OBA Students Dare to Shine

Students, parents, Governors and teachers from Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy recently enjoyed one of the highlights of the academic year, when the academy held its annual Awards and Celebration Evening.

Following the theme of OBA’s motto ‘Lucere Aude - Dare to Shine’ was Guest speaker, contemporary poet and writer, Levi Tafari. Levi who is the patron of Tafari House, one of OBA’s five Houses, congratulated students from Years 7 to 11, praising them for their many talents. Before presenting students with their certificates and rewards for outstanding achievement and effort across all subject areas, Levi delivered some truly inspirational words and rap-style poems about his own life and experiences. These were intended to encourage all those present, no matter what their age, to have self-belief, perseverance and appreciate that it is never too late to learn something new, develop your talents and follow your dreams.

Levi Tafari speaking at the Awards Evening

Student demonstrating musical prowess

After rapturous applause and some exceptional solo musical performances, Levi then went on to present House awards to students who had either been excellent ambassadors for their House Team throughout the last year or had held an outstanding record of attendance.

Student demonstrating singing talent

Head Boy, Jake McCaffrey, and Head Girl, Kerrah Watts, did a sterling job as comperes for the evening and took great pride in their address to the audience. Speaking at length about the many amazing opportunities offered to OBA students, they elaborated on some of their experiences from both inside the classroom and also spoke about the many enrichment slots which take place after school, at weekends and during the holidays for them and pupils from local primary schools.

OBA's Head Boy and Head Girl speaking at the Awards Evening

At the end of the evening, parents, staff and students joined Levi for an informal chat over light refreshments, which also allowed parents and students the time to take advantage of a quick photoshoot and a chat.

Overview of the while stage looking fantastic, with students sat to the left and right on stage

Mr Wyss, Principal, said "This event was a resounding success and it wasn’t called ‘OBA’s ACE!’ (Awards and Celebration Evening!) for nothing. The pride and enjoyment expressed by parents and students as they left the building made me feel exceptionally proud. OBA is about changing childrens life-chances and it is nights like this which make me feel very honoured to be OBA’s Principal."

Executive Principal John Rigby, and Principal Mark Wyss, congratulating our successful students

Mr Rigby, Executive Principal, added "Our students display very special qualities and we nurture and develop their skills at every stage in their life at OBA. Tonight could have seen many more students receiving awards as we had so many nominations. My sincere congratulations go out to all those who were nominated, those who received the awards and to all those who helped to organise this glittering and very moving evening."