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Weekly News #36

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Well here we are – the last Weekly News of the term and I am aware that Senior School will feel like the Mary Celeste with the Year 11 gone and 34 pupils in America! (Grrrr – why am I not going too?)

I cannot wait to see the postings on Facebook and Twitter of their adventures! While we are on the topic of social media, it was asked in the last Parents’ Forum whether parents are able to receive notifications when we publish a post on social media. The short answer is yes. The long answer is here.

Most of my congratulations this week are to Junior School pupils as they have been in full event mode and I suspect these congratulations will be repeated later by Mrs Wright – sorry for the repetition.

What fantastic shows we witnessed on Monday with the Year 1 and 2 performance of ‘Superkids!’ showing us all how we can save the planet in 3 simple ways. Some amazing stage presence is developing in our younger people and what fantastic singing. The afternoon continued with a performance of ‘The Lion King’ from Years 3 to 6 where we had costumes and masks; animals aplenty telling the well-known story of Simba and his adventures. It just proves that running away from responsibility isn’t a good thing! I simply loved the warthog humour and the banter between the groups of animals as they vied for dominance. Perfect! Thank you to Mr Thompson and all the Junior School staff for their huge efforts here and to parents who provided some spectacular costumes. You can view some photos from the performances here.

Fabulous success from our Year 5 and 6 pupils at the Nottingham City Rounders Tournament on Tuesday. They won gold! Well done all the children and to Mrs Keyworth for organising and training the team. The full report can be read here.

Dr McKitterick took a group of Year 8 pupils to the Physics Olympiad on Wednesday and he is out again today with a group of Year 9 pupils at a Physics competition at Uppingham School. More information about what they got up to at the Physics Olympiad can be read here.

On Wednesday and Thurdsay, we welcomed all our future new pupils and their parents to the school to get to know their form teacher and to discuss how everything works.

Also on Thursday, Senior School pupils took part in some Fundamental British Values (FBV) sessions where they learnt about democracy, law and freedom.

Sadly, I am away today and will miss the presentation of the Senior School end of term certificates as well as the Junior School Concert (but the talent is most definitely there and I know it will be a huge success).

What a week! Exhausting…

You will all receive your end of term envelopes today (Friday) with the latest edition of the Holly Leaves, the Friends of Hollygirt newsletter, your school reports and your September invoice. If you haven’t received it, you might want to check your child’s school bag! Children who are absent from school will have theirs posted home.

Next week, we have two and a half days to finish off the term with the Junior School Swimming Gala setting off the week. I look forward to this (but not as much as 12.30pm on Wednesday when after two long assemblies I can do my filing)!

Here’s to a long and stress free summer. May the sun shine and blessings of peace and happiness be on you all…

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

What a busy week we have had. On Monday, we were treated to fabulous performances from pupils in Years 1 to 6. The ‘Superkids!’ performance taught us all some valuable lessons through their entertaining songs and they performed with such confidence for children so young. This was followed by ‘The Lion King’, my favourite musical, and I wasn’t disappointed; it was brilliant!

Years 3 to 6 performed again to the rest of Junior School this morning. A big thank you to the Junior School staff for all the additional time that was put into rehearsals and costume making and a huge thank you to Mr Thompson for everything that he does!

We very much enjoyed celebrating the successes of EYFS and Year 1 at our Prize Giving assembly on Wednesday. We are so proud of all of these children and the progress they have made this year. Photos from the event can be viewed here.

On Monday, it is our annual Swimming Gala. Please make sure children arrive promptly at school (by 8.50am) as the coach will leave at 9.00am. I hope to see many of you there. Reception will be joining Year 1 and 2 for their Tuesday ‘fun swim’ in preparation for next year. Years 3 to 6 will be out on their end of term trip on Tuesday while Nursery to Year 2 will be taking part in some fun activities in school, including a teddy bears’ picnic.

Wednesday is the last day of term; children may come to school in their own clothes. We finish at 12.30pm and there is no After School Club on this day.

Mr Torode who works as a playground supervisor is retiring at the end of the year. We wish him all the best for the future.

I would like to thank all staff and everyone who works with the Junior School. I am very lucky to have such a dedicated, caring team to work with. A big thank you to Mr Goodhead for taking over my role whilst I was on maternity leave and ensuring everything ran so smoothly. Lastly, thank you to all parents for your support over this year. I wish you all a relaxing summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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