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London Children’s Book Project

12th December 2018 - Farhana Sultana

The London Children's Book Project work with settings across the capital to redistribute thousands of new and gently used books to children and their families. Hollydale was very lucky to receive a book hut for autumn term. The hut came packed with a range of books for the children to take home. Thank you to The London Children's Book Project for helping us raise the profile of reading at our school and giving our pupils the joy of owning their own book.

School Food Matters – Young Marketeers at Borough Market 2018

15th July 2018 - Farhana Sultana

The Young Marketeers programme started with a whole school assembly delivered by FareShare where we learnt about the challenges of food poverty and the absurdity of food waste. All proceeds from the three Young Marketeers sale will be going to FareShare and every £ raised = 4 meals for vulnerable families. For our summer sale, Chris Collins, Blue Peter Gardener taught our children the art of growing veg from seed and Borough Market traders shared their trade secrets on how to create a winning market stall. In June, we received a visit from a skilled horticulturist and received further tips on how to ensure a bumper crop. School Council set up shop this Wednesday (4th July) alongside Borough Market traders to sell their school grown produce and raised £71.50 in two hours! What a fantastic achievement for such a worthy cause.

Ofsted 2018- We are a ‘Good’ school!

7th March 2018 - Farhana Sultana

We are delighted to announce that Hollydale Primary School has been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. The last few years have seen us progress and develop at an amazing rate to improve our school across the board, enabling us to give our pupils all the opportunities that every child deserves. Ofsted have recognised the hard work and commitment of our whole school team in securing this rating, and we are immensely proud of everyone involved with our school; pupils, staff, governors and parents alike. You can read the Ofsted report in full at, or by clicking here.

World Book Day 2018

25th February 2018 - Farhana Sultana

          We are excited to announce that Hollydale will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 1st March 2018.  World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children. All children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 1st March. Selected children with winning costumes will receive prizes and all children will have the chance to participate in a World Book Day Parade! Creativity and imagination is encouraged, there is no need to purchase a special costume! Finally, every child will receive a £1 World Book Token that can either be exchanged for one of TEN special £1 World Book Day books or used to get £1 off any book costing £2.50 or more. You can find out more about the books at CLICK HERE to find out more about World Book Day.  

Valentines Disco 2018

16th February 2018 - Farhana Sultana

What a wonderful turnout with some fantastic outfits and groovy dance moves! A brilliant way to end a busy, productive term.

NSPCC Number Day 2018

16th February 2018 - Farhana Sultana


Published writing in UKS2

20th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

UKS2 have been studying the text Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman for the last three weeks. This week they used the characteristics of a known fairy tale featured in the book and changed one of the literary elements to create a new tale, which included a different set of characters, a new setting and a changed conflict or resolution as a launching point for children’s own ‘Grimm’ tales. The children thoroughly enjoyed publishing and illustrating their new Grimm tales for others to enjoy.

Remembrance Day 2017

19th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

We have always taken Remembrance Day seriously at Hollydale knowing that so many gave their lives so that we could we could in a peaceful society today.

School Council visit The Royal British Legion

19th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

On Friday 17th November 2017, School Council visited The Royal British Legion to donate the money from the fundraiser they organised last week selling clay poppies to the school community. They thoroughly enjoyed their visit which consisted of a quiz, paper poppy art, dressing up and role playing as well as a pop up photo booth. They vowed they would fundraise again next year as their visit highlighted to them just how important it is to remember, look after and support our local communities.

Anti-Bullying Week 2017

19th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

This week schools all around the country discussed ways to stop bullying. At Hollydale, we also took part in activities to help us understand more about bullying, how we can recognise it and how we can work together to stop it. These are some of the activities and events that we participated in to raise awareness of bullying as part of our anti-bullying week. All children started the week by making an anti-bullying poster with the winners announced in assembly on Friday. Some children included the theme ‘All different, all equal’. KS2 produced ‘stop’ signs with a simple message to say how we can stop people from being bullied and who we could tell if it happens. UKS2 also investigated bullying online, also known as ‘Cyberbullying’ and produced leaflets or booklets to show what it meant and how it could be reported to adults and stopped. LKS2 took part in role play to show children what bullying meant, how to recognise bullying and who they should report it to if it happened to them. On Wednesday at 1.35pm, the whole school stopped what they were doing, also known as DEAR (drop everything and read). We read silently for 15 minutes to help us reflect on and think about bullying and ways to stop it. On Friday, the whole school came in wearing odd socks and blue to raise awareness of anti-bullying. The school raised £220 through selling anti-bullying wrist bands throughout the week and £1 donations on ‘wear blue/odd socks’ day. Some children commented on the week by saying “I now what different types of bullying is and who I can tell if it happens to me.” (Year 5 child)

Maths at Hollydale

19th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

Playing games and solving problems and puzzles make our lessons fun. COLA master classes for bright mathematicians. Maths in EYFS. Lot's of fun ways to learn about numbers.

LKS2 Year 3&4 Football Competition

9th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

On Wednesday 8th November 2017, our Year 3&4 Football Team had their second competitive match against Rye Oak Primary School. This week our focus was to defend as a team and be positive with our decision making and this was evident from the start. The final score was:
Rye Oak - 4
Hollydale - 2

School Council Poppy Project 2017

6th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

School Council have been selling clay poppies this week made by the children of Hollydale to support The Royal British Legion. They will be visiting the headquarters on Friday 17th November 2017 to donate all the money they've fundraised in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in wars fighting to protect our country.

Literacy Displays Autumn 2017

6th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

Wonderful extended writing outcomes on display across the school this term covering a range of genres in Literacy.

Southwark Foodbank Visit 2017

6th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

Today 10 children from KS2 went to the Pecan foodbank in Peckham. The children found out how the foodbank operated, where its food came from and how the food is allocated. They also had a tour of the stock room and food storage area and packed and labelled food parcels. They sorted out the tinned food in accordance with sell by dates. They all really enjoyed the trip and promised to regularly donate to the foodbank to help local people in crisis!  

Football Match

5th November 2017 - Farhana Sultana

On Wednesday 1st November 2017, our Year 3&4 Football Team had their first football match against Bellenden Primary School. Despite it being their first competitive match, our children showed great teamwork and resilience which resulted in us playing some great football. Unfortunately the game ended 6-4 to Bellenden but our players did not give up and have promised to come back with a fighting spirit next week.
Man of the Match - Nathan McDonald

UKS2 VE Day Celebrations

24th October 2017 - Farhana Sultana

To end their learning on their topic of World War 2, UKS2 held a street party. Children came dressed as evacuees, British generals and even Churchill made an appearance! What a fantastic showcase of learning and a great end to the first half term! Well done, UKS2.          

Summer Reading Challenge 2017

24th October 2017 - Farhana Sultana

Well done to all these children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge 2017 by reading at least 3 books during the summer holidays. They were presented with certificates this morning by our local librarian Jacob Meno from Nunhead Library.