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Newsletter Issue 37

Hollickwood Gardening Club @ RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

On Monday 1st July, twenty of our intrepid young children from across the school who enjoy gardening under the supervision of Tim Ferrar, Susan, Lindsey and Nicky, had the opportunity to attend the RHS Hampton Court Palace garden festival and see the fruits of their labour on display.

On arrival, the children were in awe of the spectacular grounds, grand buildings, fountains, vast marquees of flowers, grasses, exotic plants, spectacular gardens and not to mention the ‘posh’ toilets.

With great enthusiasm they headed to the Wild Garden to put the finishing touches to Hollickwood’s entry for the school’s competition and pose for photographs.

Then divided into groups, they went off in different directions to explore and admire gardens adorned with artistic glass, metal and stone ornaments, water features, whilst gleaning ideas from community gardens, learning about conservation of water in order to help the natural environment, and discovering the therapeutic importance of plants and outdoor spaces on our mental well-being

At the rose tent the children were delighted to find a rose called Roald Dahl, the same name of course as our Year 3 class. The rose growers were so pleased about this, so they took a special photograph of the children with this splendid rose.

The day was also packed with the opportunity to pond dip, attend forest school, see Chris Packham being filmed in the BBC Spring Watch garden and catch a glimpse of the Duchess of Cambridge arriving at the garden she helped design.

So much to see and do, so little time!!!

An enormous thank you to Tim and the team who give up their time voluntarily and impart their knowledge on how to grow edible and ornamental plants whilst fostering a love of nature.

Early Years Trip To Highgate Woods

On Wednesday 3rd July, Early Years had a fun filled day at Highgate Woods going on a multi sensory Gruffalo Hunt with Sally's Adventures. During our hunt we collected leaves for our crown, made our own tree bark fossil and stepped through the 'wishing tree'!

The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we were blessed with some wonderful weather.

A few words from the Head Teacher

We are so fortunate at Hollickwood to have some wonderful volunteers who give their time and expertise to our school. Pictured is Richard Groves, working in our wild garden at the weekend. As well as being our Hollickwood Beekeeper, Richard is one of a group of volunteers who help with gardening and engage the children in fantastic work here. Regular helpers include Susan Alexander, Nichola Neder, Linden Groves and Tim Farrar. See the report on the Hampton Court Show, a wonderful day out for the Hollickwood Young Gardeners thanks to their work.

We also get wonderful support in the classroom from volunteers: Ilwad Abdi, Genie Belaye, Venera Beqiri, Nazifa Homary, Emine Rasim and Khatera Yaquby who have all been a fantastic help to our children. Linda Farley has been helping in our library every week too.

Plus there are those of you, too numerous to name, who help out on trips, visits and performances, and bake cakes, make costumes and props.

Then we have all the effort and time that Friends of Hollickwood put in to supporting our school, which will reach a peak this weekend at the Summer Fair.

Our Governors are also volunteers, who give up their time to ensure that the school is well-led and managed.

I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their time and commitment on behalf of the children. If you have any time to spare and would be able to help you would be most welcome!

Thank you all very much!

Hollickwood School Summer Fair

Please join us for the summer fair on Saturday 6th of July.


Hugh Vivian


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