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Weekly News – Friday 16th March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

What a busy week we have had in Senior School this week. On the sporting front, I notice we have had a Year 5/6 Netball Tournament, Year 9 Girls Netball, Year 7-9 Girls Football and Year 7/8 Boys Hockey teams all playing fixtures this week. This has to be the first week in our history that we have competed in 3 sports in 5 separate fixtures in 4 days. Well done to all teams and to their coaches and supporters. Fantastic efforts!

Music has also hit the high note this week with the Senior House Music Competition on Wednesday followed by ‘Voice in a Million’ at Wembley on Thursday. Some children are somewhat bleary eyed today after the very late night.

Wednesday saw parents of over 30 prospective new pupils in attendance for our Open Day. I would like to take this opportunity to publically thank our team of tour guides from Year 7, 8 and 9 who in some cases were right out of their comfort zone, but did a fantastic job showing them around. I also thank those parents who have recommended others to the school. We rely on your positive feedback in your local communities to spread the word.

A colleague had a really good idea earlier in the week: it was suggested that maybe we could make a promotional video of some of our parents talking about the school and the changes it has made to their child’s educational journey.  So I throw down the gauntlet of opportunity: would you be prepared to sit in front of a camera as part of a small group of parents and answer some general pre-set questions about the school and your son or daughter’s experiences here?  I would be delighted to hear from you if the answer is yes. The purpose would be for the video to sit on our website and be broadcast via a YouTube link through our social media, for marketing purposes.

I have had a cake fest this week (ok and some Danish pastries and some biscuits at Open Day too!) I ate part of a gingerbread battlement on a motte and bailey cake castle (and the jelly baby guardsman) courtesy of Abigail (Year 7) followed by a death by chocolate slice of tower (this can’t technically be the right word) castle cake courtesy of Simon (Year 7). I very much enjoyed my study of the castle. Thank you.

Finally today, can I remind parents that we have new bank details. These are already printed on the new invoices coming out at the end of term, but should you wish to make any payments in the meantime, the details are as follows:

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Next week, the diary tells me we have an Early Years Stay and Play session on Monday. This is now full. These events have proved very popular this year and we are taking bookings already for our April and May events. If you know any Nursery or Reception aged children (3-5 years) who might be considering looking at Hollygirt, this is a great opportunity for parents to spend an hour with their child observing them in situ playing with our youngsters.  Advance booking is essential. This class is filling fast for September.

Monday night sees the annual Climbing Competition which former teacher and parent, Mrs Twells organises with the Climbing Centre on our behalf. Hollygirt sponsors this inter-schools event and we always have strong teams competing. Good luck to all!

Meanwhile the Year 10 are out of school all week on their work experience placements. This is a great opportunity for them to experience the world of work and to get a feel for what happens for the rest of their post education lives… I know staff are looking forward to visiting pupils. Thanks to Mrs Twomey for all the practical arrangements.

On Wednesday, a team of able mathematicians will represent the school at the Team Maths Challenge. This is a whole day event, and is a serious challenge. We very much enjoy taking part.

Wednesday night will kick off to the sound of music again as the Junior House Music Competition final takes place at 7.00pm in the Senior School hall.

It looks like Thursday and Friday will be quieter (but I bet they’re not).

Wishing you a relaxing weekend,

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

On Wednesday afternoon, the High Fives netball team took part in a ‘friendly’ tournament at NGHS. Despite being a relatively new squad who have not had much time to practise as a team, all the players did very well.  We beat both NGHS and Southwark, winning 3-2 each time.  We played a very fast match against Figtree School, which ended in a 1-1 draw.  When playing against Albany School, despite an amazing comeback staged by Amelia Parsons who scored all our goals in the last 5 minutes, we lost 5-3.  Mrs Keyworth was also very impressed with both Moredcai and Brook – our other goal scorers – who, despite being the youngest players on the court, played some great competitive netball.  The team came second in their group overall. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to Mrs Mason and Mrs Giacone for their support on the sidelines. The team are competing once again this afternoon and I look forward to hearing the results come through.

Yesterday, Year 1, 2 and some Year 3s thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at the Agility Festival at Nottingham Trent University yesterday. Thank you to Mrs Loi for kindly giving up their time to accompany them.

Next week is an incredibly busy one. On Monday evening, many children are competing in our annual climbing competition. Mrs Twells has sent home details to all those involved.

Parents’ Evenings for Years 1, 4, 5 and 6 have been rescheduled for Tuesday and you should have received appointment times.

The Junior House Music finals take place on Wednesday evening, beginning at 7pm in the Senior School hall.

Juniors are off timetable on Thursday for a Science and Technology day. Children will work in houses and have opportunities to participate in many different experiments and activities. Children may dress up in a suitability themed costume if they wish!

Next Friday 23rd March, Years 4, 5 and 6 will have the opportunity to work with Dr Alvarez as she delivers an exciting session introducing the children to the world of architecture; we are very much looking forward to this.

A reminder for reply slips to be sent in as soon as possible for parents wishing to book their child onto Mindfulness and Yoga club in the summer term. This sounds like a fantastic opportunity.

Please could you make sure all pieces of uniform are labelled correctly. We have some pieces left in School but with no means of identifying who they belong to!

Have an enjoyable weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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