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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. 

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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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First Aid in Life Skills

               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.

 

 

 

 

 

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NCS Champion Award

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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NOTIFICATION OF SKI TRIP FEBRUARY 2018

 

HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SKI TRIP - February 2018

 Dear Parent/Carer/Skier

 SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2018 – SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2018

 We are offering the opportunity for students in Years 7 – 12 to take part in our annual ski trip to Zell am See, Austria. For the past six years Honiton Community College has taken students skiing to Austria. This opportunity follows the success of the previous trip where students enjoyed a fantastic experience. We have decided to run the ski trip again in February half term 2018. For the last four years we have been joined by Stanchester Academy, Yeovil. Joining with Stanchester makes the trip more financially viable ensuring all places are filled and enabling us to operate at a significantly lower cost than other schools can offer.

 The trip to Zell am See will leave on Saturday 10th February 2018 and return on Sunday 18th February 2018. The trip will involve 6 days skiing – a whole day more than most other ski trips. We will be staying in the small village of Fusch just 10 minutes coach ride from skiing on the Schmittenhohe mountain resort of Zell am See. With the Kitzsteinhorne Glacier (Kaprun) nearby, good quality snow conditions and skiing can be guaranteed, even in the warmest winters. In addition we can offer students the opportunity of skiing at other nearby resorts: Saalbach, Hinterglem and Leogang.   Some students may have the chance to ski in some or all four locations during the week as our intermediate and advanced skiers did this year. Beginners were skiing down black runs after 5 days on snow and all the students had between 5 – 6 hours instructed skiing sessions per day, much more than other school ski trips provide.

 We are able to offer this fully inclusive trip at £799.00 per person. The cost includes:

 Return coach and ferry travel

  • All in resort transfers
  • Full board accommodation (breakfast, packed lunches, 3 course evening meal)
  • 6 days Ski lift passes
  • Full ski hire equipment
  • 6 hours skiing per day with English speaking Austrian ski-school instructors
  • Evening activities and excursions
  • Awards, badges and medals for ski competitions
  • Comprehensive ski insurance

 Additional expenditure will be needed for:

 Ski Hoodies @ £20.00 (which the College will order)

  • Pocket money - £40-60 should be adequate
  • Ski clothing (sallopettes, jacket, gloves, thermals, ski socks, goggles etc.) – allow approximately £100 for purchase of these essentials.
  • Dry slope lessons for beginners in Exeter – 2 @ approximately £15
  • Food for the journeys and snacks for the week
  • Ski Insurance (should you wish to take out your own policy and not use the College’s)

 Payment:

    • A deposit of £100 should be paid by 30 April 2017 to secure a place on the trip
    • Suggested payments (excluding the initial deposit) would be 6 x £100 and 1 x £99. Payments can be made for any amount at any time as long as full payment is made by 31 December 2017.
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Should the pound fall below 1.12 against the Euro at the time of the trip, we may have to ask for a surcharge.

 There are limited places so we will operate on a first come, first served basis. If you wish your son or daughter to go on this trip, please pay a deposit of £100.00 via Parent Pay as soon as possible in order to secure a place. All payments should be made via ParentPay. If you cannot use Parentpay you can pay by Paypoint. If you wish to use Paypoint please contact the Finance office who will print off a Paypoint letter which can be taken to your local outlet. Please note that the two methods of payment above are the only methods of payment for this trip. Honiton Community College Academy Trust operates an insurance policy for organised excursions away from College, but you are of course at liberty to take out your own additional cover.

 More details will be provided when we have secured enough numbers to make the trip viable and you will be invited to attend an Information and Presentation evening in November 2017 which will provide full details, departure times, and kit list and will give you the opportunity to meet the staff supervising the trip.

 If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact either:

pwyatt@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk or jbigmore@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

 Yours sincerely

 

Pippa Wyatt

Ski trip organiser

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 HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SKI TRIP 2018

FEBRUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 18 2018

 

I wish my son / daughter to take part in the Honiton Community College Ski Trip to Austria 2018. I confirm that I have made a deposit payment of £100 which I understand is non-refundable once the place has been confirmed.   You will be contacted with confirmation of your child’s place on the trip.

   

Student name:                                                                                                  Tutor group:

 

Parent / Carer Signature:

 

Telephone number:                                                                                      Mobile number:

 

E mail address:

  

Please return this slip to the student office or Jenny Bigmore (Principal’s PA), or you can e mail to jbigmore@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk and pay your £100 deposit via Parent Pay to ensure a place.

 

THE DEPOSIT OF £100 SHOULD BE MADE BY 30 APRIL 2017

 If there are insufficient deposits received by 30 April 2017 then the trip will be cancelled and any deposits paid will be returned.

 

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Key Stage 4 Information Evening (Yr. 9,10,11)

KEY STAGE 4 INFORMATION EVENING

(Years 9, 10 and 11)

Wednesday, 1st March 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 second 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 for their child/children 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 Friday, 24th February so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.

I look forward to seeing you on 1st March.

Thank you

 

Mireille Gaches

Parent Governor

AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Improving student exam grades
  3. Question and answer session

Note: some of the revision content may be similar to last year’s session.

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Sixth Form Valentine Bake Off

 

Sixth Formers recently raised a total of £167.12 after having a Bake off competition and then selling all the delicious valentine themed homemade cakes to the students and staff.  The charity that they chose to receive the money was the British Heart Foundation.

  Head of Sixth Form, Selena Burroughs, was delighted at the amount of entries the funds raised. “The students love a bake off competition and the cakes they baked were of amazing quality and design. A hard job for the judges to call the winner but congratulations to all the sixth formers who helped make this event a success.”

 

  

 

 

 

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