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Weekly News – Friday 15th June

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

As GCSE candidates have continued their examinations this week, the others have been all over the place – the Duke of Edinburgh group had their training expedition; we held our Junior Sports Day; and an EYFS Stay and Play session; the storyteller came to Year 7 and 8; seniors had their Sports Day; KS2 went to the tennis; KS1 went to Southwell Minster; we had the Senior School Summer Concert; and Year 10 have set off on their Geography field trip to Dorset. I have seen 5 prospective parents; in marketing we have sent the History of Hollygirt book to the printers and have been planning our 140 years celebrations; Juniors are planning their Garden Party and its Whacky Hair Day today and we have been planning our Year 5 taster day for Monday! All while the staff have been writing end of term reports. So, no slacking here!

The examination season is almost at an end with the most children finishing today with Physics. There is just Statistics left for next week. There will be much relief felt by many. It has been a gruelling series – the first year when subjects have faced all terminal examinations, on new specifications, and it is fair to say there have been some surprises. If any of the Year 11 are concerned about the long months of freedom ahead, I am seeking willing volunteers (whose uniform is still intact) to help me with our many former pupil visitors on the Saturday morning of 30th June. (10.30pm – 1.00pm). All our buildings will be open for alumnus to look around and we need helpers, if not to guide, to shadow our visitors as they look around and to talk to them about how the school is now. Let me or Miss Hutley know if any Year 11 would like to do this final service to school. Pupils in school will also be asked to help more directly.

If any parents or their extended family and friends are former pupils/ former staff we remind you to let us know if you are coming to this event, where there will be displays of historical research, memorabilia and of course, the new book to purchase. Those who let us know they are coming receive a complimentary voucher for refreshments. The event runs concurrently with the Junior Garden Party and alumnus will be based in the White House garden.

We still have just a few tickets remaining for the formal Gala Dinner in the glorious Council House Ball Room on the evening of 30th June. Further details can be found here: We’d love to see some more current parents at the event!

The 140 years’ celebrations are happening in school as well and we are planning a whole school day event on Thursday 28th June on a Victorian theme. We are asking ALL CHILDREN TO DRESS UP if possible. It can be simple – waistcoat and cravat/flat cap – urchin style or mop cap and pinny with black skirt (servant style) or as elaborate as you wish if you have a dressing up box with finery in it. I recognise for some of our older pupils this will be quite a challenge but we would love everyone to get into the spirit of it. I am sure we will muster up some prizes for the best dressed Victorian look-a-likes.

For the first time in ages, I was actually presented with a recommend voucher from a visiting parent this week. Can I remind all our current parents of the benefit in recommending other families to the school – for each one who visits and lets us know you recommended them we give a £50 John Lewis voucher to you and to them (once they have signed up and paid their first term’s fees). The more you recommend the bigger and smarter the handbag… (sorry, dads).

Jodie Filshie, parent and Chair of the Friends of Hollygirt, who runs the Second Hand Shop has set up a Facebook group specifically for uniform shop communications to share information about opening times and stock. If you use the shop or might do and would like to join this closed group, you can ask to join it here:

I will be tightening up on all uniform expectations next academic year and a few changes are being made:

1) The senior skirt style is changing to one with sewn down pleats. A few pupils have come in to look at the sample skirt and their opinions have been wholly positive so far. It is likely to come into stock mid-July. It is sized to an exact wait measurement so I recommend measuring the waist of a slightly loose fully waisted skirt and ordering to that inch. School Wear Solutions have put their remaining straight skirts on buy on get one free sale. These can still be worn until July 2019.

2) I am asking the Second Hand Uniform shop to stop stocking the old style tracksuit. The new one is much nicer and a good price at School Wear Solutions. I will ask all to move to the new tracksuit by July 2019.

Finally today, can I please nag about SAFETY of parking. This time we have issues at the top of ST ANN’S HILL as it turns onto CRAMNER STREET. The buses are a menace (but these are facilitating our pupils’ safe travel) but parking behind them is making the turn in and out of this road perilous for drivers and more so for pedestrians. We must prioritise safety over convenience.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley


Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

What a lovely week we’ve had in the Junior School.

Monday was Sports Day for Years 1 to 6 and we were treated to some great sporting talent! Well done to the winners of the cups but also to all children who took part, especially the longer distance races on such a warm day. There were some extremely close finishes to races which made them incredibly exciting to watch. Thank you to all parents who came to support us.

Yesterday, KS2 had a fabulous day at the Nottingham Open, participating in activities and watching the professionals compete in matches. Meanwhile, KS2 were time travelling in Southwell and they also had a fantastic day. In the afternoon, our Reception children enjoyed visiting Magdala Tennis Club.

Next week, KS2 are off to the The Mill. On Monday, Years 3 and 4 will travel there, returning on Tuesday. KS2 will stay from Wednesday to Friday. The children are so excited and I know they will have an amazing time! Please check kit lists carefully this weekend.

Our annual Garden Party is only two weeks away. Please continue to sell raffle tickets; we have more in School should you wish to sell any additional ones. Please make sure you return any unsold tickets back to School. Thank you for bottles and jam hard sent in today for wacky hair day. Some really interesting styles and I know Mrs Hutley and Miss Hutley found this hard to judge. Have a look on Facebook for the photos.

Please start sending in prizes for the Garden Party- chocolate, raffle prizes, tombola prizes, toys and books would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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