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July 2013

This time last year I did not expect to be diagnosed with cancer and, if my experience this year has taught me anything, it is that we never know what the future holds. There is a message in there for all of us. All we can do is try to build the best future we can for ourselves and

A group of ceramic vases made by Sophie Hardiman (10SPE) in Year 10 GCSE Art & Design. Her inspiration was nature and the work of Georgia O’Keefe.

the best way to do that is to be successful with our education. Holly Hall has enjoyed another successful year and we look forward to seeing our new £1.6 million Sports Hall starting to take shape over the summer holiday. I hope you will have a safe and relaxing summer holiday. Don’t let your enjoyment become a nuisance to others. I am sure you will come back in September refreshed and ready to learn.

Holly Hall’s Head Boy and Head Girl for 2013-14 are Harrison Johal (10SPE) and Sophie Gibbons (10ANN). Harrison and Sophie will be representing the Academy in every aspect of Academy life including attendance at Governors’ meetings. Harrison and Sophie are pictured above with Mrs Reeves, Mr Lloyd and Mr Webster.

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On Induction Day our new Year 7 students took part in a range of activities including a Murder Mystery, Team Building and Discovery.

A group of Year 9 students visited The Academy at Kidderminster on a 'Go Create’ connected learning event. They took part in a variety of taster sessions focusing on vocational qualifications.

We announced that we have been granted £1.6 million to build a new Sports Hall. Work on the building started in May 2013 and will hopefully be complete by January 2014. Pictured: PE staff with Mr Lloyd and 3D models of the new facilities

Selected Holly Hall students represented Dudley Borough in an athletics event at Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham. D’Sharn Bonner (9POW) - shot putt, Kayla Drummond (9THO) - high jump and M c k i n l e y C h a d w i c k (8SIM) - 400m. Kayla and D’Sharn both finished fifth in their events. D’Sharn Bonner and Kayla Drummond

Mckinley won the boys 400m race and go on to represent West Midlands in event.

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Forty-five Year 5 pupils from Russells Hall Primary School visited the Academy to make bread rolls as part of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

For assisting with Russells Hall Primary pupils baking bread rolls, the following Year 8 students were presented with the Principal’s Design Award of a certificate and chocolate medal. Liam Howell (9HAL), Amy Hughes (9STE) and Kiya Fellows (9THO), who worked with Dudley Council’s Air Pollution and Monitoring Department, ar e pictured receiving their winning design road signs. They will be displayed around the Academy perimeter.

Pictured left to right: Kian Williams (8KEL), Courtney Needle (8CHA), Zoe Phipps (8CHA), Lauryn Patterson (8ALM), Kaya Thornley (8CHA) and Aun Haider (8BEA)

In July we said ‘Farewell’ to Year 11. They turned out in force to their Prom at Himley Hall, and looked fantastic. This year’s Prom King was Liam Huband (11WDW) and the Prom Queen was Madison Brookes (11DHE). Best wishes to our Year 11 leavers.

Year 7 students were visited by firefighters from Brierley Hi ll fi re station. They built on work they did in Year 6 at their primary schools.

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Fifty-two Year 8 and 9 students attended the Bloodhound SSC Show at the GTG Training Academy in Wolverhampton. They learnt about the project to design a supersonic car to break the land speed record.

Courtney Gallier (8CHA) and Christian Paynter (10TAY) won Mr Nation’s halftermly Mathematics puzzles. Their names were drawn from all the correct entries received.

A group of talented Year 7 PE students took part in a golf experience at Sedgley Golf Course.

Six students in Year 8 took part in the ’Jump Rope for Heart’ event to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Pictured with Miss Haycock, Director of Teaching & Learning People & Places: Kian Williams (8KEL), Nick Marston (8KEL), Aiyra Zahid (8KEL), Iraj Hameed (8ALM), Sheereen Hussain (8BEA) and Zahra Hussain (8BEA) Page 4

We announced the new Academy website which includes all the information parents and carers require about the Academy. Included on the new site is: latest news and events, an easy to use contact page, a virtual tour, a new calendar, links to Social Networking sites to make it easier to keep up to date and new technologies such as SLG and Citrix. Mrs Bristow (Food Technology), Mr Howells (Mathematics), Miss Lamb (English) Mrs Chambers (Science), Mrs Stock (Food Technology) and Mrs Duggan (Cleaner/Exam Invigilator) are leaving us this term. Very best wishes for the future from everyone at Holly Hall.

We celebrated two weddings - Mr Sissons, Assistant Principal and Mrs Wright (formerly Miss Lamb), English Teacher.

Mr Sissons with his wife Holly

Mrs Wright with her husband Nick

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the deaths of good friends of the Holly Hall Academy. Rev. Tony Attwood was a former Governor and supporter of Holly Hall. Deb Morton was a great friend of Holly Hall Academy, both as a parent and as a long serving member of the Catering Team in Scotty G’s.

Year 8 learnt about ‘The American West’ as part of their extended homework in History. Students designed and built their own totem poles.

