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Weekly News – Friday 7th September

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to all of you and a special welcome to: Alaya, Aleesha, Aveer, Munashe, Harriet, Luke, Agnes, Ethan, Helene, Mysie, Harris, Caiden, Leona, Matilda, Katie, Cassian, Noah, Oliver, Ismail, Tyreese, Katy, Abdur, Liam, Ffion, Hamna, Leo, Sophie, Samuel, Ekaterina, Sophie and Molly.

We hope all our new pupils make new friend, get involved, settle quickly and, of course, work hard!

We hope that parents get involved in our community too. You can do this by engaging with us on social media, by joining the Friends of Hollygirt and/or supporting their events or by joining the Parents’ Forum to share ideas for change and progress. Further details on the latter two in future newsletters.

What a fabulously long and sunny Summer holiday it has been. I had a glorious month’s road trip along the South Coast of England. I hope the children are all relaxed and prepared. This week is always a tiring one; getting up earlier, putting on formal clothes, getting back into the routine… (that’s just the staff).

We are delighted to welcome our new staff to the school. In the Junior School, Miss Purchase has joined us full time teaching Year 4. In the Senior School: Mr Firth is Head of Science and Biology Teacher; Mrs Jepson is teacher of Spanish; Mrs Hall teacher of History; Mr Rollinson teacher of Maths and Mr Dilger Head of ICT. Mr Deacon takes over the role of Head of Games/PE.

In the finance team, we welcome Mrs Hudson to her full time role as Operations Manager.

New Initiatives for this term:

Senior girls look lovely in their new pleated skirts. All those who have made the change say they love the additional leg space.

For the first time in Hollygirt’s history, we are seeking parent trustees. Our trustees serve as governors of the school, directors of the company (limited by guarantee) and trustees of the charity. There are various capacities in which one can serve and we have some vacancies currently available for the right person. The roles are voluntary. Further information and an application pack can be found on our website here:

Girls on Board’ is a new pastoral initiative: an approach to help girls aged 8-18 navigate the choppy waters of friendship problems. Further information about this programme will be available throughout the term.

**NEW Hollygirt Mobile app**

Following suggestions from the Parents’ Forum, we now have a Hollygirt Mobile app! Download the Hollygirt mobile app on any Apple or Android phone/tablet to receive school alerts, notification and news.

Visit the Apple app store or Google Play on your device and search for the ‘Piota Schools’ app. Then search for Hollygirt School in the search box. After you have done this once, the app should remember your choice and go straight to the Hollygirt app when you open it.

IMPORTANT STEP >> Once you have the app downloaded, make sure to visit the settings page (via the ‘More’ tile on the homepage) and select the alert notification channels you are interested in. The app will then alert you to relevant messages in these categories. Please leave the Whole School News category turned on.

If you have any problems downloading the app, feedback or comments you’d like to pass on, please email Roberta at

Some key dates this term:

Our first Friends Of Hollygirt Meeting will be on Friday 21st September. New members are always welcome to attend: 4.00pm in my office. At this meeting, we will be planning our term’s activities including the renowned Friends of Hollygirt Curry and Quiz Night; the Fright Night Disco; Junior Christmas Disco; the Christmas Hamper Raffle and lots of other exciting things.

Our first OPEN DAY is scheduled for Saturday 22nd September to kick start our recruitment process for next year. We will be requiring some senior pupils to assist as tour guides on this day. Some departments may also request the help and support of one or two pupils.  Let your friends know about this day. Can you help us by distributing some leaflets around your social/leisure areas/work places/friends and neighbours? Contact Roberta on if you could take some info.

PRIZE GIVING is Wednesday 17th October. This is an evening event and all Year 3 to Year 11 pupils are expected to be in attendance. It is our showcase event, in the Albert Hall and is for everyone to celebrate our lovely school. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Next week’s Senior School goings-on:

Monday 10th – Year 11 career profiling interviews continue.

Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th – Presentations by KOOTH to pupils. Kooth is a free, safe and anonymous online support platform for young people

Wednesday 12th at 7.00pm – 8.30pm – Year 11 Post Hollygirt Evening

Year 3 Class Teacher vacancy:

Ms Hardy has had a fantastic opportunity which she cannot turn down so sadly she will be leaving Hollygirt at the end of this term. We are seeking to recruit a replacement and have the position advertised on our website and social media. If you know anyone who might be interested, please draw their attention to it… All prospective employees are invited to come and look around before making an application – but they will have to be quick! More information and the application pack can be found here:

We hope all have a happy and successful term. Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

Dear Parents,

Welcome back everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great summer – certainly felt like a long one and we were very lucky to have enjoyed so much sunshine. I have loved hearing from the children about their summer activities and holidays; they seem to have been to some really interesting places. A special welcome to all of our new children who already seem to have settled in so well. I hope they will be very happy here.

Next week, we are holding welcome meetings for parents with Form Teachers. These are really useful in providing you with information about both the curriculum and the school day whilst giving you the opportunity to ask any other questions you may have. For Nursery, Year 2 and 4, these will be on Monday 10th September and for Reception, Year 1, 3, 5 and 6, on Tuesday 11th September.  Meetings will be held in form rooms, beginning at 3:45pm and lasting until approximately 4:30pm. If you cannot attend, Form Teachers will provide you with some of the key information but please feel free to make an alternative appointment with them if have anything more specific you would like to discuss about your child.

On Thursday 13th September, we are celebrating Roald Dahl day and we are asking the children to dress up as a character from one of his famous books. Costumes can be as elaborate or simple as you wish! Instead, children can just choose to wear something yellow (Roald Dahl’s favourite colour). There will be a Book Fair on in school from Wednesday 12th September until Tuesday 18th September.  Accompanied by their teachers, children will be able to browse through the books at allocated times during the school day and make any purchases; please make sure any money brought into school is in a named purse or envelope.

You will have received a few letters this week. Please could I ask for forms to be returned to Form Teachers as soon as possible.  Our Extra Curricular programme will begin next week and if the option sheet has not been brought back into school, please could you return it on Monday so that we can place your child in their chosen clubs. We encourage all children to join some clubs to broaden their skills, interests and friendship groups. Copies of all letters can be found in the parent section of our website should you need further copies and on our new mobile app. Please read Mrs Hutley’s Weekly News above for download instructions.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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