OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 107 - 5th December 2017

Issue 107 - 5th December 2017
Dear families and friends of OBA,

With two weeks to run to the Christmas break, I bring you the penultimate edition of our newsletter for 2017! 

This edition features the Academy’s commitment to learning outside the classroom, with two trips provided by the Geography department to enrich our curriculum. I am also pleased to see the latest Artist of the Week. Mr Reid and the team do an outstanding job in our Art department. It is a shame we have to pick just one per week!

Our community outreach and ‘in-reach’ marches on with ICT lessons for Brookvale Primary School and our Winter Warmer project. If any parent can donate to the Winter Warmer project, you can do so via a collection box in reception or via your child. I know the Student Parliament would really appreciate any help that our school community can give to their efforts. 8JHT have also really impressed me this week, with news that they have worked together to make a charitable donation to our main charity partner for 2017-18, Halton Haven Hospice. Having seen at first hand the excellent work and care that Halton Haven provided for my own Grandfather, I (as are my own family) am delighted that the OBA family are able to partner so closely with Halton Haven. We are also planning an end of term Christmas-themed own clothes day with a £1.00 donation per family to take part on the 15th December. It’s time to dust off the Christmas Jumper!

A reminder that school will close at 12.20pm on Friday 15th December and reopen on Wednesday 3rd January 2018; there will, however, be one more newsletter before we finish that will no doubt feature the outstanding work of many staff and pupils in putting on our annual performance, Annie. There are very limited tickets remaining; please ring academy reception for details. I look forward to seeing lots of parents and families at the show this week.

With best wishes for a great week,

Mr. E Wright

Winter Warmer Project

For the second year running, OBA’s Student Parliament members are leading on the ‘Winter Warmer’ project.

This is a heart-warming initiative to create hampers packed with food, hot drinks and other goodies for elderly people in the local area who may not receive many, or any visitors over the festive period. 

We are collecting tinned items such as soups and beans alongside pasta, sachets of noodles, sauces, hot drinks and non-perishable treats (i.e. biscuits). We are also on the lookout for (new) adult gloves, thermal mugs, hand creams and small hot water bottles.

We will be collecting these items over the course of this week. At the beginning of next week we will then join forces with staff from O2, Capita, Preston Brook, who have also been donating items to support our cause.

Last year we created 60 packs which via Adult Social Care we donated to elderly people in the local area – please help us to reach this many, if not more people-in-need this Christmas.

Any donation, large or small will be gratefully received. There will be a collection box in reception and students can also pass donated items to their form tutors up until Monday next week.

For further information, please contact Mrs Snagg at OBA on 01928 711643. 

Year 8 Students Go the Extra Mile

On Friday 17th November, Wilson 8JHT, managed to raise an amazing £67.60 for Halton Haven Hospice. 

Mrs Hart, 8JHT Form Tutor, said:

The students decided to bring in their spare change so they could put it together to buy prizes for a raffle. Once the prizes were brought, the class decided that they would like to give the money raised to Halton Haven.

Halton Haven Hospice is an independent charity located next door to Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy. The centre enables people in Halton who are facing life-limiting illness to have a quality of life and dignity in death. 

Miss Hart commented:

It is a charity that is close to the hearts of the students and they named this charity without hesitation when they were asked who they would like the money to go to. This demonstrates the caring nature of the form group and also the value they place on their local community, enabling them to make their own contribution to the community around them. 

Students involved had to interact with their peers and staff to complete the fundraising challenge. This provided them with an opportunity to develop their social skills as well as experiencing how they can affect change through engagement with the local community.  With the help of some of our sixth form students, Charlotte Verry (Year 8), Halle Knowles (Year 8) and Jessica Keggin (Year 8) sold raffle tickets to members of the school community, raising the money for the charity. The draw for the prizes took place during Year 10s assembly the following Tuesday and two lucky prize winners were both from year 7!  Well done to Daniel Murphy and Lily McCartney who both won prizes.

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and helped to contribute to this worthy cause. 

Geography Students Brave the Cold in Chester City Centre

This week 75 Year 10 Geography pupils took to the streets of Chester to carry out the fieldwork component of their GCSE course. Fortunately they arrived in the City Just as the rain cleared up and clipboards in hand, they set off in groups to complete their studies. Their aim was to investigate land use and quality of the environment in Chester. This involved carrying out a range of surveys and students even plucked up the courage to very politely, question members of the public! 

Despite the cold, the year 10 students filled their booklets with data and were ready for a McDonald’s lunch before returning to school! 

Geography teacher, Miss Connolly, said:

Fieldwork allows pupils to develop their skills and make connections between the classroom and the real world. The students behaved brilliantly during the visit to Chester and they will now spend some time presenting, analysing and evaluating the data they obtained in preparation for their fieldwork exam.

OBA Students Compete in the Worldwise Quiz

Every year across the country the Geographical Association holds an event called the ‘Worldwise Quiz’.

Worldwise aims to support the engagement of as many school-aged children as possible in Geography and also to increase the appreciation of their role in today’s society. This year six students from Year 7 and 8 represented OBA in the quiz held at Chester University.

Miss Connolly, Geography teacher, said:

They all did us extremely proud on a range of tricky questions covering everything from physical geography, OS maps, globalisation, current affairs and much more! Our proudest moment was when the question ‘Where will the next winter Olympics be held?’ was asked to the 26 teams and only one pupil in the room knew the answer; it was, of course, our very own Sophie Watson! When she shared the answer, even the quiz master and professors from Chester University looked blown away, Sophie did not give the expected answer of ‘South Korea’ but instead specified the city, PyeongChang.

A massive well done to our excellent Geographers, Year 7s Ryan Harris, Sophie Watson and Taylor Ratcliffe and Year 8s Lilly Farnan, Joe Baxter and Georgia Crilly. They competed against teams from all over Cheshire and finished just mere points behind the winning team from Kings School in Chester.

An excellent evening for team Geography!

Brookvale – ICT Lessons

As part of our Primary Partnership Programme this term, Mr Milne, ICT teacher, has been lucky enough to work with Miss Bell’s fabulous Year 5 class from Brookvale Primary school. 

Mr Milne said:

The children have been really well engaged in their learning and have proven to be very knowledgeable regarding ICT topics. We have been looking at digital literacy with a focus on how ICT appears in everyday life. Since September we have looked at our digital footprint and were able to identify who stores information about us and what they can do with that information.  We created our own footprint and filled it with a variety of data sources. We have identified a variety of digital devices and investigated how they work and considered their uses including mobile phones, laptops, consoles and even satellite navigation systems. We have looked at security within ICT and how students should be protecting their information including passwords, firewalls and virus protection and we were able to use the app ‘comic life’ on the iPads to create a map showing the way from Brookvale to OBA!

As part of a competition, last week students designed their own apps for a mobile phone and were able to annotate their designs using information learned over the previous topics. Mrs Snagg spent some time deliberating over which one was the best and eventually selected a winner.

Mrs Snagg, Director of Transition and Community, said:

It was a really difficult decision to make as it was evident that all the children had worked really hard on their designs. I selected Sophie Loynds design as it was really bright, clear and fun looking as well as being really informative. Well done Sophie, I hope you enjoy your chocolate treat!

The Brookvale Primary students are now developing their desktop publishing skills to design an ICT departmental Christmas card and we look forward to seeing their creations.

Winner of the design an app competition – Sophie Loynds Year 5, Brookvale Primary School.

Artist of the Week

We were very impressed this week by Jade Carney-Pape’s interpretation of the New Brighton coastline, in particular, her use of mixed media to create texture and form. 

Mr Smyth, Art teacher, said:

The painting has a strong sense of place and great use of light. Well done Jade!

Jade is currently studying Fine Art in OBA’s Sixth Form College.

E-Safety Update - Parlor App Warning

As part of our commitment to digital safeguarding, we would like to make you aware of an app that has been brought to our attention which is potentially dangerous to young people. 

Parlor is an app that identifies itself as a ‘social talking app’ where people can connect with users from every age all around the world. Users pick a topic they want to talk about and within a few seconds you will get connected to another user anywhere in the world in real-time. There are always tens of thousands of users talking on Parlor, so every time you open the app young people could be exposed to people who they don’t know who are providing false identities. 

Parlor states that is for people aged 17 – 35 and we recommend that young people do not use this app to keep themselves safe from meeting strangers online. 

We encourage anyone with any e-safety concerns to speak out. Please contact Mr Hussey - OBA E-safety Co-ordinator for any further information or to report an e-safety problem.

Local police can be contacted on 101 if necessary or you can report concerns using the CEOP report button on the OBA website

Simply go to: OBA homepage > Academy Information > E-Safety Information

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