Message from the Headmistress
We had the Year 11 careers interviews last week and this week we had the Post-Hollygirt Evening where we were delighted to see so many schools and colleges from our wide area discussing their course offerings and entry standards with pupils.
What was more surprising was just how many of our former students came with them to say hello and to represent their new schools. We saw Bronwyn, Asher, Eleanor, Rosie and Aine. Lovely. I hope the Year 11 got a clearer idea of what comes next and in some cases how hard they will have to work to get there.
Year 10 have completed their Yellis profiling which we use to get an indication of likely outcome at GCSE. The key data will be shared with parents and we will explain what it all means once it is received in school.
Kooth have been into school for two full days to talk with all senior pupils, in year groups, about issues they may face and the online counselling support they can offer to pupils. We know some pupils just need to chat to an adult who is not a parent or a teacher about their feelings. This is part of our pupil well-being strategy.
I have had a recommendation for a school bus service from a parent that some of you might be interested in. The bus comes via Southwell and Carlton Hill (I am not aware of its exact route) and makes a special stop for Hollygirt pupils. It is run by Travel Wright of Newark. It is reported that the company are very efficient and great at communicating with parents. There are some seats currently available on this bus which is not organised by the High School and the person to contact for further information about routes and prices is email@example.com should anyone be interested.
At this early point in term, I need to remind parents about the need to be respectful of our neighbours on Villa Road with respect to delivery and collection of pupils. We ask that you do not obstruct their access (one last week blocked a neighbour with a disabled child who needed to get out for an appointment) and park with responsibility for pupil/public safety. We also request that music is not blaring from cars and that engines are turned off to avoid excessive pollution. This is a highly sensitive issue for me. I am aware that parking is tight and junior parents need to bring their children into school but I would like to recommend, if the 2 hour free bays on Cranmer Street are full, that you park a little further away and walk to the school. In a morning, the marked bays are all free until 9am.
On Wednesday 19th September, we are having a professional photographer in school taking photos to update our website and literature. We would like pupils to be extra super smart that day! Also on the 19th, we welcome parents of pupils new to the Senior School to our ‘Meet the Teachers’ informal gathering. This is not a parents evening, rather it is an opportunity for you to put names to faces and discuss how your son/daughter is settling into school. There will be refreshments available. The event is for parents only.
On Friday 21st September, our first Friends of Hollygirt meeting will take place in my room at 4pm. New parents are more than welcome to come along. Further information can be obtained from secretary of the group: Lou Rudkin on firstname.lastname@example.org. The Friends of Hollygirt organise some fantastic events for pupils and for parents, they run the Second Hand Uniform Shop and get involved in loads of fundraising activities for the school including the renowned Christmas raffle! The funds they raise benefit the school in so many ways adding resources and supporting projects in all areas of school life to benefit your sons and daughters.
Pupils (and staff) will be tired at the end of this first full week back and as the weather cools down we will be starting with the bad throats and colds.
Ensure at weekends all get time to relax and bring out the hearty soups!
Have you downloaded our mobile app yet?
Following suggestions from the Parents’ Forum, we now have a Hollygirt Mobile app! Download the Hollygirt mobile app on any Apple or Android phone/tablet to receive school alerts, notification and news.
Visit the Apple app store or Google Play on your device and search for the ‘Piota Schools’ app. Then search for Hollygirt School in the search box. After you have done this once, the app should remember your choice and go straight to the Hollygirt app when you open it.
IMPORTANT STEP >> Once you have the app downloaded, make sure to visit the settings page (via the ‘More’ tile on the homepage) and select the alert notification channels you are interested in. The app will then alert you to relevant messages in these categories. Please leave the Whole School News category turned on.
If you have any problems downloading the app, feedback or comments you’d like to pass on, please email Roberta at email@example.com
We are very excited for our OPEN DAY on Saturday 22nd September. If you know anyone that might be interested in coming along to see what a Hollygirt education is all about, please tell them to get in touch and don’t forget to use your recommend voucher!
Message from the Head of Juniors
The first full week back and children are really settling into their new classes well and getting fully involved in new topics being taught. Already, there is so much going on and our extra-curricular programme is now up and running with a range of both new clubs and favourites from previous years being offered. This week, Form Teachers have held Welcome Meetings for all parents. I hope you found these really useful. If you were unable to attend and still have any questions or more specific things to discuss, please make an appointment with class teachers.
Yesterday, in the Junior School, we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. Children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite characters or wearing something yellow. Some amazing costumes so a huge thank you for all of your efforts. Children enjoyed a range of Roald Dahl activities in class. Have a look on our Facebook site to view photos from the day. To coincide with this, we currently have a Book Fair in school until Tuesday and children will have opportunities to purchase books during the school day.
Next Wednesday will be the first of our EYFS Stay and Play sessions and is an opportunity for children who are thinking of joining Nursery or Reception to come with their parents and spend an hour with our EYFS classes.
Our Autumn Term Open Day is on Saturday 22nd September. Please let any friends and family know if you think they may be interested in a place for their children now or in the future. More information can be found on the website.
On Friday 28th September, we will be holding our Harvest Festival assembly. This will begin at 2pm in the Senior School hall and will involve all children from Nursery to Year 6. This year, as in previous years, we are asking the children to prepare a shoebox containing items that will be of enormous help to those less fortunate than ourselves. These will be donated to our friends at the nearby Trinity Church (located on Mansfield Road at the end of Villa Road), and will be distributed by them to local people in need. The children are invited to decorate their shoeboxes and bring them to school by Wednesday 26th September.
Year 6 are busy putting in applications for the new Head Girl or Boy. I am very much looking forward to hearing them present their speeches to the juniors and then the voting will commence!
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Juniors