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Weekly News – Friday 9th March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This week is an improvement on last, with no weather or travel problems. So back to normal.

We held our Year 7 Parents Evening on Tuesday night; it was good that so many of the parents were able to make it. I hope you got some a positive update on your son/daughter’s progress.

It is the Friends of Hollygirt meeting tonight (Friday 9th March) after school at 4.00pm in my office. We will be discussing, amongst other things, the final arrangements for our gala dinner to celebrate 140 years of Hollygirt. We have been delighted to secure former pupil and jazz singer-songwriter, Jeannie Barton, to provide our music for us. We have now sold over 100 of the 140 available tickets, so do not delay if you would like to join us. Further details can be found at All tickets are to be bought online.

We are also making fabulous progress on our research project and the updated History of Hollygirt book will be published in time for our celebratory events. We will be putting out pre-orders for this in the Summer Term.

Next week sees our next Open Day on Wednesday 14th, with tours at 9.30am and 2.00pm. I spent some time yesterday training a selection of our Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils for their important guiding duties. Gosh, it was tiring! We have over twenty families expected but have guides for more so please let people know they can still book in for Wednesday’s event.

Wednesday evening is our Senior House Music final – where our budding artistes will be performing to friends and parents in the school hall. We hope to see you there. I am looking forward to being on the adjudicating panel.

On Thursday 15th, a coach load of seniors are off to Wembley Arena to join the massed school’s choir for ‘Voice in a Million’. Sadly I can’t go on this occasion but the bonus is I will be bright- eyed on Friday! Full details of the trip have been sent to parents. Children attending the event can start school at 11.25am so they can get a full quota of sleep after the late night.

Sadly I have to inform you that our bursar, Debbie Fisher is finishing at Hollygirt after a fabulous 6.5 years’ service at the end of this term. She will be much missed having been a stalwart member of my leadership team and a loyal member of staff and a good friend.We have secured the services of locum bursar, Andrew Nicklin, until a permanent replacement can be found. We expect to be advertising for the position within the next half term.

I am now in a position to let parents know that Mrs Atherton, Biology, is back at work and she will be following her timetable fully. This is good news indeed. Welcome back!

I wish you all a very pleasant weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Well it’s certainly been a bit warmer this week and we’ve enjoyed some fabulous sunny playtimes.

Firstly, huge congratulations to Lola in Year 3 and Mordecai in Year 4 for their fantastic efforts in the cross country competition they entered earlier this week. Lola came first in her race and Mordecai third in his. Mr Goodhead tells me the course was 2.6 miles which is amazing. We are very proud of them both.

Severn Trent Water came in to talk to us this week, beginning with an assembly and followed by workshops for different classes. We learnt a lot and now know how we can help to save water; I am sure the children have been filling you in.

On Monday, Mr Goodhead and Mr Ockelford are taking a team of Year 3 and 4 boys to a football tournament and on Wednesday and Friday, Mrs Keyworth and her netball team will be taking part in High Fives netball competitions. Good luck to all of them.

On Tuesday Miss Hardy is taking some children to an Able Maths day.  Some of the younger children are participating in an agility festival on Thursday at Nottingham Trent University; these both sound like great fun.

I apologise that Parents’ Evenings had to be cancelled, due to snow, last week. We have rearranged these for Tuesday 20th March but if you cannot attend, please make alternative appointments with Form Teachers.

There will be no Box Fit club on Thursday 15th March as Miss Hutley is out on a school trip but it will continue as normal on 22nd.

I know some children were disappointed to miss World Book Day last week. Therefore, if they wish to, children may wear their costumes on the last day of term, Thursday 29th March. Alternatively, children may come to School in own clothes on this day.

Our NSPCC workshops and sponsored workout have been postponed; you will receive more information when we rearranged.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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