November 24, 2023

Weekly News – Friday 24th November 2023

Message from the Deputy Head

Dear Parents,

I would like to update you on the amazing week we have had at Hollygirt, but before I do that I want to reassure you that in Doc B’s absence, the school is in good hands with the Senior Leadership Team and our dedicated staff.  We are all looking forward to having Doc B back, but in the meantime, the whole school community has a big part to play in making sure our school is in a good place when she returns.

It has been a great week in school which has included:

  • The Year 11 Mock Interviews
  • The Year 7 Dodgeball team winning their competition – more details here
  • Mrs Brown’s excellent assembly on Individual Choice
  • £165.30 raised for Children Need.

Also last week Miss Hill organised a successful trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, more details here.  We have a Teatime Concert in Senior School next Tuesday after school – parents of those children involved have been invited separately.

A date to save in your calendar is Tuesday 19th December, when it is our Christmas Market.  The event will take place in the White House Garden from 1.50pm to 3.45pm and you are all welcome to attend.  We have various stalls including games, food and beverages and crafts and gifts, and of course our Santa’s Grotto.  Please come and join us in what will be a fabulous day with our Carol Service in the evening at St. Peter’s Church.

Please find a list of our Senior School dates for December here.

If you have anything that you would like to discuss, then please get in touch.  Thank you, as always, for your support for the school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Dave Cholerton
Deputy Head

Message from the Head of Prep

Good afternoon,

Year 4 had the most amazing day at the National Civil War Centre in Newark yesterday.  They acted out Charles I and his turbulent relationship with Parliament and the Puritans, learnt all about the weapons and armour they used in the war (and how heavy they were the carry and wear!), completed a walking tour of the town to learn how it tried to protect itself from Roundheads, and learnt how to be a Seventeenth Century spy!

The football team enjoyed their trip to Repton School with Mrs Keyworth and Mrs Atherton.  Even though they didn’t win, they did score some great goals and it was a fantastic experience.

Prep School raised over £190 for Children in Need and £42 on Odd Socks Day.  Thank you for all your support with this.  This is really impressive.

Click here for details of events for Prep over the next coming weeks – more detail on the Christmas Market, the Carol Service and singing in the Victoria Centre will be sent out.  It is certainly going to be a busy few weeks but what lovely events!  You will have also received an email about Santa visits at the Christmas Market.  Please make sure you complete this form if your child wishes to see Santa.

Thank you for the donations so far for The Great Notts Toy Appeal.  Please continue to send in items and we will deliver them to the collection later this term.

If you haven’t already, please complete the consent form and payment for the Y1 to 6 trip to the pantomime on Wednesday 6th December.  Also, a reminder for payment for Christmas cards if you still need to do this.

Flu vaccinations have been rearranged and will now take place on Friday 8th December.

Have a lovely weekend.

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep

Message from the Head of Sixth Form

Good afternoon,

This week saw the second Open Evening of the term, in a truly Hollygirt style.  Instead of large, busy halls packed with parents and students trying to speak with teachers, this was a small scale event in which there was time to give real individual attention.  After a talk about what makes our Sixth Form special, each family could sit down and discuss their specific questions and subject queries with me to find out much more.  It is a pleasure to be able to offer this personalised approach.

Work Experience will take place later in the year, and this has been launched with the Year 12s in order to provide a lot of planning time.  Useful ideas were discussed and initial research undertaken.  I would like to build up a bank of contacts of potential work experience placements for sixth formers, so if you are able to offer anything please do get in touch (  Placements from one day to a week would be very beneficial to our students, enabling them to explore their potential career paths.  Thank you in advance if this is possible.

Invitations have been sent out for the official opening of Hollygirt Sixth Form, to take place next Friday 1st December.  The event will mark and celebrate the addition of the Sixth Form to Hollygirt School.  If you wish to attend, please do get in touch.  I am looking forward to the occasion, and it provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to speak of all they are getting involved in, and the skills they are developing.

Have a lovely weekend,

Alison Brown
Head of Sixth Form