16 Jul

It has been lovely to welcome more students and staff back to Hollinwood Academy as they return from self-isolation periods and what a busy week we have had. This week’s curriculum focused areas are: outdoor education, food technology, humanities, MFL and living skills across primary and secondary, starting with…

Outdoor Education

It has been great to see our students from primary and secondary accessing their local communities safely again within our outdoor education curriculum offer. This term’s focus has been enhancing our children and young people’s confidence and self-esteem within their local community. We have visited a range of country parks, local playgrounds and taken part in gardening. As you can see from our photos we have had a fun and exciting time. All of the students have represented the school perfectly and they all cannot wait for our next outdoor education adventure.

Bennett Bros Metal Recycling have kindly donated hi-vis vests for all primary students at Hollinwood Academy in order to keep them safe whilst accessing the local community during outdoor education lessons. New Bridge Multi Academy Trust is very close to Mrs Bennett and Bennett Bros Metal Recycling, as their eldest son has flourished within the MAT where he has attended since year seven and is now in our post 19 provision at Horizons, and they wanted to give a little something to show their appreciation. I think all the children look wonderful, wouldn’t you agree? I would like to personally thank Bennett Bros Metal Recycling for their very kind donation.

Food technology

I thought it would be a lovely idea to create a video montage of all the moments I have captured of the Year 11s in their food technology lessons. It has been a strange couple of years being in class and then out again but I have to say that I have really enjoyed our time together. I hope you have tons of great ideas now and understand the importance of eating healthily and enjoying those treats occasionally.

I will especially remember all those times I said not to put the electronic scales in the sink and somehow, they still ended up finding their way there. The time we made a recipe which needed stock and I couldn’t understand why the water out of the kettle was coming out a strange yellow colour!! I found out a few weeks later when I was let into the secret.

Lots and lots of smiles, for miles…enjoy!!  ~  Miss Carpenter

Humanities

It has been a crazy year! Students and staff have been amazing this year in supporting each other on our learning journey. The humanities department, like many of the others, has struggled with the restrictions but I am so proud of how well the students have coped. This term the year 7’s have been investigating Natural disasters and looking at how they impact society. Here is a fantastic pop up Volcano that Lucas created whilst isolating. 

The year 8’s have looked into pollution at Hollinwood Academy and how it is affecting our environment. This geographical enquiry allowed pupils to create a map for pollution, different solutions and a campaign to improve recycling in our environment. Whilst working from home some of the pupils also looked at pollution in their house and were able to support their family in cleaning and recycling pollution at home.

The year 9’s and 10’s have been covering the iGCSE geography topics in preparation for exams/assessments that will take place in September.

It has been a pleasure teaching everyone this year and I am very proud of every student who has tried their hardest and made progress in the humanities department.  ~  Miss Sanderson

MFL

What a year it has been! I am so proud of the fantastic efforts from all our children and young people who have been learning Spanish, both remotely and back in the classroom. You have all shown such resilience and creativity in the way that you have adapted, almost effortlessly to all the changes this year. The children and young people have shown me some brilliant work, which we can see below.

I have seen how the children have progressed, from knowing a few basic words to forming whole sentences in Spanish with a verb and even an adjective! Some children are really starting to understand Spanish grammar well and they are so eager to speak in Spanish to show me just how much they understand too! It really is impressive after such an unsettled year. The great thing is that as well as improving their language skills, they are also developing parts of their brain that they won’t even be aware of as it is proven that learning a foreign language can massively improve a person’s executive function, in other words it can help us with planning, solving problems and carrying out other mentally demanding tasks as well as helping us to focus better, so get learning a language everyone! ¡Felices vacaciones!  ~  Mrs Cowling

Living skills

We have had a fantastic year developing our living skills and we would like to share with you a selection of photographs that show some of the activities we have been doing.

We have been developing our knowledge of why it is important to wash our hands and clean surfaces before preparing food. We have made lots of food this year and we have had the opportunity to try out our learning from our maths lessons to help us measure out ingredients as well as using our ratio knowledge to help up and down-scale the recipes!

We have had lots of fun making and then eating our food and we even did the washing up!  ~  Mrs Lomax

Primary sports day took part on Thursday 15th July and they had a fabulous day. The Euro’s didn’t get to come home this year but our primary students delivered and what such fun they had! Our children participated in six different events: hurdles, long jump, javelin, egg and spoon, running and parachute. Each event promoted our students to try their best, celebrate their abilities and to enjoy the last few days of this academic year. In true traditional sports day style, we ensured that our teachers had the opportunity to show off their inner Usain Bolt and race against each other. It’s no surprise that Mr Heap reached the finishing line with Mrs Halkyard close behind. A fantastic effort from all that took part and a great reminder for our students and staff to keep healthy and active over their summer holidays.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

  • Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Brooke for bouncing back really well from some difficult moments this week.

  • Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Joshua for great listening and lovely manners this week.

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

  • Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Mylo for participating brilliantly in sports day
  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Marco for being kind and supportive towards his friends.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Oliver for working well in his maths group.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Marley. Well done!

  • Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Sofia for being helpful with her peers at choosing time.
  • Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Corey for being able to tell a teacher when he is unhappy or worried.
  • Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Fatima. Well done!
  • Miss Prescott’s WOW moment winners are Daniel and Lucas. Well done!

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Ismaeel for always being kind to his friends.
  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Amario for showing excellent teamwork skills during a game.
  • Miss Simms’ WOW moment winners are Leo and Andie. Well done!
  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is the whole class for working hard from home and dealing with changes.

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

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Hollinwood Academy are looking to create a parent support group in the next academic year. To support with the initial set up of this group, we would like your opinion on how the school group could support you and your family. A short survey has been sent out to all parents via the ParentApp, we are asking all parents to complete so that we can make this support group as successful as possible.

Can I remind our secondary students and families and those moving from primary to secondary for September 2021 about the importance of carrying out twice weekly lateral flow tests. Nationally, there has been a significant drop in the numbers carrying out lateral flow tests and PHE are concerned especially with the increase in the variants and growing numbers of cases. Letters have been sent home with key information and dates as to when you can collect your LFT kits and we are asking that these are carried out twice weekly and that tests are done before they return to school in September 2021.

I will be watching and reading the news and latest guidance as the removal of lockdown restrictions are lifted from 19th July 2021 and what this will look like for Hollinwood Academy. Myself and Miss Gordon will be working hard next week and over the summer to make sure plans are in place for September 2021 following any updated guidance and this will be communicated via ParentsApp, our website and social media pages.

We have three days to go until we finish for the summer holidays on Wednesday 21st July and I am looking forward to welcoming back on site primary bubble 3 and our Year 10 forms on Tuesday after their self-isolation.

On Monday, we will be sending home our fabulous summer newsletter that features celebrations, rewards, trips, proms and well wishes to our primary and secondary leavers. This is not to be missed!!

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the sunshine and stay safe.

Mrs Millard

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