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Weekly News – Friday 4th May

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

I spent yesterday evening looking through the fantastic artwork that our Year 11 artists have produced. There are some awesome pieces – take a look on our Facebook page to get a taster. It is always interesting to see evidence of pupils’ creative work, as it is sometimes to see them on the sporting field or to hear them sing. For some, talent is largely hidden and at times like this I feel enormously proud of the pupils.

We have had a successful day of interviewing candidates for new posts for September. I am delighted to let you know that we have had strong fields of highly qualified and experienced applicants for the three posts this week.

At the moment, I can confirm the appointment of Matthew Dilger to ICT. He comes highly recommended from his previous roles and will do a fabulous job for us.  I will confirm the other chosen candidates when I have a written acceptances.

There are still a couple of posts open for applications. It is always worth telling teacher friends and family to keep an eye on our website for vacancies at Hollygirt.

We had planned to have a whole school informal photo for the back page of our new History of Hollygirt book but it was scheduled for the rainiest day of the week, so this has moved forwards to next week in the hope of clearer skies. The book is coming on apace and we hope to be getting it to the printers in the next few weeks so we can have printed copies for sale in time for our 140 year celebrations at the end of June. There are still a few places available for our Gala Dinner on Saturday 30th June. We are now also advertising an event at school for Former Pupils on the same day, running at the same time as the Junior School Garden Party (but will take place in The White House garden). If you know anyone who came to Hollygirt and would like to come to this event, please ask them to contact Roberta ( and she can add their name to the guest list. It is growing apace, with former pupils spanning 5 decades currently on the list.

Tonight is the Parent’s Forum meeting. This starts at 4.00pm in my office and we have a good agenda including skirts, parking, plastic, GDPR, communications, appointments and others… Lucy will take late agenda items if there is anything else you would like us to consider.  New members always welcome, but let know of your attendance please.

Next week we look forward to our first Independent School Association’s Girls football competition and I am delighted that Mr Dean is taking a team up to York to compete on Tuesday. Good luck, girls.

Class photos happen on Wednesday so we encourage all to be extra smart on this day.

On Friday, we will be saying a temporary goodbye to our leaving cohort of Year 11. They will reappear after the weekend to start their written GCSE exams.

Finally to round off this week, I can remind you it is the May Day Bank Holiday on Monday so we are not here. I hope you have a lovely long weekend, perfectly placed in the middle of the half term to enable us to recharge our batteries.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Hopefully, we have seen the last of the cold, rainy days for a while as some much warmer weather is predicted for the Bank Holiday weekend; enjoy the extra day.

On Wednesday, Mr Ockelford has organised a tennis workshop for children in Nursery to Year 4. Please make sure trainers or plimsolls are in school to change into for the afternoon.

On Thursday, Years 1 and 2 will be visiting the library, a trip that was postponed earlier in the year due to snow.

For KS2, next week we will be finishing off this half term’s topics and the week beginning 14th May will be revision in preparation for tests the following week. We do not want the children to worry about these; these are internal tests and we have plenty of time to revisit topics covered during revision week.

Have a lovely long weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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