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As you know, last Friday Mr Heap and Mrs Dunsdon were both nominated for POINT’s ‘Passion for Parents Award’ and invited to their annual Award Ceremony. By all accounts this was another great event and I am so proud that Mr Heap won the award.

Not only did we have members of our teaching staff representing Hollinwood Academy at the POINT Award Ceremony however, a number of our students and parents also attended the evening. I was delighted to hear on Monday morning that Bethany, one of our Key Stage 4 students, was nominated for POINT’s Young Person of the Year and WON the award – much to her surprise, as she wasn’t even aware she had been nominated!

I am so proud of you Bethany and everything that you do and achieve. You are a credit to Hollinwood Academy, your family and yourself. Keep up the great work Bethany.

This week, Miss Shin and Miss Collinge’s Year 5 students took part in a careers fair on Thursday at Mahdlo. The children rotated around different stalls – they participated in activities led by Oldham College and the PDSA, and had the opportunity to chat to members of Oldham’s police force and film makers from Computing Reddy..

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Miss Rudge has been very busy with her Arts Awards this week. She presented all the Key Stage 3 and 4 students at Hollinwood Academy with their Arts Award certificates as they have now successfully completed their Discover Arts Awards in Drama..

Congratulation to all the students. We are all SO proud of you!

Miss Rudge has also asked me to share her ‘Un-Homework’ project..

The idea is to create a piece of ‘Un-Homework’. Students must choose one of the themes listed and from this, students research and create a response to the theme in the most creative way possible! In the past, students have previously created; poems, sculptures, paintings, themed board games, posters and lots more!

The homework is due in the first day back after the Easter holidays. However, students have received the homework a week early in order to gather any materials needed. The Art room will be open to pupils during activity time all next week to get started..and my class already have!

Good Luck Key Stage 3 and 4! Miss Rudge is super excited to see how creative you can all be! Ethan in KS4NMY was also presented with an Art award for his efforts with his Art homework this week! The brief was to research into a social or political issue in response to our ‘Protest posters in Art’ current scheme and I am super proud of him..

Mrs Lomax’s class would like to share with you some of their learning this week…

We have been doing an Easter themed choosing time challenge. The children were challenged to create an Easter rabbit or chick either out of lemon scented salt dough or coloured cards and paper craft resources. The children needed to do lots of planning and problem solving to be successful..

We have also enjoyed another lunchtime ‘Disco Friday’ in the sunshine with Mr Critchley-Stone!

Let’s see what Mr Hartley’s class have been doing this week…

This term we have focused more on living skills. The students have enjoyed their employability lessons and have done very well in their topic on communication. The students have looked at the importance of good communication in the workplace, created emails and role played good and bad communication in the workplace..

We have continued to make sure that our classroom is cleaned on a weekly basis and the students have taken turns to clean the windows, sort the shelves, clean the tables, water the plants and vacuum the floor. Make sure they do their part at home!

We have enjoyed looking at the activities that we can do in our leisure time and have looked at activities that we find relaxing and challenging. The recent good weather has been put to good use in this topic..

We have tried to make sure we keep healthy and continue to look at the benefits of leisure and exercise..

For our safety and planning unit, the students have looked at telling the time in 12 and 24 hours and some have managed to use what they have learnt to read a bus timetable. The students will use what they have learnt in a more practical way next week when we take a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry using the tram and bus.

In Maths we have been studying fractions and we are now onto statistics. The students have again taken advantage of the good weather by completing a tally of the different coloured vehicles in the car park (white is the most popular). The students have then transferred this data onto a bar chart..

For our Enterprise unit we have looked at creative thinking and problem solving skills and the students have spent time designing their own theme park and calculating the running cost..


Last week, I shared with you the learning from the Primary and Secondary classes that take part in the Prince William Award. The feedback I have received from this post was lovely so I wanted to share with you the Primary learning that has taken place this week.

The Key Stage 2 students were learning to create something to be nurtured. The session began with their weekly check in then they moved to their warm
up activity by playing Riverbank and Chinese Dragon. The students did well to display caring, co-operation and fair play throughout..

