13 Dec

I would firstly like to congratulate all of our Key Stage 3 and 4 students on a truly magical MAT Christmas production: Aaron, Josh, Cameron, Dekon, Maia, Ethan, Daley, Danny, Katie, Neive, Ciara, Karl and Ellie. Well done to all the students that took part and the staff involved. This has really got me and the parents and carers that watched the show into the Christmas Spirit!

Next week, it is the Primary students’ time to shine as they take to the stage for the yearly Nativity. Now, I must admit the Nativity is always one of my favourite events in the school calendar. This year is our biggest and I am sure one of the best with 105 students taking part. A DVD of the performance will be filmed by the New Bridge Enterprise students and will be available to families to purchase. I can’t wait!! I am also inviting parents, carers, grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters to join us from 9am for a tea or coffee and mince pie before the show begins at New Bridge theatre at 9:45am.

On Monday 9th December, 10 students were selected to attend the Winter Wonderland experience with Mr Heap. What a way to start the week, both the students and staff had a fabulous time. Here is Mr Heap to tell you more…

This week we have had an exciting and magical week at Hollinwood Academy. We were very lucky to receive some Winter Funland tickets from Manchester City In The Community. We were all very excited and couldn’t wait to get there!! We experienced real ice skating, met Santa, went on fairground rides and even went sledging..

Everyone had a fantastic day and their behaviour was perfect! We hope you enjoy our amazing photos!

Let’s take a closer look at the work some of the classes have been doing this week. Miss Collinge’s class would like to share their learning with you…

Miss Collinge’s class have had a busy week this week. We have been busy with preparations for Christmas and our Nativity. We have completed lots of festive activities (which we are going to keep secret for now!) and had lots of fun.

We have been practising for our Wiggly Nativity. All of the children have worked incredibly hard and are enjoying learning the songs. I’m sure you will have heard some of them being sang at home!

We have made so much progress with our communication that our classroom is now filled with chatter, laughter and questions – lots of questions. We are very proud of the progress the children have made and know that you will be too.

We were very excited this week to receive a delivery of Lego which we have all enjoyed using to improve our fine motor skills. As well as the Lego we have received some waterproof jackets and trousers so that we can jump in puddles and continue to learn outside – even in the rain.

Another exciting arrival this week was our new class member, Holli N Wood! Holli will be our class mascot and will go home with our Star of the Week each Friday. Holli will take a talking photo album with her so that she can record her adventures over the weekend and return to school to share it on Monday. This week Holli will be spending the weekend with Ollie, who has worked incredibly hard and been very chatty all week!

Miss Meadows’ class have had a fantastic half term …

We have had a fantastic, busy term in the static group and have been working hard. We have been studying multiplication in Maths, working on strategies such as arrays, equal grouping, repeated addition and 2 by 1-digit multiplication. We have also worked hard on dividing by 10 and 100 using place value sliders. It is lovely to see everyone progressing so well in Maths.

In Living Skills with Mrs Walker’s class, we have worked on instructional language and rolling instructions before we went out practising road safety. We made instructional videos on how to make cheese and tomatoes toasties and we practised road safety going to the park and back to have some fun! We enjoyed playing games and going on the swings!

We have had an amazing time on a very special trip this week to the Chill Factore to use the snow park! We were practising turn taking and making/preserving friendships. We did sledging, racing donuts and the famous ice slide! We all had lots of goes on each one and there were some spectacular crashes at the bottom of the sledge hill! Jenson and Connor were incredible, they weren’t sure about the cold and slippy snow at first, but once they had a go at everything, they loved it and were racing around the snow park! It was minus 4 degrees in the snow park and nobody said they were cold once! We had such an amazing time and I would like to say a massive well done to the students as their behaviour was impeccable!

Miss McDonald’s class would like to share with you their lovely learning too…

Miss McDonald’s class have had a superb week. In English this week, we have been writing letters based on our class text ‘Shadow’. Of course, we had to take part in some role play and hot seating beforehand which the children really enjoyed.

In Living Skills, we have been learning all about travel safety. We went with another class out into the community on a walk to ASDA. On the way we were practicing our road safety skills that we learnt last week; it was raining but that didn’t dampen our spirits!

The children have also prepared for Super Learning Day next week and have made a ‘Little Book of Christmas Calm’ to use on the day and over the Christmas Holidays.

Our class have also got into the Christmas spirit this week and created calendars for 2020! What a great week!

