07 May

It was lovely to hear some of the feedback from staff regarding our parents’ evening this week for primary, key stage 3 and year 10. Hopefully next year we can resume to having these back onsite.

This week our secondary school council met for the first time this half term. They were congratulated on their success for raising awareness and money for autism awareness and their continued commitment to improving our school. They discussed what sensory equipment they would like to see purchased with the money raised from the day and this included plasma balls, magnetic rings, bean bags, relax chairs and wobble cushions. This will all go towards supporting the needs of the students.

Tourettes Action Day will be on the 7th June and the school council have decided that they would like to raise awareness of Tourettes Syndrome and money for the charity ‘Tourettes Action’. The student council will promote awareness around school and organise a non-uniform day, whereby those involved will wear something green, and a cake sale at break and lunch time.

Our school is part of the Smart School Council group and this allows the students to take more ownership of the role of student councillor. The students will split into two teams, an action team and a communication team. Moving forward, the action team will be responsible for taking ownership and actioning issues and ideas raised in the meetings with our senior leadership team and any relevant people, and the communication team will be responsible for communicating everything that the school council is doing within school.

We are very proud of our committed and responsible team of student councillors and are excited to see what they next have planned.

Let’s see what some of our classes have been doing this week starting with Mrs Woodhead’s class…

This week we have been learning all about Sunshine and Shadows. Despite the sunshine being reluctant to join us we still had lots of fun making shadows. The children worked out that they could change the size of the shadow by moving the torch closer or further away.

During PE they tried to lose their shadows by running away from them. No body managed to achieve this!

In Maths we were investigating numbers between 10 and 40. Using numicon and Quisenair rods they were able to count in tens and also make numbers with tens and ones.

In English we have been writing facts about the sun and shadows. We used our phonics to spell and read words related to the topic.

We practised our weighing and mixing skills with the delicious sunshine cakes topped with lemon curd and a sunflower. We have been lucky to have a pupil mentor join us. He has been a great support to both the staff and children in the class. He led the creating of the sunflower decorations and explain what he wanted them to do brilliantly. Well done Jack!

The highlight of the week was our Friday sensory activity, exploding water crystals (which were really loud) and green gelli.

Next week we are looking forward to exploring the wind!

Mr Gold’s form…

The topic in science this half term has been making materials as part of this topic they have looked at ceramics, polymers and composite materials. We did an investigation into how the formula affected the strength of a composite material (concrete). The pupils made concrete blocks using different ratios of sand and cement, they then tested the blocks by seeing how much weight they could support.

This week in PE the students have been doing the bleep test to help build up their stamina. The students have also been enjoying their team bonding sessions and playing fun games such as duck, duck, goose and stuck in the mud.

Miss Rudge’s form…

They have been working very hard in their GCSE subjects this week and as always have made us very proud. Ciara and Declan would like to share a few thoughts about their time at school and are excited for the next chapter too…

  • Declan

I like how easy it is to get to school on the bus rather than having to walk.
I like most of my lessons at school.
I also have made some great friends.
When I leave I look forward to meeting new people.
And I look forward to finishing college

  • Ciara 

What I’ve enjoyed about Hollinwood Academy is: I’ve enjoyed doing all of the subjects that we’ve had, spending time with Miss Rudge, Miss Wharfe, the other teachers and my friends, loved going on school trips, enjoyed doing art, helping teachers and friends and loved the best times we’ve had together.

We will certainly miss our Year 11 leavers as they finish their time at Hollinwood Academy this Summer and move onto the next chapter of their lives.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Xander for amazing effort and improvement in writing.
  • Miss Parkinson’s SEAL Superstar is Jacob for congratulating his friends on their achievements.

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Ollie for making a fantastic start to his new Phonics group.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Caitlin for showing excellent progress in Attention Autism by accepting that she didn’t get a turn today.

  • Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to Lewis. Well done!

  • Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Corey for dealing with his sore finger very well and doing his work.
  • Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Madison for remembering someone she does not see anymore.
  • Miss Prescott’s WOW goes to Fatima. Well done!

  • Miss Simms’ STARs are Amario for showing good manners to his teachers and friends and Essah for working well with different teachers.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Thomas for managing his feelings and making the right choices.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Ibraaheem for remembering items even if he can’t see them.

  • Mrs Tootill’s DOJO winner is to Carlo. Well done!

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Amelia for learning a new skill, joined handwriting, even though she was anxious at first.

  • Mrs Lomax’s DOJO winner is to Zachy. Well done!

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

I hope you have a lovely weekend and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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