What a week!!
Unfortunately, COVID has massively impacted our school community with high cases across primary and secondary presenting in our children, young people and staff.
On Monday, I contacted Public health and have held a meeting with them to discuss the current situation in school.
Both myself, in conjunction, with Public Health are monitoring
cases and patterns of transmission within a household, the school and the community.
This week, we have had four classes at primary where additional measures have been put in place and bubbles formed.
These will be reviewed with Public Health and the
arrangements may need to continue for a longer period of time.
• They have their lunches in a separate area
• Will remain with their class teacher for all lessons
• They play out in their bubble
• The classroom is set up in rows
• No additional visitors are to come to the bubble
• No participation in After School activity
These are alongside extra hand washing, ventilation and cleaning throughout the day, which are in place for all cohorts.
All communications regarding close contacts and further
enhanced arrangements will be sent to families via the ParentApp.
I do hope that all children, young people and staff who have been affected with COVID this week make a quick and speedy recovery and we can’t wait to have you back in
To support the year 11 leavers and their destinations for next academic year Miss McMurray took a group of our young people to Hopwood Hall College, Middleton Campus
for a visit on Tuesday morning. This gave the students a chance to get a feel for a college and understand a little more about what they had to offer.
We walked around the campus where we visited the different departments, health and social care, sports, science,
mechanics, bricklaying and learning zone. We had a chance to meet some members of the team from the Learning Support Zone, where they spoke about the incredible support
they offered students with additional needs. We even bumped into an ex student who is on his second year who is thoroughly enjoying Hopwood Hall college where he felt
supported and had made lots of new friends.
After the visit there was a clear ‘buzz’ with our students and they are looking forward to the up and coming Oldham College visit.
On Wednesday morning, we also held our first session of Riding the Rapids Training Course for Parents. This is a 10-week training course to support parents and carers who
live with, care for, and support children with Autism. The course aims to help parents to understand and manage challenging behaviour shown by their child.
The course is being delivered by Emma Lerigo and Danielle Collinge who are both teachers at Hollinwood
Academy and trained Riding the Rapids tutors. They are both passionate about communication, behaviour management and making changes for the better to improve home lives and relationships.
Over the next few weeks the group will discuss the impact that behaviour can have both positively and negatively on home lives and provide parents with a ‘Tool Kit’ which will
support them with difficult challenging days and hopefully have a helpful influence on their daily lives.
This week we set some goals for ourselves and we will review these each session to see how we are getting along, we will score ourselves honestly and openly without judgement.
I believe Mrs Lerigo has still not managed her goal of getting into bed before 11.30pm…..but hopefully by the end of the 10 weeks she will!
Mrs Lerigo and Miss Collinge are really excited to see what happens over the next few weeks and seeing how parents flourish and adopt strategies which in turn will support
them in the future.
On Wednesday and Friday afternoon, we launched the online Pearson tutoring programme. All year 11 students will be offered the online one to one tutoring programme in either, Maths, English Language or Science. The tutoring is funded via the National tutoring programme. Hollinwood Academy used the programme for a minority of students
last year and it proved to be a huge success.
This academic year, Hollinwood Academy has decided to now offer this to all year 11 students.
All year 11 students have been allocated their own personal laptop, this laptop is to access the online tutoring and to
complete their GCSE coursework and portfolios.
The first session of the tutoring was a huge success, students were extremely happy with their tutors. The Pearson tutors were accommodating to our students differing
learning needs and were extremely knowledgeable within their subject areas.
At the end of the session, students were smiling and there was a real energy in the atmosphere.
One student commented “wow, my tutor is amazing!”
Another student commented “That was great, my tutor really knows what she was talking about, and was really calm
The staff team that support the year 11 students were extremely proud of all of them and were delighted in how successful the first session was.
Let’s see what some of the classes have been doing starting with Mrs Woodhead’s class…
“Since returning after Christmas we have had lots of fun exploring our topic ‘No Place like home’. The children have been learning all about the environments and the animals
who live in various places on our travels.
We started our journey in the Antarctica and the South Pole where we found the penguins, orca whales and sea lions. It is very cold in Antarctica.
We then travelled into Africa and explored the grasslands. We had great fun in outdoor education going on a lion hunt through the long grass, over the river through the forest
and squishy mud until we found the lion hiding in a cave!
We learnt that the grasslands have very little rain and that the animals travel round to find food and water.
Our next stop was the Sahara Desert. It is very dry and extremely hot! We learnt that the equator runs through the middle of the Sahara and it NEVER rains but they do have
storms and sand storms! We used green screen to ride on camels across the desert.
This week we are in the French Alps up in the mountains where it is very cold and snowy. We need woolly hats, scarves and gloves to keep warm. People go on holiday to the Alps skiing and snowboarding. We made snowy mountain rice crispy cakes. We also looked
at the farm land at the bottom of the mountains. We tasted some French Cheese made from the cow’s milk.
