Forthcoming Events, Quiz, Community Info, Apprenticeships

Forthcoming Events

Monday 25th February

First day of second half of Spring Term

Tuesday 26th February

Rugby 7s tournament for Years 8 & 9 at West Buckland School – 8:55am – 4.10pm

U14 & U15 netball v Shebbear – away – 3.10pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 28th February

Oddments Theatre Group working with Year 10 & 11 Period 3

Oddments Theatre Group Performance – The Hiding Place. Tickets £12 on the night or £10 advance 7.30pm – 9pm

The Hiding Place

Friday 1st March

Petroc College taster day for some Year 10 students – 8.50am – 3.10pm

Oddments Theatre Group working with Year 9 students Period 3

Monday 4th March

HLC Dance Festival 12.45-2.45pm

Quiz results

Thor 101

Highest group JS 19

Zeus 87

Poseidon 81

Highest groups KB & PB 18

Apollo 80

Highest group AV 18

Question 17 of 20:

After a month-long campaign, what has overtaken Kylie Jenner as Instagram’s most liked photo ever?
a. a picture of an egg 
b. a picture of a sock  
c. a picture of a surfing cat


  1. a picture of an egg – When the first image of the egg appeared online, it looked like it only had one aim – to stop Kylie Jenner being the “Queen of Instagram”. It was actually revealed to be linked to a mental health campaign. The egg, known as Eugene, has now cracked after “feeling the pressure” of all the attention it’s received. A message posted alongside the broken egg advises people to seek help if they feel the same way.


Netball Round-Up

“On Wednesday 13th February, our Year 10 netball team travelled to Barnstaple to compete in the North Devon Tournament.netball yr 10 tournament 13 Feb 19 2

There were ten teams, so we were put into two groups to play.

Our first game was against Chumleigh, which we won 5-4. Our next game was against Torrington, where we played well and won 6-0. Our third game was against Bideford; they gave us a tough fight, but we won 7-2. Our last game was against Park School, who made the finals last year. We gave them a tough game and it was end-to-end, however, they came out with a win 8-5.

The top two teams from each group went through to the semi-finals and as we were placed second, we played the winners of the other group. We played West Buckland and had a good game, going 2-1 up at half time. We played well, but they came back stronger, winning 10-5. This meant we went to the third and fourth place play offs against Braunton.

They were a good team and went 5-1 up at half time. However, we were determined and played really strongly and managed a draw of 5-5.

This meant overall we were placed third in the tournament.

Everyone played amazingly and we enjoyed a McDonalds on the way home!”


“They are an outstanding team; a pleasure to work with! We are very proud of you all!” Miss Goldsworthy

“On Thursday 14th February, Year 7 played a netball match against Shebbear College. Well done to HCC, who did play really well, but Shebbear won; they had really good shooting skills. Player of the match for Shebbear was Millie and our player of the match was Kaitlyn.”


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

Waitrose cheque



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.