Celebrating Success

On this page we will celebrate the achievements of our pupils both in and out of school.

If your child has achieved something outside school which you would like to share with us you can email Mrs Pelham on head@hollypark.barnetmail.net. If you are including a photo please ensure that there are no other children on the picture.

Picture News Impact Award

I am delighted to tell you that we applied for a national Picture News Impact Award and was successfully awarded one. The awards are open to all schools who have made a positive impact in the world in 2021 following learning about a story from the news. During the school lockdown of Spring 2021 when most of the children were learning at home, we continued with our assemblies including Picture News assemblies so that the children were thinking about the world beyond themselves. We also wanted to ensure that there were weekly PHSE whole school activities so that we were continually thinking about personal, health and social activities for the children in what was quite a difficult time for many. As a school we are very keen to develop the whole child – not just the academic. We are also a Rights Respecting School and want our children to have an impact on others and the world around them beyond our own school community. The children were inspired by the Picture News Christmas project about Hearts for Homes, but in December 2020 it was too late for us to undertake the project.

In lockdown 2021 with Valentine’s Day approaching and with our weekly online PHSE activities, it seemed like an excellent time in January/February 2021 to do the Hearts for Homes project at our school. We held an online assembly to talk about the project and about how the elderly in care homes could not see their relatives during lockdown.

We wanted to help share some joy during what was a very difficult year for many. The children could relate to older people in care homes as many of them had not been able to see their grandparents for a very long time. We researched where the care homes were in our local area. The children then had a heart template to write or draw a joyful message or poem for a care home resident. Once completed, we sent the hearts by post to eight different care homes. We hoped to spread some cheer to elderly people in local care homes who may be lonely and couldn’t see their families.

We sent the hearts to them to arrive for Valentine’s Day. The children responded very enthusiastically to this project and we had hundreds of hearts to post. We were really thrilled to receive a reply from one of the local care homes who we had sent some of our hearts to. We were able to share this message of thanks with the children in an assembly. The children really felt like they had made a difference to older people in local care homes. The children learned that even in a small way we can all make a difference to somebody else. They understood that a little act of kindness goes a long way. The project linked to Article 13 of the UN convention on the Rights of the Child. ‘Every child has the right to share their thoughts freely.’ The children shared their thoughts, love and care with the local care home residents. They made an impact on others.

Top violinist

Stella (Y6) was awarded a Gold Award as 1st prise in the Oskar Rieding International Competition for Young Musicians for her violin playing.

Fun runner

Demmi (Y2) ran a fun mile run in the summer holidays. Well done Demmi!

Marathon walker

Isabel (Y2) completed the North London Hospice Virtual Marathon.

Young publisher

Y5 pupil Chayil’s mini saga was published in a young writers’ anthology. Here it is:

National Writing Competition

At the beginning of lockdown Chokhmah from Y6 last year wrote a poem for one of his home learning tasks called “Isolation”. His mum liked the piece and sent it to the Young Writers website. At the end of July they wrote to let the family know that Chokhmah’s poem had been chosen for publication in a book. The book will be published on 18th September 2020 in a book called ‘Write to Unite – Words Of Hope.’ A copy of the book with Chokhmah’s poem in it will be kept in the national archives forever.

National Story Competition Winner

Stella, one of our Y4 pupils entered a national writing competition run jointly by National Book Tokens and Puffin. The competition was to write a story of up to 300 words, using the theme BIG DREAMS. The entrants could interpret the theme however they liked: an epic fantasy inspired by a dream, an amazing adventure that takes place in another world, or a true-to-life story set in an imaginary school. Stella’s story was called ‘No Regrets.’  Very well done to Stella who gained Highly Commended and won a £50 book voucher.

Chokhmah’s 11th Birthday Run for Holly Park School

A Y6 pupil, Chokhmah has been doing a 5K run every day for ten days and on the 11th day (his birthday) he ran 10K. Chokhmah did this to raise money for Holly Park playground as a thank you for the time he has had at the school and because he developed his love of competitive running at Holly Park. There were lots of HPS children, parents, staff and governors there to cheer him on. Now it is our turn to say thank you to Chokhmah who has raised over £1,000. Amazing!

Snow White With A Twist Of Holly Park

Five Holly Parkers are treading the boards in a 1960’s musical extravaganza staging of Snow White. Oliver, Amy, Max and Marianna from Y6, and Leila from Y5 are acting, dancing, and singing their way through 14 energetic performances, with solos from Amy and Leila. This is a boisterous and extraordinary adaptation of the traditional fairy tale, with original, foot-tapping show tunes and lyrical ballads. Most of the costumes form a riot of colour, while the baddies – the mobsters – remain almost monotone in black/grey and white. Don’t mess with these guys! But do come and see them in action and find out whether Snow White manages to avoid their evil clutches. Snow White is on at the Chickenshed in Southgate.

Outside school

Last weekend one of our staff members – Mrs Kastrati was raising money for Cancer Research, by doing the “Shine Night Walk” It was a Half Marathon walk that went from Southwark Park over the Thames to Old Billingsgate all in aid of raising money to help beat cancer. It was a challenge as it was at night, from 8:30pm – 1:10am, all participants had lights around their hands and heads to light up the journey.

Scouts on Parade

Brooke from Y5 joined three other Cubs from the 6th Friern Barnet Scout Group at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey. They, along with four brownies, had the honour of escorting the Commonwealth Flag during the opening procession, walking ahead of Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the royal family. This year’s service was particularly significant as it marked the 70th anniversary of the Commonwealth. 
Brooke and the other Cubs represented Scouting throughout the Commonwealth, with morning rehearsals alongside other participants such as tenor Alfie Boe and endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh, followed by lunch at Central Hall, and the service in the afternoon. The entire service was broadcast on BBC1 – with the Cubs getting several close-ups!