Oliver Jeffers Yr1

Year one had a video call with Oliver Jeffers on Thursday, they took part in an question and answer session along with other London based schools. They found out lots of new information about their class author.


Everyman Cinema trip Years 4 & Year 5

Years 4 and Year 5 travelled to the Everyman cinema as part of Film festival to watch Christopher Robin unfortunately there was a hitch with this film so they were lucky enough to view Paddington 2. The children have been writing about there experience and their views on the film. Thank you to the parents who came along to.

 

International evening—Friday 17th November 6-8pm (tonight)

Please do come along this evening and enjoy sampling delicious delights and some spectacular performances to whisk you off for a journey around the world.

 

Staffing Update

We are all missing Ms Constantinou but we have made some changes to our staffing so that our progress and improvement won't be affected by her maternity leave. Ms. Stone is our Acting Deputy Head teacher. She has had this role on two previous occasions and will be great at it. Mrs Rutherford is taking on the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator role (SENCo) and has two days dedicated to this. We welcome Mr Neil, who has been seconded from All Saints School - one of our partner school - to support our leaders and teachers. He is working with us on Wednesdays. Lastly, we have engaged Deenah McElinney to cover Ms. Stone so that she can focus on her Deputy Head duties during afternoons. Ms. Stone will be teaching Mini Grey class every morning and will continue as the class teacher. We will engage additional support should the need arise. We are always reviewing staffing so that we can provide the best possible outcomes with the resources available.

 

Rocket Readers– Coming Soon

Watch this space for more information– Rocket Readers book club for Years 5& 6. If you love reading, come and join us to talk about our favourite books and try some new ones. The book club will be held on Thursday Lunchtime 12.15-12.45 with Mrs Ramage ( start date to be confirmed)

 

Morning Routines

Please can we remind you if you are arriving after 8.50am can you ensure your child is signed in with the office and a member of staff will take them to their classroom. Registration will have begun and this helps to minimise disruption to the rest of the class. Thank you for your co operation.I

 

Independent Travellers

Please can we ask that your children do know to leave school promptly and be aware of whom is around them. There have been groups of older children outside and near-by to the school grounds and we do understand it can feel a little intimidating. We have made the community police officers aware also.
Nursery Open Day We are holding an Open Day in Nursery on 10th January 2018. Parents can come into the Nursery between 9-11am and 12.45-2.45pm. Come and see how the Nursery runs and let your friends and family know.

 

Cashless we will not be accepting any cash in the school office. All payments must be made via school mon-ey.co.uk. If you need help with your password please ask in the office.

 

 

Friends of Hollickwood


Dear Friend of Hollickwood,

Winter is coming. But we’re warmed by the love that is flowing towards our crowdfunding campaign. Which, by the way, is ALMOST halfway to our goal. Can you help us get there? www.spacehive.com/happyhedge

Next is our #happyhedge design competition - open to all families at Hollickwood. The aim is to design a happy hedge for our school. Your drawings can be handed in to the office or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 27th of November. So please get drawing now. Crazy ideas welcome, but might be tempered down (for budget or practical purposes) if chosen The winners will be announced on the 1st of December. Multiple contributions allowed. Please write Hollickwood somewhere clearly on the drawing.

One of the first and largest contributors to our #HappyHedge campaign is The Sunshine Garden Centre who’ve also given us a flower bulb voucher per child. You can pick them up at their store (N11 2EL) and come and plant them at Garden Club (parents welcome as usual Fridays @9am). But please hurry, stocks won’t last forever and winter is almost upon us...

Bags4school raised £104 - Thank you to everyone who donated clothes. Well done to Sam for organising it!

Xmas Trees - Ethically grown premium grade Nordmann Fir non-drop Christmas trees at Hollickwood again. Discounted rates & school gets a percentage of each sale.

The PTA wishes everyone another wonderful week - hope you enjoy International Evening too. We know we will.

Gardening Club—Despite the frosty morning this week we have had an outdoor feast. Sampling both our harvest from last week. Eaten simply cooked and raw the children thoroughly enjoyed them—it was hard to get them to stop eating.


Theodoros declared them “completely delicious”.

