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Weekly News – Friday 6th July

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

To everyone who gave time to support our 3 events last Saturday I am enormously grateful. We had just the greatest of days! We also sold more than a fifth of our total supplies of our new History of Hollygirt book, which was released on the day.

Copies are available now if anyone would like to purchase one. They cost £10 (cash or cheque).

As the summer weather continues, we are delighted to be getting out and about. The Year 7 and 8 had a great day in Skegness last Friday and this week and it is really good to see classes making good use of the outdoor environment for lessons. Pupils are reminded of the need for sun cream and to sit in the shade where possible. Whilst blazers should still be brought into school, they do not have  to be worn in the heat and may be carried to and from school.

This week we have held our ‘Flying Up Day’ for the new Year 7 pupils and their parents. We look forward to them joining the Senior School in September.

As we approach the summer holidays (we break up at 12.30pm on Thursday 12th July), pupils should be thinking about getting all their stuff home – desks and pegs must be emptied. We will gather together lost property and display at the end of term for collection. However, any unmarked garments/other items not collected will be suitably disposed of.

The end of term mail out with invoices for next year, school reports, Holly Leaves and other information scheduled to go home on Monday will be slightly delayed. We apologise for this and will ensure it is with you before the end of term.

The last day of term is a non-uniform day for all senior pupils and we will be making a collection of £1 per pupil to go towards Maggie’s charity. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their friends and family in Nottingham.

We are sad to be saying goodbye to a number of colleagues next week and send our warmest wishes and fondest farewells to: Wendy Atherton, Head of Science and Biology Teacher, who retires after 26 years at Hollygirt. Caroline Searle, formerly senior Textiles Teacher and now DT/Art in the Junior School, who retires after 16 years. Laura Heathcote, who taught GCSE History very successfully and ran the Hollygirt Riding Club. And Jo Rushby, who is moving on to a promotional position in a bigger school.

We hope you enjoy the garden, the barbeques and the football this weekend. Come on England!

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

Another beautifully sunny week! Last weekend, our annual Garden Party was a huge success. We enjoyed face painting, jumping on the bouncy castle, sampling delicious foods and many more wonderful things. Thank you for supporting this event by donating, attending or running a stall.

On Monday, both KS1 and 2 treated us to their summer productions. Well done to all – some superb performances and so many lines and songs to learn. There was even some audience participation too! Thank you to Mr Thompson, Miss Purchase and all staff who put so much time into preparing the children so well for these.

Yesterday, Years 1 to 6 competed in the Swimming Gala. Thank you Mrs Morgan for organising this. Well done to all children who swam – some incredibly fast and exciting races. Some children haven’t been swimming for long and were extremely nervous beforehand; we were so proud to see them have a go. Congratulations to Oak who were overall winners. We will announce individual winners this afternoon.

Next Tuesday, all juniors are having a day out. Nursery to Year 3 will be visiting Twinlakes whilst Years 4 to 6 are playing adventure golf and going out for lunch; I am sure an enjoyable day will be had by all.

Thursday is our last day and children may come to school in their own clothes, donating £1 to charity. A reminder that school finishes at 12.30pm; there is no After School Club on this day and children all must be collected at this time.

If I don’t see you before, have a super summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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