OBA Weekly Newsletter. Issue 75 - 27th June 2016

Issue 75 - 27th June 2016
Dear families and friends of OBA,

We were delighted to welcome our largest ever new Year 6 group for their first induction day this week.  Over two hundred pupils will form our new Year 7 in September. It is always lovely to see their eager, smiling faces as they are welcomed into the OBA family.   We already look forward to the next two induction days on the 4th and 5th of July.  On the evening of the 5th we also have our Induction Evening for Year 6 parents and pupils.

Last week OBA enjoyed a true Academy community event, as we watched the England versus Wales Euro 2016 match.  This featured waving flags, rousing chants, thunderous drums and loud trumpets.  It was like being at the actual match, although the final result was not the best for our Wales-supporting staff and students!

You will also read in this week’s newsletter about our magical trip to the Harry Potter studios, some fantastic musical achievements and also the very worthy Glastonbury Oxfam Project.

I look forward to sharing our latest news with you next week.

Best wishes

Mr. M Wyss
Academy Principal

Come On, England!

The football rivalry in Euro 2016 between the England and Wales teams last week was not something that the PE Faculty wanted our students to miss out on.  So, Mr Barrett and other PE staff got to work with the staff from Brookvale Recreation Centre and set up the Sports Hall with a huge screen so that everyone who wished to do so could enjoy ‘the big game’.

Flags adorned the walls and the supporters, and the banging of drums echoed around the Sports Hall as the students and staff got into the mood encouraging their team on.  Most were shouting for England, but not all, as some Welsh staff and students donned Welsh flags and were urging their team on.  The exciting game, which saw England steal the match with a 2-1 win in extra time was a memorable experience and the atmosphere in the Sports Hall was electric.

Mr Barrett, who declares himself to be a member of ‘England’s Football Barmy Army’ said:

A brilliant time was had by all and everyone got into the spirit of supporting their nation.  Let’s hope England can now keep up the good work and even go on to win the whole tournament!

Happy at Hogwarts

On Friday 17th June, forty-eight students from Years 7 and 8 were given the privilege of heading down to Watford to experience the incredible Warner Brothers Studio Tour. This was a reward trip for those students who had attended extra English enrichment and had displayed excellent behaviour in their English lessons.


The day started nice and early with the students ready and raring to go at 6.50am and the teachers took it upon themselves to dress up in Harry Potter attire in order to add to the excitement.

The students were really impressed with the various activities on offer around the studios and were able to gain an insight into the complexity of making the Harry Potter films. From wand practice, to flying on a broomstick, they were all kept entertained throughout the day.

Miss Ingram, English teacher, said:

The day was a huge success and was amazing for both students and staff. All the students were very well behaved and really did the school proud. The magic of Hogwarts infected everyone who attended and it was a truly wonderful experience.


OBA at Glastonbury

The Glastonbury Festival is always a popular, summer musical event for people of all ages from across the world, but this year OBA will have an extra interest in it.

OBA has been chosen as one of twenty-five schools across the country to take part in a project organised by OXFAM regarding the importance of education across the world. Education is often taken for granted by many young people but not everyone across the world is privileged enough to experience having a good education, if any at all.  The campaign is to raise awareness and help support OXFAM in combatting this serious issue.

The Year 7s and 8s have been busy working with Miss Horton and Miss Taylor to create leaves with special messages on about the importance of education to them. Congratulations go to all students involved, with a special mention for Chloe Pye from Year 8 who gave the project its title ‘Let Education Grow’.

OBA’s display, along with that of the other schools involved, will be viewed backstage by artists such as Muse, Adele and Coldplay.  How impressive is that?

Congratulations and Celebrations

Many congratulations go to Music students Rebekka Pountain, Chelsea Scoullar and Megan Parr who have each been awarded a Grade 3 in their Rock and Pop Vocal Exam from Trinity College London.

