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Family Art Therapy at Holly Grove - 11.07.19
Over the past few months Fatema and Chelsea have been running Family Art Therapy Courses at Holly Grove. The idea of this is to promote a love of learning between parents and children, making it a positive experience and bringing families together through a love of art. Art Therapy helps with both parent and child well being and makes them aware of other ways they can communicate their feelings towards each other. Art therapy can help in a variety of ways including, developing self awareness, exploring emotions, addressing unresolved emotional conflict, improving social skills and raising self esteem.
These courses have proved to be highly successful and both parents and children have found them so rewarding. Below are some quotes we have received from parents about the courses.
“Fantastic, really enjoyed having one to one time with my son”
“Was lovely spending time with my son that is positive.”
“Very different to anything that I have done. Great fun. Great group of people. Many thanks.”
“I have enjoyed being part of the group and sharing my feelings and thoughts in a safe and secure environment with other parents.”
Thank You!! - 11.07.19
From everyone at Holly Grove we would like to say a huge thank you to Mason’s Grandad, who went out and bought a new rabbit hutch after ours was vandalised a few weeks ago. Our two rabbits, Karen and Eve, are very happy in their new home and love exploring all the new areas in the hutch. Thank you to Mason’s Grandad for such a kind gesture.
The Great Get Together - 20.06.19
A huge thank you to everyone who came to the ‘Jo Cox Great Get Together’ on Friday 14th June. Our aim was to bring all members of the community together and celebrate British values. This is held in celebration of Jo Cox’s belief “that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
We had an afternoon tea competition and every class took part. There were some fantastic entries but the winning class was class 2. Well done!
Afternoon Tea at the House of Commons - 07.06.19
Karen and Eve took a special trip on Wednesday. They were invited down to London to attend a special afternoon tea reception, on the terrace pavilion at the House of Commons. This was to celebrate that Holly Grove Primary School was shortlisted for the ‘Alternative Provision School of the Year’ in the ‘tes school awards 2019. The awards ceremony takes place on Friday 21st June in London. So please keep your fingers crossed for us.
Outdoor Classroom Day - 24.05.19
Playing and learning outdoors is fundamental to children’s health, wellbeing and development, so today, Holly Grove, as well as thousands of schools across the country took part by holding their lessons outside.
Samantha and the Eco Council put together lots of fun activities for everyone to do outside. This included painting with frozen berries and using chopped up fruit as paint stamps, making fairy soup using flowers petals from the garden, threading recycled bottle tops to make a sensory curtain, tepee making, a bug survey, outdoor storytelling, using the mud kitchen to make mud pies and casseroles and some pupils even took part in making a herb garden from recycled milk bottles.
From our pictures you can see how much fun all our children had.
Spanish Day - 17.05.19
Hola! Today has been jam packed full of activities to celebrate Spanish Day. The day started off learning a Spanish hello song’ and learning numbers 1-10 in Spanish. Later in the morning we made Spanish fans and learnt to Flamenco dance to Spanish music. At snack time we had tapas which is little dishes of different savoury food. A few of the dishes we tried included olives, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, flatbread with hummus and paella. Olives and feta cheese were the most popular tapas dishes. In the afternoon we learnt how to play Spanish instruments, such as castanets and we created Spanish art. Overall we had such a busy but fun day.
We Have Been Nominated… - 01.05.19
Holly Grove Primary School
SHORTLISTED FOR THE TES SCHOOLS AWARDS 2019
Friday 26 April 2019
The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2019.
It’s been revealed that Holly Grove Primary School has been shortlisted for the Alternative Provision School of the Year award.
Tes editor Ann Mroz said: It is wonderful to see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.
The winners will be revealed at our gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on
Friday 21 June 2019.
To see the full list of who’s in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit tesawards.co.uk
Easter Egg Rolling Competition - 05.04.19
Holly Grove’s Annual Egg Rolling Competition was held on Thursday 4th April and as always, all competitors were ‘egg-cellent’ and thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. A huge thank you to Nick Barrett for hosting and entertaining us with his terrible ‘egg’ jokes!
Altogether For Autism - 04.04.19
Holly Grove School celebrated Autism Day on Tuesday 2nd April. Everyone dressed in bright colours and all generous donations are being given to Action for ASD, East Lancashire Autism Resource Centre.
