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Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough for Summer 2017


Congratulations to all of our hardworking children who have just completed their Year 2 & 6 SATs.  It was great to see the children eager and keen to do their very best, I think it was the promise of hot chocolate and biscuits after they’d finished!


This half term has seen us celebrate Money Management Week, where the children have been marooned on a desert island, and have had to barter with other islanders to get the things they would need to survive.  I think all have now agreed that an Xbox isn’t really a necessity.


Since returning from the Easter break the children have been very busy, not just with SATs but with their new topics.  Our older pupils are investigating Crime and Punishment, where they are meeting up with the likes of Dick Turpin, while are younger pupils are exploring rainforests.  All our children have also started learning the guitar as part of our music provision, as well as drums and other musical instruments.  We’re hoping to start up our own Hollinsclough Rock Band soon – watch this space!


The second part of the summer term is when we have all our special activities which we hope will lead to more profound learning, and learning for life. These activities are aimed to deepen and expand traditional learning, and to ensure that our children remain equally excited about their reading, writing and mathematics, and see new ways and real life uses for these, as well as encouraging our children to use their imagination and creative skills and see the importance of health and vitality.


All our Children enjoyed two days of our annual ‘Great Hollinsclough Bake Off’, where the children worked within their team houses to decide on menus and recipes, and write shopping lists and price ingredients, on the first day, whilst the second day was for making and judging.  Our special judges were a visiting university lecturer and a contributor to an educational blog, who were both overwhelmed by what the children had produced, and ended in each group receiving a prize within the four categories of healthy snacks (including vegetarian), variety of choice, cooking skill and final presentation.


After half term we will be having our ‘Awe and Wonder’ week’.  This will include many visitors to the school, including artists.  We will be looking at Pentecost Art, with Father Tommy Merry from Stoke-on-Trent, digital Art with Buxton Artist Jim Medway, a day of music appreciation, learning and performance provided by Entrust, Puppet making, play writing, set making, music and performance by ‘Funny Wonders’, who took part in the Buxton Art festival, painting in the style of an artist, and Wild Art activities provided by ‘Outdoor Genius’.


Later in the term we will be having a Science day, and our annual Outdoor week, which included rafting, bouldering and orienteering.


As a school we are looking at ‘Global Learning’ and have become a hub for a network of schools who are also interested in the concept.  It shows the children how we depend on the global economy, and also support British Values.  On Friday before half term we hosted a session for other schools in our network, so that they can see what we have been doing.


Finally we have been lucky to have some lovely sunshine and warmth.  We have tried to make the most of this by working and eating outside, and having walks around the hamlet.  We hope the good weather continues into next half term.


Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough for Easter 2017


March has seen a continuation of this term’s activities.  Our Owls class have made a very scary active volcano as part of their ‘Disasters’ topic, while the Foxes class have been busy making and packing their covered wagons, as they have been reading ‘Little House on the Prairie’ as part of their American Studies project.  Meanwhile our Squirrels class have been looking for signs of Spring and have been busy planting seeds in their ‘Growing Station’ as part of their ‘New Life’ topic.


World book day was a great success, with the children writing short stories and playing literacy based games, as was our Pancake Day, with no pancakes landing on the floor or sticking to the ceiling this year!  The children were liberally ‘ashed’ on Ash Wednesday, before deciding what they were going to do for Lent this year. I pleased to say I haven’t broken my commitment this time, and I’m still keeping off the chocolate. Later in that week we celebrated ‘Wildlife Day’ in our Art and Craft lesson by looking especially at camouflage.


Together with St Bartholomew’s school (and local dignitaries including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Graham Stow), we ‘Raised the Flag’ at Flash as part of Commonwealth Day celebrations, and greatly enjoyed the tea and cake afterwards.  I think it was the cake that the children remembered most however!


Various visitors have been to our school, including lecturers from Derby University looking at out Flexi-schooling provision, and a representative from the NSPCC to talk to the children about their safety, especially on-line safety.


Towards the end of term will be taking part in a ‘pilgrimage’ to St Bartholomew’s Church, where we will have a Palm Sunday service with St Bartholomew’s school.  St Bart’s school will also be hosting us for lunch, which we’re all looking forward too very much, as well as stopping to play for a while.


April sees the end of term, and includes an Easter assembly at Hollinsclough Chapel led by Rev Andrew Parker, and an Easter egg hunt and Easter Bonnet parade, after which I think everyone will be looking forward to the Easter holiday.


Happy Easter to all our stakeholders and followers





Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough for Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017


We’ve had the usual very busy and exciting end of term, comprising of panto, concerts and parties!


Our children enjoyed watching ‘Snow White and the 7 Dwarves’ at the Buxton Opera House, as well eating lots of ice cream, crisps and other goodies.  This was followed by two sell-out performances of our own performance at school called - ‘A Midwife Crisis’, with the midwife just missing the birth of Jesus!


The children took turns to read from the Bible during our Carol Service at Hollinsclough Methodist Chapel, and then they danced the afternoon away at our Christmas party and disco.


Many thanks to our wonderful PTFA for providing refreshments and stalls at our ‘Christmas Cracker’ - Christmas Fair which raised valuable funds for school.


Thanks to all the parents too for an amazing spread of party food, and also to the cooks from Manifold Academy, Warslow for our Christmas dinner earlier in the week.


The children come back to school on January 4th in 2017.  Foxes (KS2) will be studying about the Mayans and the Story of Chocolate, and Owls (KS1) will be looking at and making Volcanoes!


We will also be spending our prize money from the competition ran by Manifold Valley Agricultural Society, on a bench and Sensory garden, here in the village of Hollinsclough, close to the Green in memory of our beloved former Chairman of Governors - Jason Hails who passed away nearly a year ago last January.  The children have made amazing designs and can’t wait to start.


Let’s hope that 2017 brings all our friends and followers good health and good fortune!

A Happy New Year to one and all



Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough November 2016

We’re keeping very busy as usual here at Hollinsclough!  We have introduced Global Learning to our curriculum, which means that our pupils will be more aware and prepared for life as part of a global economy.


Before half term we had a very successful Harvest Festival followed by an auction (led by Year 6 pupils) which raised £65 for the Charity ‘ARCH a local charity working with a range of people who are facing homelessness.


This November our KS2 pupils completed a follow up session after their Archaeology Workshop at Sheen. The work involved the development of a comic strip activity in school, led by the archaeologist. 


On Tuesday 15th November we held our annual Night Walk with the Peak Park Ranger; the children attempted to study the Night Sky, but the weather was not helping – we had hoped that they would be able to see the Super Moon, as well as listening for night sounds, but instead we had to settle for the night sounds and our own children who added a few additional ones of their own!


December brings our school trip to Cadbury World as part of our Global Learning, and is also linked to both the KS1 topic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and as a taster for our KS2 pupils and their topic next term about the Mayan Civilization.


December also brings our annual trip to the pantomime at Buxton Opera House and their performance this year of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’,  - Many thanks to County Drains who have provided our school with a number of free tickets.  In addition during the same week, we will be holding our own Christmas Concert ‘A Midwife Crisis’, Christmas Dinner and our Christmas party and Disco – the last week is going to be a busy one!


Our last day of term is on Friday 16th December, and includes a Christmas Carol Service at Hollinsclough Chapel at 9.30am, to which all are welcome!


On behalf of the Staff and Governors we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends and supporters a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough - October 2016

Our children have settled well into the new term, including our 14 new starters! We now have 50 on roll and still people are enquiring about joining, especially in our EYFS. KS2 is virtually full and KS1 is not far behind. We can just about accommodate 60 pupils if they were spread evenly across the age ranges, so if you are still looking for a school place or want to try something different if you Home Educate then give us a call. Have a chat with Mr Malbon and book a visit to look around.


Our Reception class (Squirrels class) have been looking at farms and farming and following the adventures of the Little Red Hen. The beautiful weather we’ve had recently has also meant that the children have been able to take full advantage of our new and improved outdoor provision.


Our Owls class (years 1, 2 and 3) are learning about timelines and deciding which events in history they would like to learn about over the next term. They have been celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th anniversary by reading The BFG, a story they can't get enough of, and all their writing is based around the story and it's characters.


Our Foxes (years 4, 5 and 6) are thoroughly enjoying learning all about Ancient Greece and in Literacy they are learning about myths and legends, doing lots of talking and writing based on Ancient Greek myths.  In Science they investigating sound - how it's made and how animals hear it. 


We are very excited that as a school we will be taking a lead school role in the Global Learning Programme this year.  This means that we will be helping other schools who wish to take part to embed Global Values such as equality, fairness and respect into their curriculum. 


Project Based Learning continues this year, with the older children delivering a project this term to perform a puppet show (including planning the script, making the puppets and performing at the end). 


We are also joining with the Young Voices choir, which means that our choir will be joining in with other children's choirs from all over the country, culminating in a group performance in Manchester!




Benefice News Update from Hollinsclough - May 2016


We’ve been enjoying the sunshine here at Hollinsclough, and working outside as much as we can.


Our children were all ready for fun learning again after all the tests and SATs!  They have all worked really hard, and we’re very proud of them.


They continue to work hard however.  The Squirrels (Reception and Pre-reception) have made a dinosaur land, and have been digging up lots of dinosaur bones.  Our KS1 pupils have been finding out about the geography, history and interesting facts about our local area, whilst our older pupils have been on a virtual tour on the railways!


We are now busy preparing for out Outdoor week, which all the children participate in, for pre-reception to year 6.


This year activities include raft building, canoeing, bouldering, archaeology and orienteering. We’ve even included a visit to Churnet Valley Steam train to coincide with school topics.  We hope we have the same good weather we’ve had in the past.


We’re also preparing for our Open Day, which will take place after half term on Friday 10th June 1pm to 3pm.  Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and cake and see the resources and provision we have here at Hollinsclough.


On Tuesday 14th June we’re planning to have a Street party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, and a team from our Project Friday children will see one of their projects come to fruition – a Commonwealth-themed menu!


Our other big event will be the Summer Fete on Saturday 25th June.  Our wonderful PTA are busy aiming to ensure it will be the best one ever! Please come and join the fun!






© Stephen Malbon, Hollinsclough Academy 2017

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