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9th February 2018

Mr Landers, Interim Principal: Following our Ofsted inspection on 14th and 15th December, the report has now been published and can be found on our website at A letter regarding the report has been given to all students. This can also be found on our website. In the letter I am inviting all parents and carers into the Academy at 6.00pm on Wednesday 14th February. Members of the Trust Board, including Chair Lowell Williams and our CEO Jo Higgins will be in attendance. We are very keen to meet you to share our exciting plans for the improvement of Holly Hall and to answer any questions you may have. To aid in planning, please return the slip at the bottom of the letter to Main Reception by the end of Monday 12th February 2018.

ADVANCE NOTICE Our new PE kit is now on display in the Reception lobby. Come and take a look! A long sleeved top is also available for the winter months. We also have a new rugby kit. Look out for further details of this in a future edition of INsight.

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The Academy closes for half term on Friday 16th February at 3.00pm.

Miss McKee, Drama Teacher: On Wednesday 7th February Halesowen College and Birmingham Conservatoire visited Holly Hall Academy and performed a production based on current PSHE issues involving clichés in school. The production was performed to Year 10 and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Halesowen College students also kindly led a drama workshop to some keen Holly Hall drama students. They learnt some new techniques and were inspired by the drama leaders from Halesowen College. We look forward to working with them again in the future! The students who took part in the workshop were:

Year 8: Evelina Arnasiute, Adele Autie, Katie Cartwright, Hasti Davoudi, Saffron Kang, Martyna Kowalska, Lucy Landucci, Ellie Mcaree, Charmaine Ndoro, Callum Rudge, Isaac Nicklin and Wagma Wahidi. Year 11: Chloe Di Franco, Charlotte Sims, Kelsey Smith and Molly Worwood. Year 10: Rafia Bi, Callum Cotter, Paris Deans, Courtney Gallear, Chloe Horton, Megan Lovell, Tanya Ricketts, Cameron Shore, Natasha Simukoko and Jamie Smith.

The student led leadership team ‘Motive’ are running an online survey. They want your opinion on this ….

SHOULD WE HAVE SPORTS DAY? Vote NOW by going onto the VLE and have your say about Sports Day.

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Break up for half-term Academy re-opens at 8.45am Year 9 Parents’ Evening Enrichment Day4 Careers Fair

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Please check out the Extra Curricular Calendar on the Holly Hall Academy website for the latest details of Year 11 subject support sessions.

Exams Options Evening Y8 HPV injections Parent Forum 5.00pm Break up for the Easter holiday

Each week, achievement points are added together and the highest scoring forms are posted onto our ‘High Flyers’ notice board. Here are the top forms in each year group. 8BRK 160pts

7SSH 142pts

9ACO 107pts

10ADM/10KTU 118pts

11GSP 91pts

Here are the forms with the highest attendance for week ending 2nd February 2018.

1st 7HRS 99%

2nd 11DHE 98.6% Page 2

3rd 11GSP 98.1%

This week Charity Team leaders Molly Handley and Ezha Jahangir led assemblies about charities and, in particular, what we do for charity as an Academy.

speech to Year 9 and 10 students. Following this, on Friday, Year 7 and 8 will be receiving their assembly too.

They explained the work of charitable organisations and how public support is so important for them to continue the good work they do.

In order to help this very worthy cause, the Charity Team have organised a number of fundraising events:

We are currently supporting the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind to help those who are visually impaired.

 Monday to Friday - Guess the name of the dog

competition. Tickets will cost £1 and can be bought from the Student Shop at lunch times.

If you have any suggestions of other charities you want the charity team to raise funds for, let them know.

 Wednesday 14th February - Tombola in the Hub.

Guide Dogs for the Blind

 You will also receive an envelope in your form

Tickets will cost 20p each. registers so any voluntary donations would be very much appreciated.”

An article by Maymunah Bashir, Deputy Head Girl: “Did you know that more than two million people in the UK are currently suffering from sight loss? This figure is expected to increase to approximately four million by 2050. Next week the Academy will be raising funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. This wonderful charity aims to change the lives of people suffering from sight loss in the UK. With the charities help, they become equally independent and have a sense of freedom when out and about like everyone else. If you would like to find out more about this charity please visit On Monday Year 11 will be receiving their assembly from Karl Denning (a speaker from Guide Dogs) who came into the Academy a few weeks ago to deliver a

Parking around the Academy can be difficult. We appreciate that some students may need to be dropped off or collected, but would ask that you be considerate to pedestrians, other road users and residents. We have had reports of vehicles being parked on the pavement and blocking residents driveways. This causes a danger to pedestrians and inconvenience to residents. Wherever possible please park away from the Academy and allow your child to walk the remainder of the distance. Please avoid driving onto site to drop off or collect your child. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

This week sees the return of the famous puzzle - Mr Nation’s Calculations. I know you've all been missing it! Have a go at this puzzle ...

Hand your answer to Mr Nation by Tuesday break time. All correct entries will be entered into a draw. The winner, chosen at random, will win a gift voucher! Page 3

Mrs Hammett, Head of PE: On Thursday 1st February the girls basketball team played against Castle High. The game started well with only a small score difference at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, Castle had a star player that dominated the game which ultimately led to a loss for Holly Hall. There were some good performances on court. A particular thank you to Courtney Mallen, Emily Butler and Jade Onions who played for the first time as we were missing three of our players. Courtney was awarded Player of the Match and will be signing up for the next game. The team were: Emily Butler, Blessing Cubes, Donnae Fullerton, Bianca Magaya, Courtney Mallen. Jade Onions, Yusrah Shokat and Cydney Sutton.

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