Mr Reid, Head of Music, said:

These students have worked so hard and deserve this prestigious qualification. They have been totally dedicated in lessons and in enrichment sessions, both at lunchtimes and after school. Well done to them all!

Perfect Music Prefects

Congratulations go Megan Parr and Morgan Murray who have been successful with their application to become OBA’s first music prefects.

The students have shown immense talent and aptitude in Music lessons both in and beyond the classroom. In addition, their attitude to Music education in general and their understanding of the value that this offers young people is exemplary. Their written applications also showed a genuine willingness to develop all kinds of music further within OBA and the local community.

Mr Reid said:

All the Music teachers feel that these two talented musicians are not only consummate performers within the school but they are always supporting younger students to progress further with their musical skills.  We will be delighted to work with them in a different capacity now, as they will now take on extra responsibilities.  We are sure they will do a great job and they have set the bar high for future prospective prefects. Well done to Morgan and Megan, our magnificent musical maestros!

UCAS Convention

Sixty-eight Year 12 students spent a day last week at the UCAS Convention in The University of Liverpool to gain an insight into university life.

The visit was a fantastic opportunity to see how large The University of Liverpool’s campus actually is and the facilities and courses it has to offer our students. However, there were also many stalls offering information regarding the vast array of courses at many other universities across the country, such as Bangor, Plymouth and Belfast.  Members of the armed forces were also on hand to offer advice and answer any questions the students may have had.

Sixth Form Assistant, Ms O’Neill, said:

This was a very useful and informative day and it helped a lot of our students to finalise what they are going to apply for next year.  It can be a very difficult decision, so the more research that can be done now the better.  We are always available to help our students but days like this really do make a difference as the undergraduates that are present can talk in depth about their experiences and answer the many questions that our students may have.


Tech Talk

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 the official app that has been created for Euro 2016. Many of us are currently enjoying watching 24 nations compete against each other in France. With the Euro 2016 app you can now find out everything you need to know about the biggest EUROs ever in just a few taps. From the final tournament draw and then the opening game at Stade de France on 10 June, to the final on 10 July, the official UEFA EURO 2016 app is your one-stop shop for all you need to know about the teams, players, matches, fixtures and much more.  The app will also let you pick your favourite team and get a personalised experience.  There is video and audio, all the official statistics and dedicated reporters with every team will bring you the latest news from the camps. You can also get in the mood before kick-off by picking your all-time EURO XI.

You can download the official Euro 2016 app for free by accessing your app store now.

Come on England!

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:

Important Information for all Parents and Carers

from PC Williams

There has been a recent spate of children, particularly girls being incited to expose themselves over the web cam on to gain popularity.

The participants believe they have control of videos they upload, in that they can decide IF and for how long, videos are available on the website. However, there are any number of software packages which can record, edit and save what is happening on the screen which includes video feeds.  A recent ongoing case has shown that paedophiles are increasingly collecting, sharing and swapping ‘screen recordings’.

Please find below useful websites about

Also, there has recently been an increase in the report of incidents of inappropriate messages being sent to young people via Facebook and other social media.

This consists of unknown persons creating profiles that appear to belong to children and teenagers. Once they have established a “friendship” or connection with someone they then send them sexually explicit images via private messenger services.  This is obviously a criminal offence and any such incidents, if reported, will be fully investigated.

So, I would like to encourage all parents and carers to pay close attention to their children’s usage of social media and offer them advice and guidance around the below points:

  • It is recommended that children under the age of 13 do not use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat or similar social media outlets.  
  • Young people should not accept a friend request from anybody they have never met or do not know in person.
  • We would like to encourage parents and carers to sit down with children and go through their friends lists deleting anyone who is not known to them or their child.
  • Check the security settings on any social media profiles; these should be set at maximum security.
  • Social media provides a window into our lives which, when shared with friends and loved ones, can be fun and rewarding to use. However, if the right attention is not paid to security, complete strangers can have same intimate access to our private lives.

For more advice on online protection for children and young people, please visit the below websites:

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) website

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