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Weekly News #27

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the sun in readiness for our long weekend. Quick reminder that Monday is the May Day bank holiday and school will be closed.

I am cancelling the scheduled Open Evening for Senior School on Friday 5th May. Many prospective families were struggling to make it with it being a Friday night and a bank holiday weekend so I have decided to do personal tours instead. Thank you to all the pupils who committed to either being a tour guide or to helping a particular curricular department. We will no longer need these pupils to be at school in the evening, 6.00pm – 7.30pm. The GCSE Art Preview, scheduled for the same evening, will still go ahead in the White House (entry from Villa Road). You are invited to come along, view our fantastic GCSE Art work and enjoy some refreshments. The Open Activity Afternoon for Junior School on Saturday 6th May will go ahead as planned.

Parents of children in current Year 8 are advised that from September 2017, the year group will be split into two for all teaching lessons.

Tonight, at 4.00pm, the Parents’ Form will meet for a short meeting. We can still accept agenda items for this discussion.

Next week, Senior School form photographs will be taken on Wednesday 3rd May. Additionally, we will have a photographer in school on Thursday 4th May to take some photos to use on our website. Can I at this point congratulate the Senior School pupils on their improved smartness. Wearing the blazers around school looks so much neater. We still have a few shorter skirts, holes in tights and untucked white shirts to work on. Girls are advised that if they wish to move into socks rather than tights as it gets warmer, their skirt should be longer.

Good luck to the Junior School choir who take part in the Derby Arts Festival on Friday 5th May.

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

There are a few tired looking faces, pupils and staff alike, at the end of what has been the first full week back. Fortunately, we have the benefit of an extended weekend with it being May Day. Let’s hope the sunshine that is currently shining down on the lovely garden at Stafford House continues. Even if this isn’t the case, I am sure the children will enjoy the chance to lie in on Monday, though, as the parent of a young child, I find it doesn’t normally work out like that…

Junior Class Photos were taken this week and have just this moment arrived at my office so expect them in your child’s bag this evening. They look great, I am sure you will agree. If you wish to order, please do so by either returning the enclosed envelope to your child’s class teacher or order online (which is a very simple process, I should add).

Earlier this week, the netball squad (who also feature in the photos taken on Wednesday) were in action again in the Nottingham City Schools Finals. A huge congratulations to all the squad, finishing fourth overall (so just missing out on the medals). In the Bronze play-off match, which we were leading until the last five minutes, Mrs Keyworth swears it was a team of Titans we were up against! Well done all on a super effort and my thanks to Mrs Keyworth and Mrs Giacone.

Looking ahead to next week, Mr Thompson shall be taking the Junior Choir (a photo of whom was also taken) to compete in Derby Arts Festival on Friday morning. This is a great event that all enjoyed last year. You are welcome to come and watch if you wish – the children will be singing from around 10:45 and it is held at St John the Evangelist Church, Derby, DE1 1DY. The children will be required to wear formal uniform including their blazers.

On Saturday 6th May, the Junior School is hosting an Open Afternoon for prospective parents and children who are interested in a Hollygirt education. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please do ask them to get in touch with the school. There will be some fun and lively activities for the children to have a go at.

Do all have a super long weekend, and I hope that I – and mean, we – get that elusive lie in on Monday morning.

Mr Goodhead
Acting Head of Juniors

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