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Weekly News #30

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

I begin my newsletter this week by sending our very best wishes to Mrs Thornton, Head of English, who has safely delivered a handsome baby boy. Many congratulations!

Blazers a bit grubby? I have received a fantastic offer for parents: Babbington’s Dry Cleaners on Mansfield Road will clean any Hollygirt School Blazer for just £5 and will donate £1 of this to Friends of Hollygirt to support their great work for school. Many thanks to Ms Carey, Ava and Jacob’s mum, for this great deal.

Sadly, I have accepted the resignation of Mr Evans. He will be leaving us at the end of term. As a result, there is a full time Maths Teacher vacancy advertised in the jobs section on the website. Please pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested.

GCSE written examinations have now started and school has quietened down a little. Next week the whole Senior School will be doing their examinations. Please ensure pupils get early nights and are well fed. These seem to be the prerequisites for success. Oh, and a good deal of revision helps too. For those new to exams, there is no need to panic, just try your very best.

Good luck to anyone taking LAMDA acting/verse and prose examinations on Saturday. I look forward to seeing selected pieces at the Summer Concert and I am always looking for some to entertain us at Prize Giving in October!

I am delighted to announce that this year’s pupil leaders will be:

Head Girl: Bronwyn Smith

Deputy Head Boy: Asher Ahmed.

They polled outstandingly well in the pupil/staff vote. My congratulations go to all the candidates – they performed brilliantly at the hustings and we know their skills we will be fully utilised within the prefect team.

Tonight is our termly Friends of Hollygirt meeting at 4.00pm in my office. New members always welcome

Have a great weekend and remember, rain is good for the garden.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Acting Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

It is a relief that the sun was shining yesterday after what has been a rather damp week (though nothing compared to the monsoon the Friday night footballers and tennis players endured last week!). It’s always a relief for all that the children can get out and run around outside rather than being cooped up all day. I am looking at the rather ominous grey clouds outside as I type today, though…

You may remember back in March the children from Year 2 upwards participated in a sponsored sport session after a visit from Olympic swimmer Amy Smith. This week, I was delighted to hand out the awards to the children, consisting of wristbands and posters. We raised a superb £527.92, so well done to all of those who contributed. A big thanks to Mrs Morgan for organising the event, and to you and all others who succumbed to the children’s “chugging”.

On the subject of which, the Readathon, where children are asked to raise money through reading, is drawing to a close shortly after half term. This is to raise money for the School Council’s chosen charity, Water Aid, and there are certificates available for certain reading targets. A reminder letter has gone out, and I look forward to presenting certificates in the near future.

We have some new faces in the Nursery, and it’s great to see Sophie and Jack settling in at the start of their educational journey. As usual, it’s also nice to see the older ones helping out with the youngest children to make them feel at home.

Pupils from Year 1 and Year 2 are off to see “Room on the Broom” later today at the Theatre Royal, which is a super way for them to finish their week. It means that Tennis Club will be a little late starting, but will be finishing at the usual time of 4:45pm.

A quick look at next week shows that it’s exam week. I wish all the children the best of luck, and remind them that all they can do is their best. There should be no “stress” or great anxiety. However, good exam technique – reading the questions carefully, answering the ones they can do and moving on if stuck, working at a sensible pace – will help the children to achieve the best that they can. Good luck!

Also next week is Sports Day, so I look forward to seeing you at Highfields on Thursday afternoon. As above, the children should look to do their best and enjoy the occasion. I’m hoping for some of this sunshine! A reminder that there will be no Football Club on Thursday because of this.

Finally, I am looking into organising a ski trip for the Senior School and older juniors. A letter should be coming your way very soon. I am a veteran of such residential trips, and know what a great opportunity they offer the children. If your child is interested or if you would like to know more, please do come and see me.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Goodhead
Acting Head of Juniors

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