HCC Win Awards in Burton Exhibition

On Monday the 25th of March some Year 9 students, who have shown an interest in 1doing Art for GCSE, went to visit the Burton Art Gallery. The students were inspired by the work they saw from a variety of artists. The trip also helped students with their GCSE coursework, as they need to research local artists and write reviews.
“When we got there we went into the gallery and looked around the three different spaces. There was a lot of work from different schools. The Holsworthy Community College’s art was amazing. In another room there was more detailed craftwork from local artists; it was very beautiful work. The museum upstairs had big models and interesting facts.

We were given a challenge to find the most expensive piece in the gallery; it was worth £2,200 and was by Pine Feroda called ‘Morning Light’. It was a huge print. There was also a very large ceramic pot worth £2,000.3

We look forward to our next projects at the College.”

Vicky and Lydia, Year 9 students 

Holsworthy Community College 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 students 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) 

The series of Pop Art portraits produced by Year 9 students.

Mrs Bloxham 



Dartmoor Bike Fest – This Saturday!

With only 5 days to go, we would like to invite you and all of the children in your school to join us on Saturday 30th March 2019 for the first ever Dartmoor Bike Fest! A day where we will be celebrating all aspects of cycling with a day full of exciting activities at the picturesque, River Dart Country Park.

This is the perfect event for children to come and try different types of cycling under the watchful eye of British Cycling coaches and members of various South West racing teams! Whether you like Road riding, BMX, Cyclocross, Mountain Biking and even cycle speedway there’s something for everyone! Children can get some expert tips from one of our coaches, ride on the trails or even the pump track!

The aim of the Dartmoor Bike Fest is to introduce different forms of cycling as a way of exercise.  Offering ‘come and try it’ sessions which will hopefully excite the children and give them confidence and skills to continue cycling at home, with their friends and family or maybe even join a club.  In today’s modern society it’s a fantastic opportunity to look at ways we can support our children’s physical and mental health.  Plus of course we’ll be raising awareness of the Julian House who works with some of the most Dartmoor Fest March 19marginalised members of society.

Dartmoor Bike Fest will include challenges, advice, retail stalls, displays, safety checks, competitions, Q&A sessions and a chance to meet with World Champion!  Find out more information here and buy your tickets here!

I have attached a poster and would be grateful if you can display this at your school and email the information or poster to all of your parents.

I look forward to seeing you on the day.


Sarah Lakey

Senior Community & Events Fundraiser 

Devon & Dorset

We value the individual 

We are collaborative  

We are creative



Forthcoming Events, Quiz Results, Community Events and Apprenticeship Info

Forthcoming Events

Monday 25th March

Year 9 immunisations 9.30am – 12noon

Burton Art Gallery trip 12.30pm – 3.10pm

Year 7 boys’ football v Bude – away – 3.10pm – 5.15pm

U14 girls’ football at home – 3.45pm – 4.50pm

Tuesday 26th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

Year 7 netball tournament at Park School – 12pm-5.30pm

Year 8 boys’ football v Bude – at home – 3.45pm – 4.50pm

Year 11 revision evening for parents and students – 5.30pm – 7pm

Wednesday 27th March

U13 girls’ rugby tournament – 8.30am – 5.30pm

Thursday 28th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

Year 8 netball v Bude – away – 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 29th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

GCSE Music recording day (composing) 8.50am – 3.10pm

Cashless catering registration day 8.50am – 3.10pm

PTFA Bingo night – doors open 6.45pm – eyes down 7.30pm

Monday 1st April

Cultural Champions to complete workshops with Year 8 students 8.50am – 3.10pm

HLC Handball Festival 12:45pm – 2:45pm

Year 9 Football v Launceston – at home – 3.45pm – 5.15pm 15:45 – 17:15

Wednesday 3rd April

U13 North Devon netball tournament at Park School 12pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 4th April

GCSE PE moderation 9am – 3.10pm

Friday 5th April

GCSE Music recording day (performing) 8.50am – 3.10pm

Last day of Spring Term

Tuesday 23rd April

First day of Summer Term

Quiz results

Poseidon 84

Highest groups KB & PB 16

Zeus 64

Highest group DB 17

Apollo 63

Highest group AV 16

Thor 54

Highest group JS 16

Question 11 of 20:

True or false, the number of students taking French or German in UK schools has more than doubled in the past five years.


False – Language learning is at its lowest level in the UK’s secondary schools since the turn of the millennium, with German and French falling most. There has been a drop of between 30% and 50% since 2013 in the numbers taking GCSE language courses in the worst affected areas in England.


Care Farm

This is my story of my experience on the Care Farm. I have previously worked on the Care Farm Project twice before. This time I was lucky enough to be chosen to mentor, to work with a small group of Year 7 students.

The jobs we have to do in the morning are:

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Clean out and feed the chickens and ducks and collect any eggs.

Clean and feed the calves by mixing up milk powder and feeding them by bottle, also adding some silage, straw and some nuts.

We then have to walk the fields and check the stock to make sure none are missing.

In future sessions we will be visiting Holsworthy Market, a vet will be visiting to check all the animals and Smallridge Bros Ltd will be visiting to show us their new tractors.


