School Blog

14 Jun 19 - All the best year 11's

On Wednesday we bid a fond farewell to our Year 11's, celebrating the end of their exams, and their time here at The Hollies

Pupils were treated to a meal at a local venue. Each pupil received a personalised award representing their time with us. Good Luck for the future.

Don't forget we are open on results day - 10am-12pm on Thursday 22 August 2019 hope to see you then!

All the best to our Year 11’s June 2019
Sheep Shearing

24 May 19 - On the Farm

Back on the farm this week, Students helped the farmer to shear the sheep in preparation for the Summer months ahead. The fleeces are gathered together and sent on to the Wool Board for processing.

8 Apr 19 - spring on the farm

Students are particularly enjoying working with the new lambs on the farm at the moment, it is a busy time of year for the farm with all the new arrivals, around 50 new lambs already this year have been born. Our students have helped with the feeding and moving of the Ewes along with their new lambs turning them out of the lambing shed into the open field where they can play with the other new born lambs, running and skipping around out in the fresh air enjoying the fresh green grass along with their mothers milk!

Farm - Spring time

5 Apr 19 - stafford Fire Crew Visit pupils

We were delighted when the crew from Beaconside Fire station paid a visit to The Hollies to discuss the vital and varied work they carry out in the community – attending fires, flood rescue, animal rescue and attending road traffic accidents. To read more on this please visit our: PSHE guest speakers page.

29 Mar 19 - DOE Update

Our Y10 bronze group have recently started their camp craft training ready for expedition on May. The group started their training in cooking in the outdoors, tent pitching and orienteering on Cannock Chase. They safely used Trangia’s to make hot drinks and snacks whilst working on their map work in the woods. The group thoroughly enjoyed their morning out and are looking forward to getting to the Peak District.

Bushcraft March 2019

28 mar 19 - Anti violence CAMPAIGNER visits the pru

Alison Cope visited the Hollies on today to speak with the pupils about the harsh reality of what happened to her son. Two 18-year-old boys went on a night out and neither of them came home. To read more on this please visit our: Knife Crime page.

22 Mar 19 - Attendance matters - who is at the top this week?

Well done to Year 8 for being the top attending year group this week (18-22 March 2019), taking over from year 9 last week. Come on Years 10 and 11”

Gladstone are back as top attending tutor this week with an impressive 65.8% with Wedgewood a close second.

Lovell homes visit March 19

21 Mar 19 - We Loved lovell Homes!

Some of our Year 11 students were lucky enough to have been shown around the local construction site of Lovell Homes today, the students enjoyed looking around the inspirational show homes, many of them now are aspiring to live in one of these homes one day themselves.

This visit was a wonderful opportunity for our students to talk to tradesmen on site asking them about their profession and how they got into their chosen trade. Lots was gained from this visit giving the students a wonderful insight into the building profession and all the job opportunities, apprenticeships and career paths that are out there. Looks like the Hollies may have some budding tradesmen on our role!

15 Mar 19 - A Blast from the Past!

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming back an ex-pupil, Callum, to school to give a careers talk to our current KS4. Callum since leaving school has gone on to join the Army and now serves in the Royal Signals Corp.

Callum gave the pupils a real insight into his journey since leaving school; talking about section process, his phase 1/ 2 training and what life is like as a soldier. The pupils were engaged from start to finish. Asking Callum questions about the importance of GCSE’s, fitness requirements and other routes in the military.

Callum said "It felt great being able to come back to PRU and be stood at the front of the class. This school did so much for me in the 2 years I was here and I just wanted the opportunity to give something small back".

Callum will continue to stay in contact with school and keep us updated on his career. Callum is also hoping to come out and help with this year’s Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions, being a Bronze holder himself from his time at The Hollies.

Following the presentation, Callum accompanied us to PE where the KS4 pupils put his fitness to the test in a game of football. A memorable day

Football Aldersley

14 Mar 19 - Hollies just Miss Out on Away Win!

Our pupils faced opposition from Wolverhampton. The lads were in a positive mind-set prior to kick off.

With chilly, windy conditions the team warmed up and prepared for the game the best they could. In the first 5 minutes the game was quite scrappy, with no team really getting a foothold. After a while The Hollies started to play some lovely passing football, with quite a few attempts on goal.

After about 20 minutes we went 1 nil down through a MASSIVE deflection! But the boys stayed positive going into half-time. A quick team talk and change of tactics, the lads started the second half on top. Again we were soon firing shots just wide of the goal and testing their keeper. Just when we thought the equaliser was in sight, the opposition scored a second goal. With about 15 minutes left the lads had to show their character. They did not let the score line get them down. They ploughed on. Some lovely sweeping football from the wings won us a corner. Jack floated a lovely ball in for Connor to rise above everyone else and score a great header. 2-1… game on!

