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Weekly News – Friday 9th November

Message from the Headmistress

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!

From the beginning of this half term, pupils in Senior School are allowed to start wearing black coats but they must have their blazer in school at all times and wear it during the school day.

As the dark nights are beginning to creep closer, I encourage you to think about getting some reflective strips to put on coats for those pupils who walk into town to catch a bus. Pupils waiting for parents should wait in school rather than at the road side.

This week, I had a brief flashback to the 1970s (when I was really young of course) when Abba was heard coming from classrooms. After my initial disorientation, I remembered that Mrs Jepson had organised ‘Hollygirt Abbavision’ to celebrate European Day of Languages. In form groups, pupils learnt a popular Abba song of their choice and sung it in either French or Spanish. Recordings took place this week and the video will be played in an assembly next week. Pupils will vote for their favourite rendition and the winner of Abbavision will be announced! It’s been great fun.

On Tuesday, pupils in Year 10 visited Nottingham Trent Library and were inspired by all the hardworking students and the vast amount of books available. On Wednesday, Year 9 enjoyed an exciting Geography trip to Cadbury World. The trip was an excellent opportunity for pupils to put what they have learnt in theory in the classroom into a real life business context. Thank you to Mrs Howlett for organising the trip and for bringing back some chocolatey goodies, too!

The Friends of Hollygirt Fright Night Disco for Years 7 to 9 took place after school on Thursday. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos! Please support all the work FoH do for the school and its pupils by attending their fabulous upcoming social evening. The Friends of Hollygirt Curry and Quiz Night is taking place on Monday 19th November. Tickets are £16 and can be bought from the school reception.

Throughout the week, senior pupils have been busy making clay poppies in their Issues lesson to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1. We had a one minute silence at 11.00am this morning at the front of the Senior School building and each child planted a poppy into the ground. Thank you to Mrs Howlett for setting this up and to Mrs Cooper Cassady for her expertise in the making process.

Next week, I look forward to seeing parents of Year 11 pupils on Tuesday 13th for Parents’ Evening. Pupils should have made appointments with staff on your behalf. On Wednesday 14th, individual pupil and sibling photographs are taking place. Please make sure pupils are wearing the correct uniform. Girls – formal or striped shirts. Boys – white shirt, charcoal grey trousers and tie. On Friday 16th, pupils in Senior School can come to school dressed as a bear for Children in Need. A table top sale will also take place where pupils are to bring in unwanted items.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Hutley

Message from the Head of Juniors

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable break; the children certainly have been talking about their holiday adventures with enthusiasm and have visited some really interesting places.

On Wednesday Mrs Gadhia (Aleesha’s mummy) came into EYFS to talk about how they celebrate Diwali at home. The children were able to try on some traditional clothes and jewellery as well as having a bindi and a glittery temporary tattoo. She also brought some homemade Indian food for the children to try.

Yesterday, Years 1-4 were lucky enough to go to the Games of Remembrance. Meanwhile, Years 5 and 6 took part in an athletics afternoon at Farnborough which was attended by different schools and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Today, we had a visit from Pudsey Bear. This was a great surprise for the children and they were delighted to see him! Have a look on our social media pages for photographs. This reminded us that it is Children in Need next week and Year 6 will be selling merchandise at playtimes.

On Monday, as part of Anti-Bullying week, we are taking part in ‘Odd Socks Day’. We ask the children to bring in £1 for this charity. Years 1 to 4 have been eagerly learning the song and will perform this in an assembly on Monday.

Next Wednesday 14th November, all children will be having individual photographs; Years 3-6 may wear formal uniform if they wish to. Additionally on this day, Year 6 will be selling cakes for Children in Need.

Some of you will seen or already bought the Hollygirt tea towel; it really does look great and is hanging in Miss Wilson’s door! There are still some remaining should you wish to purchase one. They cost £4 and would make a nice Christmas present; please send this into Form Teachers.

Huge congratulations to Brooke in Year 6 who competed in an ice skating competition in London last weekend. Her and her team won gold! Well done! A fantastic achievement!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors

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