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  • Insight 22nd May 2015

    Insight 22nd May 2015

    Check out the 22nd May 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Orchard in Blossom

    Orchard in Blossom

    The Academy orchard is in blossom at the moment and we are looking forward to a bumper crop of apples this year.Read More »
  • Planner Designs

    Planner Designs

    An article by Josiah Bennett (10CAL) and Chandler Newman (10CAL):  During registration on Tuesday 19 May 2015  students in Years 7 to 10 will be voting for  next year’s planner front cover design.  Pictured here are the twelve designs that have been created by our current GCSE Art students.  Look out for the winning design […]Read More »
  • Year 7 Leader Ballots

    Year 7 Leader Ballots

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:  Last week  we held a ballot to elect Year 7 leaders who will liaise with fellow students and staff to ensure that students’ ideas and opinions are heard and improvements made where necessary. We are pleased to announce that the students elected were Charlie Williams (7MSL) and Morgan Martin (7SSH).  Read More »
  • VE Day

    VE Day

    An article by Paige Moran (10DHE):  ‘Tuesday 8 May 1945 was Victory in Europe (VE) Day, which marked the conclusion of Hitler’s war, WW2. With it came the end of six years of misery and suffering across the world. On Friday 8 May, Jordan Sefton (10WES) and I spoke to four members of the Royal […]Read More »
  • Insight 15th May 2015

    Insight 15th May 2015

    Check out the 15th May 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Year 7 Leader Ballots

    Year 7 Leader Ballots

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:   As part of the Student Leader programme, each year group will have a boy and girl representative, called Year Leaders.  The role of the Year Leader is to liaise with fellow students and staff to ensure that students’ ideas and opinions are heard and improvements made where necessary.  Every half term […]Read More »
  • Politics in Action

    Politics in Action

    During a recent visit to Dudley Council House with Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal, Aadam Mahmood (8TMS) met with Ian Austin, MP for Dudley North.  Aadam told Mr Austin about the loss of playing fields near his home and his concern about the impact it would have on local facilities for young people. Mr Austin reported […]Read More »
  • Film Club

    Film Club

    Mr Denham, Acting Head of English:  Film Club will recommence on Monday 11 May!  We will be showing Life of Pi. A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger. […]Read More »
  • Base Studios Visit

    Base Studios Visit

    Mr Simpson, Music Teacher:  Last week twenty four Year 8 students were given the opportunity to visit Base Studios in Stourbridge. They all took part in a 2-day song-writing master class with a professional musician. The students discussed how the music industry has changed over time and how to write a successful song. They worked […]Read More »
  • Insight 8th May 2015

    Insight 8th May 2015

    Check out the 8th May 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Inspection of The Holly Hall Academy by Ofsted 6th – 7th May 2015

    Inspection of The Holly Hall Academy by Ofsted 6th – 7th May 2015

    Inspection of The Holly Hall Academy by Ofsted 6th – 7th May 2015 Letter for parents/carers please click here  Read More »
  • Sun Awareness Campaign

    Sun Awareness Campaign

    This week we received a free allocation of sun lotion from Dudley Healthy Schools Public Health Programme. The lotion will be based in the PE Department where we will encourage students to apply it before outdoor PE lessons when the weather improves. Pictured: Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal  Read More »
  • Safeguarding Children

    Safeguarding Children

    In January four Holly Hall students, Joseph Davies (11THO), Paige Moran (10DHE), Pritesh Patel (11DAS) and Pavanya Witharanage (11THO) joined the Dudley Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) business planning session. During the workshop the students proposed some insightful and mature suggestions which have significantly influenced the board’s three strategic objectives. Holly Hall students met again with […]Read More »
  • A Visit Out of This World

    A Visit Out of This World

    Mr Townley, Director of Teaching & Learning Lifestyles: On Friday 24 April a group of Year 10 students went on a visit to the new Advance campus at Dudley for an exciting morning of science and design based activities, including a maggot maze, flame tests in the chemistry lab, materials design and pneumatic systems.  The […]Read More »
  • VE Day Celebrations

    VE Day Celebrations

      Mr Taylor, Cover Supervisor: May 8th marks the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War Two.  VE Day, short for Victory in Europe, marked the end of hostilities in Europe after nearly six years of heavy fighting. Nearly eighty million people had died from either the war, or its after affects and the […]Read More »
  • Do You Have a Talent?

