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Weekly News – Friday 29th March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

This week, though I have been away from my desk for 3 days on other business, it has been action packed across the school.

On Monday, Mr Dean and I completed the prefect interviews with those candidates from Year 10 who had applied. We will be informing those who have been successful and presenting the special red ties in the final assembly next week and in the next half term will be seeking applicants from their ranks for the position of Head and Deputy Head Girl/Boy.

All the seniors have had class photographs taken.

Year 7 and 8 pupils all went to see the fantastic ‘Skellig’ at the Nottingham Playhouse. Later today, some of them will be engaging in a workshop following on from the show with the director and members of the cast. This is all part of our amazing sponsorship programme with the Playhouse and is a huge support to our study of the text.

On Wednesday night the super Spring Concert was held for senior pupils and you can get the edited highlights on our latest video. There were some great performances!  Well done to all our participants.

Today, Rainbows are presenting an assembly to us to let us know about their fabulous work.

I would like to let you know about an opportunity for parents to attend a SHARP workshop. Click on the link below for further information.

SHARP For Parents Leaflet

This is an external course and parents need to book directly with the organisation if they would like to attend. SHARP helps parents understand children’s mental health and deals specifically with self- harm.

I am still showing prospective parents around the school for September entry. Just to let you know we have only 4 places available in next year’s Year 7 and a number of current enquiries. If you know anyone who might be thinking about Hollygirt for Senior School, please tell them to get in touch as soon as possible.

Next week our Spring Term ends at 12:30 on THURSDAY. Children can wear non-school uniform on this day. Before we get there, we are looking forward to:

  • Ice Skating tonight – this is turning into a lovely regular treat for pupils
  • The Hollygirt sponsored Climbing Competition on Monday after school
  • And the Year 7 and 8 Spoken Cup on Wednesday.

Envelopes with grade cards, the Holly Leaves termly publication and invoices will be sent home with pupils on Wednesday 3rd, so look out for these.

Pupils return to school on Wednesday 24th April.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Deputy Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the March sunshine, a sure sign that Spring has, indeed, sprung. However, it has been a typically busy week here in the Junior School, and so there is little chance of sit down in the sun (though I did see some of the Early Years children with mats out at lunchtime yesterday lying back and basking in the rays – jealous, much?).

On Tuesday, Years 1 and 2 ventured to the Agility Festival at Nottingham Trent University, a super chance for the children to be engaged in sport in a fun, positive way. Something of a contrast to the Notts County match I, and many parents and pupils, attended at the weekend; whilst it was most generous of Notts County to offer us tickets, the match ended in disappointment deep into injury time… Many thanks to Notts County for the tickets, and they complete their programme with the Year 4 and 5 pupils today; I know good fun has been had by all.

Also on Tuesday, a small group of Year 6 children joined some of the more able pupils from the Senior School on a trip to the Urban Rooms, a space run by the Royal Institute of British Architects, Historic England and Nottingham City Council, to begin an exciting project that looks at various aspects around urban design and architecture; look out for more of this in the coming months.

On Wednesday, Miss Wilson invited in parents of Year 2 pupils. A good time was had by all as Easter crafts were the order of the day. Given my prowess with haberdashery, I ensured my role was limited to biscuit-provider… Thanks to Miss Wilson for organising this, and I know further opportunities will be offered later in the year.

This morning, we have had Rainbows in to give an assembly to all pupils throughout the school. Many of you will be aware of the superb work and support they offer, and so we are delighted to be associated with them.

Looking ahead to next week, the Hollygirt Climbing Competition will be taking place on Monday evening. Please could those involved ensure that they are transported to the climbing centre for 4:00pm and collected at 7:00pm. Needless to say, parents are warmly welcome to stay and watch.

On Tuesday, Early Years will be going on a trip to Manor Farm, which I know they will love. After school, there is an Under-11 football match against Seely Primary School at Forest Zone: we wish the team goods luck. Kick off will be around 4:10pm.

On Wednesday morning, the Junior School Swimming Gala will be taking place at Ken Martin Swimming Pool – parents are warmly invited to come and cheer our budding Rebecca Adlingtons on. You should have received an email to this effect.

Just a reminder that there will be no Extra Curricular Activities next week, as rumour has it that we finish for Easter at 12:30pm on Thursday. Children are welcome to wear their own clothes for £1 which will be donated to Framework, a Nottingham-based charity supporting the homeless.

I wish you all a very pleasant and restful holidays, and let’s hope for continuing sunshine!

Mr Goodhead
Deputy Head of Juniors

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