Our attention Autism sessions have included activities related to the topic and the children are now accessing stage 4 activities.
In Maths we have been adding and subtracting within 20. We have taken part in lots of fun activities.
Next week we will be crossing the English Channel and sailing up the River Thames through London.”
Now to Miss Daniels’ form…
“Miss Daniels year 8 class went to Castleshaw for outdoor education with Mr Heap, we had a lovely walk up to the Roman Fort site, the students accessed the fort on a public
footpath through a field of sheep, we then walked around the reservoir and along the paths. We learnt about the history of the fort, countryside code and definitely got our steps in! We can’t wait to go back again!
Year 8 have been learning about game genres, different software that is used to create games and good quality images, the students have been creating game characters on a software called Scratch, the students have really enjoyed doing this and the work will be used to code a game at a later date.
Year 8 have been learning about the solar system with Miss Daniels in Science. They have been creating various pieces of work including word searches and watching documentaries about the solar system and also created their own mnenomic to help them to remember the order of the planets. They have been doing research on a chosen planet and have created posters with various information looking at which planet is closest to the sun.
The students presented their posters to the class and taught each other about their planets, they learnt which planet is the hottest and which planet is the coldest and all about celestial bodies.
The students have found this topic very interesting and have been fully engaged in the lesson, asking lots of questions and wanting to know more.”
Now to Miss Rudge’s form…
“During History, our form have been learning about the Weimar Republic and the Nazi Party. This week they have been discussing and learning about the ‘Night of the Long
Knives’ and doing some work around this.
In Preparation for Adulthood, we have been discussing careers, apprenticeships, part time jobs, college and university and other further education options. Talking about what they may want to do after school has finished and any particular interests they have.
In maths, they have recently been learning about circles, the measurements of a circle as well as angles, bearings and different ways in measuring these. They have been
studying trigonometry and Pythagoras rules and putting these into practice with the work they have been doing.
During English, we have been studying the novel of Macbeth.
They have done several pieces of work surrounding this including essay style write ups, diary entries and
analysing parts of the text.
In Science, the topic this term has been all about different types of energy and how they work, as well as learning the equations and formulas to be able to work out answers
and completing this topic with a test.
In ICT, we have been learning about how to create a game review with all the relevant points advertising the game to a potential buyer using different techniques on the
computers. They created 3 separate game reviews.
This week they have been starting to learn about internet and Wi-Fi connections and how they impact our day to day
Over the past few weeks in DofE, both year 10 forms have been working together to explore some different outdoor spaces. We have been on some nature walks through
places like Castleshaw, Crompton Moor and Tandle Hill.
In PE, they have been playing basketball and working on their team building skills.
Working in different teams and getting involved to help each other compete effectively in different games alongside staff.
In Spanish, we have been learning different phrases and putting them into different contexts and sentences. Also understanding how to differentiate between he/she/them/they/theirs etc.
During RSE, we have been looking at relationships and what qualities can be brought to make a happy and positive relationship. Also weighing up pros and cons in different
types of relationships and analysing case studies.
Our form have decided to start reading more in form time. We love watching the news and accessing our devices when relaxing ready for the School day ahead, but relaxing
with a good book can be just as rewarding too!
We all chose a book, got comfy and read whilst Miss Rudge and Mr Bamford took the register and explained the lunch choices to us.
It’s been such a lovely way to start the day, and we can’t wait to work this into our morning routines going forward.”
Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…
Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Eliora for amazing work in phonics and writing, with appropriate use of apostrophes, capital letters, commas, speech marks and full stops.
Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstars are Harrison and Roman for fantastic sharing within the provision and playing appropriately together with the dinosaurs.
Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Stanley for requesting help using his symbols. Well done!
Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Ohud for getting more involved in our sessions without adult support. Well done!
Miss Marston’s STAR of the week is Rayyan has had a fantastic week. He has been working hard in class and has been making friends outside in the playground. Well done
Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Blaire for some awesome Maths today!
Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Jared for choosing to say sorry without being asked.
Mr Corrigan’s WOW moments go to David, Logan, Jacob, Xander and Cole. Well done!
Mrs Halkyard’s STAR of the week is Chris for handling tricky situations well.
Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL of the week is Andie for being very caring towards others and sharing well.
Mrs Halkyard’s DOJO winner is Sofia. Well done!
Miss Prescott’s STAR of the week is Gerard for staying on task in all of his lessons!
Miss Prescott’s SEAL of the week is Fatima for always making sure her friends are safe and happy.
Miss Prescott’s DOJO winner is Zack. Well done!
Miss Simms’ STARs of the week are Amario, Ismaeel, Ivy, Logan for coping well with all the changes this week.
Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is The Whole class for dealing with change in the week and making good choices.
Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Marcus for trying his best when he found things difficult
Miss Tootill’s DOJO winner is Daniel. Well done!
Mrs Rawson’s STARs of the week are Oliver and Edward for dealing with change.
I have a weekend of dance, football and netball training and games this week with my girls – busy, busy, busy!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.