Message from the Headmistress
Welcome back after the long festive break. We hope you had a wonderful time with your families.
We welcome four new children this January:
Mia and Kristian to Nursery, Ishmael to Year 5, Millie to Year 8 and Poppy to Year 9. I hope you have all had a good first week and are happy at Hollygirt.
We also welcome, or welcome back, new colleagues:
Alex Cooper, Year 3 teacher. We were privileged that Miss Cooper could come into school to get to know us and the children last term, so she already feels like she has been her for ages.
Hannah Nisan is our new Spanish teacher, but not really new as we worked with Miss Nisan in the Summer Term 2018. We are really looking forward to great Spanish and exciting Zumba classes!
Amanda Mehmet re-joins us as Junior Teaching Assistant for half a term to cover for Mrs Mason, who is having an operation.
Looking at the senior pupils leaving school on the first day of term, I was impressed by their smartness. The new skirts are looking particularly nice. I have seen a couple of the older style skirts that are inappropriately short on some older girls and I will start to address these after the mock examinations.
Mocks have started and all is calm. This is the first time the Year 11 will face the exact conditions of the ‘real things’ and is an early check on their learning and progress. For some, it will undoubtedly be the boost they much need and for others, it will provide the kick-start to the change required to make the grade. Remember we simply expect that all do their hardworking best. We will cajole and encourage, support and provide endless revision classes and help sessions. I say (frequently), there is nothing worse on results day in August than hearing pupils say ‘I wish I’d’… or ‘I could have’. Wish now – while there is time to do everything you can!
We have a missing blazer belonging to a young lady in Year 7. Our end of term trawl through left possessions has not unearthed it, so we can only assume it has been taken by mistake. Could you please check your coat pegs at home (and other places where blazers could be left) to see if you inadvertently have it. It is labelled with an iron on label.
Today a group of senior pupils are out for a special visit to the new Urban Rooms taking part in an ‘Architecture the City’ day. I cannot wait to hear all about it!
Happy New Year! I wish you all much joy and happiness for 2019.
Message from the Head of Juniors
Happy New Year!
Welcome back! It has been great to see everyone and hear about their exciting holidays. This is always such a busy break and I think some of the children are ready for the weekend! A special welcome to our new children who seem to have settled into school life very quickly. I am sure they will be very happy here at Hollygirt.
On Monday, we have our first EYFS Stay and Play session of 2019. These are arranged regularly throughout the year and provide excellent opportunities for prospective parents to meet the staff and children whilst finding out just what is it like to be in Nursery and Reception. If you have any friends who would be interested in our next one, please ask them to contact school for more details and to book a place. On Wednesday, we have a taster day for Reception children. I am sure they will have a fantastic time. Also on this day, Mr Goodhead is taking a Cross Country team to Wollaton to compete; we wish them the best of luck and look forward to hearing all about it.
Due to his outstanding contributions at the Primary Parliament event last term, Elliot in Year 5 has been selected to attend a Primary Cabinet meeting next Friday. An excellent achievement and we are very proud that he will be representing Hollygirt School at this meeting.
Some future dates to note. On Monday 11th February, a local author called Rob Hann will be visiting School to deliver some story telling workshops. He will be working mainly with Years 1 – 4, but he will start with a whole school assembly so that everyone can hear some of his stories.
This term, we are inviting parents from EYFS and KS1 into School to spend some time in class with their children. Dates for these are:
EYFS Thursday 14th February
Y1 Thursday 7th March
Y2 Wednesday 27th March
Letters should be making their way home, which will further detail these sessions. Please let us know if you are able to attend. We would like to do the same for KS2 parents in the Summer Term and will communicate this nearer to the time.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Juniors