Dear families and friends of OBA,
Welcome back to our latest edition of the weekly newsletter. Last week was a really busy, fun and vibrant week in the academy.
I was delighted to welcome our MP, Mike Amesbury, to the school and later that day our Open Evening saw the school full to bursting with prospective students and their parents and carers. Can I publicly thank all our staff for their hard work and late finish for Open Evening.
The school places great value on supporting our students to see the importance and relevance of their learning. Last week we saw MFL celebrating a whole school, week of events relating to the European Day of Languages and we welcomed a team of engineers to the school for a careers event which aimed to show students the possibilities that come from achieving well in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. We also welcomed a group of eight local employers to our first business breakfast of the school year; we talk with local employers about the needs of the job market, and use that information to tailor the school’s curriculum appropriately.
You will also see a new weekly feature –Artist of the Week. Here we will showcase one of our Art students and their exceptional work.
Thank you to all parents for their support over the last few weeks. I have found settling into the school all the more easy owing to your support. Thank you also to those parents who took up the Principal’s drop in last week – it was a pleasure to meet you. The next of these will be available after half term and will be advertised on our website. Please do also look out for a very important letter due home from me this week in relation to requests for holidays in term time.
For those parents who use social media, please do follow the school on twitter (@obacademy
). You will see from that Twitter account that many departments use Twitter to keep you right up to date with what is going on around the school.
Have a lovely week,
Mr. E Wright
OBA Welcomes Local MP
On Thursday 28th September, staff and students at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy were delighted to welcome Mike Amesbury MP for a tour of their school.
As a Labour MP, Mike has represented the constituency of Weaver Vale in The House of Commons since the General Election in June earlier this year. During his visit, Mike was thrilled to meet a range of students, visit lessons and was really impressed with the facilities and enrichment opportunities that are offered in OBA.
Year 10 student, Ewan Jago, who was voted in as Halton’s Member of The Youth Parliament last April, and therefore represents the borough’s 12,000 young people, was very happy to enjoy some quality time with the local MP to briefly discuss some of the issues in his manifesto.
Emlyn Wright, Principal of OBA since September, was proud to talk about all the amazing things he had discovered about the OBA family so far, and was happy to touch on some of his proposals and plans, which will ensure the Academy goes from strength to strength in the future.
Mr Wright said:
It was a real pleasure to show Mike Amesbury MP around our wonderful school as we have so much to be proud of. Mike was genuinely interested in the progress of our students both academically and also as young citizens who can make a difference in today’s society. We look forward to welcoming Mike back to OBA very soon.
Later that day, Mike Amesbury posted the following on his Twitter page:
Great to meet brilliant year 11 students at @OBAcademy & Principal Emlyn Wright. Great results matched by enthusiasm by all.
Open Evening Success
OBA’s Open Evening for primary pupils interested in a place in the Academy in September 2018 took place last Thursday, and the event was a resounding success with a record number of pupils and parents attending the evening.
Principal, Mr Wright, had the pleasure of delivering his address to a packed hall of interested, prospective parents on two occasions during the evening and he was able to talk with huge pride about OBA’s great results, the high standards across the Academy and his vision for OBA’s continued success in the future.
The excitement on the faces of both the pupils and the parents was evident as they toured the school, seeing the excellent facilities and equipment, as well witnessing the enthusiasm of the staff as they encouraged everyone to take part in an array of fun, engaging and educationally challenging activities.
Many of the pupils also signed up for the ever-popular ‘Saturday Academy’, which started up again for the first time this academic year on Saturday 30th September. ‘Saturday Academy’ offers those interested in a place at OBA the opportunity to take part in an ‘Around the World’ programme every week. This is not only a fun-filled, fabulous experience for all those that attend, but it also helps the Year 6s to make friends with pupils from other local primary schools.
If you were unable to attend the Open Evening, would like a prospectus or would like more information about ‘Saturday Academy’, please contact OBA’s Leader of Transition and Community Development, Mrs Snagg, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be more than happy to help.
Go with the Flow!
We are excited to announce that Mrs Littlemore, a member of our extremely busy and talented English Faculty, has written and published a book entitled Flow.
Mrs Littlemore’s work of art is a dystopian fiction novel (a little like the hugely popular Hunger Games and Divergent series) aimed at a young adult audience of 13+. It will be available to purchase from Friday 6th October, in both paperback and EBook version, from Amazon.
Mrs Littlemore will be talking to OBA’s students in assemblies over the coming weeks about her writing and self-publishing and how students can aspire to fulfil their dreams, just like Mrs Littlemore who has been looking forward to publishing this book for some time.
Flow is the first in a series of books about a group of people struggling to survive after their world has been annihilated by devastating floods.
Click here to see the book online.
The book description:
A world in tatters. A society where rebellion is not tolerated. A girl desperate to discover the truth.
Sixteen year old Quin lives in The Beck, a saviour society. Her community has risen from the ruins of a land shattered by Mother Nature. But Beck law is tough. Quin knows that the rules must be followed in order to sustain life in a place where floodwaters constantly threaten existence. A single violation could land her in Clearance. But some laws are harder to follow than others and as Quin discovers the horrifying truth, she knows she cannot stay silent forever.
