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Weekly News – Friday 23rd March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

We have had another busy week in Senior School though with the Year 10 on their Work Experience Week we have been a little quieter.

Work experience is a brilliant thing for pupils in Year 10 to undertake; they get a real sense of the work place, the different things that govern the day and the different feel to the work place environment, working with adults (and sometimes with children). It can be a really life enhancing, career shaping opportunity. For some, it crosses an occupation off the list, for others it motivates them towards an ambition. Yesterday I visited Jess in a primary school in Edwalton. A primary school with a farmyard with a pig (I was so excited about the pig I took its photo!) Jess was obviously having a fine time and thought teaching younger children might be a good match for her skills. I look forward to the tales from the other pupils when they return on Monday.

With four and a half days to go to the end of term, an end of term many of our children and staff really need to wind down and to recharge the batteries, I would like to remind you that term finishes at 12.30pm on Thursday 29th March. There is no after school provision on this day.

Can I remind pupils that PE bags should be taken home after their last session of the term: for Years 7 to 9 this on Monday; Year 10 and 11 on Tuesday. Lost property will be out on Wednesday and Thursday. End of term packs containing reports, invoices and the Holly Leaves will come home on Wednesday. Thursday will be a non-uniform day, for a donation to charity of £1.

Next Wednesday, Mrs Thornton will be returning to school after her maternity leave. We look forward to welcoming her back. Miss Melia finishes her English teaching today and we will be incredibly sad to see her go. She has been a very safe pair of hands, teaching the subject she adores to children she loves.

This week we welcomed Athbah to Year 9. We hope she settles and enjoys her Hollygirt experience.

To let you know about our current plans for the staff vacancies after Easter: we are currently advertising to fill out Spanish and ICT posts permanently from September. We will be providing supply cover for all Spanish lessons for the final term of this academic year. Mrs Kara will return for a final oral preparation lesson with the Year 11 and will run their oral examinations. In ICT, Mrs Bolton will be returning to teach Year 10 and Year 11 ICT, there will be some supply cover and some internal movement to enable the lessons to continue without disruption. We advertise all our positions on our website as well as through social media and on external sites, so if you know anyone looking for work, direct them to our jobs page to see what we have on offer.

For next September, we are seeking to recruit some new trustees to key positions on our board. If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking on a trustee role at the school, please ask them to contact me and I can put them in touch with our chair of trustees, Dr Heath. These are voluntary positions. We do not have current parents on the board, but welcome others associated with the school (former staff, former parents or friends of the school) to apply.

Have a lovely weekend whilst it is starting to feel a little more spring-like, there is apparently snow forecast for Easter weekend… (fine by me, as long as we can get to the airport to go skiing!)

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Last Friday, the Junior High Fives netball team took part in the Nottingham City tournament. With seven games back-to-back, the children had a very busy afternoon, with no time to recover between matches. Despite narrowly losing against the more experienced NGHS teams, the squad managed three draws against Sycamore (3-3). Scotholme and Heathfield and two respectable wins against Basford (3-0) and Nottingham High School (6-0). The latter score was mainly due to the super partnership between Brook and Amelia who were our main goal scorers. Well done! Congratulations should also go to Alexander, who clawed back the extra goals to force  the 2-2 draw with Heathfield. Mrs Keyworth and Mrs Morgan would like to say a big thank you to all those children who took part.

This has been an incredibly busy week with yet more snow and very cold temperatures. This didn’t stop our climbing team taking part in our annual competition on Monday night. Well done to all who took part. I am glad that you enjoyed it so much. Thank you to Mrs Twells for again organising such a successful event.

On Wednesday evening, we were treated to an evening of music and singing at the House Music Final; there were some incredibly talented musicians and I very much enjoyed seeing the variety of performances. Some children have only been learning for such a short time; if is wonderful to see the progress that they are making and they all should be very proud of themselves.

Yesterday, the juniors had their STEM day and I loved the costumes! From building bridges from straws to trying to transport tomatoes out of the window safely, the children certainly had fun and developed their investigative and teamwork skills. Many thanks to Miss Wilson for her hard work in organising this event and to the Friends of Hollygirt for funding the workshops.

This morning, Dr Alvarez worked with Years 4, 5 and 6 to introduce them to architecture. This was a fascinating presentation and the children became structural engineers with spaghetti and marshmallows. The tested the strength of materials and were pleased that this involved biscuits that then became an enjoyable snack! We all learnt a great deal and thank Dr Alvarez for giving up her time.

Next Thursday is the last day of term and children may come to school in their own clothes or wear World Book Day costumes, bringing in a donation of £1 for charity. Please note that school finishes at 12:30pm and there is no After School Club on this day. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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