Holly Hall News Feed

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  • What’s your Poison?

    What’s your Poison?

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE:  On Friday 29 January, a group of people from Performance in Education came into the Academy to deliver a presentation to Year 8 students on the theme of ‘What’s Your Poison?’  It was the story of a group of teenagers getting involved in substance abuse (alcohol, smoking and drugs) and the issues […]Read More »
  • GCSE Catering

    GCSE Catering

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:  This week Year 11 Catering Students have been busy completing their GCSE practical exam, the theme is International Cuisine and they have been required to research and trial recipes and plan their two course meals. The standard has been very high including making meringue, ice cream, sorbet, […]Read More »
  • Year 9 Parents’ Evenings

    Year 9 Parents’ Evenings

    Mrs Lee, Director of Key Stage 4:  On 9 and 10 February we will be holding our annual Year 9 Parents Consultation Evenings. This will be a chance for parents and students to meet with their child’s designated mentor. During the meeting we will share information with you and your child about your child’s academic progress so […]Read More »
  • PE Update

    PE Update

    Mr Ward, PE Teacher:  It has been a busy period  for both our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. The U14 boys have gone from strength to strength and have continued their unbeaten form in the league with a 24–12 victory over Ellowes Hall and a 40–3 win over Dormston. They have one more game to […]Read More »
  • Insight 5th February 2016

    Insight 5th February 2016

    Check out the 2nd February 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • A Big Well Done

    A Big Well Done

    Miss Rawlings , Year 8 Intervention Coordinator:  Ten Year 8 students took part in a radio competition at #MeFestival for Signal 107, to promote health care services in the borough for people in ‘at risk’ categories during the winter months.  We are pleased to learn that they have been announced as the competition winners! Thank […]Read More »
  • Performing Arts Showcase

    Performing Arts Showcase

    Mr Simpson, Coordinator of Music:  Tickets are now available for the Performing Arts Showcase which will be held on Thursday 25 February. The evening will feature performances from students in all year groups in music, drama and dance. It will also be the last chance to see our Year 11 students perform before they leave. […]Read More »
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

    Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

    Student Leader, Aisha Islam (11WES):  On Wednesday 27 January, Nancy Lillington from Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity came into the Academy to receive a cheque for £1000.  This was the money raised at our end of term Winter Wonderland Fayre. The event was planned, organised and led by Student Leaders and it raised money from a […]Read More »
  • University College Visit

    University College Visit

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:   On Thursday, Year 10 Catering students attended a Food Science session at University College Birmingham, they enjoyed a range of activities including seeing honeycomb being made, enrobing honeycomb in chocolate, watching a demonstration on the tempering of chocolate and understanding the science behind it. They saw some equipment […]Read More »
  • Insight 29th January 2016

    Insight 29th January 2016

    Check out the 29th January 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Primary STEM Activity Day

    Primary STEM Activity Day

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE:  On Friday 15 January 2016, twenty pupils from Woodside and Russells Hall Primary School attended Holly Hall Academy to take part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. They worked in small groups, rotating round three activities which consisted of ice cream making with Mrs Milovsorov, dry ice experiments with […]Read More »
  • Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings

    Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings

    Student Leader, Charlotte Thomas (9MAH/GSP) reports:  “This week, Year 10 students and parents were invited to meet with mentors at our Parents’ Consultation Evenings.  During their appointment, they discussed their academic progress and the achievements they have made so far this academic year. Tyler Arrowsmith (9WRD), Alex Clare (9COL/SCL), Priyankaa Patel (9MAH/GSP) and I acted […]Read More »
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    This week, assemblies have been led by Mr Hatch, Principal.  The theme focussed around Martin Luther King Jr. Day which marks his birthday. This year, had he not been assassinated Martin Luther King Jr would have been 86 years old. In the USA of the 1960s and 100 years after the end of slavery there […]Read More »
  • Basketball Trip

    Basketball Trip

    Mr Ward, PE Teacher:  On Sunday a group of eighteen students visited the Barclaycard arena, Birmingham for the men’s and women’s British Basketball League (BBL) cup finals. The students witnessed two fiercely competitive games and were also treated to a professional slam dunk competition and a half time performance from Britain’s Got Talent dance group […]Read More »
  • Delicious roast dinners served in Scotty G’s

