03 May

WOW!! Now that was ‘THE Greatest Show’. I cannot begin to put into words how immensely proud I am of the Hollinwood Academy students that took part in the show this week. The show was AMAZING and I know the students have thoroughly enjoyed themselves from the rehearsals to the actual performances. They have learnt so many skills over the past few weeks and I have just smiled and shed many tears of joy along with many of the families that came to watch the show. It was only right that I awarded the students with a special Head Teachers’ Award for their amazing participation in the show..

For me, the show really brought the New Bridge MAT together as all of the schools across the MAT had a section in the production from performing, to making videos, music, back stage, prop making and much more. The beauty of working within a MAT is we are able to widen our curriculum offer to our students that better suits their needs, wants and passions. Three of the leading stars: Oliver (P.T. Barnum), Connor (Philip Carlyle) and Summer (Charity Barnum) initially started at Hollinwood Academy but their desired pathway at Key Stage 4 was in Lumenus (drama pathway) and they blew me away not only with their acting skills but singing skills too. As I have already mentioned, I shed many tears whilst watching all of the students sing, dance and perform. It was amazing to see all the different schools take part and be united together which for me again is another strength of the New Bridge Family!

All the students, parents, teachers and even myself were singing, dancing and clapping along with the show. The joy on the students’ faces was the highlight for me. Every single student that took part, from the main characters to the singers, performers, stage crew, musicians etc. you shone bright in the spotlight and I am so proud of you all. The show would not go ahead without the commitment and dedication shown by the staffing team which cannot go unnoticed. I would personally like to thank all the staff from Hollinwood Academy and across the MAT who have helped contribute to what was a truly, amazing, spectacular Greatest Show!!!! I can’t wait for next year’s show already and I know the Hollinwood Academy students are very, very keen to take part again!

Miss Rudge also wanted to pass a message on…

Super proud of our show pupils…as always!! 🙂 What a show!! The effort that has gone into rehearsals and performances this year has been amazing and what a show they all produced! I can’t wait to get started on the next one! The Creative Arts team are truly blown away by everyone involved in the production. Special thanks goes out to Miss Shin, Miss Sutcliffe and Miss Bennett who have been backstage stars; going above and beyond for our children and young people. We cannot thank you enough!!

We will inform parents when the DVD is ready…I will certainly be getting an order in! I want to do it all again!! I shall be enjoying the weekend feeling unbelievably proud!

On Tuesday, Mr Hartley’s class visited Tesco and were invited to see how the operational side of the business works. Here is Mr Hartley to explain what his class did..

We were given a tour by one of the team members, Rose. Rose took us throughout the store and gave our group lots of information about how the supermarket works. The students started in the store room and saw where all the deliveries are made and stored, before being sorted onto the relevant shelves. The students then went to explore the cold store at -18°C, some enjoyed this part more than others (as you can see from Ollie’s reaction in the picture). Afterwards, we went upstairs to see where all the clothes and their favourite video games are kept. Rose then took us to the staff area and students were able to see how the employer recognises good work by their staff on the staff recognition and rewards board. For the final part of our tour, Rose took us upstairs to the café where students were able to look out and see all over the store.

The students thoroughly enjoyed this visit, they were given valuable information on how a supermarket operates and the roles within the store and asked some excellent questions around operations, employment and diversity. Our class would like to thank Rose and the whole team at Tesco Failsworth for their kindness and giving up their time to educate us about employment within Tesco and how the operation works..

Mr Heap’s, Miss Parkinson’s and Mrs Lomax’s classes celebrated May Day in a special way by creating a cinema in school to watch a film together..

We focused on our living skills curriculum and had to purchase a cinema ticket costing a bargain 50p. We had to use our social speaking skills ensuring that we used our clear speaking voices and manners. We also focused on how we would behave while at a cinema and the types of things you can do and how to show respect to other people watching the film. We also had an interval when we could buy a popcorn or crisp snack for 50p, again practising our social speaking skills. In addition to our living skills curriculum, we also used the film to focus on our SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning) curriculum which this term is relationships. We explored the different relationships between the characters in the film and also considered why some people were nice or nasty to each other..

Miss Shin and her class would like to share with you their learning…

This term our topic is ‘Where in the World?’ and we will be exploring Africa! We began with an interactive and multisensory experience of an African safari..

This helped us to write some fantastic setting descriptions..

We also created some amazing African landscape art, inspired by Miss Jones’ display..

The children have been busy taking part in The Greatest Show. I am so proud of them all in how confident and brave they have been, but also patient too.

Food Technology has been busy this week. The pupils have been looking at seasonal fruits and the best way to present these. Miss Meadows’ class and Mr Francos’ class both made fruit tarts. They used puff pastry and watched it rise in the oven. Everyone chose their own fruits and some couldn’t wait to get them home! Everyone made two, so if only one made it home, you know where it went!! Yum yum!

Miss Carpenter’s Year 8 class have been focusing on nutrients. Miss Carpenter arranged a treasure hunt to find the information on different micro and macro nutrients. The winner received a golden egg! It was a race against time but everyone enjoyed it. The class also looked at two case studies to see how their diets may differ. They created a meal plan for each person which focused on disposable income, lifestyle, time and dietary needs. This is something we may all need to look at in the future!

Year 10 have been learning the skill of portioning a chicken this week, in preparation for their GCSE year which is approaching. The class each have a wing, leg, thigh and chicken breast to use next week in a recipe of their choice. The chicken will be frozen until then. It’s great to see the differences in everyone’s tastes and Miss Carpenter cannot wait to see the results..

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

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Marley for putting his hand up in lesson times to ask for help or more work..

SEAL Superstar: Lucas for using yoga to cope with change..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Mariam for doing an excellent piece of Talk4Writing work about the Handa’s Surprise story..

SEAL Superstar: Callum for being able to talk about how he feels when he has lost someone or something..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Thomas..

SEAL Superstar: Ivy..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Our Star of the Week and ‘Marvellous Meerkat’ is Jack for fantastic work in attention autism this week. Jack has been working independently and asking for help to stop his frustration. We hope you and Meerkat have a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait to hear about your marvellous adventures!

  • Miss Shin’s class:
    SEAL Superstar: Jack for identifying people that are important to him
  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    SEAL Superstar: Finlay for showing empathy and understanding to a friend
  • Stars of the Week: Maia, Aaron, Summer, Rhys, Jayden, Nathan, Lana, Reece, Josh, Jack and Liam – for being amazing in The Greatest Show – we are very proud of you!

Well done everyone! Congratulations to our latest Arts Awards students on gaining their Discover Awards for Art..

As you are aware our GCSE exams have already started and the Art GCSE took place this week. Here we have the Year 11 cohort conducting a practice mock and working extremely hard in Maths on a Friday afternoon. I know Mrs Needham has been very impressed with them. Keep going guys!!

School will be closed on Monday due to the Bank Holiday and we will re-open on Tuesday 7th May. I hope you all have a lovely, long weekend.


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