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Page 1: January 2021: Hodgson Highlight online

Welcome to our first digital version of Hodgson Highlight.

Whilst 2020 was an unusual year, Hodgson Academy still made a positive impact on our local community and kept a love of learning alive throughout difficult times. Now that we are approaching the end of January, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate, our Hodgson Highlights and Heroes of 2020!

Before we begin, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you - our students, parents and carers - for your continued support and patience throughout this universally difficult period in history. The engagement with our online learning provisions and fundraising activities has been superb, and your collaborative responses to changing circumstances has been greatly appreciated.

From the entire Hodgson team, we hope you enjoy reflecting on the highlights and heroes of 2020 with us, and we wish you the very best of health and happiness for the coming year.

Firstly, our talented dancers have been extremely busy in 2020, boasting entries into two National Dance competitions; UDOIT Dance Foundation’s street dance competition, and The Great Big Dance Off. We are delighted to announce that our very own Alex Leen (11H) placed 1st in the 18 and under beginner’s category for UDOIT, whilst Joey Hill (8H) placed 7th in the 14 and under beginner’s category. A huge well done to you both!

In the Great British Dance Off Key Stage 3 category, Isabelle Jacks (8D) won 8th place, and Abigail Steen (7H) finished 14th out of a staggering 121 entries!

In the Key Stage 4 and 5 category, Freya Moss (10M) danced into 17th place, closely followed by Ava Parker (11H) in 18th and Megan-Paige Royal (11A) in 24th. In this category, the girls competed against 123 contestants, including students from colleges and sixth forms.

Miss. Wade, who leads and supports the dancers, says of the achievement: “Over 300 students from across the country were entered and we are exceedingly proud of how well our students did, particularly as this is the first time we have entered this competition. The standard was exceptionally high and we hope our students are as proud of themselves as we are of them.”

Caring for our Environment

Whilst March brought us into our first lockdown, our amazing students continued to protect our environment with green actions and projects at home. From planting seeds, making bee and bug hotels, to litter picking, we are so proud of our students for displaying respect for our planet, and a sense of global citizenship. Led by the Geography department, these eco-actions earned 12 of our students the famous Blue Peter Green Badge award! Have a look at some of the amazing projects we did here!