    Delicious roast dinners served in Scotty G’s

    Every Tuesday in Scotty G’s, a delicious roast dinner forms part of the menu.  This week, beef and Yorkshire pudding were served.  Both staff and students enjoyed the dish, particularly welcome on such a cold winter’s day!  Next week’s roast is Turkey with all the trimmings.  Come along and try it for yourself.  A main […]Read More »
  • Insight 22nd January 2016

    Insight 22nd January 2016

    Check out the 22nd January 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Radio Competition

    Radio Competition

    Hi all, a group of 10 year 8 students recently attended the #MeFestival at Himley Hall which was organised by Dudley CCG. Whilst there the students developed radio commercials to promote health care services in the borough for people in ‘at risk’ groups during the winter months. These adverts were then recorded by a producer […]Read More »
  • Competition! Home cooking at Holly Hall

    Competition! Home cooking at Holly Hall

    You might remember that last year we began taking part in the ‘School Food Champions’ Programme. We are pleased to announce this has been very successful and we have seen increases in the number of students taking up school meals.   We are still keen to increase the number to students opting for the hot […]Read More »
  • Philosopher of the Month

    Philosopher of the Month

    Mrs Collins, Teacher of RS, Philosophy and Ethics:  If you would like to win a Merry Hill gift voucher,  all you have to do is have a go at answering January’s philosophical question: “Is a photo stored on a camera the same as a memory in our mind?” Hand your thoughts in to a member […]Read More »
  • Science Master Classes

    Science Master Classes

    Mr Stokes, Head of Science:  A group of Year 11 students have been attending Bishop Milner Catholic College for Science Master classes.    Experiments included dissecting a rat, completing a titration and using light to calculate sugar concentrations in sweets. Bethany Ireland (11STE), Alisha Jarrett (11STE), Paige Moran (11DHE),  Chandler Newman (11STE), Radha Patel (11DHE) and Jordan […]Read More »
  • Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings

    Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings

    Mrs Lee, Director of Key Stage 4:  On 19 and 20 January we will be holding our annual Year 10 parents consultation evening. This will be a chance for parents and students to meet with their child’s designated mentor. During the meeting we will share information with you and your child about your child’s academic progress so […]Read More »
  • Insight 15th January 2016

    Insight 15th January 2016

    Check out the 15th January 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Insight 8th January 2016

    Insight 8th January 2016

    Check out the 8th January 2016 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland

    Preparations for the Winter Wonderland Fayre have gone really well this week.  There have been lots of generous donations for our stalls.   Thank you to everyone who gave raffle or tombola prizes.  On Thursday the students took over the gym to get it ready for the activities taking place on Friday. Look out for details […]Read More »
  • Making Music

    Making Music

    Mr Simpson would like to thank the group of Year 11 students who performed Christmas songs at Tesco in Dudley on Wednesday 16 December. Carla Allmark (11DAS), Karyss Devine (11STE), Divina Matondo (11STO), Lewis James (11STO), Nick Marston (11STO) and Jordan Evans (11DAS) received many positive comments from the general public, and Tesco were very […]Read More »
  • Poppy Appeal

    Poppy Appeal

    We are very proud to announce that Holly Hall Academy has once again raised the most money of all Dudley schools in this year’s Poppy Appeal.  We raised £635.06 which is a staggering amount. Well done to all students who contributed to this fantastic achievement. The Royal British Legion’s representative has asked us to pass […]Read More »
  • Mr Nation’s Christmas Calculations

    Mr Nation’s Christmas Calculations

    Congratulations to Sareena Heath (8MCN/MCK) who is the winner of Mr Nation’s puzzle.  The correct answer was 5 red, 15 green and 20 yellow. Sareena’s name was drawn from all of the correct entries received and she was presented with a W H Smith gift voucher and a box of chocolates by Mr Nation.Read More »
  • Sandwell College Competition Winner

    Sandwell College Competition Winner

    This term Year 8 students were asked to create designs in their Art lessons  for a competition being run by Sandwell College.  All local schools were invited to enter and Holly Hall entered eight designs. The winning artwork would be used in their 2016 corporate calendar. Congratulations to Cydney Sutton (7WIL) whose picture was selected […]Read More »
  • Insight 18th December 2015

    Insight 18th December 2015

    Check out the 18th December 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click hereRead More »
  • Winter Wonderland Fayre

