Message from the Headmistress
At the end of the warmest February on record, we have returned to a full week of activities for pupils in Senior School.
On Monday and Tuesday, Year 10 and Year 11 had a session led by SHARP on managing examination stress. This was first suggested to me by members of the Parents’ Forum and is clearly something we are keen to do. There is no denying that the lead up to GCSEs can be most stressful (arguably, critical exams come at the wrong time for young people…) Parents can assist perhaps by helping their sons and daughters to organise their revision into manageable pieces, feeding them well and ensuring they get quality sleep.
Later in the week, in another initiative to encourage our pupils’ positive behaviours we took 9 pupils for training to become Anti-Bullying Ambassadors – this is part of ‘The Diana Award’ programme.
You may have read media coverage about ‘Momo’. There is some ‘fake news’ evident in some of the reporting. Here is the BBC/police advice:
Police appealed to parents to:
- Ensure they know what their children can access online
- Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
- Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
- Use parental controls to keep children safe
Whole article …. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47359623
It is World Book Day on Thursday 7th March and pupils in Senior School will begin each lesson with the next installment of chapter one in a book titled ‘The Stolen Ones’.
Have you seen our fantastic new school video? – feel free to share it with friends and family especially if there are some who today are disappointed with their allocated maintained school place for Year 7. We still have spaces available for September start. We are holding our next Open Day on Wednesday 13th March, during the school day so prospective parents can see the school in operation and feel our unique atmosphere for themselves. The tours on this day will be led by pupils who are clearly our best ambassadors. Remember to use your recommend cards, so you can be rewarded for your support of the school in referring us to friends.
Have a lovely weekend.
Message from the Head of Juniors
Welcome back. I hope you all had a good break; we were so lucky with the glorious weather and it was good to be out and about.
We have already had a busy start to the half term and this is set to continue. On Wednesday, Year 4 enjoyed a sunny walk to the theatre to see the Horrible Histories’ performance of the Terrible Tudors; they thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst reinforcing their topic learning. They, of course, were beautifully behaved and represented the school incredibly well.
Also on Thursday, Year 6 participated in a chocolate workshop led by Lisa from Deli-Cious. They spent the morning making lollipops, soft-centred chocolates, truffles and buttons. The children also found out where chocolate originated, back during the Mayan and Aztec civilisations, and even handled a giant cacao bean pod and the raw cacao butter. All Year 6 were absolutely fantastic and did Hollygirt proud. Although Mrs Mason and Mrs Keyworth were very disappointed that nobody saved them any 1 home-made chocolate!
This afternoon, Notts County will be again be joining us to work with Years 4 and 5 on a health, nutrition and exercise programme. These workshops will continue every Friday until Easter and are extremely valuable.
There are several sporting fixtures next week beginning with Mr Goodhead and Mr Ockelford taking cross country teams to inter-schools cross country competitions at Twycross House. The under 11s will compete on Monday and the under 9s on Tuesday. On Friday, Mr Goodhead will be taking the under 11s to a football festival.
On Monday and Tuesday, we have our Parents’ Meetings and you will should have received appointment times. Refreshments will be available in the library or for Years 5 and 6, in the Friends’ room. I look forward to seeing you there.
To begin our World Book celebrations, please come and join us for our Booky Breakfast on Wednesday morning where you can enjoy some short performances from the children and then have the opportunity to share some stories with them. This will take place in the Senior School hall from 9am.
On Thursday, children should come to school dressed as one of their favourite book characters. Costumes can be as simple or elaborate as you wish but suitable for outdoor play!
Year 1 are looking forward to parents visiting on Thursday afternoon and joining in with their lessons. Towards the end of the afternoon, refreshments will be available in The Friends’ room whilst the children get ready for home time.
Finally, we are very excited that our eggs are arriving next week and hopefully, the chicks will hatch very soon after. They will under the careful watch of EYFS but all children will have the opportunity to visit them. Please let Mrs Scott know if you do not want your child to handle them.
Have a lovely weekend.
Head of Juniors