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D of E Gold Expedition

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Holiday Club trip to Alton Towers

This week there has been a real sense of ‘community spirit’ in and around school from our new sensory garden, Mahdlo Christmas family boxes, art, book and Tesco donations.

Over the past two weeks, Mrs Woodhead and Miss Simms have started to develop our new sensory garden outside the extension area. Mrs Woodhead and Miss Simms have worked together tirelessly with Mrs Needham and Mr Hilldrup to design, buy, build and decorate this amazing resource that will benefit all of our students. The Government has given all schools a COVID grant to support our students on returning to school and supporting them this academic year in light of COVID. The COVID grant has funded the sensory garden and Mrs Woodhead, Miss Simms, Mr Hilldrup and our wonderful children have worked hard this week to get it looking amazing. Thank you and I am sure the students will love this area and I can’t wait to see it grow this year and bloom in the Summer.

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This week, we have had donations from Tesco, Mahdlo, Oldham Council arts department and the National Literacy trust – WOW!!
On Monday morning, the National Literacy trust donated three beautiful books: ‘The Book of Hopes’ that the children have loved reading. Thank you..

On Wednesday, we received two creative art boxes that Rachel Wood from Oldham Council Arts Development department has donated to Hollinwood Academy. These are aimed at our Secondary students and Miss Rudge has these in her art room to support our students.

On Thursday, we received seven generous Christmas Hampers for some of our families. Mahdlo had 300 Christmas Hampers that schools could nominate families to receive these. Miss Williams and Miss Knott delivered these to the families on Friday morning who were all extremely grateful upon receiving these. Thank you Mahdlo.

Finally, on Friday, Miss Rudge went to Failsworth Tesco as Rose the ‘Community Engagement Officer’ has kindly donated to our Food Bank appeal. AMAZING, more on this in next week’s blog. Miss Rudge was thrilled to collect this..

We are overjoyed with the Community spirit this week – thank you from everyone at Hollinwood Academy.

Let’s see what some of our wonderful students have been doing this week, starting with Miss McDonald’s class..

This week in KS2CML we have all gotten into the Christmas Spirit; we have had a wonderful week. We completed Christmas themed symmetry activities in Maths and made our very own snowmen, Christmas trees and snowflakes…

We have used the salt in the tuff tray and practiced writing in the ‘snow’ as part of our phonics lessons this week.

In the afternoons, we have been doing lots of art and craft; we have made various decorations for our classroom..

..including a big, class Christmas tree for our door..

We decided to make Christmas cards for each other in school this year and all the children made a card to a friend and posted it in their class post box. Another activity we enjoyed this week was wrapping presents to go under our class Christmas tree (we got to see how hard those elves work in the North Pole)!

We made chocolate rice crispy cakes as part of a Christmas activity that we could make at home on Christmas Eve and leave for Santa 🙂

Lastly, we recorded a very special Christmas video that we cannot wait for our parents to see!

Mr Heap has been supporting Mr Page’s form and they have had another fantastic and busy week..

It has been great to see several students supporting our 93p for the 9.3 food bank appeal. Lots of you in class have brought in money and food items and I would like to thank all students and families so far for their support with this. We are looking forward to seeing our final total next week.

We started our week again by accessing outdoor education and visited Daisy Nook. All of the students behaved brilliantly and enjoyed exploring their local community. All of the students have again behaved brilliantly and engaged in our virtual offer. Again, we have had a fun and fantastic week and even decorated cupcakes in food tech! Take a look..

I hope everyone has a lovely, restful and safe weekend and we are ready for our final week in school before the Christmas break.

There have been some naughty elves on the loose at Hollinwood, here’s what Miss Meadows’ class have been finding when they come in..

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs..

  • Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is George for excellent effort in English.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL Superstar is Lucas for approaching a teacher to help solve problems on the playground.
  • Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Tyler. Well done!

  • Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Sofia for always making the right choices and being ready to learn.
  • Miss McDonald’s SEAL Superstar is Madison for trying really hard to tell a teacher when there is a problem and not getting upset.
  • Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Connor and WOW moment is Zack. Well done!

  • Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Alfie for using good manners and walking on his way to school.

  • Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ivy for telling a teacher when she doesn’t want to play with someone.

  • Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Ibraaheem for trying his hardest all week.

  • Miss Tootill’s SEAL Superstar is Nathan for solving problems with his friends.

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

  • Mrs Lomax’s STAR of the week is Amelia for having a fantastic and calm week and joining in with Spanish.

  • Mrs Lomax’s SEAL Superstar is Charlie for joining in with the carol practice even when you felt uncomfortable and even adding actions.

  • Mrs Lomax’s DOJO winner is Charlie.

  • Miss Meadow’s has awarded two STARs of the week certificates to Charlotte and Alex. Well done to you both.

As you know, we have had three bubbles self-isolating and they all returned to school this week. While the students have been self-isolating, there has been some outstanding learning taking place at home. Staff have been beaming with pride again with the students’ efforts. Well done to everyone that has been nominated and has received a certificate! We are so proud of you as we know it is extremely difficult and challenging when self-isolating.

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Well done to you all. Miss Gordon and myself have picked a number of students who will receive a £10 voucher for their efforts during their self-isolation period. These students will be presented with their vouchers and celebrated on the blog next week.

As many of you know, the Primary Christmas Nativity is one of the highlights of my year and this would have taken place next week. Unfortunately, this has not been able to go ahead but I know the Primary teachers and students have been working hard to bring their own Christmas cheer to you all. Watch out next week, we can’t wait.

Next Wednesday 16th December, we have our Christmas jumper day, Christmas dinner and PANTO day!!! Wednesday morning, the whole school will watch the annual Oldham Coliseum pantomime. This trip is always a big success and Miss Rudge has been able to secure this again this year, but virtually. I can’t wait for Wednesday, I have my jumper ready and I am sure we have a special guest making a socially distanced appearance on Wednesday afternoon.

Important dates next week:

  • Monday 14th December – Year 11 academic parents evening (phone call with curriculum subject teachers)
  • Tuesday 15th December – Year 11 academic parents evening (phone call with curriculum subject teachers)
  • Wednesday 16th December – Christmas Jumper, Christmas Dinner and Christmas PANTO Day!
  • Friday 18th December – Finish for Christmas holidays
  • Monday 4th January 2021 – School reopens for the Spring Term

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard

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