Students in Year 7 and 8 took part in a p r ese nt at i o n d eli v er ed by Bo ur n e Communications. The ‘Resistance Project’ warns of the dangers of smoking and tobacco products. Students found the presentation both informative and entertaining. Page 5

3D Design, Graphics and Art came together under the same GCSE exam. The results were fantastic.

Twenty eight Year 10 students attended the Wolverhampton University annual ‘Scifest’ for Gifted and Talented Maths and Science students.

Year 7, 8 and 9 students celebrated Geography Awareness week by attending a talk by Graham Whorton, curator of Dudley Museum.

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The Academy was inspected by Ofsted in May this year. The overall Inspection judgement was "Requires Improvement". This means we are not yet good but also that nothing is inadequate. The main area where Ofsted expect us to improve is to increase the percentage of students who are making good and rapid progress with their learning. It is pleasing to note that the Inspection Team did not tell us anything we did not already know and tell them about and there is nothing in the report that we are not already working on. Indeed, Ofsted recognised that leaders at the Academy are aware of the strengths and areas to develop and

are effectively prioritising areas for improvement. Students are praised for their behaviour around the Academy and for being polite and courteous. They are confident in speaking their opinions and listen respectfully to the views of others. Student attendance is consistently above the national average. Governors are praised for knowing the Academy well. They ensure Pupil Premium is carefully allocated so that eligible students benefit. They ensure financial stability and ensure that statutory safeguarding requirements are fully met. Our Action Plan is in place to address the areas identified by Ofsted and is already making a difference.

Mr Lloyd, Holly Hall’s Principal, requests that you do not arrange to take your child out of the Academy for hospital/dental appointments during any period of examinations. GCSE External Examinations th 5 Nov 2013 English th 6 Nov 2013 Mathematics th 8 Nov 2013 Mathematics th th 5 May - 24 Jun 2014 Summer 2014 Exams Internal Examinations th th 16 - 18 Sept 2013 9th - 11th Dec 2013 10th - 12th Mar 2014 14th - 16th May 2014

4th September

Year 8 students made ‘water bottle rockets’. The rockets, made from pop bottles, were launched to 20 - 50 metres.

4 November

Academy re-opens at 8.45am

Academy photographer: Years 8, 9 and 10

5th November

English GCSE Examination

26th September

Enrichment Day1

30th Sept - 4th Oct

Academy closes at 2.20pm each day for staff Performance Management interviews Open Evening 7.00pm for Year 6 students and parents Academy closes at 12.40pm


24 October

Half term


Academy photographer: Year 7

8th October

Academy closes for half term break

28th Oct - 1st Nov Academy term begins for students

5th September

7th October

25th October

Open Day 9.15am Year 6 students and parents Careers Evening

Full Governing Body Meeting 6th November th

Maths GCSE Examination

7 November

Senior Maths Challenge

8th November

Maths GCSE Examination


Enrichment Day2


27 November

GCSE Certificate Presentation Evening 7.00pm

29th November

Staff training day. Academy closed to students

15 November



17 & 18 Dec

Drama Production - Cinderella

20th December

Academy closes for the Christmas break 12.40pm

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Asjad Ali (7SSH)

Jean Bayton (9HAL)

Merit Award Trophy

Art Award

Jasmeet Atwal (7LAM)

Tyla Bryant-Lewis (9THO)

Science Award

Merit Award Trophy

Elsad Beqiri (7VJH)

Benjamin Clare (9WRD)

ICT Award

Year 9 Extended Homework Trophy

Taylor Britton (7MAH) Year 7 Extended Homework Trophy

Renee Crowther (9WRD)

Nathan Cox (7KSM)

Samantha Gambiza (9WRD)

Mathematics Award

KS3Performing Arts Award

Molly Green (7VJH)

Atif Hanif (9POW)

Year 7 Creative Writing Award

The Holly Hall Academy Year 9 Award for Mathematics

Kennedy Hiscox (7KSM)

Lauren Johal (9HAL)

Performing Arts Award

Principal's Award for Service

Haania Hussain (7DEN)

Margarita Llabres Diaz (9BRO)

Sportsperson of the Year

Humanities Award

The Holly Hall Academy Design Trophy

Gabrielius Jankunas (7DEN) Perseverance Award

Dillan Patel (9POW)

Dawid Jedryszczak (7DEN)

Sportsperson of the Year

Contribution to Year 7 Award The Holly Hall Academy Year 7 Design Trophy

Alexandra Price (9THO) The Holly Hall Academy Year 9 Award for English

Kelsey Macklin (7VJH)

Adeeba Shakoor (9BRO)

Languages Award

Merit Award Trophy

Neo Motlatla (7LAM) Merit Award Trophy Commitment Award in PE

Year 9 Extended Homework Trophy Pavanya Witharanage (9THO)

Krishan Patel (7KSM) Merit Award Trophy

Principal's Award for Service

Jodie-Rae Cotter (8KEL)

The Holly Hall Academy Year 9 Award for Science

MFL Award Alex Day (8WES)

Rhys Bramley (10EGR)

