OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 79 - 29th September 2016

Issue 79 - 29th September 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

I am currently in the middle of making all my visits to our partner primary schools to speak to the Year 6 students about OBA and all our great work here.   This is always one of my favourite activities and I have met some fantastic prospective new OBA students! The whole OBA family looks forward to welcoming Year 6 pupils, their parents and families to our Open Evening on Thursday, 29th October.  We open our doors at 6pm and the whole Academy will be ready for you to explore; there will be many activities to enjoy in our various subject areas, delicious food to sample in the canteen and lots of our staff and students to meet.

This week, we welcomed Year 11 students and their parents to a ‘meet and greet’ evening event, where they were able to enjoy some refreshments and meet with subject teachers to discuss the important summer GCSE examinations, learn some useful tips on how to prepare for these and just generally establish a team spirit for this vital time.

We have also enjoyed out first sporting successes of the academic year, with the boys football teams securing victories over their Sandymoor counterparts. Congratulations on your wins boys!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Open Evening.

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

The Water Obstacle Challenge

Twelve Year 10 students recently had the opportunity to travel to Liverpool Watersports Centre to participate in an afternoon of team building skills which stretched them to the limit.

They spent time on the water obstacle course, working together to help each other tackle the gruelling course. They all had great fun jumping in and attempting difficult moves under the direction of the expert instructors and they then went on to have further fun on the water trampoline. At the end of the day there were some seriously wet and exhausted students, but they all learnt a lot from the experience and can’t wait to have the opportunity to try their hand at it again.

Child Development Careers Fair at OBA

On Thursday 22nd September OBA held their first ever careers fair specifically for Child Development students.  The event saw representatives from across Halton and the North West inspire the students by giving them an insight into careers that involve working with children and their families.

We welcomed Social Workers, an Antenatal Practitioner, a Midwife, a Breast Feeding Support Worker, a representative from Bridgewater Medical Team who is experienced in a variety of careers associated with children’s health as well as the Principal Manager and an Early Help Officer from our very own Halton Children’s Centres.

Students from Year 9 through to Year 13 who study GCSE and A Level Child Development gained an insight into the careers of the visiting professionals and they also provided students with information about grades required for the relevant university courses that would help them to pursue their chosen career. Some very ‘hands on’ stalls gave the students the opportunity to simulate listening to a baby’s heartbeat through the mother’s abdomen and they were even able to deliver baby – although not a real one, of course!

Mrs Smith, teacher of Science and Child Development, who organised the event said: 

My vision for the fair was to educate our young people on the careers available to them and how accessible they are through study, hard work and determination.  I wanted to bring their classroom learning to life with the help of our volunteer professionals.

Lauren Mather, Year 13 said:

Talking to the Social Workers was inspiring and I realised that this is what I want to do in the future.  I am now going to apply to university for a degree in Social Work.

Leah Oram in Year 12, said about the day:

I have been given work experience advice and advice on university.  I now know it’s what I want to do.

Social Worker, Samantha Walsh commented:

The students were all very passionate about finding out about the range of careers on offer.  They were all very mature and the empathy of the students really came through.  They would make brilliant Social Workers.

Antenatal practitioner, Donna McParland, thoroughly enjoyed presenting during the event and said:

You have lots of very interested students who asked thought provoking questions.  They were all very engaged and interested.

Mrs Smith continued:

This Careers Fair has helped us to build up some fabulous links within the community.  It has also opened up opportunities for work experience and I will be inviting some of the professionals who were present back to deliver more applied learning experiences in lessons.

To Kill A Mockingbird

Bolton Octagon

The Trip: On Monday 19th September the Drama department kicked off the year with a trip to the Bolton Octagon theatre to see Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird, directed by Elizabeth Newman. 

This theatre trip is extra special as it marked the launch of our ‘Theatre Pass’; a programme set up to ensure that all Drama students have the opportunity to see a range of live theatre performances throughout the year. 

