May 20, 2024

News 17.05.24

It has been a busy, but exciting week, with trips, competition week, guest speakers, voting for head students and excellent learning experiences in the class room.

On Monday, we had six Year 10 pupils running for Head Student, deliver their presentation to the Senior and Prep pupils.  All of them gave an excellent presentation and I was very proud to have a group of pupils who have been so dedicated to become Hollygirt’s Head Student.  I’m delighted to share that Lily-Mai and Ben will be our Head Girl and Head Boy, and the four pupils who were sadly unsuccessful will be Senior Prefects.

As it is the France trip next week, we held competition week between the Houses this week, which included environment awareness tasks with making bird feeders, sun hats and growing cress heads.  We also had a cultural music assembly delivered by pupils.  As I’m writing this news, our Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh pupils are out on their Bronze award expedition.  I spoke to Mr Dean this morning and he said the experience has been wet, but the pupils have been amazing.

Also today, the Year 7 and 8 athletics team is competing against other Independent Schools at the ISA Competition.  I know the team will proudly represent our school and I look forward to hearing about their achievements and experiences.

Just an update on exams: Year 11 have taken their English, French, Business (including a Year 10 pupil), Maths, Religious Studies, Chemistry and Geography papers this week.  It’s been a very challenging week for them but they have conducted themselves brilliantly and I hope they achieve what they deserve.

On Wednesday, Mr Shahrokhshahi invited Professor Bill Lockley to Hollygirt to give a talk to our Year 10 chemists and physicists.  Also in Science, Year 7 were testing bacteria killing properties of different anti-bacterial substances with Mrs Williams.  They have used agar plates to culture bacteria, then used the scientific to test different substances.  Year 7 were also testing and proving Hooke’s Law in Physics.

On Friday 24th May, Mrs Wright and I are holding a joint coffee morning where all parents are welcome.  Please contact Mrs Wilkins ( if you would like to attend.

I would like to wish Annabelle in Year 8 the best of luck in next week’s British Skating Championships.  She is 1 of 31 competitors and we are very proud that she is the only child from Nottingham going.

Next week, 45 pupils will be going to France on a residential trip with Mrs Brimblecombe and a team of staff.  I hope that all of the pupils have an amazing time and I can’t wait to hear about their experiences.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Cholerton
Acting Head