Message from the Headmistress
I am writing this on Thursday – so if anything exciting happens tomorrow I will miss it!
On a wet, grey Thursday morning, we have had our first fire practice of the term. Of course, it took the whole school by surprise so soon after the first lesson bell had gone. All pupils were highly disciplined, used the correct fires exits from their location and moved swiftly and silently. Well done, everyone.
On Wednesday evening, the new parents from Senior School came in to ‘meet the teachers’. It was a very pleasant evening where we could all put names to faces.
We have some very exciting things coming up for our pupils and our parents:
Tickets are now on sale for our annual Friends of Hollygirt Curry Night! The cost of the meal, including the legendary quiz, is £16 a ticket. You can get your tickets from the main reception. This event, which is in its third year, is for parents, staff and friends on Monday 20th November and will be held at 4500 Miles from Delhi at 7.00pm. We hope to sell lots of tickets so that we can have exclusive use of the upstairs restaurant. Why not come and meet other parents – feel free to buy tickets for friends too (adults only). It really is a fabulous night out.
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 have been invited to attend a ‘Fright Night Disco’, another Friends of Hollygirt event. There is an opportunity for pupils to have their face painted after school and obviously to dress up! Letters have already been sent home about this event.
Those who love the Hollygirt hoodies will be given the chance to make another purchase. The branded hoodies, which has the child’s name on the back, come in lots of sizes and colours. They are great value and they wash and wear well. Whilst not part of our official uniform, there are many occasions when they can be worn on school business, but we hope the children will wear them out and about too. Adults – they come in larger sizes too…
Parents new to the school are requested by Friends of Hollygirt to make a donation of Christmas produce to their annual hamper raffle. I have a list of pledges but, as we make up many hampers, duplicate items are always welcome. We will be reminding you to bring in things after half term. Raffle tickets will be on sale in November and the grand draw is held at the Christmas Fair in December. Oh no, I am thinking about Christmas in September!
This week we welcomed Collin Anderson for an induction day prior to him spending two days a week until the end of term gaining experience in an English school. I wonder what he will make of us…Collin is from the University of Connecticut on the final year of his master’s teaching programme. He is a historian. We are delighted to have forged a link with Nottingham University and The University of Connecticut. The connection was borne out of Sam Marcus’s visit to Year 6 last academic year, as his father is the UConn course leader. Sam is also paying us a brief visit later in the term to see his old friends.
The research group is meeting tonight to plan their work towards the production of our new History of Hollygirt book, which we aspire to completing before our 140 celebrations in June 2018. There are still jobs to be done if you have skills to share and time to volunteer.
Next Friday (29th at 4.00pm), the first Parents’ Forum of the new term will be held in my office. New members are always welcome. Please let Lucy know if you would like to attend on email@example.com.The group discusses issues raised by myself and the parents. It is a perfect opportunity to get an answer to your burning questions… you may submit an agenda item even if you are not in attendance. The minutes are published under the Community > Parents Forum tab on our website.
Apparently, there is going to be a heat wave at the weekend so get the washing on the line and take a long walk! Enjoy the weekend.
Message from the Head of Juniors
As I write this, the sun is shining and what a difference it makes! From my classroom, I can see the children enjoying their playtime with new pupils fully immersed in school life.
Next Friday, we have our Harvest Festival assemblies at 9.00am (EYFS and KS1) and 2.30pm (KS2). These will be followed by coffee morning/afternoons to raise money for Macmillan. Please join us for a slice of cake (baked by Years 2 and 6) to raise money for this charity so that we can support all the amazing work that they do.
You should have received a few additional letters this week with information about Prize Giving, Goose Fair and Parents’ Evenings. If any haven’t made it home, letters can be found on the Parents section of the website.
Menus are also available on the website. We do encourage all children to try new things but if there are any days when you would rather your child had a sandwich, please let form teachers know.
I have had a few questions about uniform on Tuesday (when KS1 and 2 come to school in PE kits). Blazers should still be worn and the children are expected to wear these when they go offsite in the afternoon.
Have a lovely (and hopefully sunny) weekend,
Head of Juniors