December 2, 2021

Weekly News Thursday 2nd December 2021

This week's featured image is of Hollygirt Senior School looking lovely with a light dusting of snow on Monday morning, taken by Mrs Brimblecombe.

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Fresh from an eco-committee meeting and some inspirational ideas from the newly formed team. We are going to operate a system of ‘water bottles not slaughter bottles’ and encourage students to bring in their own water bottles and reduce the amount of plastic water bottles we have in school. More of this soon but sowing the seed. If a student forgets a water bottle, we will ensure that they can access water but really are keen to reduce the waste here. The team will also be meeting with our catering team as they have some ideas around food waste.

On Monday, we shared the new student ‘Code of Conduct’ written by the students in assembly and I enclose it here for your information. The ‘No Drama’ was from me as I have found the prevalence of social media in our students’ lives can lead to unnecessary Drama (as is the ‘in’ word for problems, not the subject!). It is a difficult balance to get right and positive social media is great but negative is damaging. It is omnipresent and omnipotent and needs to be managed well. We are unusual as a school in that we insist on phones being handed in in the morning but please do reinforce this school rule to your sons and daughters as we have had one or two ‘decoy’ phone moments. I also welcome your views as parents on the subject of social media -we need to work together on this one.

Senior Code of Conduct

  • No drama!
  • Be respectful at all times.
  • Focus on learning.
  • Calm environment.
  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Be punctual, prepared and walk sensibly.
  • Wear your uniform with pride.
  • Fast brain, slow brain…stop and think!
  • Have fun, be safe!
  • Keep your hands to yourself.
  • No litter.
  • Water bottles, not slaughter bottles.
  • Smile and be courteous.

A reminder to please bring in donations for the Friends of Hollygirt Christmas Hampers which will be raffled off at the Christmas Fair on the 14th December -no nuts please and anything baked must always have the ingredients listed. Many thanks for this too.

We followed DfE guidelines by introducing the wearing of masks in common areas this week and the students have been fabulous at remembering this. We have sent Lateral Flow Tests home and I reiterate that students must LFT on 5th January 2022 prior to coming back to school on 6th January 2022 when the senior students will be tested again.

I am really looking forward to seeing many of you over the next two weeks at the Christmas Fair and Carol Concert and so will make next week’s newsletter the last of the term as all things Christmas will descend shortly after next Friday……

Have a good weekend,

Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

We are certainly very busy in the Junior School at the moment as we move into December. In addition to rehearsing for the Christmas Productions, the teachers are delivering some wonderful activities and the classrooms are full of excitement.

Well done to the children for taking part in our Minimal Technology Day last week. So far, we have raised £108 for Cool Earth. If there is any sponsorship money yet to be brought in, please send this in to Form Teachers.

The vaccination team will be in school on Wednesday 8th December to administer annual flu vaccinations for children in Reception to Year 6.  Please could you fill in the online consent form if you have not already done so:

The school code for this form is NG122912. It is important to fill in this form, even if you do not want your child to be vaccinated.  The online consent will close at 1pm on Tuesday 7th December.

Later in the morning on Wednesday, Years 1-6 will be walking down to the Victoria Centre to sing some Christmas songs.  Please do come to support us if you are in town at this time. It really is a lovely occasion.

On Thursday, it is the Junior School Christmas lunch which I am sure will be extremely delicious.  In the afternoon, Miss Nisan has kindly offered to lead some Christmas discos. Children should bring party clothes to change into for the afternoon.

Junior extracurricular clubs will finish on Thursday 9th December.  After School Club will run until Tuesday 14th December but please note that on this day, due to the Carol Service, this finishes at 4:45pm.

Friday is Christmas Jumper Day. If children would like to wear a Christmas jumper over their uniform, please could they bring in £2 for Save The Children. Children in Years 1-6 are visiting Nottingham Playhouse to watch Beauty and the Beast in the afternoon – please remind children to have coats and warm accessories in school. The children should return to school for 3:50pm.  If you are collecting from the venue, please telephone Nottingham Playhouse on the day for an exact finish time. Staff and children will leave to walk back to school 10 minutes after the end of the show.

If you have any food items (no nuts or sesame) that you wish to donate for the Christmas Fair hampers, please could these be taken to Main School Reception for the attention of Mrs Howlett.  Thank you for your donations so far.

Please could I remind you that if children are experiencing any symptoms of covid, no matter how mild, they must isolate and take a PCR test.  They may return to school if a negative result is received. Please continue to keep school informed of any symptoms or tests.

School is, of course, closed tomorrow for our Prize Giving holiday.

I hope you have a really lovely long weekend.

Mrs Wright
Head of Juniors