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Holly Lodge within the Community

Smethwick Foodbank 2016

A group of Year 12 students have volunteered to be Food Bank Representatives for the local Smethwick Food Bank. Having visited the Holy Trinity Church where this operates and meeting with their staff, they are busy advertising the work of the Food Bank around school and collecting required items such as toiletries and breakfast cereals. They are pictured here handing over collected items to a member of staff from Smethwick Church Action Network. Keep in link to Smethwick Food Bank website and image currently being used. Smethwick Foodbank web site


Regeneration of West Smethwick Park

Sandwell Council has secured Heritage Lottery Funding towards the £5.1m restoration of West Smethwick Park, subject to a successful Round 2 funding bid. The project involves restoration of the Park’s historic features, new recreational facilities and nature conservation improvements and the building of a major new community pavilion. The school hosted a Consultation Event for this regeneration of the local area and students have submitted ideas that they would like to see become reality in the restored park.


ESOL Classes

Holly Lodge, in conjunction with Sandwell College, have been running free ESOL taster classes for parents and carers that offer help with practical English needed for everyday life and work such as talking to the doctor or your child’s teacher, meeting with neighbours, returning to work or study or filling in forms.

Beat the Street

A large number of our students took part in the annual Beat the Street Challenge which runs every Spring. It is a free, fun game for the communities of Sandwell to see how far you can walk, cycle, run and move any which way you can! People score points and win prizes by walking, cycling or running from point to point and tapping a registered and activated Beat the Street RFID (Radio Frequency ID) card or fob on sensors (Beat Boxes) which are placed on lamp posts across the dedicated routes where the game is being played. Our students racked up lots of points between them whilst getting fitter along the way.