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PTFA Coffee Morning Success

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our PTFA Coffee Morning on Wednesday 21st March.

It was great to see so many members of the public attend. We had a large raffle and a very well supplied cake stall.  There were a few cakes remaining, but these won’t last long in school!

We would like to thank the PTFA for organising the event, the people who kindly donated cakes and raffle prizes, members of the public who supported the event and to Mrs Shepherd and Mrs Bloxham for their help. Thank you also to the Year 10 girls who helped, who were, according to the coffee ladies in the kitchen ‘very hardworking’.

We managed to raise around £300!

My Goan Experience

Earlier in January, I was privileged to spend three days in Goa, India, en-route to Australia. Travelling with my husband, Mark, our sightseeing was quite different from that of the usual tourist. We were met by our good friend Ruth Bealing, the UK co-ordinator of El Shaddai Street Child Rescue, who took us to places and sites that we will remember for a very long time. 


El Shaddai rescues children who would otherwise be forgotten or even abandoned by Indian society. They live on the streets or on rubbish dumps, begging or stealing enough to stay alive. Many are only 3 or 4 years old. 


Some, who are 7 or 8 years old, have to look after their younger brothers and sisters. 


They are filthy dirty, often abused by parents with addiction problems, they have no education, they are small because of poor nutrition and disease, and they will usually end up begging for the rest of their lives. 


Twenty-three years ago a local Goan church pastor and an English lady tourist from Boyton, were so concerned that they started a shelter for these children. Our family knew the English lady, so we sponsored a girl, Supriya 6, and a boy, Raj 3; the children were numbered because they often didn’t know their full names. 

As well as seeing the slums where the children come from, we saw the shelters where they can have a shower, fresh clothes, a good meal and some school lessons. 


Having a nap after lunch before afternoon lessons!


Sitting in on a lesson.


We were able to meet Supriya, now grown up, married to a taxi driver, and with her two small children. 


We also met Raj’s wife and son, but not Raj, as he is abroad working in IT in Dubai. 


We were all very emotional to think that these people have a life now, and a future, because of El Shaddai. We hugged them and shared a meal together in Supriya’s home, very simple, but very happy. 

Rock Solid Youth Group in Chilsworthy sponsors a little boy, Harshad. We met him at his school and the next day visited Victory House, the boys’ home, where he lives. 


Arriving early, I will never forget seeing his beaming little face pressed up against the window of the yellow school bus door, so happy and proud that his UK sponsors had come to visit him.  


Our son Albert gave him a football shirt, which was way too big, but Harshad still wore it with a big proud grin on his face!


All traffic comes to a standstill in India when the sacred cow crosses the road!


El Shaddai teaching young women from the slums how to sew.


If you want to know more about El Shaddai,  visit https://childrescue.net/  or pop in to see Ruth or Mary in Manor Court, Victoria Square.

Mrs Shepherd



Red Nose Day Fun

Holsworthy Community College supported the Comic Relief Red Nose Day fundraising this year with a whole school non-uniform day on Friday 15th March.

Students also raised additional funds throughout the week and on the day

Year 8 students encouraged teachers to take part in the cupcake sweepstake – with the winner being announced on Friday at 3pm. Congratulations to Miss Goldsworthy, our winner.

Year 10 students baked and produced a magnificent spread of cakes and goodies, which they sold during break time and managed to raise a whopping £100!

The PE department ran a netball competition and a penalty shoot-out. Congratulations to the winners who won chocolates, which the students running the competition had donated. These competitions raised nearly £60!

We also had some lunchtime buskers who entertained the dinner queue and diners and raised nearly £40.

A massive thank you to students, staff and parents who helped us raise a fantastic £650!

We are always proud of our students, especially when they go the extra mile with their fundraising efforts. Well done, HCC!

Forthcoming Events, Quiz Results, Open Events and Community Information

Forthcoming Events

Monday 18th March

Year 7 football v Launceston – away – 3.10pm – 5.50pm

Tuesday 19th March

Year 10 Southwest netball tournament at Bude 1pm – 4pm

Year 9 boys’ football v Bude – away – 3.10pm – 5pm

Wednesday 20th March

PTFA coffee morning at Holsworthy Memorial Hall – 9.30am – 12noon

Year 7 North Devon netball tournament at Park School 1.30pm – 6pm

Thursday 21st March

U13 football v Shebbear – at home – 2.30pm – 4pm

Friday 22nd March

GCSE Music recording day (performing) 8.50am – 3.10pm

Monday 25th March

Year 9 immunisations 9.30am – 12noon

Burton Art Gallery trip 12.30pm – 3.10pm

Year 7 boys’ football v Bude – away – 3.10pm – 5.15pm

U14 girls’ football at home – 3.45pm – 4.50pm

Tuesday 26th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

Year 8 boys’ football v Bude – at home – 3.45pm – 4.50pm

Year 11 revision evening for parents and students – 5.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 28th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

Year 8 netball v Bude – away – 12.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday 29th March

GCSE Food practical 8.50am – 3.10pm

GCSE Music recording day (composing) 8.50am – 3.10pm

Cashless catering registration day 8.50am – 3.10pm

PTFA Bingo night – doors open 6.45pm – eyes down 7.30pm

Quiz results

Zeus 88

Highest group GB 16

Thor 73

Highest group JS 18

Poseidon 71

Highest group AW 17

Apollo 64

Highest group AV 16

Question 3 of 20:

Advertising for what type of product has been banned across London’s entire public transport network?
a. junk food 
b. luxury cars 
c. mobile phone apps


  1. junk food – Posters for food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar will begin to be removed from the Underground, Overground, buses and bus shelters from Monday.



