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Weekly News – Friday 14th June

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

On the wettest week of the year we held our glorious Senior School Summer Concert. The event, held in the Music Room at the High School was a triumph – with performers from the seniors on piano, flute, clarinet, drums and voice – and Speech and Drama numbers too. The finale, the vocal group (ably supported by our 2 Junior School members) was just beautiful. There are video clips available of all the performances below if you weren’t able to be there. Thanks also to the staff who work tirelessly to support and encourage the endeavours of our pupils.



Doing their termly lesson observations, Mr Dean and Mrs Wright are delighted to report that the lessons they are observing are outstanding and that teachers, even at this time in the Summer Term, are forging forwards with their expectations of the pupils learning and development.

After the Easter holiday we employed Mrs George to add further support for pupils with social and emotional concerns. I thought I would share her sessions with parents so they can encourage their children to go to speak to her if they are struggling with something:

In Senior School she is providing a daily meet and greet session for those who need a friendly face first thing to check they are all set up for the day.

Monday to Friday (excluding Tuesday) morning break time, she has an open door policy so anyone can just pop up to the top floor for a chat.

On Tuesday break and 3 lunchtimes she is providing nurture groups for some, by invitation.

Additionally, staff can refer pupils for a programme of 1:1 sessions withdrawn from curriculum time or for one off sessions if something is troubling a child.

She is also providing support from some junior pupils at alternative times.

In the Summer holidays we are redesigning some of our spaces to better facilitate her work.

Once exams are completed (very soon now) we will be formally introducing her role in an assembly. We are delighted that she has settled in at Hollygirt so well!

On Saturday we are sponsoring the green bubble station at the Nottingham 5k Bubble Run at the Forest Recreation Ground – what is more, a group of 6 staff are running the route at 12.00pm – so if you want a laugh – come and support us! The event is supporting Rainbow’s Hospice, a charity we have been fundraising for over many years.

Next week, with GCSE exams finally over:

Well done to all our Year 11 for their calm and purposefulness during the exam season.

On Wednesday, our Year 10 Geographers depart on their residential fieldwork trip to Dorset.

The Second Hand Uniform Shop is always looking for good condition, clean uniform items to sell on – so if your children have grown and you are replacing their garments – please send in unwanted items to reception. The Second Hand Shop will be under ‘new management’ from next year. We thank Jodie Filshie for the many years voluntary service she has given in support of parents and the Friends of Hollygirt. This is one of our top earners and goes a long way to providing valuable additional resources to benefit the pupils and supporting social events for the children. She is still the chair of the committee!

A couple of reminders about next academic year:

SENIOR SKIRTS – please note the change to the new pleated style skirt will be for ALL senior girls next year and the straight skirt may not be worn.

We are notifying you of a change of ‘holiday date’: the MAY spring Bank Holiday- ‘MAYDAY’ has been officially moved from Monday 4th to FRIDAY 8th MAY. This is to commemorate the VE day Anniversary.

Have a lovely weekend, let’s hope the sun deigns to make an appearance.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

This week has certainly not given us the sunny June weather we’d hoped for. On Monday, Years 1 to 6 travelled to the Tennis Centre to participate in some workshops and watch tennis. Unfortunately the rain prevented the latter but the staff were all very accommodating and coaches delivered the workshops indoors instead.

On Wednesday, Years 5 and 6 went off to The Mill Adventure Base. Again, not ideal weather but, if you have seen the photos, they are having the most amazing time despite this! We look forward to hearing all about it on their return. Thank you to Mrs Keyworth, Mr Goodhead and Mr Ockelford for leading this trip. I imagine there will be some very tired children (and staff) this evening!

Yesterday, Years 1 and 2 visited Southwell Minster for a time travelling experience where they took part in various activities including looking at buildings and sculptures depicting the Easter story. They all had a fabulous day. Thank you to Miss Wilson and Mrs Wand for organising this and to Mrs Sowerby, Mrs Jackson and Mrs Davies for accompanying them.

Early Years made the most of the rain and went on an ‘all weather walk’. Great fun was had splashing around in the puddles!

On Tuesday morning, Year 6 have invited their parents in to join them for their morning lesson. Please feel free to arrive from 8.30am and join me for a coffee in the Friends’ Room.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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