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Weekly News – Friday 15th March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

The Senior School has turned very red – with jackets, wigs, trousers, tutus and of course the ubiquitous noses (Red Nose Day). Whilst we might not have dance-a-thoned for 24 hours or climbed Kilimanjaro, we packed in the fun and frolics. We started the day with an assembly at the end of which the staff flash mob presented Gangnam Style. I am sure there will be a video taster coming soon to social media.  At break time, Welbeck house organised a spectacular cake sale (always popular), and at lunchtime the staff versus pupils comedy showdown entertained all with more competitive hilarity. We are hoping to top our last years’ fundraising efforts for this incredible charity.

On Wednesday, we held our Spring Open Day and we were very busy indeed. A huge thank you to our fantastic pupil tour guides who are our best advocates by far. We look forward to some of the families we saw joining us soon.

Tonight is the Friends of Hollygirt meeting at 4.00pm in my office. New members are always welcome to come and get involved… the Friends do a fantastic job in support of school and in providing excellent social opportunities for pupils and families. We are also always open to suggestions.

Next week we have scheduled a Parents’ Forum on Friday at 4.00pm. We have lost a little steam with this invaluable group. I am really keen to revitalise it and am considering alternative meeting times, but can’t do this effectively until I know who would like to join the group – so if this is you read on:

The Parents’ Forum is set up for the reciprocal benefit of parents and school by offering a discussion platform about whole school matters. Agenda items are suggested by both the staff and management of the school and by the parents. The action points can be instrumental in changing practice or policy or may just open channels of communication on relevant or more sensitive topics. After saying this, it is an informal group. The only thing that is not allowed is presenting a concern about a staff members, or focus on a specific personal concern. These things are dealt with through normal school procedures. We publish the minutes. Ideally I would have 2 or 3 representatives from the Junior and the Senior School. Parents new to the school are more than welcome to join. I will go ahead with the meeting next Friday (22nd March) from which we can discuss the timings going forwards. Please let me know at the beginning of next week if you would like to be involved and are able to attend. Pupils can be taken to After School Club or stay in senior homework room for the duration of the meeting.

Once the big winds stop, it looks like the weather is going to pick up nicely ready for next week… let’s hope so.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

We have been celebrating British Science Week this week and I have seen some fantastic experiments as I have been popping into classrooms. If you haven’t already, have a look on our social media pages to see some of the experiments the children have been conducting.

Thank you to Councillor Mellen for coming to read to us as part of his reading challenge to read to 5000 children in 50 days. Amazingly, he has already achieved this and is well on his way to 6000.

Our School Council hosted a quiz in aid of Comic Relief yesterday. Well done to those involved for writing a whole variety of questions and some impressive general knowledge from the children who were answering them. In the afternoon, Year 6 challenged the staff to a netball match. A great effort from all and Years 6 pupils certainly had all the crowd cheering for them, however, the staff were victorious! It was a lot of fun and perhaps something we can do more often.

Today we are further supporting Comic Relief by wearing red and of course our noses. Thank you for all of your donations. It is also Drone Day which has been organised by Mrs Wand and we are all very much looking forward to our workshops.

On Monday, Years 3 and 4 are off to PGL on their residential break. They will be accompanied by Miss Purchase, Miss Cooper, Mrs Wand and Mr Ockleford.  Mr Goodhead and I visited the site last November and it is amazing – the children will absolutely love it!  A reminder that the children need to be at school for 7:15am on Monday morning.

Next week, on Wednesday night, it is the Junior Spring concert which will, as always, be a most enjoyable evening. All parents and children are welcome regardless of if they are performing or not.

Finally, we sadly say goodbye to our chicks today who are being re-homed. EYFS have done a marvellous job in looking after them and I’m sure will miss them.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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