 

 

Hugh Vivian
Headteacher 

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Aspire –London youth choir workshop

Years 3,4 and 5 took part in their first London youth choir workshop this week. They will take part in another in the spring term and then take part in the Big sing in the Summer term. All the children taking part thoroughly en- joyed themselves.

 

Phonics Meeting

Thank you to all parents/carers who attended the meeting on Tuesday afternoon. We hope you found it useful if you have any questions please see your class teacher. Phonics Open Morning—Monday 13th November We

 

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a fabulous half term and are ready for all the exciting events, trips and topics planned for this half term.

Firstly we had a spectacular turn out for the fireworks display on Wednesday evening, thank you to all that attended and to Friends of Hollickwood for organising the event. Needless to say it went off with a Bang!

We say goodbye to Miss Constantinou who starts her maternity leave on Monday 6th November. I am sure you all agree her presence in the school will be

 

Take part this half term in our sponsored Reading and Listening campaign

To celebrate and encourage a lifelong love of reading at home and school, we will be running a sponsored read for KS1 and KS2 and a sponsored listen for Early Years between Friday 20th October and Monday 30th October (Half Term).
The project is being organised in conjunction with our local Usborne Organiser and Mrs Turner-Proud, and all the money raised will go towards brand new books for our school.

In addition to the sponsorship

 

Can you believe we are entering the last week of this half term.

We have another event in our busy week that we would really value your attendance, On Tuesday 17th October we will be holding a Reading meeting in the School hall to explain how reading is taught at Hollickwood and to give you ideas and support for how you can help your child with their reading at home. Please do come along.

Please see dates for the dairy for all other meetings , performances , trips and events this week. Your

 

Parent and Carer Meeting

On Monday 16th October at 6.30pm we are holding a meeting for all parents and carers.
This will be an information sharing session, as we want to tell you about our plans
for the school, including further improving teaching and learning as well as the site
itself. Governors and Senior leaders will be presenting plans and explaining them, and
there will an opportunity for you to ask questions. There will be a crèche for children.
The meeting will last about an hour. Hope to see all of

 

Christmas Project

We are taking part in the Christmas project this year. Your child will be bringing home their design and order form for you to complete on Wednesday 11th October. All orders must be back by Monday 16th October to ensure delivery. All orders will be back with us by 4th December in time for cards to be posted and gifts sent. Examples of the card, mug and coaster are available in the school office to show you the quality.


Homework Club

Homework club starts next Wednesday—It will take

 

Ofsted

As you know, the school was inspected by Ofsted this week. Two inspectors spent two days with us; they observed lots of lessons, looked at the children's work and chatted with them, talked to staff and governors, spent time with school leaders examining their plans and discussing the process and systems we use in school, and got your views - both through 'Parent View' and by chatting with you in the playground. Senior Leaders and staff have received initial feedback and the report is being

 

It’s been a great start to our second week back to school. Many children have been proudly showing Mr Vivan some examples their excellent work.


Jeans for Genes

A reminder next Friday 22nd September will be a non-school uniform day. Wear jeans and donate £1 to help change lives of children affected with a genetic disorder.

 

Better Readers Support Partners

A fabulous response from our parents! Thank you to those who attended the meeting.

 

Curriculum meetings

Please take the opportunity next week

 

Welcome back to the Autumn Term. We hope you have all enjoyed the summer break.

 

Attendance


May we take this opportunity to remind you that arriving late at school can be very unsettling for your child and disruptive to the other children and the class teacher who may have already started lessons. School starts at 8.50 am and gates will be open from 8.30am.

Any holidays taken during term time will not be authorised. If unfortunately your child is absent due to illness you must contact the school

 

Year 2 Trip to the RAF Museum


Year 2 had fun at the RAF Museum on Thursday and had an interesting talk
about ‘The History of Flight’.

 

Allianz Park Athletics


Well done to all children who took part in the Barnet schools athletics event at Allianz Park on Tuesday. All the children were amazing and 7 came 1st place in 

the track races. Thank you to all the parents who attended and showed their
support.

 

Year 3 Science


In a science lesson,Year 3 observed the different mechanisms plants use to
disperse