Celebrating Success

Logo smallOn 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.

National Primary Maths Challenge

I am delighted to tell you of the fabulous success of two of our Y6 pupils in the Primary Maths Challenge which is a competition across the country.  63,000 pupils nationwide entered the competition in November, with 1932 pupils going through to the second round in February. Out of these pupils from across the country even fewer were medal winners. Two of our Holly Park children were amongst the winners.  Enormous congratulations to Luca who won Bronze and Mei who won Silver.

Cross Country success

One of our star cross country runners in the last few years has been Evie from Y6 who has won each of the six cross country races since Y4 by a significant margin.  In each case, she’s been competing against around 80 girls from schools across the borough.

Evie has been training three times a week with Barnet Harriers at Allianz Park. This season she won the Under 11s cup for the most competition points gained for the club. She finished 8th out of 90 girls from the top 20 running clubs in London competing in cross country this winter over a series of five gruelling races in all sorts of weather. She came 15th out of 136 girls when representing Barnet in the London Youth Games cross country race at Parliament Hill – 62 places ahead of the next placed Barnet runner.

This summer she will be moving up to the under 13s age bracket and will be competing on track in both 800m and 1500m before starting the training for the 3k distance in cross country in winter.

Barnet Song Writing Competition Winners

Mr Hogan entered lots of our children into a Barnet wide song writing competition. I am delighted to tell you that a song written by Zoe and Tarlan in Year 6 was chosen as the winning entry and will be taught to all children in Barnet and will be performed at the Barnet Music festival later in the year. The song is called Gaia’s song and is a song all about the earth.

The judge Jane Sebba said about the song: ‘This is a beautiful song with all the ingredients to make my heart sing. The subject matter is relevant to today; the lyrics are descriptive and evocative. The melody is beautiful, the harmonies are interesting and varied, and there’s a gentle but driving beat to carry us forward. You’ve used sequence, repetition and contrast; and there’s a clear structure to the song. It’s a pleasure to listen to. Thank you.’ Congratulations Zoe and Tarlan.

Mayoral seal of approval!

Jessica in Y5 had a picture selected to appear on the front of the mayor’s Christmas card this year.

Art Competition Winner

We recently took part in a London wide art competition run by the Metropolitan Police Service for children across London to design a Christmas poster. The overall winning poster will be used in their Christmas Tree campaign (to give presents to children across the capital who are in need).  A winner was chosen from each London borough and then sent centrally so that an overall winner for the whole of London can be selected from all the winning entries.  The winner of the competition for each London Borough was invited to the official campaign launch at New Scotland Yard (on the Embankment). I am delighted to tell you that Jessica in Year 5 has been chosen as the Barnet winner. Well done!

Jessica and her family all enjoyed their visit to New Scotland Yard this week. Here is a photo of Jessica with the Commissioner and also a photo of the poster she did. Jessica was the winner of the police poster competition for Barnet.

Success Outside School

Talia, one of our pupils has helped to make a promotional video for a great puppet show at The Dugdale over half term.

The company told us that she was amazing and very mature while filming. Attached is the link to the promotional video. 

You can find out more here. 

The National Primary Maths Challenge

I am delighted to tell you of the fabulous success of two of our Y6 pupils in the Primary Maths Challenge which is a competition across the country.  63,000 pupils nationwide entered the competition in November, with 1932 pupils going through to the second round in February. Out of these pupils from across the country, 93 pupils received Gold Awards. Two of our Holly Park children were amongst these gold winners.  Enormous congratulations to Aarnav and Diyan. Their certificates and medals should arrive soon.

Short story success

Ruby in Y5 and her mum went to the live final of the BBC2 500 words competition on the last day of term.

Ruby was picked out of the 123,436 children aged 13 and under who entered this year’s short story competition to be at the live final, broadcast from the Globe Theatre. All the entries were judged by a panel including honorary judge Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, who was there on the day to present the gold awards.

This is what Ruby wrote about it:

Mum and I got up at 4:30am in order to get the first tube running. We were absolutely exhausted by the time we arrived at the Globe Theatre (6am). I had no idea how fantastic the day was going to be.

The show started off with OneRepublic singing Counting Stars and lots of other bands performed such as All Saints, Foxes and the London Gospel Choir. Then lots of famous celebrities read out the winning stories, my favourite was JulieWalters and guess what? I got an autograph from her! We were live on the BBC2 Chris Evans Breakfast show and got to see how stressful it was for the producers and cast backstage.

I’m so happy I got the chance to go to the Globe Theatre. It has definitely inspired me to write another story for the competition next year.’

Swimming medal

Daniel from Hawthorn Class qualified for the regional swimming competition  in Nottingham and beat his personal best at 50m Butterfly and got his first Silver Medal at the regional level competitions. He competed with the UK’s best swimmers and in the group of 11 year olds despite being only 10 years old.


Man of the match

Luke in Spruce class plays rugby for the Finchley Rugby Club. He trains and plays regularly with his team. He was recently awarded a medal for ‘ man of the match’ having scored 5 tries in one match. He also won the U8s player of the season 2015/16 trophy.

Local rugby

After a mention in a Holly Park newsletter that a local team was looking for new rubgy players Ty from Y5 tried out for the Finchley team and now trains every weekend and plays regularly for the team. 


Sport Relief

Sienna in Spruce class walked/ran three miles for Sport Relief at the Olympic Park on Sunday 20th march 2016. She has managed to raise so far…£260! With still a few more sponsors to collect!


Top swimmer

Daniel from Y5 Hawthorne Class has  achieved great results swimming for Barnet Copthall Swimming Club in the winter meets.

He has now been selected in the group of the top 25 swimmers, forming a part of Barnet Copthall (BC) Age group. This group is now preparing for qualifications for competitions at  regional as well as national level. Daniel is one of the youngest swimmers in this team at the moment. At the age of 10 he has already qualified and has swum at the regional level competitions in the group of the swimmers 12 years and below.   He trains hard every day in the evenings and twice a week at 5am before school.

Here are Daniel’s scores in the latest Winter Meet in October, November and December 2015:

  • 50m freestyle – Gold medal
  • 100m backstroke – Silver medal
  • 200m backstroke – Silver Medal
  • 200m breaststroke – Silver Medal
  • 200m IM (all four strokes) – Silver Medal
  • 50m freestyle – Bronze Medal
  • 50m backstroke – Bronze Medal


Cross Country Success

We participated in the Barnet wide inter school cross country competition. The conditions were very muddy and wet – a true cross country experience I believe with several children (not from Holly Park) losing their trainers  in the mud!

Over 35 primary schools took part. All of our runners did very well, improving on their times and places since the last run in October. They all represented the school very well. A particular mention to Evie in Year 4 who won her race with an extremely convincing  performance, out stripping all of the opposition.


The National Primary Maths Challenge

Following on from the first round of this national competition which was an internal school round, one of our pupils has been selected for the National round following on from his high scoring first round.

Aarnav will sit the bonus round in February and will compete with other children from around the country.


Football Success

Our Y5 and 6 football team  for girls went to the Barnet East Girls Tournament this week. There were 15 schools taking part. We played 3 games in the group stage – winning every game without conceding a goal. We played Akiva in the quarter finals and won 3-0, St John’s in the semi finals and won 5-0 and then we played Osidge in the final which was very evenly matched and at full time was 0-0. After 3 normal penalties the score was still even. In sudden death penalties Charlotte our keeper saved 1 and with Zara (player of the tournament) scoring the winning penalty. So our girls are now the East Barnet champions and go on to the borough finals on 10th February.

Girls team