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Fundraising Event for See the Future

Honiton Community College Business students excel at Event Management

Year 13 Applied Business students at Honiton Community College have recently organised a cake sale and year 7 disco in order to raise funds for Honiton based charity, See The Future. The events were organised by the students as part of their Business Studies coursework and both events were a great success raising a total of £239 for the charity. Over 50 year 7 students attended the disco and greatly enjoyed the event.

Business Teacher, Julie Money said “The event provided a great opportunity for the students to develop their practical Business and Event Management skills. The group were responsible for carrying out a feasibility study and then for planning and running the events. The students did an amazing job and demonstrated excellent organisational and planning skills.”

Oliver Gorman, one of the organising group of Year 13 students said “Organising the whole event, from start to finish was a lot of fun and really helped me to develop my business skills. The actual event enabled me to practise my entertainment skills which will be useful for my chosen career as an entertainer. We were motivated to raise as much money as possible for a worthy cause like See The Future.”

See The Future is a Honiton based charity established to raise awareness of the importance of going to an opticians, not just for vision purposes but also to detect other health issues. Money raised goes to Non Government Funded Eye Care Units across the UK and local after care projects.

Leanne and John Greengrass, founders of the charity visited the students to collect the money raised by the events. Leanne said “It was lovely to be invited to Honiton Community College to receive a cheque that was raised by 6th Form Students studying Business. It was great to hear how they heard about See The Future and how they raised the funds. It is hard to organise events, no matter how big or small so I was overwhelmed to hear that they had run a cake stall and also organised a Year 7 Halloween Party. We are extremely grateful for all their hard work.”

Pictured (from Left to right) are Oli Reed, Jack Phillips, Sadie Pike, Sam Prangley, Leanne Greengrass, John Greengrass, Alex Fenegan, Toby Nicholas, Oli Gorman, Lauren Ives and George Hawker.  



Primary School Dance Workshop

On Wednesday 14th December Miss Brown led a primary school dance festival for Honiton Primary, Offwell and Broadhembury. The sessions were in the festive spirit dancing to "All I want for Christmas is You". We had 4 year 8 leaders to assist Miss Brown and they were Ilana Cousens, Paige Huggett, Hollie Moulton and Evie Salter. As ever the sports leaders were amazing and I know the primary schools very much enjoyed it. Hopefully they went back to school and taught the dance to the rest of their class mates!!



Level Two Public Services Enrichment Opportunity

This academic year, Honiton Community College have offered a new course, which is a level two Btec in public services. This course is designed provide opportunities to learn all about the public services from civil servants to paramedics and the Royal Marines. HCC recently welcomed in Steve Nicholas, a serving fire fighter in order to provide first-hand experience of what the role entails and to give the students a sample of some of the day to day duties. The session was split in to two sections, a practical session including simulation of some of the entry tests and a Q&A where students could ask any questions they may have. During the practical session the students were put through their paces in an equipment assembly and carry, manual dexterity tests and crawling through enclosed spaces, all relevant skills required by the fire service. The students had a great time and found the experience an interesting and worthwhile one and I would like to thank Steve Nicholas and the fire service for supporting us in the delivery of this new course.


Mr Skelding -  Public Services Teacher




Feedback Fortnight

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Thank you very much for all your comments during feedback fortnight, we realize the end of term is very busy for students, staff and parents/carers alike, therefore, if you haven't managed to look at your child's books yet, please don't panic.  If you could however, find some time to look at them and respond with the form over the Christmas break that would be great.

 Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Yours Sincerely,


Andy Holt

Vice Principal


Shelterbox Visit

On Wednesday 7th December a group of Year 9 GCSE Geography students were invited to visit Shelterbox in Truro Cornwall. Shelterbox are an emergency aid charity supported solely by fundraising through the Rotarian Society and individual donations. The British government provide no assistance to Shelterbox. During the 3 hour visit students were given a brief on the ethos of the organisation and their objectives as a small aid charity.

 Honiton students were taught about the logistics of an aid organisation and delivery of critical aid in very short periods of time (normally a 3 day response).

We all enjoyed demonstrations from the Shelterbox volunteers of the type of emergency equipment sent out to disaster zones. Much of the equipment donated from companies who have supported Shelterbox since it’s very inception in 2000.

