May 27, 2022

Weekly News Friday 27th May

This week's featured image is of the Hollygirt Stompers - we're looking forward to seeing their percussion performance at this afternoon's Jubilee Concert!

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Busy days! I think we are all ready for a break after assessment week and need to re charge ready for last half term of the academic year which is packed with various events.

We started this week with another assembly about online safety from our local PCSO -my thanks to Kelly for coming in and supporting our youngsters. In the Autumn Term we are planning an evening for parents about online safety.

The momentum is building towards the Euro trip and it will be imperative that (unless we are aware otherwise) parents and students attend the briefing evening on 13th June. The teacher team are in full organising and planning mode and holding regular meetings in the lead up to this trip. Such a great opportunity. My thanks to all involved and especially Mrs Brimblecombe for leading on this.

The GCSE’s continue and I’m sure our Y11’s will enjoy the half term break -nearly there now! The applications continue for the roles of ‘Head Boy /Girl’ although I prefer Head Persons really – these key positions will be voted in by the school community when we come back after half-term (and the Dorset trip is back).

Much of what I’m doing at the moment is planning for September. We eagerly await being able to publish the report from our recent ISI inspection and I am already looking at the new ISI inspection framework for 2023 – which is through the lens of leadership of pupil well-being. It seems a timely focus.

Speaking of which, some great ideas from school council today (including requests for millionaire’s shortbread and chocolate bread and butter pudding) and perhaps more importantly (not sure?) ideas about the future of IT at Hollygirt. This was timely as the IT steering group has recommenced meetings and we are looking at all things IT including possible parent apps / money paying systems for lunches etc. We will keep you posted and there is much work to do here but the ball is rolling…

I’m writing this ahead of my usual time due to the event on Friday so I do hope that all of you attending enjoy the afternoon and I’m hoping the sun will shine. My congratulations to all the performers – it takes courage! My thanks to all of the team, who helped organise, and especially to Miss Seaton for organising the musical performances and to the catering team for the Jubilee goodies.

And so – have a lovely week off and we’ll see you back on 6th June for the home stretch!

Best wishes

Helen Barsham


Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

I am sure Key Stage Two are feeling happy to have now completed their tests. They have worked so hard and can be really proud of their achievements. Year 6 have also found time to produce some amazing artwork using the technique of foreshortening.

Today, Mia-Bella brought in her Nana’s mug from the Queen’s Coronation to show Years One and Two. She wrote a letter to tell us all about it.

‘It was given to me at a special party to celebrate the day our Queen was crowned in 1953. I was 4 years old and I remember being with all my friends at the party tables full of sandwiches, cupcakes and jellies. We were in a big church hall decorated with red, white and blue bunting and Union Jack flags.’


I look forward to seeing some of you a little bit later for our Jubilee celebrations. Hopefully, the sun will continue to shine as we watch the children’s amazing performances and enjoy cream teas in the White House garden.

After half term, every Friday breaktime, the Junior School Enterprise Club will be running a tuck shop. There are various items for sale and these will be advertised during the week. Children should bring money in on Fridays if they wish to purchase any food items.

A reminder that when we come back, Years One, Two and Three will be swimming on Tuesday afternoons.

And finally, huge congratulations to Miss Purchase and her husband-to-be who are getting married this weekend. We hope they have an amazing day and wish them every happiness. Miss Purchase will return after half term as Mrs Maher.

I hope you all have a relaxing break and I look forward to seeing you on Monday 6th June.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors