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Weekly News – Friday 20th April

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

It’s Summer Term and the sun shines down on us.

We are delighted to welcome 3 new pupils: Kiera-Rose and Gabriella to Nursery and Yasin to Year 4, we hope they will all settle quickly and be very happy at Hollygirt.

We have had a quiet start to the term on what is always a tiring week getting back into the swing of things. We pick up pace quickly, especially, we hope, for our Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award candidates who go off tonight on their weekend practice expedition in Derbyshire. Thank you to Mrs Carr who is looking after the pupils for this weekend. Mr Deacon who would usually be with the DoE group but he will be running the London Marathon – so we wish him luck!

You may be aware that we are currently re-writing our History of Hollygirt Book to celebrate our 140 years and we are opening up to parents, pupils and friends of the school the opportunity to think of a good title for the publication. If one of the suggestions made to us is chosen for use, we will present a free copy of the book to the winner. Suggestions to: by 4th MAY please.

We have only 25 tickets remaining for our Gala Dinner on Saturday 30th June- if you are wanting to come, please don’t delay in making a booking. Further details can be found at

Next week Mr Dean and I will be interviewing our prospective prefects from Year 10. These will take up their duties when the Year 11 leave (Friday 11th May) and thereafter we will select our Head Girl/Boy.

On Wednesday, we hold our April Stay and Play session in the Early Years department. We still have a couple of spaces available on this day if you know any 3-5 year olds who may be interested in joining this thriving department from September (or earlier/later).

Thursday 26th our ‘able mathematicians’ in Year 7 and 8 will take part in the UK Maths Challenge and on Thursday and Friday the Year 11 artists will be doing their final piece Art exam.

There are a number of staffing vacancies still open for September positions at Hollygirt: we require a full time Maths teacher (closing date Friday 27th April); a Biologist (closing date Friday 11th May) and a part time History teacher (closing date Friday 11th May)  All our vacancies have come about as staff retire or move on to promotional positions elsewhere. I am busy showing round lots of potentially interested candidates for these posts. Please let any teachers you know who may be interested in working here of these vacancies, full details for each appears in the job section of our website:

Children should now not require their coats in school. The blazer should be worn to and from school and during the day (with required permission to take off it is too hot). I have recently been looking at alternative girls’ skirt designs for senior pupils. I have a sample in my room of the chosen style if anyone would like to see it. For one year we will have both styles available and working in tandem with a view to transferring to the new style for September 2019.

I have also noticed some inappropriate shavings in hair style which do not conform with our regulations. The shaving of stripes or of partial hair is not acceptable. Please allow these to grow out as soon as possible. I remind you also that girls and boys with hair below shoulder length are required to tie it back.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back and what a glorious start to term we’ve had. What a difference the sunshine makes! Children are enjoying the improved areas of the playground, especially Year 6 with the area to relax on the terrace. A special welcome to our new children in Nursery and Year 4; we hope that they will be very happy here at Hollygirt.

I very much enjoyed hearing about the children’s adventures over the holidays. Well done to all who completed the eco challenges! The ski trip sounded amazing; I’m sure you have seen the photos on Facebook. A huge thank you to Mr Goodhead for leading this trip; I saw how much work went into the organisation of this to make it such a success. Thank you to other staff who also accompanied this trip.

Children in Years 1-6 are all taking part in a national writing competition based on a theme of everyday heroes. Please could you make sure information on entry forms is completed this weekend.

Today, the KS2 choir are competing in the Derby Arts Festival; I wish them the very best of luck and hope they bring back a trophy.

As the weather gets warmer, a reminder that our school dress is only available at School Wear Solutions or our Second Hand Uniform Shop; the next one of these will be Friday 4th May. On sunny days, please make sure you send the children in with sun cream and a hat.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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