    Do You Have a Talent?

    Mr Townley, Director of Teaching & Learning Lifestyles: Do you have a talent the Academy doesn’t know about?  Do you do something out of the Academy involving sport or the arts?  Maybe you play a musical instrument? In the coming weeks your form tutor will be finding out this information so make sure you let […]Read More »
  • Science Revision Sessions

    Science Revision Sessions

    Mr Fereday, Director of Teaching and Learning Science:  Year 11 students are encouraged to attend Science revision classes taking place at the end of the Academy day (unless stated). The timetable is available in this weeks edition of INsight here http://www.hollyhallacademy.co.uk/news/insight/Read More »
  • Insight 1st May 2015

    Insight 1st May 2015

    Check out the 1st May 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • PC Building Club

    PC Building Club

    Mr Steadman, VLE Coordinator:  PC Building Club starts again on Tuesday 28 April for anyone interested in learning what the major components of a computer are and how to put them together. In later sessions you will also learn how to troubleshoot and install an operating system. Places are limited so if you would like […]Read More »
  • Girls Fitness

    Girls Fitness

    Mr Moseley, PE Teacher:  Every Friday from 3.10pm to 4:30pm all girls are invited to attend a fitness session run by a qualified Fitness Instructor and personal trainer. You can choose what activities you would like to do ranging from Pilates, Zumba, Gym based activities, circuits and many more. For further information please see Mr […]Read More »
  • Well Done!

    Well Done!

    Miss Thomas, PE Teacher recently competed for Great Britain in the European Masters Championships in Torun, Poland. She ran in the Women’s 60m and 200m finishing in 4th place, achieving a season’s best in every race.  She  also competed in the 4 x 200m relay where Great Britain won the silver medal. Miss Thomas said […]Read More »
  • Bringing History to Life!

    Bringing History to Life!

    Mrs Alam, Coordinator of History:  As part of their investigation into the murder of the Princes in the Tower, students in 7S1 History turned the classroom into the courtroom as they put different suspects on trial including Richard III and Henry Tudor (Henry VII). This was part of a project where they analysed written evidence, […]Read More »
  • Spanish March

    Spanish March

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:  On Friday 17 April 2015 Mrs Lee and Mrs Pendrous (Spanish Assistant) took a group of Year 8 students outside to practise directions in Spanish. Words such as izquierda (left), derecha (right), todo recto (straight on) could be heard as Tyler Arrowsmith (8WRD) led the group and utilised his marching skills that he had learnt at Army Cadets. […]Read More »
  • Anne Frank’s Diary

    Anne Frank’s Diary

    Mr Sissons, Assistant Principal:  Last Friday every form in the Academy replaced their one minute’s silence with a reading from Anne Frank’s diary as part of the Anne Frank Trust #notsilent campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of her death and the liberation of Bergin Belsen concentration camp. Natasha Hall (7MSL) wrote “Anne Frank’s diary was very enjoyable. People shouldn’t […]Read More »
  • Insight 24th April 2015

    Insight 24th April 2015

    Check out the 24th April 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Symphony Hall

    Symphony Hall

    Mr Simpson, Music Teacher: Congratulations to four of our students who last month performed to over 1500 people at the Symphony Hall. Karyss Devine (10CAL), Divina Matondo (10STO), Molly Green (9YOR) and Charlotte Thomas (8CHT) were each selected to sing solo parts in front of a choir made up of local secondary and primary school […]Read More »
  • Breaking Barriers

    Breaking Barriers

    During the Easter holiday, Mickel Gittens (10CAL) and Zoe Phipps (10DHE) attended a four day course organised by West Midlands Police. This course was aimed at breaking down barriers between the police and young people. Zoe wrote: “We participated in many activities including team building, internet safety and a visit to the police dog training […]Read More »
  • Choose It/Lose It

