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Blog 18.02.2022


I would like to start my blog this week by sharing with you the children and young people who received a Head Teacher’s Award for this half term. Well done to you all and keep up the hard work…

This week, Catherine Watson, who many of our families will know, has taken on a new senior leadership role at Hollinwood Academy. Most of you will know Mrs Watson as our EHCP coordinator but her new role that she has been appointed to is Hollinwood Academy’s schools SEND operation manager. Her main roles and responsibilities are: school admissions, transitions, EHCP processes and procedures, family/student/staff liaison, extended schools, transport and medication. She has had a great first week and has supported the school by looking at current procedures and how we can improve and work more efficiently. Mrs Watson will continue to carry out our annual review meetings until we have a suitable replacement.

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

“This half term we have been studying the Ancient Egyptians in history which the children have loved. This week we created our own messages using hieroglyphs and asked our partners to try and work them out. We also carried out part of the mummification process by wrapping each other up which was lots of fun!

In geography we have been focusing on map skills and directions. This week we used a grid to create our own town map. The children then tested their partners on their directional skills.

In maths we have been working on money and fractions. We have looked at adding money as well as finding equivalent fractions.

In PE this half term we have focused on circuits. This week the children came up with the exercises for a circuit and modelled these for the rest of the class.

In ICT we have been learning how to input text in different ways. This week we used tables to represent examples of hardware and software. We then edited the font using different styles and colours.

Our PSHRE lesson was on Valentine’s Day; we thought about what we love about each other and ourselves, what we are good at, what we love and who loves us.

In science, we have learnt about materials. We have discussed the properties of materials, looked at different plastic and tested the effectiveness of different shopping bags. This week we consolidated what we have learnt by explaining what items are and why they are made out of their material.

In Outdoor Ed the children went to Tandle Hills with Mrs Bennett where they carried out some orienteering.

We have linked our music topic to Ancient Egypt and have been learning a song called ‘The Gift of the Nile’. The children have sung this really well and this week we have been using the piano on Garageband to read and make music for the track.

In swimming this week, the children have been making great progress with their front and back stroke.

All in all, a busy week and half term!”

Now to Mrs Duffy’s form…

“As we come to the end of the final week of this February half term, the students are ready for a well-deserved break. This term has been a busy one as students prepare to take their next steps, after the completion of their final GCSE’s.

This week, we have discussed and reflected on our achievements and it really highlights how incredible the students have been, given the situation over the last two years!

This week we are coming to the end of the Food and Nutrition controlled assessment. Last week students put on their chef’s whites to complete the food practical task. This work included full days of the practical cooking, which was extremely exhausting, but the outcomes were fantastic!

This week in Art, Ethan received Artist of the week as the class gathered portfolios that focused on key artists and in Science Miss Daniels is over the moon with the students’ knowledge of speed, distance, forces, and velocity.

Our form have been working hard practicing past papers in preparation for their Maths GCSE. This work has been enhanced by the individual online Pearson tutoring sessions that they have all engaged really well with. Mr. Page is also preparing the class for GCSE analysing ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling.’ Ethan’s name came up again this week, for his effort and attainment in English, alongside Leo.

Miss McMurray has been proactive in preparation for adulthood, organising trips to various colleges to give the students a full experience of the next steps into further education. This has been followed up with the students’ submitting applications to their chosen college.

It has also been a valuable experience for some of our students to get active with Mr. Heap for Duke of Edinburgh. It has given them opportunities to complete tasks with the support of Miss Stubbs, such as ordering food and drink (a requirement of the qualification), whilst getting some fresh air and life skills.

We have finished the week off with a form breakfast, a special treat for all the hard work. It is poignant that we end this term on a Valentine week, as we can only send our heartfelt praise to the students in our form for their resilience and achievements.

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Freddie for using three words to request a snack during breakfast!

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Eliora for being an amazing helper during toothbrushing and giving all the toothbrushes and tooth paste to the other students.

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Maya for using polite words such as ‘Please’, ‘Thank you’ or ‘Excuse me’ when requesting something.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR of the week is Jacob for fantastic listening on Outdoor Education.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Derry for great listening and following instructions on the carpet.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to David, George, Shane, Xander and Logan. Well done!

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

Mrs Halkyard’s SEAL Superstar is Sofia for great teamwork.

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

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is Essah for taking time out and taking responsibility for his personal space.

Miss Simms’ SEAL Superstar is Ivy for using different strategies to deal with difficult situations.

Miss Simms’ swimming awards go to Logan and Alfie. Well done!

Mrs Woodhead’s STAR of the week is Alex for trying very hard to swim with no armbands.

Mrs Woodhead’s SEAL Superstar is Lewis for sharing equipment with his friends.

Miss Tootill’s STAR of the week is Thomas for having a fantastic week trying hard in his end of topic assessments.

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Zachy for trying his best, not giving up and being a great role model.

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars 

On Friday we celebrated a number of young pupils’ success over the half term with a reward afternoon. Every lesson pupils have the opportunity to achieve rewards points for being respectful, working hard and going above and beyond with their learning. The two pupils in each form class who had earned the most reward points were invited to a rewards afternoon which included a film and some yummy treats. 
A big congratulations to all our pupils, keep up the fantastic work.

I hope you have a lovely half term break. We are finally taking our girls to the Warner Bros Harry Potter studio tour over the half term and we are very excited. Those children booked on holiday club I am sure will have a great, fun filled packed week.

Can I just remind families that school reopens for the children and young people on Tuesday 1st March 2022.

Have a lovely weekend and half term.

Mrs Millard


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