ECM Days and Events
Every Child Matters Curriculum including PSHE.
We have a developed the ECM Curriculum whereby students have 1 hour a week to work on topics linked to the 5 strands of the ECM agenda and community cohesion. The 6 school terms are divided up into different strands of the ECM agenda which allows students to learn about topics linked to making positive contributions, being safe, achieving economic well-being, community cohesion, be healthy and enjoy and achieve. Students take part in the ECM Curriculum for 4 weeks every half term the other three weeks consist of P4C sessions, one to one academic mentoring and Newsweek.
Every half term at OBA we have a full day dedicated to the ECM agenda. On this day students come off their normal timetables and take part in a variety of activities related to specific strands in focus.
See below, what the students have participated in so far this year:
Year 7 Safety Awareness Trip
A large group of year 7 students attended an ECM trip to Cheshire Fire Service Safety Centre. The recently opened centre is a stunning £4.5m indoor village, with four themed zones it provides a truly immersive learning environment, where people of all ages can develop the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe and well at home, on the road in and in our community. The building is shared with Lymm Fire Station, so visitors also get the chance to see firefighters in action, undertaking their specialist training.
Within the building, our students had the chance to tour a realistic 3 bedroomed house tasked with finding everyday hazards. One room within the house actually set on fire with the use of special effects and a steam system whilst another room was set up to show the consequences of a house fire. This room, in particular, was shocking for the students to see and everything in the room had been destroyed.
The students also got to visit a very realistic train station, courtroom, jail cell, building site, farm, Tesco store, canal, electrical power station and a road accident. At each station, they were given a scenario, hazards and ways to keep safe.
A mixture of 12 year 9 and 10 students took part in a focus group arranged by the Halton Social Sense Team. Kit from ‘LYFE PROOF’ led the session as a follow up to the ECM ‘Mindful Me’ day that both year groups took part in last year. Students continued work from the day in their ECM lessons where they looked at Mindful techniques and explored what made them happy and how they can use the techniques.
Kit, who led the session is working with secondary schools around the country to gather data to help inform his next bid to fund a mental health programme aimed at teenagers.
Students were asked what techniques did they remember, what concerns they had, both in and outside of school, how the new structures to exams has affected their mental wellbeing and what services they would like to have offered to them.
Student Parliament Help Plan the Curriculum
Members of Student Parliament were involved in an important planning meeting this week with Mrs Noon as part of her ECM student voice initiative. Students were informed of the changes made to the ECM curriculum and project days as a result of the planning meeting that representatives took part in last year. The positive outcomes of the ECM student survey completed in July were discussed and an action plan was started for key areas that students wanted to see in the curriculum this year. These included; mental health awareness and suicide prevention, anti-extremism and terrorism, life skills (including how to buy your own house) and interactive ECM days.
ECM Day – Making a Positive Contribution
At the end of last half-term, OBA’s Year 7s and 8s took part in a fun day based on the theme of ’Making a Positive Contribution’. They gave their time and very best efforts to raise a total of £258.40 for OBA’s annual trip to Kenya.
All Year 7 students designed different Halloween products which were then sold at the Year 7 Settling-in Evening. Students designed and made a range of different products which included Halloween masks and mugs, torches with spooky faces on them, cupcakes with scary designs, Halloween bunting and chocolate wrappers.
Throughout the day students worked in the Technology Faculty and then the Year 7 Sales Team sold the products that evening, raising £58.60.
Meanwhile, Year 8 students took on the rain and wind and took part in a sponsored walk up Moel Famau, in North Wales.
They completed a range of challenges with their peers on the way up the mountain, developing their team work skills. The Year 8s were proud to raise £199.80 for the Kenya trip and they had great fun along the way!
Some Year 8 students who were unable to take part in the sponsored walk were involved in an alternative ECM Project day. They worked on a radio advert with Cheshire Police to raise awareness with young people of the dangers of legal highs, sexting and the issue of healthy relationships. The students completed research, made decisions about what content to include in their advert and wrote the script. They also added music and other sound effects before going on to rehearse and record their radio adverts. All the adverts will now be submitted into a competition and the creators of the winning adverts will be given the opportunity to work on their own professionally-produced radio advert, working alongside industry experts.
