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Weekly News – Friday 24th November

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Neither the colds and sneezes nor the rain and wind have dampened our spirits this week. We started with the brilliant Friends of Hollygirt Curry Night on Monday, which was a huge success at 4550 miles from Dehli. I hope all who went enjoyed it and will come back next year. The memorable fact of the night – there are (allegedly) 465 baked beans in a 415g can. Well done to all who persevered through the geography, TV, sport, literature and picture rounds of the quiz and made it to the end. Thank you to those who had donated raffle prizes for this evening, we raised £212, which will go towards purchases of additional equipment for school.

I am collecting Christmas food/drink and peripheral seasonal goodies from parents of all new pupils to school this year for the next big Friends of Hollygirt event- the Christmas Hamper Raffle. Many thanks for the generosity of our early donors – lots more is required. Please bring in items and hand in to reception within the next two weeks. You should all have received a booklet of 10 tickets to buy/sell to friends and family to win one of the fabulous prizes. The draw will take place at the Hollygirt Christmas Fair, which this year takes place from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on Thursday 14th December.

A big well done to our Hockey team who have played some fine competitive league sport this term. At the last match of the season, we were narrowly defeated by Minster School. However, we played well and learnt much. Thank you to Mrs Carr for arranging these matches and training the squad.

Tonight the Second Hand Uniform Shop is open at 9 Villa Road from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. A good time to grab a scarf?

We were saddened last night to hear of the closure of Hazel Hurst School in Mapperley. This long-standing independent school for boys and girls aged 2 to 8 celebrated its 80th year in 2014. We know what a shock such closures are to parents and will support any who would be interested in transferring to Hollygirt in January. If you know parents who may be interested, let them know about us.

School will be closed on Friday 1st December for its annual Prize Giving holiday.

We are aiming to find out the level of interest for a ‘Mental Health First Aid for Parents’ course hosted by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). If this sounds like something you might like to attend, please click here for more information and to express your interest.

As all the discount days are starting (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas extravaganza…) for the party season and Christmas presents, I’d like to remind you about Hollygirt’s Easy Fundraising page. If you are planning to do any online shopping, don’t forget to go to your chosen retailer via and you will raise funds for Hollygirt School without any extra cost to you.

I wish you a relaxing weekend – wrap up warm and kick some leaves…

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Although it is a bit dark and rainy, I love this time of year and in school, we are certainly in full preparation for Christmas. Before I talk about related events, firstly, well done to the children in Years 5 and 6 who took part in the Inclusive Sports Festival on Tuesday with Mr Goodhead; I hear they all had a great time.

A reminder that there is still time to enter Miss Wilson’s Eco club photograph competition; please send in your entries to form teachers who will pass these on or email directly to Miss Wilson – there are prizes!

As I mentioned last week, we will be singing in the Victoria Centre in December. We would like pupils and parents to think about which children’s charity they would like to collect for at this event. There may be some charities close to your heart. Please let class reps know and ideas will be brought to Student Council.

A reminder that on Friday 1st December, school is closed for all children and staff for our annual Prize Giving holiday; I am sure I will see many of you in Nottingham as I finish off (hopefully!) my Christmas shopping! Don’t forget about our Easy Fundraising page if you’re doing any online shopping:

Next week, I will send out a summary sheet with all events and changes to timetable until the end of term to hopefully make it easier for all of us to keep track of everything that’s going on! The Christmas post box will be put up in the Junior School in early December; if you are beginning to write cards, please put year groups on envelopes too to save confusion.

Also, a big thank you and well done to all pupils in Junior School for raising £303.89 for Children in Need. The Senior School raised a further £265.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors


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