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Weekly News – Friday 19th January

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Is anyone already thinking ‘are we there yet?’ January seems to go on, and on, and on…

Our Year 11 pupils have finished their mock examinations and as their results come to them, they will be getting a clear picture of how their efforts so far have rewarded them. Unsurprisingly it is a mixed bag and for some a shock. The good news is that the staff are all geared up with different support and interventions to help. All we need is an open mind from a willing pupil with a supportive family and between us we will make it work.

Parents will be aware that there is a deal of uncertainty in making GCSE predictions this year with the new specifications and the new 9-1 grading system affecting this year’s entrants nationally. There is, in some subjects, little to help staff in allocating a number grade to a level achieved. However, staff are experienced and know what is required to help pupils to reach their potential.

This week we were delighted to have a full hall of young people sitting our entrance assessment for entry to Year 7. I am often asked why we do assessments if we take a non-selective entry. The answer is twofold: (i) so that we have a rank order of children’s ability in order to offer academic awards and (ii) to understand the needs of the cohort and ensure we are able to meet them. It’s not really about the numbers. It gives us an opportunity to see the pupils in the school setting, interacting with each other and with us. They play, eat and socialise throughout the day and in the afternoon they get a fun team building activity. This year, it seemed to involve sticky construction! We also spend some time interviewing each child to get to know a little about personality, attitudes and interests. Our normal offer letters will be posted home on Monday.

We have put on a further assessment day for entrants to Year 7 for those who missed this one and for later enquiries.

The lunchtime and after school clubs started this week with some great uptake in some. We encourage all pupils to get involved in having a go. You never know what you’re good at until you try… Thank you to Miss Hutley for offering her time to run two Box Fit classes which was made possible by the generous purchasing of gloves and pads from the Friends of Hollygirt committee.

Our Spring Term cycle of Parents’ Evenings in the Senior School has also started. Check the online calendar to see when your night is…

Today, the Year 9 are having a conference day at which an external provider delivers key topics from our PSHE curriculum.

Tonight is the first Friends of Hollygirt meeting of the term. Scheduled at 4.00pm in my office.

Next week we look forward to the Year 9 Options Afternoon for parents (Monday), the Year 11 Conference Day (Tuesday), the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme meeting for prospective new starters (Tuesday) and the Second Hand Uniform Shop (Friday, 2.30pm – 4.30pm).

I hope you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Hutley
Headmistress

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

A cold and frosty start to the morning but at least the sun is out now and the children are outside making the most of it.

Our junior extra-curricular programme is well under way and most of the children are getting fully involved in it. We encourage them all to try new things and join in with lunchtime activities in addition to the after school ones. Mrs Hutley and I joined in with Miss Hutley’s Box Fit yesterday and had a fabulous time; I look forward to next week’s session.

As there has been less interest this term, gymnastics unfortunately will not run. Instead, there will be French Club after School on Mondays for Years 1 to 4; please let us know if you are interested.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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