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8th November 2013

Mr Lloyd, Principal: Thank you to all of the Year 11 parents/carers who responded to my letter about early entry. 84% of parents/carers who responded agreed with our decision to continue with our policy of entering students for GCSE examinations early in order to build their confidence and self esteem. The main concern expressed was for more revision sessions both in and at the end of the Academy day and during half term and these have already taken place. The other concern raised was about the quality of coursework and ensuring the coursework was up to grade C standard at least before early entry is considered. All students being entered early have an estimated C grade at least for the course work. Thank you once again for your support and your constructive comments.

Mrs Milovsorov, Food Technology Teacher: Year 10 Catering students took part in the national 'Future Chef' competition. Their task was to cook a main meal dish for two people within a budget of £5. Mr Lloyd, and Governors Mr Price and Mrs Sharp judged the competition and enjoyed sampling the tasty dishes cooked up by the budding chefs. Renee Crowther (10WRD) received the most points and won the competition, closely followed by Joseph Davies (10THO) and Lauren Johal (10HAL). Renee's next task is to produce a main dish and dessert to serve two people within a budget of £7 at the local area final. This takes place on Monday 11th November at Wolverhampton College.

Mrs Brookes, Senior Assistant Principal: Year 7 students have settled in well at the Academy. Here is what some of them said about their first half term. Dylan Bodenham (7KSM) “My first weeks at Holly Hall have gone really well. I particularly enjoy PE, Music, Drama, Graphics and Cooking. The Academy is much bigger than my old school but I like it.” Marshall Gayle (7MSL) “I have settled in well at Holly Hall. I have made lots of new friends. My favourite subject is Spanish.” Amelia Davis (7SIM) “I think that I have settled quite well at the Academy. I know what time and where all my lessons are. I am trying my best to do well.” Adil Hanif (7MIL) “I enjoy all of my lessons and I am making good progress. I have made lots of friends” Rebecca Hipkiss (7SSH) “It was quite scary at first but now I really enjoy being at Holly Hall. I have met lots of new people and everyone is very nice.” Karolina Szarafiniak (7VJH) “I love being at Holly Hall. The new friends I have made are very kind and helpful. Music and Design are my favourite subjects.”

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Mr Lloyd, Principal: Progress continues despite the weather! The roof is complete with the insulation and outer skin in place. The internal walls are being built now that the floor is complete and the intention is to concentrate on the part of that building that includes the changing rooms, dance studio and fitness suite because once this is watertight the plumbing and electric work can start. What we really need is two weeks of dry weather!

Norovirus is one of the biggest causes of viral gastroenteritis in the UK. The infection is spread easily in areas such as schools and nurseries. It is more prevalent in the autumn and winter. The Office of Public Health have requested that we publicise the following key messages:  Recognise

it: Sudden onset of diarrhoea and/or vomiting that lasts approximately 24 hours

 Avoid it:

Wash hands regularly with soap and water - do not rely on hand gel. Increase cleaning, especially toilets and touch points such as taps and door handles.

 Contain it:

Do not visit hospitals or your GP or Walk in Centre if you have symptoms - call NHS 111 or call your GP for advice. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

 Stop it: Stay at home for at least 48

hours after symptoms of Norovirus have stopped to reduce the risk of passing the virus to others.  More information can be found on the

NHS Choices Webside: Norovirus

IMMOBILISE Many young people travel to school carrying high value goods such as laptops, mobile phones and music players. This has led to an increase in the loss and theft of such items. Often, these items are recovered, however, due to the owner supplying insufficient details, the items cannot be returned to them. West Midlands Police are working in partnership with Immobilise which creates a free private and secure portfolio of all your personal property. Then, if any of your registered items are stolen, Immobilise can be used to instantly tell the Police, Insurers and the second hand trade. Immobilise helps the police identify the owner of lost and stolen property and may prevent your goods being sold on. For further information and to register log onto

Mrs Nettleford, EAL (English as an Additional Language) Coordinator: On Friday 25th October the Holly Hall Academy proudly presented several parcels of food products to Mrs Sadie Holiness for the local Food Bank in Central Dudley. This achievement was due to an overwhelming response to Holly Hall Academy’s ‘Chip in a Tin’ appeal, which was launched to celebrate Harvest and Black History Month. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed. Mrs Holiness said that the donations were greatly appr eci at ed as they will contribute t o w a r d s assisting v ulnerable individuals and families in crisis. The ‘Chip in a Tin’ appeal will continue to run so please continue to support us by contributing nonperishable items such as tinned food, pasta and biscuits. Together we can help the less fortunate in our community. For more information: Pictured: Mrs Sadie Holiness, Shona Harris (9WES), Melisa Hove (9PAL), Sana Noreen (9BEA) and Vice Principal Mrs Malone