Year 10s’ Thoughts on Post 16 Taster Courses

Duchy College

Agriculture Course   

We had a good tour around the farm and good description of the  machinery. They gave us a great explanation of the history behind the farm and the courses that we can take and what we must do to get there. I also liked the fact we got to drive a tractor. I loved the little piglets, they were so cute. I also liked going through the parlour.

Although I felt it could be more practical and hands on because there was a lot of talking.

Animal Management

We did the animal management course at Duchy College and had a good time. We learnt about how to handle and health check rabbits and guinea pigs. We also had the chance to get a feel of what it would be like if we joined the college, as we got to feed the animals. After lunch, we had a really cool experience with exotic animals, such as a bearded dragon, an African bullfrog, corn snakes, cockroaches and we had the opportunity to handle them all.


The open day was ok, but it wasn’t the best, especially for our group in engineering as we were not allowed to do anything due to other pupils forgetting the special clothing. This led to most of us not doing any practical work as there was no clothing provided for the ones who forgot.

We spent the day in a classroom learning how engines worked, but some already knew about it

Other than this, the college was nice and set out well. It was never too busy and was not feeling like a college, as it was spacious.


We had a good day at Duchy in construction. We got to drive diggers and dumpers, which was good. The coaches were really nice and we got to learn new things.

I wish we could have a bit more time on each machine and wish more of the machines were working.  

Plymouth Argyle Taster Day

Positives: Really active and we didn’t sit out any of it. We really took part in the football and activities. Good coaching and people. Nice and clean facilities. Good sport facilities such as sports hall and field. 

Negatives: Would have been good if we had seen more of the college as a whole. 


Hospitality and Animal Care

At Petroc, I did a hospitality and catering course, where we made chocolate brownies. After lunch, I did animal care and management where we got to have a look at the different animals and reptiles.

Public Services

When I visited Petroc College I chose to do Public Services for the morning session. In this, we went through careers that you could continue after this course such as police force, fire brigade and prison services. We discussed the entry requirements for this course.      

Animal Care and Management and Biomedical Science

I found Petroc taster day very informative and fun, as well as very helpful on choosing which college to go to after Holsworthy. Before our first lesson, we went to the hall to get into our groups, which was very well organised and easy to follow. In the morning, I went to Animal Care and Management, which was very interesting and a proper hands on experience of what the course would be like. Then we had lunch, which again was very nice and well organised. In the afternoon, I had a Biomedical Science lesson, which I found very fun and interesting. I really liked Petroc College and I am definitely considering it for the future.

Biomedical Sciences

It was a small group of 7 or 8 and we focused on Chemistry as the main subject. We did one experiment that involved working out the PH of substances and the second was filtering them out. I found it very informative and it gave me a big confidence boost to be more independent in Science work/experiments. The teacher was very open to questions and helped us out a lot to make sure we were progressing well.

Animal Care and Management

I found this course interesting and it had a mixture of everything. We made things to entertain the animals, did some written work, which expanded my knowledge, then went to see all of the amazing animals. The teacher explained it all exceptionally well and definitely helped me with deciding my options for college.

Childcare and Health and Social Care

I went to Petroc College and I was given childcare for our morning session. In this, we went through what the course involves, the challenges and the entry grades needed. We learnt about SPICE developments and used these to write about how making play dough is a great activity for young children. We also tried this out to prove it. In addition, we worked with the real life baby simulators to see to their needs. I found this course really interesting and this is a course I would consider taking when I leave school in 2020.

For our afternoon session, I was given Health and Social Care. In this, we went through the careers that you could continue on to after the completion of this course, such as a midwifery, social working, care working and many more. We discussed the entry grades needed to get onto this course (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3).

Architecture, Conservation and the built environment

The man that we had to show us around, first showed us around the trade’s section to widen our option so we could have a better understanding of the trade’s option at Petroc. Then we went upstairs to the architecture and conservation part to watch a few videos on what architecture or conservation careers could offer us. We were taught about three types of land marking devices, of which two were used to measure out a fixed level for foundations on houses. The other was used to measure not only the level, but used the level and the right degree to measure a distance very accurately. The same device was used to work out if the Jubilee tube line tunnels were going to meet accurately and it was successful.

Engineering and manufacturing

In this we were given a tour around the engineering workshop and taught about mechatronics and how quick pneumatics are.

Robotics, Cybernetics and Creative Media

In the morning I did a computer and IT course where we learnt some HTML code and then looked at robotics and cybernetics.

In the afternoon, I did a Creative media course where we were shown the studio and got to take photos of each other, we then we went back to the classroom to Photoshop them.