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What a busy week!


Yet another busy week at Hollinwood Academy!

Our Year 11 students have finished their written mocks this week as they have completed their: English functional skills, Science functional skills, Spanish writing paper 4, Maths functional skills, ICT functional skills, English Literature paper 1, Biology paper 1 and ICT Level 1.

Next week is our food practical exams and I am looking forward to seeing and smelling their creations, which always amaze me.

Letters will be going home to parents on Friday 10th December with the student’s mock results and then we have Miss Sanderson and Mrs Duffy’s year 11 academic parents evening with subject teachers on Tuesday 14th December.

Letters to these forms have been sent home and you can book your appointment via your Parentapp account. If you are struggling, please contact Natalie or Courtney via email on: names@newbridgegroup.org or cfullen@newbridgegroup.org and they will be happy to help.

#UniteTheUniforms for the @999Cenotaph. The school council decided to give their support for all those heroes in the emergency services that do a courageous job at looking after us and have shown outstanding courage and dedication in the last few years. The school has raised £74.65, which will go directly to the 999Cenotaph appeal so that we can honour those that are committed to safeguarding us all.


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

“What a wonderful time of the year!

Miss Parkinson’s class have been super busy with their learning. Since returning back to school we have fully immersed ourselves into our winter wonderland theme….

In Science, we have looked at arctic animals and identifying their habitats. We have enjoyed learning about different animals and this week we sorted them into hot and cold habitats.

During our attention autism sessions, we have had lots of fun getting into the Christmas spirit. We have enjoyed getting arty making our very own polar bears and sequin Christmas trees which we have displayed on our door for everyone to see.

We have had fun extending our knowledge of shapes in maths. We have identified 2d shapes to complete winter animal pictures and this week we have explored 3d shapes in relation to presents! We have sorted them into cylinder shape and cube shape presents. We have also made 3d trains out of shapes.

We have also had lots of fun rehearsing our Christmas show performance. Here’s a sneaky peek of what is to come…

All the children have worked super hard since returning to school and Miss Parkinson, Miss Kim and Miss Zoe are extremely proud of the progress they are making.”


Now to Mr Stewart’s form…

“This half term has been full of fun. We have been looking at Greece in our topic and this included tasting food from Greece, designing our own Greek vases and making our own Greek masks.

We visited the Van Gogh exhibition where we were immersed in his paintings.

We have been completing life skills challenges by ASDAN. The challenge this half-term was designing and making our own bridges and then we tested them to see if they would hold a car.

We have been making hot chocolate reindeer cones which the children can purchase at the Christmas market alongside pom poms for snowmen and yarn hats to go on the Christmas tree.

In maths we have looked at bar graphs and fractions and in English we have focused on comprehension questions and how to answer them.

Our class have all worked hard, well done all!”

Mrs Cowlings has been very impressed with her form…

“This term, we have been working on developing and improving our Spanish language skills, by learning about numbers, the alphabet and phonics. The importance of foreign languages cannot be underestimated, as learning about foreign languages has been proven to sharpen the mind, enhance our ability to multi-task and improve performance in other academic areas.

Our class continues to increase in confidence, with student enthusiasm and confidence growing with each passing lesson.”

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Kia for trying his best all week and being more independent.

Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Arissa for using her words to sing the whole ‘Santa Claus is coming to town’ song.

Miss Parkinson’s STAR of the week is Ollie for fabulous maths work.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Cole for talking about his feelings this week and having a fabulously calm first term back.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Logan for getting involved in group games and playing with his friends outside.

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

Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Lucas for being more positive and enthusiastic.

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Marley and Josh for being welcoming members of the class.

Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Chris. Well done!

Miss Collinge’s STARs of the week is Lenni – for excellent interaction with a friend.

Miss Collinge’s SEAL Superstar is Myla – for excellent interaction with a friend.

Miss Simms’ STARs of the week are Evan and Essah for showing respect and kindness to all of the teachers. You have been a great role model this week!

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Farrukh for naming and describing 3D shapes.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for making the perfect cup of tea.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Charlie for having a great week.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Lucas for managing emotions.

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

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Oliver for amazing eye contact and having fun with his teachers and friends.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL of the week is Roman for following instructions and being a fantastic student ambassador.

This week, our Story Bag winners are:

KS1: Arissa

KS2: Lucas E

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 Certificates

Next week, I have our Autumn full Governing body meeting on Monday 6th December with our current and new governors. I am looking forward to this meeting and I know the new governors are too.

Next Tuesday, we have the Covid-19 vaccinations taking place at Hollinwood Academy. Information has been sent and paper consent forms were sent home with your child this week. If you do not want your child to have this vaccination, please still complete the consent form indicating that you do not give your consent for the vaccination. This information helps us to plan and deliver the vaccination sessions. If you need support please contact Natalie or Courtney via email on: names@newbridgegroup.org or cfullen@newbridgegroup.org and they will be happy to help.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Millard


Hollinwood Academy
Roman Road

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After School Clubs close at 16:45

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