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Monday, July 5


Thursday, July 18

D of E Gold Expedition

Friday, August 1

Holiday Club trip to Alton Towers

The glitter has made an appearance!


The glitter has made an appearance, which means one thing – Christmas is coming to Hollinwood Academy!

We have Christmas songs being rehearsed along the primary corridors and staff learning their lines and trying on outfits for our annual ‘Staff Panto’.

Miss Rudge has pulled out all the stops to direct, choreograph and write the panto: ‘A-lad-in Oldham’.

The staff panto is always a huge success and an opportunity for the students to see staff take on a different role. However, with all the planning and preparation that is going into the Christmas productions I am very mindful and keeping a close eye on local rates of COVID within Oldham and our school community.

The hope is that we can carry out our planned primary Christmas productions, however, if local rates increase we will have to look at alternatives and videoing this for parents. If we can go ahead with the primary Christmas production, a risk assessment will be carried out, extra measures put in place and families will be encouraged to carry out a lateral flow test and requested to wear face coverings, as appropriate, to keep everyone safe leading up to the Christmas break.

These decisions will be communicated to families, if necessary, and all changes made will be to prevent any further spread and to keep everyone safe ready for the Christmas break.

Another tough week for our Year 11 students. This week, they have sat the following mock exams: maths paper 2, ICT, Spanish listening, English language paper 2 and maths paper 3. They have one more week of written mock exams and then the final week is their food technology practical mock exams. I am not sure who enjoys the food practical mocks more: the students or staff? Part of the practical food exam is feedback; therefore, staff are asked to try the food made and comment on taste, overall appearance and texture. It is always a pleasure to support this element of the mocks, but more so, it is amazing to see the food creations that the students produce

Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Miss Marston’s class…

“What a fantastic week we have had. This week we have been working extremely hard in our maths sessions, specifically looking at adding one more and subtracting one less. We have been using different objects, such as bricks, wooden blocks and counters, to help us understand how to add and take away which has been a lot of fun.

During our communication sessions we have been using colourful semantics to help us take turns and build longer sentences. We did this through playing engaging games which were very encouraging for the children and we saw a lot of progress with their communication.

In our phonics sessions, we have been recognising letters and sounds, blending sounds, and working very hard on letter/word formation.

All of the children have worked very hard this week and the staff team are very happy with all the progress they have made since coming back in September.

After a hard week, we are very excited to get into the Christmas spirit and we might even decorate a Christmas tree.. or two.

I am so proud of all their hard work, well done everyone!”

Now to Mr Hartley’s form…

“We have had a fantastic half term and I have been so impressed with the class’s attitude to learning and exceptional behaviour.

In mid-September, we started our first independent travel lesson and the students got on the tram to Manchester Central Library. Before we travelled, they all studied the Metrolink map and looked at how to buy tickets at the machines. It was great to see them all purchasing their own tickets with very minimal support. When we arrived at the library we entered via the Shakespeare Hall with its ornate ceiling and large stained-glass windows, we then went up to the first floor and marvelled at the impressive design and architecture inside the domed Wolfson Reading Room, before continuing up to the fourth floor with a view of the dome below us. Finally, the students had an opportunity to explore the library collection, with the assistance of one of the librarians, searching for their favourite authors and genres.

Since this first trip we have been on many more, and the students are all versed at using Manchester’s Metrolink. We have been to Chorlton Water Park, Imperial War Museum North, Media City, Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and most recently we went to Oldham town centre to check out the site of Newbridge College and complete a Christmas shopping list challenge in the shopping centre. They had to communicate with shop assistants to help them find their items and did a superb job of this. Before we break up for Christmas, we will have our last trip for the term and the students will have a guided tour around Manchester Central Library before getting into the festive spirit by exploring the Manchester Christmas Markets.

The students are doing well in their qualifications for employment skills and functional skills Maths and English and started their entry level science certificate this term. We have been learning about the human body and last week we carried out an experiment to discover the energy content in different crisps. They all enjoyed investigating this scientifically and thankfully we didn’t set off the fire alarm.

Harrison, Raihan and Ollie have had the opportunity to carry out external work experience this term and we have received some excellent feedback on the work that they are doing. The students have really made the school proud and this experience should be of great benefit to them in the future.

We would like to thank the class for their commitment to learning, maturity and exceptional behaviour this term and I am sure that they will continue with this for the rest of the year.”

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Ziyan for settling in to school and following new routines.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Euan for being very resilient when he was tired at the beginning of the week.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Shane for a fabulous week — great listening and fantastic effort in every lesson.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Isaam for sharing with his friends this week and helping them when they have been hurt.

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

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Daniel for trying his hardest in his spelling even though they were difficult.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Christopher for dealing with the change of wearing his glasses this week really well.

Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Lillie-Mae. Well done!

Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is George for using his manners in class.

Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Ebon for using new ways to stay calm and focused in class.

Miss Prescott’s WOW moment goes to Jake. Well done!

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Alfie for listening to teachers’ instructions and understanding when to “stop”.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Essah for being assertive by politely saying “Please can you stop? I don’t like when you do that.”

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Lewis excellent independent maths work.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Thomas asking politely to join a friends game.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Ethan for having a great week working his hardest and completing his work.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Daniel for sharing his ideas and working well in a group.

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


Katie, in Miss Daniels’ form, received a fabulous letter thanking her for her help and assistance as she supported in an art fair on Sunday 21st November. It was noted that her confidence grew throughout the day and she made alterations to her job in response to customer feedback – amazing. Well done Katie, we are really proud of your hard work and achievements.

The school council have decided that they would like the school to support the #UniteTheUniforms campaign for the @999Cenotaph on Friday 3rd December. We would like to invite all of our children and young people to wear blue, green, red or orange clothing (the colours of the emergency services), and we are asking that students support the Emergency Services Cenotaph by donating £1.00 on the day. I am so proud of the school council and the support they are showing to a range of different charities. Well done all!

My girls are desperate for us to get our Christmas tree this weekend, so a trip to ‘High Crompton Christmas Trees’ is where we will be heading on Saturday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Millard


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