December 8, 2023

Christmas is certainly on the horizon…

Message from the Deputy Head

Dear Parents,

We are feeling festive at Hollygirt as the tree and decorations are up, snow to start the week and it was lovely to see our wonderful pupils wearing their Christmas jumpers yesterday. Alongside the Prep, we were raising money for the Save The Children charity. 

Last week ended with three of our Year 11 pupils performing their monologues to an audience in the hall.  The pupils’ acting was so convincing and dramatic, it wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Globe Theatre. 

I kicked off the week with an assembly on emotional well-being and I told the story of Klaus to show how random acts of kindness to positively influence our own and others’ well-being.  The Year 7s said to me on Thursday “you’re always talking about well-being in assembly.”  I can assure you I talk about other topics but I do emphasise the importance of well-being frequently. As you would expect, I’m passionate about making sure our pupils feel happy and safe.  In registration time on Thursday, I asked pupils to complete a well-being survey.  From their responses, I intend to implement support where it is needed to ensure our amazing pupils get the best possible experience from their young lives.  In further support of well-being and acts of kindness, we will have a post box in Senior School next week where pupils will be able to post Christmas cards to others within school.   

I felt very proud on Thursday to deliver a Duke of Edinburgh presentation to pupils and their parents.  With Mr Deacon, I awarded pupils who achieved the Bronze Award last academic year. 

I look forward to meeting our Year 11 parents for the first time in person at Parents’ Evening next Thursday. 

It’s only 11 days until Hollygirt’s Christmas Market.  I hope all of our parents can attend the event on Tuesday 19th December.

Have a lovely weekend. 

Dave Cholerton
Deputy Head

Message from the Head of Prep

Good afternoon,

Firstly, thank you again for all the donations for the Great Notts Toy Appeal.  Mrs Wand delivered these gifts earlier in the week and what a lot of lovely toys.  Your generosity is more than appreciated.

Years 1 to 6 enjoyed their trip to see Cinderella at Nottingham Playhouse on Wednesday.  They certainly all participated well and got thoroughly involved in the pantomime!  EYFS are looking forward to their trip there next Thursday to see Hansel and Gretel.

Thank you for all your support with carol singing in the Victoria Centre yesterday.  It was great to see so many parents.  I am sorry that the younger children did not get to go this year.  We had to make an early call based on the weather forecast.

As we near the end of term and the Christmas productions, there will be additional rehearsals throughout next week.  I am sure you are getting to know the songs well too!  Costume lists have been sent out – please could these be in school by next Friday 15th December.

Extra-Curricular Clubs finish on Friday 15th December.  Please note that there will be no Multi Sports on Tuesday 12th either due to the nights getting darker.

We do have a postbox in Prep so any Christmas cards can be posted here.  Please could you write both the name and class on the envelopes.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep

Message from the Head of Sixth Form

Snowflakes, Smiles, and Snowmen: Sixth Form’s Festive Gathering 

A Merry Afternoon of Festive Fun at Sixth Form! 

The Sixth Form recently hosted our youngest Hollygirt pupils for an enjoyable afternoon filled with Christmas crafts, and it was a hit!  Glittery snowflakes, colourful paper chains, and the coolest decorated snowmen took centre stage.  Our Year 12 students led the activity stations, and guided the children so well.  It really did bring the holiday spirit to life. 

A big shoutout to our Sixth Formers for welcoming the EYFS children and making it such a relaxed and fun time.  Their leadership skills were outstanding, creating a welcoming and engaging atmosphere for everyone.  Despite any initial nerves about stepping into Stevenson House and mingling with the ‘big students’, the children didn’t hesitate in joining the craft tables and got involved straight away.  Their concentration on making the paper chains, and their wonderful creativity, really shone through.  

Thank you to our little crafters for bringing the joy and enthusiasm – we certainly felt the festive spirit!  And we look forward to coming over to the Prep School for more activities next year, building these connections that our school community shares. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Alison Brown
Head of Sixth Form