OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 74 - 17th June 2016

Issue 74 - 17th June 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

I hope you enjoy reading this week's newsletter which features a real variety of activities from OBA this week.

Many of these come from the sporting domain, with Miss Belford continuing to excel with her dragon boating expeditions that generate huge enthusiasm among our students.  A group of our students visited Wembley Stadium to participate in an Ormiston sports conference and another enjoyed a trip to see Liverpool Ladies face their Manchester City counterparts.

Mr Watkins led an exciting community focused gardening project with pupils from Murdishaw West Primary School.  We look forward to expanding this further to develop even greater partnerships with our neighbours.

This week is the British Lung Foundation's 'Breathe Easy Week' and I have delivered assemblies about the dangers of smoking that I hope you will reinforce at home. 

We have also had a real focus on the importance of clearing our dishes and rubbish away in the canteen, qualities that are key to displaying good manners in life.

Thank you for your support with our work here at the Academy.

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Budding Young Gardeners

Year 5 pupils from Murdishaw West Primary School have been busy working on an exciting, community gardening project with students and staff at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy.

Over the past year a group of OBA students has been involved in a running voluntary scheme which will be certified by V · INSPIRED, the UK’s leading youth volunteering charity. OBA’s very willing students taught the primary pupils how to create and nurture some potted plants, how to plant flowers in the beds around the outside of OBA and they also gave them a lesson in maintaining a flowerbed to ensure the highest standard of presentation.

However, the project did not end there, because students from OBA then went out into the community to deliver the potted plants to elderly or deserving local residents that had been nominated by both OBA’s volunteer students and Murdishaw West Primary’s budding young gardeners.

Project organiser, Mr Watkins who is Head of Humanities at OBA said:

OBA’s students are thrilled to be working towards the 10, 20, 50 or 100 hour certificates which will be awarded by V · INSPIRED. They threw themselves whole-heartedly into teaching the primary pupils who had a really fun time and learnt a lot. The enjoyment was evident on their faces, as was the delight of the members in the local community who received the floral gifts.  This made everyone who took part in the project feel very proud.

If you would like more information on OBA’s V · INSPIRED project, please contact Mr Watkins.  

Wowed by Wembley

Four Year 8 students were wowed last week when they participated in a "Leading The Way" conference at Wembley stadium, accompanied by Mr Townson and Mr Barrett.

Working with students from other Ormiston academies and The Youth Sports Trust, the students learnt about the National Strategy for sport and the power of student leadership and student voice to help raise the profile of sport in schools.

Mr Townson, Head of PE said:

The students involved were Daniel Kavanagh, Jorge Dwyer, Mya Gates and Jessica Kevin and they all really enjoyed the special experience of being in Wembley Stadium for the day.  They were a real credit to the academy and will now use what they learnt on the day to develop themselves and other students as leaders in lessons, matches and enrichments.

Firing Up for the Dragon Boat Final

Over the last four weeks forty-eight students have been attending Liverpool Watersports Centre to take part in Dragon Boating.

They have been lucky to be coached by Dave Bangs, a very well-known and respected Dragon Boat coach who has worked with the UK team.  The students all learnt the necessary skills about how to work together as a team in order to get the boat moving as quickly as possible and speed their way to the finish line.

Each week the groups participated in a time trail and they all managed to beat their own best times at the end of the four week session. At the end of all the sessions, sixteen students were selected to represent OBA at the Merseyside Schools’ Dragon Boating competition on the 22nd June and they are currently training hard to hopefully secure an impressive win.

Miss Belford, who co-ordinates the event said:

We are hoping we will be the clear winners and we wish them every luck in the competition. They have all worked really hard and with a determination that makes me feel very proud.  They all really enjoyed themselves too, even if they did get a bit wet in the process! Come on OBA, we can do it!

ECM Day Campaign

Year 9 completed an online survey at the start of the year about alcohol, drugs and the perceptions of their peers. A recent ECM day was based on developing further the results of the survey which were very positive indeed. 

See below three campaign ideas that Year 9 students came up with on ECM day which will now go forward to the national finals. The winning school will win £1000 worth of vouchers and Miss McAuliffe, ECM Co-ordinator, thinks we have a very good chance of doing well. Good luck, Year 9!


Year 8 students meet Liverpool Ladies Team 

Miss Belford managed to secure some tickets recently for Year 8 students to go and watch Liverpool Ladies Team play against Manchester City at Halton Stadium in Widnes.

Before the game the students were lucky enough to meet some of the players who really inspired them and they also managed to get their autographs. The students then went to watch the match and were really impressed with the quality and the impressive skills of the players.

Miss Belford said:

The play was very quick and although the game finished 0-0 it was still a brilliant experience for all concerned. OBA now has plans to develop further links with the Liverpool Ladies Team and are looking forward to watching more games in the future.

The Maths Challenge

Miss Watkins Reports

Ten of our incredible Key Stage 3 students have recently sat the Junior 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 the UK Mathematics Trust.

This prestigious challenge attracts entries from over 1,000 schools and involves around 250000 students. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate (in the ratio 1:2:3) and we are delighted that four of our students received an award.

Alix Cliffe (Year 8) and Morgan Lunt (Year 7) achieved Bronze awards and Luke Taylor and Paris Regan (both Year 7) achieved Silver awards.

Congratulations to all involved!

Below is an example of one of the questions they had to answer:


Run Rugen, Run Rugen, Run, Run, Run!

Miss Rugen, along with fifteen friends and family members recently ran in the Delamere 5k Race for Life to raise money for a national cancer charity.


Exhausted but thrilled with her efforts, Miss Rugen said:

We ran together the whole time, supporting each other along the way. We hadn’t had a lot of time to train together so we were really pleased to finish the race.  We raised a total of £2,800 for Cancer Research UK which is a charity very close to my heart.  Our ‘Just Giving’ page was one of the most successful throughout the month of May, as we were in the top 3% of 69,831 fundraisers for the month. We all felt that this was a huge achievement.

Get Active with Active Halton

‘Active Halton’ promotes activities which are available for children during the summer holidays. 

Why not have a look and see what you can get involved in? Follow the link below for more information:

Tech Talk

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 free and easy to use website that has been created to help people of all ages learn how to code programs. Technology has rethought nearly everything - commerce, social networking, healthcare, and more. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Behind most technologies out there, coding is what powers them. Your internet browser, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and websites – they’re all made with code. Code Academy ( is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 10 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, and SQL. Tutorials start from teaching you the very basics of programming and becomes more advanced. The skills you can gain from Code Academy can be used for designing games, websites, apps or even controlling robots.  Code Academy’s site has had over 24 million users who have completed over 100 million exercises since it began in 2011. Code Academy has also recently launched a smartphone app called "Hour of Code". The app focuses on the basics of programming, including the same content from the website and can be downloaded to your mobile phone for free by visiting your app service.

Speak to your ICT teacher if you have any queries about using Code Academy.

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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