    Choose It/Lose It

    Thank you to Katie Dennis (10WES) who suggested a different flavour smoothie every day for a healthy kick start. She is pictured receiving her prize of a cinema voucher from Mrs Malone, Acting Principal.Read More »
  • Budding Author

    Budding Author

    Miss Smith, English Teacher: Jean Bayton (11HAL) has written a novel. She shared her hard work with the English Department who were very impressed and ordered some professionally printed copies. This is a fantastic achievement. Jean even designed and created the cover for her first book herself! The novel is called ‘Secluded’ and there will […]Read More »
  • Healthy Families Cooking Classes

    Healthy Families Cooking Classes

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal: The five week Healthy Families cooking programme came to a close at the end of last term. Ten families cooked healthy meals each week. Ingredients and an item of cookware were provided each week and upon completion, families received a cookbook and fruit and vegetable hamper. All participants had a very […]Read More »
  • Insight 17th April 2015

    Insight 17th April 2015

    Check out the 17th April 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Insight Spring Special Edition 2015

    Insight Spring Special Edition 2015

    Check out the Spring Special edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Insight Solar Eclipse Special Edition 2015

    Insight Solar Eclipse Special Edition 2015

    Check out the Solar Eclipse Special edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Democracy at Holly Hall

    Democracy at Holly Hall

    A report by Haania Hussain (9DEN): Recently an election took place for roles within UK Youth Parliament and Dudley Youth Council. A group of Holly Hall students were included in the ballot and all Holly Hall students were given the opportunity to vote. The results are now in.Read More »
  • Inspirational Student

    Inspirational Student

    Maymunah Bashir (8TMS):  “I recently participated in the Year 11 assembly on motivation.  In the assembly I talked about visual impairment and how I am determined to achieve my goals.  I demonstrated some of my equipment and braille work to students.  It was a great success!” Maymunah also spent time in classes and is pictured  […]Read More »
  • BBC School Report Day

    BBC School Report Day

    A report by Media Team (GWACA):  Thursday 19 March was the BBC’s School Report Day where different schools wrote articles about the current popular news stories.  These were posted on our website and linked to the BBC School Report website. We covered local and national news stories. The articles we wrote about were: Jeremy Clarkson’s […]Read More »
  • Good Luck

    Good Luck

    Miss Thomas, PE Teacher recently competed in the National Masters Championships, winning in the 200m race and coming second in the 60m.  She will now compete in the European Masters Championships being held in Torun, Poland from 23-28 March. Everyone at Holly Hall would like to wish Miss Thomas the very best of luck.Read More »
  • Intermediate Maths Challenge

    Intermediate Maths Challenge

    Miss Westwood, Mathematic KS3 Coordinator:   We recently received the results for the Intermediate Maths Challenge which is taken every year by over 500,000 students from 5,000 different schools around the United Kingdom.  Holly Hall achieved some fantastic results.  Our students should be extremely proud of their achievement. The next challenge will be the Junior Maths […]Read More »
  • 20th March 2015

    20th March 2015

    Check out the 20th March 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • BBC School Report News Day 2015

    BBC School Report News Day 2015

    Check out Holly Hall’s contribution to BBC School Report News Day 2015 here. You can also listen to the radio report below.  Read More »
  • Cheerleading Success

    Cheerleading Success

    We reported recently on Shannon Hackett (7KSM) who is a member of a cheerleading team.  On Sunday 8 March she took part in a competition, gaining second and third places in her team and also first place in her solo dance. Shannon is pictured below with her winners trophy.  Well done Shannon.Read More »
  • Reading for Pleasure!

    Reading for Pleasure!

