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Newsletter Issue 27

London Marathon on Sunday 28th April 2019

To support our Chair of governors, Ed Tytherleigh, who is running the London Marathon and is raising money for the Hollickwood Fund for the Development of the Arts. Please click here for any donations.

Year 6 Trip to Lincolnsfield

On Friday 29th March Year 6 concluded their studies on World War II with a visit to the Lincolnsfield Centre for an Evacuee Experience Day.

The children sat at their desks in rows in the school room and were told about the punishments for children in 1940s schools - Ethan got a much closer look more than most but escaped unharmed.

The class was split into three groups and took part in different activities: The Air Raid Museum and Shelter - where the children got to experience what it is was like to be in an air raid; The Dig for Victory Garden - putting out fires and looking inside an authentic Anderson Shelter; The 1940s home - without all the convenience of modern life and some rather attractive clothing. As always, the children were a credit to the school and everyone enjoyed the day. Well Done Year 6!

Year 5 Science Lesson on 4th April 2019

On Thursday afternoon , Year 5 were investigating the horizontal trajectory of rockets in a forces Science lesson. Initially, using a stomp rocket, pupils made predictions about how far the air-pumped rockets would travel; according to the angle from which they were launched from. 45 degrees was perfect and resulted with a rocket landing on the shed roof in the car park - from as far back as the start of the back field! Cue; Andy to the rescue who retrieved the ‘runaway rocket!’

Then we went back into class and made our own rockets, using card, scissors and sellotape! They were launched on Friday afternoon [Today].

The independent variable was the angle of the launch. The dependent variable was the horizontal distance travelled and the control variables were the shape of noses / fins and amount of force applies!

Whose rocket travelled the furthest?

Watch this space!

After School Club Procedures

At Hollickwood School we are delighted to be able to run an After School Club for children in order for them to have a healthy and enriching extension of their day. As part of Hollickwood’s health and safety responsibilities, we have reviewed our procedures and made a number of changes to the late booking and collection fees as below.

A letter has been sent with your children today. If you have any concerns or queries please contact Reem El-Bashary on 07561 346767.

Late booking fee: All bookings must be made online by midnight the day before through school money via Please note that from 22nd April 2019 any bookings made on the day will incur a £10 late booking fee.

Late collection fee: All children must be collected on time, when their session ends. Adults collecting their children late will be expected to give a reason, which will subsequently be logged. They will also incur a late fee as follows:

 Minutes Late Fee

All late collections are monitored and discussed with the school’s Designated Safeguarding Officer.

In line with safeguarding practices, any child not collected by 18:30 may be referred to Barnet’s safeguarding team (MASH)

 0-10 £5 
11-20  £10
21-30  £15 
31-40  £20 
41-50  £25 
51-60  £25+£50 


Information, advice and guidance for Parents

Over the last couple of months there have been reports from schools and the police of young people sharing inappropriate images, videos and messages via social media, the most prevalent of which being WhatsApp groups, the Christchurch streaming being the most recent to create a large spike in activity. The severity of these actions now find some students currently being investigated for criminal offences. Parents and students are reminded of their responsibilities and the risk of receiving criminal convictions if engaged in this kind of activity.

“Viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation, this includes sharing videos of violence such as the New Zealand attack a short while ago.”

The Malicious Communications Act 1988 makes it illegal to "send or deliver letters or other articles for the purpose of causing distress or anxiety". This applies to electronic communications, including all social media platforms, meaning that internet trolls (a member of an online social community who deliberately tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally cause trouble within the community by posting certain comments, photos, videos, GIFs or some other form of online content.) can be arrested and charged. This includes Cyber Bullying.

The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10 years old.

The legal age for young people to hold the following social media accounts

  • WhatsApp is 16
  • Instagram is 13
  • Twitter is 13
  • Snapchat is 13

Persons engaging in Internet trolling or sharing inappropriate information are immediately committing an offence and liable to the following:

  • Prison for six months or
  • A fine of up to £5,000

Specifically, the Act "deals with sending to another person any article which is indecent or grossly offensive, or which conveys a threat, or which is false".

The Communications Act 2003 covers offensive and threatening messages sent over a "public" electronic communications network.

“Sending by means of the Internet a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or sending a false message by means of or persistently making use of the Internet for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety is guilty of an offence liable, on conviction, to imprisonment. This wording is important because an offence is committed as soon as the message has been sent: there is no need to prove any intent or purpose.”


Nine of our children from Year 4 participated in a gruelling inter school triathlon. They did the whole school proud by finishing in a very creditable third position. Well done!

A Word From The Headteacher Mr Vivian

What a fabulous Spring term we have had. The clocks have changed and we look forward to the long days of summer ahead of us. Staff have worked very hard to provide a wonderful range of experiences and the children have all applied themselves really well and have produced some amazing work in all areas. This success would not, of course, be possible without the help of all the wonderful Hollickwood parents and carers. Thank you for everything you do is supporting the children, the staff and the school. Have a lovely Easter break.

Netball season comes to an end

The Hollickwood netball team completed their fixtures this week with two matches against local schools. On Monday we welcomed Tudor here. It was a closer game than the score suggests as we just couldn't take our chances. Tudor won 8-0. Unfortunately it was a similar story when we travelled to Coppetts Wood on Wednesday, this time the final score was 6-0 to our neighbours.

So no wins, but an enjoyable time competing and representing our school. Well done to all the squad and all those who supported them.

And finally…………………….

On behalf of all the staff from Hollickwood Primary, we would like to wish you all a VERY HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAYS. BE GOOD, BE SAFE & ENJOY!


Hugh Vivian


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