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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:
Eve’s ‘Shining Stars’ - 08.12.17
Each half term children who have been working hard in classes will be chosen to be Eve’s ‘Shining Stars’. Eve will go and visit them every week and spend time with them in class, looking at their work. They will also receive rewards and gift and have their work displayed in Eve’s room. This half term the children chosen were: Oakli Rose, Ihsaan, Kai, Owen, Samir, Eddie, Kuba and Aashir.
Well done everyone. Holly Grove is very proud of you all.
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.