The team battled on but just couldn’t find an opening. Even though the team lost, the lads showed excellent sportsmanship throughout and the loss. Staff were extremely proud of the way the lads conducted themselves and more importantly represented the school. It felt like a win. Well done lads.

1 MAr 19 - Cycle for Charity

Our Y10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award pupils took part in a charity mountain bike ride over Cannock Chase to help raise money for Birmingham Children’s ospital.

The group covered over 22km off tough, muddy terrain; biking over moorland, through forests and valleys and splashing through rivers. The pupils where amazing! Always with a smile on their face, it was challenge they thoroughly enjoyed, and are already planning their next ride!

The event was planned and set up by the pupils to help them achieve their volunteering section of their award. The groups target was to raise £300 and we should know the total by the end of the week. The pupils will now plan a day where we can visit the hospital and hand over our donations. Watch this space guys…

Charity Bike Ride March 19
Romeo and Juliet

28 Feb 19 Romeo & Juliet

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside… This week staff took a select group of pupils to Blackpool for the day to see the Shakespeare production of Romeo and Juliet at The Grand Theatre. Pupils from KS3 and KS4 have been studying the play in English lessons and staff wanted the pupils to experience theatre first hand.

Unfortunately the weather was rather cold and wet once up north, but this did not dampen spirits. It did not stop our pupils going for a wet and windy walk along the beach and the sea front. Pupils enjoyed the performance and enjoyed discussing it after over fish and chips.. no trip to the seaside is the same without fish and chips! Before travelling back pupils indulged in the famous golden mile arcades and Blackpool rock. A long day, but a memorable one!

15 Feb 19 - joinery

The Reaseheath group are currently working through their Joinery part of the challenging construction course. The group previously did really well and passed all of their brick work modules. The Friday group of Year 11’s have just started the tricky art of learning how to plaster and are doing great!

Joinery
KS3 Art Clay Weaving

08 Feb 19 - Amazing Art

Key Stage Three have been making their own clay looms, where the clay has been rolled out and different textures added just like the range of cultural patterns they have been looking at in class. They have then pierced holes ready to add the cotton to produce their circular weaving. Painted and decorated in colours of choice, pupils have then added their own cotton and started to weave in out and with decorative colours. Still a work in progress however, all key stage three have made an amazing start.

21 jan 19 -Football update

After suffering defeat in our last football game to Sandwell Community, the lads have the opportunity to get back to winning ways in their next fixture Friday 25th January against Longdon Hall School. Although the lads suffered the set back in the previous game, they are still on course to have a successful season which could potentially end in the Hollies achieving some silverware.

The team have showed excellent sportsmanship during all fixtures so far and we hope they continue to take the Hollies school vision of respect into the forthcoming fixtures win lose or draw. Good luck lads!

14 jan 19 -

Congratulations and well done to Macaulay Y11, who has not only achieved Cskills Awards Level 1 Certificate in Construction, he has been put forward to start the L2 Diploma in Brickwork early and has secured his placement at Reaseheath College from September 2019.

Well Done, Macaulay for all your hard work and determination.

19 Dec 18 - Helping Others

Instead of sending Christmas cards this year, Hollies Staff and pupils put together a large collection of food and toiletries and donated it to House of Bread. Stafford. The house of bread is a local organisation that offers support for vulnerable and homeless people in Stafford and the surrounding area; providing drop-in sessions, warm meals and advice.

Our pupils had the opportunity to deliver the donations themselves and meet people who work at the centre.

If you would like to know more information or make a donation please click on the link House of bread

7 Dec 18 - Football tournament

The Hollies Football team took part in a KS3 Football tournament in Birmingham on 7 December—16 Schools attended, we played 7 games, won 1, drew 2, and lost 4, the players went with no subs, had not played together before, they did extremely well. Our team represented the school well and showed good team spirit.

This specific tournament was run by a charity called KAP—Knife Awareness Project, to help raise awareness amongst young people of the danger surrounding knives.

Untitled presentation
Snowdon 2018

10 Oct 18 - Snowdon Adventures

Wednesday 10 October, saw a number of Hollies students climb Snowdon, they not only attempted this amazing feat, but conquered it, reaching the highest summit in Wales. 10 Students braved the elements, showed leadership teamwork to reach the summit. What a fantastic achievement by all.

Well done everyone!