As I mentioned last week, a number of Key Stage 4 students have been sitting their mock exams. Here is Mrs Nuttall to explain more…

This week, my form and other KS4 students have been sitting their mock exams. They have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to make sure they are fully prepared for their real GCSE examinations in the summer term. Although the pupils still have some content to cover for a few of their subjects, they have worked hard to get stuck in and have a really good attempt at completing all of the papers assigned to each subject. The subjects they have focused on this week are: English Language, Maths, Science Trilogy, Science IGCSE, History, Spanish and Food Technology. At the beginning of next week, they will complete more Maths, Science and Spanish papers as well as a Media Studies paper. Alongside the GCSEs, some students have also been sitting Functional Skills exams. All of them have worked extremely hard revising and there have already been some fantastic results. As a special treat, my form will be going on a class trip to the Christmas markets next week. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you all then!

This term, three of our Key Stage 4 students, Taylor, Thomas and Max, have been taking part in weekly work experience sessions as part of our extensive curriculum offer. I would like to share with you their hard work and commitment on their placements at Hortus and The Atrium cafe. The job coaches have told me that all the students have been an absolute pleasure to guide and advise in learning a range of working skills. Here are a few action shots..

..Taylor helping Mr Blackman finish off his Christmas planters…

..t

hey had a go at leaf blowing…

..and helped dig up some of the overgrown hedges…

Max continues to improve his customer service skills at the Atrium cafe at First Choice Homes..

..with the help of Thomas..

Well done lads!

This week Hollinwood Academy have visited Old Trafford to watch Manchester United V Az Alkmaar with Mr Heap. We had a fantastic evening and saw 4 goals!!! All of our secondary students enjoyed the match and represented the school perfectly.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs..

Miss Parkinson’s class:
SEAL – Connor for having a more settled week and showing good listening
STAR – Daniel for trying new foods at dinner time

Mr Corrigan’s class:
STAR – Marco Jaq for an outstanding work ethic this week – always ready to learn and tries his best..

SEAL – Andie for trying her best and accepting help this week..

LEXIA Superstars: Joshua, Andie, Marcus and George..

Mrs Lomax’s class:
Star – Harrison for following instructions during the Nativity rehearsal..

SEAL – Damien for keeping calm when finding something difficult..

Mrs Robertson-McCabe’s class:
Star – Yousef for making good choices in class this week..

SEAL – Rahmeen for staying calm when doing an activity she doesn’t like..

Miss Tootill’s class:
Star – Maisha for having a fantastic week and always trying her best..

SEAL – Ethan for being able to calmly solve a problem without hurting others..

Vincent was the Dojo winner..

Miss Simms’ class:
Star – Matthew for playing with different children in the class.
SEAL – Ivy for calmly and kindly asking people to “stop” when she feels upset

Miss McDonald’s class:
Star – Liam for his persistence in his English work and for writing a fantastic poem
Alex was the Dojo winner

Mrs Halkyard’s class:
Star – Connor for his amazing effort in Maths

I need to mention a Swimming SUPERSTAR that is Jack H. This week, Jack took part in a sponsored swim and he swam 41 lengths in 30 minutes!! WOW – this is an amazing achievement Jack and we are so proud of you. Jack has bravely set himself this challenge to help raise funds for Hollinwood Academy to buy outdoor equipment for our students. I have the best students at Hollinwood Academy! Jack’s mum will be collecting his sponsorship money this week and I will be informing you of how much he raised next week..

In the new year, I will be working with a number of key staff to develop our outside provision and due to our wonderful students: Jack H., Finlay W., Brooke D. and Luke D. L. H. who have all raised money for Hollinwood Academy over the past 12 months, this will be put to excellent use and help us develop our outside provision. Thank you to you all and your families and friends who have supported you.

There is so much to look forward to next week:
Monday 16th December – Primary Nativity at New Bridge theatre 9:45am
Tuesday 17th December – Primary Nativity at New Bridge theatre 9:45am
Wednesday 18th December – Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas Dinner and Christmas Markets
Thursday 19th December – Super Learning Day
Thursday 19th December – Hollinwood Academy staff Panto ‘Ella’!
Friday 20th December – Finish for Christmas holidays
Monday 6th January 2020 – School reopens for the Spring Term

On Wednesday afternoon, Hollinwood Academy will be celebrating our first Christmas Market event for our students. Today, we held a non-uniform day to help support this event and we raised a huge £103 which is an amazing effort. Thank you and I will certainly be sharing our festive markets in next week’s blog. If this is a big success, which I am sure it will be, we will plan to do this again next year but invite parents and carers. Miss McMurray and Mr Hartley have worked tirelessly to support and organise the Christmas Markets – thank you. The students cannot wait, or the staff!

I have a very busy weekend ahead with my girls: Christmas dance/gymnastics show rehearsals and Christmas parties. I do love this time of year.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Laura

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