Easter Fair 2019 - 29.03.19
Another fantastic Easter Fair was held at Holly Grove today. There were lots of stalls including: a bottle and chocolate tombola, bric-a-brac, name the bunny, egg-rolling and many others. We also had a special guest appearance from Bertie Bee! Thank you to everyone who gave donations, your kindness is much appreciated.
Red Nose Day 2019 - 19.03.19
Friday 15th March was Red Nose Day and Holly Grove School collected a fantastic grand total of £224.12! Well done everyone.
Staff and pupils came into school either dressed in red or as Disney characters for a £1 donation, there was face-painting for 50p and a Cake / Bun Stall selling class and home donations. Many thanks also to all the parents, carers and staff members who made donations to this well loved Comic Relief event.
World Book Day 2019 - 08.03.19
Holly Grove’s World Book Day on Thursday 7th March was a great success. We started the day by watching ‘Peter Pan’ performed by Pendle Productions, which was very entertaining and there was lots of laughter heard from the hall that morning! Books, DVDs and toys were also enjoyed by everyone in the afternoon and there was a very special sensory story held in the Sensory Room ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ read by our super sensory story reader, Joanne Colton. Winners of the best dressed characters were as follows…
KS1 Boy – Ihsaan
KS1 Girl – Dahlia
KS2 Boy – Alfie
KS2 Girl – Nimra
KS1 Staff – Joanne Colton
KS2 Staff – Alison Redmond
World Book Day 2019- ‘Share a Story’. - 06.03.19
Here is a short clip that shows some of the ways we share stories at Holly Grove School. We hope you enjoy it!
Mental Health Week - 28.02.19
Mental Health Week was 4th February – 8th February 2019
Holly Grove staff and pupils took part in a variety of activities all week…
- Connect—Every morning at break times, each class donated a healthy breakfast to share in the staff room.
- Give—Staff pulled a name from a hat then wrote down and shared a positive comment about that person.
- Take Notice—Staff wrote down and shared a simple thing that they are grateful for.
- Keep Learning—Everyday one member of staff from each class spent the afternoon in the class above to gain a new experience.
- Be Active—Every morning there was the option of joining in with a yoga session in the hall or having a quick jog around Barden track.
SEND Partnership Survey - 15.01.19
Help the Lancashire SEND Partnership understand more about what we they are getting right and where they need to continue improvement, by completing a survey.
So far, more than 1,000 people have contributed to the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) survey from In-Control . The survey is part of the ongoing national pilot to help local areas understand the impact of the SEND reforms.
Children in Need 2018 – 16.11.18 - 07.01.19
A huge thank you to everyone that donated cakes, buns and money for Children in Need. We are pleased to announce we raised £223.64. We had a cake sale, face painting and a Pudsey colouring competition In the morning we held a Holly Grove’s Got Talent. The winner in Key stage 1 was Dylan from Class 2 for his fantastic singing of the Queen hit, ‘We Will Rock You’, the winner of Key Stage 2 was Nestee for her version of George Ezra’s hit, ‘Shot Gun’. Everyone was fantastic! Keep practising for next year!
Rosemere Coffee Morning - 07.11.18
Holly Grove’s Coffee Morning was a huge success, raising £250 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in just a couple of hours. The Rosemere Cancer Foundation supports world class cancer treatment throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, providing the best possible care for cancer patients. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and visitors that joined us for our coffee morning, also a big thank you to the bakers for some amazing home (and class) bakes, they were delicious!
Zoo Lab visits Holly Grove - 11.10.18
On Monday 8th October, Zoo Lab kindly brought a wide selection of mini-beasts and reptiles to Holly Grove School. The children loved looking at them and some children were brave enough to even hold them! Thank you to Zoo Lab for the annual visit, we always look forward to seeing you.
Celebration Awards Assembly - 19.07.18
A huge well done to everyone who was nominated for an award on Monday, Holly Grove is so proud of you all. Please keep up the good work.
We are pleased to announce the winners for the following awards were:
Swimming and Hydrotherapy Awards:
St. Peters – Dylan
Water Confidence –Furqan
Hydrotherapy –Max & Abigail
Key Stage 1 – Nestee & Katie
Key Stage 2 –Azizul & Megan
MOVE –Grace C & Noah
Sports Superstar –Harley
Friendship Award – Daniel P
Georgia Fourie Award – Logan
Superstar Award – Ihsaan
Special Achievement Awards:
Foundation Stage – Cato & Leila
Key Stage 1 – Fatima & Scott
Key Stage 2 –Faisal, Adam & Kacey
Head Teachers Awards:
Boy – Jason T
Girl – Faith
Our Head Boy/girl and Deputy Head Boy/Girl for next year were also announced on Monday. The following children chosen were:
Head Boy – Kaidan
Head Girl – Hayaa
Deputy Head Boy – Jason T
Deputy Head Girl – Umme
Year 6 Leavers Evening - 17.07.18
Last Friday our Year 6 pupils came back after school to be part of a very special celebration assembly. We celebrated their achievements and looked back at their time here at Holly Grove.
