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Weekly News #25

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

We are tired so it is time to take a well-earned holiday. As of 12.30 today, Hollygirt has broken up for the Easter break and we resume business for pupils on Wednesday 19th April.

You should have received your end of term envelopes on Thursday containing the Holly Leaves which gives you a pictorial reminder of all the fabulous things we have been getting up to this half term. There are many more photos on our website and on our social media pages.

In addition to the fee increase announced in the letter in your end of term envelope, we have just been informed that personal effects insurance will go up from £9.86 to £10.08 in September. This is an additionally billed items that some parents choose to buy in to.

On Monday, we attended the third Hollygirt School Interschool Climbing Challenge at Nottingham Climbing Centre. We had a fantastic evening. Well done to all our climbers – the experienced and the novices. It looks pretty scary to me though I would love a go! It was lovely to see so many parents in support. Climbing seems to be something you really get the bug for and several of our pupils who have attended previous events have taken up the sport outside of school. The Climbing Centre has great facilities and superb trainers. They run children’s birthday parties too. It might make a change from entertainers and pizza?

On Tuesday, Year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the interhouse Spoken Cup and the judging panel were delighted by the standard of entries. The Year 7 read a poem of choice and the Year 8 presented their own monologues. Winners this year were Yusuf and Lily – both from Thoresby House.

Throughout the school we have been speaking about of autism as part of the National Autism Awareness week. In the Senior School, we watched a fascinating film in assembly where children with autism spoke about how they see the world and the problems they can face. We had a fabulous cake sale on Wednesday courtesy of Rufford House and the funds from this, as well as the £1s collected from non-uniform today, will be sent to the National Autistic Society to assist with their on-going work.

The clampdown on the smartness of uniform for Senior School pupils will resume in April. Short skirt wearers beware. I remind all that after Easter, blazers must be worn to and from school and the coats left at home.

School internal examinations are scheduled for the week before half term, week commencing Monday 22nd May and GCSE written papers the week earlier, from Tuesday 16th May. Easter is the perfect time to commence a solid revision programme. Of course we also hope that you will find time for some rest and relaxation!

We have two Open Days coming up next term. On Friday 5th May we will be having an Open Evening for pupils looking to join our Senior School and on Saturday 6th May there will be an Open Activity Afternoon for children in EYFS and Junior School. Letters will be sent out to request help from our Senior School pupils at these events. Once again, we will be asking our parents to help promote them and to pop up posters in their local shops, work and leisure places.

Hopefully you will have read in the Holly Leaves about our upcoming research project which will begin next term. It aims to delve into the history of Hollygirt and we will be seeking reminiscences of former pupils of all generations. We are looking for any volunteers who may have the skills and time to give to this exciting project. Get in touch if you can help.

Wishing you a warm and sunny Easter break.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

The curtain comes down on what has been a very busy and exciting term, with lots and lots going on, as testified by the photos and write-ups on the School’s Facebook account and the copy of Holly Leaves you will have received.

In addition, your child will have received a set of Homework Challenges. I alluded to these last week – the children had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed the tasks, producing some truly outstanding work. It’s not often I hear a, “Yesssss!” when handing out homework, but this was the response of the Year 5 pupils.

I should also add the Readathon to my list of “101 Things To Do In The Easter Hols”. This is our annual sponsored reading event, which is now up and running. Get reading, and I look forward to awarding certificates next term.

So, looking back at the week, we started with The Hollygirt Interhouse Climbing Challenge which was a very well attended event by schools from all over Nottingham. The children were superb and did us proud. Some of them had never climbed before, yet were scurrying up the courses like the squirrels in the trees at Stafford House. Great stuff, so congratulations to them all, and many thanks to Mrs Twells, who organised the event.

On Wednesday, Mrs Keyworth took a mixed team to the Nottingham City High Five Netball Championships and I am delighted to report that they finished second and so progressed through to the finals. Well done to all the team and especially to Brook, whom Mrs Keyworth said was exemplary.

Following on with the sporting theme (which is becoming more prominent, you may have noticed), the older Juniors had an interhouse football tournament at Forest Rec on Thursday afternoon. Under baking sun, reminiscent of World Cups from yesteryear (it must have been at least mid-teens degrees out there), the children all participated very well, with Chestnut just taking first place. Once again, well done to all, and particularly to Joy, whom Mrs Morgan chose as her player of the tournament.

This week has been Autism Awareness Week and we had a truly superb assembly to mark it. Jaimi, from the Seniors, and George stood at the front and spoke to the children about their experiences and knowledge of autism, and both were outstanding: a credit to themselves and Hollygirt. It was very interesting and I was also impressed by the intelligence and sensitivity of the questions raised by the children. All should feel very proud of themselves.

Following on from this, Miss Wilson organised a cake sale, with the help of the Year 6 pupils. Thank you for all the support, and I am delighted to say we have raised in excess of £120 to be donated to the National Autistic Society. There were a lot of happy faces munching on cake! (My son generously bought me a marshmallow-topped cupcake, but just knew I didn’t like marshmallows, so had eaten these himself…) Again, such events don’t happen without your support, so thank you.

We have several new starters joining us after the break, and we look forward to welcoming them. Sadly, we also have to say goodbye to a few pupils as they move on to pastures new (not that I’m at all jealous about Dubai [Aifaan] or Connecticut [Sam]…), but we wish them all the very best for the future and hope they stay in touch.

Whatever you are up to, be it that you’re staying at home or off to different climes, have a great Easter holiday.

Acting Head of Juniors
Mr Goodhead

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