Students at OPA are completing some work around finding information about the best playing surfaces for sports in our community. The students hope to use this data to inform us whether we can make an application for a new surface to be installed at OPA for use by all members of our community at the evenings and weekends, helping sporting activities and clubs to grow in Thurrock. The survey will be open for the next two weeks, closing on Friday 22nd March. We look forward to getting your responses. Many thanks, Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LR9ZPD7
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As part of British Science Week 2019, year 8 and 10 students will have the opportunity to speak in a live chat with real scientists and engineers. Year 8 students will be speaking with engineers in the Space Zone and year 10 students will be speaking with scientists in the Drug Discovery Zone. Students have the chance to ask them anything to do with their current research and the importance of their research for today and the future, their experiences in school, college, university and work, or simply their hobbies and interests. At the end of the chat, students will vote [...]
Family evening live chat with scientists and engineers on Thursday 7th and Wednesday 13th March, 7-8pm. Login at home using your log in card and click on CHAT. The live chat sessions are fully moderated.
On Thursday 28th February, OPA Science teacher, Miss Ryan and one of our amazing Science technicians, Patsy Martin, visited OPA Primary School to deliver a food testing practical. The students in Years 3 - 6 from the primary school tested different foods to find out if they contain starch, sugars, protein and fats. Some of our wonderful Science Ambassadors supported this week's session.
We are very fortunate to have an opportunity to apply for several FREE places on the following residential course for our students in Years 9 and 10. Any students interested in applying for a place on the course should see Ms Thacker at their earliest opportunity on Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th March, as the free places are subject to availability. Make Engineering Happen – Smallpeice Trust Residential Monday 22 - Wednesday 24 July 2019 at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus 3 days, 2 night full board residential Further information can be found at https://www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk/courses/make-engineering-happen/
This term 12 higher-attaining students in years 9 and 10 have been specially selected to take part in The Scholars Programme delivered by the Brilliant Club, to encourage students to aim higher and increase their aspirations. The programme involves mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. It places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver university-style tutorials, supplemented by two trips to highly selective universities in the UK. The first university visit in early January was to Goldsmiths University. As part of this Launch Trip, the students were given a tour of the university site [...]
After school on Thursday, Mr Gold and Mrs Jemedze visited Aveley primary school along with three super Science Ambassadors from Yr 7. This week, the students investigated circuits and found out how series and parallel circuits affect the brightness of the bulbs. We look forward to next week when the students will be investigating Acids and Alkalis with Mrs Thacker and Ms Ryan.
We warmly invite you to attend the Year 7 Progress Evening to discuss your child/dependent’s progress as they approach the start of their Year 8 studies. During this evening you will have the opportunity to meet with your child/dependent’s teachers to review the progress they have made since starting OPA and to set targets to help them reach their aspirations for the year ahead. The evening will be held on Wednesday 30th January between 5.00 and 7.00pm. Appointments will be on a first come first serve basis.
YEAR 11 - END OF YEAR REWARD TRIP: At Ormiston Park Academy, your child’s success is very important to us. During October, we wrote to you about the exciting and extensive intervention, achievement, revision and rewards programme we have put in place throughout Year 11 to support your child at this crucial time. One of the really exciting aspects of the programme is the Year 11 Ultimate Reward Trip, which we can now confirm will be a 4-day, 3-night residential trip to EuroDisney, Paris, and taking place on Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st July. The trip includes: Return travel by coach from OPA to Disneyland Paris, [...]