The evening started at 6 o clock with pupils turning up in their smartest dresses and suits and had photo opportunities with their friends and family followed by a buffet. We then made our way into the auditorium for a special assembly where the pupils were presented with a leavers gift, personalised poem written by Cathy Cryer and a leavers book full of memories.
It was an emotional evening but everyone had an amazing night and we wish our leavers every success in the future and hope they keep in touch.
Holly Grove’s Eco Council in the Community - 21.06.18
Holly Grove School has recently been awarded the Bronze Award for all the work the Eco Council have done around the school in the last year to make it more eco friendly. We are currently working towards the Silver Award and at our last meting the children decided they would do some work in the community.
So today some of the Eco Council went to Towneley Park to help clean up the area, do some weeding and plant some bulbs. We met up with ‘The Friends of Towneley Park,’ who are a group of dedicated volunteers who work to maintain and improve the park for the whole community to enjoy. We had a fantastic time and cant wait to go back and see the bulbs we have planted turn into flowers.
Sports Week - 15.06.18
Well what an energetic week it has been! We have been taking part in Sports Week to tie in with the start of the World Cup and all the children participated in lots of fun activities. On Monday we started the week off with some light Yoga. Tuesday saw us playing boccia and curling. On Wednesday our football team went to Pendle View to represent the school in a football tournament – and we only won 3-1 against the hosts Pendle View! On Thursday some children went to a swimming gala at Accrington Academy and they all did us proud. Each class was given a country to represent and learn about and on Friday all the classes came together in the hall to share food they had made from their nominated country. It has been a fantastic week with everyone coming together and working hard as a team. well done everyone for all your hard work
The Great Get Together – ‘A Royal Wedding’ - 18.05.18
Holly Grove has celebrated in style today, by hosting a ‘Street Party’ to celebrate the Great Get Together and the Royal Wedding. Although the Great Get Together is meant to be held in June, in celebration of Jo Cox’s belief “that we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us,” we have celebrated today and linked our get together to the Royal Wedding.
Children came into school dressed as Princes and Princesses and we had a fun packed day. We had a ‘Royal Wedding’ in the morning with our wonderful bride and groom, Harley and Isobelle, we wrote wedding wishes which will be posted off to the Royal couple and we made and decorated our own Union Jack flags.
In the afternoon we invited parents and members of the local community in to School to celebrate with us. And the highlight of the afternoon was ‘The Great British Wedding Cake Bake Off.’ All classes made a wedding cake and some parents took part as well. You can see from the pictures what a fantastic effort everyone made.
Spanish Day - 11.05.18
Hola! Today has been Spanish Day at Holly Grove and we have loved every minute of it. In the morning we learnt all about Spanish culture, looked at the Spanish language, tried tapas for snack and learnt to Flamenco dance. In the afternoon we experimented with Spanish Art, played some Spanish instruments (the maracas were our favourite) and we designed our own classic Spanish fans. You can tell by our pictures we had a great day.
School Council – Taste Testers - 04.05.18
The Burnley Campus catering team have visited Holly Grove today and met with the school council to discuss a new menu. The students got to taste a delicious range of food and they were really impressed. Some of the food included cottage pie, sausages, lasagne, mint choc ice cream and of course Gillian’s famous cornflake cake. All of the food went down a treat and the students were well and truly stuffed. A huge thank you to Dionne, Janet, Gillian and the whole catering team for taking the time to listen to our students views and letting them taste test some of this yummy food. We are looking forward to these items being on the new menu.
World Book Day 2018 - 26.04.18
As official ‘World Book Day’ in March had to be cancelled because of the snow, we held it last Friday. The theme was ‘Witches and Wizards’ and the children (and staff) made a fantastic effort. We were extremely lucky to have Pendle Productions come into school to perform ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for us! The children loved it. They also took part in a book swap and we had games and competitions throughout the day. How fantastic do all our children look!
