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Admissions – ‘We have a limited number of places available for Year 7 entry – September 2016’.
Please ring Mrs Tedford or Mrs Rhodes for further information.

ADMISSIONS

If you have missed one of our Open Days we are happy to take you on a guided tour where you can see a normal day at Holly Lodge and visit our new build site. Please contact the main reception on 0151 2283772 to request a tour.

To apply for a place at Holly Lodge please follow the normal local authority procedure. Please follow the guidance at http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions

If you are applying late you will need to download a paper copy at http://liverpool.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/school-admissions/closing-date/

Mill Lane Parking Letter

September 2016

Dear Parent/Carer
Parking at our Mill Lane entrance
Parking and space has long been very limited in the car park at Mill Lane and this problem has been made worse by the construction work on the old Ernest Cookson site. If you wish to drop or collect your daughter please make alternative arrangements as to where you do so.

Our Car Park on Uplands Lane (off of Queens Drive) has more spaces available but please be mindful that this is a shared entrance used by many students. There are also a number of alternative areas in the area around the school which would be suitable. The residents of Trefula Park would be grateful if you did not use their street for this purpose.

May I also respectfully remind all visitors of the need to be courteous and respectful whilst on the school site as this is in the best interests of the students, staff and other visitors to our school.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Yours sincerely,

Mr A Keen
Headteacher

Student Teacher of the Year

Student Teacher of the Year Miss Abbott

Congratulations to Miss Abbott on her success at the Liverpool Echo School Awards. Miss Abbott won Student Teacher of the Year after her Art teaching placement here at Holly Lodge Girls’ College. The achievement is acknowledged all over the city and we are proud to have had Miss Abbott with us at the start of her career as an Art Teacher; she has a great future ahead of her; we’re glad to have been part of it.

Celebration Evening


On 12th July we held our annual Celebration Evening. Pupils, parents and staff came together to celebrate the achievements, efforts and amazing talent of our students, across all year groups and across the curriculum. The evening included music, drama and dance performances alongside readings. The destinations of our Year 13 students were included in the programme, some already with a clear career path. ‘Congratulations,’ once again to our award winners and ‘Thank you,’ to our performers, parents and all those who worked behind the scenes to make it such an enjoyable evening.

Drama Department’s London Trip

On Monday 4th July, 40 students from Year 8, 10, 11 and 13 embarked on a journey with the Drama department to enjoy an overnight stay in London. From the moment Mr. Maloney arrived at school on Monday morning, he knew this was going to be a fantastic trip as all the students had arrived before him! The journey was swift, students singing for the whole journey and everyone being in high spirits, excited at the events planned.

We all checked into the hotel sensibly and quickly before going for a meal at Planet Hollywood but managed to squeeze in a quick trip to M&M World beforehand. More singing occurred, entertaining the Planet Hollywood customers who seemed to enjoy the chorus of voices.

We arrived at Apollo Victoria; everyone excited to see “Wicked” with a few students’ dreams, of seeing this production on the West End, coming true. Tears were shed all round as the actors took to the stage for their final bow. It was a fantastic evening!

In the second jam-packed day, we were up and ready to go; a tasty cooked breakfast was had before making our way to The London Dungeons. Poor Mr. Maloney and Mrs. McColl were the unfortunate victims when the actors involved them in the performance, making everyone laugh…and also scream! Not everyone survived the experience as one or two students made an early departure due to extreme fright!

We visited Covent Garden, witnessed some street theatre and did some shopping before finally taking part in a theatre workshop run by professional West End stars.

The trip had finally come to a sad end. All students and staff embarked on their journey back to Liverpool having had a fantastic time (with a little less singing and a lot more people sleeping; a sign of two very busy days).

Mr. Maloney would like to thank Mrs. Shaw, Mrs. McColl and Mrs. Rhodes for assisting him on the trip and to all 40 students who behaved impeccably; arriving at meeting points on time; remaining sensible throughout the two days and making the experience so enjoyable for everyone. This has been one of the best trips we have ever run in the Drama department and it is down to the fantastic students who were involved.

Year 9 Sports’ Challenge

Our students participated in the Year 9 Sports Challenge at I.M.Marsh this week. They took part in 3 activities, against 3 other schools. They did extremely well, finishing in second place in the following disciplines: Dodgeball; Outdoor Challenge and Kinball.

Congratulations to our competitors:

Chloe Deam
Emilia Harrop
Matilda Matu
Megan Bulger
Judit Canos Tenes
Susannah Smith
Katie Powell
Lucy Shone
Beth Garner
Faye Carey

Bloodwise Presentation

In May we held a fund raising event for the cancer charity, Bloodwise. It was the most money we had ever raised in a single day. On Monday, the cheque for £742 was presented to Ernie MaCauley, the local Bloodwise organiser, by members of our School Council who helped organise the event. Thank you once again for your support.

Sefton Park Palm House – Holly Lodge Annual Art Exhibition

Holly Lodge Art Department proudly exhibited their annual showcase of artwork by Year 7-13 pupils, based on the theme of ‘Natural Forms’, in Sefton Park’s Palm House. This year was slightly different as Year 12 BTEC Level 3 artists from Holly Lodge worked with local primary schools to create small 3D sculptures out of recycled materials – Bottle Bugs! These weird and wonderful creatures were displayed alongside the Holly Lodge pupils’ work, hidden amongst the foliage.

Childwall Valley Primary and Lister Primary School attended an Art Masterclass in the Palm House and then searched for their artwork, which was put on display.

We look forward to exhibiting at the Palm House in June 2017.

Many thanks to staff at the Palm House and to all staff and children from participating primary schools. We hope we can work again together very soon.

Dragons’ Den Maths Game Competition

‘Yesterday four Year 8’s (Passy, Estelle, Grace and Isabel ) took part in the final of the Dragons’ Den Maths Game Competition by School Improvement Liverpool. The girls designed their own board game and had to present their game to 6 Dragons with a large audience watching. Unfortunately they did not win but the girls were a credit to themselves and Holly Lodge. Despite not winning one of the dragons was so impressed with their game she has offered to buy a copy from them.

Well done girls!’

Maths Party Day

Friday 17th June is Maths Party Day. This is an initiative led by School Improvement Liverpool to celebrate Maths across the city. Holly Lodge pupils will be undertaking different number-related challenges in all lessons. On the day, all pupils will also have a numbers trail to follow around school, with a prize for the correct entry.
This week, as a commitment to raising standards of Numeracy across school, all staff will undertake the National Numeracy Challenge. The National Numeracy Challenge was set up by the National Numeracy Organisation to raise the standards of Numeracy amongst adults and children.

Are you ready for the challenge?
You can sign up and take the challenge for free (all you need is an e-mail address) click the link below:
https://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/register/index.html
Why not try some Numeracy Tasks at home with your child?
Follow the LCQM link above and click on Maths Party Day to find resources you can use at home.

City Athletics Final

A number of our students took part in the City Athletics Final; they did extremely well to qualify against tough competition. Three of our students were medal winners:

Kaitlin Hurdles- Silver
Kaitlin 75m Sprint- Bronze
Mai-leen Discus- Bronze

They were all fantastic. The following narrowly missed out on a medal:

Mona – Javelin (4th) and Shot (5th)
Annie – 150m (4th)
Mia – 800m (8th)
Alisha – Javelin (7th), and Shot – (8th )
Ellis – Shot (9th)

They were all a credit to the school. Please congratulate them.

Youth Ambassadors

The Youth Engagement Fund is an investment fund whose aim is to help young people aged 14 to 17 to participate and succeed in education or training; to improve their employability.

On 25th June Malaika Awais 10SF and Jade Allen 10JDN attended a steering group to help evaluate the work of The Youth Engagement Fund. The event was run by Ecorys and was headed by James Ronicle, Senior Research Manager. It was a high profile event that took place in one of their central London offices, overlooking the Thames and surrounding landmarks.

James sent the following message after the event – “I just wanted to say how impressed I was with the girls from your school at the young peoples’ steering group meeting last week. They engaged in the event in a thoughtful and mature manner, interacting well with both peers and adults. Their behaviour was impeccable throughout. They were fantastic ambassadors for your school.”

English Literature Revision Lecture

On Thursday 9th June, Year 13 English Literature group enjoyed a lecture given by Dr. Andrew McInnes, a guest lecturer from Edge Hill University. They found this a helpful way to revise as they prepare for their exam on Friday 17th June. Natasha Riley said, ‘I found the lecture very helpful; the in depth exploration of the different aspects of the Gothic will be a huge aid when it comes to achieving my full potential in the exam.’ Gabby Evans said, ‘The lecture covered a variety of relevant topics in great detail,’ and Laura Atherton added, ‘The lecture was very educational and put everything into a wider context that will really aid me in my exam.’
We all wish the girls the very best of luck in the exam on Friday.