    Mr Denham, Acting Coordinator of English: In the English department we are finding an increasing number of students do not regularly read for pleasure! Reading is one of the strongest tools in aiding students with their education. We strongly advise all parents to encourage and support reading for pleasure at home. Find a book, read a book […]Read More »
  • Dance Performance

    Dance Performance

    Mr Mosley, PE Teacher:  Following on from our report last week, a group of students went to Stourbridge Town Hall on Wednesday evening to perform their dance choreographed by  Hollie Victoria.  The boys were fantastic and a true credit to the Academy. They even got personal congratulations from the audience who came to praise them. […]Read More »
  • Insight 13th March 2015

    Insight 13th March 2015

    Check out the 13th March 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Careers at The Holly Hall Academy

    Careers at The Holly Hall Academy

    Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal:  We take careers education very seriously at Holly Hall Academy.  In order to recognise the work we do in this area we have recently commenced working towards the Prospects Quality Award in Careers Education.  This award is nationally recognised by the Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) and demonstrates that a high […]Read More »
  • Reading for Pleasure

    Reading for Pleasure

    Miss Gibbs, English Teacher:   All students are encouraged to read a book for pleasure and to write a review. Reading not only stimulates the brain but widens students’ vocabulary, allowing them to achieve higher in assessments and exams. Reviews should be handed in to Miss Gibbs in B10.  Every two weeks, the student who has […]Read More »
  • Choreographer Visit

    Choreographer Visit

    Mr Mosley, PE Teacher:  This week a group of students worked with dancer and  choreographer Hollie Victoria.  Hollie has had an extensive career working both in the UK and the USA. The boys will be performing the dance choreography next Wednesday evening when Mr Moseley takes them to Dudley Town Hall. Look out for the report in next […]Read More »
  • STEM at Stourbridge College

    STEM at Stourbridge College

    Mr Sharp, Coordinator of Art:  On Wednesday a group of Year 9 and 10 students visited Stourbridge College.  The trip was  organised by the Design Department to enable students to attend workshops based around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, otherwise known as STEM. They learnt about how lungs work, how bacteria grow and explored the […]Read More »
  • Cyber Safety

    Cyber Safety

    Mr Townley, Enrichment Coordinator:  Year 9 students are in for a musical treat on the afternoon of Monday 9 March.  Normal lessons go on hold whilst a duet who supported Olly Murs and appeared on Britain’s Got Talent comes to Holly Hall to give a thoughtful performance on cyber safety.  There will be an opportunity for […]Read More »
  • Film Club

    Film Club

    The next film club will take place on 9 March 2015.  We will be showing the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’:  A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years — which could shake the foundations […]Read More »
  • Insight 6th March 2015

    Insight 6th March 2015

    Check out the 27th February 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Mayors Parlour Visit

    Mayors Parlour Visit

    Four students and two staff were at the Mayor’s Parlour on Thursday this week to be presented with the Royal British Legion trophy for the school that raised the most money for last year’s Poppy Appeal. Holly Hall Academy raised £521.49. Congratulations and well done to everyone concerned.  Mr Lloyd told INsight “I am very […]Read More »
  • Rowing in Dudley

    Rowing in Dudley

    Rowing is a fun way to improve your health, fitness and strength.  A number of rowing activities are available for adults and children aged 11 and over.  All sessions are run by a qualified instructor. For more information contact Dudley Council’s physical activity team on 01384 816460 or email balraj.johal@dudley.gov.uk.Read More »
  • Army Careers

    Army Careers

    Mrs Turton, Year 11 Learning Mentor:  A representative from the Army was in the Academy this week.  He spoke to Year 11 students about various full and part time roles within the Army ranging from combat to HR and finance.  To find out more go to http://www.army.mod.uk/reme/careers.aspx.Read More »
  • Film Club

    Film Club

    The next film club will take place on 2 March 2015.  We will be showing the film ‘9’:  A rag doll who awakens in a post-apocalyptic future holds the key to humanity’s salvation. Mr Denham is taking recommendations for new films for him to order. Also, there is now a FilmClub loyalty card. If you […]Read More »
  • Year 9 Parents Consultation Evening

    Year 9 Parents Consultation Evening

    Mr Malone, Senior Assistant Principal:  Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evenings take place on 4 and 5 March 2015.  You should have received a letter stating your appointment day and time.  If you have not received a letter, please contact Mrs Taylor at the Academy.Read More »
  • Insight 27th February 2015

