A group of pupils from Years 6 to 10 started a very exciting project last academic year in March.
We worked with Nottingham City Council and the 38 Carrington Street Urban Room Partnership on the Carrington Street Townscape Heritage Programme, which aims to link the railway station with future improvements around the Broadmarsh area. The project involved pupils working with external lead professionals to bring together technology and creativity by looking at the past, present and future of the street.
Last Thursday, pupils presented the final pieces from the project at a dedicated event at the Urban Room:
1. A musical piece that was composed based on the architectural features of the facades and mathematics behind the designs
2. A literacy narrative
3. A design for a building that follows the Carrington Street trend using 3D modelling software
4. A piece of art (sculpture)
5. Videography of the project
Dr Laura Alvarez (Senior Principal Urban Design and Conservation Officer at Nottingham City Council) said “it is rare for young children to be so involved in a long term project with city planning professionals and this group of pupils have certainly set precedent for new ways of working. The project has shown the value of informing children about their environment and the ways in which they can make a contribution to shaping their city, as citizens.”
A massive thank you to Dr Laura Alvarez, Mr Thompson and Mrs Howlett for making this extraordinary project possible and to all the children involved for excelling in every element.
A group of boys represented Hollygirt in an under-11 football fixture at Dixie Grammar School in Market Bosworth on Monday. We won 2-0 in our match against Dixie Grammar School but unfortunately lost the next match 1-0 against Twycross School. Both matches were extremely competitive and our boys did us proud! Well done.
Man of the match:
Elliot v Twycross
Xavier v Dixie
What does gas weigh? Pupils in Year 4 have been weighing fizzy drinks to see how much carbon dioxide they contain. Although gas is very light, it still has mass. We weighed the drinks when they were fizzy then made them flat by swirling around the liquid. Once flat, we then weighed them again. In drinks originally weighing 150g, they each lost around 1-2g after we had made them flat!
Chef Julie was really impressed with the entries she received from pupils in Junior School for the ‘Favourite Family Recipe’ competition. We’re looking forward to tasting Keira-Rose’s spaghetti and meatballs followed by Aggy’s pancakes for dessert!
Pupils in Year 6 are focusing on life during the Stone Age for their topic work. We visited Creswell Crags today to explore the caves where both Neanderthals and Homo sapiens once lived. We also practised our own survival skills and produced some cave paintings! Did you know the cave art at Creswell Crags is 10,000 years older than the pyramids?
As part of our Tudor topic, pupils in Year 4 have been learning about Mary I who is commonly referred to as ‘Bloody Mary’. We have learnt about Mary’s life including being exiled by her farther and burning 284 Protestants at the stake because she wanted the country to return to Catholicism! Next week, we are going to cast a vote on whether Mary was as bloody as she was made out to have been or whether she was just misunderstood? What do you think?
The Friends of Hollygirt hosted their annual Curry Night last night at The Cumin restaurant on Maid Marian Way. The event is a social evening for parents, staff and friends of Hollygirt School involving lots of food and laughter.
Mrs Hutley’s renowned Curry Night quiz showcased the breadth of knowledge among teams including opposition leaders throughout time, geography of Central America and random facts from I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. The tie breaker question was ‘how many words are in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick?’. Everyone knows the answer to that one, right?
All money raised from the raffle is used to enhance pupils time at Hollygirt beyond the curriculum. So far this year, the Friends of Hollygirt committee have funded the Years 7 to 9 Fright Night Disco, Junior School playground equipment, EYFS and Key Stage 1 Christmas afternoon with Peter Presto Magician and a Senior School author visit in July 2020.
Thank you to the Friends of Hollygirt for organising this spectacular event. We’re already looking forward to Curry Night 2020!
It might be raining outside but we’ve been cosy today in our onesies and pyjamas for Children in Need. Pupils in Year 6 had a cake sale on Wednesday and raised £141.02! Our fundraising efforts went into turbo mode today with more cake sales (thanks, Thoresby) and an inter-house tabletop sale in the Senior School. We’ll reveal the final fundraising figure once all the money has been counted. Thank you all for your support.