November 25, 2022

Weekly News – Friday 25th November

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

This week we were talking about reading – the places you can go, the experiences you can have, the words you can learn, the ideas and thoughts you may never have ‘thunk’, the skills reading gives you in talking, business and the hours of extra education it provides.  DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) happens every week and we need Hollygirt students to be reading (anything) but for at least 20 minutes every day.

Last summer, we sent home reading lists for the school, we will re-send these and I know Mrs Thornton has sent home a letter this week about the importance of reading.  Students who read will make more academic progress.

On Tuesday, I was wearing a purple dress but sadly didn’t visit Cadbury World myself but Year 9 and 10 did for combined research in Geography and Biology.  At least that’s what all the chocolate shopping and eating has been labelled…….it was a real moment to see all the students arrive back with purple bags full of chocolate – a real sight for sore eyes and for a chocolate lover – a feast!

Thank you for the little purple gift on my desk (to match my dress).

Last week, we were in the Nottingham Post about our new Sixth Form and I provide the link here in case you missed it.

We’re looking forward to seeing Year 11 parents on Monday 28th November and to celebrating some really excellent mock exam results – there are some real achievements that will give a good grounding for the summer exams and because we ran the mocks earlier than usual, we also have time to bridge any gaps that may have occurred.  If Year 11 maintain their momentum now and just keep drip feeding quizzes and past papers into their weekends and holidays, they are really all set! Congratulations to them for working hard and achieving.

Today brings the first tea-time concert and I’m so looking forward to this – we hope these concerts will become a regular event.

A reminder also to parents about donations for the Friends of Hollygirt Hampers for the Christmas Fair – please bring any donations to Reception as soon as possible.

Have a good weekend,

Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

I hope you have all had a good week.  It is certainly getting cold.  Please could you make sure all coats, hats, gloves and scarves are all named so that we can easily identify these at the end of the day.

As we approach the last few weeks of term, the children are busy rehearsing for their Christmas productions.  They are working so hard and I know Mrs Maher is impressed by how well rehearsals are going.  Thank you for your support at home, helping the children to learn lines; please could you continue to encourage them to do this.

An update on Children in Need last Friday – £218.80 was raised from the Bake Sale and selling Pudsey merchandise.  Coupled with the donations for non-uniform on Friday, this raised a total of £275.50. Thank you so much to Year Six and parents for baking delicious cakes and biscuits.  Thank you to everyone who bought these or merchandise and donated money to dress up.

Thank you so much for the toys so far for The Great Notts Christmas Toy Appeal.  We know how much these will be appreciated.  If you would still like to donate, we will still be collecting until Wednesday 30th November.

A reminder that After School Club finishes at 6.00pm and children need to be collected by this time. Any late collections will incur a fee.

I am very much looking forward to the Teatime Concert tonight and seeing many of our juniors perform in this.  Thank you to the Music Department for organising this for us.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Juniors