OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 78 - 14th September 2016

Issue 78 - 14th September 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

It is a real pleasure to welcome you back to a new year here at the Academy. I hope you enjoyed a fantastic holiday and were able to spend quality time together with your children.  As a dad, I know how important these times are; my twin boys have just started in Year 7 in their secondary school in Liverpool and have settled in superbly.  Talking of which... OBA's new Year 7s students -  all two hundred and seven of them - are an absolute joy to have in the Academy!  They are hard-working, polite and smart and a real credit to you all.  The majority of them attended our vibrant Summer School in August, which no doubt prepared them even further for their start with us.  Their formal Year 7 tie-presentation welcome ceremony was also extremely well attended by parents and families. 

They were also the first group to enjoy our new automated and retractable bleacher seating in the hall.  This represents a significant investment in our facilities and should demonstrate to you how important we feel it is to provide our youngsters with the finest learning environment.  

You will no doubt have read about our summer examination success in the press or on our website but I have to celebrate our key achievements once more.  Of our Year 11 students, 63% achieved a grade A*-C in both English and maths, well above the national figure.  Nearly three quarters of them gained five or more GCSE at grade A*-C, again outperforming all students nationally.  Next, our Year 13 Sixth Formers secured a 99% pass rate in all subjects, with the success rate at A Level rising significantly from last year.  Progress in Vocational A Levels was outstanding once again, and much higher than the national average.  Of these students, more than 40 are going to university, eleven of them to the top Russell Group universities.

I'm sure you will also want to congratulate our students and can understand how proud I am of them.

The OBA family is delighted to be back in action and we look forward to working with you.

Best wishes

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Memorable Kenyan Experiences

Just before the summer holidays, Mr Rigby and Miss Hanson from OBA took thirteen students from Years 11 and 12, accompanied by staff and pupils from OCA in Widnes, on a once in a lifetime trip to Kenya.

After a long and tiring flight to Dubai and then a further journey to Nairobi, the students got in to the awaiting safari vehicles and headed to their camp for the first night’s stay. Although a little shocked by the outdoor showers and the plethora of new, intriguing insects, the students soon started to settle in to Kenyan life and even ended up trying their hand at bartering for presents for friends and family!

Over the 2 weeks, students and staff were given the opportunity to go on multiple safari trips, both during the day and at night. They were lucky enough to catch sightings of  wildebeest, zebras, lions, elephants and giraffes, to name just a few!


Students also had the opportunity to visit a Masai tribe and they were invited to step inside their homes and take a look around their market. Some of the male student ‘warriors’ also tried their hand at starting fires!


Shortly after, students travelled the long journey to the Marich Pass, where they had chance for a quick photo opportunity at the equator!  Students then spent the next five nights in ‘Bandas’ (mud-huts).

During their time at the Marich Pass Field Studies Centre, students participated in visits to a local school and even had the opportunity to scale Mount Koh – not for the faint hearted! During the evenings, students were treated to markets, musicians, campfires and even BBQs by the river!


Before they all knew it, it was time to start the journey back towards the airport, where they stayed in a local boarding school and had a chance to cycle through Hell’s Gate National Park the following morning. The final night in Kenya was  in the Elsamere Conservation Centre (Born Free) where everyone had a much-needed cool down in a local swimming pool during the day, followed by the final awards ceremony in the evening!


Miss Hanson said:

All the students had a fantastic time on the trip, with some even reporting it had opened their eyes to how fortunate they are - and they would all LOVE to go back!

Any students interested in going on the trip next year can get details in assemblies, speak to Mr Rigby or Miss Hanson.

Party in the Park

During the summer holidays, five OBA students helped to support Liverpool Housing Trust with their annual ‘Party in the Park’ event.

Now in its tenth year, Party in the Park is a firm favourite with our local community. There is always an array of stalls and attractions, with funfair-style games, children’s fairground rides and a rodeo bull being amongst the highlights. 

As well as fun activities for all the family, there were also stalls providing free information and advice on a range of issues such as employment, health and wellbeing, and welfare rights.

With students, Leon Murray(Yr 10), Ewan Jago (Yr 9) and Ethan Fryer (Yr 10) supervising the funfair-style game and Jordan Jackson (Yr 12) and Lewis Jackson (Yr 12) controlling the flow of traffic in and out of the park, the event couldn’t have run more smoothly!  

Jane Smith, regeneration officer at Liverpool Housing Trust, gave personal thanks to OBA's students for their valued support and said:

Our annual Party in the Park event is a great way of bringing members of the local community together

All five students were awarded an AQA accreditation in Event Volunteering and will soon be receiving their certificates. 

Ms Jarvis, Student Transition, Careers and Welfare Co-ordinator, who helped to co-ordinate the event said:

Thank you once again to all our students who took part and for representing OBA’s commitment to supporting our local community.. I am very proud of them all.

Divergent - Veronica Roth

A Book Review by Miss Best

This novel is set in a fictional post-apocalyptic Chicago in a world where society has been split into groups (factions) based on personality. I read this book after finishing ‘The Hunger Games’ when I was searching for a similar type of read.

The story follows the journey of Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior as she faces the decision of which ‘faction’ to commit herself to for the rest of her life:  Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intellectual. How can a well-rounded human being be only one? And why is no-one allowed outside of the city walls?

Divergent mixes action with romance, resilient friendships and enough tension to make you keep turning the page.
Once you’ve finished this book you can jump straight into the sequel ‘Insurgent’ or sit back and lose yourself in the film adaptation starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

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