Year 10 Sport Science Students Visit to University of Bath
On Monday 9th March Mr Taylor and Mr Robson took Year 10 Sport Science students to University of Bath (Department of Sport Development and Recreation) where the students experienced a Sports Performer day. The students enjoyed some of the facilities and top level coaching available at the University. The day consisted of team building activities, field testing, as well as time in the laboratory and a tour.
Harry Welch and Divine Ekejiuba completed the Wingate Test (time to peak power)
Erin Blackmore and Mac Boyd both undertook the VO2 Max Lactate Test. Exercising aerobically and monitoring oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide output.
All students were able to participate in the leg press, bench press and bench pull tests in the lab. There was some great competition in the field tests: 20m sprint, handgrip dynamometer, sit and reach, 5-0-5 agility test and power jumps.
College Executive Team
The CET recently compiled a survey concerning the food/packaging etc. provided in the dining room and what (if any) improvements/additions could be made to the existing provision. The survey was sent to students and staff. There was a fantastic response to the survey and as a result, the company that provides the meals/food arranged a meeting with CET in order to discuss the outcome of the survey and any points that were raised. Mr. Dave Addie was the representative from the company, the meeting was very positive and CET was able to ask a lot of questions and share any concerns. In turn, Mr. Addie was very positive in his responses and agreed with a lot of the points raised and was able to reassure CET that changes would be made where possible. Where not possible he explained why not. Aside from food provision, one of CET's main concerns was waste/sustainability/recycling.
A report of the meeting below:
Thank you for responding to our recent survey around the food in the canteen and what you would like to see improve. We have recently had a meeting with Dave, the regional manager for the company who run the canteen, called Impact Food Group (previously known as Innovate), and have discussed with him some improvements that are going to be made over the coming months.
• As you may have already seen, they are working on removing as much packaging as possible, in line with our College’s plan to reduce waste. This has already happened with the pastries on offer and will hopefully soon grow to more products such as the tray bakes (flapjacks, shortbread, etc.) and the hot paninis and baguettes. The plastic packaging will be replaced with cardboard sleeves. Packaging will remain on the cold food so that they stay fresh.
• The maximum spend per day will be raised to £6, from the current £5 limit. We believe this is enough as this allows you to get food at break, lunch and a drink on top of that.
• Sauces, like ketchup and mayonnaise are now available to purchase at the till.
• They have acknowledged that the choices offered for people with vegan diets are not enough and are working to improve this.
• They plan to improve the presentation of food in the canteen and put the more nutritional items first, to encourage healthier eating.
In regards to pricing, they have said that if it looks like you get less for your money by not getting the main meal – you are right – as the main meal encourages healthier eating with more nutritious options than the burgers, which are obviously less healthy than a Lasagne with peas and carrots, for example.
Again, we thank you for your input into the survey and hope that you like the changes we have agreed with the company to implement over the next few months.
CET (College Executive Team)
Year 10 GCSE Sport Science
Our Year 10 GCSE Sport Science students have been looking at Diet, Nutrition and Hydration with Mr Taylor.
They have researched the 7 macro and micronutrients and looked at the importance of hydration (water and energy drinks) to support sports performance.
They found that there are three different types of energy drinks: isotonic, hypotonic and hypertonic.
They had an amazing time in the food tech room to be able to do a practical and to be able to work in a team. Lots of great ideas and application of knowledge from theory lessons.
Hello Yellow Day
Sixth Form students and Staff celebrated World Mental Health Day on the 10th October by brightening up the college by wearing Yellow. The #HelloYellow event is run by the charity Young Minds which champions Young people and their mental health. Students at the college welcomed the chance to spread the message that “it's ok not to be ok” and appreciate the fact that everyone needs some help at times. Last Thursday also saw the launch of a collaborative project with Action East Devon’s Headlight Project together with Honiton Health Matters to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Honiton.
The college is thrilled to be working alongside our Honiton Community with ‘Honiton Health Matters’ and ‘Action East Devon’ to make Honiton a ‘Mental Health Friendly Town’. Sarah Reeves from Action East Devon writes: The project aims to develop a mental health-friendly charter for the town where young people feel respected, understood, supported and included. Activities to roll out across the town are mini sessions on understanding and coping with mental health, panic attacks, body image, social media, anxiety feelings; identifying welcoming places and ensuring local employer understand how to support the young people they employ. We want young people to get involved and have a say in shaping the project. We are also reaching out to parents/carers, businesses and organisations who want to help create a friendly town for both young people and their families.
Nikki Thomas, Student Support Lead at HCC summarises this exciting new venture by saying “Being part of this movement is essential to help our young people in the town feel their best. Young people who may sometimes find life difficult can flourish with the support of the kind and understanding community we hope to nurture”.
