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Weekly News – Friday 13th October

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Wow, here we are at half term already – not that it doesn’t feel like we need a break, we most certainly do. Children are all a little weary after the late night on Wednesday.

Many thanks to all those who were instrumental in making Prize Giving a success. I am always seeking feedback from parents about the event in order to look how we can make improvements for next year so please contact me with any positives or negatives you perceived. A special thank you to Year 8 for their spectacular marching band number. It was truly uplifting. To Mr Thompson – WOW! Well done. Thank you to all the parents who came and shared such a lovely evening with us. To those who didn’t – I really wish you would. It is our showcase occasion and celebrates all the pupils’ successes and shows the school off at its best, there are many key messages given throughout the speeches and you witness some interesting performances – including all the staff joining in the whole school song. We also rent a venue with a lot of seats, one year I aspire to filling them all.

Prize Giving followed hot on the heels of last week’s production of High School Musical, thank you to the amazing cast and to all the staff team who helped make this a success, again, especially Mr Thompson.

Mrs Bolton asked me whether the top junior/lower seniors would welcome the opportunity to do their cycling proficiency with Hollygirt. If anyone is really keen on this idea could you let Mrs Bolton, Head of ICT know please.

A quick advert for our Curry and Quiz night – tickets are now on sale from Reception at £16 a ticket.

And a reminder that you can help the school with its fundraising by buying your normal purchases through Easyfundraising to get a cash back percentage for the school. With no additional costs or outlay… it’s easy to do and if it becomes usual practice for all of us when we purchase online, it becomes literally easy fundraising. Roberta will post some links on social media for you in the coming weeks if you are not sure how to do it…

Children’s mental health is a subject much discussed on the national agenda at the moment and we are doing a lot of work in school around this sensitive subject. We have made some excellent contacts to support our work and to support your sons and daughters and we have a fabulous free online training resource for parents who are interested in understanding more about some of these issues entitled: Understanding Young Minds. We will be posting the access details to this resource to parents via our social media shortly. Look out for it. We believe that by increasing awareness amongst all the adults who interact with our young people the better we will be prepared to deal with any issues which subsequently arise.

Should you not be aware, we are now taking a two week break before the very long run up to Christmas. Please note our holidays are synchronised with Nottingham High School to ease the travel arrangements of pupils who come by school bus. They are not in sync with some local schools. We return to school on MONDAY 30th OCTOBER. I have already been asked about term dates for the following academic year 2018-19. These will be produced and circulated immediately after half term.

Have a lovely Half Term break.

Mrs Hutley
Headmistress

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

As we break up for our half term holiday, in some ways it feels as though we have only just come back, however, what a lot we have achieved. As well as the progress the children have made in the classroom, they have experienced many extra curricular clubs and trips, performed assemblies and raised a great sum of money for charity. I hope those of you who went to the Notts County football match last Saturday had a great time; I am told we had 123 tickets for this so it was well attended by Hollygirt families. This afternoon, KS1 are off to the theatre to watch Dinosaur World; what a lovely treat for the end of this half term. On Wednesday night, at our annual Prize Giving, the children reminded us just how much they do in addition to their curriculum subjects. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed this event. I was very proud of all of the juniors who all contributed in some way. The confidence of the children speaking amazed me; this is an incredible achievement for such young children. KS2 also need to be congratulated on how well they behaved throughout the ceremony.

Have a relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 30th October when dare I say, Christmas rehearsals will soon be under way!

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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