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27th September 2013

Due to Industrial Action by the NASUWT and NUT, the Holly Hall Academy will be closed to all students on Tuesday 1st October 2013.

Mr Lloyd, Principal: The construction site has been a hive of activity this week with the completion of the steelwork and the start of the brickwork and block work. We can finally see the shape and size of our new facility.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of George Andrews (pictured below). George was 96 and died on Monday 23rd September 2013. George was a World War II veteran, a great character and a great friend to Holly Hall over many years. He will be sadly missed by all his friends at Holly Hall.

Thursday 3 rd October 2013 Caribbean Day in Scotty G’s. Come along and try delicious dishes such as T ri n i d adi an Fis h , Je rk Chicken and Tropical Trifle.

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Head lice are often a concern at the start of term.

30th Sept - 4th Oct

Please follow the advice below for detection, treatment and prevention of head lice:

1st October 7th October

How to spot head lice  Itching

is usually the main symptom. However, not everyone experiences itching.

 It is not always easy to see head lice so

detection combing is the best way of finding them. This involves using a special finetoothed head lice comb (with tooth spacing of less than 0.3mm to trap the smallest lice) to comb through the hair. It works better on wet hair but can be used on dry hair. Detection combs are available from pharmacies.

Treating head lice  Wet combing using a detection comb can be

used without medicated lotions but needs to be done regularly and can take a long time to do thoroughly.  Medicated treatments can be used only if you

find living, moving lice. They are usually effective, however no medicated treatment is guaranteed so it is advisable to re-check for newly hatched lice 3-5 days after treatment. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend an over-the-counter lotion or spray.

8th October 14th October 24th October 25th October 28th Oct - 1st Nov 4th November 5th November 5th November 6th November 7th November 8th November 11th November 15th November 27th November 29th November 17th & 18th Dec 20th December

Academy closes at 2.20pm each day for staff

Performance Management interviews Strike Action. Academy closed to students Open Evening 6.15pm for Year 6 students and parents Academy closes at 12.40pm Open Day 9.15am Year 6 students and parents HPV1 Injection for Year 8 girls Careers Evening Academy closes for half term break Half term Academy re-opens at 8.45am English GCSE Examination Full Governing Body Meeting Maths GCSE Examination Senior Maths Challenge Maths GCSE Examination HPV2 Injection for Year 8 girls Enrichment Day2 GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening 7.00pm

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

Here are a few reminders to keep you safe:

Preventing head lice

It's difficult to prevent a head lice infestation. Regular detection combing - for example, on a weekly basis, is the best way to find new lice quickly.

Use a safe route with people you trust (avoid alleyways and the top deck and back rows of buses)

Never accept lifts from strangers

Always tell a parent or guardian if you will be late from school or a day out

Medicated lotions and sprays do not prevent head lice infestations.

Keep electronic devices in a secure place, out of sight

For more information see:

Mark phones and personal devices with a UV pen (ultraviolet pen – postcode and number of house) or similar product

Register equipment online

Be mindful of the information you put on social media sites – this can make you, your family and home vulnerable

Be aware of bullying and report all incidents

You can get crime prevention advice from West Midlands Police

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Mr Malone, Senior Assistant Principal: tutorials.

The Holly Hall Academy have been discussing bullying in

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. Bullying is behaviour that is designed to hurt a person.

It is not a one-off act but is

repeated over time.

If you require more

information on how the Academy can help if your child is being bullied, visit the Parents and Carers section of the Holly Hall Virtual Learning



Pictured left: Mr Lloyd, Principal signing the Anti-Bullying Charter with students Nehemiah Pettitt (7SIM) and Abbey Tromans (7SIM)

Well done to Abigail Boden (8WDW) (pictured below), the winner of Mr Nation’s puzzle.

The Chinese Calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle. Each year in the cycle corresponds to an animal: Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Rat and Ox. The order of the animals never changes. The year 2010 in the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Tiger.

You may be entitled for free school meals if your parents receive any of the following:

 Income Support  Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance  Income-related Employment and



 Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Which animal will mark the year 2111? The correct answer was ‘Sheep’. Abigail won a £10 W H Smith gift voucher when her name was drawn from all of the correct entries received.

 The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit  Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

 Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit Children who receive Income Support or incomebased Job Seeker's Allowance in their own right qualify as well. You can contact the free school meals team in several ways:  By email:  B y phone on 01384 814988 Or you can apply using the online form at: h t tp :/ / www. du d l e y. c o. uk/ re s i den t/ y ou r council/benefits/free-school-meals/ Page 3

At this harvest time it is good to reflect on progress with the Academy’s Environmental Studies Allotment and Community Orchard. Ken Kelsall (pictured below right) comes in every Wednesday to tend the allotment and orchard and work with groups of students as required. All of the produce is used in Scotty G’s and this year has included potatoes, onions, broad beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and apples from the orchard. The herb garden provides herbs which are used every day to make the Academy meals even more tasty.

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Did you know ..... At



kilometres long, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest living structure on earth.