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Weekly News #28

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

It doesn’t feel like it has been a four day week, does it?

This week we have selected our new Year 10 prefect team. As they start their duties next week, we will be welcoming applications for Head Girl/Boy and Sports Captain. So far, the prefect team have written a formal letter, had a personal interview and been to the polls. The process resumes with hustings thrown in for the next stage before the vote re-opens. We have a fabulous team and I was most impressed by the maturity and wisdom of some of our outstanding young people. We will publish the names of the full team with their picture when the process is complete.

Tonight the Year 11 Art students will be displaying their work at our public GCSE Art Preview Evening, which is open for viewing between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Feel free to pop into the White House to see the beautiful work they have produced. Please note the time for this event has changed since it was last advertised.

Tomorrow the Junior School is open between 2.00pm and 4.00pm for our Open Activity Afternoon for those looking to join Hollygirt in September. Please let friends know if they have children aged 3 to 10 who might be interested. There will be lots of staff on hand to show round, things for the children to do and lots of information available.

Next week we are looking forward to the visiting theatre group on Wednesday who will be showing their play (in Spanish) to all our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils. How exciting! On the same day, my GCSE Drama group will be performing a curtailed (but very funny) version of The Canterbury Tales as their final moderated assessment piece at 7.00pm. It will last for about 30 minutes. We would welcome a small audience (some standing is required as the piece moves around a little). Please email me if you would like to come.

On Thursday, the Year 11 will spend their last day in school (except for examinations/revision sessions). They may be a small cohort but their presence will be much missed. We wish them every success in the final preparation for their examinations.

I will be off on conference at the end of next week so my news will be written early next week.

I wish you all a lovely sunny weekend.

Mrs Hutley


Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

As I write, the Junior Choir (which consists of the vast majority of the pupils from Years 3 to 6) are having a final practice with Mr Thompson and Mrs Bellamy before they journey to Derby Arts Festival – we wish them luck in the competition but, above all, hope they thoroughly enjoy it. It is a great opportunity for the children to showcase what they have been learning and rehearsing in their Choir sessions.

Tomorrow, we are looking forward to welcoming some new children to the school as we host an Open Day for a few hours in the afternoon. There are some exciting activities lined up for them (and I’m hoping to have a go at gingerbread man decorating myself…). If you know of any primary-aged children who may be interested in popping in to see us, please do let their parents know that they are welcome to drop by between two o’clock and four o’clock, where they will be warmly greeted by the staff.

Next week, just to clarify that the Swimming Gala has been postponed and Mrs Morgan is working on arranging an alternative date. I shall keep you posted with regards to the rescheduled date. In the meantime, the Years 3 to 6 shall continue to swim until half term, at which point it will be the Years 1 and 2 (and for the final session of the year, the Reception children will be going for a fun swim, in preparation for September).

The older Juniors (Years 5 and 6) will be joining with some of the younger Seniors to watch a play next week, though there is a slight twist – it is in Spanish! The play promises to be fun and will complement their Spanish studies, so my thanks to Mrs Kara for organising this. There is also a serious point to the play, in that it addresses some of the issues and difficulties surrounding social media. This is a difficult area for us all, and educating children about some of the possible pitfalls is, I am sure you will agree, of paramount importance. If you or your child are looking for any advice or help, please do contact our friends at the NSPCC or pop into an O2 shop, where they have “Gurus” who are working in conjunction with the NSPCC. Their respective websites also have information and resources available.

On Thursday, the Year 5 pupils will be visiting NGHS to participate in a Maths Challenge Day. This, also, promises to be fun and stimulating for them, and I know they are looking forward to it. I’ll let you know how they get on in next week’s news.

Mr Thompson will be writing to you all to let you know that Hollygirt hoodies (which has a nice ring to it, I think – or does it sound like a street gang from Los Angeles or somewhere?) are available to purchase again. As a proud owner, I can attest to their quality and mine certainly kept me cosy when atop a mountain back in February half term. However, I’m starting to sound like a pushy PPI salesman, so I’ll leave it there. But they are nice!

Have a great weekend, and let’s hope that the sun continues to shine. We also have our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us on Thursday 25th May, when it is our Junior Sports Day – more to follow, but do keep the date in mind.

Mr Goodhead
Acting Head of Juniors

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