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Weekly News – Friday 21st September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Gosh this has been a fast paced week and with such changeable weather conditions.

Have you all downloaded the new parent app to your phones? The idea came from Parents’ Forum and we are delighted that parents assist us with this sort of strategy to improve the parent experience.

We were delighted to welcome so many of the new parents to Senior School to the social ‘Meet the Teachers’ evening on Wednesday. It is lovely to reacquaint with you all and to hear that the pupils have settled into school so well. Remember we are always here if you have any concerns about anything. As I say (quite often) if you like what we do: tell all your friends (and remember to use your reward vouchers); if you have issues tell us, so we can put things right. We will listen and take all steps possible to make things better.

On Wednesday, we had a professional photographer in school taking pictures of our daily life to update our website images.

Tonight (Friday), is the first Friends of Hollygirt meeting of the term. New parents are more than welcome just to show up and see what we do. I suspect tonight we will be planning our renowned Curry and Quiz Night, discos and Christmas fundraisers, 4.00pm in my office.

On to next week:

We are looking forward to a very busy Open Morning tomorrow for prospective families considering Hollygirt as their next school, with tours setting off at 9.30am and 10.30am. Thank you in advance to all the senior pupils who are coming in for the morning (9am-12noon) to help us in departments or as tour guides. (And to their parents for facilitating this for us.) Let’s hope the sun shines on us.

From Monday, all Senior School homework will be viewable on Show My Homework, our new online homework platform. You should have received a letter explaining the app, along with login details for both pupil and parents. You can also view all homework here without logging in. We hope the platform will assist pupils with the organisation of their homework, as well as empower parents to better support their children at home. Please contact Mr Thompson ( if you experience any issues.

On Monday (24th), top juniors are joining the seniors for their UK parliament assembly. We are delighted to be welcoming Emily O’Hara, Education Assistant from the Houses of Parliament, to school to talk to the group about how parliament works.

On Wednesday (26th) a large group of Year 7 and 8 pupils will be off on their residential adventure to Wales. It looks such a beautiful place. Pupils going on this trip do not need to come into school in their uniform on Wednesday.

On Friday (28th), Year 11 are hosting a Macmillan Coffee morning and we are hoping parents will drop in for a coffee as they drop off in the morning. Further details will be posted out early next week.

On Saturday 29th, we will be hosting a trade stand at the Southwell Ploughing Match to promote the school and meet with former pupils and friends. It is a great family day out and it would be good to see current parents and pupils at our stand.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Another busy week in juniors. The children (and teachers) are really enjoying their topic based learning and it is lovely to see them so interested and involved. For Year 6, this was a very important week as we held the Head Girl and Boy elections. I am so proud of the children who put themselves forward for this and spoke so confidently to the rest of the school with their amazing ideas and initiatives, many of which we can hopefully put into place. Well done to all of them. A video of the candidate speeches can be viewed here. Following these speeches, everyone voted and whilst the candidates waited nervously, Mrs Mason and Mrs Mahl counted the votes. Huge congratulations to George and Cassian who were elected as Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy and are delighted to take on these roles.

On Monday, KS2 will be participating in a UK Parliament assembly hosted by Emily O’Hara from the Houses of Parliament telling children all about how parliament works. We also have the NSPCC will be visiting School on Wednesday 26th September to deliver their assemblies to both KS1 and KS2.

Our Junior Harvest assembly is next Friday 28th September, beginning at 2pm in the Senior School hall. Thank you for all of your efforts with the Harvest boxes; these are greatly appreciated. On the morning of Friday 28th, there will be a Macmillan Coffee Morning so if you can, please pop in for coffee and cake at break time (10:25am).

You should have received letters detailing our annual Prize Giving event, this year on the evening of Wednesday 17th October.  All pupils in Year 3 – 6 are expected to attend.  Although we don’t expect the younger pupils to be there, parents of these children are, of course, very welcome to the evening event.  Pupils in Year 3 – 6 have the afternoon of 17th off in lieu of attendance in the evening.  This year, we are giving younger pupils the option to also have the afternoon off and be collected from school at 12:30pm. Please send slips back to school advising us if you would to do this.

Please could I remind you that the Junior School does not open until 8am in the mornings and for their own safety, children should not be in the building before this time. Please could I also ask you to make sure that when dropping off, you sign your child in with a member of staff – Mrs Nicholson, Mrs Mahl, Mrs Mason or Mrs Swift.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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