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Weekly News – Friday 22nd June

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

We have great news. Our History of Hollygirt book has arrived from the printers and will be released for sale on Saturday 30th June in the White House Garden from 11.00am – 1.00pm. Please join us on this date for the Junior School Garden Party (in the Junior School garden) and for our 140 years celebrations (in the White House garden). The book looks fabulous and I cannot thank enough all those who have been involved in its research and production. It costs £10 and we have a fast growing reservation list – if you’d like to be added to the list to ensure you get a copy, please email Roberta at

The 140th celebration for former pupils, staff and friends of the school is turning into a massive affair with currently over 140 (an auspicious number) expected to turn up. We will have displays of school memorabilia and the opportunity for people to meet up who haven’t seen each other for decades. They will all be excited to look around the school too. With this in mind, I have spoken to all pupils from Years 7 to 10 to seek volunteers to help out. Letters giving consent for pupils have been given to many, please ensure they are returned and encourage those who haven’t mentioned it to offer their services for 2 hours on Saturday next week (11.00am – 1.00pm – arrive at 10.45am). It will be fascinating for them to meet with so many different generations (of mainly ladies) who came to Hollygirt School.

We are also excited next week for the formal Gala Dinner at Nottingham Council House. We only have three tickets left which must be bought by the end of THIS WEEKEND to give us enough time to confirm requirements with the caterers. If you want to get one of the remaining tickets, they can be purchased online here:

Our internal celebrations of our 140 years happen on THURSDAY when we are requesting all pupils to make an attempt at dressing as VICTORIAN CHILDREN for the day. They will have a special day on the Victorian theme. All seniors are aware of this and we look for your support in digging out suitable items to wear – nothing elaborate is required. It is likely to be a very hot day, so no heavy wool multi layered garments! Staff will be dressing up too. I have promised no caning.

This week, Junior School has been rather quiet with children at The Mill (I can’t wait to see the pictures and hear the exciting stories). Meanwhile, Senior School has been back to business as usual apart from our Year 5 Taster Day experience on Monday! This event for our own Year 5 pupils as well as visitors from other schools offers a ‘what Senior School is like’ day and it went down pretty well. The following comment was received the very next day from a parent of a child making her first visit to Hollygirt: “I would just like to say a big thank you to you and all involved with yesterday’s Hollygirt taster day. [My daughter] had a thoroughly enjoyable day and was very keen to share her experiences with us. She told me in the feedback session she had given every area a big smiley face, because it was ‘brilliant’. Praise indeed. The rest of her evening was taken up enthusiastically completing the interesting and challenging Hollygirt Open Day Special Puzzler.”

What a great message to receive.

I need to tell you about our Friday lunchtime Zumba sessions with Miss Nissan – they are perhaps the noisiest and most enthusiastic thing you will ever see Hollygirt pupils doing on a Friday! With party lights, loud rhythmic music and Miss Nissan’s amazing talent they have been a real end of term treat.

I suspect the relative tranquillity of this week will be superseded by much frenetic activity next week…

At the weekend, both the Bronze and the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award candidates are out in Derbyshire (at separate locations). Thank you to Mr Deacon who runs our school programme and to Miss Hutley who has volunteered to support the Bronze group (and to sleep in a tent)!

Next Week:

On Tuesday, all our new staff for September will be in school for their induction day.

On Wednesday, Year 10 have their Conference Day, considering careers and next steps. Wednesday also sees the Friends of Hollygirt AGM at 7.00pm in Villa Road hall. All parents are able to attend this short meeting as you are all members! The Friends of Hollygirt do fantastic things for the school: run the school uniform shop, organise events for children and socials for parents and support the teachers by granting requests for spend on additional items to benefit the pupils.

Thursday sees the whole school VICTORIAN  THEMED DAY and in the evening the Year 11 leavers PROM at Bestwood Lodge  will see our young people in their finery at their last social of the year.

On Friday the Years 7 and 8 will be at Skegness

Then it’s Saturday: Junior Garden Party and alumnus event 11.00am-1.00pm and the Gala Dinner 7.00pm – 11.00pm).

I’m tired already.

The sun is shining and promises to continue to do so to get us through next week and into the weekend, so let’s make the most of it. Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

The weeks seem to get busier and busier! Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their Taster Day in the Senior School this week, with the opportunity to join in with lessons and meet new children who may join them in Year 7.

On Monday and Tuesday, Years 3 and 4 visited The Mill Adventure Base. Although some were a little nervous, some staying away from home for the first time, they all had a brilliant time. When I went up there on Monday, I was impressed with all the children but especially the ones who initially weren’t sure but challenged themselves and achieved things that they didn’t think they would.

Years 5 and 6 are due back from their three day trip this afternoon. I visited them yesterday and a few looked a little tired but again, were having great fun on the zip wire and climbing. They have enjoyed such a great range of activities and the weather has been perfect. I am sure they will sleep very well this weekend!

Many, many thanks to Miss Hardy and Mrs Keyworth for organising these trips. Thank you to Mrs Searle, Mr Ockelford, Mr Goodhead, Miss Brusby and Miss Purchase for accompanying these trips and looking after the children so well.

On Monday, it is our EYFS and Year 1 Prize Giving (we hold this in school as these children do not attend the October ceremony). This will begin at 9:30am in the Senior School hall. Refreshments will be available after the event. Following this, EYFS Sports Day will take place in Junior playground at 11:15am. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

On Tuesday, Years 1 to 6 will be taking part in the Going for Gold challenge at Harvey Hadden stadium. Although leaving early, this will be within their usual PE lesson and they will be back to back at school for the end of the day.

Next Thursday is of course our Victorian Day as we celebrate the school’s 140th anniversary. The children (and staff!) are dressing up as Victorians and will enjoy a day packed with Victorian activities.

The Garden Party is only a week away! We still need donations, especially tombola prizes and chocolate. Please send donations in to Form Teachers. Enterprise Club need to bring in their resources and prizes on Monday. Please could I also remind you to bring back raffle tickets.  We must also have any unsold ones back too.

The temperature is set to rise quite dramatically next week. Please make sure sun cream is applied before school and send in to school to reapply throughout the day. Hats must be worn at playtimes.

I am sure most of you already know that Mrs Searle is retiring in July. She has been with us for a great number of years, teaching in both Junior and Senior School. We will certainly miss her.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors


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