May 3, 2024

Weekly News 03.05.24

Message from the Acting Head

Dear Parents,

We had a lot of visitors to school on Saturday for our Open Morning and their feedback was really positive.  Thank you to our pupils who volunteered to be tour guides – our visitors were really impressed by you and so was I.  I would like to also thank all staff who staged amazing learning experiences.

On Monday and Thursday, I judged the Year 7 and 8 Spoken Cup.  I was really impressed by the passion for literature amongst our pupils and the courage of our pupils to stand up in front of an audience and read their chosen work.

We said goodbye to our Year 11 pupils on Wednesday.  We had a special assembly for them which involved a picture show, awards and the Waka Waka dance performed by staff.  I would like to wish the Year 11s the best of luck for their exams.  They have worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them.

Mr Beresford took his Year 7 class onto the Elms last Friday to take part in some fieldwork.  They took observations of surface run-off and interception and detailed their findings.  He was really pleased with how they conducted themselves in the fieldwork.

On Thursday, Mr Shahrokhshahi took a group of senior pupils to a Nottingham Magistrates’ Courts to experience what it is like to have a role in the court room.  Mrs Brown delivered a superb careers event for Year 10 and I held a Pupil Voice meeting with the Form Representatives.

Wishing you all a lovely bank holiday weekend,

Dave Cholerton
Acting Head


Message from the Head of Prep / Deputy Head of Seniors

Good afternoon,

Prep children very much enjoyed the disco yesterday.  Thank you so much to the Friends of Hollygirt for organising this and to parents for helping out.  Thank you to staff, especially Miss Nisan for her enthusiasm and energy!

On Monday, the PE department organised a Prep School Swimming Gala at Southglade Leisure Centre.  Mr Beresford led the event.

‘I am thrilled to share that our pupils demonstrated outstanding behaviour and achieved good results.  Their attentive cooperation allowed them to compete in 10 races within a 25-minute window showcasing their amazing front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke and relay abilities.  Rather than running all the races in one session, we split the event across three rounds to ensure each pupil was kept busy throughout the afternoon instead of shivering next to the pool!  When the children were not competing, pupils engaged in multi-sports challenges with Mr Ockelford, developing sending and receiving skills in the process.  During the activities, every child responded excellently. 

As a result, all the pupils were issued two merits and received recognition in the form of a certificate during Wednesday morning’s assembly.  The praise is thoroughly deserved. 

A special thanks to all the staff who attended the event and worked so hard with the children; this enabled the model to work.  The PE department is incredibly grateful for your efforts to ensure the children received a positive experience.   Thanks for your continued support and well done again to the children.’ ~ Hollygirt PE Department.

Yesterday, Miss Hawthorne organised a very successful trip for Key Stage 2 to the National Justice Museum, where they learned all about crime and punishment through the ages and were able to act out a court case in the civil court room.  Everyone was fantastic and they all learned so much.

Next Wednesday, it is Careers Day and we look forward to welcoming parents in to talk about their jobs.  I am sure it will be very interesting and informative and we really appreciate parents giving up their time to do this.

Have a lovely long weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep / Deputy Head of Seniors