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Newsletter Issue 20

Year 5 Phoenix Cinema Trip

On Monday 3rd February, Frida Kahlo class visited the Phoenix Cinema in Finchley, which was built in 1910 and opened in 1912 as the East Finchley Picturedrome. It is one of the oldest continuouslyrunning cinemas in the UK. It was an amazing opportunity to listen to Historian Gerry and ask questions about the history of cinema. We learnt so much about the local area and where all the cinemas used to be! One amazing fact was that Robert Paul, an English early pioneer of early film has a film studio in Sydney Road! Noone knows where exactly though.

We even watched one of Robert’s films and some other some silent films starring Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Mickey Mouse.

Afterwards, we all got an opportunity to go into the projector room and operate some of the equipment! We are so lucky to have such rich local history!

Word of the day

This week's words were:

  • tedious
  • brazen
  • squat
  • shrill
  • snubbed

Musician of the Week

This week the musician of the week was the incomparable Ravi Shankar, whose name is often preceded by the title Pandit (Master) and "Sitar maestro", was an Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music. He was the best-known proponent of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. In 1956, Shankar began to tour Europe and the Americas playing Indian classical music and increased its popularity there in the 1960s through teaching, performance, and his association with violinist Yehudi Menuhin and Beatles guitarist George Harrison. His influence on the latter helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music in the late 1960’s.

Latest Sports News

On Tuesday 4th February, our netball team hosted borough finalists Holy Trinity . It was an even match, Holy Trinity edging into a lead then Hollickwood equalising. We went into the final quarter with the scores tied at 5-5. Thanks to excellent team play and fine shooting, we won the game 9-5. Well done team! Yesterday our Hollickwood lionesses did us proud with an emphatic 5-0 win over Akiva. It was a great team performance with goals from: Saphora, Stella and a fabulous hat trick from Louisa.


Please follow general hygiene principles to help prevent the spread of any winter respiratory viruses:

  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
  • if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment
  • see further information and the Public Health England Blog


In order to improve attendance, please can parents try to consult pharmacists first for minor illness, instead of GPs or A&E, in a bid to reduce pressures on those services.

A survey carried out for the campaign found only 6% of parents with children under the age of five years would visit a pharmacy with minor health concerns. More than a third (35%) would opt for an appointment with their GP, while 5% of those questioned would choose emergency care as their first point of call.

This is despite the majority of adults (79%) saying they were aware that pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can give advice on the most common illnesses, including when and where to seek advice for more serious conditions.

NHS England estimates that around 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E are for selftreatable conditions, such as coughs and stomach troubles, costing the NHS more than £850m each year, which it described as the equivalent of more than 220,000 hip replacements or 880,000 cataract operations.


Your Scholastic School Fair is coming from …

Mon 10th—Fri 14th February

Come along and buy some books - every penny we make will help to buy new books for our school ! We will be in the school hall from 3:15pm - 3:45pm every day and from

World Book Day

During the week of the 2nd - 6th March we will be celebrating Literacy & Science week. During this week the whole school will focusing on the book ‘Leon and the Place Between’. All classes will be doing work around this beautiful book.

On Thursday 5th March we will be celebrating World Book Day and our theme will be ‘The Circus’ - children costumes will reflect this theme ! We look forward to celebrating this amazing event - more details to follow.

Knitting & Sewing Club

Following on from the popularity of the Hollickwood’s children’s Saturday knitting and sewing club, Susan and Sonia will be pleased to also offer the club to adults, on a Saturday afternoon (times to be confirmed) subject to enough numbers being interested. If you’re interested please contact Sonia on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

8:30am - 8:45am on Wednesday.

Hugh Vivian

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