Dear families and friends of OBA,
At the end of a very busy half term, I suspect that all staff and students are desperately looking forward to a well-earned break so that they come back refreshed, renewed and ready to launch back into some great learning. In the coming weeks, our Year 11 and Year 13 students will be sitting their “mock” exams or what educationalists now call “Pre-Public Exams” (PPEs). Far from being “mocks” which would suggest a degree of unimportance, these exams are crucial indicators of progress, they help students understand what is being asked of them and, significantly, they help staff to shape future learning in the build-up to next summer. We would, therefore, urge all parents to support a period of highly effective revision at home. For me, I want to see all OBA students fulfilling their vast potential and they will not do that unless they really commit to their studies and “do the hard yards”. More importantly, we want all students to stay in control of their destiny and to avoid putting themselves under undue pressure next summer. So, starting the revision process early is vital and, as parents, you can help us by building in rewards for hard work whilst ensuring a healthy balance between study and relaxation.
Now that my own personal position is a little more clear, I look forward to meeting more parents at various academy events in the coming weeks but I did want to thank all those who have given me such a warm welcome so far.
Have a lovely half-term break.
Mr Tony Rawdin
‘See it Say it Stop it’
Since taking on the role as Anti-Bullying Co-ordinator in March, I have worked alongside the Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors to look at strategies to tackle bullying at OBA. The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors created the strategy ‘See it – Say it – Stop it!’ and this has been promoted to all students through assemblies and signs around the school.
In September, we organised and delivered the inaugural Friendship Conference for Year 7 students. The day was absolutely fantastic and all students developed a better understanding of friendship, kindness and how to be an upstander, rather than a bystander. Students also wrote a post card to a member of the OBA Family to thank them for being kind. It was a pleasure to lead the event and I am excited to run it again next year!
Over the course of the next few months, the team of Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are going to be working on a range of new and exciting projects. In November, it is Anti-Bullying week and the students will run and take part in a range of different activities. The Ambassadors will also be running some bake sales to raise money for Halon Haven Hospice as they work towards achieving their Diana Award badges. The ABAs are also going to be in Year 7 forms during the week and will offer a peer support system.
Overall, all students in the OBA Family will be working together to help tackle bullying in the school as we are one team: one family. I am very proud of the work that the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors put in and I am very excited to train more Anti-Bullying Ambassadors during this academic year.
School Games Committee
The School Games Committee are students from each year group who are involved in the student voice for our academy PE department. They will be meeting each half term to discuss and consult on ideas which will help improve opportunities for our students within sport.
Responsibilities within the sixth form group include;
- Monitoring KS3 lunch time activities
(Swing ball, Table Tennis, Skipping, Jenga, Connect 4, use of the Basketball Court on the yard)
- To assist with primary tournaments held in the academy
- To run and assist with Inter-house sport competitions
Responsibilities within the academy team include;
- Assisting with inter-house sport competitions
- Helping out at breakfast clubs
- Student voice ideas
- Writing and contributing to match reports
- Helping with additional lunch time activities
Mr Barrett said:
The clubs at lunch time are a great way for students to try out new sports and activities. Everyone is welcome!
Apologies for the problems you have been experiencing with the dinner money accounts over the last few weeks. We have been working hard to resolve the issues, and the systems are now fully up and running. To ensure that all children were fed during this time a manual record was made of the food that children had bought, and we will be updating dinner money accounts for these items over the next few days.
To help ensure these problems don’t arise again, we are planning an upgrade to our catering systems over this half term break. The payment system that you currently use will remain unchanged. However, the cash loaders that are used in school are at the end of their life, and will no longer be available after the half-term break. This means that your child will no longer be able to bring in cash and load it onto their account. Most payments are currently made through the School Gateway, and I have attached some information on this if you would like a reminder. Please call the academy on 01928 711643 or email email@example.com if you would like any help with this, or if you would like us to provide you with a PayPoint voucher so that you can pay this way.
Mr Rawdin has enjoyed his first Hot Chocolate Friday with KS3 students and was really impressed by our students’ mature and positive attitudes. Well done to everyone who achieved the top OBA Way points last week.
Thought for the Week
In the run up to half term and Halloween our Thought for the Week is a simple but important one!
Head Boy and Head Girl, Deputies and Senior Team
It was great to see so many students put themselves forward for the roles of Head Boy and Head Girl this year.
Head of Year 11, Miss Dutton said:
Students were asked to apply by way of a letter of application and reading through them made me very proud to see the high quality and efforts put into the application process. Sitting on the panel through the first round of interviews was definitely a tough job due to the high calibre of students taking part.
