Bank of England Opportunities

This morning HCC were very pleased to welcome Clair Mills, from the Bank of England, who spoke to Year 11 about career opportunities at the bank. She explained that the bank is looking for people with varying skills that they can train and develop and detailed some of the various opportunities for careers and international travel, within the bank, from the age of 18.

Their Future Capability Programme, for example, is for 18 months initially, but they also offer a 6-week internship, a Penultimate Internship, as well as postgraduate and graduate programmes.

Clair’s talk was very informative and inspiring as she explained that just because we live in rural Devon, the opportunities are still there for our students. Clair is also talking to Year 10 students about the Bank of England and what they do.

A big thank you to Clair for taking the time to come to HCC.

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Holsworthy beat Shebbear Sixth Form!

On Wednesday 16th January our Year 10 netball team played Shebbear Year 11s and sixth form students.

The game was goal to goal and very much constantly being turned over. After the first quarter we had a 1-0 lead, but got battered in the second quarter with them taking a 4-2 lead. We were working on our passages of play and timings in the third quarter, which ended up with us coming out with a 6-5 lead.

In the last quarter we were fighting really hard, but with 5 minutes to go, they were one goal up and one of our players got injured. We had to make a quick change and re-adjust our team. We were working so hard for the win and everyone was giving all their effort.

We managed to score two more goals before the final whistle for us to win the game 9-8.

It was a real team effort from everyone and Katie was named player of the match.


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Mr Sweeney, Head of School

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents, carers, students and staff for all their support, hard work and efforts during this term. Some fantastic progress has been made by students across many subjects and other areas of the College.

We had a very successful non-uniform day on Friday 14th December in aid of the Save the Children charity. The students raised over £440 and many took the opportunity to wear their Christmas jumpers.

Tuesday 18th December was the school Christmas lunch, which was very well attended by staff and students. I would like to thank the catering team for all their efforts in preparing the lunch and making it such a special event.

Wednesday 19th December was our annual Winter Concert. This was also very well attended and everyone was so impressed with the talents of our young musicians in the College. Many thanks to the PTFA, staff and the families who supported the event.

On behalf of everyone at HCC, I would like to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing all students on Monday 7th January 2019.

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Meet the Recycling Team!

During the summer term, I decided that for an enrichment activity it would be a great idea to make something that would be useful around the school.  I noticed that unfortunately as a school we do very little recycling; we have a large amount of daily waste, which unfortunately ends up in black bags and ultimately ends up in landfill. After various discussions with colleagues and outside agencies, I researched the possibility of developing our own bins.

Here are my team; they have been awesome this term!


In September, this group of students joined me every Wednesday afternoon for 1 hour and they immediately embraced the challenge.   They began to research options for everything from logos to bin design and manufacturing.  They worked in groups contacting local businesses and focussed on developing our own design.  

The students in Key Stage 3 were also working on the sustainability of plastics in Design and Technology, which really helped them to understand the global problems we all face with our daily use of plastic and its disposal.  All students were particularly shocked to realise that every piece of plastic ever manufactured still exists and takes over a thousand years to break down…

As part of this enrichment activity , they have made four recycling bins for use around the College.

Tamar Trading, who supplied all the pallets to construct the frame, generously donated the raw materials.  RGB also helped by supplying the blue stain at a discount price. Greenfield Engineering have manufactured the bin lids and side supports; a big thank you to Mitchell Cisneros, ex HCC pupil, who has helped get these manufactured.

We plan to launch our new recycling system in the New Year; ideally, we can all help by keeping them relatively empty.  The majority of students use a reusable drinks flask in school, but we still have a huge turnover of single use plastic bottles and cans, which could go to be recycled into something else. 

The plan is that a small number of ‘Recycling Champions’ can help me monitor the use of the bins and that we can all do our bit for the environment. Each bin has been designed to hold a standard ‘dumpy bag’. If anyone in the community is able to donate one of these, then they would be greatly received.

If you can help please contact me

Thank you.

Mr Rowe

Thank you Waitrose Customers

On Thursday 20th December, I was delighted to be able to go along to Waitrose, Holsworthy, to collect a cheque for £265, which was as a result of members of the public choosing to support us via their Community Matters scheme.

“We are delighted to be able to help with any school fitness project and it’s a pleasure to be able to present this cheque to Holsworthy Community College.” Marilyn, Waitrose Holsworthy Branch.

I would like to thank all the Waitrose shoppers that supported our fund-raising project to purchase a treadmill for the College fitness suite.

We will continue our fundraising efforts to ensure we provide our students with the best possible facilities.

Mr Vanstone, Head of PE, Holsworthy Community College

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The next few weeks can be a fantastic time to help your child to reflect on what they might want for their future and to start to get their apprenticeship applications ready.

New apprenticeships are being developed and released all the time through The Institute for Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are real jobs and therefore individuals will need to participate in a competitive application, recruitment and selection process. For some employers this could be a fairly short process of an application and interview, but for other positions this could mean months of working through multiple application stages and activities. It is likely that your child will need to apply for a few vacancies before they are successful in securing the perfect apprenticeship for them.

Click on the link to read the Parents’ Pack Apprenticeship Information for help, information and recommendations of how to keep your child on track to securing an apprenticeship that they will be happy in.

Key Stage 3 Remembrance Art 

Key Stage 3 students have been learning about the significance of the remembrance poppy and creating art homework, based on the theme of the poppy, using materials and techniques of their own choice.