Bloodwise

On the 13th May Holly Lodge Girls’ College held a fundraiser for the cancer charity Bloodwise. There are 137 types of Blood cancer and Bloodwise is a charity aiming to eliminate every one of them. Nowadays there is a 90% chance that victims will survive due to the progress in medical treatment but sadly this is not always the case and some die due to the side effects of rigorous treatment. Bloodwise are working hard to prevent this from happening. The “Wear Something Red Day” was led by the School Council; they were inspired to raise money after one of their teachers experienced a tragic loss; many students have also been hit by blood cancer in some shape or form. The School Council wanted to show their support; help sufferers of blood cancer; and have a lasting impact. It took weeks of organising but they were helped by generous supplies of T-shirts, pens, posters and fundraising buckets from Bloodwise. The posters were displayed all across the school and the Council members wore the T-shirts to show their support. Countless students and staff members donated, with a grand total of £720 being raised. This is the highest we have ever amassed for charity in a single day and we are very proud of this achievement. The total far exceeded students’ expectations and they were overjoyed that their hard work would help support so many people.


Wicked

A group of 30 students from Years 10, 11, 12 & 13 went to enjoy a free performance of `Wicked` presented by Liverpool Media Academy at The Epstein Theatre . Well done to all who attended!

Dot Art Winners!

Our Year 9 pupils have all been working hard to produce artwork for the annual Dot Art Inter-school Competition. 25 pupils from across the year had their work chosen by their teachers to appear on the Dot Art website. A panel of external Art professionals then chose 3 artworks from each school which were then put to the public vote. Following the online democratic process, Sadie Clarke ranked 3rd, Christina Katsani came 2nd and Lucy Shone secured 1st place. As a result, Lucy’s artwork called Abstract Bubbles was put forward as a finalist, competing against all other 1st place selected works in Northwest schools.
At an awards ceremony held in the historic and prestigious Concert Rooms in St George’s Hall, all of the Holly Lodge ranked pupils attended an awards ceremony with their family, friends and dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool. Everyone received a certificate. Lucy was a contender for the Overall Winner prize. Although Lucy did not win, her work, based on the marks that bubbles make, is on show in the downstairs gallery at St George’s Hall until 11th June 2016.
Congratulations to all of the girls for their hard work and a special ‘Well done!’ to Lucy on this major achievement!

Holly Lodge Year 9 shortlisted pupils – from left to Right – Sadie , Christina & Lucy

Duke of Edinburgh

On 29th -30th April P.C. Edmond, P.C. Chris, Mrs. Maddocks and Ms. Harland took a group of 14 Year 10 students to Mold, North Wales, to complete their practice expedition for their Bronze D of E award. We walked in snow, sleet and sunshine while learning how to use a map to navigate our route. After putting our tents up, we learned how to cook using a trangia and ate a range of delicacies: from rice and curry sauce to noodles! After a chilly night camping, we put our tents away and did another long walk the next morning before setting off home. Can’t wait for the next expedition in July!

Gardening club

Gardening club starts on Tuesday 3pm-4pm. Outside the Pavilion building. See Mrs. Maddocks for details.
All students are welcome!

Rounders Tournament

The following pupils competed in a rounders tournament last week. We lost to Archbishop Beck & Fazakerley, but beat St John Bosco. Most of the other teams were mixed Y7 & 8, so the girls did really well to hold their own. Congratulations and well played.

Geddes Sophie
Bahmaninia Fatemah
Idris Sama
Ismail Sondos
Rameez Momina
Riaz Laiba
Audu Hannefah
Sumner Sadie Leigh
Knox Melissa
O’Toole Chloe
Kangete Aaliyah

KS3 Drama Club

Mr Maloney would like to say “Thank you,” and “Congratulations,” to the KS3 Drama Club for their hard work, passion and dedication this year. The students have performed two great pieces in front of an audience: The Act Together play; based on the theme of arson, which was performed at Broad Green International School, and the Numeracy play; an informative, comedy educating Year 7, 8 and 10 about using numeracy in their everyday lives.

I have really enjoyed working with you and watching you grow in confidence, develop team working skills, as well as develop into fine actors. I’m looking forward to seeing what next year brings!

Numeracy Counts

Mr. Whoriskey, staff and students have been working hard all year to raise awareness of numeracy across the curriculum. There are regular activities such as the highly competitive numeracy challenge, shared each week during form time; and special activities such as the numeracy assembly by Mr. Maloney and his Drama Club this week.
This year was the first year of the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark and we are the first secondary school to have been awarded the Quality Mark. We achieved the silver award. A quote from the assessor was that we ‘were a very strong silver with elements of gold.

Outward Bound


A group of 30 Year 9 pupils attended a week long outward bound course in the Lake District. The girls were brilliant and joined in with everything including Gorge walking, rowing, canoeing, night line, leap of faith and the hardest part was the wilderness camping. The girls had to carry heavy rucksacks with clothes sleeping bags and tents. When they reached their camp after a long hike, they had to pitch their tents; no camping site, just wilderness and a stream for water. They then had to cook for themselves. Most of the groups were camping in snow so they thoroughly enjoyed the snowball fight but discovered too late it’s not nice going to bed wet and cold.
Next day they were up bright and early, made breakfast and packed up ready for the trek back to the centre. We had some very tired girls at the end of it.
We were joined by 30 pupils from Oldershaw Academy on the Wirral both sets of pupils got on really well and some have made friends for life.


Young Achiever

Hollie (Y13) has won the Liverpool DLA Young Achievers Award for her fantastic achievements in Taekwondo. Congratulations!

Art Students on the Catwalk at Liverpool Fashion Week

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Fashion Show was an opportunity for up and coming designers to showcase their collections as part of Liverpool Fashion Week. The event not only supported the aspiring designers but a range of local children’s charities. Our Year 12 and 13 Art students designed hats for the show and some even modelled their creations.

World Book Day


Year 8 enjoying their World Book Day books which they purchased with their World Book Day vouchers.
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!

Happy Birthday Shakespeare

On Monday 25th April, a group of 15 year 9 pupils attended a day at Liverpool Hope University. To honour the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago, a day of seminars, workshops and lectures were held at the university, focusing on the themes and ideas of his play, ‘Measure for Measure’.

The day culminated in a tour of the campus arranged by some of their current students. Holly Lodge pupils were able to see first-hand what student life is all about, whilst learning lots about Shakespeare!

On Tuesday 26th April, 40 year 7 pupils attended a special screening of Shakespeare Live – filmed live at the Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Pupils had their very own cinema screen where they were entertained by music, drama, dancing, comedy and drama, all inspired by Mr Shakespeare himself!

Pupils on both trips were, as always, a credit to themselves and the school.

The Lip Sync Battles


The end of term saw ‘The Lip Sync Battle’ Holly Lodge style. It was a fantastic atmosphere with lots of great acts and a number of surprise guests. The winners for each year group were as follows:
Y7 The Lazy Squad
Y8 Mr Maloney
Y9 Grace Tyrell
Y10 The Big Remix
Y11 I am Sacha Fierce

“ It was very funny and creative. I loved how it was performed” Asal Year 7
“ We had a great time as it was very entertaining; we really enjoyed ourselves ” Year 11
“The best end of term and the best way to lose four pounds in one day I’ve ever found.” Anonymous
Thank you to all our acts that took part; a special thank you to Murphdog who flew in from LA for a very special performance. The event was a great success.

Dot Art Competition 2016

‘All Year 9 art classes have been working towards the annual Dot Art Schools competition whereby Yr6 and Yr9 pupils across Liverpool are invited to submit a piece of art. Each school is allowed to enter up to 25 pieces of work which are then put on display on the Dot Art Schools website:

http://schools.dot-art.com/school/index/name/holly-lodge-girls-college

Please follow the link to see our dedicated page in order to show your Yr9 form. In a couple of weeks, a panel of judges from the creative industries will short list 3 finalists from each school. These 3 finalists’ work will then be subject to an online public vote. A winner from EVERY school will then have their work exhibited in St George’s Hall in June where an overall winner will be announced. The shortlisted finalists from Holly Lodge will be notified in due course and then publicised so that friends, family, staff and the general public can vote for their favourite. This is a unique opportunity for Merseyside pupils to have their work viewed by a potentially worldwide audience. Watch this space for when the public vote is opened.’

Year 13 Drama Performance

On Wednesday 23rd March, Year 13 performed their Unit 3 exam piece to almost 100 spectators who were immersed in a nightmare world. The play; written, directed and designed by the ensemble cast had moments of shock which made the audience question their beliefs on free will versus fate. It was a flawless performance, which included a Q& A session to help the audience understand where the performers’ ideas came from and how they were developed.