We would like to congratulate Mrs Littlemore on this amazing achievement. We wish her every success with this publication and look forward to updating you on her future successes.
European Day of Languages
European Day of Languages was celebrated across the continent on Tuesday 26th September, so OBA celebrated with a range of fun activities for different year groups.
Years 7 and 8 enjoyed taster sessions in several different languages, including Portuguese, French, German, Basque and Irish!
To ensure the gastronomic delights of European countries could also be sampled, there were different European dishes served in the Dining Room each day, such as Spanish omelette, paella, Portuguese piri-piri chicken and German Bratwurst sausages, to name just a few.
Students were involved in a variety of fun activities such as ‘Guess the Greetings’; they had to match up the foreign greetings and countries which were hidden around school. Also, in Sixth Form English lessons, students focussed on learning ‘Esperanto’ with Mrs Richards.
Mrs Fakir, Head of Modern Foreign Languages, said:
Fortunately the event tied in with OBA’s Open evening, where we offered a European style café with food from Spain, France and Italy, so we were also able to extend the opportunity to sample a range of European food to primary school pupils and their parents/carers.
Engineering your way to the top!
As part of the OBA’s continuing commitment to raising achievement and the aspirations of our pupils, fifty-eight students from Years 9 and 10 who study Engineering or Technology were selected to attend a business networking event with Alstom Engineering Company.
In the UK and Ireland, Alstom operates across more than twenty sites and employs more than 2,500 people. Alstom has an impressive history in the UK dating back to the dawn of the railway, and they have been involved in some of this country's most significant and innovative rail transportation infrastructure such as HS1, Manchester Metrolink, Network Rail’s Signalling and electrification systems, Nottingham Trams and half the trains on the London Underground.
Alstom also provides world-class development and training facilities for employees and industry partners. Additionally, they invest in longer-term skills development through partnerships with the UK’s best education providers and skills development organisations, as well as their own well-established intern, apprentice and graduate programmes.
Alstom, whose new site has recently opened in Halton, with a Skills Centre due to open in September, sent a massive twenty-one employees over from France to come into OBA, with the aim of raising awareness of careers in Engineering.
Our students were given the opportunity to speak with the engineers about their roles and responsibilities and about the educational and vocational pathways that they undertook to access a career in this industry.
Feedback from the event was very positive, with all twenty-one of the Alstom engineers stating that they found the event to be very beneficial for both them and the students:
The main benefit to me personally of participating in this event was not just answering the questions of the young people but also giving them a better insight into the daily duties and responsibilities of being an engineer. I never had this opportunity when I was at school/college and it would have been really useful. Sylvain Lapougeas, Alstom Engineer
This event made me realise how beneficial this type of interaction could be for my own children when they reach this age, so thank you OBA.Julian Chevalier, Alstom Engineer
It was a really good event. It was nice to speak to young people and get excited about my job and the company.David Owen, Alstom Engineer
The experience was really enjoyable as we got a lot of information about the company and the roles that they do.
David Pluger, OBA Yr10
Throughout September, there has been a lot of hard work going on in OBA’s Library, particularly with Year 7 students who have been completing their STAR Reading tests to check their reading ages.
It is very important for staff to know the reading ages of the students in their care as this plays a crucial part in enabling students to access the curriculum.
Librarian, Miss Wheatcroft said:
The students have been doing very well, and have made a lot of progress compared to their reading ages from last year. I am also delighted that, thanks to ‘BookTrust’, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, every Year 7 student will receive a free book as a ‘Welcome to OBA Reading Gift’
The lucky Year 7 students have a range of twelve books to pick from including: Wonder by J.R. Palacio, Phoenix by S.F. Said, Superstar Geek by Katy Birchall and Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss.
CONGRATULATIONS, SOPHIE WATSON!
September’s ‘Library Superstar of the Month’ award goes to Sophie Watson in Year 7,
Sophie has achieved the highest reading age we have ever recorded in OBA from a Year 7 student; she has a reading age of 16 years old and we are very proud of this enormous achievement.
Well done Sophie!
OBA’s Artist of the Week
Congratulations to Year 11 Art student, Udom Deesamer, who has been nominated as ‘ OBA’s Artist of the Week’.
Udom can be seen below working on his fabulous ‘Cell/viruses painting’ Triptych series.
Mr Smyth, Art teacher, said:
I would like to nominate Udom for ‘Artist of the Week’ because the painting he has produced is quite an achievement due to its size and bold, colourful design. The painting is 12 feet by 4 feet which is quite a feat for a young artist. Well done, Udom, and keep up the hard work!
Congratulations to Maths teachers Miss Watkins and Miss Hunt who valiantly took part in the ‘Pretty Muddy Run’ on Saturday 30th September at Reaseheath College in Cheshire.