Year 8 Extended Homework Trophy

The Holly Hall Academy Student Council Award

Sheereen Hussain (8BEA)

Jack Dalton (10YOR)

ICT Progress Award

Cleave Oseman Award for Catering

Bethany Ireland (8SIM) The Holly Hall Academy Humanities Attainment Award

Harrison Johal (10SPE) Archimedes Trophy (Science)

Bethany Millinchip (8ALM)

Pascal Trophy (Mathematics) Bethany Lawson (10DAS)

Year 8 Merit Award Trophy

The Holly Hall Academy Shooting Star Award

Paige Moran (8CHA) Principal's Award for Service

Year 10 English Award

Joseph Morgan (8ALM)

Jacob Maybury (10YOR)

Merit Award Trophy

Commitment Award in PE

Chelsea Sheldon (8WES)

Angrej Singh (10EGR)

Year 8 Extended Homework Trophy Varundeep Tagger (8KEL) Principal's Award for Service

Perseverance Award Sarah Wilmot (10DAS) Humanities Progress Trophy

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Year 10 s t u d e n t s visited Dudley College for taster days.

We celebrated the success and hard work of Key Stage 3 students who were PE HIGH FLIERS for Spring 2013.

The Maths Roadshow visited this term. Year 7 students were treated to a day of Mathematical puzzles.

A group of Year 9 boys competed against each other in an English competition that judges them on their effort in class. The winner for May was Josh Smith (9HAL) and June, Benjamin Clare (9WRD).

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Year 8 students made volcanoes in Science which erupted with messy and smelly results.

Pictured are our March to June ‘Students of the Month’. Mr Lloyd, Holly Hall’s Principal, presented successful students with a ‘Student of the Month’ badge and certificate.

MARCH - Tony Priest, Alex Fear, Tyla Bryant-Lewis, Hamid Quayum, Celia Llabres Diaz

Year 11 students celebrated their time at Holly Hall Academy through a special assembly. Mr Webster presented ‘Commitment with a Difference’ Awards. APRIL - Adam Howells, Lucy Lowe, Bobby Rai, Zara Nasser, Laura Hulme

MAY - Alina Kauser, Megan Paynter, Iftikhaar Shazada, Thomas Cumberlidge, Ashley Guest

Year 7 will go to Scotty G’s at 8.45am All other students will go to their Tutor Rooms on arrival as follows: Year 8 at 9.00am Year 9 at 9.45am Year 10 at 9.45am Year 11 at 11.00am

JUNE - Zara Nasser, Ruth Grainger, Callum Gutteridge, Husaam Amin, Manel Ali Page 10

Enrichment activities are an important part of life at Holly Hall. Students are able to participate in a wide range of activities which enhance their curriculum. Pictured are some of the activities from this year’s programme.

Each half term, teachers select Year 10 students who have excelled in their subject. The following students did particularly well.

Second half of Spring term: Kira Bell Kalefa Cullum Rhiannon Edwards Abbie Gallagher Ashley Guest Adam Howells Sam Jones Bethany Lawson Sahib Mansoor Jaina Patel Zenamb Shakil


Mr Nation’s set a card trick challenge on the VLE. Nimra Hussain (8KEL), Pavanya Witharanage (9THO) and Bradley Franklin (10DAS) successfully worked out how the trick was done.

First half Summer term: Haider Ali Rhys Bramley


Troy Fellows


Ashley Guest


Harrison Johal


Jessica Jones


Abigail Shakespeare


Sarah Wilmot

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St George’s Day On St George’s Day students enjoyed traditional English food such as Toad in the Hole, Bubble & Squeak and Strawberries & Cream.

This term in Scotty G’s we celebrated St George’s Day, National Vegetarian Week, Mexican Day and a Summer Barbeque. Students had the opportunity to pick their favourite dishes with ‘Choose it/Lose it’.

Mexican Day Students enjoyed a Mexican themed day. They sampled dishes such as Spicy Beef Tacos and Chocolate Cherry Chilli Cake.

‘Choose it/Lose it’ Dawid Jedryszczak suggested Macaroni Cheese and was r ewar ded with a cinema voucher.


National Vegetarian Week To celebrate National Vegetarian week Scotty G's served two different vegetarian dishes each day. Students also had the opportunity to try out some more unusual vegetables.

At the Governors’ Presentation Events our students entertained the audience. The Academy Steel Band performed outside, Shannon Mansell (10SPE) played a range of piano pieces in the main hall, Elle Gjoka (7DEN), Neo Motlatla (7LAM), Jasmine White (7DEN) and Ellie Whitehouse (7LAM) sang at the afternoon event and Sally Rollinson (10SPE), Karyss Devine (8SIM) and Divina Matondo (8KEL) sang at the evening presentations.






Programme, 10YOR presented an assembly on the theme of childhood, giving students an excellent opportunity to reflect upon some of their favourite childhood memories.


Patel (10YOR)took the leading role by dressing in a pink suit and playing the role of a baby. Page 12

Special edition summer 2013  
Special edition summer 2013