AUTUMN TERM HIGHLIGHTS 2020 Shireland collegiate academy trust

A message from our CEO, Sir Mark Grundy

NEWS FROM THE TRUST - Innovate, Inspire, Collaborate

Innovate - Remote learning

We are fully committed to continuing a high-quality learning provision for our children throughout this pandemic. As a technology-enabled Trust, we know we can provide this for all our learners. If at any point your child needs to stay at home, it is essential that they still continue with their learning.

Since we returned full-time in September, teachers have delivered lessons via Microsoft Teams, provided online resources for children to work through at home and given feedback on homework through apps like Class Dojo.

You can find details of you school's remote learning plans on their website.

Inspire - Passport to Success

The team have had a busy autumn term running a wide variety of different activities for children and families across the Trust.

We have also launched our Passport to Success programme. The scheme was set up for parents and carers of students who attend schools within our Trust to recognise outstanding contributions to school and family life and the local community.

Being part of the Passport to Success will:

  • Further develop your understanding of your child’s school life.
  • Support your involvement in your child’s education.
  • Give you opportunities to learn new skills.

Passport to Success scheme is here to support you.

Collaborate - Meal Vouchers

When the Government chose not to fund meal vouchers during the October half term holiday for those who usually receive free school meals, we wanted to make sure our families, and most importantly children, were supported.

As a Trust we decided to fund half term school meal vouchers ourselves. We worked with our academies to make sure that Asda vouchers were ordered and sent to all eligible families.

Virtual Nativity

To spread some Christmas cheer, Holyhead Primary Academy has been busy filming Christmas videos to put together a festive compilation.

Nursery and Reception danced to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, Year 1 and 2 sang Jingle bells, Santa Claus is coming to town and the 12 Days of Christmas on the outside stage. Years 3 – 6 also sang a variety of Christmas-themed songs, as well as, reading the Nativity Story.

The school also received a very kind donation from Zaphire, which paid for two snow machines for the children to play with, as well as, individual movie boxes full of goodies. Families can curl up in their Christmas jumpers, eat all their goodies and watch their whole school Christmas show.

Fundraising success

Shireland Technology Primary smashed their fundraising target for Children in Need this year. Initially aiming to raise £500 for the charity, the school ended on a grand total of £738.50!

The children had staff had a great day dressing up in yellow for the cause, with plenty of Pudsey ears and matching yellow face masks on show too.

We will remember them

Tameside Primary Academy celebrated Armistice Day making their own Remembrance garden at school.

Families donated old bottles in which the children used to make their very own field of poppies.

The children completed their learning in school around this and observed the 2 minutes of silence in an exemplary fashion. We were all very proud of the children.

Christmas shoebox charity

Shireland staff and Year 9 students have been collecting for their Christmas shoebox charity this half term.

The shoe boxes will be given to “Teams 4 U” who run a nationwide appeal each year to provide Christmas gifts to vulnerable children and families. Students have donated gifts such as toys, books, colouring pens and practical gifts such as toothpaste and face cloths.

They have shown amazing generosity when tasked with helping those less fortunate than themselves. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Virtual craft fair

COVID was not going to stop Thorns getting crafty this term as they organised a virtual craft fair.

Students collected the craft kits from school and then joined staff and other families online to learn how to make decorative Christmas-themed items including an angel, a tree and a festive wreath.

There was also a raffle with lots of exciting family prizes including a mini drone, board games and vouchers for Merry Hill.

The House Cup has arrived!

It has been a long wait but the House Cup has finally arrived!

Chance were the winning house for the 2019-2020 year so it is adorned in the Chance colours of blue. Chance are also in the lead in this year's House Point competition but there is everything to play for at this early stage.

Families can log on to epraise to view the number of points that children are earning in school and the prizes that are available in the reward shop.

Revamped garden and getting into the festive spirit

From Monday and over the next three weeks First Steps Nursery will be having their garden re-vamped to improve the outdoor space. This will be a welcome relief from the muddy area they have at the moment!

Also, Christmas week they have lots of fun things planned including a Christmas lunch, party, and one of the Nursery's parents has kindly offered to dress up as Santa and will be joining the children via Teams for a sing-a-long with Santa!


Family Governor Vacancy at Tameside Primary Academy

There is a vacancy for a Family Governor to sit on the Standards and Performance Committee (SPC) at Tameside. The SPC supports the Trust Board and oversees the operational day to day running of the Academy. If you are interested in this vacancy, please contact the Academy.

Family Forum meetings

Would you like the opportunity to share your views on your child's school and get involved? Look out for dates for virtual Family Forums. Each school holds one Family Forum every term.

Trust website and COVID-19 information

Don't forget that our website has all of the key information about the Trust, which includes guidance and documentation covering our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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