Holsworthy Community College Newsletter – Summer Term 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents/carers, staff and friends of Holsworthy Community College for all of their support for what has been a fantastic year.  There have been so many achievements across all areas of Holsworthy Community College.

Exciting times at HCC!

It has been another incredibly busy term for students and staff at HCC. June saw the end of a very productive exam season for Year 11 students. Everyone conducted themselves very well and there was an evening of celebration on Friday 27 June at the Falcon Hotel in Bude for the Year 11 Prom. We all have our fingers crossed for the Year 11 students and the GCSE results, which are due on Thursday 22 August. Results can be collected from 10am to 12pm on the day.

Student Voice

This term was a busy one for our Student Council.  HCC attended our first Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Student Council Meeting in June. This was followed up with a session with our local member of the Youth Parliament taking our student voice directly to Parliament, allowing our students to hear their voice outside of their immediate vicinity. Dates for next term’s council meeting will be shared with students soon and we hope to welcome new members in September.

Celebrating Success

Tuesday 25 June saw another very well attended Sport Awards Presentation Evening. It was fantastic to see so many of our students excelling at sports at the College and in the wider community.  Sports Days for Key Stage 3 were also very successful with maximum participation taking place with students’ chosen sports.  On Tuesday 16 July, over 100 Year 7 and Year 8s were acknowledged and praised for having zero Behaviour Points.  Our Activities Days have involved Year 7 and 8 visiting Crealy, Year 9 experiencing Bowling and a trip to the cinema and Year 10 experienced outdoor activities at Ultimate Adventure.


During the last week of June, a group of around 40 Year 10 students went to Poland. This remains a very popular trip and we already have a group signed up to go in June 2020. Over recent weeks, the College has also welcomed all of the new students starting Year 7 in September 2019. For the first time we also welcomed 200 Year 4 students and Year 5 students from our surrounding primary schools to engage in P.E and Science sessions. As a community college, we are keen to develop our partnership with the younger age ranges to support their transition to HCC over time. Year 10 students have also recently completed a week of work experience. I was impressed to hear how so many of our students fully embraced this opportunity and were excellent representatives of the College in the local world of work.

Staff training

Finally, on St Peter’s Fair Day, while all students enjoyed a day off to celebrate the festivities, all staff were in school and undertook a rigorous day of training. The focus of this training was to develop our understanding of individual student’s needs and how we can best teach all learners and support them so they make excellent progress in every lesson from Year 7 to Year 11. As a College, this training puts us in a very strong position to support and challenge every student during the next school year and beyond and support our goal to be the best school in Devon!

The Future

As I am sure you will understand, a huge amount of work has happened ‘behind the scenes’ at the College this year in trying to make HCC the best school in the county. Although there is still much to do, I would like to thank everyone who has played a part.  HCC has been working closely with the other DMAT schools and sharing good practice. We have also been involved in two different projects with a group of schools in Plymouth and another with a group of schools across Devon. Both projects have involved teachers visiting other schools and HCC being visited by colleagues from other schools. This has allowed for sharing good practice and for us as a school to reflect on our skills and provisions to make sure we are doing the absolute best for the children at our school as we move into a new academic year.


It is also a sad time of year when we have to say ‘farewell’ to a number of staff leaving the HCC team. Mr Lovett is leaving the English department, Miss Iles is leaving the Music department, Mr Snaddon and Mr Brown are leaving the Maths and Science departments.  We are also saying goodbye to Mr Patel in Humanities and Mr Stone in English. Mrs Blacher leaves us for a year, in order to experience a secondment at Okehampton College.  I would like to thank all of these colleagues for their support during their time with us and wish them well in the future. With a number of staff leaving, we will of course be welcoming some new staff to the College in September. I look forward to doing this as soon as we return in September.

At this time of year can I please suggest that all of our friends and families remind themselves of some of the key school policies with regard to uniform and attendance, to name but a few, so that we can all hit the ground running in September; these are all onAndrew Sweeney small jpg our website. If you have any questions regarding any of the policies please get in touch. I hope everyone can enjoy a restful summer break and we look forward to welcoming all students back to College on Wednesday 4 September.

