02 Oct

Adiós Señor Francos!!

This week Hollinwood Academy said adiós to Mr Francos as he starts his retirement. Mr Francos has worked at Hollinwood Academy for the last three years as our Spanish and Music teacher. Mr Francos has also supported his form for the past two years and he has made a valuable contribution to the learning of the children and to the development of Spanish at the school.

 Mr Francos has a message for everyone:

Thanks for making my last working day such a special day, it is greatly appreciated. It has been a privilege working at Hollinwood Academy for lots of reasons. I will miss you all. Joe

We are sorry to be losing Mr Francos but he has had a long, dedicated career in teaching and it has been a pleasure to have him at Hollinwood Academy. I am confident that he will find the same success and happiness in retirement that he experienced during his time here.

I am sure you will join me and the rest of the staff, Governors and Trustees of Hollinwood Academy and the New Bridge Group in wishing Mr Francos well as he begins his retirement.

This week we have started the learning walks and it has been wonderful to spend time in the classrooms seeing what the students have been learning about and observing just how well the students have settled into the new academic year, they really are a credit to themselves. We have observed GCSE Art, Maths and ICT, KS3 Art and English, KS2 English, KS1 English and Maths in Reception. It amazes me to see where the students start at Reception to their potential at KS4 GCSE. Miss Gordon and myself are looking forward to seeing more teaching and learning over the next two weeks.

Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Miss Simms’ class…

Miss Simms, Miss Prescott and Miss Hussain have loved welcoming the children back to school. It has been lovely to see their smiling faces once again. The children have settled back into their school routine amazingly and we have been very busy doing lots of new learning!

In English we have been learning how to write a newspaper report. We have used Talk for Writing to rehearse a newspaper report all about the positives of lockdown. We are now getting ready to become a journalist and write our very own newspaper next week!

In Maths we have been learning about the place value of a 4-digit number. We are now using this knowledge to add two 4-digit numbers. We have been playing lots of board games to help us learn this skill!

We have had some interesting visitors in our classroom for our Science lessons! We are currently watching 3 caterpillars transform in to butterflies to support our topic “Living Things and their Habitat”. We have also looked at the life cycle of a mammal and enjoyed looking at ourselves as babies!

We have been exploring colours and emotions in Art. We have had a lot of discussions about how different colours make us feel and have completed a few pieces of work to reflect these different feelings.

Our topic for this half term is “Kids of America”. We enjoyed using Google Earth to take a trip to USA to compare and contrast this place to the United Kingdom. We have also looked at what USA was like during lockdown and compared this to our own experiences.

It has been an amazing start back for KS2MSS. We are looking forward to more fun, laughter and learning!

Miss Carpenter’s class have had a busy week …

This week in English we have been continuing their journey with novel ‘The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time’ by Mark Haddon. It narrates from the viewpoint of Christopher, a young boy with autism who has been investigating a murder. The class have been discussing how he deals with his feelings and the relationships with the people around him. The students have enjoyed the class discussions and debating their theories on the crime.


During the PSHE lesson this week, the class have been identifying their abilities. They learnt that abilities do not just come in the form of qualifications, they are also personal qualities which can be used in everyday life. When asked ‘what am I good at?’ the class found it difficult. I know I would too! After a discussion and a game of social skills Jenga, the group felt more confident in their answers.

We love spellings! We have started again this week with Year 10 spelling lists. We have also been playing scrabble to help learn new words and meanings.

The students have been learning about the human body, focusing on cells, tissues and organs. They have been identifying the different jobs and processes that each part goes through. The class timed themselves (enjoying the competition of it) removing the organs from our plastic torsos and putting them back into the correct places. They have also been discussing the functions of the different organs too.

During their ICT lessons, they have been progressing with their ICT skills. They have been attempting to write formal and informal emails, creating posters and also finding and documenting different information from the internet. All these skills are needed for their time both here at school and beyond into further education and employment.

In Art, they have been creating their own forgeries using various confectionery products. They have created their own confectionery Alphabet with each letter of a forgery from a different type of chocolate bar. Their home learning task is to look at the work of Sarah Graham who is famous for her forgery work, especially concentrating on Lollipops.

During food technology lessons, Year 8 have been completing their food hygiene course. We have had some successes this week, all who have passed with flying colours! Well done Year 8.

Miss Sanderson’s class have also been working hard…

This term the Year 10s have started to focus on the GCSE content. They are now working towards their qualifications and have shown great resilience when faced with new tasks.

In Maths they have started learning about prime factorisation and algebraic expressions. In English they have been reading ‘An Inspector Calls’, students have shown great confidence in reading as a group and seem to have thoroughly enjoyed the book. They are now beginning to analyse the script as part of their English language GCSE.

In science the pupils have started doing Biology and are looking at how osmosis and diffusion works. The students spent a lesson working in groups to produce a diagram showing how blood cells travel through the body.

All pupils have shown great motivation in working towards their iMedia GCSE. They have just started to cover digital graphics and have produced some outstanding work looking at different software and the use of different file formats.

During Learning for Life students have been looking at different career choices and what qualifications they would need. They now have a greater insight into what careers are available and what suits them best.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Shin’s STAR this week is Maya for working hard all week and being helpful around the classroom.

  • Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is David for fantastic reading.
  • Miss Parkinson’s SEAL Superstar is George for playing nicely with his friends.

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Joshua for settling in really well to his new class and making a great start.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for outstanding listening this week and helping others.

  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Oliver for excellent effort in lessons and a super week on transport.

  • Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL Superstar is Marcus for explaining his feelings.
  • Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Fatima for working super hard in Maths all week.
  • Miss McDonald’s SEAL Superstar is Connor for recognising happy, sad, scared and excited and understanding facial expressions.
  • Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Zakariya! Well done.
  • Miss McDonald’s WOW moment is Sofia for great imagination and sharing story with class.

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Leo for coming back to school with a smile on his face, and being super brave when hurt.

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Alfie for being able to talk about his feelings and understanding that the calm corner is a good choice.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Carlo for having a fantastic week and making the right choices.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Sophia for getting to know her peers and becoming familiar with her class peers strengths.

  • Miss Simms and Miss Tootill’s Dojo winner this week is Ibraaheem for collecting the most class dojo’s.

  • Miss Collinge’s STARs of the week are Myla, who has had an amazing week of communicating and using her now/next board and Shayan for excellent work finding and matching all of his class friends.
  • Miss Collinge’s SEAL Superstar is Myla for being a good friend and helping her class friend on the swing.

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Zachy for doing some good research on endangered species and the putting what you have learnt into your own words and creating an excellent piece of informative writing.

  • Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Lucas for recognising your own strengths and weaknesses and not letting them stop your from trying to do your best.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Henry for being a good friend and sharing.

  • Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstars is Farrukh for great work and joining in with all activities with a smile.

From primary superstars to secondary superstar: Neive. Miss Rudge was super impressed with Neive’s kindness and thoughtfulness this week towards one of our younger pupils. We are lucky enough to have a number of pupils in our school who speak English as an additional language. Miss Rudge has been learning a few simple Polish words to help communicate with a little girl in our KS1. Our form group have been helping Miss Rudge learn Polish during form time and we have had lots of fun doing it! Neive has designed a Polish/English translation card to help the little girl further. Such a beautiful selfless act Neive and I am very proud of you. Well done!

As I mentioned last week, we had our risk assessment meeting with the central team on Wednesday and they have agreed that after October half term the Key Stage 4 students can start to cook in preparation for their GCSEs. Miss Carpenter was as thrilled with this news as were the students. They really excel in their food technology and the corridor always smells delicious.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard

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