08 May

Firstly, can I start this blog by thanking all of you for your patience and understanding over the last few weeks/months. These have certainly been testing and challenging times where we have all pulled together to support our students and families. I know I have particularly struggled this week with my own daughters at home trying to teach the Reception and Year 4 curriculum, while working remotely and a husband that is a keyworker, working full time and sometime over his directed hours due to staff shortages. It has not been easy but I hope the announcements made over the weekend are hopeful, safe, realistic and are in the best interests of our students. As you know, we will do the best that we can with the guidance given to make sure students and staff are safe. Any updates will be found on our website and social media. The charity Young Minds have put together some tips for parents here which you may find useful.

As I mentioned last week, we are inviting everyone to take part in a whole MAT competition called ‘We Can Make It’, which is open to all students from across our sites to join in. It is a DT competition to get you using some basic materials around the home to create a short animation to thank the NHS and more details can be found here:

  • the final product entered will be a short animation video between 10 – 60 seconds
  • it must include some characters/props/sets created from materials around the home
  • it must thank or recognise the NHS
  • deadline for entries is Friday 15th May to be sent to your class teacher
  • there will be a prize for the top three entries

Only one week left to go so make sure you don’t miss the deadline. Good luck!

Showbie has been a little quiet this week and we are asking staff to encourage the students during their welfare calls next week to access some of the work that they have not completed or have avoided as it is not ‘their favourite’ subject. Next week will be a ‘catch up’ week on Showbie, however if you require new learning please let your class teacher know and they will make sure this is provided. I am still impressed with the work I am seeing and hearing about on Showbie. Let’s have a look at what you have been doing this week…

Next week on Showbie is going to be catch up week. No learning will be set, unless your child has completed all the learning from previous weeks. Pupils are going to be encouraged to complete the learning from previous lessons that they have not yet finished. Please spend some time with your child going through the subjects or lessons that they may have missed. If you are unsure, send a message on Showbie to their class teacher and they will happily point you in the right direction for which learning to complete.

This week it was been great to see the VE Day learning and creative crafts that the pupils have engaged with, ranging from bunting to baking..

Mr Heap’s challenge is proving to be very popular, here are just some of the pupils’ entries..

Jack was very happy to get his prize from Mr Heap for his fabulous entry!

Mrs Halkyard’s class have done an activity on what we are grateful for to keep up positive feelings, here are just a couple of the pupils’ learning..

Ms Rudge has asked for a special shout out for Oliver BH in KS3 he has been working super hard on his personal Art journal and I’m really proud of him. He is my Creative Arts star of the week!

Mrs Lomax was delighted with the African art that was produced by her class..

Issam, Ivy, Jacob and Luke have also been very creative this week too. Great work!

There have been lots of certificates for Science this week. Well done everyone!

For Geography this week, Finlay has been creating a volcano..

..and Jack has been reading his atlas..

Finlay has been building a den this week. Steve Backshall watch out!

I hope everyone is enjoying the new features in the avatar section of TTRockstars, Aqsa has managed to unlock a doctor fitted with PPE. Well done Aqsa!

Essah has enjoyed learning about shapes..

..and Corey has been learning about division through the topic of rationing. Amazing!

It’s all about letters and reading this week, from writing one’s name, to learning how to use capital letters and full stops through singing. Keep up the good work!

Tesco Failsworth seems to be always out of stock with eggs and flour. However, sourcing ingredients never seems to be a problem for the master bakers of Hollinwood Academy..

Mr Rawson is very proud of how well Bronson is coping….and extremely impressed with this incredible birdhouse that he’s made..

Staff always enjoy seeing the photos that pupils send in the daily hi. Here’s this week’s photos..

I am going to end this weeks blog with Connor’s amazing shed. Ms Horsfield has been in touch with Connor’s mum on a weekly basis and she informed her a few weeks ago that Connor and his siblings had been painting the shed for her. Today it is now complete! I’ve got a feeling a few members of staff will be in touch in the coming weeks to get their sheds painted too. A huge well done!

Well done everyone! Don’t forget about the MAT ‘We Can Make It’ competition..

We have already had some fantastic entries from Chloe, Evan, Nina and Taylor..

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Take care, stay safe and stay inside.

Mrs Millard

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