    Insight 27th February 2015

    Check out the 27th February 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Catering Assessments

    Catering Assessments

    Year 11 Catering students have been busy completing their assessments as part of their final examination mark.  Here are just a few of the delicious results.Read More »
  • Fun Sunday Family Day

    Fun Sunday Family Day

    Families can kick-start the half-term holidays with a free family fun day in Dudley town centre on Sunday 15 February from 11.00am to 3.00pm J On Stone Street Square, opposite the Dudley Museum and Art Gallery, there will be various free children’s rides. J Dudley Museum and Art Gallery will have a special opening. J Youngsters can watch […]Read More »
  • Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation’s Calculations

    Mr Nation, Faculty Coordinator for Mathematics and English:  Congratulations to Kyle Reynolds (9WDW) the winner of Mr Nation’s Calculations. Kyle correctly worked out that the missing numbers were 18 (top right), 36 (bottom left) and 15 (bottom right). 5 x 3 gives 15 (bottom right) 15 + 3 gives 18 (top right) 18 x 2 gives […]Read More »
  • Budding Writer

    Budding Writer

    Student and professional fangirl Aisha Janjua (11COL) has a passion for watching ‘YouTubers’.  Through her interest, she was invited by editor and funder of ‘Fanciful Magazine’  Bianca Dubois to start writing for the YouTube section in her magazine.  Aisha now produces weekly fact-files.  She is pictured below with an edition of Fanciful. Well done Aisha!Read More »
  • Annie

    Annie

    Miss Yorke, Coordinator of Drama:  Auditions for the Academy’s Summer production of ‘Annie’ took place last week. We had lots of interest and lots of very talented students from all year groups who tried out for a part. Mr Simpson and I made our final decisions about the cast last week and these were displayed on the […]Read More »
  • Are You Signed up to Twitter?

    Are You Signed up to Twitter?

    Want more information about what is going on in the Academy?  Use the link on our website to register with Twitter and follow Holly Hall Academy to receive daily updates.Read More »
  • Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies

    Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies

    Year 10 students received their Meningitis and diphtheria, tetanus and polio injections this week – one injection in each arm but they were very brave!Read More »
  • Insight 13th February 2015

    Insight 13th February 2015

    Check out the 13th February 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Nurse Drop-in Sessions

    Nurse Drop-in Sessions

    Academy Nurse Lynn Howell does weekly confidential drop in sessions and health checks. If you want to speak to Lynn in confidence about a health issue see Alison at Student Reception and she will arrange an appointment.  All you need to provide is your name.  Read More »
  • Film Club Loyalty Card

    Film Club Loyalty Card

    Mr Denham, Acting Coordinator of English:  Film Club has been running for one term now and we are excited to introduce the new FILM CLUB loyalty card. The loyalty card will entitle students to free cinema tickets! Film Club is held every Monday in B12 with Mr Denham. Pop in to relax and watch some new films! […]Read More »
  • Insight 6th February 2015

    Insight 6th February 2015

    Check out the 6th February 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • The New Principal

    The New Principal

    Newly appointed Principal Rob Hatch came into the Academy this week.  Mr Lloyd congratulated Rob on his appointment after such an intensive interview process. Rob will take up his post from 1 September 2015.  Mr Lloyd retires at the end of this term and Mrs Malone will be Acting Principal for the summer term.Read More »
  • Cancer Research

    Cancer Research

    Mrs Lloyd, Principal’s Personal Assistant:  I am delighted to report that Ellie-May Martin (10AGR/SCL) was the winner of a huge box of chocolates as the prize for raising the most money individually, by participating in the Advent Calendar for Cancer Research UK. The deadline for entries was Friday 23 January with Ellie raising £6.26 and […]Read More »
  • Dudley Youth Council

    Dudley Youth Council

    An article by Paige Moran (10DHE):  Dudley Youth Council is a group of local young people aged between 11 and 19 who represent young people’s views and work towards improving things for young people in the borough. This week, all students in the Academy had the chance to vote for a Dudley Central Area representative.  […]Read More »
  • African Masks

