15 Mar

Last week I promised you an account of the trip that Thomas, Jack, Mrs Nuttall and Miss Sanderson took to the Battlefields in France and Belgium. I have received the first instalment and we are just adding the pictures and videos, so it will be with you during the week (it is definitely worth waiting for!).

In the meantime, let’s see what Mrs Woodhead’s class have been doing this week..

We have had great fun learning all about the jungle since half term. We have taken inspiration for our tiger art work from the artist Henri Rousseau. We have also created a jungle environment, collaging leaves and making paper chain snakes..

In English we are looking at stories from other cultures, the book we have focused on is ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain,’ a traditional tale from Kenya which tells the story of how Ki-pat ended the drought. We have looked at different types of weather and why we need the rain. The weather has been of great assistance this week and provided us with plenty of rain!!

Now Miss Carpenter’s class would like to share their work with you..

We have been studying Healthy Schools in our Food Technology lessons and looking at how we could improve our diets, especially what we have for lunch.
We made chicken or tuna pasta salad on Thursday and all sat down together towards the end to try some. We used safe chopping techniques such as the bridge and claw and we helped each other if we were facing a challenge. A great lesson with a yummy finish!

“It’s really fun being able to create something I like.” This was the comment after the ICT lesson with Miss McMurray. The class have been making their own website on a topic of choice. As you can see, we have some budding website designers here!

During the Dance and Drama lesson this week, we have been creating a tightrope dance routine. We used our balancing skills to make sure we didn’t fall off! Everybody had lots of fun creating the routine and spent time showing each other the dance!

During our Music lesson this week, we have been playing our own tune! The class were beating drums to the rhythm of ‘I like Doritos and I like peanuts!’ The class really enjoyed this and cannot wait to do it again next week..

This week, Miss Shin’s class got the opportunity to take part in a Living Forest School taster session that NatureEd CIC have been offering to schools this term. These workshops are free to Oldham schools thanks to funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newground Together as part of Pennine Prospects Celebrating our Woodland Heritage project. Everyone had a great time, as you can see from the pictures..

Now to some of our amazing SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week:

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jake for outstanding behaviour and listening on the trip to the Immersive Room
    SEAL Superstar: Amario for trying something different and making new friends
  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Alfie for engaging well in English

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Our new ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is Darnell for talking calmly about his problems and worries this week. We hope you and Meerkat have a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait to hear about your marvellous adventures!

  • Miss Shin’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jack for talking to adults instead of taking matters into his own hands
  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    Star of the Week: Aaron for managing his behaviour more effectively
    SEAL Superstar: Aqsa for taking her time with her work and not rushing
  • Mr Rawson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Bronson for trying his best to make better choices
  • As you can see, there was also lots of ‘WOW!’ moments this week!

Well done, everyone!

I have always said that Hollinwood Academy has amazing students, families and staff, and this week our families and staff have shone bright. Four members of staff received certificates and invitations to POINT’s Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony which will be held next Friday. All four members of staff have been nominated for a ‘Passion for Parents Award’!

  • Miss Gordon was nominated by Mrs Graham:
  • Mrs Ismail was nominated by Mrs Conwell:

I agree with Mrs Graham and Mrs Conwell, both Miss Gordon and Mrs Ismail go above and beyond for our students.

Mrs Dunsdon and Mr Heap have also nominated for the Passion for Parents Award. They have both been shortlisted and they have been invited to attend the Award Ceremony which again does not surprise me. Hollinwood Academy wishes all the nominees shortlisted well – they are all winners in my eyes, even if they do not receive an award on the night. Our staff at Hollinwood Academy always go above and beyond for our students and families, as relationships between school and home are paramount for our students. I am privileged to work with such amazing people.

Next week, Miss Shin and Miss Collinge’s classes will be representing Hollinwood Academy in Oldham’s annual Choral Speaking Festival. This event takes place on the morning of Thursday 21st March at the Oldham Coliseum. We are also taking part in ‘Rock your Socks Day’ on Thursday 21st March to celebrate World Down’s Syndrome Day. The date, the 21st day of the 3rd month, represents the 3 copies of Chromosome 21 which are unique to people with Down’s Syndrome. All students and staff are invited to wear odd socks for a £1 donation to support our local Down’s Syndrome charity and raise awareness, and everyone ‘rocking their socks’ will also receive a complementary giant gingerbread sock biscuit on the day. I have my socks ready for Thursday!

Although we weren’t fundraising for Comic Relief as a school this time, there were still plenty of red noses to be seen today!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I will spending the majority of my weekend celebrating birthdays!

Laura

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