Message from the Headmistress
Welcome back after the long half term, and the ghoulish festivities! We’ve had a calm start to the second half of the term and in spite of the colder mornings and dark nights, we are all in full flight and raring to go hurtling towards Christmas!
Well done to our Girls Badminton Team who have not only achieved a silver medal but also qualified for the finals! Fantastic effort.
On Wednesday this week, so many Senior School pupils were out on trips! It must have been very peaceful here. Most of the Year 10 and Year 11 went to London to visit Tate Britain (where I was most impressed by the sheer output of Turner’s work), followed by a theatrical treat seeing Wicked. It may not be the best script or indeed the best music but the setting, staging, lighting and costumes are an absolute gem. Then we even had time for a leisurely dinner before facing the M1 for our long, late journey home. Well done to those who managed Thursday as a normal day! On the same day, Year 9 went to Cadbury World to look at chocolate production and doubtless try some samples as part of their Geography studies.
I am writing the beginning of this newsletter with quite some noise going on downstairs as the Friends’ of Hollygirt Fright Night disco is raving. I am not dressed as a pumpkin (I wonder who was?) neither have I scary makeup or a long black cloak, but the broomstick is never far away. This was quite a party. Not brilliantly supported by our Year 7 and 8 but it was the first event of its kind at Hollygirt for the older children and we hope to build on it next year. They all looked fantastic and the makeup artist created some stunning faces. Pictures will be available soon.
Friday night sees the Friends’ of Hollygirt Meeting at 4.00pm in my office, please turn up if you would like to come and hear what is being planned. The next big event is the CURRY NIGHT and tickets are now on sale. This is a real feast. Two course Indian meal, with coffee, a quiz and raffle: Monday 20th November at 4550 miles from Delhi. Tickets are selling fast. Remember you can bring friends and family – the more the merrier. Or, of course, come on your own – make new friends! It is such a good night out. Tickets are £16 each and available with cash or cheque from reception.
Next week the school calendar looks quieter than most – I wonder if I am missing something?
Saturday 11th November sees our next OPEN DAY and so far we are looking forward to welcoming over 30 families to look around our lovely school. Lots of senior pupils have been asked to help and we are awaiting their signed consent forms for tour guides and departmental helpers. Please help us by telling friends and family about the event if they are thinking of looking at schools like ours. There is no hard sell, and they can come just to browse if they want to see how different education could be for their children. We really do things very differently from other schools… as one parent recently wrote – we are a small school with a big heart. This works for me.
Term Dates for the academic year 2018-2019 are now on the website here. So you can go ahead with next year’s holiday bookings now!
To all parents new to the school, you have previously been asked if you would kindly donate a Christmas item for our Friends’ of Hollygirt hamper raffle. Could stock start arriving to reception from now. The raffle tickets will go out at the end of November for these fabulous timely hampers, the winners of which are much to be envied! The sort of things you can bring are: food items related to the festive period, quality beverages, alcoholic or not and other Christmas related paraphernalia.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Message from the Head of Juniors
Welcome back; I hope you had an enjoyable holiday. This half term is a much longer one, full of exciting activities as we lead up to Christmas. I am sure you have already heard some of the songs from the end of term production and thank you in advance for helping children to learn their lines.
Yesterday, Year 5 took part in a STEM Maths challenge day at NGHS and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were certainly very tired by the end of the day too!
Poppies are now being sold in the Junior School; all donations over 20p are gratefully received.
Juniors, as usual, are supporting Children in Need; this year, this will be on Friday 17th November. Classes will be encouraged to collect old pound coins whilst Year 6 will also be holding a cake sale as well as selling merchandise during the week. These will include glow in the dark ears, wristbands and key rings as well as a selection of pin badges. Children will also be allowed to wear anything spotty on Friday 17th November.
As it gets colder, please can I remind you that blazers should be in school as well as coats (school uniform colours only please).
There are a lot of sickness bugs around at the moment. If your child is unfortunate enough to pick one up, please can I remind you that even if they feel better, children need to stay off school for at least 48 hours after their last symptoms.
Enjoy the fireworks this weekend,
Head of Juniors