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 Dear Parent/Carer/Skier


 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)


    • 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.

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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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.



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



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


(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


  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.


Year 8 Inter Tutor Results



Here are the results of this morning competition the boys ended up indoors doing bench ball and the girls took part in handball as planned.



SJA 47 points

IST  44 points

MDA 32 points

MCU 24 points

LBA 19 points



MDA 20 points

IST 13 points

MCU 12 points

LBA 7 points

SJA 4 points



IST: 57 points

MDA 52 points

SJA: 51 points

MCU 36 points

LBA 26 points


Well done to everyone involved




Sports Science Posters

On Tuesday 31st January Miss Wyatt's sports science class made posters using their knowledge of sport and nutrition. They were asked to design a food plan for a training day of an elite athlete and present it in poster form using food packaging they had brought in from home. The athletes they had to plan for where either Beth Tweddle (gymnast), Brownlee Brothers (Triathlete) or Manu Tuilagi (England rugby player). All these athletes have different training plans and so they have different nutritional needs. As you can see from the posters the students have a clear understanding of the timing of meals and types of food required for different sports performers.




Year 3 & 4 Gym Fest

On Wednesday 25th January HCC hosted a year 3-4 gymnastics festival. 14 year 7-9 were selected due to their gymnastics knowledge or ability to lead sporting. The HCC students taught and demonstrated the primary students how to vault and move over apparatus. The sports leaders were confident and superb with the younger students. A number of the members of staff from the primary schools commented on how good they were. Well done to the leaders; Ilana Cousens, Chloe May Outram, Iona Staniforth, Sophie Patmore, Hollie Moulton, Aimee Deam, Faith Symons, Paige Ingledew, Lily Walsh, Kaci Brooks, Jonney Glover, Anthony Holt, River Leisk and Kiera Bonnetta.







Wednesday, 8th February 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 of 2016-17 for parents of students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8). 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.

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, 3rd February so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.


I look forward to seeing you on 8th February.


Thank you



Siobhan Kent

Parent Governor



  1. Welcome
  2. Topic 1: Pastoral Support in College (Mr Robson)
  3. Topic 2: Mentoring (Mr Robson)
  4. Topic 3: Communication with Parents (Mr Robson)
  5. Topic 4: Promoting well-being and minimising anxiety (Mr Wright)
  6. Question and answer session

Dry Ski Slope Training

On Tuesday our beginner skiers went to Exeter ski club to have their first lesson on skies.


They learnt to put their boots on, clip their skies on and stop on the dry slope. It was a really successful trip with everyone beginning to turn on the slope. All the students were of a very similar ability which will make their progress when on the snow develop quickly. They have another session a week before the 2017 ski trip in half term so they are fully prepared to hit the snow!



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!!


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