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Weekly News – Friday 20th September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many of our new parents in Senior School on Wednesday night at out ‘meet the teachers’ evening. We hope you all found this a useful social evening to put faces to the many names you will have heard so much about. This is the beginning of our long and hopefully successful partnership.

A few things I mentioned on the evening I will state here for the benefit of our other parents:

  1. PARKING -please can all parents be considerate of both our children’s safety and our neighbours when they park to drop off or to collect children from school. Concerns have been expressed about the latter this term and rightly so. We endeavour to have good relationships with neighbours and the biggest issue is always inconsiderate parking and related things: please turn off your engines when waiting; please do not obstruct drives and access points; beware of the raised hump on VILLA ROAD; please be polite if asked kindly to move on. We will get occasional visitations from the police or traffic enforcement at key times so beware of this too. I appreciate it is really hard to find somewhere particularly in the afternoon (in the morning the allotted parking bays do not charge until 9am). We aspire to ease the flow by offering activities after school, by permitting senior children to stay until 5.15pm in Homework Club and junior children in After School Club until 5.30pm. We encourage walking and public transport where this is possible and hope shortly to have a bicycle rack installed for any older children (and staff) if they choose to cycle in. If anyone has any solutions to the challenges we face with parking, please share these with me.
  2. Friends of Hollygirt reminders: for pupils in Year 7 – 9 to book in for the FRIGHT NIGHT disco. It’s great fun and it’s free! Letters have gone out. For parents and friends, join us for our Annual Curry and Quiz night – this is an awesome night at THE CUMIN restaurant in their private room. We would love to sell all 60 tickets. £20 each; if you or your child want a Hollygirt hoodie – letters are out for this as well! New parents will be requested to help the Friends’ by providing Christmas food and other items for our Christmas hamper raffle. Much more on this to come after half term. The Second Hand Uniform Shop needs your out-grown blazers – these can be dropped off at the school reception.
  3. Finally in this section, can I advise parents to take care if emailing me to avoid confusion: I am: . Our Marketing Manager: Miss Hutley is on

Our extra-curricular activities are now in full swing and we’ve decided to showcase an ‘Extra Curricular Activity of the Week’ every Friday. These will be put on our social media accounts and our website.

This week, the Badminton Club started with Mrs Morgan. The Year 10 and 11 Netball team had mixed fortunes in their first round of matches on Tuesday. They won 1, drew 1 and lost 2.

It is Open Day tomorrow – tours starting at 10am after a brief introductory talk. Thank you to all the pupils who are coming in to act as tour guides. You are stars! We are expecting 30+ families looking around our lovely school.

Friday is turning into a busy day: European Day of Languages (dressing up) meets Harvest Festival meets the MacMillan Coffee morning (in the afternoon). A letter has gone out today with the full details of this action packed day.

For parents who find it hard to dig deep in school bags to find letters (or for those children who think the desk needs papering inside), you can always check in the parents section of the website as all letters are posted there.

I am sorry but due to a number of parents not being able to make Parents’ Forum tonight, it has sadly been postponed.

Have a fab weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Click here to view this week’s Stars of the Week

Dear Parents,

Another sunny day and the juniors are making the most of the weather whilst it lasts. It has been a busy week for the children who all seem to have settled really well into their new classes. I have started my autumn term lesson observations and they are a great reminder to me of how much fun the children have whilst also learning and producing some really impressive work.

On Wednesday, it is our first Stay and Play session of the year. These run from 9am – 10am and are a great way for prospective parents to see EYFS in action. If you do know of anyone who you think would like to book onto one of these, please ask them to contact Mrs Wilkins at

On Thursday, Year 6 will be joining the senior children for a performance addressing the important issues of Mental Health and Cyber Bullying; I am sure this will be very useful for them.

On Friday, it is the Junior Harvest Festival. This begins at 2pm and will be finished by the end of the school day; we look forward to seeing you there. We will also be holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning so you will be able to buy cakes as you leave afterwards. We will also be celebrating European Day of Languages and allowing children to wear an accessory to represent a European country of their choice.

I have been asked if we could make use of toys that parents may be looking to find a new home for. The answer to this is yes; if you are having a clear out (and perhaps making some room before, dare I say it, Christmas!), then please feel free to being any good condition toys or books into school, to out EYFS team in the first instance.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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