Exemplary Work from Year 9

Political Cartoons – Treaty of Versailles

Year 9 are to be commended for work done producing their own cartoons based on why the German people disliked the treaty. This was due to the unfair terms imposed upon them after World War 1, such as the huge fine, loss of land and the blame placed upon them due to the war. Furthermore they were forced to sign as they continued to be blockaded by the Royal Navy, with many of their citizens starving.

The work put in to produce these cartoons is quite amazing; the intricate detail on some is outstanding and the ideas and representation are fantastic. These images do not do the original works justice.

Well done, Year 9!

The cartoons pictured are by Logan, Livvy, Grace, Callum, Emma and Jennifer.

Mr Scott

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.

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



Poppies for HCC Display

We thought we would share with you these photos of some of the poppies completed in the Enrichment and Intervention session yesterday afternoon. These will be displayed in a front window at the College, visible from footbridge, as part of the school’s WW1 remembrance.

Mrs Shepherd still has a few to finish off at home, but the students worked their socks off and were so chuffed with their brooches! We hope to have the display completed before the weekend.

It has been great to see several shops / businesses in the town with their windows decorated already.