Message from the Headmistress
We have completed our first full week of term and school has a calm sense of purpose.
Earlier in the week we welcomed 12 providers of Post-16 education into school to discuss with our Year 11 and their parents their choices going forwards. The event had a real buzz about it and there were clearly opportunities for everyone.
Tonight (Friday at 4pm) we have our first Friends’ of Hollygirt meeting at which we will be finalising the arrangements for this term’s social and fundraising events. New committee members are more than welcome to attend.
The weekend sees our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh pupils (12 of them) completing their final expedition in Derbyshire. Many thanks to Mr Deacon for encouraging our pupils to get involved with DofE, it’s a fantastic opportunity! Thanks also to Miss Hutley who will oversee checkpoints and camp out on-site with the children.
I interrupted my writing to go to assembly, led this week by Mr Thompson. He spoke about SLEEP and how important it is for children to get an average of 8 to 10 hours sleep each night. He presented some rather alarming research, one which stated that according to the young people themselves, for all the benefits of social media, the one impact on children’s lives that was unanimously negative was the impact usage has on sleep. 1 in 5 young people wake up in the middle of the night to check their social media. Crikey!
Mr T’s top tips –
Maintain a dark, clean, calm bedroom
Keep regular bedtime hours and don’t have long lie-ins at weekends
Avoid caffeine before bed
Turn off all phone notifications or better still leave your gadgets down stairs.
Next week in Senior School, new parents of pupils who have joined the Senior School this term are invited to school for a social event called ‘meet the teachers’ on Wednesday night 7pm to 8pm. This is for adults only but is not a ‘Parents’ Evening’, the aim is to introduce you to the staff and discuss settling in rather than progress. We hope you can all attend.
Next Friday is the first Parents’ Forum (4pm in my room). New parents are still being sought to join this informative and reciprocally beneficial discussion group. Please let Lucy Wilkins (LucyWilkins@hollygirt.notts.sch.uk) know if you wish to join. There is one meeting scheduled per half term with no preparation or further commitment required beyond attendance.
Finally, our school UNIFORM SUPPLIER has some changes to announce. From 23rd SEPTEMBER they are moving from their existing premises at the top of Porchester Road, to a temporary shop based in CHILWELL: Morley’s Schoolwear, 116-118 Bramcote Avenue, Chilwell NG9 4DR. We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a Gold Star School and with this we gain some really positive benefits. The full details of these will be announced next week, but our account manager, Raaj Takhar, will be looking after Hollygirt in a far more personalised way from now onwards. Current orders places with the shop can be delivered to your door, or delivered to school and you can still order via the website if you know the sizes required. The really new bit is that Raaj will be bringing a pop up shop to Hollygirt on a regular basis (details not yet finalised) to minimise the inconvenience to parents. I believe this is a really positive way forwards…more information about dates and times of the pop up shop coming in next week’s newsletter.
Junior School Coats (compulsory this year) are selling well and a new delivery is on its way (it will arrive in time for the second half of the term as it gets really cold!). Orders can be placed for reservation and Raaj will arrange some appointments in school for parents who want to check the size before the order shortly. Of course pupils are welcome to wear their existing coat until they arrive if it turns chilly before then.
We are having an OPEN MORNING on Saturday 21st September and we have invited all pupils in Senior School to attend as tour guides. A copy of the letter can be found on the website. If you know anyone starting to think about schools for September 2020, they can book online on our website here. Don’t forget about your recommend card!
It’s going to be a bright and sunny weekend. Enjoy it!
Message from the Head of Juniors
As the first full week draws to a close, I think some of the children are a little tired but they are certainly having an exciting Friday. Some amazing costumes for Roald Dahl day today; thank you for all the effort that has gone into these. Keep your eye out for the photographs on social media. To coincide with this day, there is currently a Book Fair on in the Friends’ Room and teachers have taken the children to visit. There will be further opportunities at the beginning of next week so please send children into school with some money if they wish to purchase any books.
Thank you to those of you who attended parents’ meetings this week. I hope you found them useful. If you could not attend but still wish to meet class teachers, please make an alternative appointment with them. Teachers are all contactable by email.
I have been made aware that the new school coat may not be available until the end of the month. Until then, we do permit children to wear an alternative coat. Our school uniform supplier, Schoolwear Solutions, has announced that from Monday 23rd September they are moving from their premises at the top of Porchester Road to a temporary shop based in Chilwell (Morley’s Schoolwear, 116-118 Bramcote Avenue, Chilwell NG9 4DR). We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a Gold Star School and with this we gain some really positive benefits. The full details of these will be announced next week, but our account manager, Raaj Takhar, will be looking after Hollygirt in a far more personalised way from now onwards. Current orders places with the shop can be delivered to your door, or delivered to school and you can still order via the website if you know the sizes required. Raaj will also be bringing a pop up shop to Hollygirt on a regular basis (details not yet finalised) to minimise the inconvenience to parents. I believe this is a really positive way forwards.
Have a lovely weekend,
Head of Juniors