22 May

Eid Mubarak to all of our families that will be celebrating this weekend. As per Government guidance, all places of worship will remain closed, so please celebrate at your own home, celebrating only with members of your household. I know Eid is a time for family gatherings but it is important to remember the guidance particularly those loved ones who are vulnerable or are shielded. I really hope you have a lovely weekend and I know this will be very different celebrations this year due to the current circumstances but I hope you enjoy Eid and I am sure you will have a wonderful time. Eid Mubarak.

At the end of every half term, I would spend time in every class handing out Head Teacher’s Awards to those deserving students and today I am sat writing my blog from home. It has certainly been an emotional journey these last months. I hope to see light at the end of the tunnel soon when things can start to return to some form of ‘normal’ but it has to be the right time and safe for everyone. In preparation for this, John Hildrup, our Caretaker at Hollinwood Academy, has been extremely busy getting Hollinwood Academy ready to welcome our students back when it is safe and ready to do so. He has spent a considerable amount of time clearing and cleaning the area behind the Primary playgrounds. It has been completely transformed from this..

..to this..

This looks so much better, thank you John! This was the right time to do this as at the beginning of this academic year I had enough funding due to three very generous donations from Luke, Brooke and Finlay to revamp the Primary playground. This is something that we have been saving for so we can improve the quality of outdoor provision for our students. This was planned to take place over the Easter holidays but unfortunately due to COVID-19 this was put on hold. However, the work has started this week and we have a fully fitted Trim Trail in the Key Stage 1 playground..

Next week, they will be coming back to add playground markings into the bigger Key Stage 2 playground and then adding in extra equipment for the students to use. The finishing stages will be the very end playground where the new extension is, as we hope to have a basket swing that can be used for leisure and interventions. I can’t wait to share with you the updates of the playgrounds and I will keep you posted. I must say a big thank you to Luke, Brooke and Finlay for their amazing efforts and will power to raise a fantastic amount of money. They have all shown resilience and dedication in their fund raising. Thank you and I am sure the students at Hollinwood Academy will be extremely grateful for the equipment that you have been able to provide for them.

Showbie has been buzzing again – well done everyone. Let’s have a look at the learning this week…

There has been a rainbow challenge for the pupils at Hollinwood Academy this week on Showbie. Here is the video of all the pupils contributions to the challenge. A huge well done to everyone that got involved!

There have been lots of interesting Science activities happening this week. Mrs Halkyard’s class have been exploring the topic of space and have produced some fabulous rockets..

Jack in Ms Lomax’s class has released some butterflies into the wild. Amazing!

Ms Daniels would like to say a special well done to Solomon this week.

Corey, Rahmeen and Harry have also been sent certificates this week. Well done!

There have been lots of delicious desserts made this week by our pupils..

Pupils have also been making a variety of savory meals too. Whether it’s homemade pizza..

..or bread..

..to tuna pasta bake. Fabulous!

Declan has risen to the build a burger challenge set by Ms Carpenter..

If you would like to build a burger like Declan, you can do this via this link: burgerbuilder.ahdb.org.uk

I have really enjoyed seeing how you have all been keeping active this week..

However, I’ve been tempted to create my own Glow stick disco after seeing these videos. Superb!

Pupils continue to enjoy the great outdoors, we’ve had paddling pool photos, walks and amazing views, creating hedgehog houses, to outdoor crafts..

Corey has done a scout camp, isolation style..

If you would like to do a scout camp isolation style like Corey, ideas can be found here: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

Arts and crafts continue to be very popular. Here are some of the amazing creations that have been made this week. Well done everyone!

Ms Mcdonald’s class have been exploring weights and measurements this week in Maths. They had a task to apply their skills to baking. Here are the results..

A special well done to everyone that achieved a certificate this week on Mathletics..

..and a huge well done to Thomas for achieving a silver certificate..

In English this week, Aqsa and Jacob produced a news report. Ms Halkyard was very impressed with their presenting skills..

Pupils continue to practice their handwriting skills and enjoying reading..

We’ve had a performance by Ivy this week in the Daily Hi..

..and an appearance from Flash the tortoise..

Ms Collinson says that Lenni has been very busy and has done some wonderful work this week. Lenni has had lots of fun being creative making a huge snake and some lovely jelly fish. Lenni has also been reading the story ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and has made a caterpillar which he then fed some spinach. Well done Lenni, keep up the amazing work and send it in for us to see. 

I’m going to finish this week’s learning with Thomas’s fabulous poster highlighting the symptoms of the coronavirus. Well done Thomas!

Mr Bright is delighted to announce the winners of our DT competition ‘We Can Make It’..

The entries were fantastic and choosing the winners was very difficult – we had some incredible animations and videos entered from schools and colleges across the New Bridge Group to celebrate our NHS.

A lot of time and effort went into creating the animations and we’d like to thank each and every young person who took part in the competition.

In the end we had to choose a winner. Well, it’s joint winners actually:

Joint 1st place:
Matthew from Medtia and Josh from the Learning Centre

Runner-up:
Kai from Medtia

We will post the winning vouchers next week. Once again, well done to everyone for taking part!!

As May half term would technically have been next week staff are not going to be setting any new work on Showbie, however, we will still be on hand to answer questions and check in with our welfare calls. The Daily Hi and Chat functions will still be on so the students can interact with their peers and families you can contact your staff teams if you need us. We recognise that everybody – students, families and staff need a well-deserved break next week.

As I mentioned last week, we have spent 6 days interviewing for two new teaching posts at Hollinwood Academy. It was a really, really strong field and we have appointed Mr Stewart and Miss Marston this week and they have both accepted. They are extremely thrilled to be offered the posts at Hollinwood Academy and they cannot wait to meet their students and I know students, families and staff will welcome them in September.

As we move through ‘The New Schooling’ consultation phase, that was sent to families on Wednesday, we will start to analyse and improve this process from your feedback and we will update families on every step and what this will look like for Hollinwood Academy. Our overarching priority still remains:

“We will maintain and secure the health and safety of every single child, young person and member of staff.”

With this in mind, I know students and families are worried about the next coming weeks and we are here to support. I am also very conscious of transition as this is always planned into the next half term and the students get to meet their new class teachers, especially at Primary and Year 7. Miss Gordon and myself will be looking into transition and how we can make this work for our students both current and new. This will be communicated to families via ParentPay and the website so please keep checking your e-mail and social media.

Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating this weekend.

Take care, stay safe and stay inside.

Mrs Millard

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You can also contact the Oldham Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) team directly on 0161 770 7777 and the Tameside team on 0161 342 4101.