Students from Years 9 to 12 were wowed with the naturalistic acting from the cast that took us back to 1960’s Maycomb, Alabama in America. The theatre in the round was filled with bright red sand and actors weaved in and out of the audience creating an interactive and interesting, ‘edge of your seat’ atmosphere that enthralled our drama students. 

Bringing it back to the classroom: Our young actors have now started to study this text in school, as preparation for their GCSE and A-Level written exam, which asks them to review a piece of live theatre. 

Next Trip: Frantic Assembly at the Lowry Theatre on 9th November 2016. 

Follow us @OBADrama to keep up to date with all the latest Drama events and achievements. 

Christmas is Coming…

Last week marked the start of the preparations for this year’s school production – ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Over sixty eager students took part in two auditions where students got involved in whole cast ensemble work and then performed extracts from the play. 

Miss Noon, who will be directing the production said:

It was fantastic to see our Drama family growing with the welcome of our new Year 7s. I was so impressed by the standard of all the students who auditioned so I would like to extend my congratulations to each and every one of them.  We are all really excited about the show and hope to see many of you there supporting our fantastic cast in December.
OBA’s show rehearsals will take place Tuesday and Wednesday nights in the Hall from 3- 4.30pm.  After October half-term, rehearsals will be on Thursdays also (for selected cast members).

Thank you in advance to all the parents for their support,

Mrs Noon and the Performing Arts Team

Rowing to Success

After the amazing success of Great Britain’s rowers in the Olympics this year, sports men and women across the country are already training hard for the next Olympics in 2020. 

One student who is working very hard to be in the running in four years time is Year 10 student, Charlotte Allen. Charlotte recently took part in the Boston Rowing Marathon where she completed the 50.2KM stretch from Lincoln to Boston.

This is an amazing achievement  for someone as young as Charlotte and we wish her every success in all her future events.

Amazing Start to the Season for Boys’ Football

The first football league games of the season took place last week and OBA’s Year 8 and Year10/11 teams got off to an outstanding start when they played Sandymoor School and truly smashed it! 

Year 8 put on an amazing performance and won the match with a stunning 7-0 victory over Sandymoor.  The Year 8s performed confidently throughout the match and thoroughly deserved the fabulous result.

However, the celebrations didn’t stop there because the Year 10/11 victory was even more impressive and they went on to beat Sandymoor with an unbelievable end result of 21-0. 

The game was 14-0 at half time and some of the most notable goals were scored by Eden Gumbs, Wes Highdale and Max Dwyer. The second half saw another 7 goals fly into the back of the net, including goals from Liam Harrison and Elias Gumbs, who both scored their first ever goals for the upper school team.


Music Taster Sessions

Since the beginning of term, students in Years 7 and 8 have been given the opportunity to have a range of music taster lessons in addition to their usual Music lessons.  The number of students who took part in the sessions was much greater than the actual number of lessons available and the enthusiasm displayed by all those who attended was very impressive.

The taster lessons on offer were:  drums, voice, piano, woodwind, strings, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, brass and DJ-ing.

For further details, contact Mr Reid, Head of Music.

Hussey Hits Hole in One

Keen golfer, Mr Hussey, is glowing with pride after recently scoring his first hole in one!

Mr Hussey, who is passionate about golf, achieved this amazing ambition at Lee Park Golf Club in Liverpool when he was playing a round of golf with his dad.  Having loved the sport for eleven years, Mr Hussey who has a handicap of 15, is now one of a select group of players because the chance of hitting a hole in one is 12,500 to 1!

Mr Hussey said: 

I couldn’t find the ball when I got down to the green and I really didn’t believe it when I checked the hole and the ball was in there!  As is customary when this happens I then had to buy everyone in the club house a drink! The magic ball is now one of my most treasured possessions and it is sitting proudly on the mantelpiece at home.

Our annual Christmas Market will be taking place on Tuesday 13th December. If you are interested in booking a stall to sell your crafts, please contact Mrs Snagg.

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