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Newsletter Issue 22

Literacy Week:March 4th - March 8th 2019:

Reach for the Stars Reading Challenge:

This year the children can take up the Reach for the Stars Reading Challenge. There is a form you can download attached to this newsletter OR you can collect one from the office. The children have to read in different ways and styles, for example ; reading to a pet / animal, reading upside down or reading wearing a hat ! Parents must sign off their forms to say they have done them all. Once done, children must return their forms to Mrs Neal to be entered into a draw to win a prize.

On Thursday, to celebrate World Book Day, we would like to invite parents / carers / grandparents/ aunts and uncles etc into school from 9.00 until 9.30 to share a book with your child or a group of children. We would love it if you have stories in your home language and would like to share them with the children.

Bedtime Story Wednesday 6th March

Children are invited back to school from 6- 6.30pm to hear a bedtime story read by their teachers ! Bring a pillow, a teddy & wear your pjs!

Book Swap

This year our book swap is taking a slightly different format to usual. There will be a box in the school entrance where children can swap their unwanted books. They simply bring in any books from home (in good condition) and exchange them for any other book in the box.

World Book Day 7th March

On Thursday 7th March it is World Book Day - Our theme for this years dressing up is ‘Myths and Legends’. Some examples are Robin Hood, Beowolf, Pandora’s Box, The Beast of Bodmin and the Loch Ness Monster. Not forgetting all the Greek Myths.


Our Literacy Week competition is a fun this year … We would like all the children to get themselves a large potato and transform it into a famous book character - How original can you be ? The children must bring in their completed potato on the morning of Friday 8th March. Judging will take place that day and prizes awarded in assembly !

Reading Tree

In the hall there will be a reading tree. During the week the children will have the opportunity to write the name of a good book they have read and hang it on our reading tree ! This is a great opportunity for children to share their good reads !

D.E.A.R Drop Everything and Read

During the week,in school time, the school bell will ring at unusual times. When the bell rings, the EVERYONE in the school must stop what they are doing, pick up a book and READ !


We live in an area where the air is polluted largely due to traffic fumes. Many people sit in cars and other vehicles with the engines running, often to keep warm. We would like to point out that this is illegal and contributes further to pollution levels. Please don't do this and if you see anybody doing this then politely ask them to switch off the engine.

Mental Health Check

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies-our physical wellbeing-through food, being active and getting enough sleep. However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds-our mental wellbeing- too. As parents and carers, you play a very important role in your child’s health. Here is a simple way you can encourage them to look after their body and mind. *Chat with your child about what you do to look after your body and mind, from walking the dog to turning your phone off before bed. Sharing the steps you’ve taken to stay healthy can set a good example for them – but don’t be afraid to admit it if you’ve struggled! It’s important for children to keep trying, even when things are difficult.

Hot of the Press

Hollickwood are pleased to announce that we are now members of The Muswell Hill and Fortis Green Association. Formed in 1948, The MHFGA is a non-political amenity society. They concern themselves with all aspects of the local environment and quality of life in the Muswell Hill, Fortis Green and Alexandra wards of North London. To find out more, visit their website:

Barnet's First Community Nowruz Festival

Barnet will host its first community Nowruz Festival, bringing together a rich mix of cultures and a great line up of traditional music, dancing, food and craft. Other elements of the programme include a bazaar, authentic face painting for children, egg painting, and calligraphy. Festival founder Jeni Osbourne from CommUNITY Barnet said: This has been made possible by the support of some wonderful Afghani, Persian and Kurdish organisations, schools and charities and volunteers in Barnet. It is wonderful to see a range of communities coming together to celebrate and showcase their rich culture together. It would be fantastic to build on this and for it to become an annual event. Anyone interested in becoming involved in this event or who would like to sponsor an activity, please contact Jeni Osbourne at CommUNITY Barnet 020 8364 8400


Additionally there will be an Open Day on Saturday 4th May in London for lots of children and their families to attend, with no obligation to take part in the series. It is a fun day, offering parents and children a chance to find out more about the show, plus an opportunity to meet other like-minded children, and take part in a series of fun challenges and games.

Child Genius is on tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 and at 7pm on Saturday.

Young Gardners Club

A big congratulation to our Chief Gardener Tim Ferrar , as our school’s design of “ Habitat of Cards” (as shown below ) has been selected for this year’s schools competition at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival! Brilliant news as I am sure you would all agree. Therefore, may I request the following items from parents as a donation if possible please:

  • 8 Air Bricks   
  • Bamboo Sticks
  • Off-cut wood ( Pine Cones )
  • Fir Cones
  • Unused Hay & Straw
  • All sizes of broken terracotta pots
  • Dried seed heads
  • Eight A4 two ring binders
  • Chicken Wire
  • Old thin ceramic tiles
  • Sawdust
  • Paints
  • Wood shavings or Hamster bedding
  • Organic Rope
  • Logs
  • Summer Flowering Plants or Stone Plants
  • Hosepipe
  • Newspapers
  • Small world mini beast toys, e.g. beetles, butterflies, bees etc……….
  • Empty snail shells from the garden or park.

Hugh Vivian


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