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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



A Level History Trip

A Level History students at HCC had the privilege of working with some of the team at The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) last week in their ongoing conservation of the Seaton Down Hoard Project. 

Students were able to experience first hand the sorts of work conservators do, and explore the processes of conservation and the tools used. They had a chance to handle the objects, see how  archaeological finds are documented, and appreciate how metal artefacts deteriorate over time.  Much fun was had by all, and we wish the RAMM continued success in their conservation work with this Project.

Mrs Anderson



A-Level & BTEC 'Sandwiches' task....

Year 13 BTEC Sport and A-Level PE students have been studying Sports Nutrition and Hydration. Recent task was to research the appropriate food groups and design a ‘Sandwich poster’ highlighting the ingredients. Students were required to justify the recommendations they made for their specific athlete.

Mr Taylor..

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