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Mr Taylor, Cover Supervisor: As you will be aware, Monday 11th November is Remembrance Day, when people all over the country will be taking time to think about those men and women who have fought, been injured or killed serving this country and its people. Our two minutes silence will start at 11:05 on Monday to ensure students are back in class and settled so that we may mark this occasion with due respect. Poppies have been sold all week and will continue to be sold next week in the Assemblies led by myself. Thank you to the students who have been selling poppies, and to everyone who has contributed. It is important that the men and women who died for us are not forgotten.

A message from West Midlands Fire Service In an effort to make homes safer we are offering a free Home Safety Check. The checks are carried out by firefighters from your local fire station which includes fitting of a new Fire Angel Smoke Alarm with a 10 year battery and expert fire safety advice relating to escape routes, what to do in the event of a fire, electrical safety and domestic appliance testing amongst many other issues. You may already have smoke alarms fitted, in which case we can test them to make sure they work. We are also checking levels of carbon monoxide. As the winter is just around the corner and we are starting to switch on our gas fires, it is this time of year when domestic appliances are susceptible to leaking lethal amounts of carbon monoxide. A digital monitor carried by the firefighters will measure the exact levels of the colourless, odourless gas. To arrange a Home Safety Check with FREE smoke alarms fitted by your local firefighters Please email your contact details to or telephone 0121 380 7542 and ask for Watch Manager Pete Walters to arrange an appointment.

Mrs McNeill, Personalised Learning Coordinator: Personal Effectiveness) students organised a pumpkin carving party for the 7UP group. They had baked spooky cakes and made wizard hats and capes to add to the atmosphere. The Year 7 students worked hard all afternoon carving their pumpkins and Mr Markham judged them at the end of the lesson. The winning pumpkins were carved by Shamin Kauser (7MSL), Katherine Evans (7SSH) and Bradlee Bullock (7MIL). The afternoon was finished off with a spooktacular display of zombie dance moves to Thriller. A great afternoon - well done to all involved.

Mr Ward, PE Teacher: During half term 39 students visited Old Trafford “The Theatre of Dreams�, to watch Manchester United take on Norwich City in the 4th round of the Capital Cup. The students got the chance to see a variety of world class players such as Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez. The students saw a great game with Manchester United winning 4-0. Well done to our students who were a credit to the Academy. Upcoming Fixtures and Training Basketball The Basketball season is fast approaching, with boys Basketball training on Mondays and girls Basketball training on Tuesdays. Monday 11th November: Year 9 boys away v Ellowes Hall Monday 11th November: Year 10 boys away v Ellowes Hall Thursday 14th November: Year 11 Boys home v Ellowes Hall Football Tuesday 12th November: Year 8 - Training Tuesday 12th November: Year 9 - Training Tuesday 12th November: Year 10 - Training

On Friday 25th October the Year 11 CoPE (Certificate of

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Mr Townley, Enrichment Coordinator: Enrichment Day2 will be taking place on Friday 15th November with a fun packed day of activities planned for all. Year 7 will be taking part in the mouth watering 'chocolate project' - a close up look at all things ‘chocolatey’, Year 8 will be looking at ethical and moral issues around the theme of slavery, Year 9 will be looking at digital dilemmas in a focus on anti-bullying week, Year 10 will be twisting up a double helix looking at DNA amongst other things in a hands on day in science and Year 11 students will be heading off to the NEC at Birmingham for 'The Skills Show', a careers based exhibition to allow them to make informed decisions about their post 16 futures.

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Mrs Turton, Learning Mentor: Our Careers Evening held on 24th October 2013 was a great success with super attendance. Students met with various organisations to help plan their post 16 futures.

Pictured: Post 16 Provider with student Divancy Patel (11EGR) and Mrs Patel

HPV2 Injection for Year 8 girls Art Gallery Visit for Y10/11 Art Students Oxford University Visit for Y11 Gifted & Talented Students Enrichment Day2 GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening 7.00pm

Did you know ..... The ocean contains

Staff training day. Academy closed to students Drama Production - Cinderella Academy closes for the Christmas break 12.40pm







continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet. Page 4