Sport Relief 2018 - 23.03.18
Holly Grove have done their bit for Sport Relief today! Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise money and change lives. Here is a breakdown of some of the things we have done today:
- Morning yoga and wake and shake in classes
- We made our own healthy snacks and sold them to classes at snack time
- Some of our key stage 2 pupils took part in a sponsored triathlon event
- The whole school took part in a sponsored 1 lap of the running track
- Selected pupils have taken part in boccia and wheelchair dancing
The children and staff came to school dressed in sportswear and managed to get their parents/carers and family to sponsor them for the triathalon or the 1 mile lap.
We held a special assembly where parents came in to see their children’s achievements and to see pictures of the various activities we had taken part in throughout the day.
All the money raised by Sport Relief is to help people living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest countries. To learn more about how your money will be spent please visit sportrelief.com/schools.
We really appreciate your support and I am pleased to say we raised a grand total of £329.15, so again thank you so much.
World Book Day 2018 - 20.02.18
Thursday 1st March is World Book Day and we are looking forward to celebrating the magic of books in school that day. Our theme this year is ‘witches and Wizards’ and we are encouraging the pupils (and staff) to dress up as witches and wizards or, if they prefer, their favourite book character.
We are also taking part in a book swap and asking pupils to bring in a book they no longer want and swap it with a different one of their choice as well as sending home the free book tokens for them to exchange at a range of book stores.
Please come back to see all our ‘magical’ pictures on the 1st March.
Music Sharing Event - 06.02.18
On Tuesday February 6th Holly Grove was host to Ridgewood Community High School and Acorns Special School from Preston for a music sharing event. To begin we did some warm-up exercises led by Mr Bridges, the Ridgewood music teacher and then Class 7 showcased some work we had been doing in Literacy where we improvised using instruments to Holst’s The Planets in our story Jupiter Cove. Acorns then sang “There’s a hole at the bottom of the sea,” then Ridgewood did a mash-up of an Inuit lullaby and the Ed Sheeran song Perfect. Then together we sang Under the Sea from A Little Mermaid and lots of other sea songs.
Safer Internet Day 2018 - 06.02.18
We have been learning all about keeping safe on the internet this week. Tuesday 6th February was Safer Internet Day and at Holly Grove we are committed to the safe and responsible use of the internet. We have spent the whole week learning all about e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe at school and at home.
Key stage 1 have been designing their own e-safety posters to highlight the negatives and the positives of using the internet, they have also made an e-safety brochure using the book creator app. Class 5 and 6 worked together and made an e-safety quiz for the younger children. The children used YES and NO symbols to answer the questions. Class 7 have learnt a song called “Buddies use the Tablet Safely” which they performed for the whole school in assembly and Class 8 performed a role play, highlighting to the whole school the dangers of talking to strangers on the internet. It has been a very busy week here at Holly Grove.
The school council have come up with their own Online Safety Rules.
- Do not use the internet without an adults permission.
- Do not download a file or a picture without checking with an adult first, it could be a virus.
- Always be safe online.
- If a stranger talks to you online, be safe and tell an adult.
- Do not give out your personal details online, like full name, date of birth, address or password.
- Be kind online and respect other people.
- Do not agree to meet anyone you have been talking to online.
- Always tell an adult you trust if you see anything that makes you feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
To view our special edition Safer Internet Day newsletter, written by the school council please click here.
If you would like anymore information on how to keep your child safe on the internet please speak to your child’s class teacher or you can visit the following websites:
Anti Bullying Week - 01.12.17
Last week at Holly Grove School was Anti-Bullying Week. We made posters about being kind to our friends and saying nice things to each other. We read social stories together as a class and we know to tell a teacher if we are feeling sad or someone is not being kind to us. We are all friends at Holly Grove School and it is a happy, friendly, safe environment for us to learn in. Please see our policies section to download our Anti Bullying Policy.
Below are some pictures of us making new friends, being kind to each other and helping our peers.
Viking Puppet Show - 28.11.17
This term, in History, Class 5 has been learning all about the Vikings. We explored some of their stories and adventures, which we then re-enacted with or own puppet shows, have a look!
Children in Need 2017 - 21.11.17
Holly Grove School got spotty on Friday to support Children in Need . We had a cake and bun sale, a teddy stall, games and competitions. We managed to raise a whopping £415. A Huge thank you to all the parents and carers who sent in cakes, teddies and donations.
