OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 62 - 03rd March 2016

Issue 62 - 03rd March 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

A warm welcome to this week's newsletter which, as always, features some of our notable success stories for you to celebrate with us.  

Our students have some important events coming up over the next few weeks.  Year 10 begin their mock examinations next week and we appreciate all your support in helping them to prepare for these.  Our Year 8 students have their Options Evening next Tuesday, 8th March from 6 to 8pm.  

An important date for the diaries of Year 11 students and their parents or carers is Monday, 21st March;  from 630 - 8.30pm on this evening we will be holding our second 'Prepare like an examination champion' workshop.  We will be joined by guest speaker Andrew Newton, who will lead a session in two parts, focusing on revision techniques and then on how to manage stress.  It covers some similar elements from November's workshop that I delivered, however, I can guarantee that every Year 11 student and their families will benefit from attending this important event.  Our Sixth Form students will once again provide some fantastic refreshments and I hope to see as many of you as possible on this evening.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr. M Wyss- Academy Principal

Having Fun On The Piste

Students and staff from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy and Ormiston Chadwick Academy recently enjoyed a week ‘on the piste’ in the French Alps.

Flying out from Manchester, the group of forty-two students varied in age from 11- 18. They also went on the trip with a range of different skiing abilities, with some students skiing for the first time, whilst others were highly skilled experts, having been on the annual ski trip in previous years.

Mr Fenner, Head of Year 13 in OBA, who has organised this trip for several years said:

“Regardless of their starting point, all students made excellent progress in each of their groups and the ski instructors were very impressed with how hard they all tried to improve their technique.  The students enjoyed every aspect of the trip and threw themselves whole-heartedly into both the daytime skiing and the evening après-ski activities. We organised lots of activities for them once they had come off the slopes, including swimming in an outdoor heated pool, having fun on an elevated climbing frame, ‘bum-boarding’ and a disco.  Both the students and the staff from both schools thoroughly enjoyed the trip and everyone is already looking forward to the 2017 joint trip between the two academies.”

Record Breaking Attempt

On Monday 22nd February, one hundred and twenty-five Year 7 and 8 students took part in an event to break a Guinness World Record, as part of the celebrations for World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

The World Book Day Team aimed to break the World Record for the most amount of people participating in simultaneous books quizzes. Across the country children from Key Stages 1 to 3 registered to be part of breaking the record and OBA was quick off the mark to apply.

All those OBA students who participated played six rounds of tricky literature-themed questions and played to the best of their ability - but there could only be one winning team! Miss McKevitt was a very proud teacher when a group of her Year 7 girls were victorious and took the title of quiz winners. Congratulations go to: Aimee Ainsworth, Kaidence O’Rourke, Luchia Thompson, Libby Caddick and Eleanor Roberts.

All we have to do now is keep our fingers crossed that we helped to break the record! The results will be revealed on World Book Day next week, so watch this space.

Fine Artists

A group of Year 12 students, accompanied by Miss Oakley and Mr Traves, recently visited New Brighton Beach to prepare for their AS Fine Art exam.  

One of the questions they have to prepare for is on the theme of ‘The Seashore’ so the visit to this regional beach gave them the opportunity to produce high-quality sketches, do rubbings and take a wonderful selection of photos of New Brighton. 

Miss Oakley, who organised the trip said: “The sheer determination of the students made the trip a huge success.  They did a great job in bitterly cold conditions and there was also a high tide.  I take my hat off to them for their hard work and the high winds on the day helped me to do just that!”

Healthy Eating Plan

Report by Miss McAuliffe

A new Healthy Eating Points system has been launched at OBA where students will receive points for the food they choose to eat; the healthier the food the more points are awarded. Each half term the students that have chosen the healthiest options will be highlighted and rewarded.

Meals rated by the kitchen staff as being healthier options that are served with vegetables or salad will receive the most points with 5 points being the maximum per meal. Extra points go to students who opt for having extra vegetables or salad on the side. Water is the drink with the highest amount of points.

Favourite meals in the canteen at the moment are: lasagne with a side salad, baked potatoes with tuna and beans, roast dinner with the three vegetables and chicken wraps.

To gain more points students just need to add the salad or vegetables to their dinner.

The following students are top of the points list this half term:

1) Bradley Edwards Year 10 (221 Pts)
2) Jorge Dwyer Year 8 (143 Pts)
3) Lewis Cobourne Year 8 (140 Pts)
4) Michael Roberts Year 9 (139 Pts)
5) Martin Smith Year 11 (132 Pts)
6=) Kofi Aliu Year 10 (129 Pts)
6=) Grace Scott Year 9 (129 Pts)
8) Ben Langton Year 10 (128 Pts)
9) Georgina Jones Year 11 (127 Pts)
10) Archie Mason Year 9 (124Pts)

If you have any questions regarding this points system, please contact Miss McAuliffe.

A selection of meals provided in our canteen has been provided by Mrs Fairchild, OBA’s canteen Manager.

Staff Take On the 1500 Minute Challenge

Since the start of 2016, a number of OBA staff have been taking part in a 1500 minute exercise challenge.  

With any type of physical exercise counting towards their total of minutes, staff have been getting physically active in a number of different ways, focusing on their general wellbeing.

There has been an amazing take up and the following members of staff have all successfully completed the challenge:

Mr Mercer, Mr Bird, Miss Fakir, Miss Wall, Mrs Wallace, Mrs Hughes, Mrs Allen, Miss Carden, Miss Smith, Miss McKevitt, Mr Barrett, Mr Ingram, Miss Porschke, Mr McIntyre, Mrs Fleetwood, Miss McEvoy, Mr Goodland, Miss Houghton, Miss McAuliffe, Miss Ingram, Mr Clerkin.

Mr Ingram who has co-ordinated the challenge said:

“Huge congratulations to all those who have completed the challenge. There has been a great buzz around the academy between staff to complete the challenge and also beat their personal target. Staff have taken part for lots of different reasons including: an upcoming wedding, personal fitness goals and the pure competition aspect. There has been an excellent variety of activities counting towards the totals; these have included walking, running, swimming, taking the dog for an extra walk, cycling, skiing, trampolining, ‘Insanity Workouts’ , gym workouts, rowing and dance sessions, to name just a few. I encourage them to keep up the great work and motivation.”

Helping Primary Colleagues Grow

Miss Hanson, Head of Key Stage 3 Science, went to Murdishaw West Primary School last Thursday to deliver a training session to primary teachers.  

Many primary teachers up and down the country do not have a Science background so, to support our local colleagues, Miss Hanson went along to Murdishaw West and demonstrated some fun and engaging practicals, along with scientific explanations, that they could use in class throughout Science Week, which will take place from 11th to 20th March.

The practicals focused on the theme of colour; making kaleidoscopes, using chromatography to separate inks and using water rockets. They also used coloured dyes to learn about transpiration, the movement of water up a plant, and also learnt about plant structure.

Here are some testimonials from the session:

Tech Talk

Welcome to this week’s Tech Talk, where we share useful apps, websites and devices with you all.

Practising past exam papers to help you achieve your target grade is nothing new and students and teachers have been doing this for years. The difference is that now these papers are easily available on the Internet. is a very useful website that provides free access to past exam papers for a wide range of subjects.

This website will be particularly useful at the moment to our Year 11 students who are currently working hard to prepare for their fast approaching GCSE exams. Similarly, provides practice exam papers for AS and A2 level students which will be useful for sixth form students. This website will also be useful for our Year 10 students who will be completing their mock exams in the week of Monday 7th March – Friday 11th March.

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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