Feedback has been outstanding with audience members writing “What a fantastic piece of Drama,” and “A highly accomplished production,” at the bottom of the audience response form.

Mr Maloney would like to congratulate the amazingly talented five for an outstanding performance, which engaged the audience and left them feeling rather scared by the end. The girls truly have been a gift for any Drama teacher and I am especially proud to have witnessed these students grow into fine performers and work so well together over the years.

Look out for Year 11 performing their individual showcases in late April and Year 10 performing their scripted pieces in June.

Act Together

Mr. Maloney’s Years 7 & 8 Drama group represented Holly Lodge at Broadgreen on Wednesday night in the ‘Act Together’ show. They presented a play about arson and were a credit to the school and themselves. They were some of the youngest performers there and, although the event wasn’t a competition, they matched the talents of the older performers from other schools. The students involved were:
Year 7: Ellis Lunt ; Chloe O’Toole ; Amy Parry; Allyah Sheikh
Year 8: Hager Algaroushi; Sophia Azrif; Mia Devling ; Jayda Lunt; Ella Morecroft


Rock and River


Mrs Maddocks and Miss Brown took 10 GCSE PE students to Rock and River, Mawdesley, for training and assessment in outdoor sports as part of their course. The girls spent 3 days orienteering and climbing and finished the weekend with a ‘leap of faith’ from a 30ft pole! The girls worked really hard, even when the tasks were difficult and got some excellent assessment grades. Well done to all!


Football Club


Calling all years 7-9! You have an opportunity to practice your football skills in Football Club Thursday after school. It is inter-form Football next week.
Reminder of the schedule for next week:
Year 7-Monday 21st March –Periods 1 and 2
Year 8-Thursday 24th March-periods 4 and 5
Year 9-Tuesday 22nd March –periods 4 and 5.
Last chance to see how your team works out.


Drama Club

Starting today after school, Thursday 17th March, Drama club in the hall! We will be working on producing an updated version of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. We shall meet every Thursday 3:15pm – 4pm. There will be witches, royalty, intrigue and battle!
Lots of fun to be had!

Chicago


A group of 45 students from years 11,12 & 13 went to enjoy a free performance of ‘Chicago’ presented by Liverpool Media Academy at The Epstein last night. Well done to all that attended!

Holly Lodge students on Radio Merseyside’s Breakfast Show

Holly Lodge students on Radio Merseyside’s Breakfast Show with Tony Snell.Listen again to Holly Lodge students on Radio Merseyside’s Breakfast Show with Tony Snell.

BBC School Reports Day

BBC News School Report gives 11-16 year-old students across the UK the opportunity to research and produce their own news reports for a real audience. This year a number of Year 8 students took part with the help of Mrs. Edwards.

The students initially met in January to discuss some of their ideas and some of the stories that affected them. Once they decided what stories they wanted to focus on, they began researching and making plans.

Students were supported by Ngunan Adami, a presenter and journalist from Radio Merseyside who put them in touch with some professionals they could interview. The budding journalists worked tirelessly, preparing, organising and filming interviews, as well as asking fellow students at Holly Lodge for their views. They were even visited by BBC North West!

BBC School Report took place on Thursday 10th March, and the team had a really early start. They met at Radio Merseyside at 7.15am where they were interviewed live on air! The day was then non-stop! Students had to complete their filming, presenting and editing all by a deadline of 2pm!

All agreed it had been a fantastic day, and can’t wait until next year to produce the best one yet!

Holly Lodge on BBC One North West Tonight 2016 from Holly Lodge Girls’ College on Vimeo.

Slow Down for Bobby Campaign

Slow Down for Bobby

Bobby Colleran, aged 6, was killed in 2014 in a road traffic accident near his school in West Derby. His cousin Amber Williams and friend Eleanor Jones, Year 11, have made a short public information film to help support the ‘Slow Down for Bobby’ campaign started by Bobby’s family after the accident.
They made the film as part of their Media Studies GCSE; it’s been shown in assemblies to all year groups last week in order to continue to publicise the campaign and raise awareness of the fundraising day which took place on Friday.
A huge thank you to everyone for raising £543:50, how fantastic is that? Amber and Eleanor have done a great job in raising our awareness, well done girls.
The response to the film has been overwhelming; here are just a few of the comments:
‘Shocking statistics; a very touching film and a fantastic way to honour the memory of Bobby.’
‘I felt moved by it and have gained awareness of road safety.’
‘I think the video will be beneficial in raising awareness for the Slow Down for Bobby campaign.’
‘There are too many lives being lost. It makes you think to stop, look and listen.’
‘The message was very affecting.’

