Equestrian Excellence Evidenced!

“On Saturday 4th May I travelled to Bicton Arena, which took around two hours as we were driving a horse lorry. I took my pony, Pimms, to compete in the British Dressage South West region inter-county challenge competition. I was one of seven representing the Devon team in this competition after we had all qualified by selection from the South West co-ordinators.

On day one, Sunday 5th May, I did an arena walk in the morning so my pony and I got familiar with the venue. My test was at 12.20pm, so after spending a bit of time warming up, we started our first test. Dressage is a test of technical skills and shows the harmony between horse and rider. We have to show our skills and accuracy with a number of movements to the judge. I managed a great first score of 83.8%, so at the end of day one I was lying provisionally 5th out of 16.

My score made a positive contribution to the team and consequently we went on to win the overall Youth Competition.

A selection of photos can be found on https://bit.ly/2LqqZFU

This is my last year competing with Pimms as next season I will have outgrown her.

Before the end of the year I am aiming to be selected for the inter-regional team, which will be representing the South West. My final goal is to be selected for the home internationals where I would then represent England against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

I also compete and ride regularly with Holsworthy Riding Club and represent it at area and championship level.”

Brontë Stevens


“I too compete and ride regularly with Holsworthy Riding Club and represent it at area and championship level.

On Sunday 28th April I attended the Winter National Championships at Bury Farm, which is in Leighton Buzzard. We travelled up the day before as the journey took a good 6 hours.

On the Sunday morning we got the horses ready, Mac and Dora, by cleaning and grooming them and getting the tack ready.

The dressage event was first, with me riding Dora. It was a good test and I was happy with how she rode with me. A slight mistake took me just out of 3rd place, but I was very happy with 4th, as it was not our main discipline.

Next came the show jumping. I competed on both horses. The round was roughly ten jumps and there were three rounds for each horse, which got progressively harder. Both horses jumped a double clear to go into the jump off.

Dora was first in the jump off, she jumped a good jump off; she wasn’t the fastest, but that has never been her strength. She secured 6th place in the event.

Next was Mac, who went round quite fast, putting him just in 2nd, missing 1st place by only 0.08 of a second!

I was very pleased with how both horses performed, completing a triple clear each. The jump off was out of eleven horses, two of which were mine. The event started with around eighty horses, so we did really well to get both horses into the jump off and secure a second place with Mac.

I have another event in Milfield near Glastonbury at the weekend. This is an eventing competition, which consist of dressage, show jumping and cross county. This is my favourite type of event as I like the way all the events work together.”

Theo Funnell


“It is always great to hear about HCC students’ out of school activities. Brontë and Theo obviously have great talent and are doing exceptionally well in their sporting activities. Out of school achievements in sport can be used as GCSE evidence too for their overall practical grade. Well done!”

Mr Vanstone

Forthcoming Events, Quiz Results and College Open Events

Forthcoming Events

Week B

Monday 21st January                                     

Year 9 boys football at Bude – 3.10pm – 5.15pm

Year 7 boys football at HCC – 3.40pm -4.40pm

Tuesday 22nd January                     

Year 9 Parents’ Evening – 4pm – 7pm

PTFA Meeting 7.15 – all welcome

Wednesday 23rd January                              

HLC Dance Festival – 12.45- 2.45pm

Thursday 24th January                   

School Council meeting 1.30pm – 2.10pm

Year 7 & 11 netball v Kingsley – at home – 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Week A

Monday 28th January

Year 9 girls immunisations (dose 2) 9.30am – 11.30am

Tuesday 29th January

Year 11 photographs 9am – 10am

U15 football v Bude – away – 3.10pm – 5.15pm

Year 9 & 10 netball v Shebbear – away – 3.10pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 31st January

U13 football v Shebbear – away – 2.30pm – 4pm

Year 7 & 8 netball v Shebbear – at home – 3.15pm – 4.30pm

Friday 1st February

Year 7 ACF assembly

Quiz results

Thor 101

Highest group JS 19

Apollo 100

Highest groups AV & NTR 19

Zeus 93

Highest group DB 20

Poseidon 64

Highest group MG/NB 17

Question 15 of 20:

A sushi tycoon paid a record amount for a giant tuna at the first New Year’s auction in Tokyo’s fish market. How much did he pay for the fish? 
a. £25 000 
b. £250 000
c. £2 500 000


  1. £2 500 000 – Self-styled “Tuna King” Kiyoshi Kimura bought the 278kg (612lbs) Bluefin tuna, which is an endangered species. Wholesalers and sushi company owners often pay high prices for the best fish at the first pre-dawn auction of the New Year. Mr Kimura has been the highest bidder at the New Year auction for seven of the past eight years.


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.

Andrew SweeneyAndrew Sweeney 1 (1)

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 Nrowe@hcc.devon.sch.uk.

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

GCSE Presentation Evening

On Thursday 22 November Holsworthy Community College held their annual presentation evening in Bodmin Chapel.  It was a successful evening with ex-students, their parents, staff, governors and local dignitaries attending.

Our guest speaker, Heather Stacey, was an ex Holsworthy Community College student who had gone on to become a veterinary surgeon. She gave an inspirational and informative talk on her career path.

Eloise and Lucy, both current Year 9 students, provided the music for the evening. It was lovely to hear our home grown talent as they both gave outstanding performances.

The presentation of the GCSE certificates was followed by the individual awards, all of which were well received. It was clear to see how proud the staff of Holsworthy Community College are of their students with the accompanying speeches given with each award.

We would like to thank the students and their parents for attending, the governors, local dignitaries and Mrs Stacey for supporting us and giving their time.

We would also like to thank Dawn Bewes for taking the photographs.