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Red White and Blue Day Pictures

Red, White and Blue Day

 

Friday, 12th October is a whole school non-uniform day, organised by the 6th Form. Monies collected on the day are then equally divided between a chosen charity and 6th Form funds.

It is actually 'Red, White and Blue Day' on Friday and this is, therefore, the chosen charity for this year. This is a national fundraising event to raise money for Forces personnel and their families.

Please support this event and get into the spirit of the day by wearing red, white and blue and perhaps, get your Union Jacks out as well! It would be appreciated if tutors could encourage their tutees to do similar.

 

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Timetable and Financial Planning

 

 

 

HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE 

Linking the timetable and the money: essential principles for all senior staff in schools.

 

As funding for all schools falls in real terms and the Secretary of State asks schools to deliver “more with less” a strategic view of the financial situation in a school puts the emphasis on planning a curriculum and timetable in the context of a balanced budget. This is a paradigm shift for some schools and school leaders who plan a curriculum and timetable then try to find ways of affording it.

The pressure on the timetable or timetable team is increasing as they are expected to deliver a structure which enables the school to be good or outstanding in Ofsted terms and which delivers the school’s curriculum aims and does so with diminishing levels of staffing flexibility. Spending a day “in the timetabler’s moccasins” is essential for all senior staff if whole team planning is to be meaningful and curriculum aims and Ofsted criteria are to be met.  This course is a bespoke combination of ASCL-Professional Development  courses on Timetabling principles. The aim is to outline those principles to staff outside the timetable team and to link them to issues of school finance.

 

 Delivered by Sam Ellis ASCL Funding Specialist

Sam started teaching in 1972 and worked in different schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire in a variety of roles including, Head of Physics, Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher. From 1998 to 2008 he was the SHA then ASCL branch secretary for the area and also represented local secondary headteachers on the Schools’ Forum. In that role he became involved in funding issues and co-produced the LA activity led funding model subsequently adopted by the f40 group of Authorities. Sam was appointed as ASCL Regional Officer for Yorkshire and the Humber in September 2008 and transferred to the post of ASCL Funding Specialist in September 2010. In addition to representing and supporting members and delivering training he has developed a range of funding and curriculum analysis tools for ASCL some of which are available from the ASCL website. Sam has been involved in writing timetables and timetable software since 1974

Venue: Honiton Community College Sixth Form Centre

School Lane, Honiton, EX1 1QT

Date: Wednesday 28th November 2012

Time: 8:30 -3:15pm

Arrival, Registration and Coffee: 8:30am

Session 1: 9:00am – 10:30am

Coffee and Croissants: 10:30am-10:45am

Session 2: 10:45am – 12:30pm

Lunch: 40 minutes

Session 3: 1:10pm -3:10pm

Tea and biscuits will be served during this session

Close: 3:15pm

The following topics will be addressed during the day.

  • Making the financial link
  • Planning the curriculum from a cost envelope viewpoint
  • Organising the staffing resource
  • Organising the curriculum for flexibility
  • Understanding planning and scheduling constraints
  • Critical path analysis
  • Getting a feel for the problem
  • Looking at key principles and feasibility

Delegates will be provided with a selection of material and detailed notes to support follow up work.

All materials will be distributed during or after the session.

The cost for this one day session is for £95+VAT for the first delegate and £75+VAT for any further delegates from the same organisation.

Please complete the attached form and return to:

Paula Mathieson Assistant Principal: Learning and Teaching

pmathieson@honitoncollege.devon.sch.uk

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HCC Learning Gateway Launched

HCC Learning Gateway Launched

Honiton Community College is pleased to announce the official launch of our learning gateway. After a successful pilot last year, with parents from across the college, the Governors approved a whole college rollout during the summer term.

Parents said how useful it was to know instantly about their child’s school day and how it helped them to have interesting discussions with their son or daughter on how their day had gone.

Mr Smith, the college Principal, said “Parental engagement is vital to children’s academic progress – with the Learning Gateway our parents now have access to the information they need at their fingertips. This will improve our home school relationship and support our drive to be an outstanding College.” 

Parents who have registered their e-mail address with the College have received an E-mail with their usernames and passwords to the secure servers managed by Devon County Council. When logged in parents will have access to attendance, timetable, achievement and behaviour data that the college holds on it’s management systems.

To help parents learn to use the Learning Gateway a webpage with frequently asked questions has been created and ICT support are offering support sessions during progresses day on the 12th.

