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Weekly News #26

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the Summer Term. I hope you have all had a relaxing break.

At the start of term, we welcomed Abigail, Gabrielle, Jacob and Ava to the Junior School. We hope they will quickly make new friends and settle in to the Hollygirt routine.

The pace is building up in the Senior School with the start of the GCSE art exam today and the written paper in just over 3 weeks. Our internal school exams are 4 weeks away so we hope revision has commenced. Pupils in Senior School should all know their examination timetables now.

I have today received the news that Green Cook (Helen Milloy) and Blue Cook (Janet Marshall) will be leaving at the end of this half term to set up their own business enterprise. We are currently advertising for replacements. We are also looking for an additional English Teacher and a part time Food and Nutrition Teacher. The details of all positions can be found on our website here. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Next week is the Parents’ Forum which will take place at 4pm in my room. Please let Lucy have any agenda items for this and confirm your attendance if you are a regular. New members always welcome.

I remind all that Hollygirt School will be closed for the May Day Bank Holiday on Monday 1st May.

Our next Open Event for prospective pupils to the Senior School is on the evening of Friday 5th May from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. Tour guides will have received a letter asking for their support and I know several departments are looking to recruit volunteers to help on the evening. We are happy for children to stay after school and we will be providing pizza, a drink and some entertainment for them if they remain in school. We need parental consent for all those who will be present on the evening. The collection times vary depending on the roles and where the pupils are helping so please check the time and place of collection carefully on the letter. On this evening we will only have the main Senior School building and the White House open. On Saturday 6th May we will be having an Open Event for the Junior School. We are always very grateful for your personal recommendations to your friends and family; this is without a doubt our best marketing tool. Remember you all have a Reward Card which could earn you a £50 John Lewis voucher.

Some Year 6 and Year 7 parents recently asked Mrs Bolton about touch typing. She has kindly provided some links to online touch typing games and activities for you here.

Following some discussions with parents at the last Parents’ Evening, we have organised a series of first aid sessions for Hollygirt pupils. The sessions will be based on the British Red Cross ‘Welcome to Life. Live It.’ programme. We’re looking forward to the introduction to the course on Friday 5th May.

For all parents who currently participate in the Fees Refund Scheme, please be aware that fees will increase from September. More information can be found here.

Have a pleasant weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

I hope you’ve all had a super Easter break, and, no doubt, the children were ready to come back to school. If they weren’t, you certainly were ready for them to come back, I would guess!

Thank you for those of you who helped the Hollygirt balloon on its travels. There are some superb pictures on Facebook and in the gallery on our website – the balloons were very lucky! No matter where you were, near (Newstead Abbey for me, fortunately on the hot day) or far (Edie-Mae’s pictures from Mexico are superb!), we’d love to see them – please keep them coming in.

I trust your children enjoyed their homework challenges. I think it was a lot of fun for them, and gave a bit of focus and challenge over the holidays. I look forward to awarding certificates in the next week or so. In the meantime, please could you aim to have the booklets in by Monday. There is some great work – sock puppets, board games, paintings using vegetables, and so on. I shan’t name the pupil who told me that “going a day without the internet was the hardest thing ever!”

You may be interested to know the final figures for our charity events at the end of last term. During Autism Awareness Week, we raised £351.04 for the National Autistic Society, and, in addition to this, Wacky Hair Day raised £117. Well done to all – a great effort, and the money will make a difference.

The week has flown by, as usual. We have welcomed Jacob, Ava, Gabrielle and Abigail to the Junior School, and all have settled in remarkably well, credit to themselves and, indeed, their new peers for making them feel so at home. It is never easy starting a new school, but children seem to find the transition to Hollygirt easy in my experience. We all look forward to getting to know our “newbies” better and better.

Thursday afternoon saw the children in Year 3 and Year 4 heading to Magdala Tennis Club for an afternoon of tennis. The session was led by James Ockelford and his assistant Josh and I think it’s safe to say that it was thoroughly enjoyed by the children, many of whom had not played before. They will continue visiting the club every Thursday until half term, with the exception of 25th May (Junior Sports Day – a date for the diary). After half term, Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be going there.

The extra-curricular activities programme will be running in full as of Monday and I know the children will be looking forward to this. There are several new activities, including Tennis for Years 1 to 3 with the aforementioned James Ockelford – if your child is interested, there are a few places left. There are also spaces available for the Football Clubs (Reception to Year Two and Year Three to Seniors). Please let me have your child’s activity form at the start of next week so that staff know who to expect. I’m a big believer in extra-curricular activities (as you may have noticed by the amount of press they get in my Weekly News!) – I just think giving new activities a go, or continuing with previous interests, is really good for the all-round education and development of children, as well as being a great way to make friends and feel a sense of accomplishment.

This is becoming a sizeable tome, so I should bring things to an end. Just a reminder that swimming continues on Tuesday next week, and it will be the Years 3 to 6. Also, we have had to change venue this term due to a pre-existing booking the council had in place. The children will be swimming at Ken Martin Leisure Centre. We are assuming that you will pick your children up from school unless you tell us you wish to collect them directly from the pool. I would advise that you come just a little later to collect on swimming days (ten minutes or so) to allow for traffic coming back from the pool.

The tome is even more sizeable now…

Have a lovely weekend, and I will see you soon.

Mr Goodhead
Acting Head of Junior School

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