We were also given a rare treat of exploring the four types of tents sent to disaster zone, learning about design, construction and use in remote inhospitable locations. Some emotive stories were told by the staff of aid volunteers facing the huge physical and emotional challenges on the ground. Students showed great empathy and thoughtfulness towards the delicate nature of disaster relief, human hardship and loss of life.

A truly memorable visit enjoyed by all.  

Thankyou to Shelterbox for arranging our visit.


For anyone interested in further information or fundraising opportunities please go to www.shelterbox.org



Junior Sports Academy Workshop

Junior Sports Academy Workshop with Charlie Wright

 We were fortunate to welcome back former student Charlie Wright today to lead a Junior Sports Academy workshop. This workshop was designed to educate our academy students around balancing training and study, understanding some of the difficult choices and sacrifices that elite athletes have to make and to provide some practical experience of strength and conditioning and healthy eating choices.

 Whilst attending HCC, Wright played rugby for England Under 16’s as well as being selected for the Exeter Chief Academy. Since then, Wright has been selected for England Under 18’s last season and is in the squad again this year and will compete in matches against the home nations in March and has a tour to South Africa in the summer.

 Wright shared his experiences of dealing with injury, balancing study, making sacrifices and the importance or positive role models in achieving success. The students also got to tap in to Wright’s expertise during a practical session looking at weight lifting technique and in preparing pre and post-workout shakes during the nutrition section. There were many Sports Science students in the workshop who were able to explain why a nutritious diet is so important to support effective training

 Sports Academy Co-ordinator Tom Skelding said “Welcoming Charlie back to college has been a real inspiration for our young athletes because he had a very similar start to his sporting career. His natural talent is a very small part in his success with the majority of it coming through hard work, drive and total dedication”. “Charlie is someone that our HCC students can relate to and is a very positive role model and I look forward to welcoming Charlie back year on year, hopefully one day as the Exeter Chiefs 1st team captain!”



Rollercoaster Run: STEM Activity

The year 9 triple science class were involved in a 3 hour STEM (science technology engineering and maths) activity on the 5th December where they had to problem solve and design a rollercoaster using only the materials provided. The activity was provided by First Edition as part of the Engineering Development Trust outreach work and was great fun. Group 6 came first (James Oak, Henry Pearse, Ruby Hart and Lauren Gardner), followed very closely by group 3 (Sam Steel, Oliver Turl, Bryony Marshallsay, Mara Gaches and Ben Fox). All showed great team work and creative ideas to come up with an innovative design.

As one student said, “I really enjoyed the EDT workshop!!! It was great! We learnt a lot and had fun too.”



Alzheimer's Society Awards

HCC Sixth Form were extremely pleased and proud when Honiton Dementia Action Alliance was named Dementia Friendly Rural community of the year at the annual Alzheimer’s Society Awards ceremony at Church House Westminster on 30th November.

As part of their curriculum, our sixth form students are all trained in Dementia Awareness with some further volunteering at the memory café.   Representing HDAA and to receive the award were Chairman Heather Penwarden along with Min Rennolds Honiton Memory Café Coordinator and Ben Willis and Victoria Price Honiton our Year 13 students who volunteer at Honiton Memory Café.

The Dementia Friendly Awards are about celebrating the people projects and organisations who understand the challenge of dementia and are making the changes much needed in their communities.

Jeremy Hughes CBE and Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society welcomed about 200 nominees and guests to the sit down champagne lunch saying how astounded he was by the breadth and calibre of the 400 nominations received this year and commended the judging panel made up of people living with dementia along with national experts from the world of dementia.

In announcing the winner Angela Rippon OBE and Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society said “this award recognises a community who have shown evidence of exemplar planning, progress and impact towards being dementia-friendly”.

Following a formal on stage presentation of the award Heather said,

“This is truly an award for a community – our community – where individuals of all ages, voluntary groups, businesses and organisations all understand that life does not end with a diagnosis of dementia and do amazing things to help people live well with dementia. If everyone who has helped Honiton work towards becoming dementia friendly was here today then there would not be enough room for them all on the stage.”



BTEC Sport

Year 13 A2 Sport Science and BTEC Sport students have been investigating the importance of hydration in sport and the role of water in the body.

Students have designed and made their own Energy Drinks for athletes, ensuring they market their product appropriately as Isotonic, Hypertonic or Hypotonic. Each drink serves a different purpose depending on what type of training you are doing.

Visit: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/health_and_fitness/4289704.stm for more details.

Mr Taylor


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