ECM Day Be Safe
On Tuesday 13th December Year 7, 8 and 9 students took part in an ECM Day focusing on raising awareness about the dangers of drugs and anti- social behaviour. Year 7 and 8 took part in an hour ECM session where they discussed issues such as anti -social behaviour on buses, legal highs, risks and consequences of a persons actions. This session was co-planned by Mrs Noon and Cheshire Police who have identified these issues as being a problem in the Halton area. Mrs Noon commented on how impressed she was with the students mature responses to the issues raised.
Year 9 took part in an assembly and follow up workshop from the Amy Winehouse Foundation which was set up to educate young people about alcohol and drug abuse. The sessions are ran by volunteers who have experienced first- hand the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. The Foundation commented on how smoothly the sessions ran and how engaged the students were- Well done year 9.
Thinkaboutit Campain with Mr Meanor
Thinkaboutit campaign is one of the programmes headed by the Peace Centre Foundation in Warrington which supports young people to think critically about current affairs.
#thinkaboutit is led by pop group Mr Meanor, a three-piece band including Marcel from LA and Jake and Jordan from Essex. The day after the attacks on Paris (November 2015), the band were in the studio and felt so emotionally impacted that they wrote a song. The band decided to donate the single’s proceeds to the Peace Centre Foundation, and together the band and Foundation decided to create a campaign. The aim is simple; to allow an influential young set of artists to talk (sing) to young people and to promote key messages aligned to Foundation projects.
Mr Meanor treated the Year 8s to a performance on 5th October to highlight their campaign and give their positive message to the year group.
Creating Employment Links Within Our Community – Project Day for Year 10
The launch of Saint Gobain Isover, event was designed to inform OBA’s Year 10 students of our new working partnership with the company and to discuss the exciting career-linked opportunities that would be available to them over the coming years.
The day kicked off with an informative assembly hosted by Saint Gobain Company Director, Simon Tait. Simon provided the students with an in depth overview of Saint Gobain; who they are, what they do and what they manufacture, the history of the company and the various industry and job sectors across the business.
The rest of the day was then broken down into a series of 5 workshops which were linked to Saint Gobain’s brand awareness and possible future careers. The workshops were entitled: Sharing our expertise; Enhancing the customer experience; Creating the feel good factor; Innovation; Sustainability.
Through undertaking creative tasks, each workshop was designed to get the students to think innovatively, to develop their team building and communication skills, to discuss and identify the important skills involved within the various job sectors at Saint Gobain and, most importantly, to help raise our students’ aspirations.
The workshops were carried out by ten Saint Gobain professionals, from a variety of job roles. These included: HR Advisor, Product Manager, Operations Manager, Operations Director, Graduate Process Engineer, Product Manager, Marketing and Sales Assistant, Area Sales Manager and Supply Chain Manager.
Winter Warmers – Charity
The Student Parliament have led on a heart-warming community project. The team decided they wanted to make a positive contribution to their local area and therefore came up with the idea of making Christmas hampers for those they felt would be most in need during the festive season.
They named the project ‘Winter Warmers’ and asked for donations from their peers such as hot drinks and flasks, tinned soup/beans, pasta and biscuits to put in the packs. Student Parliament members raised awareness of the project by talking in assemblies and visiting form groups urging people to contribute. They were also greatly supported by O2 staff who were keen to get involved as soon as they heard about the project! O2 Staff created a collection point at their CAPITA building in Preston Brook and invited the Student Parliament members Milly, Taylor and Ewan to join them in packaging up the donated goodies.
As a combined OBA/O2 effort we created sixty-five fantastic Winter Warmer Packs!
Fifty packs have been collected by Adult Social Care who will be issuing them over the Christmas period to elderly residents across Runcorn who lack food and/or visitors. Social Care said that the packs are greatly appreciated and will make a big difference to the people who receive them.
We also donated 15 packs to Creative Support – formerly the YMCA in Halton Lodge who were thrilled with the gesture and said they will use the hampers as prizes for a festive quiz happening later this week.
Christmas Box Appeal
Miss McEvoy introduced and led the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box appeal with a fantastic response from all the students at OBA. Students sent a lot of boxes from all year groups.
