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Weekly News – Friday 14th December

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

What a busy week it has been with lots of late nights and special events piling in.

I thought our Carol Service on Monday was just a perfect start to Christmas. I was so proud of the readers, choirs and soloists and delighted to have the opportunity to listen again on the video. Thank you too to the minister and former Hollygirt parent, Reverend Harrison, and to Dr McKitterick for his address. I love using St Peter’s for this special occasion, it suits us to a tee. Compact, warm and friendly.  Thank you also to the fantastic bell ringers, including current parents, who heralded our way to the church.

On Wednesday, I was disappointed to miss the ABBA VISION assembly due to the unexpected arrival of the Inspectorate, doing a progress monitoring visit. We had a busy morning and look forward to  the report which will be published in a month or so time. Thank you to Mrs Jepson for her Abba inspiration. We then had a Parents’ Evening for Year 9; what a day!

Friday sees us wearing our Christmas Jumpers to support Save the Children. I am sure the evidence of this will be on social media by lunchtime, before you receive this communication.

Next week, we have much continuity of festivities with our Christmas Fair on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th 1.30pm – 3.30pm. There will be some external stall holders in Room 1 along with the Friends of Hollygirt. You can find a list of who is coming and a little blurb about their business/products here: You should all have received raffle tickets for the Friends of Hollygirt Christmas hampers and we hope you will feel able to purchase some, returning the cash and stubs (or indeed the unsold tickets to school by Tuesday morning please). All the senior children have been working hard to create splendid rooms of Christmas delights for our younger members of school to enjoy and I am pretty sure Santa is coming to visit too. Any further donations for the hampers can be gratefully received by MONDAY morning at the latest. Many thanks for the array of goodies I have in my office now. I am surrounded by biscuits, chocolate and prosecco.

Thank you parents for your continuing support of the schools activities. We appreciate at this busy time of year and your continued efforts to provide what is required, be in the right place at the right time… and keep smiling.

I remind you that term ends at 12.30pm on Thursday 20th December. Pupils are respectfully reminded to start taking their possessions home from Monday.  PE kits home for washing please…

Have a brilliant weekend. Is the tree up yet?

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

We are certainly feeling very Christmassy in the Junior School this week, from rehearsals for our productions to making Christmas decorations and posting our cards. The Carol Service on Monday, attended by Year 3 to 6 pupils was, as always, such a lovely evening. I was so impressed with both the standard of singing and the confidence the children demonstrated.

On Wednesday this week, children from Reception to Year 6 walked down to the Victoria Centre to sing Christmas songs. They were fantastic and if you didn’t get a chance to go and watch, have a look on our social pages to see them in action. Many thanks to the parents who helped with this trip.

Yesterday, Years 1 to 6 very much enjoyed their trip to the Pantomime which was as usual, great fun. Today, we are all wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children; thank you for supporting this.

A quick summary of next week:

Monday 17th December – all children to be dropped off at St. Jude’s church hall in the morning to rehearse for the Christmas Productions. The performances for parents will begin at 2.00pm.

Tuesday 18th December – Senior School Christmas Fair. If you are collecting children to take them to the fair, please collect from the playground at 1.20pm

Wednesday 19th December – Junior Christmas lunch.  After school, KS2 have their Christmas disco and need to be collected from the Senior School at 6.00pm.

Thursday 20th December – school finishes at 12.30pm and there in no After School Club on this day. Children many wear their own clothes and donate £1 to charity or items to our food bank.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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