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Food Technology Week

Twenty year 8 students spent the morning exploring the making of flapjacks! They trialed the use of different sugars, spices, fruit and seed fillings. There were some crazy colored designs, for example, red oats with cherries and cranberries – very suitable for a Halloween party. 

The taste testing was great fun and the majority agreed that Demerara sugar gives a good texture and taste. A raisin and apricot slice was the group’s favorite.

In the afternoon we had a tour of Devon vale factory where students learnt several things. It was hot! And wearing the correct hygiene and safety outfit makes you hotter still!

Students witnessed the use of the metal detector in a factory situation.

They also saw the packaging machine, rotary oven, slicing machine and storage.

It was great fun to be allowed to see inside the factory and to recognise the amount that can be made in a small space.

Our thanks to all at Devon vale for allowing the visit to happen. 


Mr Riggs Completes Apprenticeship

Mr Nathan Riggs, one of the College’s ICT Support Technicians, this week completed his OCR Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (IT Practitioner). He has been studying and submitting work based evidence to Exeter College since September 2008, he has also been attending day sessions each month at the College.  For Honiton Community College this is a first as Nathan has been our only apprentice to date. He is now a permanent member of the ICT Support team and is looking forward to his next challenge.


Nathan is pictured with Lucinda Sanders, from Exeter College, Doug Piper and Martin Stone from the ICT Support department.



Big Bang South West

On Thursday the 28th June I took thirty four students to the BigBang South West science fair. Four teams of pupils from Honiton Community College were competing in different categories. One team consisted of Toby Pym, Samiya Roache, Alex Sutcliffe, James Turner and Zara Sillitoe. They were demonstrating and explaining a project that these pupils did at school. Their project was based on nappies, and they carried out several tests to find out which type of nappy would be best for astronauts.

Another team consisted of four year 9 pupils: Emma Prettejohn, Sam Riley, Sirin Bozkurt and Louis Groves. These pupils had conducted an investigation on teeth toidentify what type of carbonated drink caused most decay of teeth. They were comparing regular and diet drinks. A team of three sixth formers: Kate Storey, Chris Hack and Adam Greenland entered a project based on engineering where they had made and developed a product. The final group was our successful group. I have run a science club this year at school and the five pupils that have turned up to every session entered a project.

During science week, we hatched, looked after and did a study on chickens. We linked thehatching up to the school intranet so pupils at school could watch the chicks hatching. This was the project that won the category "Best Communicator prize science and maths"   The Successful group consisted of James Craig, Matthew Jones , Jack Llewellyn-Dare, Scott Retter and Daniel Sampson These boys each won a certificate and as a group won £100 in vouchers for themselves. The pupils that were competing were grilled by judges about their projects for 15minutes, and the pupils were fantastic especially as for most of them it was the first time they were put in this position. The other pupils that weren’t competing had lots to do and see. There were lots of different activities that the pupils could do ranging from eating fizzy crisps and salt and pepper chocolate to extracting DNA from a banana. Pupils were also able to see a show about the sounds of the Cosmos. All the pupils were great ambassadors for the school and many have been thinking about new projects in preparation for next year’s event. I would like to say thank you to Mr. Slade and Mrs Bowles for also supporting the pupils on the day.

Mr Hudson



Warner Bros. Studio Tour


HCC TV crew and 40 Year 9 ICT Students headed to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to explore the magic of the Harry Potter™ films – the most successful film series of all time. This unique walking tour took us behind-the-scenes and showcased a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also revealed some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world.

The day began as we were escorted through the VIP doors ready to watch a short clip on the making of Harry Potter. The cinema screen raised to the roof and the huge doors to the actual Great Hall was revealed.

The tour included all the different aspects which made Harry Potter what it is today. The important part of the tour included the green screen area, this showed how the special effects of Harry Potter were made. This is a big element to our video editing course in ICT so was particularly useful. We got the chance to learn how the creatures were brought to life with green screen effects, animatronics and life-sized models.

The students then stepped onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley, featuring the shop fronts of Ollivanders wand shop, Flourish and Blotts, the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank and Eeylops Owl Emporium.

