June 30, 2023

Weekly News – Friday 30th June 2023

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

We’re nearly there!  And we’ve had quite the week.

Monday’s assembly was a reminder of the holidays to come with Mr Rollinson taking us on a global trip – travel and culture and why they’re so important in our world!

On Monday, Year 10 had a Sixth Form Taster Day and were thinking about the skills that they need in the world of work.  They have written a postcard to their future selves which will be kept and handed out to them if and when, they join our Sixth Form!

We met as a Full Board of Trustees on Tuesday evening and an appropriate time for me to thank the Trustees for their hard work, their time given voluntarily to guide and steer the school. We were discussing the summer building works and the exciting times ahead.

Wednesday, we welcomed the lovely Year 7 parents.  Reports had gone home on Monday so there was much to celebrate.  I always say we are ‘open door’ and we try to be as much as possible so if you ever want a quick update on your child’s progress, you just need to drop us an email and/or pop in.

Also, on Wednesday, we welcomed some of our new teachers for September and they really had a treat because Year 10 had been making their own pasta and bread for a practical.  We popped over to taste the food and rate it!  I could have sat down and truly enjoyed a wonderful meal – it was delicious!  Well done to our excellent chefs!

We’ve also got Spanish food tasting going on today – Miss Nisan has been shopping!

Students in Year 9 have been working on their £10 Enterprise project, a reminder the deadline is this coming Monday 3rd July.

I was in Year 8 and 10 registrations this week to continue Dr. Costley’s research about school connectedness so thank you all for getting permissions back to us (and Lucy for the ring round!).  We will have now asked all of Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 about how they feel about coming to school at Hollygirt and will look forward to sharing some of the information with you once the data has been analysed!

Lucy has also been very busy pulling a wonderful edition of Holly Leaves together which will come to you at the end of term / beginning of the holidays – it’s a wonderful overview of the year and you can see just how busy we have been!

Have a lovely weekend.  I have a Coffee Morning for parents next Thursday from 8.30-9.00am and we will be handing over to you on Friday at 12.30pm in the Seniors.

Helen Barsham

Message from the Deputy Head Seniors / Head of Prep

Good afternoon,

Certainly, another busy week in Prep!  On Monday, the U11 football teams travelled to St Augustine’s School to compete in two matches against them, winning one of them.  Well done to both teams.

What a great event Sports Day was.  The weather stayed mostly dry and we enjoyed a fantastic morning of track events and an afternoon on the field.  Some fabulous races -well done to all the children for such amazing performances, for their enthusiasm and for encouragement of each other throughout the day.  Thank you to everyone who came to spectate and also help out in the afternoon (and parents who had a go at some of the field activities)!  Congratulations to all individual winners, who will be presented with trophies in September, and to Thoresby for being overall winners of Sports Day.

On Wednesday, it was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of Kindergarten, Reception and Year One in their Prize Giving assembly.  It was great to be reminded of all the fantastic things they have done all year and talk about the progress they have made.  Following Prize Giving, we had a lot of fun watching Kindergarten and Reception participate in their races for their Sports Day.  They all took loads of stickers home with them!

Tomorrow is, of course, the Prep Garden Party and I look forward to seeing you there.   Thank you for all the generous donations to make this possible.

Extra-curricular clubs finish today for the year but After School Club will continue to run until Thursday 6th July.

Next week, we have students working in Prep on Work Experience.  I am sure they will have an  enjoyable week.

We are excited to welcome you to the Prep Summer productions on Monday.  They will take place at Trinity Church, with Early Years and KS1’s performance starting at 1pm and KS2’s performance at 1.45pm.  There will be refreshments available.  Please enter using the door in the church car park, not the main doors on Mansfield Road – there will be a sign on the door.  Please note, there is no parking available in the church car park.

On Wednesday, it will be the Leavers’ Assembly and Year 6 parents are very welcome to join us for this.  In the afternoon, it will be the house reward trip – Mrs Wand will send details of this.  Congratulations to children in Thoresby who are this term’s (and this year’s) winner.

Thursday is the trip to Drayton Manor for all children in Kindergarten to Year 6.  I know they are very much looking forward to this, as are the staff!

On Friday, please note that we finish at 12:15pm and there is no After School Club on this day.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Garden Party.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Prep