Anyone who would like to know more about the project or has any ideas please contact Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01404 549 045
Playground Planter Transformation
The planters in the lower playground were looking a bit sorry for themselves, but the College budget was as depleted as the soil and we needed some help.
Step in James Trevett and his magnificent team from Combe Garden Centre. I only asked for a couple of bags of compost! But James believes that if a job is worth doing…
So on Wednesday, two trucks rolled up laden with compost, topsoil, wood chippings and PLANTS … lots of PLANTS!
James, Andrea and Miles from Combe Garden Centre were joined by Lene, Anthony (who good-naturedly took all the stick from every teacher who walked by), Kacey, James and Reece – plus a few English teachers happy to get their hands dirty.
In just two busy hours we managed to clear, replenish and restock five big planters in the lower playground - and demolish an extra-large box of Victoria biscuits – some feat.
Now our planters look amazing and will hopefully be swarming with pollinators once the thyme, rosemary and heathers start flowering.
We are so grateful to the team at Combe and the students who helped. It will certainly bring joy to many through the coming months and has made such a difference to the College.
Ms Flynn - Head of English and OK with a trowel
A Level Results
We are absolutely delighted to inform our community that the sixth form students’ results have had another good year. Building on their GCSE results they have produced excellent value added (progress) at post-16 due to hard work, commitment, resilience and support of the Sixth Form team. This is a year when, as fully reported in the press, A-level examinations have not been without issues. We would like to thank governors and parents for their continued support in all we do with Year 12 and 13 students.
On an individual basis a high proportion of our students have achieved outstanding results either in terms of the raw grades or in terms of the progress they have made in their journey through Sixth Form. Success for Jake Matthews who achieved Maths A* , Physics A*, Chemistry A, EPQ A* who will be reading Mathematics at Exeter University; Bailey Bachmann who achieved Geography A, Business Distinction *, Accounting B who will be travelling to Sussex University to read Business Management and Chloe Keitch who successfully gained 4 A grades in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and EPQ and will be starting as an undergraduate at Exeter University reading Medical Science. Two of our students have also been awarded scholarships from Russell Group universities as they achieved the highest grades in all three subjects. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) continues to be a strength – this is a strong indicator of a student’s ability to work independently on a research topic of their choice and is becoming increasingly valued by many top universities.
Students not choosing Higher Education at present as their route have successfully secured a range of employment including several who have already started their higher level apprenticeships in national and local businesses.
Selena Burroughs, Director of Sixth Form, stated: “The results achieved both in A-levels and the Applied BTEC’s are a true testimony to the effort, dedication and focus that the students have given to their studies over the last two years. We are immensely proud. We wish them every success for their future and thank all the students for being part of our amazing sixth form community.”
What is strikingly obvious about our Sixth Form is the atmosphere. A blend of hard work and dedication from students and staff combined with the fun, excitement and reward from participating in the many extra-curricular and work experience opportunities on offer. A key feature of the Sixth Form is giving back to the community. This is either directly into the school community by giving support to students in lower years or into the wider community through a wide range of fund-raising events.
There are many advantages to a school sixth form, especially one that is not large and impersonal. We not only provide first-rate teaching across the school, including post-16 subjects, but we also have an individualised support programme through personalised meetings with tutors. This means that as we know each student extremely well, we can help them navigate their way through their Post 16 Education. We are delighted that many of our Year 11 students will be continuing their education with us in September and look forward to welcoming them in this next part of their educational journey. If any student still wishes to apply, please contact Selena Burroughs at the college to arrange an application meeting.
Sue Manning - Senior Vice Principal
Silverstone Dance Presentation
Congratulations to Maicey Bennett, Erin Blackmore and Hollie Moulton who took part in an amazing experience this weekend at Silverstone racecourse.
Two weeks ago Maicey, Erin, Hollie and 40 other Honiton gymnasts carried out 16 hours of training to be a part of one of the biggest mass-movement dance presentations in the entire history of Formula One that took place at the British Grand Prix.
They joined 50 other dance schools (including some from the USA) but were the only gymnastics club to take part. They were part of 2,000 other talented dancers, performing arts students, athletes & gymnasts that performed at the same time on Qualifying Saturday before the race starts. The event was organised by Pro Excel who has led large events such as the World Cup.
Mr Taylor - Head of Sport & PE
School Games Silver Mark Award
We are excited to announce that we, Honiton Community College, have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. We have had hundreds of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our College has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to the PE department for the extensive extra-curricular club provision you continue to provide, Kevin Moran (School Games Organiser) and parents/carers for supporting fixtures and picking students up on a weekly basis. We look forward to applying once again in 2020!
Mr A Taylor - Head of Sport & PE