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Weekly News – Friday 2nd February

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

It’s February. I am delighted to see January over and to look forward to the lighter mornings and nights and the flowers popping up in the garden. It is expected to be a cold one so we continue to wrap up warm and to keep ourselves healthy – work, play, exercise, sleep and good food do the trick.

The Senior School is moving apace with its Conference Days for the pupils and its Parents Evenings which enable us to share evidence of the pupils’ progress with you.

Year 9 should have submitted their option choices to Mr Dean today so we can speedily work to putting a pattern together.

On Tuesday, Mr Goodhead introduced the ski resort and the entertainments programme to all those going skiing. The accommodation looks amazing! It’s a long way from the ramshackle dormitories I remember from school skiing trips. We are all so excited and can’t wait for April 1st.

On Thursday, a group of senior mathematicians took part in the Intermediate Maths Challenge and we look forward to getting their results.

Mr Deacon tells me that our basketball team is making great progress. I look forward to hearing news of their success in the future.

It is good to have Mr Dean back at his desk each morning. Still on a stick, but walking well! He is currently available in school each day until around 1.45pm.

Tonight is the Parents’ Forum and I look forward to seeing the group tonight.

I have had occasion to speak to 8 girls about the length of their skirts. For modesty purposes and to conform with our regulations, we request that skirts are work no more than 4 inches above the knee. A personal letter will go out to those who are seriously out of line with this expectation. If parents of older girls would like me to source a second hand skirt until the end of the Summer Term, let me know. I am aware the Second Hand Uniform Shop was closed on Friday.

Next week’s plans look straightforward: the GCSE mock results will go home on Monday; Year 10 have a Conference Day on Tuesday and their Parents Evening on Thursday. (I will be available only after 6.15pm on this night as have a meeting before then).

Early notice for all Year 11 parents: The end of school Prom has been booked for Thursday 28th June at Bestwood Lodge, 6.30pm to 10.15pm. Letters have been sent home with all Year 11 pupils.

Do you follow us on Facebook? Miss Hutley, our Marketing Manager, has informed me that Facebook have adjusted their news feed algorithm which means you will see less posts from us and other businesses and brands that you follow. However, a simple change of settings can allow you to keep seeing our posts. Simply follow the Hollygirt School Facebook page and select ‘See First’ on our page.

If you want to know more about the changes to Facebook’s news feed, the following BBC article is an easy informative read:

Finally, Mrs Carr has signed the whole school up to take part in a battery-recycling scheme and buckets for safe disposal are in strategic places around the buildings. This coincides with the curriculum in both Chemistry and in Geography and adds to our increasing awareness of the environmental impact of waste.

I hope you have a warm and pleasant weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

On Monday, Mrs Keyworth is taking her hockey team to Worksop College for a tournament. Good luck to all and thank you to Mrs Giacone for her help with transporting the children.

Next Friday, the juniors will be taking part in a Sign2Sing assembly, performing songs and learning about the works of SignHealth. We are asking children to bring in £1 as a donation to support this important charity.

A reminder to parents to see children into School in the mornings and pass them to a member of staff rather than dropping off at the back gate. This is especially relevant if, on occasion, you are dropping off late. We do sometimes go to different rooms in different buildings for lessons and it is important that children are signed in with their teacher by parents.

A huge well done to George in Year 5, who raised £66 pounds from the sale of his ‘Beat the Streets’ badges in aid of the homeless charity Framework.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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