What a busy term we have had! I hope that your child has been making you aware of all of the positive efforts that our brilliant study body have been making this term with both their learning and commitment to others. Our Cooperative Values of self-responsibility, respect, equality and self-help shone through during the Comic Relief events. Equally, our students showed selfless entrepreneurial-ship skills by organising football penalty shootouts, netball goals, guessing games and bake sales. A tremendous total of £601.02 was raised by everyone.
On the subject of bake sales, our tremendous thanks goes to our PTFA for supporting HCC through the annual Coffee Morning that took on Wednesday 20th March. If you were unable to attend, you have a second opportunity to support HCC with our Bingo Night here at HCC on Friday 29th March at 6.45pm, doors are open with eyes down at 7.30pm. It will be a super evening, bring your family along and all profits are used to support our students. This term our PTFA were able to donate £200 to purchasing visualisers, £400 for Kindle Fires for the MFL department. If you would like to get more involved with our PTFA, please contact our reception.
Annual Schools’ Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford until 22nd April
Our students are now currently exhibiting work at the Burton Art Gallery. Holsworthy Community College had submitted over 150 pieces of art for the exhibition, which is an incredible achievement. The work came from all year groups at the school with 1 in 5 pupils having artwork exhibited. It shows just some of the opportunities we offer our budding artists at the College.
Holsworthy won a number of awards, which include:
The Arts Society award for our contribution to the Schools Exhibition.
Metal Shoe Sculpture (Year 7 student)
Portrait (Year 11 student)
Colour Wheel (Year 7 student)
Colour Wheel (Year 7 student)
Portrait in Pencil (Year 10 student)
An award for the series of Pop Art portraits produced by Year 9 students.
It is wonderful to see so many of our talented students see their work in a professional setting, which is why Mrs Bloxham and Mr Vanstone took a number of Year 9s to the gallery on Monday for them to see their work in situ. If you are in the Bideford areas, I urge you to give the exhibition your time. The work is on display until 22nd April, so an ideal opportunity to see this over the Easter holidays.
Also on Friday 29th March we have the introduction in preparation for our Cashless Catering Biometrics implementation. This will mean that as parents you are able to see what your child has purchased from the canteen and can help them make the right healthy eating choices, as well as the convenience of not having to bring money in to school. Letters documenting this change over are available from the front office, if required.
Year 11 examinations
The formal written GCSE exams start next term. This half term we are in the midst of the start of the practical examinations, with the Modern Foreign Language Listening exams and the practical components being assessed for GCSE Food and Nutrition. Next week on 4th April the GCSE PE Moderation Day takes place. Our Year 11 students and their parents have also had an evening supporting their revision process. If you missed this evening, please see our website under Information for Parents, Examination Information. Our Year 11s are nearing the home straight, in the marathon that is the preparation for their GCSE examinations. We urge them to have a balanced approach, but to remember that they are in competition with students nationally and so putting in their own time and effort will benefit them. To aid our Year 11, their last report documenting both the Professional Predictions and their targets will be sent home on Friday 29th March. If there are any questions, please contact the Tutor who is named on the report.
Year 10 examinations Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 3rd May
Our Year 10 cohort also return from the Easter holidays to their two-week examination window. The timetable for this has been emailed to parents and paper copies given to students. For both Year 10 and 11, revision booklets supporting our students with how they can revise have been shared and all of this information can be located on our website under the Information for Parents, Examination Information tab.
Sporting round up
Year 8 boys’ rugby north Devon tournament at West Buckland – 3rd in group
Year 9 boys’ rugby north Devon tournament at West Buckland – 4th in group
Boys’ football friendlies U15 and U13 winners v St Joseph
Various year group football success v Bude, Shebbear, Launceston
Year 7, 8 and 9 Girls’ football against Bude won 1-0.
Year 7 netball tournament with two teams going to Barnstaple, won two matches
Year 10 netball qualified to go to South West Regional Netball and came fifth
KS2 Dance Festival and a KS1 Dance festival held at HCC. Next Monday we are running a KS2 Handball festival along with the Gifted and Talented testing next Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia, Lucy and Grace have been fantastic leaders for the dance festivals, leading dances to large groups and even going out to St Giles on the Heath Primary School to lead a dance workshop to two of their classes.
The enrichment group on a Wednesday have had a class coming over every Wednesday this term from Holsworthy Primary School. The leaders have been leading 30-minute multi skills sessions with them and have been fantastic throughout.
Next term is an equally busy term, so below are key events and dates for your diaries
Key dates and events
Friday 29th March – Cashless Catering Registration day and PTFA Bingo at HCC
Thursday 4th April – GCSE PE Moderation Day
Easter Holidays from Monday 8th April until Monday 22nd April, first day back on Tuesday 23rd April.
Tuesday 30th April – UK Junior Maths Challenge for Year 7 and 8 students
Tempest in for Year 8, 9 and 10 photographs
23rd April until 3rd May – Year 10 exam window – please see the website for details
Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday Monday – School Closed
Thursday 16th May – Immunisations for any missed during the year
Tuesday 21st May – Year 10 Parents’ Evening 3.45pm – 6.45pm
Monday 25th May – Friday 31st May – Half term
Monday 3rd June – return from half term
Monday 3rd June – Key Stage 3 Assessment period over the next 6 weeks
Wednesday 5th June – Exeter College Taster Day for Year 10 students
Monday 24th June- Friday 28th June – Trip to Krackow, Poland
Friday 28th June – Move Up Day for smaller Primary Feeder Schools
Friday 28th June – Year 11 Prom
Monday 1st July – Year 10 Work Experience Week
Tuesday 2nd July – Year 7 Sports Day
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July – Year 6 Move on Up Day
Wednesday 10th July – St Peter’s Fair Day – Non-pupil day
Tuesday 16th July – Meet the Tutor Evening for new Year 7 students
Thursday 18th July – Activity Day
Friday 19th July – Last Day of the Summer Term
Mr A Sweeney