January 12, 2024

Happy New Year

Message from the Deputy Head 

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  It was amazing to welcome back the pupils on Tuesday.

In school, we had a positive INSET Day for staff that focused on building relationships, Rosenshine’s Principles, Positive and Negative Reinforcement and British Values.

On Wednesday we introduced a new initiative for House time which will be more inclusive and create healthy competition where all pupils will be set a task and awarded points for their House.

This week pupils were invited to a Book Fair and Year 8 and 9 received a vaccination assembly from the NHS.

On Thursday evening, it was lovely to invite our Year 7 parents to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers.  At Hollygirt we value welcoming our parents into school and I am always happy to meet you.

Next week we have our Year 7 Entrance and Scholarship Days and on Friday, we are joining the Prep School by wearing something sparkly to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing with children demonstrating acts of kindness. 

During the Christmas break on Friday 5th January, Mr Shahrokhshahi and Miss Seaton took a group of 61 Year 5 to 11 pupils with their parents to the Royal Concert Hall to watch a magnificent performance by the National Youth Orchestra.  The concert was just inspiring and encouraged one student to take up instrumental lessons.

Have a lovely weekend.

Dave Cholerton
Deputy Head

Message from the Head of Prep

Good afternoon,

It has been great to see everyone back at school this week and I would like to welcome our new children who have already made friends and settled into their classes.  I am sure they will be very happy here.

The Year 6 tuck shop on a Friday has become increasingly popular and has already made a profit of over £113 which is really impressive.  I know Mrs Keyworth will discuss with the School Council what they wish to spend this on.

You will have received an email detailing our exciting Extra-Curricular Activities programme for this term with a form to complete.  These will begin on Monday.

Next week is ‘Sparkle Week’.  As in previous years, we hope to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing with children demonstrating acts of kindness.  Helping others can be beneficial to all of our mental health by reducing stress, helping others to feel good about themselves and helping to reduce negative feelings and anxiety.  We will begin the week with an assembly on this theme.  Children will be allowed to wear a sparkly or brightly coloured accessory to school each day next week.  On Friday, an assembly will provide children with the opportunity to share what they have done and celebrate the acts of kindness.

On Wednesday, it is the Year 7 Entrance Day and our current Year 6 children will spend the day in the Senior School.  This will be followed on Thursday by the Scholarship Day for those who wish to take part in this.

Mrs Keyworth and Mrs Wand will be taking the girls’ football team to Repton School on Wednesday afternoon.  We wish them the very best of luck.

Mrs Maher is beginning her maternity leave today.  We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her and meeting her baby very soon.  Mrs Tibbitts will be our Year 4 Form Teacher from Monday.  She has had a great first week and the children have very much enjoyed getting to know her.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep

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