    Winter Wonderland Fayre

    A report by GWACA Team Leader, Chelsea Sheldon (11WES) Holly Hall Academy’s Winter Wonderland Fayre on Friday 18 December 2015 will raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  It will be taking place in the old gym.  There will be lots to see and do.  You can take part in our activities that include ‘Sponge the […]Read More »
  • Christmas Mufti

    Christmas Mufti

    On the last day of term, we are holding a Christmas themed mufti day.  You can wear your Christmas jumper or anything with a Christmas colour.  We are asking for a donation of £1 per student with proceeds going to Save the Children.Read More »
  • Travel Academy

    Travel Academy

    A report by Tyler Arrowsmith (9WRD):  On Thursday 10th December 2015 the Travel Academy Team visited Safeside in Neachells, Birmingham to showcase our campaign to six other schools within the West Midlands. We shared our ideas and plans of how we want to improve road safety for Holly Hall students. We also had a tour […]Read More »
  • Working with Dudley College

    Working with Dudley College

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts and Design:  This week Mr Hatch and myself met with a Dudley College representative.  We are now looking forward to some very exciting times ahead.  We have a whole range of visits planned for students to see what goes on in life after Holly Hall in a post 16 curriculum.  Stay […]Read More »
  • Cookery Reminder

    Cookery Reminder

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering would like to remind students to bring their ingredients for the following dishes next week. Year 7 – Cheese & potato bake Year 8 – Thursday  –  Victoria sponge Year 9 – Swiss Roll/Chocolate logRead More »
  • Insight 11th December 2015

    Insight 11th December 2015

    Check out the 11th December 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • GCSE Presentation Evening

    GCSE Presentation Evening

    At our annual GCSE Presentation Evening, the ‘Class of 2015’ were presented with their examination certificates by Mr Hatch, Principal.  We are very proud of our Class of 2015 and wish them every success in the future. Special awards were given to: Ben Clare and Margarita Llabres Diaz – Outstanding Commitment Pritesh Patel and Jazmyn […]Read More »
  • ‘Caring for Others’ Assemblies

    ‘Caring for Others’ Assemblies

    Mr Stokes, Coordinator of Science:  This week our assemblies have been based on ‘caring for others’.  The particular focus was on the effects of long term health conditions that some of our students live with.  The science behind epilepsy and diabetes was explained by Mr Stokes and students Karyss Devine (11STE), Beth Lovell (11STO) and […]Read More »
  • Bar Mock Trial

    Bar Mock Trial

    Mr Clarke, Mathematics Teacher: On Saturday 28 November twenty students competed against two other schools in the annual Bar National Mock Trial Competition hosted by the Citizenship Foundation at the Staffordshire Combined Court. Students took on the roles of various court staff in the Crown Court. The Barristers were required to present their cases to […]Read More »
  • #Mefestival

    #Mefestival

    Miss Rawlings, Year 8 Intervention Coordinator:  Last week ten Year 8 students attended the #MeFestival at Himley Hall which was organised by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The event was an opportunity for students to look at different aspects of health and wellbeing.  They took part in work shops with local GPs and also local […]Read More »
  • Chess and Checkers Club

    Chess and Checkers Club

    Players of all abilities are invited to join the Chess & Checkers Club in B4 on Wednesday lunchtimes.  For more information please see Miss Rawlings.    Read More »
  • Insight 4th December 2015

    Insight 4th December 2015

    Check out the 4th December 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • KEY STAGE 3 EXTENDED HOMEWORK REMINDER – Autumn Half Term 2

    KEY STAGE 3 EXTENDED HOMEWORK REMINDER – Autumn Half Term 2

    Year 7 – History – ‘Medieval life’ – Deadline for handing in Friday 4th December Year 8 – Geography – ‘Rainforests’ – Deadline for handing in Deadline for handing in Wednesday 2nd December Year 9 – Art and Design – ‘Aluminium Challenge’ – Deadline for handing in Wednesday 2nd DecemberRead More »
  • Former Woodside Students – Since I joined Holly Hall…

    Former Woodside Students – Since I joined Holly Hall…

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE:  This week, we asked a group of Year 7 former Woodside Primary School students what they are most proud of achieving since joining Holly Hall in September 2015.  Here’s what they had to say: Since I have been at Holly Hall…. Michael Ezeji (7MSL) – “The subject I have excelled […]Read More »
  • Examinations

    Examinations

    Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal:  As you are aware, the Government appears to be moving ever more steadily towards awarding qualifications based on an ‘examinations only’ principle and away from other methods of assessment such as controlled assessments and coursework. We hope you agree that we need to prepare our students to feel as comfortable […]Read More »
  • R U Different?