The final part of the tour was a 360° view of the incredible, hand sculpted 1:24 scale construction of the Hogwarts castle. It took 86 artists and crew members to construct the first version which was then rebuilt and altered many times over for the next seven films. The work was so extensive that if one was to add all the man hours that have gone into building and reworking the model, it would come to over 74 years. The model was used for aerial photography, and was digitally scanned for CGI scenes. The model, sits at nearly 50 feet in diameter, has over 2,500 fibre optic lights that simulate lanterns and torches and even gave the illusion of students passing through hallways in the films.

Miss Ricketts



Creative Arts Showcase 2012

 Many thanks must go to all the students and staff who contributed to a very successful evening. Considering the inclement weather  it was encouraging to see so many parents, carers and other guests braving the elements. Those who did were treated to some thought provoking visual arts and a variety of entertainig performances both musical and dramatic. This event is now established in our calendar and gets better each year.  With many thanks to Mrs Habbal who instigated and organised it, we look forward to next year.


Cashless Catering

In June the College intends to introduce a cashless catering system using a biometric system to pay for food purchased in the College canteen.

What does the system achieve?

-       speeds up the service and reduces queues by removing cash from the canteen
-       reduces the risk of loss or theft of cash, and therefore bullying associated with cash
-       allows parents greater control to ensure their child only spends their money on College lunches
-       improves convenience for parents by allowing payment over the internet thus avoiding the need to find cash each day
-       simplifies the administration of free school meals
-       enables all children to pay using the same method thus ensuring anonymity for children claiming Free School Meals

Instead of paying cash at the till the student accesses their account by placing their finger on a reader which brings up their photo and account balance on the cashier’s screen.  The cashier uses the touch screen to ring through the meal and the cost is deducted from the student’s account.


Year 10s at London Graduate Fashion Week

On June12th2012.

The LGF show was a great event to attend.The experience included watching “live catwalks hosted by Bath Spa and Sailsbury Universities and The International Collection Show; AMFI Amsterdam,Berlin,Milan and Paris.

Also students had the chance to speak with graduates and "up and coming designers" representing the fashion industry in the UK. They were able to meet really inspiring people and view their portfolios first hand..

One of the highlights was having a makeover at the Rimmel stand.

Students also took part in the Tick Tack challenge to design a T shirt which would go through to manufacture and  be sold in George. There was a prize of £1000 spending money for the winning design.

Amongst the students  reflections and comments were;

It was an amazing day! We got the chance to be independent and look around on our own,

It has made us think about our own work and sketchbooks and how to be more creative, experimental and inspired.

Really exciting opportunity we would love to go again!


Duke of Edinburgh

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June, 18 students from Years 10 and 12 successfully completed their Practice Expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh's Bronze Award. Well done to all involved for walking 15km on both Saturday and Sunday while carrying all of their camping and cooking equipment and navigating around Woodbury Common. Our students did really well, working together in their teams to lead different legs of the walk, to set up their tents and to prepare a substantial meal for dinner using camping stoves.

Well done to:

Chris Hack, Joe Rose, Alice Bissell, Katherine Storey, Abigail Cottingham, Molly Bingham, Samson Roberts, Jamie James, Lucy Lear, Sarah Pottinger, Ella Symonds, Will Lamb, Rob Bourne, Kai Fletcher, Connie Wilson, Zoe Allen, Megan Thorne, Rebecca Stace.



Mayor Making 2012

Two sixth form students, Alex Jackson and Tara Drew were nominated to represent the young people of Honiton at the annual Mayor Making ceremony in St Rita’s Centre, Honiton on May 28th while Councillor David Foster was inaugurated as the town’s Mayor for 2012-13. Tara presented flowers to the wives of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and then Alex delivered a speech of welcome, recognising the importance of the role of  Mayor to Honiton Community College and the Town’s youth. They were congratulated by the local MP, Mr Neil Parish and other councillors and Alex’s speech received well-justified praise for its content and delivery.

Dr Bawn


Mayor Making Speech  - Alex Jackson


Lord Mayor, Councillor Whitlock, Councillors, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I would like to take this opportunity mainly to represent the young people of Honiton in two important tasks this evening: thanking Councillor Whitlock for his tireless work throughout the past year while he has been our Mayor and welcoming his successor, our new Mayor Councillor David Foster.