BBC’s Saturday Kitchen Visited Merry Berries - 13.11.17
We are pleased to announce that Merry Berries, our after school club has been awarded £92,185 over the next 3 years from BBC Children in Need! This is the third time we have been successful in securing funding for this amazing project for children who have additional and complex needs. As well as keeping all the key elements from previous years, this year the project has been redeveloped to include the children creating their own Merry Berries vlog and blog and the introduction of the plant to plate concept, which will give the children some ownership of what they are eating, with a collaboration across campus and the wider community. The Merry Berry staff team will be able to spend more time teaching the children functional life skills, improving their communication and controlling their behaviours, whilst a trained chef will be working with the children to prep and cook the food and give them more of an understanding of where their food has come from.
BBC’s Saturday Kitchen team came to see what Merry Berries is all about along with BBC Radio 1 DJ and Masterchef finalist Dev, who sampled some food and took part in the activities. It was such a busy day but we are so proud of all the children and the staff. Well done everyone!
The footage was aired last Saturday so if you missed seeing it on TV please click the link below to watch it on BBC iPlayer. (skip to 1 hr and 5 mins to watch us)
The Merry Berries video blog is now up and running, please click here to watch our video.
Diwali Celebration Assembly by Class 6 - 24.10.17
Class 6 have been learning all about the Hindu “Festival of Lights” which celebrates the new year. Class 6 had such a fun time learning all about Diwali that they put together an assembly for the whole school and told them the story of Diwali.
During Diwali the house is spring cleaned, gifts are exchanged, they wear new clothes and they put on a huge fireworks display.
Class 6 acted out the story of Rama and Sita, gave out food and then showed us a fireworks display on the big screen. It was so much fun learning all about Diwali.
Annual Butterfly Ball - 13.10.17
A huge thank you to all those who attended/supported us at the Butterfly Ball at Burnley Football Club on 7th October 2017. We have raised a whopping £8262 with every penny going to help the children of Holly Grove School. We couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you so much! (Pictured is Charity Patron Ted Robbins, with Parent Governor Rosie Saunders and her Son Eddie, who attends Holly Grove School)
Rosemere Coffee Morning - 22.09.17
A huge thank you to everyone who supported our coffee morning , either by sending in money for raffle tickets or showing up and buying coffee and cakes. We managed to raise a whopping £343.95 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. We couldn’t have done it without your help and support so thank you for such a great turnout.
Schools Out… - 21.07.17
We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer. School reopens Tuesday 5th Setember. Enjoy your summer holidays!
Gamelan Workshop - 20.07.17
Class 4 went to a Gamelan workshop at Ridgewood Community High School in July. Mr Bridges, a Year 7 and Music teacher at Ridgewood led the session with some Year 7 pupils.
Gamelan instruments are brass bells and gongs which are hit by hammers to produce a sound. They are found mainly in Bali and Java.
The children really enjoyed playing the instruments alongside Year 7.
And the winners are… - 02.07.17
…Holly Grove School. On Thursday 29th June, at the Lancashire Education Awards at Ewood Park, Holly Grove was awarded Special School of the Year 2017!!Thank you to all our pupils, parents/carers and everyone who supports us.
Pictured accepting the award is (L-R) Lisa Parker – Chair of Governors, Nick Barrett – Family Support Manager, Karen Alty – Headteacher, Eve Taylor – Deputy Headteacher and Katrina Meager – Family Support Assistant / Governor
British Values Week - 09.05.17
We have celebrated British Values Week at Holly Grove this week. We have been singing our national anthem in class, learning about the Royal Family and all classes took part in The Great British Holly Grove Bake Off. The children have also been to the polls choosing our candidates for Head Boy and Head Girl.
The Winners of the Vote Are:
Head Boy: Daniel Parker
Deputy Head Boy: Daniel Haslam
Head Girl: Faith Holder
Deputy Head Girl: Abigail Cudworth
Stripy Sock Day - 07.05.17
A huge thank you to everyone who came to school wearing stripy socks on Friday for Cri du Chat awareness week. Thank you for all your kind donations, we have raised £140. Well done everyone!
Easter Fair - 23.03.17
A HUGE thank you to everyone who made our Easter Fair possible, either by donating items or by coming along and spending your money. We made £820 on the day which is fantastic. We were really pleased that Bertie Bee made an appearance and he certainly put a smile on the children’s faces. The winner of the Facebook Competition was Helen Pickard, winning a chocolate hamper. The winner of the Signed Burnley FC Football was Lauren Slattery and the three winners of the Luxury Hampers were Jack Duxbury, Cheryl Bannister and Kaidan Hewitt. Well done everybody.