Gardening Enrichment turns into Rescue Mission!

During yesterday afternoon’s gardening enrichment session, students came across baby frogs – hundreds of them!

Students carried out a rescue operation to move them out of harm’s way and back into their natural environment, whilst Miss Sampson stood well back, not particularly liking frogs! Miss Trainor-Roulstone, meanwhile, got stuck in with the rescue operation, bravely holding two at a time!

ACF Enrichment ‘Over and Out’!

The ACF Enrichment programme ended with the students undertaking a casualty simulation exercise.

Following a briefing, the group received a call for assistance on the radio.

Using navigation skills, they located their destination and patrolled out to locate a Special Forces team who had rescued an injured pilot.

After setting security, the casualty was assessed and given first aid before being moved, by makeshift stretcher, to a predetermined grid reference where a team from South West Ambulance advised and supported further treatment before loading the casualty on to their vehicle.

Following a final briefing, the students received certificates of participation.

Lt Jim Harvey 
Holsworthy ACF 
(Course Director)


Recycle! Do it for the Kids

Mr Rowe has recently conducted assemblies for the whole school about using our four new recycling bins, which were made by our students in enrichment sessions last term.

The new bins are to collect plastic bottles and tins only at present, but in addition to this, HCC are very excited to be involved in the new Walkers Crisps recycling scheme, whereby we will soon be able collect empty crisp packets. “The crisp packets are cleaned and shredded to turn them into plastic pellets. These pellets are then transformed into park benches, plant pots, watering cans and cool bags.” 

The collected packets are also exchanged for reward points.


Mr Rowe has enlisted the help of students to collect the recycling on a Friday morning. Not enough recycling is done is school, but Mr Rowe also faced the obstacle that Torridge District Council do not have the facility to collect recycling from our school, without it incurring a cost. We are hoping to be able to source a collector for free.  

We were horrified to discover that all of the school’s waste currently goes to landfill, but with the pressures on school budgets, we simply cannot afford to pay a contractor to remove our recycling.

We are passionate about environmental issues and want to change the way we dispose of the majority of our waste. We are also hoping to promote and eventually become a single use plastic free zone. We have started with the food containers used in the canteen, which can be recycled and are hoping to ultimately replace single use plastic within the school. The problem is, even when we do make the change to use biodegradable products, all that happens is that they end up in a plastic bag in landfill!


There are a number of projects being introduced around the school to help us make these changes, but we need everyone on board. It is everyone’s responsibility to make these changes.



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Masterchefs in the Making!

Holsworthy Community College students in Years 7-9 have grown in skill level over the past 6 weeks during their Baking enrichment programme.

We started by looking at how to make and shape tuile biscuits, which then led into chocolate motif work and the use of a sauce bottle to present coulis on a plate.

These are challenging techniques for students to tackle and the standard they have demonstrated has enabled them to grow in confidence with their cooking.  The enjoyment and sense of pride from the students in the class has been clear to see. The pace of lessons has been a real challenge, but they have grown in their leadership of small group tasks and ultimately have executed some wonderful outcomes, culminating in some star performances this week.

All students have cooked their own designs of the vanilla cheesecake, thanks in part to some borrowed equipment from Okehampton College. The class are very much looking forward to their next challenges and hopefully we will have some more fabulous photographs to show on the school website soon. Well done to all involved.

Mr Biddle



Following a 3 week introduction to drill, the Cadet Enrichment group moved to the next phase of training camouflage and concealment.

Following a brief chat on the changes made to British Army uniform patterns in recent history, the pupils were shown how to apply cam cream, before donning different uniform.

Using only minimal cover the group were shown how to maximise their concealment!

Next on the programme was how to “move without a rifle” or in layman’s terms how to crawl  or move low to the ground.

The group learnt the leopard crawl and monkey run.

Running the training is Lt Jim Harvey and 2 of his cadet NCOs (young leaders). Jim added “The pupils are all showing great committment and enthusiasm for the training and are doing really well.” 

Welcome Back

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to the new Spring Term.

A quick reminder to ask that you ensure that your child is wearing the correct uniform and has all the necessary equipment required for their lessons. Stationery is available to buy from the Library before school, at break and lunchtime. 

Today we start the Spring Enrichment Programme – look out for more news and pictures from our various activities.

A reminder also to please log on to SIMS Parent App to ensure that we hold the correct information for you and your child. As a MAT, we use SIMS Parent Lite to collect, manage and handle key information about your child and you as parents/carers.  This puts you in control and makes sure the data we hold is accurate and up to date. This App also allows you to give consent for your child’s photograph to appear on this blog, our social media sites, newspapers and promotional material. You should have received an email with an activation code to allow you to log on to the App. If you have not received this or have any problems, please contact the College Reception. We still have lots of our students that we are unable to feature as their parent/carer has not logged on and provided the consent information. 

Thank you. 

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