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Weekly News – Friday 15th February

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This week the birds have been in full song in the playgrounds at school. They know something…  maybe Spring is in the air (forget the de-icing in the morning).

Year 9 had their Conference Day this week. Children are empowered by knowledge and we are pushing through our agenda in all areas of the additional curriculum to ensure they understand themselves and the part they play in keeping well and safe.

On Wednesday we were delighted to have our videographer, Alex Wilkinson Media, in school filming for our new short video snapshot of school life. Thank you to all the pupils and staff who agreed to be interviewed and to everyone else who ultimately appears on screen! It will be published shortly on the web and social media channels.

Year 11 parents should have received their unopened letters home containing the pupil reports following their mock examinations earlier this term. Likewise, Year 9 parents should have received notification of the options to be taken next year.  If you haven’t received these important communications, please badger your son or daughter…

Our sports teams have been up to great things at the Sports Hall Athletics Plate Final earlier in the week, the boys’ team took away bronze medals and our girls got GOLD! Fantastic efforts. The opportunities for our pupils to compete in fixtures is growing stronger week on week.

We have been extremely proud of our Deputy Head Boy, Joseph, who has been off school representing Team GB at the Youth Winter Olympics in Sarajevo – the same place all those years ago that Nottingham’s Torvill and Dean won fantastic GOLD with their ‘Bolero’ routine.  Joseph achieved his personal best, placing 14th! More information and a selection of photographs/videos can be found on our website here.

Today, pupils in Senior Schools have enjoyed ‘Pop Mime’, an annual Hollygirt tradition. After school, over 30 pupils are going ice skating to celebrate the end of a wonderful half term.

Finally, we are having an Open Day on Wednesday 13th March, with tours at 9.30am and 2.00pm. We have lots of A5 flyers if anyone would like to put one up in their workplace or external venues to help us to attract our prospective pupils. Please email if you would like a few. We schedule the Open Day at this time to attract families who might be disappointed with the school places they have been offered and are considering alternatives or those who are not settled or happy in their current schools. If you know people who might be interested in a Hollygirt place for September, let them know. Remember, if you make a direct recommend to someone who subsequently comes to the school, you will be rewarded with a £50 John Lewis voucher (and so will they). They need to let us know of your recommend at their first point of contact with us!

We return after half term on Monday 25th February and start the week with SHARP presenting sessions to Year 10 and to Year 11 on coping with exam stress.

I wish you all a relaxing and invigorating half term.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

The children very much enjoyed author Rob Hann, who created The Grumble Groar, working with them on Monday. The visit began with a special assembly listening to poems and the children were invited to ask lots of questions. This was followed by workshops for Years 1 to 4 pupils who also got to take home one of Rob’s books. Thank you to Miss Wilson for organising this.

On Tuesday, Mr Goodhead and Mr Ockelford’s football team competed in a football tournament, winning 1-0 against both Twycross House and Old Vicarage School. Well done to all involved, excellent results.

On Thursday, Years 5 and 6 visited the Urban Rooms and Nottingham Trent University and had a fabulous day.  They looked at Nottingham heritage buildings and some of the science and innovation in Nottingham. Did you know that the inventors of ibuprofen, tarmac and HP sauce all came from Nottingham? Meanwhile, Years 3 and 4 went to Sports Hall Athletics and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Pupils in EYFS were joined by their parents for the afternoon and they took part in a whole range of activities including decorating heart shaped biscuits for Valentine’s Day. I hope you enjoyed eating them too!

Letters are going home today detailing Parents’ Evenings next half term. If you cannot make these dates, please arrange an alternative one with Form Teachers.

Finally, a big thank you to Mrs Mehmet who has been working with us this half term. We really appreciate everything she has done for us and wish her the best for the future.

Have a relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 25th February.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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