making drawings/sketches for new app ideas is the fastest and easiest way to go. POP helps you to bring your sketches come to life and to make them interactive! Simply sketch out your idea, take some pictures, and link the screens to each other by assigning buttons. But the best feature is that you can easily share your mock-up in seconds via Email, Twitter, Facebook etc. to get early feedback and test assumptions.
POP prides itself on making it easy to bring your ideas to life and giving you the power to make the best app possible. POP is easy to use, easy to duplicate and can be linked with other platforms such as DropBox and Adobe Cloud. POP can be used by people of all ages and abilities. Miss Houghton has recently taught year 6 students at some of our partner primary schools to show them web development skills. She found POP to be very useful and engaging for the primary school students.
Reminders from PC Williams
You are NOT allowed to:
- Congregate or loiter in a public place that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress
- Wear anything in a public place in order to conceal your identity, - hoods/scarfs covering your faces completely
- Engage in any activity which may cause damage, defacement or cause harm.
- Consume or be under the influence of or in possession of any substance or associated paraphernalia - alcohol, legal highs, nitrous oxide canisters
- Have any rock, stone or any similar object that could cause damage or harm.
- Use any motor vehicle to cause alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public - this includes off road bikes, motorcycles or mini-motos
- Drop / throw litter
You must make sure to:
- Keep dogs on leads.
- Remove dog faeces.
Failure to comply:
- A Fixed Penalty Notice - £80
- Written warning
- Acceptable Behaviour Contract
- Tenancy Agreement being reviewed.
- Non-payment of fine could result in Court Proceedings