28 May

As we finish for another half term I have handed out a number of Head Teacher’s Awards and we have had some well-deserved nominations and smiles all round.

Well done and keep up the hard work next half term everyone!!

This week we have been busy finalising timetables, classes, transition and the Year 11 leavers prom – very exciting times. All of this information will be shared with families next term along with the end of year reports that will be sent home on Friday 2nd July 2021.

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

What a wonderful half term we have had! We can hardly believe how fast it has gone and as we head into our final half term of the academic year, we couldn’t be prouder of all of our students and everything they have achieved. 

We started off this week feeling very proud as we received our Art certificates from the Trinity College London.

We have also continued to enjoy our sensory circuit time in the morning which helps us to focus for the day ahead. 

Our class has been super busy this past few weeks with our Pirates topic! We have incorporated Pirates into our daily lessons which everybody loved! We particularly enjoyed our Maths lessons where we used pirate maps to learn how to follow directions and use positional language. On Thursday, we ended our pirate topic with a fantastic Pirate Day! We had lots of fun pirate themed activities, a treasure hunt around the school grounds and even got our Pirate ship bouncy castle out! Everyone dressed up and looked ARRRMAZING! 

Unfortunately, we still can’t travel anywhere for our outdoor education lessons but we are making the most of our school grounds (when the weather allows!) and using our space to go on walks, explore nature and practice how to be safe outside. When the weather hasn’t been as great we have made bee bombs, and lots of tasty treats including peppermint creams, flapjacks, lemon and poppy seed cakes! 

Have a lovely half term everybody! We look forward to welcoming you back after the break! 

Miss Meadows’ class…

We are proud of all the students in class this week. They have worked hard; we have been writing descriptions in English about the beach and focused on developing language about the five senses.

In Maths, we have been completing the flashback four starters to improve our recall, the students enjoy these as they are in the same format each lesson.

We have also completed a multimedia art project to raise awareness for Earth Day this term. This meant the students had to draw, paint, measure, cut and stick to create a collage. The students enjoyed doing this and we had some fantastic discussions about how we could develop our habits to help the planet.

We have also been investigating the Class VR 360 headsets that Mr Bright has been piloting at Hollinwood Academy and the students in Mr Hartley’s class and our class thoroughly enjoyed this. The students went to places like Dubai, on roller coasters, waterfalls and the beach. The students and staff were very impressed with this technology and they had a lot of fun discovering different places.

Our star of the week was Alex for turning his week around and being a super friend. Well done Alex, we are proud of you!

All our students have made brilliant progress and we are looking forward to another brilliant half term!

Miss Carpenter’s technology lessons…

This half term has been extremely busy in the technology department. We have trialled a textiles project and I am sure you will agree, it has been very successful.

Year 7 are currently completing their textiles pizza project and I hope you will be able to see their fantastic work next half term, however, here are some of the brilliant pieces of work from the crisp packet project..

..and the cacti project which Year 8 and 9 have completed..

Next half term, Year 8 and 9 will begin cooking again and they are very excited!

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Amario for talking to his friends and teachers appropriately and confidently.
  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Alfie for understanding when he gets a reward or consequence.

  • Miss Simms’ WOW moments go to Lucas and Andie. Well done!

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

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Ethan for making the right choices and taking responsibility for my behaviour.

  • Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Thomas. Well done!

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Zachy for always trying your best.

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

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR of the week is Lewis for an outstanding act of kindness.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Victory for staying calm in a stressful situation.

Can I remind our families that we break up for May half term today and school reopens on Monday 7th June 2021 for our final half term. As the lockdown eases, taking a rapid lateral flow COVID-19 test twice a week, even if you do not have symptoms, will help us stay ahead of the spread of the virus, particularly as new strains appear. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and are spreading the virus without knowing. This includes those who have had their vaccine. Can I ask that you continue to test twice-weekly (Wednesday and Sunday evenings) over half-term and report your results via ParentsApps and report this online at: www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result straight away, even if your result is negative or void.

As we return to school on Monday 7th June 2021, the whole school will be participating in Tourettes Action Day and our children and young people can wear something green for £1 and there will be a cake sale at break and dinner. The school council have decided that they want to support Tourettes Action Day and this is the letter that was shared with families last week:

Dear Parents/Guardians

Today I will be writing to you to tell you about Tourettes Actions Charity and Tolerance to Tourettes. On the 7th of June there will be a day all about tourettes where children with tourettes can share their day to day life if they feel comfortable doing so. On the 7th of June you can wear any green accessories’ such as wristbands, headbands, shoes, socks and a green t-shirt in return for £1. This will not be a non-uniform day. During break there will be a cake sale where pupils can buy cakes.

Thanks,

School Council

Get your green items of clothing or accessories ready. I am really proud of our school council and the decisions and actions they are raising in their meetings to advocate for their peers and our school.

Have a lovely weekend, half term and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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