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Blog 08.04.2022

 

What a busy and fun-filled week we have had to finish the term off and as we approach the end of term I like to start my blog by sharing with you the children and young people who received a Head Teacher’s Award. Well done to you all and keep up the hard work…

This week we held parents’ evening for all of primary, KS3 and year 10. It was lovely to see families back on site and engaging with our school community but it was equally nice to be able to support families that cannot always attend school to give them the option of a phone call home. Moving forward, we will keep these two options available to support our families. We also received some lovely feedback from parents who are new to the school, how well they have settled and what an impact this has had on their home lives.

On Thursday afternoon we celebrated Super Learning Day. The main focus of the afternoon was to explore ‘Morals’. Each class completed a variety of activities designed to enable individual, significant and engaging content that corresponded to issues of right and wrong and good vs evil. As part of our teaching, we explored how morals can be influenced differently in religion and how these are similar and different.

At the heart of our MAT’s mission, “Learning together, learning for all, learning for life,” is the belief that all our students, whatever their background or ability, will be successful and valued. We aim to provide the skills to support our children and young people and to provide them with meaningful destinations.

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right”- Issac Asimov. It was a pleasure to witness how each class discussed and embraced Super Learning Day.

Miss Parkinson, Mrs Woodhead and Miss Collinge’s classes thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Smithills farm. They all enjoyed feeding the animals, going on a tractor ride – feeding some donkeys and then finished off the afternoon by stroking some animals in pets corner and ended the day watching the cows being milked.

On Friday, our school councillors ran their Easter event and Mr Stewart was thrilled with the efforts and integrity in how the school councillors conducted themselves. We raised well over £150 towards our school library.

A special shout out to Thomas, Katie, Alex, Dekon, Caitlin, Hailey, Ellie and Daniel who ran the bake sale stalls and helped set up the Easter egg hunt. Everyone across the school community got stuck in and it contributed to a very enjoyable last day of term.

Mr Heap also deserves recognition for his name the rabbit raffle, which Dekon helped sell tickets for. Congratulations to Cole who won the rabbit with the name Thumper.

 

Thank you also goes to all the donations of books that will serve as fantastic resources for our community.

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

This week has been so busy and full of fun!

 

“In our maths sessions we were continuing to work on measuring and comparing weight, value, length, and height. It was so much fun to play with water, balance scales and rulers! Now we know who is the shortest and who is the tallest in our group!

 

During music lesson we have explored different instruments such as the drums, flute and tambourine. We have decided that the accordion is our favourite one to play, we all were fascinated by it!

 

The week wouldn’t have been as interesting without the geography and learning about the capital of England – London… now we all dream to go and visit one day! What a beautiful city! We have also looked at different jungles and what animals can live in them. Jungle splash in our attention autism this week, had us all laughing from our heads to our toes!

 

Every afternoon we have been enjoying yoga, just look at the pictures, we absolutely love it and we know that daily physical activity keeps us fit and healthy.

 

Throughout the whole week we have celebrated upcoming Easter. We have made Easter chocolate cupcakes, Easter cards for parents (and of course our lovely headteacher), and we went for the Easter Egg Hunt!

 

Most importantly we have been developing our friendship which grows stronger day by day and we learnt what it means to be friendly and unfriendly. During the Super Learning Day we have explored different ways of celebrating Easter, and we have also looked at how other religions around the world celebrate, it’s been very interesting, our favourite one to look at was the story of Rama and Sita in Hinduism.

 

Have a lovely Easter holiday, we already miss our amazing class and school but know we’ll be back soon.”

 

Now to Mr Stewart’s form…

“This week, we have shown great engagement throughout the week, participating in a range of interactive activities.

On Monday we did some interactive modelling of 3D shapes using cocktail sticks and Play-Doh. Mr Stewart was delighted with the fine motor skills on display, as well as the accuracy with which these models were constructed.

On Tuesday, the class enjoyed making pasta salads, and Ms Duffy was very impressed with their commitment to learning, and how much they enjoyed the creative process.