Helping to brighten up the life of a child that is much less fortunate than yourself is a very humbling and rewarding experience, and enables students to discuss and appreciate how much luckier they are than many other children of a similar age to themselves.
Laden with brightly decorated boxes, Miss McEvoy and several students proudly went to the local collection point to drop off the many parcelled up goodies they had been gathering in recent weeks
Mrs Noon says:
Miss Connolly and I would like to thank our Form, 7ANN/ACY, and say how proud we are that they managed to create a total of fourteen well-packed Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes which were delivered last week.
They also all pitched together to bring in the money in order to send each box with £2.50 each. This is a huge achievement seeing as there are only twenty-four students in the class and it is a testament to how kind and considerate the members of our Form are. They have had a fabulous start in OBA and we couldn’t be happier to be their Form Tutors.
OBA’s 2k Fun Run for ‘Caring Matters Now’
On Thursday 20th October, over ninety students from Years 7 and 8 in OBA took part in a fun run to help raise money for a Liverpool based charity, ‘Caring Matters Now’.
‘Caring Matters Now’ supports people affected by a rare skin condition and helps to fund research at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where treatments and an eventual cure for the condition are being worked on. The money raised from this event at OBA will go towards funding this vital research.
Along the course of the run, students tackled hurdles, scramble nets, tyres and a large 40ft inflatable obstacle course! They all really enjoyed taking part in the event and were very competitive throughout, wanting to beat their friends to the finish line!
Creative Poppy Appeal
Thanks to the creative thinking of some Year 12 Textiles students, students and staff at OBA were able to wear unique poppies this year. They had the idea with Miss Taylor to make poppies out of recycled buttons and sell them for a minimum of a £2 donation to The British Legion Poppy Appeal. They raised nearly £80 for this excellent cause and really enjoyed seeing the staff wearing them with pride around the Academy.
Welcome to Gym Club
A new after school Enrichment started in PE earlier this term, and is now attended by a small group of extremely enthusiastic students who have the opportunity to develop beam, floor and vault routines, both individually and as a group.
The PE Department would, however, like to see even more enthusiastic students attend this very worthwhile Enrichment activity. So, no matter what gymnastic abilities you may, or may not already possess, you will be made very welcome. Just come along and try your best and you never know what hidden talents you might discover, at the same time as having great fun!
Four Nations Rugby
On Sunday 20th November, nineteen students set off in excited anticipation to watch the final of the prestigious Four Nations Rugby League Tournament between Australia and New Zealand at the newly refurbished Anfield stadium.
The students arrived in plenty of time to have their photograph taken beneath the ‘This is Anfield’ sign before joining over 40,000 spectators at the ground. The majority of the crowd were vocally supporting the Kiwi side, in the absence of the England team, who had narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
The students enjoyed the magnificent sight of the New Zealand Players performing the Haka, a frightening war cry originally used by the Maori Warriors before a battle, which proclaims their strength and prowess in order to intimidate the opposition. Unfortunately, it did not scare the mighty Australian team who raced into an unassailable 20-0 lead, with only a quarter of the match gone. The Kiwi team performed better in the second half and OBA’s students were soon on their feet celebrating when New Zealand crossed over the whitewash to score a spectacular try.
An Unforgettable Water Adventure for OBA’s Students
Ten extremely lucky Year 9 students from OBA, accompanied by Miss Belford and Mr A Bird, experienced the trip of a lifetime last week when they took part in a very memorable trip to the UKSA Centre in West Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
UKSA is a charity that believes that by using the power of the sea, you can help change the lives of people of all ages and Megan Berry, Dominque Costello, Elisha Francis, Abby Hilton, Jorja Tipton, Liam Grocott, Ryan Cooper, Kieran Clothier, Ewan Roberts, and Kai Porter were the fortunate students who experienced what UKSA had to offer. The activities that they were able to try their hands at were all aimed to build confidence, inspire and motivate students to achieve things they never thought possible.
Amongst the activities that UKSA offers students to take part in are sailing, keel boating, dinghy sailing, team building games, paddle boarding, windsurfing, surfing, kayaking, raft building and raft racing and all the Year 9s had great fun trying out activities that they had never tried before.