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12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

Published on : 19 December 2020 / Categories: General

Students at The Hyndburn Academy celebrated the lead-up to the Christmas holidays with a 12 days of Christmas countdown. 

Day 1 

12 days of Christmas Head Teacher Assembly

Students attended a virtual assembly with Head Teacher, Miss Palmer to kick start the HYA 12 days of Christmas. 

Day 2

Weekly Attendance Draw 

Students who have achieved 100% attendance were entered into a prize draw to win prizes. 

Day 3

Random Acts of Kindness Week 

Students and staff received thankyou cards to write to each other to mark random acts of kindness week. Students and staff were delighted to receive their cards and read their messages. 

Day 4

House Competition - Design a house bauble

Each form received a bauble to design. The winning baubles were displayed on our student Christmas tree and each house received house points. 

Day 5

Miss Palmers Virtual Christmas Quiz

During form time students logged onto Microsoft Teams to take part in Miss Palmer Virtual Christmas quiz,  25 general knowledge questions. Well done to Alesha Baig and Ella Freedman, Year 7. They tied for 1st place with 12 points and won on the first tiebreaker.

Average points

Overall = 7.58

Year 7 = 7.95

Year 8 = 7.42

Year 9 = 7.44

Year 10 = 7.16

Year 11 = 7.13

Day 6

Christmas Jumper Day

Students and staff wore their Christmas jumpers to raise funds for local charity Millies Smiles.  Millies smiles provides a Milly Bag to every family whose child has been admitted to Manchester, Alder Hey and Leeds Children’s Hospitals with a new cancer diagnosis. They help them through those first few weeks of their unexpected hospital stay, when families are bewildered and facing a long spell in hospital with their child. Millies smiles is our chosen charity and we will be raising money throughout the year to purchase Millie bags for families in need. 

Day 7 

Virtual Pantomine 

Students in Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a virtual pantomime, using our new inflatable screen.  

Day 8

Weekly Attendance Draw

Students who achieved 100% attendance were rewarded with tickets to a film afternoon. Students enjoyed a Christmas film and treats. 

Day 9

Virtual Christmas Cracker 

Each year our students audition to take part in 'A Christmas Cracker' a festive showcase of HYA talent. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, unfortunately, we could not invite parents and carers into the Academy. This did not stop our festive spirit as we took the show virtual! Students and staff auditioned for the show by sending clips of their act to Miss Allcott and the show premiered on our website and social media channels. 

Personal Development Day

Our December personal development days usually see our students going into the community to spread Christmas cheer by delivering handmade gifts or visiting local care homes. This year students created hampers that were delivered to local care homes. These contained donated treats, homemade Christmas Cards and Christmas Decorations. Our students made a socially distant trip to deliver the items to the local care homes.

Day 1

Christmas Dinner Day

Caterlink our catering agency cooked up a fantastic Christmas dinner again this year. Although not all our students can use the dining room due to social distancing, throughout the pandemic our catering team have worked hard to ensure food is cooked and delivered to all our student in their pod areas. 

Day 11

Community Raffle

We wanted to say thank you to our parents, carers and staff for all their hard work and continued support throughout the pandemic. All our parents, carers and staff names were entered into a community raffle to be in with a chance of winning a luxury hamper. Well done to our winners. 

Day 12

Rudolphs Recognition

Rewarding students for their hard work is a big part of Academy Life here at The Hyndburn Academy. We created a Rudolph-style advent calendar. In each box was Love to Shop vouchers of random amounts from £5 - £20. Miss Palmer held a virtual assembly and picked winners from various categories, for example, highest achievement points, Sparx and Hegarty maths leaderboards, 100% attendance. If a student's name was called out they came down to Miss Palmer's office to collect a box. 

Celebration Assembly 

At the end of each term, we hold a celebration assembly. This is usually a time the whole school comes together to celebrate however this year it was held via Microsoft teams. 

Students were nominated for awards by their teachers for displaying the United Learning core values within their subject. Awards were also issued for attendance, head of year awards, and Head Teacher awards. Each student received a certificate and a prize. 


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