The Holt School


21st March 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends

Working in a school is truly exciting; interacting daily with inspiring and friendly students and staff and last week was no exception!

The Holt uniform was jazzed up on Thursday as girls dug out their bright and bold socks for the  ‘Sock it to Eating Disorders’ charity event to help Beat provide support, tackle barriers to desperately needed treatment, and challenge the stigma of eating disorders.  Thank you to Abbi, Ella and Amy for organising the event, which was postponed due to the snow day a couple of weeks ago.


Year 12 are going to do some work experience in July and letters were sent out this week to all Holt parents to build up a database of placements.  The sixth form team explained to Year 12 students that they can spend three days in different organisations or the same one work shadowing or they can take a more long term approach and spend one to two hours a week in a block placement. Work experience of this kind will strengthen our sixth formers appreciation of the ‘soft skills’ as well as make their university or apprenticeship applications more appealing.  We would appreciate any offers of work experience from parents or friends of The Holt.

Ms Hunt, Miss Roberts and Miss Harris supported a team of students from all year groups in the BBC News Report competition.  The team produced a newsy website in one school day…..please do have a read

The girls wrote articles about school, current affairs, the environment, entertainment and some excellent feature articles on the snowflake generation as well as parenting toddlers!  Well done to all the journalists and thank you to Mr Fisher, a BBC journalist and parent who came in to support and the teachers who took time out to be with the girls all day.


We welcomed parents and their Year 12 sons and daughters to a post 18 information evening last Thursday too.  Reena Kaur from Reading University talked through university life, finance and accommodation, Mrs Kemp gave some top tips on how to choose a course and how to shortlist universities, Mrs Bellis reminded everyone of the timeline and Mrs Pearce explained the process for students who want to study medicine, veterinary science and/or apply to Oxbridge.  James Taylor from Bracknell and Wokingham College introduced degree level apprenticeships and Charlotte Webster an ex Holt girl explained her experience as a first year apprentice at CGI – she gave an inspirational presentation showing that apprenticeships are a credible alternative to university, especially with the challenge of financing a university course.  Lucy and Matilda sent in a video presentation, where they explained the benefits of their BBC broadcasting apprenticeships.   Here are the links to the slides. The post 18 choices are extensive for our Year 12s.


Last weekend, sixteen sixth form historians made a three day trip to Krakow.  They visited the wartime ghetto of Podgórze and Schindler’s factory.  One student said the Auschwitz concentration camp made her feel numb; a sad and moving experience and on the last day they visited the Galicia Museum and met a concentration camp survivor.  A memorable trip for sure and they arrived on Sunday night to a snowy Holt car park and sub-zero temperatures.  Thanks to Miss Lister and Miss Herron for leading the trip.


Eight Year 9 girls attended the Reading University Science Challenge last Friday.  Our girls embraced the ‘University Challenge’ format as they answered questions on maths, science, geography and technology – all STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related questions.  Mr Stromdale commented that the girls’ knowledge was spot on and their only area for improvement was to be more aggressive with the buzzer :-)


The Holt Association met on Saturday in The Holt Café for their biannual reunion lunch, where ex Holt girls of all ages met up with their peers.  Ex staff also attended. Thank you to Linda Carroll, Steve Thomas – both ex staff and Mrs Holland (HoY 11 and an ex Holt girl!) for organising the event. Any ex Holt mums….you should join up….the food is fantastic and the laughter from the ex Holt girls as they caught up and reminisced is surely a good indication that a Holt Association lunch is a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Why not join with some of your classmates….? 


On Monday evening….more food…this time Tapas for Year 7, 8 and 9 Spanish students.  Thank you to Señora Stoker, Señora Bellis and Señora Wood for organising the event.  The girls enjoyed the squid, almonds, pâté and bread, fruit, tortillas, chorizo and olives.  The sixth form Spanish students led the Macarena in the Holt Café and served the food and drink.  Thank you to all for taking part – it was a sociable and interesting cultural event. 


Today Mrs Pearce and I will share our vision with our newly elected senior house prefects….they are very important in keeping the vibrant house system going and of course, we will be congratulating them on their appointments.  It is the KS3 study skills evening tonight too and on Thursday we are looking forward to the pre-tour music concert in St Pauls Church.  The PTA quiz and curry night is on Friday and the weekend is free!

Lots going on in school…..we are lucky to have such a dedicated team of staff coupled with students who really do want to give things a go and have fun at the same time - all good experiences which enriches their lives.

Anne Kennedy


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14 May 2018 - 14 May 2018


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