    R U Different?

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  Regular INsight readers will be aware that Year 10 girls Megan Arkwell, Letia Blake, Alisha LLewellyn, Tamzin Tromans and Charlie Wilson designed a poster for the ‘RU Different?’ programme, designed to reduce risk taking activities amongst young people,  They reached the National finals up against entries from 170,000 participating […]Read More »
  • Student Shop

    Student Shop

    For all your stationery needs, come along to the Student Shop. Open daily at lunch times. We stock everything you need to be prepared for your lessons.Read More »
  • Insight 26th November 2015

    Insight 26th November 2015

    Check out the 26th November 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Anti-Bullying Week

    Anti-Bullying Week

    Mr Webster, Director of Year 11:  This week I have had the pleasure of delivering assemblies to promote Anti-Bullying Week. The presentation highlighted the impact that bullying can have, not just on young people, but all ages in life. The Anti-Bullying Alliance organisation has asked for all students to “Make a noise about bullying” this […]Read More »
  • Battlefield Tours

    Battlefield Tours

    Mr Taylor, Cover Supervisor:  On the 13 November, forty students from the Holly Hall Academy travelled to the Belgian town of Ypres, where they were to study the battlefields of the First World War. In a very emotional trip, the students were able to see how the men of the British army would have spent […]Read More »
  • Year 11 Parents’ Evenings

    Year 11 Parents’ Evenings

    Year 11 Parents’ Evenings will take place on 1 and 2 December 2015. Letters of invitation will be sent at the beginning of next week, stating appointment times between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. If you have any queries please contact Mr Webster or Miss Macefield.Read More »
  • Insight 20th November 2015

    Insight 20th November 2015

    Check out the 20th November 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Update on France and Belgium Battlefield visit

    Update on France and Belgium Battlefield visit

    Just to say that everyone is safe and well. We are aware of the unfortunate turn of events in France and our condolences go to all those affected. Having taken advice from the Foreign Office and the Tour Company, it has been decided to change the itinerary and stay in Belgium for the remainder of […]Read More »
  • Insight 13th November 2015

    Insight 13th November 2015

    Check out the 13th November 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Marking and Feedback – Message to Parents

    Marking and Feedback – Message to Parents

    Mr Sissons, Director of Learning, would like to tell parents of an important change that is being introduced across the Academy. Starting from Monday 9th November students will regularly receive feedback stickers in their class books and on their assessments following the marking of these. This will take place every two weeks in our core […]Read More »
  • Student Shop

    Student Shop

    Nimra Hussain (11STO):  This week saw the opening of our new shop.  Members of the COFO charity team have been selling Royal British Legion merchandise at lunchtimes.  These will be available until the end of next week. There are lots of items available for a contribution from as little as 10p so come along and […]Read More »
  • R U Different? Your Support Please

    R U Different? Your Support Please

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  You may remember our Year 10 girls whose winning design (left) got through to the national finals for the ‘RU Different’ programme to reduce risk taking in young people.  Well now is the time to show your support.  We need all students, staff, parents and friends of Holly Hall to […]Read More »
  • Stay Safe!

    Stay Safe!

    With the main Bonfire Night celebrations happening  over this weekend we urge you to take care.  Fireworks are explosives which can cause serious injury.  The damage that can be caused can have a lifelong impact on an individual’s health and can particularly have severe consequences for children. Wherever possible we advise that you attend an […]Read More »
  • Science Master Class

    Science Master Class

    Mr Stokes, Coordinator of Science:  A group of budding Year 11 scientists visited Bishop Milner Catholic School on Monday this week for an A Level Science taster session.  The lesson was enjoyed by all and they are looking forward to returning for two further sessions. Students who attended:  Bethany Ireland (11STE), Alisha Jarrett (11STE), Paige […]Read More »
  • Mr Jabore’s Eye on the Sky

    Mr Jabore’s Eye on the Sky

    Mr Jabore, Director of KS3: You may remember before half term that it was a good time to see Mars, Venus and Jupiter in the morning sky, well these three planets are still putting on a great show in the dawn sky around 7am if you are up early.  This Saturday morning you will find another […]Read More »
  • 6th November 2015

    6th November 2015

    Check out the 6th November 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Vote for Holly Hall Winners!