Mr Sweeney

Key Dates/Events – September 2019- January 2020

Summer 2019

GSCE Exam Results – 10am to 12pm – Thursday 22 August

Come and say hello at the Holsworthy Show – Thursday 22 August

Autumn Term 2019

Wednesday 4 September 2019 – all students return to HCC

Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September – Year 7 Residential

Tuesday 1October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Evening – 5pm to 7pm

Wednesday 9 October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Day

Thursday 10 October – Year 9 trip to the First World War Battlefields

Tuesday 15 October – Year 7 Parents’ Evening – 3.45 to 6.45pm

October Half Term – Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October

Tuesday 29 October – Year 11 Mocks begin

Thursday 21 November – Presentation Evening

Tuesday 26 November – Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 28 November – Careers Fair

Tuesday 10 December – Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Christmas Break – Thursday 19 December to Monday 6 January 2020

Tuesday 7 January 2020 – All students return for Spring Term

summer holiday

Art Pics of the Week

Students in Year 7 at Holsworthy Community College have explored African art this term.

They researched different masks and their meanings before designing their own masks using shapes, colour, patterns and textures. After finishing their designs, students layered cardboard to create a variety of levels to add dimension, before decorating their masks with the colours, patterns and textures of their designs.

Mrs Tyrell

Forthcoming Events, Quiz results and Community Information

Forthcoming Events

Wednesday 10 July

Non-pupil day – St Peter’s Fair

Staff training day

Friday 12 July

Vet Visit 9am – 11.30m

Vaccinations for Year 8 & 9 mop up Sessions – HPV /Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio & Meningitis AWCY – 9.30am – 1.30pm

Tuesday 16 July

New Year 7 parent information evening 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 18 July

Activities Days

Year 7 & 8 to Crealy

Year 9 bowling and cinema

Year 10 Ultimate Adventure

Friday 19 July

Last day of term

Wednesday 4 September

First day of Autumn Term

Quiz Results

Zeus 76

Highest group DB 17

Apollo 73

Highest group JB 18

Thor 65

Highest groups LB/KS 15

Poseidon 64

Highest groups PB & MG 18

Question 6 of 20:

What goal for the year 2050 was recently announced by the UK Government?
a. it would reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 50%
b. it would reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80%
c. it would reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 100%


c. it would reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 100% – The UK already has a 2050 target – to reduce emissions by 80%. That was agreed by MPs under the Climate Change Act in 2008, but will now be amended to the new, much tougher, goal. The actual terminology used by the government is “net zero” greenhouse gases by 2050. That means emissions from homes, transport, farming and industry will have to be avoided completely or – in the most difficult examples – offset by planting trees or sucking CO2 out of the atmosphere.

concerthockey campLibrary helpsignpost 1signpost 2silly senses barnstaple flyerSummer Hockey Camp – Registration Formworkshop

Primary Festivals Run by HCC

On the Wednesday June 26th, Holsworthy College organised and delivered a primary cricket festival.

Holsworthy Sports Pavilion kindly offered us the use of their grounds and facilities, as well as Ann-Marie Presswell and James Kemp from Devon Cricket attending to assist with the event.

Over 200 primary pupils from 8 different local schools (Black Torrington, Bradford, Bridgerule, Bradworthy, Halwilll, Clawton, St Giles on the Heath and Holsworthy Primary) attended the event, where they took part in a variety of cricket stations in order to develop their cricket skills such as batting and bowling as well as their understanding of the game.

The event finished with all of the pupils mixing into teams to play a cricket match in order to apply the skills they had learnt during the afternoon. It was a fantastic afternoon with all of the participants showing exemplary behaviour and putting in lots of effort throughout. The leaders from the College who led the stations were also a credit to the school for being great role models. A big thank you once again to Holsworthy Sports Pavilion, Anne-Marie Presswell and James Kemp for their assistance and support in the afternoon.