Whenever I see him around town, Councillor Foster, like the Councillor he is succeeding as Mayor, always has a smile on his face and he and his family are involved in the community in various ways. I believe that Councillor Foster’s enthusiasm, connection with the youth of Honiton and his job will all aid him in making significant progress for Honiton in what is such a great year for Britain bearing in mind the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

I would also like to thank Councillor Vernon Whitlock for his work over the last year with the youth of Honiton in mind and the difference he has made on the town in general. Councillor Whitlock has supported the college throughout the year including the opening of the College’s new ITC studio complete with green screen technology and TV quality cameras. I would also like to thank the Town council as a whole for their input into the Youth Centre and their prevention of the introduction of fees to the service which is used and valued by so many young people. Equally our new mayor has also been involved with the college personally as a parent and also as a judge at a talent contest held last year.

Sometimes, on my way to school, I pass other residents who are walking their dogs or on their way to work and they look down or away and try to avoid eye contact. At first I couldn’t work out why this was happening and then it struck me, I was wearing a hoody or listening to an Ipod on every occasion that this happened. Since then I’ve been conscious that I am a member of the youth of Honiton and the brush that I ultimately get tarred with as a result. So when Tara and I were invited here tonight, I knew exactly what I wanted to say.

I am proud to be a member of the youth of Honiton. I am proud to represent the College and I am proud of the contributions that young people make in Honiton and society in general.

For example; a while ago, I went on a politics trip with the college. We had a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament followed by the chance to meet and debate with; our MP Neil Parish and the MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw. Both of the MPs were so impressed with the questions we asked and the contributions we made during the debates and Ben Bradshaw invited some of our group to sit with him in the front row of the gallery of the House of Commons and watch a debate about Abu Quatada.

This is just one of the things that the students from the College have taken part in and succeeded at, there are many other examples of achievement at local, national and international levels. We are very grateful to have the chance to receive a Town Council Award as an acknowledgment for these achievements. Several of our students are, and have been involved with Sports and Drama at a National level.  For example, Natasha Howard is part of the official welcoming team for the Olympic athletes this summer during her second year taking part in the National Youth Theatre. Similarly other students from our sixth form are also performing at a national level this year both with local theatre groups and the national youth music theatre. Another success story is Georgie Paul who is currently captaining the Welsh National Basketball team for her age group. At a more international level the college has taken part twice now, in trips to various countries in the world where students help communities by building schools, orphanages and other essential infrastructure that was not previously available.  Some of our Year 13 leavers fund independent travel to extend their own experience, Aaron King for example is currently in Peru before undertaking his degree in Edinburgh reading Chemistry. As a College, we also look forward to forging new links with a school in Ethiopia following our Head and another staff member’s visit there earlier this year, Councillor Whitlock was also involved in their reciprocal visit to Honiton. These are just a few of our students’ and the college’s achievements and aspirations which the local community should be aware and proud of.

The College has also undergone a change this year in becoming an academy. Change is inevitable and although it is sometimes still dictated from the government, the change should always be prioritizing the needs of the students and enhancing their learning experience, the school is constantly striving to meet the needs of every student and their ultimate goal of ‘success for all’ which is so appropriate in a town with diversity like Honiton has. The College is proud of its reputation for guiding so many of its sixth form leavers into employment, apprenticeships and prestigious university places, but also setting them up with the skills necessary for life. After all many of our students will stay in or return to Honiton and the surrounding area and contribute to the local economy.

As a student I often hear from others that Honiton has nothing for young people and that despite the Youth Centre, there is a painful lack of facilities for young people meaning that we must go by Car, Bus or Train to Exeter which is increasingly costly. But the new community centre should go some way to fixing this issue providing it is fit for purpose and reasonably priced.

So the youth of Honiton have views and opinions on Honiton and although many of us are unable to vote, we are concerned about the future of our town because we are the future of our town and we are the ones who will live with the changes made now. We would like to continue to be good ambassadors for the college, respectful members of our community and achievers at every level - and although there is a significant minority who let us down in these goals, this is concurrent with every age group who live in and around Honiton, not just young people.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Councillor Whitlock for his hard work this year and on behalf of the College and the Youth of Honiton, welcome Councillor Foster to his new post and wish him every success in it.                                   



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