Message from the Headmistress
We are at the end of the penultimate week of term and our transition meetings are going strong. We have some super children joining Hollygirt in September and it’s great to see new friendships starting to form in classes where there are new starters. We are also still recruiting strongly for September start so there will be even more new faces when we get back.
This is normally the most fractious week of the school year, and I am pleased that the children are still being largely positive and working hard. Staff, too!
A few reminders from me about the end of term:
- Please check the teams meetings, transition meetings, tutor times, etc., carefully this week. We are running our end of term assemblies as normal (virtually)
- I remind parents that term ends at 12.30pm on Thursday 9th July and both ‘bubbles’ and key worker children should be collected at that time.
- School is open for communications until the end of the following week, closing on 17th July for four weeks to enable our hard working non- teaching staff to take their statutory holidays. We will re-open on Monday 17th August.
- Information about examination results collection will be sent separately to Year 11 parents. Examination results day is Thursday 20th August.
- Invoices for next term will arrive to your inboxes before school closes for the Summer. There will be no charges added for Senior School lunch passes nor for junior after school care. Letters for both of these will be sent out in the week commencing 17th August and invoiced separately where required.
- You will also receive to your inboxes your school reports and a digital copy of the Holly Leaves. I apologise that communications will come by separate mails rather than in one hard copy pack as usual.
- I will send a video blog to parents with my end of term message on Thursday next week.
- The scaffolders will be removing the scaffolding from the Junior School main building just as soon as the children have left the site and we will then be able to post pictures of our glorious new roof and its upper floor external decorations. This has been a long haul and we can’t wait! Can I take this opportunity to thank Kesta Jackson, our neighbour, for his involvement in advising the school and assisting in the final stages of the works. Super star!
Of course, given the government’s announcements yesterday of schools re-opening fully for September there are a lot of things to do (there is no winding down to the end of term like I remember years ago) and I know parents will be anxious to know our plans. The detail is likely to be further fleshed out in the coming weeks, but we have started our outline planning already. At the end of next week, I will send a second video blog about our proposed return to school ideas with as much detail as I can give, then towards the end of the holiday I will send you the full risk mitigation plan in an updated Parent Handbook.
I know we are all very excited at the prospect of having Hollygirt feel like Hollygirt again. It is the people that make it and without all its people it is a shell. (A nice shell, albeit).
I have been asked about why we are not offering summer school sessions. The pragmatic reason for this is to do with staff holidays. We have all been working really hard, and we have an absolute need for a time to re-charge our batteries so that we can be fighting fit and ready for September.
Please click here to read a letter from our schoolwear supplier. We will be returning in uniform in September. There may be some tweaks for us to consider in our risk planning, and we know there may be some supply issues of certain items, so there may be a little more permitted flexibility. This will be advised later. I will discuss with the Friends of Hollygirt about how we can help with uniform provision in the Second Hand Uniform Shop. In the first instance, if you are looking for certain pieces, send a note to Mrs Bamber on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will collate a list of items and sizes required. There will be a further update on this next week.
Remember to send any queries to our info line (email@example.com) and we will share these with the right person, who will get back to you as soon as is possible.
Here are the scheduled senior Teams meetings and Year 10 timetables for next week:
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and that the sun finds its way again…
Message from the Head of Juniors
I hope you have had a good week. I am sure the children have been busy this morning making their paper aeroplanes for our Science Day and I look forward to seeing them.
As we approach the last few days of term, a reminder about events for next week. Tuesday afternoon is our virtual Sports Day and over the last couple of weeks, Mr Deacon has been asking the children to plan for this so they should have plenty of ideas about what they are going to do on Tuesday; please send in lots of photos and videos.
Wednesday is the ‘Hollygirt Festival’ and this will appear on Show My Homework today so that children have time to plan what they wish to do and make sure they have appropriate resources. This should be a day of great fun for all.
Below are the Teams sessions for next week; please note form assemblies, whole school assembly and junior end of term assembly. We would like all children to attend these. EYFS and Year 6 will have their form assemblies in school. For those children in school on Thursday, a reminder that we finish at 12:30pm.
Have a lovely weekend,
Head of Juniors