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Weekly News – Friday 28th September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

We have had a calm week in Senior School. Monday saw Emily O’Hara, Education Assistant at the Houses of Parliament, come and deliver an assembly to all pupils from Year 3 upwards about parliament. Children gained such valuable information to aid their understanding.

On Wednesday, the majority of our Year 7 and 8 went off to Broneirion in Wales on their residential. There are some fabulous pictures on Facebook showing some of the exciting things they have been getting up to and their team building challenges; take a look.

This week we welcomed Lily to Year 5 and Arya to Year 8, we hope you will both be very happy here.

Last Saturday we held our first Open Day of the year and it was very successful! Can I thank all the pupil helpers who were fabulous ambassadors for the school, showing round a record number of prospective pupils.

Thank you too to the staff, for putting up their lovely displays and sharing their Saturday with us.

This morning (Friday) we are hosting our MacMillan coffee morning as part of the national event. The Senior School Head Girl, Jess, told us all about it in assembly and encouraged us to ‘fill our bellies for a good cause.’

On Saturday, Hollygirt has a trade stand at the Southwell Ploughing Match, the biggest ploughing match in the country (so said Chris Evans on Radio 2 this morning). Ploughing might not be your bag but it is a fabulous showcase event of rural pursuits and is a great day out for children – especially those who like tanks (yes there will be a tank this year to celebrate the 100 years since the end of World War One) and  big diggers, animals aplenty, great food and an awesome craft tent for the early Christmas shopping. Come and see us!

I am delighted to announce that tickets for our Friends’ of Hollygirt annual Curry and Quiz Night are now on sale. We have an absolute maximum capacity of 65 – so book early! (This event is for parents, friends and family, not for children)

Tickets cost £16 and booking information will be coming shortly. The event this year is on Monday 19th November at CUMIN and tickets will include a variety of food, exclusive use of the upstairs room and the now renowned quiz (which I pledge will be a little shorter this year…)  Save the date! The event itself is not profit making for the Friends but we like to run a raffle and I am requesting of any parents a few good quality raffle prizes; let me know if you can offer anything.

Please be aware that next week we will have parking restrictions for GOOSE FAIR. The yellow signs will be going up shortly announcing which roads are not available for parking on. This is strictly enforced. Further details can be read here: This is a challenging few days and I urge parents to remember to be considerate to our neighbours in the immediate vicinity of the school, not to block their drives, to park legally and to put the safety of our children first.

I wish you a very pleasant weekend and hope to see some on Saturday!

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

How lovely to have seen so much sunshine again this week – hopefully it’s here to stay for a while. Earlier this week, KS2 were invited to a parliament assembly. They certainly enjoyed learning and I am sure came home talking about it. They all participated with enthusiasm and asked some really interesting questions. The NSPCC also hosted their assemblies and again, the children learnt a lot. We are now trying to raise money to support this important charity and sponsor forms should have come home for the workouts which the children will participate in school next week.

Thank you for all of the Harvest boxes and the huge amount of effort you have gone to preparing these. We will be taking them to Trinity Church at the end of next week so if you have any still at home, please send them in. I look forward to seeing many of you at our Harvest Festival assembly this afternoon. Thank you to Miss Purchase for all the hard work that has gone into planning and rehearsing this assembly.

Next Thursday, for National Poetry Day, we will be holding a poetry assembly to which you are warmly invited. After this, Years 1 to 6 will be visiting Goose Fair where they will get to watch the official opening, sample foods and get to go on some of the rides. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather but please send the children with appropriate waterproofs just in case!

As you may have noticed, the Friends of Hollygirt annual Curry Night has been arranged for November. If you have any raffle prizes you could donate, please let us know.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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