We are pleased to share that following a tough second interview with Mr Wright, the following students have now been appointed to lead the Student Leadership team;
|Head Boy: Michael Batty
||Head Girl: Kayleigh Brown
|Deputy Head Boy: Ben Kavanagh
||Deputy Head Girl: Eleanor Kirwin
The team will also be ably supported by a team of senior assistants:
- Phoenix Buyuktepe
- Jadon Allen
- Elie Chadwick
- Paris Regan
- Libby Fell
- Jemma Thain
- Victoria Clarke
- Engy Hamido Desouki
Saturday 5th October marked the start of the Around the World (ATW) project which is now in its 10th year! The popular Saturday morning club started on a high with almost 50 families attending our launch event and 65 pupils attending week 2! After hearing some key information on the 5th about how ATW works, pupils and parents were invited to take part in a special welcome quiz before signing up to the 2019-2020 project.
The activity involved families working together to match flag numbers to countries and taste-testing food from around the world to decide where the traditional dish originated from.
The Around the World project is exclusively for Year 6 and provides children in the local community with the opportunity to meet new people, try news things and have fun on a Saturday morning.
For any children thinking of OBA as a choice of school for next year, it also offers the chance to get to know key members of staff the opportunity to become more familiar with the school building.
Each week costs just £1.00 and involves a breakfast snack, up to 4 activities and a lunch cooked by the students themselves!
At Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, transition is on-going. If anyone would like any further information on the ATW project, please contact Mrs Snagg at the academy.
A Netball Win for Year 7
A massive congratulations to the Year 7 Netball team for beating Sandymoor in their first friendly fixture of the season!
Miss Porschke, Pe Teacher said:
The girls have shown excellent commitment to the team with over 16 Year 7 girls turning up to training each week which is a record for the academy.
The first game finished 10-0 to OBA and the shorter second game finished 3-0 to OBA. Layla Watcham (lead goal scorer) received the first player of the match for the 2019-20 season.
Mrs Hasty, PE Teacher said:
All of the girls displayed excellent teamwork and sportsmanship in a competitive game played in good spirits.
Well done girls keep it up!
The girls team recently played in the second round of the Cheshire Cup against Sale Grammar School. The excited young team travelled to Manchester for this round and Head of PE, Miss Mc Auliffe comments that they were ‘unlucky not to win’.
In the first half, the mid field, Grace, Kiera, Livvi and Erin were strong and kept control of the game in general but we were unfortunate with two goals against us making the score 2-0 down at half time. After a team talk from Miss Mc Auliffe, the team connected a lot better in the second half. Defence were organised and Livvi and Keira started attacking from the wings achieving a goal each. We let another goal in against us and we’re set to come back but just ran out of time!
Miss McAuliffe said:
Although we narrowly missed a win, the whole team played amazingly well and are now looking forward to the Merseyside tournament after half term. Livvi got player of the match and it was very well deserved. I felt very proud watching the team play as they were positive and supporting the whole time.
Sale Grammar 3- OBA 2
National Poetry Day
Thursday 3rd October marked the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day. The English department celebrated the event by welcoming a successful local rapper/poet named ‘Argh Kid’ who ran a number of workshops throughout the day. Students really enjoyed his performance poetry using local dialect and his poems about local football rivalries. Many students who had previously said they struggled with poetry were able to create their own poems by the end of the session and were asking when ‘Argh Kid’ was returning to run more workshops! The poet himself praised OBA and said how eager and enthusiastic students had been and how he looked forward to visiting again.
The fun didn’t stop there though as throughout the day the English department ran a series of lessons encouraging pupils to analyse and create their own poems under this year’s theme of ‘Truth’, and a range of different departments included poetry creation as part of their lessons too. English was particularly impressed with some of the maths related poetry created by Year 7 students! Form times were focused on a poetry competition run by our reading champion Mrs Rayner, and members of different departments came and read their own favourite poems to students in lessons throughout the course of the day. Miss Howard’s Year 9 class were treated to a particularly rousing rendition of ‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling from Mr Wright himself!’
OBA Park Runs
Over the last three Saturday’s OBA students have attended park runs at Delamere and Widnes.
For many of Year 7’s, this was their first time running a distance of three miles and completing this in itself was a big achievement irrespective of the amount of time taken!
At Delamere, Alice Willcott, Year 10 set a new course PB of 26:52 on her 82nd park run and Zac Kirsners, Jaden Dean, Nancy Ellis, Libby Cahill, Leon Smith and Tyler Priestly all put in solid runs.
Zac achieved a new PB of 29:11. Jaden accomplished a PB of 34:08 and Tyler reached a new Widnes PB of 30:12
Evie Berridge at 30:38 had an excellent run as did Deacon March with an outstanding 28:56. Nathaniel Hay achieved 31:52 whilst Melissa Rowlands 33:59, Mia and Frankie Holden were extremely competitive.
