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Holiday Club trip to Alton Towers


Mid October Update…

Over the Summer, we have
recruited and extended our school Governing body at Hollinwood Academy and recently we have enlisted a new parent, staff and 4 new co-opted Governors.

Our new Governing body consists of the following:

Robert Cockcroft – Chair of Governors, co-opt governor

Laura Millard – staff governor

Zoe Rudge – staff governor

Nicole Ferron – parent governor

Andrew Hill – parent governor

Mark Reynolds – co-opt governor

Clare Shiel – co-opt governor

Rav Gehlon – co-opt governor

Lee Wolf – co-opt governor

Many of you will know Robert Cockcroft, who has been our Chair of Governors since Hollinwood Academy opened in September 2015 as at the time Robert’s son Thomas joined Hollinwood Academy in Year 7.

Thomas left Hollinwood Academy in the Summer of 2020 to carry on his education at Oldham Sixth Form College.

This year, the terms of office for all our Governors comes to an end in December and as Robert is no longer a parent of Hollinwood Academy he could not continue as a parent Governor.

However, I was extremely pleased when I spoke to Robert as he wanted to remain as a co-opt governor and continue to support the school.

Also, a big thank you must go to Mark and Nicola who both expressed their interest in remaining Governors for Hollinwood Academy.

It was communicated to families this week that Andrew Hill will be our new parent governor. Andrew’s son joined Hollinwood Academy this academic year as he started in Mrs Lerigo’s Reception class. As a parent governor, Andrew is passionate about all children and young people receiving the best help, care and support while at school.

He is also looking forward to supporting the dedicated staffing team at Hollinwood Academy while continually striving to improve our school.

I’d also like to thank Rebecca Halkyard, who has been a staff Governor for the past 4 years. Her contributions and challenges have been integral to our Governors meetings and she is able to give further context to discussions.

Mrs Halkyard will not be renewing her term of office and Zoe Rudge has become our new staff Governor. Miss Rudge is entering her sixth year at Hollinwood Academy and will bring a range of skills and qualities to our Governing body meetings. As staff governor, she will be an advocate for supporting both the academic success and mental wellbeing of all of our young people and staff.

As I have stated previously, I look forward to our Governors meetings as it gives me the opportunity to celebrate our achievements and highlight any areas of development with constant challenge from our Governors so that myself and the senior leadership team are constantly striving for the best for our children and young people.

We have our first face to face meeting booked in for after October half term to give all the Governors the opportunity to meet each other. I am really looking forward to working with our current and new Governors and strengthening our Governing body team.

We have also recruited a new School Business Manager who brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience. Her name is Tania Tushingham and she will be starting at Hollinwood Academy on Monday 8th November 2021. She is really looking forward to working at Hollinwood Academy and was very impressed when she came for a tour.

This week we have finished all of our lesson observations and in Primary we have observed: attention autism, science, art, history and English.

At Secondary, we have observed: science, history, EHCP interventions and PE.

It was noted this week that as students at secondary walked into their history lesson they were talking about their prior learning and were eager to learn more in today’s lesson. The students were very enthusiastic and learning about Hiroshima.

During a primary attention autism session, we observed all the children focused and enjoying their learning, with one child commenting, ‘this is fun! It has been fabulous to get back into the classroom over the past three weeks and seeing our children and young people eager to learn.

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

YouTube link to Miss Woodhead’s Class Autumn Update 

“This half term, we have been learning all about the changing seasons. We have been watching the trees and looking at how the colours change from green to an array of different colours. We have also been thinking about how to prepare for the colder weather.

We have created some amazing art work incorporating the different colours we have observed.

In maths, we have been looking at place value and how larger numbers are made up. Using wooden blocks we made a number square and were able to identify missing numbers and what number might come next or before in the sequence.

In PSHE, the learning objective was problem solving and asking for help when we need it. The children made some autumn weaving panels working out how the make the materials stay in the frame. They had a really good try and asked for help when struggling.

On Monday, we were very lucky to be invited to represent Hollinwood Academy primary in a Boccia Tournament. The children were amazing and they were fantastic ambassadors for the school. They demonstrated great turn taking, behaviour and made a great attempt to play the game with amazing accuracy. All the children really enjoyed the tournament and we are hoping to continue playing this sport.

YouTube link to Boccia Tournament 

Next week, we will be looking at how animals prepare for winter and all things Halloween!”

Now to Miss Daniel’s form…

“Our form have really enjoyed their cooking lesson with Mrs Duffy this week and they really did have fun. They have been making fruit cocktails using various cutting methods, learning about hygiene and how to clean up after themselves.

The students have been doing an experiment with sand and water with Miss Daniels. They have been using various equipment to filter water through sand and measure the water that came out and to see if it was clear once filtered.

During art with Miss Pryke, the students have been creating a piece of art and adding their designs onto the canvas, they have had lots of fun doing this.”

Miss Rudge’s form…

“This week, our form have been learning about osmosis in their science lessons. They did an experiment to better understand this process. We have also been going on regular movement breaks to help with our mental wellbeing.

In English, we have recently finished the inspector calls, so got to have a better understanding by watching the film.

In creative iMedia, the class have been learning and practising putting together a website based on a client’s brief. There have been some very creative ideas!

In PE we have been practising basketball skills and then putting this into use. In a friendly match, although we were having too much fun to get any pictures!

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Euan for doing excellent listening during phonics time and sounding out letters beautifully!

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Freddie for being tolerant of others and being brave.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Maya for working so hard in phonics and making a lot of progress with blending and reading words.

Miss Pettigrew’s SEAL Superstar is Maja for taking turns with your friends really well during baking this week.

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Arissa for her brilliant signing.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Oscar for being really switched on in his lessons this week and excellent in Science.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Jared for good listening and having his best week so far!

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Lillie for great effort all week in lessons.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Chris for super teamwork and for giving great advice

Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner goes to Andie. Well done!

Mrs Halkyard’s WOW moment goes to Sofia. Well done!

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Ismaeel for always listening to instructions and teachers advice. 

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Alfie for showing perseverance and resilience in maths. 

Miss Simms’ WOW moment goes to Ivy and Logan. Well done!

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Farrukh for working very hard in maths and phonics.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for trying to solve problems independently. 

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

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Charlie for finding solutions to problems.

Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Lucas. Well done!

This week, our Story Bag winners are:

KS1: Arissa

KS2: Ismaeel

I hope you enjoy the little suitcase full of books with your families at home.

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars

Next week we finish for half term on Friday 22nd October 2021 and school will reopen on Monday 1st November 2021.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
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