Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy has launched this academic year with ‘The OBA Way’, a purposeful new school wide initiative.
The programme seeks to positively shape students character through a focus on the key concepts of ‘Ready’ ‘Respectful’ and ‘Resilient’. The three R’s place strong emphasis on all students being properly equipped and organised for school; holding a high attendance and punctuality record, being polite to staff and peers, developing a positive mind-set, having the courage to do the right thing and taking pride in both their school and local community.
Year 7 parents were acquainted with the initiative during the academies popular Welcome Breakfast and Induction Ceremony on day one of the new term and all reacted favourably to the fresh approach being taken to drive such crucial values across the school.
Subject lessons were collapsed over the course of the first week and students in Years 7-11 participated in a series of activities dedicated to promoting and embedding ‘The OBA Way’.
For Year 7, an innovative induction week involving reflection, listening, discussion and problem-solving tasks culminated in a team-building trip, with just under 200 of our newest students enjoying a day of sand castle competitions and sport based challenges at Thurstaston Beach in West Kirby.
Year 7 Leader, Mrs Stitch said, “Who would have thought that 200 students on a beach would have been so easy to supervise, the students were just amazing! It was a pleasure to see how well they gelled and worked together in teams. The innovative lessons the students have received this year as part of their induction on Respect and Resilience have really contributed to an extremely calm and settled start to their OBA life’.
Year 11 began their pivotal year with an inspirational visit from ‘youth empowerment expert’ Action Jackson.
Throughout the day Jackson delivered whole year workshops as well as smaller bespoke seminars designed to motivate our senior students. They heard anecdotal stories from our guest about his journey from childhood to becoming the man he is today, as well as picking up fantastic tips on how to set goals, achieve them, be happy and relieve stress amongst a whole host of other essential tips for their big year ahead.
Year 11 Leader, Mr McIntyre said, “The visit from Action Jackson during the very first week of term was a brilliant way to focus our Year 11s and motivate them for such an important year. Lots of the students commented that they felt inspired after his sessions had come away with a real ‘can do’ attitude.”
“The session with Action Jackson was brilliant. He inspired me in every workshop to achieve more and be happy. His sessions were full of comedy and motivation and has had a major impact on my outlook on life. He taught me to keep my aspirations high and be the best me.”
Ewan Jago, Year 11 Student.
“Action Jackson was extremely inspirational. The topics discussed resonated with me while contemplating my future goals and career options. Extremely beneficial and enjoyable.”
Lauren O’Neill, Year 11 Student.
Action Jackson will be returning throughout this academic year to continue to use his passion, energy and humour to equip and empower our students in the preparation of their final exams.