The session then moved on to discussing things that the students nurture. There was lots of discussions about what it means to nurture and be nurturing. The students had to listen to and follow instructions on how to create a potted plant for them to nurture. They began with some optimism and confidence and they openly shared the equipment and the experience, which was lovely to observe. They then discussed and shared ideas of how to look after their potted plants..

At the request of the group, they stayed outside and played Giants, Wizards and Elves as they really enjoyed it last week!

Now to our amazing SEAL Superstars and our Stars of the Week:

  • Mrs Dunsdon’s class:
    Star of the Week: Caitlin for brilliant reading..

SEAL Superstar: Fatima for being able to say what she wants without upsetting others..

  • Miss Grimsley’s class:
    Star of the Week: Jason for independently sorting coloured objects into containers during water play..

  • Mr Corrigan’s class:
    Star of the Week: Tyler for some excellent independent measuring in Maths..

SEAL Superstar: Marcus for following instructions really well with different staff in PE

  • Mrs Woodhead’s class:
    Star of the Week: Ollie for being a good friend..

  • Mrs Lomax’s class:
    Star of the Week: Ibraaheem for trying extra hard in his swimming lessons and doing some fantastic swimming..

  • SEAL Superstar: Vincent for being very kind and helpful to his friends by getting all the pencils ready for Morning Challenge..

  • Miss Parkinson’s class:
    Star of the Week: Harrison for fantastic work in Spanish this week..

SEAL Superstar: Charlie for being a kind friend..

  • Mr Heap’s class:
    Star of the Week: Olivia for communicating clearly about her exciting weekend plans..

  • Miss Shin’s class:
    Star of the Week: Finley for settling well into his new class and having a great week.
    SEAL Superstar: Reece for understanding how to be assertive
  • Miss Collinge’s class:
    Star of the Week: Daley and Aaron for having an amazing week
    SEAL Superstar: Maia for always being assertive and kind

Well done everyone!

You should have all received your parents’ evening letters for the first week back after the Easter holidays. If you have not received an invitation, please contact school and we will make sure you get a letter sent home in the post.

Tuesday is World Autism Day. We celebrate Autism every day with our students and we are advocates for the community and other professions. We will be celebrating the day in classes and discussing the importance of raising awareness of Autism and what we can do as a school to help promote and support this.

We will also be taking part in TeenTech Day on Thursday and Friday before we finish for the Easter holidays. TeenTech ‘City of Tomorrow’ is asking young people to create their vision of the future, considering how we will live, work and play, discovering the ‘invisible’ roles in tomorrow’s world. Pupils will create domestic and civic buildings from recycled materials that sit on an A4 footprint and consider how to use technology and the internet to make their city smarter, kinder and safer. You can read more about this exciting national initiative on their website here.

There will be a number of activities taking place over the two days and each class group will be building a model of their ‘City of Tomorrow’ and there will be a prize for the best design at Primary and Secondary. In preparation, we would like to ask all our pupils to bring in a bag full of recycled materials such as cardboard boxes, yogurt pots, cardboard tubes, plastic bottles, newspapers or magazines to use in their constructions. Please could you label the bag with your child’s name and send it into school before the end of term.

I would like to finish my blog this week with one of our Year 9 students, Taylor, who has recently taken part in a 1:1 Outdoor Education Intervention session with Mrs Bennett. Interventions play a key part in out curriculum and we try to personalise all interventions to meet the individual needs of the children. This week, Taylor visited Tandle Hills, Royton with Mrs Bennett for his 1:1 Outdoor Education Intervention. Taylor enjoyed walking through the woods and climbing the steps to the monument where they sat and reflected on the positives and negatives of the week. Following this, Taylor had lots of fun in the park whilst navigating and problem solving himself safely around the assault course..

Well done Taylor. Keep up the great work.

Can I remind all of our families that school closes on Friday 5th April for the Easter holidays. School will be open for holiday club and all the students attending should have received their timetables – lots of fun activities to look forward to.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,


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