    Vote for Holly Hall Winners!

    Year 10 girls are through to the National finals of the ‘RU Different?’ programme.  They need your help to be overall winners.  Click on the link below, select their winning design and click ‘vote’ at the bottom of the vote.  Quite simply the design with the most votes wins!  Share this via Holly Halls Twitter feed […]Read More »
  • Insight 23rd October 2015

    Insight 23rd October 2015

    Check out the 23rd October 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • World Maths Week Assemblies

    World Maths Week Assemblies

    Miss Westwood, Mathematics KS3 Coordinator:  This week we have been celebrating World Maths Week with the theme this year of ‘Celebrating Women in Maths’. Ada  Lovelace was one of the first women in maths and she wrote the first computer program in an age when women were not even taught maths.  The field was dominated by […]Read More »
  • Mr Jabore’s Eye on the Sky

    Mr Jabore’s Eye on the Sky

    Mr Jabore, Director of KS3:  With the darker mornings the more eagle eyed, early rising students may have noticed what appears to be a pair of really bright stars in the eastern sky before dawn around 6.30am.  These are not stars but are planets; the brighter one is Venus and the slightly fainter one is […]Read More »
  • Parent View

    Parent View

    Mr Parmar, Senior Assistant Principal:  Parent View gives you the chance to tell us what you think about the Academy.  It is available on http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk. Parent View asks for your opinion on twelve aspects of Holly Hall Academy, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. By sharing your views, you […]Read More »
  • KS3 Maths Club

    KS3 Maths Club

    Miss McNeill, Personalised Learning Coordinator:  Key Stage 3 students are invited to attend our Maths Club in B5 from 3.10pm – 3.45pm with Mrs Turley on the following days: Year 7 Tuesday Year 8 Wednesday Year 9 Thursday Come along if you would like help and guidance with Maths.  Read More »
  • Book Review Winner

    Book Review Winner

    Miss Gibbs, English Teacher:  Congratulations to Spencer Guy (8MKL), who this week wins the Reading for Pleasure book review. Spencer reviewed ‘The Kingsman’ and was one of many students who submitted a review.  He received a box of chocolates as his prize. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning, see […]Read More »
  • Grab Bag Loyalty Card

    Grab Bag Loyalty Card

    You can now collect Grab Bag loyalty points from Scotty G’s. Collect a Grab Bag Loyalty Card and get it signed every time you buy a Grab Bag. For every five Grab Bags you purchase, you will receive either a FREE fruit pot or Tropicana drink. Please see Mrs Milovsorov or the staff in Scotty G’s […]Read More »
  • Your Academy Nursing Service

    Your Academy Nursing Service

    The School Nursing Service is available to provide support on a range of issues including keeping healthy, immunisations, emotional health, weight management, sexual health, drugs, alcohol and smoking. They can also make sure that young people with disabilities, long term illness or other needs receive extra support when they need it. You can find Lynne […]Read More »
  • R U Different?

    R U Different?

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:   We have received some fantastic news. Year 10 girls Megan Arkwell (10THO), Letia Blake (10ARE), Alisha Llewelyn (10COX), Tamzin Tromans (10HMT) and Charlie Wilson (10WDW) recently did a presentation at the Kingswinford school for the ‘RU Different?’ programme with their #Holly H2O water bottle design to raise the awareness of […]Read More »
  • Insight 16th October 2015

    Insight 16th October 2015

    Check out the 16th October 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Primary Maths Day

    Primary Maths Day

    Miss Westwood, Mathematics KS3 Coordinator:  On Tuesday 6 October ninety pupils from five local primary schools came to the Academy for a Super Mario Maths Day.  They enjoyed a day of solving maths puzzles and creating models of containers to compete in teams to win prizes. The day was enjoyed by all who attended.  Congratulations to […]Read More »
  • Year 11 Careers Information Evening

