Mr Milne Recognised for Community Kindness
Congratulations to our very own OBA Hero! Mr Mine, ICT teacher and Assistant Head of Y10 who received a certificate this week to commemorate his nomination for the OAT Citizenship Award at the OAT 2020 Awards.
Mr Milne is an inspiring member of staff within the OBA family who always promotes community cohesion and kindness. Over his time at OBA Mr Milne has led on numerous charity projects across the school improving the lives of other people within our Academy, local community and further afield. Mr Milne has co-ordinated multiple school trips to visit his lifelong home football team, Carlisle United, allowing our students to travel to and experience a new area of the UK whilst attending a football match on a weekend. For many students, this is their only opportunity to visit a football stadium and watch a live sporting event. Alongside the football element of the trip, Mr Milne has developed a close link with the local Carlisle food bank and as part of this trip, students are encouraged to bring items of food to donate. Once arriving in Carlisle, they then have the chance to visit the food bank, learn about the positive impact of donations on that community and donate their goods before heading to the game.
Mr Milne actively supports the Academy's annual "Winter Warmer" project in which items of need are collected from across the school and donated to Adult and Children's Social Care over the Christmas period to support families in need. He does this by bringing an element of competition to the project promoting a competitive nature between the Academy's year and tutor groups to encourage high levels of donation. This year over 60 food hampers were created for members of the Academy and the local community alongside two huge crates for the local food bank and a bag of blankets and toys for the local women's refuge.
Most recently Mr Milne led a project within his year 10 team whereby students brought in their loose change as part of a "Penny Wars" challenge to see which tutor group could raise the most money. Students were told that all funds raised would go towards supporting their local community over what can be a tough festive period for some families. Fundraising efforts were then strengthened by Mr Milne gaining the support of OBA staff who doubled the money raised within the year team. This formed the basis of a surprise community kindness event in which 12 students and 3 staff from OBA visited the Runcorn ASDA store and assisted with packing shopping for customers. Student's unbeknownst to the customers were then able to present the customer with an OBA Christmas card and the offer of paying for their shopping! A massive £750 was raised and loaded onto the ASDA gift cards which the students used to give out these gifts of Community Christmas Kindness.