    African Masks

    Mr Sharp, KS3 Design Coordinator:  This week in Art, Year 7 have been creating African masks which have formed part of their Portraiture project. The students used card, glue and a range of paint effects to achieve the finished look and some added feathers to decorate their designs. Year 7 also discovered that Pablo Picasso […]Read More »
  • Visiting Journalist

    Visiting Journalist

    An article by Paige Moran (10DHE):  On Tuesday 27 January, the Media Team, G.W.A.C.A., were very lucky to meet BBC Journalist, Bob Howard.  He came to help us with a report we are planning for BBC News annual News Day on 19 March 2015.  BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year old students in the […]Read More »
  • Insight 30th January 2015

    Insight 30th January 2015

    Check out the 30th January 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • The New Principal

    The New Principal

    Congratulations to Mr R Hatch who was appointed Principal of the Holly Hall Academy after three days of intensive interviews.  Mr Hatch will take up his new post in September.Read More »
  • Substance Misuse Drama Production

    Substance Misuse Drama Production

    What’s Your Poison? Substance misuse causes misery to individuals, families and communities. Changing legislation and mixed messages in the media can lead young people into making dangerous decisions about their personal health and safety. Peer influence also leads to students putting themselves and those around them at risk. This week, Year 8 students watched the […]Read More »
  • Base Studios 1 Visit

    Base Studios 1 Visit

    Mr Simpson, Coordinator of Music:  Last week, eighteen students were invited to Base Studios 1 in Stourbridge to experience the life of a working musician. They used rehearsal rooms to practise songs and were given the opportunity to record in a professional studio. Molly Green (9YOR) “It was fantastic. We got to use all the […]Read More »
  • Independent Learning and Museum Visit

    Independent Learning and Museum Visit

    Independent Learning and Museum Visit A group of Year 11 History and G&T students visited the Imperial War Museum in London. This was helpful in preparing them for their upcoming GCSEs.  They also explored some of the other galleries including the Holocaust Exhibition and modern history artefacts.  A great day was had by all! Head […]Read More »
  • Recycle and Help the Design Department

    Recycle and Help the Design Department

    Mr Townley, Director of Teaching and Learning Lifestyles: The Design team are big on upcycling, recycling and reusing household items in our projects.  Can you help us?  We are specifically looking for the following – plastic caps from aerosol cans, fabrics, wool, bed sheets, old clothes and any art related materials.  If you were going to […]Read More »
  • Insight 23rd January 2015

    Insight 23rd January 2015

    Check out the 23rd January 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Farewell and Good Luck

    Farewell and Good Luck

    We say farewell to Mr Giles, Cover Supervisor this week after seven years service at Holly Hall.  He is moving on to a new career as a Librarian at a school in Birmingham. Everyone at Holly Hall wishes Mr Giles good luck in his new job.  Read More »
  • Cheerleading

    Cheerleading

    In her spare time, Shannon Hackett (7KSM) is a member of a cheerleading group called the ’Black Country Rebels’.  The group often enter competitions and in the picture, the team is performing their stunt dance, for which they achieved first place.  In this competition, Shannon’s team  performed another dance which came 3rd. The group are […]Read More »
  • IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge

    IoT World Forum Young Women’s Innovation Grand Challenge

    An article by Paige Moran (10DHE):  We use the internet everyday: on our computers, on tablets and mobile phones. You can watch TV, make phone calls, send photos and shop on the internet. But even today less than 1% of all things are connected to the internet. What happens when your microwave, your central heating, […]Read More »
  • Paddington Competition

    Paddington Competition

    Mr Denham, Acting Coordinator of English  recently ran a competition relating to the release of the new Paddington Bear movie. Students were asked to take Paddington on an adventure.  Laura Bayley (9YOR) took Paddington to ‘Marmalade Mountain’ and her entry was selected out of over 50 entries to win a £10 HMV voucher. Well done Laura! The […]Read More »
  • World Pi Day

    World Pi Day

    Mr Hallam, Acting Coordinator of Mathematics: Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the American date format) and this year will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53. To celebrate this distinctive date and time, the mathematics department are challenging […]Read More »
  • Insight 16th January 2015

    Insight 16th January 2015

    Check out the 16th January 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Are you signed up to Twitter?