It is clear that many students have demonstrated outstanding homework effort. For example, Holly, in Year 8, constructed a large scale sculpture using metal and wood, stitched a felt poppy hair tie and presented a framed coloured pencil drawing of a poppy field. 

Students were guided on how to carry out independent research on the topic and have taken inspiration from a wide range of sources. A fantastic variety of materials and techniques have been explored, resulting in some very unique and imaginative outcomes. This has been a further opportunity for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to develop skills across a range of disciplines, including fine art, sculpture, three dimensional design, photography, fashion and textile design and graphic design (a requirement of the GCSE Art course). 

Students’ thoughtful, poignant and creative work will be on display around the College to mark the centenary of World War 1. 

Thank you very much to parents and carers for their kind support provided with this homework task so that we can commemorate the fallen in this way.  

Miss Urquhart


Year 9 Commemorate the Armistice

Year 9 Holsworthy Community College students have gone all out to commemorate the armistice, by either making models of their local war memorials, or creating their own to commemorate local casualties.

The designs ranged from wonderful models, to cake, to artistic representations, all with the commemoration aspect at their heart.

Research of local casualties were also recorded as part of the task, which all pupils took part in.

The results were stunning, with lots of students obviously having spent a great deal of time on their creations.

The winners are pictured, but congratulations to all the students for their hard work.

Unfortunately, we have no individual pictures of the cakes, because we ate them! They were delicious as well as stunning visually.

Kind Donation for our Athletes

Many thanks to Richard Hart, from Hart of the Garden, who has very kindly donated 20 athletics vests to the College.

For the first time we have entered seven pupils into the North Devon Gliddon and Squire Cross Country League.

The pupils have had two races so far, Kingsley and Shebbear, with a remaining four throughout the next few months. Pupils are also attending the Steven Shield Cross Country Competition after half term.

Any pupils wishing to take part in Gliddon and Squire who have not signed up yet should see Mrs Woodhead. 

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Battlefields’ Trip


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On 9th October 58 excited students departed Holsworthy Community College, to travel to France and Belgium for the annual Battlefields’ trip. The first visit was Vimy Ridge, a Canadian memorial and preserved battlefield site. At this site there is an interesting visitors’ centre. Our guide took us down into the original tunnels used in the battle, which have been preserved. It was hard to imagine how cramped it must have been with the thousands of soldiers down there, for up to 36 hours at a time, with very little light and heat. We also visited the preserved trenches, which are one of the closest to each other in the war, only feet apart. We then walked up to the huge Vimy Ridge Memorial. We were overwhelmed with the size of it and the sheer scale of the number of missing men who gave their lives in that battle. The Memorial symbolised justice, hope, peace and mourning, and was very powerful and moving. Later we visited Albert Cathedral with the famous statue of the golden Madonna. The statue has been hanging off the edge of the Cathedral since it was shelled early on in the war. 

The next day, we travelled to the Somme Battlefield, in particular the site where the Devonshire Regiment fought on 1st July 1916. By their cemetery, there is a stone with the epitaph “The Devonshires held this trench, The Devonshires hold it still.” The cemetery was the most personal to us as some of the men who lay there were from Holsworthy and never returned home. Also, all of the graves have the same date, July 1st 1916, which is the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Three of our students, Ryan, Livvy and Rebecca, read out the moving poem ‘Before Action’ by the grave of William Noel Hodgson, an officer of the Devonshires who died on that day. It was very special for us to honour his memory and sacrifice. We also visited Newfoundland Park, a preserved Canadian battlefield site that also records what happened on July 1st, 1916, this time to the Newfoundland Regiment. This regiment had the second largest casualty rate in the battle, losing around ¾ of its strength on the first day of the battle. It was referred to as “The blackest day of the British Army”. A caribou sculpture, which is the regimental logo, stands mourning the men that had died on the battlefield, 100 years ago.

We also paid our respects at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, which is the largest Commonwealth War Memorial in the world. There are 72,000 names carved into the white, Portland stone. It was quite emotional to think that so many men had given their lives for their country. Jessica Cawsey read her war poem here, which was incredibly moving and really showed the sacrifice men made when they signed up to go to war.

On Thursday, we visited Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery in the world. Here many of us laid our poems on a family member’s grave or chose a soldier to honour. This was a very memorable moment for some.  The overwhelming number of graves and missing men really got to some of the students; it was very thought provoking and emotional. The other cemeteries were also just as moving, but Tyne Cot was especially poignant due to the sheer size of it. There were so many missing soldiers “Known unto God” where their bodies were sadly unidentifiable after their death. It was overwhelming how many there actually were. We left the cemetery feeling very grateful for the lives that were given for us today.

A special visit was made to Hooge Crater Cemetery where Livvy Hillsdon Rogers made a moving and special pilgrimage to two of her relatives and laid her poem at the site. The next stop was Essex Farm Dressing Station, where there was a hospital for wounded soldiers; many died there of their horrific injuries. This was also where John McCrae wrote “In Flanders Fields” and it was also the site of the first gas attack in history. The final part of the day saw Holsworthy College take part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. Jessie Cawsey, Chris Farmer and Mr Baldwin were given the honour of laying a wreath during this moving ceremony.

Overall, it was an incredibly moving trip where we learnt and experienced a huge amount, paid our respects to our fallen soldiers and had a memorable time. It was very emotional and thought-provoking and we are all incredibly grateful for the lives that were given by our brave soldiers.

Ryan Walters, Rebecca Woolsey, Livvy Hillsdon-Rogers