Today we look forward to a two-week Christmas break after a 15-week term and we have enjoyed our first term as co-headteachers for sure!
Every week, we are privileged to see inspirational lessons as we drop in unannounced. We have met a huge number of students; maybe they have won a competition, taken part in a house activity or organised a charity event. We have also met with our sixth formers who have applied to university and we have chaired some practise Oxbridge interviews. We have met with prospective Year 7 parents, current Year 7 parents, Year 12 parents, held a KS4 and KS5 study information evening and it was great to chat to parents at the Year 13 and 11 parents’ evenings.
The Year 7 music concert and the GCSE Year 11 music concert were highlights of the term. We congratulated our ex Year 11 students on their GCSE grades at presentation evening and on Monday night, our ex Year 13 celebrated their A level successes. Many had just returned home from university – they looked well and excited for being at home with a full fridge, meals cooked for them and a decent washing machine!
Last Thursday the Christmas Carol concert in St Pauls Church put us all in a festive mood. All the girls performed beautifully, in front of a packed church, under the encouraging expertise of Mr Gray and Miss O’Reilly - who make up our small but dedicated music department.
On the same day, we were judging the House Christmas Cake competition – well done to 8L and 9T
This week the Senior Leadership Team and the Heads of Year judged the Christmas door competition. The standard was remarkable this year and the majority of tutor groups entered into the spirit of the competition.
Clothworkers won, with Tanners in second place and Goldsmiths in third place.
Our Heads of House are key to the success of all the house events; they encourage all girls to get involved and create a true sense of belonging amongst the houses….house assemblies are led by the house prefects and often take on one of our nine key character traits. These assemblies are brilliant for role modelling as the girls are in mixed year groups. The prefects give the girls an update on their chosen charity as well as discussing their next event to boost charity income as well as house points.
All the year groups have had their end of term presentation assemblies – the Heads of Year plan for these meticulously and are a lovely celebration of the term. Many girls perform a dance, a musical piece or share their experiences of a trip, competition or event they have been involved in. Students received subject certificates for making good progress in a particular subject as well as one special tutee who receives ‘tutee of the term’ and the ‘flourish’ certificate.
Today we take our first end of term assemblies. The Student Leadership Team organise them and the theme this year is 'All I want for Christmas is ..........' We end the assembly with a prayer and read the Philippians Ch4 v4-8 – a Holt tradition from the early days back in the 1940s.
Finally, the students leave at 12.30pm and staff congregate in the staff room for yet another mince pie and to say goodbye to Mrs Davey, our careers manager, Mr Mildred who works in reprographics and Mrs Staff our learning link administrator. We are thankful for all they have contributed to the school and wish them well in their new jobs.
We would like to thank all our parents for their overwhelming support this term and we value their thoughts very much.
We wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Christmas with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2018.