    Are you signed up to Twitter?

    Want more information about what is going on in the Academy?  Use the link on our website to register with Twitter and follow Holly Hall Academy to receive daily updates.  Read More »
  • Film Club

    Film Club

    Mr Denham, Acting Coordinator of English:  The first Film Club of 2015 will take place on Monday 12 January in B12.  We will  be showing the highly acclaimed, Oscar winning film Gravity. ‘Dr. Ryan Stone  is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander is veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky, managing his last flight before retirement. […]Read More »
  • Christmas Jumper Day

    Christmas Jumper Day

    On the last day of the Autumn term, we held a ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.  Students and staff were asked to contribute £1 and wear a Christmas jumper or a ‘Christmassy’ item of clothing.  Thank you to everyone who took part, helping us raise £542 for Save the Children.  Read More »
  • Mary Stevens Hospice

    Mary Stevens Hospice

    Mrs Waters, Learning Mentor:  Leading up to the Christmas break, we sold small soft toys on behalf of Mary Stevens Hospice.  Thank you to everyone who contributed in raising £133 for this very worthy cause.  Read More »
  • Textiles Plea

    Textiles Plea

    Miss Adams, Coordinator of Textiles:   With Spring just around the corner, could you please consider the Holly Hall Textiles department when clearing our your cupboards. We are always appreciative of …. Buttons, ribbon, fabric, thread, wool, needles, knitting needles, pins, elastic, wool, Velcro, beads, zips …. anything that our students may find useful in their […]Read More »
  • Cinema Trip

    Cinema Trip

    Mr Denham, Acting Coordinator of English:  At the end of the Autumn term, a group of Key Stage 3 students went on a trip to the Odeon cinema to watch ‘Imitation Game’. This was a reward trip based on progress made in English and Mathematics.  Read More »
  • Insight 9th January 2015

    Insight 9th January 2015

    Check out the 9th January 2015 edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Insight Special Edition 2014

    Insight Special Edition 2014

    Check out the December 2014 Special Edition of INsight. Now available to view easily online. Visit the News link then click INsight or click here.Read More »
  • Performing Arts Showcase

    Performing Arts Showcase

    Mr Simpson, Coordinator of Music:  Performing Arts students provided a fantastic evening of entertainment to both students and staff this week.  Drama, dance and musical performanceswere showcased.  A  huge well done to everyone who took part.Read More »
  • Former Student Success

    Former Student Success

    Martin Raybould (Year of 2011) visited the Academy this week. When Martin left us he went to Halesowen College for a year where he did a Professional Cookery course.  He then went on to the University College in Birmingham where he completed Level 1 and 2 in Bakery. He then applied for an apprenticeship with […]Read More »
  • Film Club Competition

    Film Club Competition

    Have you seen Paddington yet? Everyone’s favourite Peruvian bear has landed in cinemas for Christmas and, as a bonus, INTO FILM – the company behind our own Film Club – are offering you the opportunity to WIN iPad minis and books for the Academy. You won’t leave empty handed either, with a £10 voucher for […]Read More »
  • Christmas Jumper Day

    Christmas Jumper Day

    An article by student Paige Moran (10DHE): Wear your Christmas jumpers and help to save children’s lives this Christmas! On Friday 19 December, Holly Hall Academy are holding a Christmas jumper day. You can wear a Christmas jumper or Christmas themed clothes. Don’t forget to bring in £1 which will be donated to Save the […]Read More »
  • Philosopher of the Month

    Philosopher of the Month

    Mrs Collins, Coordinator of PSHE:  Congratulations to Jazmyn Burudi (11THO), who was chosen as December’s ‘Philosopher of the Month’.  The question was “Can money buy happiness?”  This is Jazmyn’s second win and below is an extract from her thoughts. “They say the best things in life are free, so why do we really need money […]Read More »