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Weekly News – Friday 6th September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday we welcomed all our pupils back to Hollygirt and what a smart and smiley lot they are… it’s good to see them so relaxed and ready to go.  Welcome to our new parents to our Weekly News, which comes to you on a Friday afternoon each week, with news of what has happened in the past few days and a look forward to the week ahead. It is also the place where I communicate with you about everything else too so it’s good to look out for it.

Senior pupils have been reminded of the basic expectations of Hollygirt: that they are expected to be kind and considerate, to respect each other’s individuality, to work hard and to get involved. I pointed out some basics on appearance too: white shirts tuck in, ties fasten to the neck, skirts (all pleated skirts now) are worn on or just above the knee. Hair is tied back if it touches the shoulders and there should be no strange shavings. Blazers must be worn at all times including to and from school. (If it is unseasonably warm, they may ask permission to remove them in lessons). Mobile phones are handed in to tutor first thing.

I know it is strange for new pupils to the school, whatever age they start. There really is nothing to fear here. I spoke in assembly about 2 simple things:

If you are in trouble or know someone who us: tell us

If you need advice or help: ask us

I suspect that after the two and a half days of this week, they already know all the teachers and many of the pupils in the school. They will certainly know where everything is. If you are hearing of any concerns at home at any time in the term, please do not hesitate to email the form tutor. Likewise we will contact you if we have any concerns at our end.

Once you appreciate what a great school we really are, remember you can recommend us to your friends and neighbours with children looking for the right school, and you should have received a recommend card, to give to them which rewards both you and them if they decide to come. (A £50 John Lewis voucher!)

Please be aware that the school homework platform, Show My Homework, is currently not working due to an external issue. Please accept our sincere apologies. We hope to have it back up and running next week

This week, pupils in Year 11 have kick started their ‘really serious year’ with their career profiling interview with our external consultant. This follows the Morrisby profiling they have already completed which gives an in depth view of their aptitudes and skills linking to possible future career paths. Parents, are you aware that you can now read the whole profile of your child online? Your sons and daughters have the log in for this.

Next week, we have our Post-Hollygirt Evening: an expo of post-16 education/training providers to start the process of considering next steps. We welcome parents and the Year 11 to this event which is on Wednesday 11th 7.00pm – 8.30pm in Senior School.

Next week sees the start of our extra- curricular activities. There will be letters coming home for you to give permission for attendance with details of arrangements, times, venues, and so on. The programmes can be viewed here.

Next week is also the first of our Friends’ of Hollygirt meetings: Friday at 4.00pm – 5.30pm in my office. The team would love some new members. They meet half termly and provide so many wonderful opportunities for parents and children it is really worth engaging with them. I will early advertise our parents’ social evening – a Curry Night on MONDAY 18th NOVEMBER. This is a fantastic night out and really great value. Save the date – more details later.

Mr Dean will be contacting parents of Year 7 and Year 10 next week about the forthcoming trip to Broneirion in Wales, with final arrangements and final payment details.

I am seeking senior parents to join the Parents’ Forum. This is also half termly on a Friday after school (first meeting 20th September). This is a reciprocally beneficial chat group aimed at improving the school service to pupils and parents and discussing key issues/development issues. The only restriction is we do not discuss individual pupils or name individual staff members. Let Lucy Wilkins know if you wish to

We hope you are keeping an eye on your social media for Hollygirt posts. This is a great way to get to know what is going on in class and around the school.  Please like, share, comment, or whatever…

Some key dates for you:

SATURDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER IS OUR OPEN DAY. We will be asking for pupil help on this morning.

WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER IS PRIZE GIVING. All senior pupils (in fact all pupils from Year 3 upwards) are expected to be in attendance at this key event. Parents too, please.

MONDAY 9TH DECEMBER is CAROL SERVICE in the evening. Again this is a compulsory event for all pupils.

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic summer. It has been great hearing about all the wonderful things the children have been getting up to over the holidays. A special welcome to all new children joining Hollygirt this September. I hope they have enjoyed their first few days and I look forward to getting to know them better over the next few weeks.

We are now opening school earlier in the morning and children can come to school from 7:45am. There is a charge if you wish to make use of this service, £2 for the 7:45 – 8:00 slot. Please could I remind all parents to bring their children into school and sign them in to a member of staff in the mornings.

You will have received your ECA timetables offering a whole range of exciting clubs. Although optional, we do encourage all children to have a go and try some new clubs. Please return forms with choices as soon as possible.

Please be aware that the school homework platform, Show My Homework, is currently not working due to an external issue. Please accept our sincere apologies. We hope to have it back up and running next week.

Parent information evenings will be held next week. I hope you will find these really useful. If, however, you cannot make them, information sheets will be available or alternatively, please feel free to make an appointment with class teachers at a different another time.

As you know, we have reintroduced a school coat this for this year. I have already seen a couple of children wearing it and it does look very nice. The coat is available to purchase at Schoolwear Solutions.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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