September 24, 2021

Weekly News – Friday 24th September 2021

This week's featured image is of one of the amazing cakes entered into our European themed Bake Off as part of our European Day of Languages celebrations.

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Well, we are loving the European Day of Languages face painting -flags from all nations painted on our students’ faces. They look amazing. Huge thanks to Ms Brimblecombe and Ms Nisan for organising the European bake-off assembly -the cakes are amazing and congrats to all the winners! Thank you too to the judges. I look forward to seeing many of you at the Macmillan cake sale later  (3-4.15pm in the Friends Room at 9 Villa Road) and tasting some of the wares. With two growing daughters at home -cake always goes down very well in our house. I was really impressed with the effort! A big thank you too for providing all the ingredients as this helps us manage allergies.

Tomorrow, Hollygirt will be attending the Southwell Ploughing Match in Farnsfield and I am bringing a very special visitor with me – perhaps a new mascot for Hollygirt? If you’re there, do come and say hello and meet our mystery guest!

This Monday we had a special assembly; part of our bid to ‘level up’ included talking to the students about the sort of school trousers we can wear. It was decided a dark grey, straight leg option for girls would be welcomed and I have spoken to our uniform supplier about this already. I hope to have this available very soon. The new PE kit should be ‘ready to go’ around about January time. We have said also that long hair can be worn down unless there is a health and safety issue as found in subjects such as Food Tech; Science and PE. If a teacher asks a student to tie their hair up -they must or forfeit the privilege of hair down for a while. We think we have struck a fair balance here.

I also started the recruitment drive for my student estates and media teams and thank you to volunteers already. The former will be involved in looking at our buildings and grounds and making and executing plans for improvement and the latter will become a regular blog or vlog from the students available on the website.

Friends of Hollygirt met on Monday and hatched many and various plans for future events. FoH will be running a raffle at our Prizegiving event on 13th October 2021. If you’d like to join please email Thank you to the group for your enthusiasm and the reminder about the Hollygirt fundraising site from Katherine.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with easyfundraising, it’s a free and simple way to help Friends of Hollygirt raise funds while you shop online. We’ll be updating our profile with details of the student events and projects these funds will support soon. We would be very grateful if you would consider supporting us.

How it works:

  1. Go to our profile on and sign up for free: 
  2. Start shopping. Every time you shop online, head to easyfundraising first. There are over 3,000 retailers on board, so simply pick the one you want to visit and start shopping as normal.
  1. Now the 3rd and best thing, after you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a free donation to your good cause and it won’t cost you a penny extra! All you need to do is remember to come back to easyfundraising before you shop to keep collecting donations.

I believe it is time to go and eat more cakes now and well done Hollygirt for such excellent efforts at fundraising for Macmillan today! Please also note the Covid reminders in the Junior school messages as applicable to seniors too.

Have a lovely weekend,

Dr. Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Firstly, thank you to everyone who attended Open Day last Saturday.  It was such a busy event and we were really lucky with the beautiful weather. The children were fantastic and represented the school so well.

Today, the Juniors are enjoying various activities planned for European Day of Languages. Thank you to Miss Cooper for organising this.  I am amazed by the number of wonderful cakes the children have baked. They look so impressive and later today, we have the very difficult- but very enjoyable – task of judging the cakes; I am sure they will all be delicious. Winners will be announced in assembly. If you are attending the Macmillan coffee afternoon later, the cakes will be available to buy with all proceeds going to the Macmillan charity.

Also today, the Smashing Schools Roadshow, hosted by Nottingham Tennis Centre, will be visiting school. All junior children will participate in a tennis workshop which, as they have done in the past, I am sure they will thoroughly enjoy.

Well done to the children for taking part in the Readathon over the last two weeks. I know they have been busy reading as much as they can, both at home and in school.  Thank you in advance for money raised. Please could sponsorship monies and cards be in school by Friday 1st October. This can also be done online.

On Thursday afternoon, Year Six will be competing in a Dodgeball Festival at Harvey Hadden. This sounds like great fun and I look forward to hearing all about it.

You will be receiving letters detailing Parents’ Evenings for this half term. These will be in school rather than online. If you cannot attend, Form Teachers will happily arrange an alternative date for you.

Please could I remind you that if your child has any symptoms of covid, they need to have a PCR test and stay at home until you receive the results. If negative, they can return to school. A negative Lateral Flow result is not sufficient for anyone with symptoms. Any questions on this, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors