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Student Visits Buckingham Palace

On the 24th of May I travelled to Buckingham Palace to collect my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award having achieved the final recognition of my work completed whilst I have been at HCC. Once I had I registered we had time to look around before the official ceremony. A bit of celebrity spotting and I met Greg Rutherford the Olympic Long jumper and had a quick chat about strictly! A lovely surprise was meeting up fellow HCC student Ameerah Askew who left last year to start her nursing degree. Ameerah and I completed our gold expedition together in Tuscany so was lovely to see her also receive her award on the same day as me.  We spoke to the Countess of Wessex;  the Duke himself and also Prince Edward and then got presented our certificate by Jon Culshaw the impressionist. The day was truly fantastic with only a select few people of my age having had the privilege to be invited to Buckingham Palace and it is something I will never forget. DofE has been an incredible experience and has given me lots of opportunities which I never thought I would even do with volunteering, to hiking in Italy for 4 days to even going to the Palace. DofE has helped me develop numerous skills which have allowed me to hopefully go to Lancaster University in September to start my degree as well as giving me some memories which I will forget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 Cerys Little, Sixth Form Student

 

 

 

Cerys and Greg Rutherford

Cerys and Jon Culshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KEY STAGE 4 Information Evening (Yr.9,10,&11)

 

KEY STAGE 4 INFORMATION EVENING

(Years 9, 10 and 11)

 Wednesday, 14th June at 5.30 to 6.30 pm.

Sixth Form Centre | Honiton Community College | School Lane | Honiton

 Dear Parent/Carer

 I would like to invite you to attend the third Information Evening meeting of 2016-17 for parents of students in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11). Information Evenings are an informal opportunity for parents/carers to find out more about College life and to ask questions of staff and Governors.

 Based on feedback from parents to a survey last year we are holding separate Information Evenings for Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) and Key Stage 4 this year. The agenda for this Information Evening is below.

 Please can you confirm if you are attending by contacting Shelagh Andrews on 01404 518667 or by emailing sandrews@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk by Monday, 12th June so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.

 I look forward to seeing you on 14th June.

 Thank you

 Mireille Gaches    (Parent Governor)

 AGENDA 

  1. Welcome
  2. Preparing for Post-16 Education.
  3. Question and answer session. 
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High Importantance Information For Yr.8 & 9

Dear parents/carers 

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. 

 

 

 

 

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FUNDING CRISIS WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

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. 

Get Involved! 

  • Sign the petition against cuts. 
  • Write to your MP about the cuts. 

The links above will take you directly to two pages.  They will take seconds to complete! 

Your support could make the difference.

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Lauren receives the Gold DofE Award at St James Palace

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.

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