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Weekly News – Friday 29th September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all parents who responded to a) the questionnaires for the inspectorate and b) to parents of children new to the school who responded to our in-house questionnaire. The latter gives us invaluable information to assist with our marketing and admissions procedures.

Congratulations to Mr Deacon, one of our PE teachers, who ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon last weekend in 1 hour and 26 minutes. Blimey…

On Tuesday, Mr Dean took the Year 7 and 8 football team to the first of their competitive matches of the season hosted by Fernwood School. They really demonstrated their teamwork, enthusiasm and resilience. Their matches were against Farnborough School and NUSA, winning one and losing one. An amazing start – keep it up, team!  Mr Dean reminds parents that next week the pupils will be brought back to school for collection. .

On Wednesday afternoon, pupils from Years 6 to 11 were treated to a fabulous performance by ‘Lexie’, a singer who interspersed her session with key messages for young people about online safety and cyberbullying. What a great way for our pupils to get this critical information. We also witnessed pupils having a fun time dancing on the stage. Wonderful!

On Thursday, Bronwyn and Asher presented a lovely assembly about the work of four local charities, chosen by each house, to give the pupils the democratic choice of which the Senior School will support. The result will be announced soon.

Today, I enjoyed my coffee and cake for Macmillan Cancer Support after the harvest assembly with EFYS/KS1. If I had played my diary right, I could have had more cake this afternoon when the KS2 present their assembly!

Tonight is the first meeting of the term with the Parents’ Forum. New members always welcome – from 4.00pm to 5.00pm in my office. Lucy has sent round the agenda to regular members.

On Saturday, we were expecting to host a trade stand at the Southwell Ploughing Match but sadly, they had to cancel the event for health and safety reasons. This is a shame as it is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet with former pupils and to engage with the community.

Next week we will be hosting our Senior Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s church at 11.30am on Monday. Year 9 will be on a History visit to the Black Country Museum and, on Thursday, the Junior School will be attending Goose Fair.

GOOSE FAIR PARKING RESTRICTIONS will be in place next week. These affect many of the streets in our area and making dropping off and collection difficult. Please check the street restrictions here. They are strictly enforced! These restrictions also mean that the link bus will no longer be in operation. Any pupils who normally catch this bus will be walked over to Nottingham High School by Hollygirt staff to catch the buses from there.

Finally, next SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER, Mr Thompson and the senior pupils will be performing High School Musical at The Space at 7.00pm. You can buy your tickets online here.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Mrs Hutley


Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

We started this week by congratulating Amelia and Andrew, two very deserving winners for Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy for the 2017-18 academic year. Their first official engagement was at the Junior School Harvest Festival this morning and they did a fantastic job. Well done to Rubie, Amy, Alex, Angèle, Marisa and Amara for their excellent speeches. A highlights video of the hustings can be viewed here.

Years 1 to 6 will be enjoying their annual trip to Goose Fair on Thursday 5th October. The children will be walking to the venue with their teacher at 10.00am. We will return to school at the usual time of 3.30pm. Children should come to school in their normal school uniform and blazer. A packed lunch will be provided.

Goose Fair brings joy but it also brings parking restrictions. Please be aware that ‘no stopping zones’ will be implemented on both sides of Mapperley Road from Forest Road and both sides of Cranmer Street from Mapperley Road. The restrictions will come into operation from 9.00am on Wednesday 4th October and will remain for the rest of the week. More information can be read on our website here.

Next week we have our Autumn Term Parents’ Evening. I look forward to seeing parents of Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 parents on Tuesday 3rd October and parents of Years 3 to 6 on Wednesday 4th October. Meetings will take place in form rooms (Years 1 and 2 will be upstairs in Years 3 and 4 form rooms); refreshments will be available in the library and in the Friends’ Room.

Thank you to all parents who brought in cakes for our Macmillan Coffee Morning / Afternoon today!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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