Miss Hunt said:
It was quite a bright day but there has been so much rain lately that the course was exceptionally muddy. It was a challenge to run the 5k muddy obstacle course, scramble over the A-frame and crawl through the mud pit but it was all worth it as we raised £300 for Cancer Research and we are very proud of ourselves. We are now looking forward to competing in some more fund-raising events, in the not-too-distant future.
If anyone would like to sponsor either Miss Watkins or Miss Hunt after the event then please email them on L.Watkins@OB-AC.co.uk or K.Hunt@OB-AC.co.uk – they would be very grateful for your support!
Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys Football Team who beat Tarporley High School in the first round of the Cheshire cup with an amazing 9-5 win.
The game got off to a quick start with Adam Moseley opening the scoring but after some confusion at the back the score was 1-1.
The first half ended 4-4 with Adam Moseley on his hatrick at the half-time whistle.
Owen Cushion dropped back in front of the defence in the second half and enjoyed a lot of the ball, playing some excellent passes into midfield. Well done to all players for a sterling performance and for scoring so many goals:
Adam Moseley (5) Owen Cushion (1) William Harrison (1) Isaac Evans (1) Zac Comer (1)
MAN OF THE MATCH – Zac Comer
The Year 8 Boys also proved their worth again when they beat Ridgeway High School on the Wirral 7-0 in the second round of the English Schools' Cup
Congratulations to goal scorers:
Adam Moseley (2) Zac Comer (3) George Taylor (1) and Michael Martin (1)
MAN OF THE MATCH - Owen Cushion
The Year 7 Boy’s Football Team also gave a great performance against North Liverpool Academy last week when they played in the English Schools' Cup and stormed to victory with a 3-0 win.
With Goals from Charlie Warburton, Harry Wilson and Jimmy O'Rourke, and a great performance from Owen Mainwaring in defence, OBA dominated for most of the game and was always the best team on the pitch. The students are now awaiting the draw to see who they will then play in the next round!
MAN OF THE MATCH – Jimmy O’Rourke
Well done to all Year 7 and 8 team members and good luck in the next rounds of the tournaments.
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 BBC Bitesize, a well-established but very useful website, that students can access free of charge for revision purposes. BBC Bitesize can be found by going to bbc.co.uk/education is also available to download as an app. BBC Bitesize provides study support for learners from primary school age right up to A Level. A wide range of study support materials such as videos, fact 32files, activities, interactive games and tests are available for you to use 24/7!
The Key Stage 3 section contains 33 subjects and the GCSE section of the website contains 37 subjects. There are revision materials for Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, English, French, Geography, German, History, Mandarin, Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, PSHE and Citizenship, Religious Education, Science, Spanish and many more.
We would urge all of our year 10 and 11 students to be using sites like BBC Bitesize throughout the year and also in the run up to their exams.
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: L.Hussey@ob-ac.co.uk
We have recently updated the e-safety advice we give to parents on our website. Please have a look under the ‘Parents” section or just follow this link: www.ormistonbolingbrokeacademy.co.uk/parents/e-safety-for-parents/
Here you will find a range of advice on how to keep your child safe online. There is also a really good section on cyberbullying which is included below:
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is any form of bullying that takes place online, or using digital devices such as smartphones or tablets.
How cyberbullying occurs
Cyberbullying that is instigated by peers largely takes place on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Instagram or Facebook following a fall out or as a way to draw negative attention to someone. Young people also face cyberbullying from people they’ve never even met in person on forums, chatrooms and open social media profiles, which is why it is important to keep your personal details and social media profiles private.
How it makes your child feel
Although cyberbullying is a form of bullying, the effects can differ greatly from face-to-face bullying. When you are bullied online, particularly in situations where many people can see it happening, it’s extremely humiliating. Often onlookers are waiting to see how you’ll respond, and sometimes it can be hurtful just to see that no one is stepping in to stand up for or support you.
Cyberbullying can occur any time, any place – when your child’s on holiday, when playing with friends, when doing homework. So they may feel trapped in the sense that they’re unable to escape the abuse. In addition to the emotions your child may be feeling after being bullied, they have the added pressure of knowing that any videos, pictures or comments posted about them may be permanent. Once something is posted online, it can be visible for you and others to see, years down the line.
What to do if your child is being cyberbullied
- Talk to them about it if you spot any warning signs that they may be being bullied. Try and be non-judgmental and understanding, then offer your advice and support
- Get evidence of the bullying. Screen shots are an effective way of capturing evidence so that it can be shown to others when needed
- Block the person bullying them so that your child and the cyberbully aren’t able to communicate with each other
- Report cyberbullies to the social networks, web masters or admins themselves so they can step in to try and rectify the situation
- Ignore cyberbullies instead of retaliating where possible. As with all bullying, the bullies usually want to get a reaction out of you
- Privacy is key when it comes to protecting yourself from anonymous cyberstalkers or trolls. Encourage your child to switch their privacy settings to share content only with their “friends”
- Escalate to your child’s school or the police for support if the situation is serious and you notice that your child is getting upset, being threatened or you’re seeing signs of self-harm