On Wednesday, the class had their final dodgeball session, combined with stuck in the mud. Everyone showed great teamwork, enthusiasm and there were lots of the techniques they had learnt over the term being utilised to great effect.

On Thursday, the class showed great attitude and maturity in their answers and questioning about moral development as part of Super Learning Day. Mr Heap was glowing in his feedback about the answers that were provided.

Finally, on Friday, we competed in the school council’s Easter egg hunt. The class hunted high and low for the ‘Hollinwood Golden egg’, which Mr Stewart had hidden around the class. Sam and Nathian finally found it hidden behind the clock. The class then enjoyed some well-deserved caterpillar cake and Easter activities, including decorating biscuits with Miss Meadows.

Mr Stewart would also like to give a special shout out to Nathian who earned the Headteacher’s award for this term. He fully deserves the recognition.”

Mrs Bennett would like to share what her primary classes have been doing in outdoor education…

“We have had a very busy week exploring our local community in many different environments. The children have embraced these visits and have displayed excellent behaviours. We have visit Gorden Riggs Garden Centre and named the farm animal ornaments. The children were mesmerised by all the different colours, sizes of fish and various reptiles. We also visited our local Town Centre and supermarket to buy items from our shopping list. We also practiced road safety learning new and valuable life skills. The key stage 2 classes learnt how to plan a route using OS maps and how to navigate to a certain destination. The children compared the time it would take to drive to a location, then plotted the route to calculate how long it would take to walk the same distance. Well done to Sam who estimated the exact time it would take to walk from Hollinwood Academy to Alexandra Park. The children deserve a well-earned Easter break for all their hard work this term. Well done from Mrs Bennett.”

 

Now to our amazing SUPER STARs and SEALs…

Mrs Lerigo’s STAR of the week is Eliora for amazing comprehension work every day this week.

Mrs Lerigo’s SEAL Superstar is Euan for making everyone smile with his cheeky sense of humour!

Miss Pietraszewska’s STAR of the week is Lewis for getting amazing results in his maths assessments.

Miss Pettigrew’s STAR of the week is Noel for having a great week engaging so well in all our sessions and making so much progress with toilet training. We are so impressed.

Mr Corrigan’s STAR this week is Oscar for working really hard in Maths this week.

Mr Corrigan’s SEAL Superstar is Blaire for being ready to learn in all her lessons this week.

Mr Corrigan’s WOW moment goes to Cole, Jacob, David, Shane, Jacob, Xander, Logan, Blaire, Isaam, Oscar and Derry. Well done!

 

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s STAR of the week is Lillie-Mae for coming in after a long period off school and settling back in, doing her work, without hesitation.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s SEAL of the week is Marley for changing my attitude in a positive way.

Mrs Halkyard and Miss McDonald’s DOJO winner is Christopher. Well done!

Miss Simms’ STAR of the week is the whole class for their own special reason as to why they have had an amazing term.

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

Miss Tootill’s SEAL of the week is Daniel for staying safe whilst in the community.

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

Now to our ‘Commitment to Learning Stars’:

Commitment to Learning Stars

 

At Hollinwood Academy we believe that good and excellent behaviour should be rewarded. This half term we wanted to congratulate over 110 of our secondary students for their positive attitude towards learning and hard work, all these students received an Easter treat and certificate. Well done to all these students. Let’s see if we can congratulate even more next term.

 

We finished for the Easter holidays on Friday 8th April 2022 and we return to school on Monday 25th April 2022. We are running our holiday club over the Easter holidays and all families have been notified of the days their child is attending. I hope you have an enjoyable time in holiday club.

Can I just remind our families about the updated guidance for managing COVID-19 in schools. The Government’s ‘Living with COVID-19’ approach to testing came into effect on 1st April 2022. This marks the end of the broad availability of testing for the general public. Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education setting. The updated advice to follow:

• Children with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education or childcare setting.

• Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people. They can go back to education or childcare setting when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough.

• If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and where possible avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day, they took the test. The risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower after 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature.

 

Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school safe and have a lovely Easter break.

Mrs Millard

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