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DETAILS REGARDING LAST DAY OF TERM FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2017
I trust this letter finds you well and looking forward to spending quality time with your child during the Easter break.
The Easter holiday will commence at 14.00 hours on Friday 31st March when students will be dismissed. The majority of students who travel by bus will be leaving College at 14.10pm. Parents of children who catch the Honiton 8 and been written to separately in order to ascertain alternative arrangements.
Once again, your continued support has been invaluable and I look forward to seeing students back in College on Tuesday 18th April 2017.
Several of you have been in touch regarding a letter which you received from Devon County Council informing you of places for KS4 courses at other institutions. I am not surprised that you found this odd. We were not aware that these letters were being sent and believe that they have gone out to every year 9 pupil in the county. Apparently, the local authority is now duty bound to let parents know of schools which admit pupils at aged 14 to pursue largely vocational courses. You will see that the schools mentioned are quite a long way from Honiton – Newton Abbott and Plymouth - and no transport is provided. Clearly, we would much prefer every student in Year 9 to stay at Honiton to complete their secondary education but we also understand if you wish to find out more about these other schools.
However please be assured of the following: the letters have gone to every family – it has been suggested that certain types of student have been targeted eg out of area or SEN and this is not the case; our view is that Honiton students are best served by Honiton Community College; and finally if we had known in advance that these letters were going out, I would have written to you to pre-warn you.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
Fairer Funding for our children
Currently, the government are consulting on the proposed ‘fairer funding’ formula for all our schools. If it is approved then Devon schools, such as Honiton, stand to lose even more money per pupil (currently we are one of the poorest funded authorities in the country)! The combined effect of all the potential cuts means that Honiton Community College is set to lose a further £200, 000 next financial year, yet we still must to set a balanced budget. The only option will be to look at current and future staffing structure. This will have a direct impact on teaching, class sizes and option choices.
Politicians state more money than ever is being allocated; they quote 40 billion. However, what they fail to admit is that this increase is to help with the demographic increase. In real terms the funding for schools is dropping by 7-8%. In real terms, there is going to be a drop of over £290 per pupil.
The government is decimating our education system; and it is destroying our children’s future. Schools across the country are willing parents, and politicians to support the campaign for fairer funding. But even more is needed. It is down to all of us to ensure our children are treated with the dignity, respect, and opportunities that this government seems determined to deny them.
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Lauren receives the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
Written by Lauren - In November I was invited to St James Palace to receive my Gold award. I was lucky enough to meet the Duke himself and heard from lots of other award holders about their experiences. I enjoyed completing all aspects of the award, especially organising and completing an expedition in Italy and coaching younger years sport for my volunteering section. Having the opportunity to complete Bronze, Silver and Gold whilst at Honiton Community College was great and I will continue to help with future expeditions.
Miss P Wyatt, DofE Co-ordinator. Lauren Hunt is the first of hopefully many students from Honiton Community college who will complete their Gold award. Cerys Little has also finished and she has been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive her award at the end of May. It is a huge achievement for these young people who have spent hours of their time doing the different sections to complete the award as well as doing their A levels and applying to University.
Glenn Smith, Principal. Every school should offer DoE.HE/FE providers and employers really value the qualities and skills that the programme develops. My congratulations to Lauren who worked extremely hard to achieve her goal. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Wyatt and Miss Pavey for their support and guidance for all of our DoE students.
First Aid in year 9 Life Skills lessons
Year 9 students have been having some hands on experience in first aid and CPR in their lessons recently. Thanks to the British Heart Foundation who donated CPR training equipment to the College students were able to practice the skills required in emergency situations.
National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service hosted an assembly last week to Year 11 and 12 students inviting them to take part in this amazing programme this summer. Many of our ex-students have taken part in this national programme that sees individuals develop their own character, resilience and skills.
Sam Brunt and Danny Harris - NCS Engagement Officers also presented to Glenn Smith a NCS Champion College award in recognition of the success the programme has become within HCC and its students. Sam quotes “The awarding of the NCS Champion College plaque is testament to Honiton Community College’s continued support in allowing us to promote this incredible programme in their school, as well encouraging students to the opportunity and all it offers them. This, combined with particularly high levels of engagement from students before, during and after the NCS programme has contributed to a successful partnership and we hope to continue to build relations for years to come.”
Glenn Smith was delighted to accept the award and writes “We are proud to be the recipient of a NCS Champion College award. It recognises our drive to ensure Honiton students make the most of every opportunity. Being a rural school should not be an impairment to accessing national initiatives and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff that go out of their way to provide extra-curricular opportunities for our students; they really do make a lasting impact on their education and help mould the fine young adults they become”
More details of this year’s programme can be found at https://www.exetercityfitc.co.uk/ncs
Photo includes Erin Marshallsay and Elliott Forwell (Year 12 students) and Danny Harris from the NCS.
24hr Charity Bike Ride (Poster attached)
Sixth Form students and staff will be challenging themselves to cycle the 847 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End over 24hrs from 1.30pm 16th March – 1.30pm 17th March. This will be held on 3 static bikes in the sixth form Centre tracking our progress virtually on the screen throughout the day and night! The Sixth Form Executive Team will be organizing the event and raising money for the Devon Air Ambulance with a Just Giving Page being set up for any welcome donations www.justgiving.com/fundraising/honitonsixthformbikeride . Any parents coming to the Year 11 Progress Evening that night are very welcome to come in and support us in any way they can by some words of encouragement as we make our way down the country.
Our last 24hr event “The Big Sleep Out” was an amazing success raising over £1000 for a local charity so the students are very much hoping that they will equal this amount with some great memories also being made.
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