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Email: slloyd-ppa@holly-hall.dudley.sch.uk Website: www.hollyhallacademy.co.uk

28th February 2014

Amy Bicknell (7KSM)

Husaam Amin (8DEN)

Nominated by Miss Westwood (Mathematics) “Amy is a pleasure to have in the class. She is growing more confident and her work improves with every lesson. Keep up this fantastic effort Amy!”

Nominated by Mr Calvert (History) “Husaam always works hard and is able to focus and maintain concentration throughout lessons. He is a pleasure to teach. Well done Husaam.”

Alex Day (9WES)

Benjamin Clare (10WRD)

Nominated by Mr Ward (PE) and Mrs Clifton (Humanities) “Alex’s attitude has changed towards PE. He is focussed and motivated and always gives 100% effort to lessons. He has a good knowledge and applies it well to practical work.” “Alex is a pleasure to have in Humanities lessons. He works hard, takes part in lessons and always completes his homework.”

Nominated by Miss Haycock (PE) “Ben has an exceptional attitude to both practical and theory lessons. He works hard to improve his practical ability, acting on advice given. He concentrates hard and has confidence to engage and demonstrate his knowledge and understanding in theory topics.”

Eleanor Harley (11TAY) Nominated by Mr Parmar (Mathematics) “Eleanor has an excellent approach to her upcoming GCSE Mathematics examinations this Summer. She is always willing to do extra work and participates in extra sessions when they are offered. A super attitude Eleanor!”

Pictured left to right: Alex Day, Eleanor Harley, Amy Bicknell, Benjamin Clare, Husaam Amin

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for February 2014. They were presented with a special badge and certificate by Mr Lloyd, Principal. Their commitment to their work at Holly Hall is outstanding. Our students are keen to be successful and set themselves consistently high challenges.

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Why not brighten a winter day by enjoying a taste of summer holidays? Try Scotty G’s homemade Greek moussaka or the homemade vegetarian Greek moussaka, both served with warm flat bread. Also on the menu is homemade salmon and broccoli plait – all served with either spicy potato wedges or herby new potatoes and broccoli, sweetcorn or salad, followed by a choice of either pineapple upside down cake or banoffee pie. REMEMBER – all our meats and vegetables are sourced from local suppliers.

Super progress continued over the half term break. Amongst other work, interior lighting has been installed and canopies built over exterior doors.

Mr Nation, Mathematics Coordinator: We are currently running maths revision sessions for Year 11 students every Tuesday, at the end of the Academy day, in A12. The sessions focus on practising exam questions on particular topics for the foundation tier. Next week we will focus on Two way tables, Measures of average, Averages from tables, Probability. See Mr Nation or your maths teacher about signing up for the next session.

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PGL Residential (Dance)

18 & 19 Mar

Year 9 Parents’ Consultation Evenings Times to be confirmed by letter

21st March

Sport Relief

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25 March

Enrichment Day4

2nd - 4th April

Year 7 Examinations

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9 & 10 April

Year 10 Parents’ Consultation Evenings Times to be confirmed

11th April

Academy Closes at 12.40pm for the Easter Break

Miss Westwood, Mathematics Teacher: Did you have a go at answering the sample Maths Challenge question? Here is the answer: Which is the smallest positive integer for which all these are true? i) It is odd. ii) It is not prime. iii) The next largest odd integer is not prime. A 9 B 15 C 21 D 25 E 33 Answer: D 25. Page 2

Megan Paynter (8ARE) is a member of the 7th Dudley Scout Group. She is the only Scout in Dudley to have been chosen to attend the 23rd World Scout Jamboree which is being held in Kirara-Hama in Japan in 2015. This is a great honour for Megan and a fantastic opportunity to experience a different culture, live with a Japanese family and meet other Scouts from around the World. Megan has to raise £3000 to make her dream come true. Everyone connected with Holly Hall wishes her good luck in raising the funds and taking part in what will be the experience of a lifetime.


Mr Denham, English Teacher: Towards the end of last half-term, Year 9 students were tasked with developing and promoting their own eco-friendly house. This task enabled students to demonstrate the skills they have covered over the course of their last scheme, ‘Heal the World’. Iftikhaar Shazada (9KEL), Josiah Bennett (9CAL), Miah Bradbury (9WES), and Jamie-Leigh Godson (9MCN) created this amazing prototype house along with various promotional material to support their ideas. When quizzed about their house during their presentation they were very confident and produced answers that had the judges bowled over. This level of commitment and effort to the task was exceptional. Needless to say, they were voted as the 'best house on show'. Well done guys!

Mr Webster, Assistant Principal: Congratulations to the Year 11 students who received ‘Commitment to Excellence’ certificates for the Spring first half term. The top scorers are pictured below. Rhiannon Edwards

11EGR

Shannice Oakley

11SPE

Nadia Ramzan

11EGR

Trishna Mistry

11HMT

Caroline Fleetwood

11TAY

Chelsea Nicholls

11EGR

Divancy Patel

11EGR

Eleanor Harley

11TAY

Eleanor Bartlett

11EGR

Bethany Lawson

11DAS

Amarpreet Malhi

11TAY

Harrison Johal

11SPE

Daniel Popiolek

11EGR

Abbie Gallagher

11YOR

Rhys Bramley

11EGR

Rebekah Ray

11HMT

Richard Morson

11HMT

Elisha Allison

11TAY

Adam Howells

11EGR

Jaina Patel

11EGR

Alex Warren

11DAS

Karandeep Singh

11HMT

Dipinder Singh

11DAS

Kofi Appiah-Twum

11SPE

Scott Sefton

11SPE

Shahbaz Rahman

11HMT

Kieron Poole

11HMT

Steven Wilkes

11YOR

Liam Guy

11SPE

Sahib Mansoor

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We have had reports of head lice in the Academy this week. Please ensure that you check your child and treat as necessary using either a specialist comb on wet hair or using a treatment that can be purchased over the counter at chemist shops. In the news this week, we hear that the problem is being aggravated by groups of students taking ‘selfies’. As they put their heads together to capture a group shot, this is a perfect opportunity for head lice to move from one head to another. Health experts are claiming the ‘selfie’ sensation is not just infesting social media but scalps as well, and has led to an increase in lice among the younger generation. For more information about head lice, go to www.nhs.uk/Condit ions/Head-lice/Pages/ Introduction.aspx or speak to your pharmacist.

Mrs Lee, Assistant Principal: Healthy Families cooking classes start on Monday 3 March 2014 at 3.30pm. The chosen students and their family members will cook delicious healthy meals each week for six weeks. All ingredients are to be provided by the Academy and participants will also receive an item of cookware each week to take home to keep. Upon completion of the six week programme, each participating family will receive a hamper of fruit and vegetables and a healthy families cookbook. There are still a few places available. If you and a family member would like to attend, please write down why you would like to take part in this fantastic initiative and return it to Mrs Lee urgently.

Did you know .....

Uranus is the only planet

named after a Greek god instead of its Roman counterpart.

Had the

naming convention been followed, it would be called Caelus. Page 4


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