October 15, 2021

Weekly News Friday 15th October 2021

This week's featured image is of Senior School Vocal Group performing at our Prize Giving ceremony. Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate the effort and achievements of our students.

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Mrs Griffiths for a wonderful assembly celebrating black history month -as we said -black history month should be every month and all the time – no differences!

I really enjoyed Mr Dilger’s information-packed assembly on Year 10 work experience too. The key message being sort out placements now!

Prize Giving was a wonderful event and I enjoyed seeing so many of you there. It was lovely to get together to ‘hold you close’ metaphorically as we celebrated the efforts of Hollygirt students past and present. Your feedback was generally that you enjoyed hearing the supreme talent – thank you to our students here….and a shorter event. Please do feel free to feedback further to info@hollygirt.co.uk.

This week I have had the opportunity to observe several Hollygirt teachers teach. This has been a really positive experience. The lessons are engaging and use excellent pedagogy – very impressive indeed. I have worked in several schools over the years and I am very reassured by the expertise I saw yesterday in classrooms. The reason I was doing this was to capitalise on the staff talent currently in the school and I am delighted to congratulate Mr. Rollinson and Mr. Firth on becoming joint Senior Teachers – Teaching & Learning. The leadership team looks forward to driving teaching and learning standards ever onward and upward – incorporating the latest research and simply providing excellent teaching and learning experiences for your sons and daughters.

My uniform supplier says we will have trousers in stock from November -I will let you know so usual uniform until then please, and that the PE kit (models in the senior building) will be available from January. I am trying to firm up these dates!

The Head’s challenge resulted in a very creative competition and well-done Caiden in Year 7 for a superb entry. Some of my challenges are interesting: break a world record; dress up as an eyeball and faint (?) and to have a big dance /talent contest. The latter is definitely a good idea and I’m thinking of dressing up as an eyeball and pretending to faint lots of times as I don’t think there is a world record for this…….the creativity of combining ideas.

Finally, could I remind you that students should take a lateral flow test on the night of Sunday 31 October before returning to school on Monday 1 November. Additional tests can be ordered here: https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Please do not come to school if you test positive but get a PCR test and please do not come to school if you have Covid symptoms.

Have a wonderful half-term being kind to each other and enjoying family time and see you safe and sound on 1st November.

Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

Years 5 and 6 had a fantastic time competing in the Sports Hall Athletics on Monday. Mrs Morgan was incredibly impressed with the children, how keen and excited they were, the effort they put in and the enthusiasm they demonstrated. Although they finished fourth overall, the children have progressed to a plate final which will be held next half term.

Performances of the day went to Josh and Xavier who won their six lap race and to June and Daisy for finishing second place in theirs. Gold Star of the day was awarded to Daisy for an all-round performance, her determination, teamwork, passion, self-belief and respect; she also won the standing triple jump. And a final special mention to Temisan for his amazing sprint. What a fabulous afternoon it was.

It was great to see so many of you at Prize Giving on Wednesday evening.  Well done to the children who were superbly behaved and represented the school so well.  I thought the singing was fantastic and June and Rishi spoke so confidently. It was lovely to be able to celebrate together like this again.  Congratulations to the prize winners and to all of our children who have worked so hard over the past year, especially during more challenging times of online learning, and to parents for your continued support.

After half term, children should be wearing their winter uniform, including the school green waterproof coat on colder days. We are hoping the new PE kit will be ready for early next year and until then, children can continue to wear plain black or green tracksuit bottoms, a white t-shirt and red sweatshirt if their current kit no longer fits. Any questions on uniform, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We are considering resuming Breakfast Club and I would be grateful if you could take a moment to fill in this brief survey to aid our planning: https://forms.gle/Z7zbEAtxrsw6k3Cb8 

Next half term is always such a busy, but extremely enjoyable, one in the lead up to Christmas.  We have so much planned in, including visits to Nottingham Playhouse and the Junior Production, and I am sure the children will be getting excited before too long!

This week’s Stars of the Week can be viewed here.

I hope you all have a relaxing half term break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 1st November.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors