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Weekly News – Friday 11th May

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Friday has appeared rather quickly after a short but busy week at Hollygirt!

This Tuesday we made our foray into the Independent School’s Association (ISA) sports arena taking our girls’ football team to Queen Ethelburgas near York for a competition. We played really well in defence but sadly need to up-skill in getting balls in the net. Practice makes perfect! They all had a lovely time out thanks to Mrs Morgan and Mr Dean for championing this event.

On the same night, Miss Lau took Year 7 girls to a Netball tournament where we were placed 4th. Obviously we were missing some star players as they were playing football at the same time – but all played well and thanks again to Miss Lau for accompanying this tournament. It’s fantastic to see so many involved in competitive sports.

We had a lovely bright and sunny day for our informal whole school photograph on Wednesday (the same day as the senior class photos – so all looked smart). We look forward to this new image being published in our new History of Hollygirt book which is in the process of being written now.

I have been inundated with visitors – prospective pupils as well as prospective members of staff this week. Appointments of new staff are going really well and I am delighted to have had strong fields for all senior school posts this term.

Today we are saying goodbye to our Year 11. They are a smashing bunch of individuals and they will be much missed. School will certainly feel much smaller without them. We send them our very best wishes for their written examinations which start on Monday. Advice to parents:  Keep them calm, well fed, encourage quality sleep and revision in short bites with relaxation interspersed! It is a hard time for the pupils and we recognise it can be a tough time for parents as well. Good luck!

On Saturday, Mrs Taylor will be running her Speech and Drama examinations in Villa Road, and we wish all students well if they are preparing for these.

Next week: GCSE exams are on every day in the Senior School hall and surrounding areas so all other pupils will be required to be quiet as they move around the school. The following week, of course, they are all in end of year exams. I hope all have started to work on their revision.

I will be out of school on Thursday and Friday at the ISA conference next week, so I will ask Mr Dean to compose the Weekly News in my absence.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

What a short week we seem to have had. I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend and enjoyed the sunshine as much as I did!

On Monday 14th May, Mr Ockelford has selected some children to take to the Nottingham City Mini-Tennis Championships at Nottingham Tennis Centre; I am sure they will have an enjoyable day and good luck to all pupils involved. Thank you to Mrs Hidle for helping out with this event.

Junior class photos are on Wednesday 16th May. Children should be wearing their usual non-formal uniform for these.

On Thursday 17th May, we welcome Mrs Bond and Mrs Khan to our junior team. Mrs Bond will be working as a teaching assistant and playground supervisor in the Junior School whilst Mrs Khan will be working in our After School Club. We are very pleased that they will be joining us. Sadly, we are saying goodbye to Mrs Hewitt on this day as she moves on. She has been with us for a great number of years and we will very much miss her. I would like to personally thank her for all of her hard work and wish her the very best of luck for the future.

Please could I remind you that our summer dress is stocked in Schoolwear Solutions or can be purchased from our Second Hand Uniform Shop. Although there are many varieties of red and white checked dresses in other shops, please could girls be wearing the correct one.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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