November 4, 2022

Weekly News – Friday 4th November

Message from the Head

Dear Parents,

Welcome back!

Firstly, a news item I meant to include in the last newsletter. This is from Mrs Griffiths about our Harvest Festival donations and my thanks to Mrs Griffiths for her assembly:

‘Thanking parents and pupils for all their donations. They are very generous. Thanks also to my Harvest readers Lotty, Charlotte and Joy. Also, to the choir for helping us sing Autumn Days. The contributions go to Emmanuel House this year, a charity that supports the homeless.

I’d like to congratulate Lotty on her part in ‘The Wind in the Willows’ which is taking place at Derby Theatre in the run up to Christmas and hope that many of you will go and see Lotty. We really do have some talented students at Hollygirt and importantly that talent is diverse! On that note, congratulations to Aleesha (Year 3) on her appearance on Blue Peter over the holidays; our very own eco ambassador.

This week saw a major victory for us as a Year 7 and 8 football team visited Repton and absolutely ‘smashed it out of the park’ as they say. Here is the write up from Mr. Dean:
‘Congratulations to the Y7/8 football team who won 7-2 v Repton III on Wednesday afternoon.
A fantastic team performance from them with Natnaieal, Joban and Saran all scoring goals.’
Watch this space for news of more fixtures and a girls’ football team coming soon. I believe there is a global, important football event looming?

We also managed a Friends of Hollygirt meeting this week and were busy planning some future events such as the very lovely BBQ last summer (remember warm days …?) and we’re going to revive those wonderful tea towels in Juniors! Please do let Sam Boswell, our Receptionist, know if you would like to join (

Year 11 have been slogging away at their mocks and I can only praise their hard work and evident revision – it will stand them in good stead next May. We try to give as ‘real’ an experience as possible throughout the mocks including an external invigilator. Of course, one main difference is that in the summer, the exams are spread over a much longer period so these two weeks really are hard going and demanding for them. The ‘real’ ones will be easier as they are spread out!

Senior Leadership and the Trustees join tomorrow to work on Saturday to look at the school’s strategic development for the next five years; a day we are very much looking forward to. We love our students at Hollygirt and as you know believe it is a privilege to work with young people but we welcome some time to think about the ways in which we can ensure the school’s future successes.

Poppies are available in school if your child would like one – they can donate some pennies to Royal British Legion.

Have a lovely autumnal weekend!

Helen Barsham

Message from the Head of Juniors

Good afternoon,

As I write this, Year 1 to 6 are on a trip at the Newark Air Museum. I am sure they are all having a wonderful day and I look forward to hearing all about it when they return later this afternoon.

The children should have all brought home their Christmas card. If you would like to make a purchase, please complete the order form and return to school by Monday 7th November. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash payments and therefore all payments should be made via a single BACS transaction (please find details on the order form).

We will have poppies in school next week and these will be available at playtimes. If your child would like a poppy and you wish to donate to the Poppy Appeal, please send money in with your child.

Monday 14th November marks the beginning of Anti-Bullying week. This is also Odd Socks Day and children are invited to wear odd socks with their uniform. It is a day to celebrate what makes us all unique. Over the course of the week, the children will be participating in various assemblies and activities on the theme of Anti- Bullying.

Have a lovely weekend,

Victoria Wright
Head of Juniors