    Year 11 Careers Information Evening

    Mrs Turton, Intervention Coordinator:  Year 11 students and their parents are invited to attend this year’s Careers Information Evening on Thursday 15 October 2015 at 7.00pm in the main hall. Over twenty-five providers, including further education colleges, training organisations, Armed Forces and local businesses will be available to provide advice and guidance.  Students will also […]Read More »
  • Grab Bag Loyalty Card

    Grab Bag Loyalty Card

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology & Catering:  From Monday 12 October we will be running a loyalty scheme for students who want to enjoy a ‘Grab Bag’ for lunch. Just place your order in Scotty G’s before morning registration and collect your Grab Gag from the Hall at lunch time. The benefit of this is that it […]Read More »
  • International Space Week Assemblies

    International Space Week Assemblies

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  This week’s assemblies were about ‘International Space Week’.   This is celebrated every year between October 4 and October 10, and it is on these dates because it was based on recognition of two important dates in space history: the launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, […]Read More »
  • Do You Have a Talent?

    Do You Have a Talent?

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  The Academy is looking to update its talented register, This is a list of students who take part in any of the following activities outside of the normal Academy day ​Art Performing Arts Music Dance Sport If you do take part in any of these activities please let […]Read More »
  • Italian Theme Day

    Italian Theme Day

    On Tuesday 29 September we held an Italian themed day in Scotty G’s. Students could choose from beef cannelloni, Italian stuffed chicken or spinach and ricotta cannelloni. Pictured are students enjoying their lunch.Read More »
  • Wanted! Dr Bike participants

    Wanted! Dr Bike participants

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE: On Enrichment Day1, Tuesday 20 October, Dr Bike will be visiting the Academy to work with students who wish to develop knowledge, skills and understanding about bicycle maintenance. A fully trained team of cycle mechanics will work throughout the day giving advice and guidance about many bicycle aspects including safety […]Read More »
  • Insight 9th October 2015

    Insight 9th October 2015

    Check out the 9th October 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Healthy Life Assemblies

    Healthy Life Assemblies

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:  This week the ‘Well Being’ Student Leadership group have taken the morning assemblies to highlight the importance of healthy eating and its links with education. Interesting facts were shared with the students such as: * ‘At present, there are children in English schools who are too hungry to learn effectively.’ * ‘Many studies show […]Read More »
  • Travel Academy

    Travel Academy

    Miss Haycock, Leader of PSHE:  Ten year 9 student leaders have been selected to complete a project which involves looking at safe and sustainable travel for Holly Hall Students. They are working alongside people from Centro and will participate in five sessions to create and promote their campaign. The students will then be invited to […]Read More »
  • Open Evening

    Open Evening

    Mr Jabore, Director of KS3:  Prospective Year 7 students visited the Academy on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, to find out what life is like at Holly Hall Academy. Many families visited the Academy and were escorted by Holly Hall student guides. There was a wide variety of activities for them to enjoy and participate […]Read More »
  • First Impressions

    First Impressions

    Starting a new secondary school can be an exciting, yet anxious time.  Here is what some of our students have had to say about their experiences of joining Holly Hall Academy in September 2015 Aishah Ahmed (7KSM):  “So far, my time at Holly Hall has been enjoyable.  The lessons have been fun and I have […]Read More »
  • Year 11 A* Maths Club

    Year 11 A* Maths Club

    Miss Westwood, Mathematics KS3 Coordinator:   Some of our Gifted and Talented Year 11 students who are aiming for an A/A* in their Maths GCSE examinations in Summer 2016 have been attending the A* Maths Club every Tuesday lunchtime in A13 . If anyone in Year 11 wishes to attend please see Miss Westwood to get a passRead More »
  • Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Have a go at Mr Nation’s Calculations.  Find the missing value and hand your answer in to Mr Nation before break time on Tuesday 6 October 2015 for a chance of winning a £5 W H Smith gift voucher.Read More »
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning

    Macmillan Coffee Morning

    On Friday 25 September we held a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Academy.  Beverages and cakes were available in the AEN Department who also ran a ‘Spot the Cake’ competition.  The total raised was £130 which will be sent to Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who donated money.Read More »
  • Insight 1st October 2015

    Insight 1st October 2015

    Check out the 1st October 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • R U Different

