Well, what an exhausting and exhilarating few days we have had at The Holt School!
On Monday afternoon, we had our hugely successful Christmas Fair. This year was bigger and better than ever. Not only did it start earlier than usual, at 2.30 pm, but also every form in the school set up and ran their own stall as part of a house competition. All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 were given an early entry to the fair and most made a dash to the ever-busy tombola that Mrs Kennedy and I manned along with some kind (and brave) PTA volunteers. It did get quite chaotic at times as many students won multiple prizes, which was lovely to see and had us all dashing around searching frantically for the matching tickets. At least that is their Christmas shopping done !
Over the course of the afternoon, I was particularly impressed with the students’ entrepreneurial skills. They showed great acumen by setting up attractive stands, drawing in customers, rotating their stock just before 3.30pm ready for the rest of the school to descend into the hall and lastly by marking down prices when there was only half an hour left of “trading time”. I think it is fair to say that their competitive streaks were definitely on display.
There was even a festive musical interlude where Mr Gray led some carol singing by the tree, conveniently by the mulled wine stand.
This event really brought our Holt School community together and could not have happened without the help of many people. Therefore, I would like to say a massive thank you to all the form tutors, led by their Heads of House who did a great job supporting the students with their stands. Thanks also to the Heads of House, led by Mrs Williams who really encouraged their houses to compete for those ever-important house points. The whole event was so well organised by Mrs Simmons, our finance manager and the PTA, who worked hard to make this event the success it was.
I would also like to thank the PTA volunteers for all their hard work and to the site team for setting things up on, and in the run up to the day as well as clearing up. It could not have happened without you! The event was a record-breaking one, raising £5,164 including £3,038 profit from the Raffle. The competition winners are as follows: Goldsmiths won the raffle ticket sales competition, then Spinners, followed by third placed Weavers. The most money raised from stalls was won by Tanners, followed by Clothworkers and then third placed were Goldsmiths. The top 3 house stalls were 11T with their Children’s Tombola, then 10T with their Festive Milkshakes with third place went to 11C and their Hot Chocolate stall. The house Christmas Tree Competition was as follows;1st Tannersand 2nd Clothworkers. Well done to those houses!
After the excitement of the Christmas Fair, we then went into the first of our presentation assemblies yesterday morning, where I had the pleasure of presenting the many certificates and prizes to Year 7. What a great Year group; very firm handshakes and good eye contact was the order of the day as the girls came up to collect their certificates. It was clear that Year 7 have settled well and have worked incredibly hard this term. Their teachers and Mrs Thomas are rightly proud of them. We had some engaging student contributions as well. We were treated to a song from Tory Rohan, a talk from India Eighteen and Georgina Elliot about their amazing tumbling skills, a talk from Naia Friday about her ice skating, a violin performance by Isobel Glen, a fabulous Indian dance by Ananya Bhagavathula, a clarinet piece by Emilie Lenon and a singing ensemble comprising Sanika Kaushik, Rebecca Raglan, Sophie Cole, Lena Henessey and Holly Williams, accompanied by Emily Mugnier and Leila Hogg on the piano. Each student demonstrated their hard work, dedication and commitment to honing their skills, which really showed. Well done girls!
We also had the first of our Christmas lunches yesterday, starting with Years 7, 8 and 9. Mrs Jones our cook and her team did an excellent job, which was thoroughly enjoyed by students and staff alike.
Another great Holt tradition! Mrs Kennedy and I enjoyed our usual job of dishing out the mini sausages! Father Christmas also made his annual appearance! We look forward to the Year 10, 11 and 6th form lunch tomorrow.
In addition, this Thursday we also have the Christmas concert at St Pauls Church. It starts at 7pm and we look forward to seeing you there for what promises to be a very festive evening. Lastly, on Friday, our “Christmas doors” competition will be judged. This is the last chance this year for students to earn house points by decorating their form room door in a Christmas theme. It is another highly competitive event and I look forward to sharing some pictures of them with you next week.