I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents/carers, staff and friends of Holsworthy Community College for all of their support for what has been a fantastic year. There have been so many achievements across all areas of Holsworthy Community College.
Exciting times at HCC!
It has been another incredibly busy term for students and staff at HCC. June saw the end of a very productive exam season for Year 11 students. Everyone conducted themselves very well and there was an evening of celebration on Friday 27 June at the Falcon Hotel in Bude for the Year 11 Prom. We all have our fingers crossed for the Year 11 students and the GCSE results, which are due on Thursday 22 August. Results can be collected from 10am to 12pm on the day.
This term was a busy one for our Student Council. HCC attended our first Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Student Council Meeting in June. This was followed up with a session with our local member of the Youth Parliament taking our student voice directly to Parliament, allowing our students to hear their voice outside of their immediate vicinity. Dates for next term’s council meeting will be shared with students soon and we hope to welcome new members in September.
Tuesday 25 June saw another very well attended Sport Awards Presentation Evening. It was fantastic to see so many of our students excelling at sports at the College and in the wider community. Sports Days for Key Stage 3 were also very successful with maximum participation taking place with students’ chosen sports. On Tuesday 16 July, over 100 Year 7 and Year 8s were acknowledged and praised for having zero Behaviour Points. Our Activities Days have involved Year 7 and 8 visiting Crealy, Year 9 experiencing Bowling and a trip to the cinema and Year 10 experienced outdoor activities at Ultimate Adventure.
During the last week of June, a group of around 40 Year 10 students went to Poland. This remains a very popular trip and we already have a group signed up to go in June 2020. Over recent weeks, the College has also welcomed all of the new students starting Year 7 in September 2019. For the first time we also welcomed 200 Year 4 students and Year 5 students from our surrounding primary schools to engage in P.E and Science sessions. As a community college, we are keen to develop our partnership with the younger age ranges to support their transition to HCC over time. Year 10 students have also recently completed a week of work experience. I was impressed to hear how so many of our students fully embraced this opportunity and were excellent representatives of the College in the local world of work.
Finally, on St Peter’s Fair Day, while all students enjoyed a day off to celebrate the festivities, all staff were in school and undertook a rigorous day of training. The focus of this training was to develop our understanding of individual student’s needs and how we can best teach all learners and support them so they make excellent progress in every lesson from Year 7 to Year 11. As a College, this training puts us in a very strong position to support and challenge every student during the next school year and beyond and support our goal to be the best school in Devon!
As I am sure you will understand, a huge amount of work has happened ‘behind the scenes’ at the College this year in trying to make HCC the best school in the county. Although there is still much to do, I would like to thank everyone who has played a part. HCC has been working closely with the other DMAT schools and sharing good practice. We have also been involved in two different projects with a group of schools in Plymouth and another with a group of schools across Devon. Both projects have involved teachers visiting other schools and HCC being visited by colleagues from other schools. This has allowed for sharing good practice and for us as a school to reflect on our skills and provisions to make sure we are doing the absolute best for the children at our school as we move into a new academic year.
It is also a sad time of year when we have to say ‘farewell’ to a number of staff leaving the HCC team. Mr Lovett is leaving the English department, Miss Iles is leaving the Music department, Mr Snaddon and Mr Brown are leaving the Maths and Science departments. We are also saying goodbye to Mr Patel in Humanities and Mr Stone in English. Mrs Blacher leaves us for a year, in order to experience a secondment at Okehampton College. I would like to thank all of these colleagues for their support during their time with us and wish them well in the future. With a number of staff leaving, we will of course be welcoming some new staff to the College in September. I look forward to doing this as soon as we return in September.
At this time of year can I please suggest that all of our friends and families remind themselves of some of the key school policies with regard to uniform and attendance, to name but a few, so that we can all hit the ground running in September; these are all on our website. If you have any questions regarding any of the policies please get in touch. I hope everyone can enjoy a restful summer break and we look forward to welcoming all students back to College on Wednesday 4 September.
Key Dates/Events – September 2019- January 2020
GSCE Exam Results – 10am to 12pm – Thursday 22 August
Come and say hello at the Holsworthy Show – Thursday 22 August
Autumn Term 2019
Wednesday 4 September 2019 – all students return to HCC
Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September – Year 7 Residential
Tuesday 1October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Evening – 5pm to 7pm
Wednesday 9 October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Day
Thursday 10 October – Year 9 trip to the First World War Battlefields
Tuesday 15 October – Year 7 Parents’ Evening – 3.45 to 6.45pm
October Half Term – Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October
Tuesday 29 October – Year 11 Mocks begin
Thursday 21 November – Presentation Evening
Tuesday 26 November – Year 8 Parents’ Evening
Thursday 28 November – Careers Fair
Tuesday 10 December – Year 11 Parents’ Evening
Christmas Break – Thursday 19 December to Monday 6 January 2020
Tuesday 7 January 2020 – All students return for Spring Term