    R U Different

    Mr Townley, Leader of Arts & Design:  Last year, during an Enrichment Day, Year 9 students took part in a campaign called ‘R U Different’.  This was to highlight the dangers associated with peer pressure influences around issues like drinking, smoking and drugs. The whole of the ‘then’ Year 9 took part in an enterprise […]Read More »
  • Year 7 Support Evening

    Year 7 Support Evening

    Mr Nation, Director of Core Achievement and Progress:   On Tuesday 22 September the Academy invited in parents and carers of Year 7 students who are affected by recent changes regarding re-sitting KS2 SATs.  If a child did not achieve at least a Level 4 in English or Maths at primary school, then they will have […]Read More »
  • European Day of Languages

    European Day of Languages

    Miss Thomas, Coordinator of MFL:  This week we have been celebrating European Day of Languages which is on Saturday 26th September. With our ‘Theme of the Week’ being ‘diversity’, European Day of Languages reminds us how lucky we are in the UK, and at Holly Hall, to live in such a wonderful culturally-diverse community.  Read More »
  • Leisure & Tourism Trip to the Black Country Living Museum

    Leisure & Tourism Trip to the Black Country Living Museum

    Mrs Mikklesen, Coordinator of Leisure & Tourism:  Year 11 Leisure & Tourism students visited the Black Country Living Museum on Tuesday this week as part of their controlled assessment.  Whilst there, they got the opportunity to interview a member of staff about a number of issues ranging from health and safety to customer service.  A […]Read More »
  • Dr Bike

    Dr Bike

    Mrs Lee, Director of KS4:  Dr Bike was in the Academy last Friday.  They came in to help get neglected bikes back on the road. The qualified mechanics checked over students’ bikes and made simple repairs and adjustments to ensure they are in good working order.  If they found any serious problems, students were referred […]Read More »
  • Jam Making

    Jam Making

    Mrs Milovsorov, Coordinator of Food Technology and Catering:  Last week Year 10 Catering students made good use of the blackberries that Mrs Milovsorov had been picking over the summer holiday by producing some delicious jam.  Pictured:  The Year 10 Catering group with their produce.Read More »
  • Insight 25th September 2015

    Insight 25th September 2015

    Check out the 25th September 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Anti-Bullying Charter

    Anti-Bullying Charter

    Mrs Lee, Director of KS4:  The Holly Hall Academy have been discussing bullying in tutorials.  All students and their form tutors have signed an anti-bullying charter for display in classrooms throughout the year, alongside the Academy’s anti-bullying code. Students have also been in assemblies that have been led by Student Leaders on the topic of […]Read More »
  • Crime and Policing

    Crime and Policing

    Priyankaa Patel (9MAH/GSP):  “On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, two researchers working for the Dudley Community Partnership Team, part of the Youth Service, came into the Academy to give a presentation to all students about the area in which we live.  They wanted to know how safe we feel in our environment.  We were asked how […]Read More »
  • Year 11 Parent Support Evening

    Year 11 Parent Support Evening

    Mr Nation, Director of Core:  On Tuesday 15 September Year 11 parents were invited to attend a Parental Engagement Evening. David Hyner from Stretch Development delivered an inspirational speech that focused on the power of the human mind and just what each and every one of us is capable of when we put our mind […]Read More »
  • Year 11 Maths Support

    Year 11 Maths Support

    Mr Hallam, Coordinator of Mathematics:  I would like to congratulate the group of Year 11 students who arrived at my door last week to ask when extra Maths started again. I was really impressed with their enthusiasm and determination. I will be offering extra support for my group every Wednesday but anyone is welcome if […]Read More »
  • Welcome to the ‘New’ B3/B4

    Welcome to the ‘New’ B3/B4

    Last week, Intervention Coordinators held a coffee morning for staff to see their new working area. During the morning donations were made.  They raised £54 which will be forwarded shortly to Mary Stevens Hospice. There will be further opportunity to raise more money for the cause when B3/B4 open their doors to staff for coffee […]Read More »
  • Eid Al-Adha Celebrations

    Eid Al-Adha Celebrations

    Mr Mohammed, English Teacher:  Eid celebrations take place next week.  This is when Muslims celebrate with family and friends, to honour Prophet Ibraheem being prepared to sacrifice his son for God. It marks the end of the Pilgrimage in Makkah and involves people sharing food and other gifts with family, friends and the poor. Read More »