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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: