Message from the Headmistress
Snow and ice at the beginning of this week seems a distant memory (though likely set to return). Most of our children and staff managed to arrive, albeit some a little late and the curriculum continued as normal.
The Christmas festivities set off in earnest this week with our annual Carol Service in St Peter’s Church. It was a marvellous occasion with beautiful singing and some expert readers telling us the Christmas story from a Christian point of view. It was great to see former pupils, former staff and trustees swelling the numbers. In fact, they needed swelling. We had a lot of unexpected pupil absence, which is very disappointing given the importance of the occasion to us. We urge parents to take note of the key school dates and to come and share in our celebrations.
Thank you to the readers (Edward, Freya, Troy, Asher, Shivani and Bronwyn) and to all our band and choir members, especially our soloists (Alisha and Deanna) and duettists (Isobel and Daisy). Some of the numbers brought tears to the eyes. Also great thanks to Dr McKitterick for helping us out with the science vs God debate in his address, the Revd Christopher Harrison for officiating at the service, Mrs Purchase for accompanying on the piano, Mrs Bellamy and Miss Purchase for training the choirs, Mrs Griffiths for preparing the readers and, of course, Mr Thompson for making it all happen. Thank you too to the St Peter’s bell ringers who heralded us in to church.
On Wednesday, I had the great joy of hearing the younger pupils singing in the Victoria Centre. (More welling up…) Notts TV even did a special feature for the event including an interview with Edie-Mae, Mason, Mrs Wand and Mr Thompson. You can watch it here. We raised £79.39 for Family Care on Magdala Road, a charity which recruits and trains adoptive parents to find ‘forever homes’ for what are described as ‘hard to place’ children.
Year 11 Geography pupils have also braved the camera to raise money for Save the Children’s East Africa Food Crisis Appeal. Watch their rendition of ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?’ here. We hope you find their video entertaining and will donate to the appeal via our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hollygirtschool-year11.
Wearing our eclectic range of Christmas jumpers, the Christmas Fair was fabulous on Thursday. Congratulations to the winners of the Friends of Hollygirt Christmas hamper raffle. The raffle alone took £588, which will go in to the Friends’ fund to support school projects and activities for the benefit of all our pupils. I have a couple of hampers still awaiting collection. Winning ticket holders have been notified.
My dog was most impressed with his doggy cupcake – he has never had a cake before and by the time I had the phone out to take a photo he was licking his lips with gratitude. What a fabulous idea! We will announce the total amount raised next week.
Did you know the pony weighed 250kg? Blimey. Hope he never needs lifting.
The juniors are off to boo and cheer at the panto this afternoon.
And as if that wasn’t enough, next week in our two and a half days we are looking forwards to the Junior School Christmas Production on Monday at 2.00pm at St Jude’s Church, the Senior School Christmas lunch and the Junior School parties. We finish at 12.30pm on Wednesday. There is no After School Club on this day.
We wish Mr Dean and Mrs Atherton well as they struggle with their broken bones and look forward to their speedy return to mobility.
Finally, we hope that Miss Ifould has a full and relaxing (early) retirement as she leaves Hollygirt after 24 years of dedicated service to the school.
This will be my last news before the break so I wish you all the merriest of festive family times and hope the 2018 starts off with a bang!
Peace to all.
Message from the Head of Juniors
What a fantastic Christmassy week we have had. A cold and snowy start but it didn’t stop us from continuing with all of our planned activities.
The Carol Service on Monday evening was, as usual, a lovely occasion and well done to those children who took part.
It was great to see so many parents in the Victoria Centre on Wednesday. The singing was beautiful and many, many shoppers stopped to listen. The highlights were on Notts TV, including Mason and Edie-Mae’s interviews.
I hope you enjoyed the Christmas Fair yesterday; the children all seemed to be very excited to meet Santa! Some fabulous Christmas jumpers too and juniors had a delicious Christmas lunch before the fair.
This afternoon, Years 1 to 6 are off the pantomime; a reminder that we will be walking all children back to school and they can be collected from 4.00pm.
On Monday, all children are to go straight to St. Jude’s Church where they will spend the day rehearsing. Performances begin at 2.00pm; I look forward to seeing you there.
On Tuesday, EYFS are going to the theatre and in the afternoon, there will be Christmas activities and parties for all junior children. Following this is the Friends of Hollygirt disco for KS2. Children need to be collected from the Senior School hall at 6.00pm.
Wednesday will be non-uniform and we ask children to bring £1 for charity. Please remember that school finishes at 12.30pm and there is no After School Club on this day.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Juniors