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Weekly News – Friday 2nd March

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Brrrr, it’s cold.

The week felt dominated by yesterday – the day when the snow fell, transport started to fail and schools all around were closing by the second. At Hollygirt, we braved the storm (blizzard, big freeze, snow, ice) and opened as normal. We arrived to cleared paths courtesy of Curtis, our caretaker, who came in in the wee hours to prepare the grounds for the onslaught of tiny feet. Main building had boiler issues for an hour or so until the plumber could make it from Mansfield, but he did, and the building soon became warm.

We had over 80% of our Junior School children in yesterday, most in their World Book Day outfits, which looked fabulous. I hope you have seen the pictures on our social media. Senior School was a little less successful in % terms but the work I saw as I toured the school was amazing. A number of older children have been in one to one coaching with key teachers and other groups have done impressive curricular work. It has been purposeful and calm and dare I add, even fun…

Thank you to all the teachers and support staff who managed the journey. We cancelled extra-curricular activities and after school clubs so that staff could make it home in daylight. I am sorry for any inconvenience this caused.

You may remember a while ago me writing of our new History of Hollygirt book that we are currently putting together. We are still in need of former pupil reminiscences. Should you or any of your family or friends be a former Hollygirt pupil, we would be delighted if you could contact our researcher, Carol on She can arrange to call you for a phone interview; send you a pre-prepared questionnaire; meet with you; or she would gladly accept any written prose about your time, memories or experiences of the school. We are particularly interested in pupils who left the school in the 1980s and 1990s, though all will be appreciated!

Yesterday was the day state secondary schools/academies have communicated their offer of places. This can be a very distressing time for those who do not get their choice of schools. Should you know anyone who because of this (or for other reasons) may be thinking of a Hollygirt education, please let them know about our OPEN DAY on WEDNESDAY 14th MARCH, with tours at 9.30am and 2.00pm. They can book to come along by contacting Remember if you recommend them to us, they sign up and you have let us know of the recommendation before they come, there is a reward in it for you! Private tours can be arranged if the Open Day is not a good time.

We still have places available in most year groups with the current exception of next year’s Year 3. Reception is filling up fast too…

Next week we look forward to the Year 7 Parents’ Evening on Tuesday after school and to the Friends’ of Hollygirt Meeting on Friday 9th at 4.00pm

Wrap up warm, put on the wellies and go wandering through untrodden snow…

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

I am writing this early this week as I am away at the Junior Heads’ conference on Thursday and Friday. It is a very snowy Wednesday evening and I am sure if they do manage to get into School tomorrow, the children will very much enjoy playing outside and building snowmen!

Tomorrow is World Book Day. My little boy is going to nursery as a very hungry caterpillar and I look forward to seeing photos of all of the wonderful costumes.

It was great to see so many of you at Parents’ Evening this week. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel today’s; I will send a letter out next week once we have confirmed new dates for later this term. If you wish to see form teachers sooner than this, please do arrange an appointment at a time of your convenience.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the snow whilst it lasts.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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