Parent/Carer Meetings

Thank you to all parents/carers who came to the meetings this week. It is great to have your continued support.

 

No Nuts

We would like to remind you that our school is a nut free school and children must not bring any food containing nuts to school.

 

Lost Marrow

We were so pleased to have grown a huge marrow over the Summer holidays for a gardening competition. Reception went to have a look at the marrow and discovered it had disappeared—if you know the whereabouts of the marrow please let Jo know in the office.

Gardening will be continuing every Friday 9am to 11am. Thank you to Nicola, Tim and Susan for keeping the tradition going. All helpers welcome.

 

Birthday Sweets/Cake

You are very welcome to bring in cakes or sweets for your child’s birthdays but please ensure the right amount of portions are given to the relevant class. Thank you.

 

Summer 2016 SATs results

You may have read our results in KS1 and 2 SATs on the website. We can know give you a little more detail as we can compare the school to others locally and nationally and have information about progress. This is the first year that children have been assessed in the new curriculum and the assessment regime was significantly tougher than previous years. Therefore, comparison with previous years is not useful. We can, however, compare our performance to local and national averages. At the end of key stage 1 in the summer, attainment was above the national average in writing, and in the combined reading, writing and maths measure. We have really improved standards in writing over the past two years. Progress was in line with national averages in reading and writing, but too few made good progress in mathematics. We have already taken steps to address this and the whole school is using a new approach to mathematics that will deliver stronger pro-gress for all. In key stage 2, we are slightly below the national average in the combined reading, writing and maths measures. Our year on year improvement in standards at KS2 since 2013 has plateaued. Our improvement in writing is very good news, as we are above local and national averages in this area. Progress is in line with national averages in all three areas and slightly above in reading and writing. We are really focusing on expanding the range and breadth of the children's vocabulary and experience of reading, as we think this is key to raising attainment. As mentioned above, we are using a new approach to mathematics that all staff have been trained in and will deliver stronger progress.

All in all, a mixed set of results, with some real successes along with key areas for further development that we are already well on the way to tackling.

Thank you for your support.

 

Your school needs new Governors

Hollickwood has been very lucky as there have been some great Governors on our board who have supported the school's work very effectively. We are now looking for more people from our community to step up and take on this role. It is a voluntary position, involving attendance at meetings, visits to the school, meetings with key staff and time spent reading and responding to documents and papers. A time commitment is needed, but many Governors find their involvement in the school interesting and rewarding.

We are particularly looking for people with skills and experience in finance, law, media, publicity and personnel. However, there are a wide range of transferrable skills that you may be able to offer. The most important criteria is a commitment to the best possible offer for all the current and future pupils here and a desire to make a positive contribution to your community.

If you would like to know more, or express an interest in becoming a Governor, please give let the office know and we will get in touch to discuss the next steps.

Thank you.

 

Multi Sports – After School Club

HART’S Multi-sports will be running this term. HART’S qualified professional coaches will be running the club. Infant sessions will run on Tuesday’s from 4th October to 13th December. Junior sessions will run on Wednesday’s from 5th October to 14th December.

10 sessions will cost £40

If you would like to book a place for your child please text or email Mr Singh on the contact details below. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07399 979615. 

 

Hugh Vivian
Headteacher 

 


 

Friends of Hollickwood

The Friends of Hollickwood will be holding our AGM on Thursday 6th October at 7 p.m. in the New Room. Please come along if you can. We're looking for lots of volunteers to help organise and run events planned for this year, the first of which will be the Fireworks Display on Wednesday 2nd November. If you have time to offer but cannot attend the meeting, please let us know at the email below.

In the meantime, our Chair, Madeleine, has stepped down after a very successful year and we urgently need someone to take over. Due to the work load involved in being Chair, we propose a change in structure.

We will continue to have a Chair in order to oversee the year's events, but would like to discuss the possibility that each school event is lead by a different individual. If you are interested in standing for Chair , please let us know by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP. 

 

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Parent/Carer Meetings

Thank you to all parents/carers who came to the meetings this week. It is great to have your continued support.

 

Reading Eggs

Any children attending reading eggs should wait in the playground until 8:30am when they will be collected by a member of staff.

 

Jeans for Genes

Friday 23rd September will be a non-school uniform day. Wear jeans and donate £1 to help change lives of children affected with a genetic disorder.

 

Music Lessons

Violin lessons take place on Monday

 

Forms

At the start of every academic year we ask each child's parent/carer to update their details, sign permission slips and read through our behaviour policy. This year, to keep the use of paper to the minimum, we created a google form with all the information needed. All parents/carers will receive an email, with the forms attached, today . The forms can also be found on the Hollickwood website.

Please complete the forms this weekend so we can update our records accordingly. Thank you for your

 

Murals

A big thank you to Cornelius, Louis ‘ dad Year 5, for the fantastic mural in the playground. Cornelius has spent many an hour painting and has had lots of requests from the children for additions to the mural eg Sharks! We would also like to thank the ‘Friends of Hollickwood ‘ for organising the amazing hand print mural below.

 

Piano Concert

Well done to all the children who played at the piano concert on Tuesday.

 

Drumming Concert

Thank you to all the children who played at the drumming concert

 

End of Year Reports

Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.

 

Y4 Trip to Cuffley Camp

Y4 had a great time staying overnight in tents and toasting marshmallows on the camp fire!

 

Sports Day

The rain held off for KS1 and KS2 Sports Day. The children had fun throwing bean bags, skip-ping and dressing up while racing each other!

 

Book token competition

Please help win book tokens for the school. http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools#.V3f4XfR4XCQ

 

Gardening

Thank you to Ashraf, Tom, Leila and

 

5th July - School closure due to industrial action

The National Union of Teachers is calling a strike on Tuesday 5th July. It is very likely that school will be closed on that day, as there will not be enough staff to provide adequate supervision.

 

Two Mealtime Supervisor Positions

We are looking for 2 Mealtime Supervisors to work 1 hour per day, 5 days per week. Please download the application pack on https://jobs.barnet.gov.uk/ website.
Closing Date: Thursday 7th July 2016
Interview date: Wednesday 13th

Year 2 - next year's year 3 - Parent meeting


We are holding a meeting for parents and carers of children in Sweet Pea class, to discuss next year in Tulip class. We want to tell you about our plans for staffing the class, address concerns that have been raised and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have. The meeting will be on Monday 4th July at 6.00pm. Hope to see lots of you there.


Tuesday 5th July - School closure due to industrial action

The National Union of Teachers is calling a

 

Staffing for September

These are our teachers for classes in September

Poppy (Nursery) - Stephanie Williams
Sunflower (Reception) - Gabriella Hinc
Lavender (Year 1) - Tilly O'Brien
Sweet Pea (Year 2) - Nancy Stone
Tulip (Year 3) - Jacquie Boulton, Tina Kasamias, Paraskeve Constantinou
Snapdragon (Year 4) - Elizabeth Renouf-Crotty
Chilli (Year 5) - Audrey Clarke
Cactus (Year 6) - Sarah Johnston

 

Playground Tidy up Day - Saturday 18th June 2pm to 5pm

Please come and help us improve our school grounds on

 

Playground Tidy up Day - Sunday 12th June 2pm to 5pm

Please come and help us improve our school grounds on Sunday! We will be painting our garden furniture, weeding our garden and gen-erally sprucing up the place. All help welcome, materials and refreshments provided. Be great to see you.

 

Tombola—Non Uniform Day Friday 17th June

Please bring in a Tombola item and in return your child can have a non uniform day next Friday.

 

Y6 School Journey

Y6 have had a fabulous sunny week in the Isle of Wight. The

 

Playground Tidy up Day

We are holding a Tidy up the playground day on Sunday 12th June. More information to follow, but we are looking for your help with weeding, painting, litter-picking, mending and other jobs. It would be great if you could join us, even for a short time.

 

Y6 Sponsored Event

On Thursday Y6 had a sponsored event. The children were able to choose their own sponsored activity and they varied from cycling, running, kart wheeling, continuous talking to sponsored silence! All proceeds will go