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Autumn Term Enrichment Programme

HONITON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ENRICHMENT / EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMME

AUTUMN TERM 2012

  • Enclosed are the details of all the extra curricular activities running at the college this term.  Please take this opportunity to get active, get creative or to try something new.
  • All clubs start Monday 17th September and run until 21st December (unless stated otherwise).
  • For all of the activities listed in this programme you do not need to book.  Just turn up!
  • See the member of staff in charge if you require any more details.

MONDAY

ACTIVITY

TIME

YEARS

LOCATION

STAFF IN CHARGE

Sport and PE

Badminton

1.10 - 1.40

7-9

Sports Hall

Miss Corby

Mr Robson

Boys Football

3.00 – 4.00

7-9

College Field

Mr Taylor

Netball

3.00 – 4.00

7-8

Netball Courts

Miss Wyatt

Rugby

3.00 – 4.00

10-11

College Field

Mr Skelding

Trampolining

3.00 – 4.00

10-11

Sports Hall

Miss Bowles

Music and Drama

Samba Band

1.10 – 1.45

7 - 8

Music Room

Mr Carter

The Honiton Jazz Project

3.15 – 4.15

All instrumentalists

Music Room

Mr Carter

Other

Psychology Club

Revision and Top-Up

1.10 – 1.45

12 – 13

H8

Miss Clark

(See Miss Clark for start date)

Photography Catch-Up

1.10 – 1.50

10-11

C30

Mr Dormand

MFL

Revision and Specific Help For GCSE

3.00 – 4.00

 10-11

L3

Miss Smith

GCSE Religious Studies

3.00 – 4.00

10

H6

Mrs Guscott

Homework Club

3.00 – 4.00

All Years

LS2

Mrs Lale

 

TUESDAY

ACTIVITY

TIME

YEARS

LOCATION

STAFF IN CHARGE

Sport and PE

Squash

1.10 – 1.40

7-11

Squash Courts

Miss Wyatt

Basketball

1.10 – 1.40

7 -9

Sports Hall

Mr Skelding

Community Sports Leaders Award

3.00 – 4.00

12-13

Gym

Mr Gillon/Mr Taylor

Music and Drama

TVG (The Vocal Group)

For anyone who wants to come along and sing

1.20 – 1.50

All Years

Music Room

Mr Carter

Other

Computer Programming

Games design and writing.

Students with potential interest in computing science, particular aptitude in sequencing and logic or interest in computer gaming and programming

1.10 – 1.40

All Years

IT4

Mr Stones

Maths Challenge

1.10 – 1.40

7-13

Maths Department

Maths Staff

Spanish

Revision and specific help for GCSE

1.25 – 1.50

10-11

MFL Office

Mrs Allen

Homework Club

3.00 – 4.00

All Years

LS2

Mrs Lale

Maths Club

Need help with your Homework? Enjoy Maths? Try something new?

3.15 – 4.00

All Years

H8

Mr Holt

Positive Parenting

Time Out For Teens parenting programme

6.00 – 8.00pm

Parents

Sixth Form Centre

Mrs Rees

Miss Fawcett

 

WEDNESDAY

ACTIVITY

TIME

YEARS

LOCATION

STAFF IN CHARGE

Sport and PE

Table Tennis

1.10 – 1.40

7-11

Gym

Mr Taylor

Badminton

1.10 – 1.40

9 – 11

Sports Hall

Miss Corby

Mr Robson

Fit 4 Teen Gym

(see Leisure Centre for details)

3.00 - 4.00

9-11

(14+ years)

LED Gym

LED gym staff

Netball

3.00 – 4.00

9-11

Netball Courts

Miss Wyatt

Rugby

3.00 – 4.00

7 – 9

College Field

Mr Skelding

Other

Chess Club

Points awarded weekly on a "grand prix" basis, with the winners from each half term competing for a trophy at the end of the year. Beginners and those who just want to give it a try are very welcome.

1.15 – 1.50

All Years

M7

Mr Blackmore

Science Club

1.15 – 1.45

7-9

S24

Mr Hudson

HCCTV

Help run and produce HCC’s very own television channel

1.10 – 1.50

 

All Years

ICT Studio

Mr Riggs

Mr Wright

Homework Club

3.00 – 4.00

All Years

LS2

Mrs Lale

A* Maths Class

3.00 - 4.00

11

Maths Dept.

Maths Staff

Debating Matters

Sixth form debating competition

3.00 – 4.00

12–13

H5

Mr  Hall

History Club

Hands-on practical history. Make, build and mess around with history.