This year we had a focus on the Victorian Times for World Book Day. Staff highlighted on door displays their favourite Victorian times novel. During each lesson staff took time to discuss and share with pupils their favourite novel. Every pupil in Holly Lodge received a book voucher which enabled them to exchange for certain books or get £1 off a book. During form all classes looked at the books they could exchange their token for in depth to enable pupils to decide how they would use their token.

International Women’s day

International Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year to mark the plight and achievements of women around the world. There is still a great deal of discrimination against women e.g. on average, women still earn almost twenty percent less than men and of the world’s titled land, only 1% is owned by women. However, there are plenty of inspirational women out there who have broken through their glass ceiling. Here are a few inspirational comments from Holly Lodge’s women of the future:
# One Day I will:
I will make a difference; achieve my dreams and help people who don’t receive any medical care by becoming a doctor – Estelle
# One Day I will:
Become a teacher, helping those who struggle to read and write. I will teach them about the history of the women’s vote and how women struggled to get education and vote – Jamie-Leigh
# One Day I will:
Make sure everyone is equal – Faye
# One Day I will:
Help children with special needs – Ellie
# One Day I will:
Be a soldier and fight for my country – Savannah
# One Day I will:
Help people pursue their dreams – Siyu

Holly Lodge students win logo design competition

Liverpool Counts recently ran a competition to design a Logo for their Quality Mark. Over 40 schools took part. 4 year 7 pupils Alexia Hurt, Millie May Colquhoun, Niky Sparrow and Connie Young spent a number of weeks after school working with Mr Graham to design a Logo for the competition. This Logo will now be used on all Liverpool Counts documents. This is a fantastic achievement and congratulation to the everyone involved.

Theatre of Debate

‘People are Messy’ is a new play by award winning playwright Judith Johnson. It targets pupils aged 13 + and engages its audiences in an informed debate around PPI – patient and public involvement and the social and ethical issues that it raises. The company performed for Year 9 and 10 pupils who all enjoyed the play and taking part in the debate.

Volleyball Competition


Eight of our year 7 girls attended a volleyball competition at St. Edward’s yesterday. The girls received 2 hours volleyball training; then competed against school teams from Fazakerly; St. Edwards; St. Julie’s and Archbishop Beck.

The girls then went on to win their heat and lost 2, won 1 game in the finals to come third over-all. Many of the other teams were year 9’s so the girls did very well to compete with them; so a huge congratulations to them.

It was an excellent opportunity for them to develop their skills and play in competitive matches.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Micro-Tyco is a month long challenge that enables participants to practice and learn fundamental business principles in a safe, ‘micro’ environment. Teams from schools, universities or businesses have one month to turn £1 seed capital into as much money as possible.
The Holly Lodge Micro Tyco Team, collectively over the month, raised £510.
They made £74 on the Valentine’s Day Sweet sale, £71.20 on their first bag pack, £53 on the raffle, £19 on the bear and £16 on the Sweet Jar and £276.80 on their final bag pack!
All money created by the Micro-Tycos is invested by WildHearts in micro-loans for poor entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Thanks for your help and support,

The Micro Tyco Team,
Gemma Kirkwood, Scarlett O’Toole, Sophie Duckworth and Laura Atherton.

Holly Lodge Girls’ Choir

The Holly Lodge Girls’ Choir is an after school club for pupils from year 7 through to year 10. The choir will be singing a selection of songs from the modern era as well some classic film theme tunes. Hopefully, this will lead to performances throughout the school year and eventually a concert. The choir takes place on a Wednesday after school at 3:00pm in R7 (Rosalind Franklin building) and anybody who wants to sing is welcome to join – there is no audition.

Employability Interviews – ‘A Great Initiative’

Employability Interviews – ‘A Great Initiative’
Deloitte, a worldwide audit, consulting, tax, and advisory services company, have been providing mentoring support to students at Holly Lodge for the past few years, mentoring sixth form and Year 11 students on aspirations, CVs and interviews.
Fifty-six of our Year Y11 students attended a session with Deloitte staff where they looked at what made a good interview and had an opportunity to consider their own strengths and to perfect their interview technique. Deloitte staff were enormously impressed with their maturity and insight.

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Sixth Form Open Evening

6th form open evening was held on Thursday the 11th of February with over 70 prospective students and parents attending. It was fantastic to meet so many enthusiastic students from Holly Lodge and other schools who are thinking of studying with us. There was a real buzz about the evening and we are looking forward to welcoming them in September!

Btec Performing Arts Students Shine!

On Wednesday 10th February, Year 10 Btec Performing Arts: Acting students performed “Teechers” by John Godber to an excellent turn-out of around 120 family and friends.

After three months preparation; work-shopping vocal and physical qualities; learning how comedy works; and completing research: the students were finally able to show how talented they really are.

Mr Maloney was over the moon with how the girls performed (considering the amount of times he encouraged stronger, more confident performances in rehearsals).

Some excelled in communicating the characters they played and some rose to the challenge of doing even better than they had in rehearsals.

It was a fantastic evening and very well attended. Performing in front of so many people has given students confidence for their formal assessment in June; this will also be performed in front of an audience. We hope to see you there.

Meet Our New Members of Parliament

Thanks to everyone who supported and helped run the elections for School Parliament – particularly Ashlyn, Head Girl, who did a great job organising voters.
The 2 newly elected MPs for Y7 are Ellis Lunt and Naima Ali – All of Y7 are to be congratulated for their contribution and enthusiasm – we had a 85% turnout and everyone who put themselves forward gained some votes.
The MPS for Year 8 are Mollie Challis and Faye Currie with a 78% turn-out.
Shae Best-Dutton and Christina Ketsani have been elected Y9 MP with 62.4% turn out!
Adrien Gillespie and Ellie Brand are Y10 MPs with 85% turn-out!
Jennifer Heffron and Erin Ball were appointed MPs for Y11 on a turnout of 79.6%.
Congratulations to all our MPs.

Sports’ Clubs


There is a new Volleyball club after school every Monday from 3-4.
The following clubs are also available from 3-4 for anyone who would like to attend:-
Tuesday – Bats and Rackets
Wednesday – Netball
Wednesday – Dance Club
Thursday – Football
See you there!

What does A* look like?

On Thursday 21st January, students were invited to an afterschool session on ‘What does A* look like?’ The aim of the session was to show students exactly what skills, knowledge and approach are needed in order to achieve the highest grades at GCSE level. Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Shaw & Mr. Merryweather all delivered subject specific training in English, Maths and Science; targeted specifically at achieving the top grades at GCSE level. Students received high quality, meaningful and relevant information which we hope will result in lots of top grades in this summer’s and next summer’s exams. Well done to the many students who attended.A copy of the presentation is on the website for those who could not attend.

Refugee Crisis

Over October half-term I was involved in an NCS scheme (National Citizenship Service), with Positive Futures; this involved fund-raising for a charity of our choice; as a group we decided to dedicate our fundraising money to the refugees in Calais. We did cake sales; bag packs and sponsored walks. In total we raised over £2,000 and hope we made good use of the money. Thanks to all those who contributed. Ciara Chambers and Mia Sinnett

National awareness week for Mental Health

Monday 8th February 2016 is the start of National awareness week for Mental Health. Year 11 students will be attending a workshop promoting health and well-being, with a particular focus on Exam stress.

Poppy Appeal

We have just received a certificate from the Royal British Legion to thank us for raising £162.79 for the Poppy Appeal

Royal Court Success

City of Readers’

Over the past few months, three of our 6th form students: Ashlyn Baker, Tasha Riley and Leah Whiteside have been working at The Royal Court alongside professional actors such as Mikey Starke, Drew Scoffield and Lindzi Germaine on the annual Christmas show.
I went three times as the show was hysterical and also attended the after show party where the actors informed me how professional our students have been. They have worked tirelessly on the production but have still managed to attend school, hand in essays and complete extra-curricular duties (as head girls and deputy). Huge congratulations to the girls.

The Art Department’s Regular Round-Up


There’s never a dull moment in Holly Lodge’s art department! This academic year is proving to be another busy and exciting year with a jam packed schedule of events.
Back in October, the hard work of the pupils and staff was acknowledged at the annual Educate Awards coming Runner-Up in the ‘Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School’ in Liverpool, Lancashire, Knowsley and Chester. The award was in recognition of our summer school play which was a team effort across the Creative Arts Faculty.
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Christmas Charity Cake Sale

Another huge ‘Thank You’ to all those who contributed to the cake sale at the end of term; baking, buying. We raised an amazing £160 in aid of MacMillan; a very worthy cause.