On Wednesday July 3rd, Holsworthy leaders along with Mr Pugh headed down to Summerleaze Beach, Bude on a lovely sunny morning to deliver a Primary Sports Beach Festival. Over 100 primary students attended and took part in a variety of activities, including beach football, beach rugby, frisbee, cricket, volleyball, rounders, sand sculpture & flags, before sitting and having their lunch on the beach together. All that took part were a credit to their school with lots of effort and fun had by all. The leaders did a fantastic job of running the stations, which helped the event run so smoothly. Well done to all. 

Mr Pugh

We’re so excited!

Some of our new books have arrived, with more to come, hopefully later in the week.

A massive thank you to the Balsdon Trust, who kindly donated some money for our school library to purchase some brand new books. Thank you also to Mrs Weblin, from Holsworthy Library, for her help and advice. 

We hope that we have chosen something for everyone!

Students please come and check out the new books on the ‘new book shelf!’

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Year 11 Prom

The sun was shining brightly on the excited people, who came to watch the annual school Prom at The Falcon, Bude.  The Year 11s had certainly pulled out all the stops and looked amazing in their different coloured suits and dresses. 

Outside, the light blue and silver balloon arch stood over the red entrance carpet and inside 91 chairs were covered with white material and alternate grey and blue chiffon sashes, tied in bows behind them. 

Grey runners were placed through the centres of the tables and the focal pieces were giant mirrors with diamante sequins around them. The Prom Committee had decorated jars and put night lights in them. 

Arrivals varied from fancy cars to hover boards, from tractors to a rattan sofa on a trailer. 

After the Prom Committee cut the two-tier cake, a buffet was served and then awards handed out – ending up with the Prom King and Queen sashes. 

A great night was had by all and ended at midnight when the last reveller left.

Miss Johns

pic 5.JPG
Year 11 Prom Committee

Year 9 Art – Identity and Portraiture

Art images this week show some exemplar work created by Year 9. Students have studied the work of artist M C Escher and designed A2 artist analysis boards.  The boards contain independent research, in-depth written analysis and observational studies of Escher’s work.

This term, students are researching and analysing the work of a portrait artist of their own choice. Students are currently in the process of developing a final piece, which shows clear links to the work of their chosen artist, skilful use of media, and originality.

Very well done, Year 9! I am thoroughly enjoying being able to observe you realise your intentions and create such personal work. 

Miss Urquhart

Beach Fundraiser at Bude

Saturday saw the first of hopefully many beach fundraisers where Holsworthy Community College, Budehaven Community College and the Lions Club joined together in order to raise money for a variety of different projects.


The main event was a virtual bike ride, with Holsworthy and Bude schools competing against each other to see who could cycle the furthest over a six-hour period. Bude took an early lead and at one point, were 5k ahead of HCC, but the excellent turnout of staff and students from the College led to the bike being at full throttle for the whole time and by the end of the day HCC had finished an astonishing 10k ahead of Bude.

Head of Physical Education Mr Vanstone said “a massive thanks to all students and staff who came down in huge numbers to support this event. I hope this can become an annual fundraiser and it was great to link up with the Lions and Bude for this project”.

Stradivarius Piano Trio

On 28th of June, in the afternoon, Year 7 had the great pleasure of watching the Stradivarius Piano trio. It was an incredible performance of classical music with a violin worth £3 million, a piano and a cello.

It was a great experience to listen to such incredible music right in front of our faces. We all learnt something new and could take away the fact to always pursue our dreams. 

We learnt a lot about the violin, which was being played. It was a 392 years old and now worth £3 million!

All the Year 7s really enjoyed it and had loads of amazing questions to ask. It was a great experience and we loved it.


Situations Vacant

Holsworthy Community College are seeking to appoint a permanent Cover Supervisor to start in September 2019

Salary: Grade D actual salary £12,448

Hours: 27.75 per week 39 weeks per annum (term time plus non pupil days)

8.45am – 3.10pm Monday – Friday

Closing Date: Monday 8th July at 9am

The main focus of the role is whole class supervision in the short term absence of teachers. It is essential that candidates have experience of working with young people, have effective interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to self-manage. This is a great opportunity for people wishing to gain experience in a classroom/educational setting prior to pursuing a career in education.

For full details, please see our website: http://www.hcc.devon.sch.uk/holsworthy-college-vacancies-1/

job vacancies