3.00 – 4.00

7-9

H4

Miss Wright

Mr Hall

BTEC Coursework Catch-Up

3.00 – 4.00

(Starts 7th November)

10-12

ELC

Mrs Murch

MFL

Revision and specific help for GCSE

3.00 – 4.00

10-11

L3

Miss Smith

GCSE Textiles

3.10 – 4.30

11

T10

Mrs Duncan

Food Hygiene Course

Leads to a certificate in food hygiene

3.15 – 4.15

10-13 and staff

T16

 

Mrs Clegg

(see Mrs Clegg for further details)

Cost of exam £22

 

 

THURSDAY

ACTIVITY

TIME

YEARS

LOCATION

STAFF IN CHARGE

Sport and PE

Boys Futsal (Indoor Football)

1.10 – 1.40

7-9

Sports Hall

Mr Taylor

Trampolining

3.00 – 4.00

7-9

Sports Hall

Miss Bowles

Music and Drama

Music Technology Club

Work on the iMacs and learn recording techniques

1.20 – 1.50

All Years

Music Room

Mr Carter

GCSE Music

3.00 – 4.00

10-11

Music Room

Mr Carter

Other

Reading Group

Build your reading skills and share the joy of books in a group

1.20 – 1.50

7-9

H1

Mrs Walker

Spanish

Revision and specific help for GCSE

1.25 – 1.50

10-11

MFL Office

Mrs Allen

ICT Catch Up

Use ICT facilities for homework or coursework

3.00 – 4.00

All Years

IT5

Mr Browne

Year 11 Homework Club

3.00 – 4.00

11

IT3

Mr Robson

A-level Maths Help Sessions

3.00 – 4.00

12-13

Maths Dept.

Maths Staff

GCSE History

Preparation for Medicine Through Time Unit Retake

3.00 – 4.00

11

H4/H5

Miss Wright

Mr Hall

Let’s Get Cooking

3.00 – 5.00

Former members or new members from years 9 – 11

T17

Mrs Love

Miss Adams

Homework Club

3.00 – 4.00

All Years

LS2

Mrs Lale

Aim Higher Geography Revision

First half term: controlled assessment catch-up

Second half-term:  revision for intervention re-take group

3.10 – 4.00

11

H2

H3

H7

 

Mr Williams

Miss Wakefield

Mr Dagger

 

Rocket Club

3.10 – 4.10

7-9

S23

Mr Smith

 

FRIDAY

ACTIVITY

TIME

YEARS

LOCATION

STAFF IN CHARGE

Sport and PE

Fit 4 Teen Gym

(see Leisure Centre for details)

3.00 – 4.00

9-11

(14+ years)

LED Gym

LED Gym Staff

Music and Drama

Drama Club

1.10 – 1.45

All Years

Drama Hall

Mr Culwick

Staff Student Choir

3.00 – 4.00

(Starts in November)

All staff and students

Music Room

Mr Carter

Other

Imagination Station

We will share and support creative writing, enter stories and poems in competitions and read and talk about independent reading

1.10 – 1.45

8-9

Main Hall

Miss Jenkins

GCSE French

Revision, support and preparation for exams and controlled assessments

1.15 – 1.45

10 – 11

L1

Miss Theeten

International Society

Share, discuss and enjoy cultures and identities from around the world

1.15 – 1.50

All Years

H5

Mr Hall

AS-Level Further Mathematics

3.00 – 4.00

13

Maths Dept.

Maths Staff

Music opportunities:

Want to learn an instrument? Peripatetic instrumental lessons are available.

See Mr. Carter if you are interested.

Coming soon...

  • Break Dancing Lessons
  • Arabic Classes
  • Ten Tors
  • Duke of Edinburgh

Look out for details.

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French Exchange Programme

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: French Exchange Programme

There is an exciting opportunity for our students to participate in a French Exchange to Strasbourg, a beautiful city in the north-east of France. Our exchange school is La Doctrine Chretienne in Strasbourg city.   A variety of activities are planned, including a visit to a chateau, a river trip,shopping in Strasbourg, and also an evening at a local restaurant to savour regional specialities.   It is expected that  this will  be a reciprocal arrangement  and students will be carefully matched to their partners.

 

Participation in an exchange ca n bring a whole range of benefits - linguistically and socially. Students gain confidence with their speaking and listening skills. They learn to cope in an unfamiliar environment and to overcome linguistic difficulties, giving a strong sense of achievement, as does learning how to host another young person. Life-long friendships can be established

The exchange will involve hosting a French student from Saturday October 13th 2012 to Thursday October 18th 2012 and then visiting Strasbourg from Saturday March 9th 2013 to Friday March 15th 2013.

