01 May

I hope you are all safe and well? This week has been extremely busy. On Monday morning, we had our Governors meeting via Teams with Robert Cockcroft (Chair of Governors), Miss Gordon, Miss Dunne, Natalie Ames and myself. Robert and the other Governors are extremely appreciative and complimentary of the staffing team and have acknowledged how hard everyone is working in terms of communication with families and the virtual learning package that is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible during this very challenging period for the students at Hollinwood Academy. Showbie has been ‘buzzing’ again.

Miss Gordon and myself have also been working hard on Risk Assessments and Scenario Planning that will identify what will happen when we can safely open the doors to Hollinwood Academy with the students’ and staff’s safety being paramount. Miss Gordon and myself have looked at a number of different scenarios that we could potentially find ourselves in but this will be very much dependent on government guidelines. As you are aware from Graham’s blog last weekend, he is working with a National SEND Reference Group that is working closely with the Government to provide advice for students with SEND and taking our scenario planning to this forum.

I know some of you may well have already seen the ‘We Will Rock You!’ video but I could not write my blog this week without mentioning it. This week should have been the show week for ‘We Will Rock You’ with approximately 150 students performing from across the MAT. As the production could not take place, Mrs Wilson invited students and staff to send in videos of themselves performing to “We Will Rock You” and it is truly brilliant. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did,,

Well done to Mrs Wilson, the students and staff who contributed to this superb video and of course the ICT staff members for pulling it so professionally together.

From our amazing students to our amazing staff. Over the past few weeks, it has been brought to my attention that some of our amazing teaching staff have been volunteering their services in their local area during these unprecedented times.

Catherine Watson who is our EHCP Coordinator is volunteering as an NHS Responder to support the most vulnerable and is collecting prescriptions, shopping etc. locally and dropping these off.

Jo Clapham who was recently appointed and supports in our Secondary SLE is also volunteering as an NHS Responder to support the most vulnerable, mainly those who are self-isolating, by collecting their shopping and dropping this off.

Ellie Carpenter who is our Food Technology teacher has been making visors at home for the frontline staff. Here is Ellie to tell you exactly what she has been doing…

Over the past few weeks, I have been making visors for the NHS on my 3D printer at home. I felt it was important to do my part and as the PPE situation had become desperate, I bought the materials needed to make the visors. 

I am currently working alongside a textiles company local to me as they are sewing up scrubs. The visors will be delivered alongside the scrubs on Monday to one of the ‘Scrubs Hubs’. 

Firstly, you need to create the visor on a 3D printing program. I created a prototype which wasn’t as successful as the final design. With the new design ready, it was uploaded to the printer ready to begin..

The printer bed needs heating up so the design sticks to it. Each visor takes just over 2 hours for the head band and 25 minutes for the shaped base. It’s a long process but completely worth it.

Once the band has finished, its time to measure up where the holes need to be placed on the acetate. This was almost successful first time until I forgot the hole punch punches two holes at once! Ooops! Second time lucky!

Once the acetate has been punched, it’s fitted to the visor along with the base shaper. The elastic is fitted last and the bottom edges are cut to a curved finish.

Et voila!! One complete visor..

I can hear the printer in my sleep! I’m dreaming of visors! 

It is my understanding that Ellie has actually lost count of how many visors she has made, but it is in the region of 60-70 visors!! Amazing.

All three staff members are truly inspirational for going above and beyond to support the most vulnerable and those on the frontline, as well as communicating with and supporting the students and families at Hollinwood Academy.

Now let’s see what super work has been produced this week on Showbie..

It’s another bumper showcase of the home learning that has happened this week. It’s absolutely fantastic seeing all the photos, videos and learning that is taking place, keep these coming in!

Ms Rudge has been in touch to say that she has seen some amazing dancing from Ciara and her sister Abz. They have been creating online music videos for their band, Jubacana who are an 8-18 youth led project based in Oldham. The videos are created by the children and then shared.

Ciara and her friends have been set different challenges to keep their skills up to speed and also to try and keep up the team work they are used to; creating songs, rhythms and dances together. They all meet every week on Zoom at the same time they would usually meet in rehearsals. We are really proud of you Ciara and can’t wait to hear all about it when we return to School.

Mrs Millard was equally impressed with Lucas and his keep fit routine!

I’ve had a special message from Ms McMurray:

“Can I just give a big shout at to Thomas W. He has been working hard and has completed his Bronze iDEA Award.   The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is an international programme that helps people to develop digital, enterprise and employability skills.  iDEA (www.idea.org.uk) is a digital equivalent to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.  Thomas has completed a range of online challenges and badges including cyber security, being safe online, social media setup. animation and much more!  Well done Thomas!!”

I have also received some Star of the Week certificates. A huge well done to Freya, Yousef and Oscar!

In English this week, we have Caitlin showing us how she has been practicing forming her letters..

There have been some delicious cakes and savoury foods made by Hamza, Jenson, William, Lenni and Oscar..

Oscar has even been practicing his living skills by helping to clean up afterwards too!

However, it was all too much for Ethan after he finished making his bed!

Pupils continue to enjoy learning in Science. We’ve had rockets, cars and tadpoles..

Essah has enjoyed playing with his play dough..

Freya has made some beautiful cards for her family..

..and Mia has drawn a colourful picture..

Jenson has been practicing his origami skills..

Daanish has been drawing animals..

Pupils continue to stay active in creative ways. Make sure that you keep an eye out for Mr Heap’s PE video later on in the week!

Some of our younger pupils have been working on shapes and construction this week in Maths..

Other pupils have been working on creating and spotting patterns..

William and his mum have created a Spanish speaking video using Toonastic. Bien hecho William!

We love seeing photos in the Daily Hi. This week Ivy has been a princess..

We’ve got lots of pupils with green fingers and budding landscape gardeners..

Did everyone spot the rainbow over Manchester on Thursday evening? A number of staff have sent in their rainbow photos and the pupils continue to show us their rainbows. Please continue to send in your rainbows.

I’m going to end this weeks learning blog with a video of Katie signing the rainbow song. I know Ms Lergio is super proud of Katie. Perhaps other pupils could join in with Katie and send their videos into next week’s blog? Keep up the amazing work everyone!

Absolutely brilliant. Well done everyone and keep up the hard work next week.

Primary students, watch out for Mr Heap’s PE challenge this Monday! We have just ordered a number of prizes that could be heading your way if you upload your video as you will be entered into a class prize draw and Mr Heap will be posting weekly prizes out to the successful winners!! Good Luck!

I also have news of another competition that you are all invited to take part in, a DT challenge which opens next week across the Trust but I have the details of here. Staff will be sharing the new Showbie group code for the competition with the students next week.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Take care, stay safe and stay inside.

Mrs Millard

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