World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March was a fun-filled day at OBA. A truly wonderful day was had with a variety of exciting activities taking place throughout the day for OBA’s students as well as pupils from local primary schools.
OBA’s staff re-discovered their inner child and dressed up as their favourite book characters, much to the amusement of the students and visitors to the academy. Characters ranged from Peter Pan, accompanied by Tinkerbell and Captain Hook, to Where’s Wally, Snow White, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, The Ice Queen and many, many others. We even had Miss Bedford, who teaches Animal Care at OBA dress her dog, Monty, up as one of the 101 Dalmatians, just to show that World Book Day can be fun for all types of creatures.
This year OBA was also fortunate enough to welcome two authors who impressed everyone with their talents. Malcolm Rose, an author of crime and mystery fiction delivered a number of workshops with Years 8, 9, 10 and 11, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Andy Briggs, a published author and screenwriter, also came in to work with Film and Media Studies classes, advising them on how to create a screenplay and the techniques and skills needed to do so. All those present were able to gain some really valuable knowledge and first-hand experience to inspire and motivate them further with their studies.
In the run up to the big day, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 had created story books suitable for young children. So on the morning of World Book Day, pupils from local primary schools came in to hear eighteen Lead Learners read their books to the children.