Given for many Adult runners a time of 30 minutes for a 5k is a time they aspire to achieve our OBA Athletes move from strength to strength!
At 22.25 Mr Wynne tore up his previous best by a small matter of 30 seconds, perhaps inspired by the new world record for running a marathon in less than two hours, which happened over the same weekend.
Many thanks to Mr Bird, Miss Cleverley, Miss Smith, Miss Sutch and Mr Wynne for giving up a Saturday morning to support our youngsters.
Sponsored Race for Life
OBA students have taken part in two sponsored races for life events in aid of Cancer Research UK raising a total of £808.40!
Mr Bird, who has led on the events said:
I am blown away with the amount raised, especially when you look at some of the individual amounts brought in.
Some of our younger students took part in a 2k race which was held within in the school playing field. Students were dressed up in pink ribbons for the day and donated a pound into school.
Some of our older students and members of the academy running club completed a 5k Park run at Phoenix Park on the following Saturday morning.
Many of the students completed in a personal best time, but for all of the students, running 5000 metres is a huge achievement.
The Park Run Director commented “OBA students are always a delight to have at our runs and make many friends due to their impeccable behaviour and enthusiasm”
Mr Bird said:
Once again the Students at OBA have exceeded my expectations and have raised over £800. Many students shared with me personal stories of family members battling against cancer. They were very motivated to show the resilience necessary to complete a tough 5k run and were highly motivated to raise a large amount of money for a very worthwhile cause. I could not be prouder of the effort they have put in to make this a remarkable success.
Students in Year 13 are well underway with their UCAS applications with some having been sent off already for early entry deadline. We have students applying for a wide variety of courses again this year including; Paramedics, Radio Therapy, Biology, Business Management and Mental Health Nursing.
On Thursday 10th October we celebrated World Mental Health Day at OBA. Our sixth form students were super enthusiastic to get behind the charity and not only fundraise but to raise awareness on social media of the #helloyellow campaign which highlights children and young people’s mental health. We had a number of activities going on throughout the day and a particular highlight was Miss Mc Auliffe's form organising and running a Bikeathon. As a form (12E) they raised a brilliant £85.00!
Students and staff were invited to 'catch up' and relax during break time with the help of complimentary hot drinks and snacks in the common room. This opportunity to talk about mental health and take a break is crucial in enabling our students to develop positive mental health habits.
This comes on the back of the team recently raising money for McMillan Cancer Support and as this is the end of only the first half term of the academic year, the positive contribution our sixth form students have already made to charity has been fantastic. As part of our student leadership programme Year 12 and 13 students will have more opportunities to get involved in a range of charity and fund-raising events throughout the year.
OBA Scientists meet NASA Flight Director
To celebrate National Space Week, Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Wynne took a coachful of students to a Q&A session with Holly Ridings at the University of Liverpool. Holly is the current and first Female Chief Flight Director at NASA; she leads a team at Mission Control at the Johnson Space Centre in Texas.
Holly answered questions relating to the future of human space flight which included topics such as how to become an astronaut and the perils of completing a spacewalk.
Bringing learning to life at Jodrell Bank Observatory
Also celebrating National Space week were the Year 10 Physics class with Mr Kendrick and Mrs Rayner at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The class participated in workshops tailored to support their study of Astronomy which included time in the Inflatable Planetarium and activities around the Space Pavilion and Planet Pavilion, as well as stopping to pose in front of the huge 76m diameter Lovell Radio Telescope!
Brand new Engineering and Visual Maths Enrichment
Year 7 students are invited to attend an exciting EVM enrichment with Mr Robinson every Thursday after school. The new club combines visual maths such as geometry with art and engineering.
Young Addaction Halton
Please find below a list of half-term activities we have going on at Young Addaction Halton:
- Monday 28th October 1-3pm –Halloween party at Upton Community Centre
- Tuesday 29th October 1-3pm – Bowling at Widnes Superbowl
- Wednesday 30th October 11.30am – 1.30pm Drone Workshop at Grangeway Youth and Community Centre
- Wednesday 30th October 6-8pm – Halloween party at Grangeway Youth and Community Centre
- Thursday 31st October 5.30-7.30pm – Halloween party at Youth Zone
- Friday 1st November 5.30-7.30pm Halloween party at Youth Zone
- Friday 1st November 5-7pm – Outreach at Halton Lodge
- Saturday 2nd November 5-7pm – Outreach Upton Shops area
If you would like to know more about these activities and booking young people on, please give us a call on 01928240406.