The overall cost of the exchange is £350 and will include travel,insurance, accommodation, meals and all visits. Travel will probably  be by coach and rail, although once numbers are finalised we will look into the cheapest option, which may include flying. All payments should be made via ParentPay. You will already have received a letter to activate your account and you are encouraged to do this. Please note that this is now our preferred method of payment for all trips and activities.

The schedule of payments is as follows

Non-refundable deposit of £50 by Friday 5th October 2012

Interim payment of £100 by Friday 7th December 2012

Balance due by Friday 1st February 2013

Honiton Community College Academy Trust operates an insurance policy for organized excursions away from the establishment,but you are of course at liberty to take out your own additional cover. The College reminds parents/carers that we reserve the right to refuse to take a student on off-campus visits or courses if their behaviour has given us cause for concern.

If you would like your son/daughter  to go on this trip please complete and return the reply slip to the Student Office by Friday 21st September 2012 although places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the Modern  Foreign Languages Department.

Yours sincerely

Mrs M Theeten

Modern Foreign Languages Teacher

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Open Evening & College Tours - Please book on 01404 42283

Please note the correct date for Open Evening
(incorrect date in Primary Times advert due to administration error) 

Open Evening: Years 5 & 6
Wednesday  26th  Sept 2012 – 6.00-8.00pm

The Open Evening will be your chance to meet staff and see examples of students work. All departments will share what their lessons involve through displays, demonstrations and in some cases students will be show casing their talents.

Refreshments will be available from 5.45pm provided by our students.
Mr Smith will be giving a talk at 6.00pm in the Dining Hall.

 

College Tours
Mon 24th Sept – Fri 5th Oct 2012 – 9.00am (excluding Friday 28th September)

The tours are a great opportunity to see the college in action. (Approximately 1 hour)

Lots of Spaces Available - Please book by calling the college on 01404 42283

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GCSE Results

Another record year for Honiton

This year Honiton Community College has achieved a 15% rise in our 5+ A* - C figure, placing us, once again, in the top 25% of schools in the country, and all this from a cohort of students that had lower than national average results at KS2.

We also doubled the number of A* grades awarded in 2011. Likewise, the average points score jumped 35 points indicating each student has achieved better grades overall.

We are delighted to declare that virtually all our significant indicators are up on last year and College trends continue to be positive.  Testament to this proud declaration are some fantastic individual performances from our students, these include:  

 

Sam Johnson      8 A*, 2 A’s Rory Norrington   3 A*, 4 A’s, 3 B’s Max Mason      3 A*, 3 A’s, 3 B’s Amy Hutchings 2 A*, 5 A’s, 5 B’s Ione Pidgeon 2 A*, 6 A’s, B, C Meg Falkner 1 A*, 6 A’s, 2 B’s, C

 

Mr Smith stated he was concerned about the Exam Boards grading for the Summer English Units.It appears that the boundary between a C and D grade has been moved in-year. Many Devon Headteachers have experienced the same problem.   Given that GCSE Language is down across 4 Exam Boards around an average of 10%, in at least 20 of Devon’s Secondary schools so far (and still counting) and also in schools across the country, then it seems that orders have gone out from on high to raise the C/D grade boundary. Heads find it beyond belief that this should happen without any warning. Students have been given estimated grades based on Exam Board criteria which turn out to be far too ambitious. To put this issue into perspective a student who took the Summer paper and got a D grade could have achieved a C grade (with the same marks) if they had sat the Autumn paper – this is preposterous;  that boundaries can be changed in-year – it is bad enough it happens form year to year!   For Honiton, it means that our main national indicator, % A* - C (including English and Maths) is down about 10% on expectations. I understand this will impact all schools in an equal fashion.  More to the point about 15 of our students, and proportional numbers in all schools, will have to reconsider their options as a consequence of this meddling. We should not be allowed to play with our young people’s lives in this manner – our students are not pawns in a political game! I have already written to our MP, Mr Neil Parrish and the College will be contesting the results – this is the general consensus in Devon schools.

Despite the issue with English Mr Smith would like to thank all my staff for their hard work and dedication. Each year the pressures on staff and the expectations of students increase and each year we manage to rise to the challenge. He would also like to thank governors, parents/carers, and the local community for your continued support throughout last year.  

Finally, I Mr Smith would like to congratulate our Year 11 students on their all-round performance. He looks forward to working with many of you next year when you embark on your Sixth Form studies. Whatever you do and wherever you go HCC wish you well.

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