This week we are saying goodbye to one of Holly Grove’s longest-serving teaching assistants. Elizabeth has worked at Holly Grove for over 25 years and we are going to be really sad to see her go. Elizabeth is retiring to spend more time with her children and grandchildren. We hope Elizabeth will keep in touch and visit us regularly. We wish you all the best Elizabeth.
This half term Class 3 has been learning all about road safety. They have focused on the Green Cross Code and they put it in to practice on their trip out to Todmorden park. They enjoyed using the bikes on the bike track to practice their skills.
Today was Safer Internet Day and at Holly Grove we are committed to the safe and responsible use of the internet. We spent the day learning all about e-safety and how we can keep ourselves safe at school and at home.
Classes discussed all the good and bad things about the internet, their digital footprint, Key Stage 1 read a story about ‘Buddy the Dogs Online Safety Adventure’ and Key Stage 2 worked together to make a quiz all about staying safe online.
At the end of the day, all the classes came together for a special assembly and took part in an online safety quiz. The children held up YES or NO symbols when asked a question about staying safe online.
Holly Grove School Online Safety Rules:
- I will always ask the teacher before I use the Internet and I will be sensible whenever I use it.
- I will only use websites my teacher has told me about.
- I will not give my name, address or telephone number to anyone on the Internet and I will tell my teacher if anyone asks me for my name, address or telephone number.
- I will never agree to meet anyone I have spoken to on the Internet.
- If a stranger talks to you online, be safe and tell an adult.
- I will be kind online and respect other people.
- I will always tell an adult I trust if I see anything that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.
If you would like any more 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:
Class 2’s topic this term is ‘Italy’. They have been learning about the different food that comes from Italy and have been doing lots of activities, flag making, creating their own pizza for the class display, and exploring a range of Italian foods.
Our class word of the week this week is ‘Lasagne’
The Lancashire SEND Partnership was formed in 2018, following a joint inspection of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services in our local area by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The partnership brings together representatives from all agencies in Lancashire that provide SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers.
One of the priorities for the SEND Partnership was to review Lancashire’s SEND Local Offer, which is the information, advice, support and services available across Lancashire, for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Following an extensive review, work has been carried out over the last six months to revise the Local Offer website, which provides a central access point to this information. You can find the revised SEND Local Offer website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/SEND
Please have a read, share this link and the attached flyer with anyone you think may benefit from accessing the Local Offer. The attached flyer can be reproduced and included in newsletters, social media or on your own website.
We will continue to share more about the changes taking place via regular updates on the SEND local offer website and Facebook page. In the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch with the SEND Partnership, SENDPartnership@lancashire.gov.uk.
Lancashire SEND Partnership
This week we wave goodbye to Angie Henney our communication leader who is leaving Holly Grove to relocate with her family in Hastings.
Angie has been a huge part of Holly Grove since we first began as a school and has worked with many of our pupils throughout the years. she has also been the heart of Merry Berries, holiday clubs and our residential trips. Angie you will be missed by us all.
We wish her the best of luck as she begins this new, exciting chapter in her life. Goodbye Angie!
Holly Grove choir paid a special visit on Thursday to Dove Court Care Home in Burnley. The choir sang a selection of Christmas carols and even sang a special song from our Christmas production ‘A King is Born.’ The residents were so pleased to see them and thought their singing was great. Thank you Alison and the choir for putting a smile on their faces.
We have had such a fun filled action packed week coming up to Christmas. On Monday we had the whole school Christingle service and we had a brass band come and play for us. Thank you to Bernard Kellow for organising this for us. On Tuesday we had our Christmas Dinner and it was yummy! But the best part of the Week was Wednesday when we had a Christmas party and Santa made a special appearance and gave every child a present.
On behalf of all the pupils and staff at Holly Grove we would like to say a huge thank you to Christine Bancroft for her years of service as a governor at Holly Grove School. Christine is retiring after 4 years and has always been actively involved with school activities and she was also a trustee for The Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund. Christine helped to make us an registered charity in February 2015 and since then has helped to raise a lot of money for our school. Thank you Christine for all your help and support over these past few years. Please come back and visit us soon.
Poppies group have been very busy creating their own recycle jingle as part of a local competition. Unfortunately they didn’t win but the judges were so impressed with their entry that they were awarded a £50 voucher to spend at Townley Garden Centre. Well done Poppies group this jingle was very catchy.