Christmas Jumper Day

Happy New Year!
A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who took part in Christmas Jumper Day on the last day of term either by dressing up or donating. There were some amazing creations and transformations as you can see. We raised a fantastic £230 in aid of Zoe’s Place, for which they are very grateful.

Educate Awards 2015 – Winners Announced

We are proud to announce that the Creative Arts at Holly Lodge were named Runner-Up in this year’s Educate Awards in the ‘Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School’, following the success of last year’s summer production of ‘Blowin’ A Gale’. The play incorporated the art, drama and musical talents of our pupils resulting in 2 sell-out shows. Mr Maloney adapted script from ‘The Wizard of Oz’, into a Scouse parody telling the tale of a pupil, Dorothy, who travels to school on a bus but arrives in a mystical land where she makes new friends.

Mr Maloney was shortlisted for the Teacher of the Year and enjoyed the prestigious awards ceremony at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral with other members of the Creative Arts team, where our pupils staged a scene from the play to 400 invited guests.

The Creative Arts Faculty are already delivering and planning an equally ambitious and exciting year of projects. Watch this space for more news!

To see more highlights and photographs from the awards ceremony, go to:

http://educateawards.co.uk/winners-of-the-educate-awards-announced/

Holly Lodge is proud to enter into partnership with the Shankly Family Foundation

We are especially proud to be working in partnership with an organisation that so closely shares our community, sporting and educational values. Holly Lodge have historic links with the family with Bill Shankly’s daughter and grand-daughters all having attended Holly Lodge.
The Shankly Family Foundation approached Holly Lodge because of the ‘world class’ sporting facilities we can offer. These have been enhanced recently when the school underwent its major multi-million pound re-development.
The Shankly Family Foundation is a charity that ‘aims to help young people develop their skills, capabilities and responsibilities in society through education and leisure time activities to enable them to become mature and responsible individuals’
Under the venture the Shankly Family Foundation will manage the schools afterhours sports facilities hiring the facilities and organising a range of sporting, performance, artistic and cultural activities for the local and wider neighbourhood. Follow the link www.theshanklyfamilyfoundation.com for more details.

Grand opening of Emmeline Pankhurst Building

Friday 6th March saw the official opening of our new building dedicated to the person who won women the right to vote. The ‘Emmeline Pankhurst Building’, forms the centerpiece of a £7 million revamp of the school site. It houses a main teaching block built comprising new humanities classrooms, arts, music and drama spaces including an activity hall, and a Sixth Form centre with a central atrium and café area.

At the opening, pupils focussed on Pankhurst’s life and legacy ahead of International Women’s Day this coming weekend, and read extracts from famous women’s rights speeches.

Headteacher Julia Tinsley said: “Staff and students are equally proud to have such fantastic facilities and are enjoying teaching and learning in 21st century surroundings at last.

“Not only is the building itself bringing a smile to the lips of our school community but its position at the heart of the school is making life more comfortable for students at lesson change, break and lunchtime.

“We have been really anxious to make sure that the new buildings enhance the beautiful campus on which the school is built, and maintain the unique character of Holly Lodge.
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English Literature Students visit the Palace Theatre

27 students enjoyed Willy Russell’s award-winning musical ‘Blood Brothers’ at The Palace Theatre, Manchester. The KS4 and KS5 students had all been studying this popular production as part of their studies. It was a fabulous performance and the girls were a credit to the school!

Student awarded awarded a certificate for her book review

Year 8 student, Jessica, was presented with a reading certificate for her book review on 21st December at St. George’s Hall. She was one of six winning entries from Holly Lodge

Student Wins Bronze at Commonwealth Games

Hollie Best Dutton a 6th Form Student here a Holly Lodge, represented England at the weekend in the Commonwealth Games in Taekwondo.

Hollie battled it out and we are pleased to announce she won a Bronze medal in her weight division. Well Done Hollie, we are all very proud of you!

Carol Galashan  to provide inspiration

Carol Galashan

GB international gymnast turned diver Carol Galashan is set to provide inspiration to youngsters at an upcoming gymnastics satellite club taking place at Holly Lodge Girls College in West Derby Liverpool. Read more..

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