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Weekly News – Friday 12th January

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had a relaxing festive break, turkey is long gone, trimmings are back in the loft and your children have come back to School full of purpose and vigour.

The dark mornings this week have been a little disconcerting, and the cloud and damp depressing, but it is January and we know that it soon passes…

For the Year 11 pupils, they returned to mock examinations. These are a good taster of the ‘real thing’ and all seem to be coping well with the routines and organisation. Whether they have done enough revision will be apparent very quickly. The thing to remember at this stage is that in the 5 months remaining, many improvements can be made if there is a will. The staff have endless amounts of prepared interventions, offers of support, revision sessions and will offer every guidance for improvement but the motivation and desire comes from within. We urge parents to support us in supporting the pupils at this critical time in their learning.

We welcome Isher and Lucas to our Early Years class.

Next week on Monday evening, it is the Year 8 Parents’ Evening. Appointment sheets should have been filled in by now. We look forward to seeing you. Whilst the Year 8 pupils can wait in School in homework club until parents have finished their appointments, it is not customary for them to accompany them when meeting the teachers.

Tuesday is our Entrance Assessment Day for prospective new Year 7 children for September 2018. We are looking forward to a busy day.

On Friday, Year 9 pupils have a Conference Day at which a variety of PSHE topics will be covered by our external provider. Later on Friday afternoon, the Friends of Hollygirt will meet at 4.00pm in my room.

Year 11 parents may need to know the provisional date for the 2018 prom is Thursday 28th June.

To update you on our absent colleagues: Mr Dean is still in plaster cast following his broken bones, but he is working from home and is available by email as usual. He is coming in to School a couple of days a week to keep in touch (and to make sure no one has pinched his office). Mrs Atherton is still on crutches and cannot weight-bear so is not able to be back in the classroom yet. We are looking into making a temporary appointment to cover some of her classes.

Finally today I need to let you know that two staff will be leaving at the end of this term: Mrs Kara, (Spanish) and Mrs Bolton (ICT). Both these positions are currently advertised locally and on our website. Please pass on this information to anyone who may be interested. I am happy to chat on the phone or to meet and tour prospective candidates prior to making an application if required.

Have a fantastic weekend, it certainly feels like a Friday today.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back, especially to our new pupils. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and found some time to relax!  A huge thank you for your generous Christmas cards and gifts. It seemed like a long break and I am sure the children were ready to come back. I have really enjoyed looking through the homework challenge booklets, learning about some of the things the children have been occupying their time with and I shall continue to look through these as more come into School today. We have spoken about our new year resolutions in assembly this week and you will be delighted to hear that many of the children plan to do more jobs to help out a home; I hope you are already seeing this in action!

Our ECA programme will be up and running next week with lots of exciting new clubs on offer; forms with choices should have been returned today but if they haven’t, please return these on Monday.

Please can I remind you about considerate parking at drop off and pick up times and ask you to park in the allocated bays and not blocking residents’ driveways.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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