Message from the Headmistress
Gosh, isn’t the first full week of term tiring!
Senior pupils and staff are wearing their trainers today to support Oxfam’s relief efforts in the Caribbean. I am very comfortable.
This week in Senior School, Year 11 have completed their career profile interviews and attended a Post-Hollygirt Evening where the providers of continuing education set up stalls for our pupils and their parents to discuss course possibilities and to get a flavour of what schools and colleges are offering (and to collect pens, lollipops and prospectuses). It is a tough decision: ‘where next?’. We do all we can to prepare our pupils and to open up to them the world of possibilities.
On Thursday, Mr Cheeseman did a great team building activity session with the Year 7 cohort in the garden. We hope pupils found this a useful icebreaker session and introduced them to challenge and the benefits of co-operation. It certainly looked good!
Tonight at 4.00pm, the Friends of Hollygirt will meet to plan their year’s events. We are always looking for new committee members and people who will help out at events. Please volunteer if you are able.
At the weekend, the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group are doing their final expedition in Derbyshire. We hope it isn’t too wet and windy for you all. Thank you to Mrs Carr for organising this incredibly worthwhile extra-curricular activity. This will be her last outing as she hands over the organisational reigns to Mr Deacon.
Next week, on Wednesday 20th September, we have our first Stay and Play Session for parents considering Hollygirt Nursery/Reception class for their 3 to 5 year-olds. It is a monthly event, for one hour (10.00am – 11.00am). Parents stay with their children and observe them play. It’s a lovely gentle introduction to Early Years education and is very popular so please tell anyone who might be interested to book via email@example.com. Don’t forget your recommend vouchers!
Also on Wednesday is our ‘Meet the Teachers’ session for parents of all pupils new to the Senior School. It is a social event, so you can put names and faces together of key staff and share your child’s first week experiences. Whilst it is not a Parents’ Evening as such, we find it a valuable way to begin building up the relationship, which will endure for years to come. Please attend! The event is intended for parents and not for pupils.
On Thursday 21st September, Carol will be holding her first Research Group meeting at 4.00pm in my office to discuss how volunteers can assist with our project to capture reminiscences and to update the History of Hollygirt book. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
A little advance warning of some things that impact on school:
1) Goose Fair imposes huge parking restrictions on our area from Wednesday 4th October until the end of the week. The notices will be going up soon and we will update parents of the likely impact as soon as we can.
2) Our annual Prize Giving ceremony is on Wednesday 11th October, in the Albert Hall. It starts at 7.00pm and pupils from Year 3 to Year 11 are required to be present from 6.30pm. We like all parents to stay and share this lovely evening. All our pupils sing on stage and we put together an entertainments programme around the formal elements so it is a good night out, sharing our school celebrations in this impressive venue. Pupils from Year 3 upwards are given the afternoon off school in lieu of evening attendance.
At the Senior School Christmas Fair in December, the Friends of Hollygirt run a fantastic raffle for Christmas hampers. Traditionally, parents new to the school donate the items for the hampers and we will shortly be contacting all new parents to ask what they would like to donate.
New parents and existing parents will be aware of how challenging parking is in our neighbourhood. Sadly, there is little we can do to ameliorate the situation in spite of best efforts. Can I urge parents to park responsibly and legally to ensure the safety of our pupils and the convenience of our neighbours. We do occasionally get spot checks from traffic enforcement officers especially at pick up time in the afternoon. Take care not to park on the hump on Villa Road. If the two blocks of free two hour parking on Cranmer Street are full, free parking is available further down Cranmer Street or further up Mapperley Road.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Message from the Head of Juniors
The juniors have been very active this week, participating in some of the Joe Wicks daily workouts and beginning lunchtime and after school clubs. The programme is very exciting this term with something for everyone and we encourage all children to take part.
We have enjoyed the book fair that has been in school this week coinciding with our Roald Dahl week. Mrs Keyworth would like to say a big thank you to parents for supporting the book fair and for helping children with their yellow outfits on Wednesday. Years 4 to 6 experienced a fantastic Roald Dahl drama workshop and Years 1 to 3 will have the same opportunity next week.
I hope parents have found the welcome meetings this week useful; if you couldn’t attend, please let form teachers know if you would like an alternative appointment instead.
Next week is the first of our Stay and Play sessions in EYFS. On Wednesday 20th September, from 10.00am -11.00am, we invite Nursery and Reception aged children and their parents to come and spend some time in EYFS. If you have friends with children of this age who are looking for a school, please let them know.
Please can you make sure children are wearing the correct uniform. Blazers need to be in school at all times and should be worn to and from school and when going off site.
Can I also remind parents to deliver children to a member of staff when dropping them off in the morning. Supervision begins from 8.00am and if arriving before this time, we ask parents to wait with the children. If children are, for any reason, late, it is important that they are brought to their class teachers. We do move between buildings for different lessons and so to ensure their safety, children shouldn’t be coming into school on their own.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Juniors