Message from the Headmistress
I sense this has been a ‘calm before the storm week’ (probably literally as well as metaphorically).
We have had a good week with our fixtures – our Badminton team have reached the finals in the City Tournament next week, beating both NGHS and Park Vale! The full match report from yesterday can be read here. Well done to the team! There will be much more to say about our sporting successes at Prize Giving!
A senior parent made an enquiry about where to buy suitable black coats for senior pupils as after half term they can bring a coat to school, worn either on top of their blazer or they can leave the blazer on the peg and swap it when they arrive in the morning. Our school uniform supplier would be happy to order a non- branded black coat which is lovey and warm and costs in the region of £30 – £35. I am not sure about the likely delivery time so order soon! This is not a uniform list item and so is not part of their regular held stock. (They have it in navy blue to try on for size!) If it is a popular order, I could instruct the shop to stock it as standard to make parent purchasing easier.
Next week’s big event is our annual Prize Giving. To confirm arrangements:
All the pupils who are in the Senior School prize line (Year 8 and 9 only) who are in the choir and/or musical numbers need to be dropped off for their rehearsal at the ALBERT HALL first thing in the morning. The rest of Senior School and Years 3 to 6 from Junior School will walk down after morning break to continue the rehearsal. All these children will be dismissed from the Albert Hall between 12.15pm and 12.30pm EXCEPT for any speakers in my speech, who will practice at the microphone when the rest of the school has left. They will be free to leave when they have done their individual practice, which will be in the order of the speeches on the night. This is: Adam M and Alex F; Aman U, Jenny L, Shivani S and Oliver C then Charlotte Mb and Isabella F; Ed B and Charlotte C, George A and Cass D , Deniz, Lisa T and Harriet B Megan F and Simran, Brooke H; Ruby W, Marisa G and Ffion T then Jess L and Joseph Z. All are short pieces and all will be completed by 1.00pm. Please feel free to come into the hall for a sneaky preview if you are waiting.
All pupils are expected to be back in full formal uniform and seated by 6.30pm. The afternoon is free for the children to enjoy and rest, in lieu of the late evening.
For parents, there will be complimentary refreshments (tea and coffee) and a paying bar in the Osborne Suite (the large room from the main foyer. Do take the opportunity to socialise with each other and to meet staff, Trustees and visitors. The whole event will be over by approximately 9.00pm. The event will be professionally photographed and filmed this year.
Remember parking can be tight and traffic busy in the city centre. Please allow plenty of time for your inward journey. We look forward to seeing you all at our biggest showcase event of the year. We have a huge capacity to fill and welcome any friends and family to join you for the evening.
We have published our Term Dates for 2019-2020 for parents on the website and the Hollygirt app. This will be helpful for you in booking your advance holidays! You will get a hard copy at the end of this term.
I remind you that we break up for half term next FRIDAY 19th October at the end of the school day and return to school on MONDAY 5th NOVEMBER.
Message from the Head of Juniors
It has been great to see so many of you at parents’ meetings this week. If, however, you couldn’t make it, please make alternative appointments with your child’s Form Teacher.
Thank you so much for supporting the children in raising money for the NSPCC. As I write this, totals have not been announced but I know that the children have collected a great amount which is very much appreciated.
Next Wednesday is of course Prize Giving. Prize winners should go straight to the Albert Hall for 8.45am; all other pupils should come to school for the usual time. Mid-morning, we will walk KS2 children down to the Albert Hall for a rehearsal; they need to be collected from here at 1.15pm (1.00pm for children involved in Mrs Hutley’s speech). School will remain open for EYFS and KS1 in the afternoon but alternatively, you can collect children at 12.30pm if you wish to. We do ask that, if possible, children staying in After School Club are collected by 5.00pm to allow staff to get to Prize Giving on time. KS2 are all expected to attend the evening ceremony; children need to be back at the Albert Hall before 6.30pm. Blazers should to be worn and girls will need to be in formal uniform – white shirt, tie, green skirt and green tights.
As a nice treat for the end of this half term, Years 1 and 2 will be visiting Bolsover Castle next Friday. This will support their History and Science curriculum, learning about how people used to live and materials around us. There is also a new adventure playground there. I am sure the children will all have a marvellous day.
Have a lovely weekend,
Head of Juniors