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11th May 2018

Year 11 GCSE Examinations commence on Monday 14th May. In addition to the current Breakfast Club and Saturday School, we are now running a comprehensive programme of revision sessions for students to take advantage of to give them the best possible chance of success. Here is the exam timetable for week commencing 14th May. Monday 14th May

Tuesday 15th May

Wednesday 16th May

Thursday 17th May

Friday 18th May

Computer Science

French Listening French Reading



French Writing

Sports Studies

Combined Science Trilogy Chemistry



Biology Combine Science Trilogy Biology

Computer Science

Mr Townley, Assistant Principal: On Monday 14th May we are taking part in ‘Skype the Speaker’, a great live question and answer session with Mr John Bercow MP. Mr Bercow is a politician who has been the Speaker of the House of Commons since June 2009. Our students will be putting their questions to Mr Speaker from the classroom via Skype. Look out for a full report in next week’s INsight.

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Well done to Myrium Khan (Year 10), the winner of Mr Nation’s maths puzzle. Myrium correctly solved the puzzle from last week’s INsight and her name was drawn from all of the correct entries. She is pictured here with her prize of a W H Smith gift voucher.

Health Survey In Summer 2017 we appointed Mrs Turton to the role of Career Advise, Information and Guidance and Aspirations Advisor. The great news from our survey is that 80% of students in Years 8 & 10 say they find the information supplied to them as useful.

Mrs Turton, AIG Career & Aspiration Advisor: On Thursday representatives from the National Citizen Service (NCS) visited the Academy. The NCS is an experience for 15 to 17 year-olds giving them the chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make their mark and build skills for work and life. Forty Holly Hall students have signed up for the Challenge which includes:  ADVENTURE - A five-day, four-night residential based away

from home with fun activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and abseiling. A chance to meet new people and enjoy some adventure, fun and freedom!  DISCOVERY - A further 5 days and four nights in a uni-style

environment where they will develop life skills like confidence, leadership and communication to boost their CV or UCAS personal statement.  ACTION - Working in teams, they will put their new skills

into practice by delivering a community project of their choice.  GRADUATION - Students will get together to celebrate their achievements.

Students today took receipt of their participation t-shirt and had also played some fun games. A welcome lunchtime distraction in the lead up to examinations.

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. 8HMT 193pts

7WOR 190pts

9SIM 94pts

10ADM 106pts

11NAT 108pts

Here are the forms with the highest attendance for week ending 4th May 2018.

1st 8BRK 99.6%

Joint 2nd 7HRS & 10JTA 97.7% Page 2

3rd 10ADM 96.9%

On Monday 7th May Year 9 and 10 students took part in a ‘Business Breakfast’. Guests were invited into the Academy to help students to: • get a better understanding of the world of work • identify the range of career options and routes into employment • learn about a range of professions and career pathways • begin to think about what they would like to do in the future We welcomed representatives from Agilisys UK, Aston Villa, Black Country LEP, Dudley College, Halesowen College, Higgs & Son, INTU, Rolls Royce and Tesco. We also met with University students, a graduate and a former student and local business owner, Shaz Saleem. Here’s what some of our Year 9 students said about the event: Ema-Jane Corbett: “I thought the morning was really good. I enjoyed talking to the visitors and this gave me more ideas of what I want to do later on in life.” Humera Imran: “We spoke to people who had overcome barriers in their life to achieve their current job. These people have opened my eyes about jobs in the area and how to get into them. It was great meeting Melissa Oleschuk (pictured left) who is a former Holly Hall student now studying for a degree at the University of Birmingham.” Sahil Gupta: The Business Breakfast was quite fun. I had a good time learning about jobs and getting tips for GCSEs and degrees. There were some very amusing and helpful people.”

On Wednesday 9th May student Seta Jafari-Tadi competed in the West Midlands Regional Final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee. Year 7 students from schools across the county had one minute to correctly spell as many words in French as possible. The competition was very tough and although Seta did not make it through to compete in the National Final, she did Holly Hall proud while competing against the top 33 students out of an original 2300!

This week we have been holding interviews at the Academy. Six Year Leaders from Years 7, 8 and 9 became the Student Panel and spoke directly to the candidates. Their opinions formed part of the selection process. The students enjoyed taking part. Here is what Ryan Blundell said about the experience: “It was really good to help shape the future of the Dudley Academies Trust and to make sure that the right person gets the job.” Page 3

Mrs Milovsorov, Leader of Lifestyles: Ramadan begins on 15th May, with this in mind we would like to remind our students observing the fast of a few tips for staying healthy: • Light activity is advisable to keep you feeling

energised through the day.

• Stay hydrated:

Avoid Salty Food: Imbalance of sodium levels in your body makes you feel very thirsty while fasting, so try to avoid salted nuts, pickles, chips and food that contains soy sauce after you break your fast. Restrict drinking tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks. After breaking fast, drink a lot of water (aim for 8 glasses) and have light soups, coconut water. Avoiding sunlight can minimise dehydration. Sugary drinks and colas should be avoided.

To celebrate the Royal wedding which will take place on Saturday 19th May, we are holding a raffle next week. On Friday 18th May we will also be selling onion bhajis and samosas in T1. All money raised will be sent to the Diana Award Trust. On Friday 18th May, Scotty G’s will be serving a selection of celebration cakes: Royal Iced Buns Love Heart Biscuits Strawberries and Cream Meringue Nests Red, White & Blue Velvet Cup Cakes

Come along and join in the wedding celebrations!

Students who are fasting will be allowed to use The Hub during lunch time. Mrs Hammett, Head of PE: I would like to ensure that students understand expectations in PE lessons during Ramadan. We are aware that some students may be low in energy during this period and we do not want anyone to overexert themselves. What we will require is that you have your full PE kits in order to take some part in the lesson. This may be the role of a coach or leader or doing some activity with rests in between. Failure to bring kit will result in behaviour points and detention. We fully support you during this time, but we do not want standards to drop.

Mr Biddlecombe, PE Teacher: The Year 8 and 9 Dudley Athletics Competition takes place on Wednesday 16th May. The Year 7 competition takes place on Wednesday 23rd May. Both activities take place at The Dell Stadium, Pensnett. If you would like to take part, please speak to Mr Biddlecombe.

14th May

Start of GCSE Examinations 25th May Break Up for Half term 2nd & 3rd July Enrichment Days 2nd & 3rd July Year 6 Induction Days 5th July Year 11 Prom 10th July Academy Awards 19th July Break up for the Summer Holiday

Monday Assorted Homemade Pizza

Tuesday Roast Beef Quorn Cottage Pie

Wednesday Potato & Chickpea Curry

Thursday Beef/Chicken Burger Spicy Bean Burger

Friday Breaded Cod & Tartar Sauce Cheese Whirls Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings available daily Assorted chicken (H) wraps available daily Page 4