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Year 10 student reaches final 4

Callie in Year 10 competes in the Martial Art of Muay Thai at the local club called Twin Tigers. She has entered IFMA (International Federation of Muay Thai Associations) Virtual World Championships 2021.

Callie was recorded doing the  Wai Khru Ram Muay, Which is a ritual performed by Particpants before Fighting in Muay Thai competitions. Callie has been successful and has now reached the final 4 and is currently facing Morocco. This means she is at least number 4 in the world.

Callie regularly competes and fights she has her Licence with UKMF (United Kingdom Muay Thai Federation) iMuay Thai has Now been accepted as an Olympic sport for 2024.  

Well done Callie!

 
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Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition

 

A massive congratulations to 6 of our sixth form students completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition over the summer holidays. Our students have experienced all extremes of weather during their training, from weather warnings of heat and blistering sunshine to torrential rain. However, the great British weather prevailed for their final assessed expedition which took place across Dartmoor. Starting at Meldon Reservoir in the early hours of the morning, the team began their 4 day hike with the aim of studying the signs and impact of mans work whilst travelling through Dartmoor. Our gold team covered vast distances across the hilly landscape of Dartmoor whilst carrying everything they needed in their rucksacks, including food, sleeping bags, tents and cooking stoves. On the final day, our students reached their final destination – Burrator Reservoir. All the students embraced the challenge, learned key skills and demonstrated many attributes such as leadership, resilience and teamwork. The gold students will now complete their remaining sections of their award and we look forward to a trip to Buckingham Palace upon completion to celebrate their award. A fantastic achievement – well done!

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The Faraday Challenge

We were fortunate enough to have Kiera and Phil from the Faraday Challenge come in and work with a group of Y8 students. The students were given a brief to design something that would make a hospital stay more pleasant for either patients or their family.
 

Lots of great ideas were presented, including moving beds and mood lighting. The winning idea was by Team 3 (William Norris, William Parris, Sophia Rose, Maci Small, Oliver Smith and Max Spiller) who went for bed lights to show if the patient wanted to be left alone or not. Their model is shown in the photo.

The winning team won £10 voucher each and the possibility of going to the final at the end of the school year.

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HCC Gains a First in Devon

Honiton Community College will become the first school in Devon to benefit from RALPHH charitable grant money that has the potential to save the lives of students, staff and visitors.

 

The money, provided by the national charity RALPHH, has been used to purchase and maintain a portable defibrillator which will be kept in the HCC Fitness Suite but is also within easy reach of the playing field and other indoor sporting area, including our Gym which is used for public exercise classes outside of normal school hours.

 

The need to react quickly when someone has a heart attack has come into  acute focus since the incident involving Danish footballer Christian Eriksen  during the recent Euro 2020 championship. It is thought that around 25 young people in the UK die each year from over-exertion in the sporting arena; many of these deaths could have been avoidable if the life-saving equipment was available nearby.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with RALPHH on this initiative,” said Headteacher Glenn Smith. “Safety of all the students, staff and visitors to the College is a top priority and the addition of the defibrillator is a most useful further step.”

RALPHH, which was established in 2019 following the untimely death of  a former national junior rowing champion Robert Allen, is working nationwide to increase the number of defibrillators available in secondary schools, colleges and sporting clubs. Full information is available on www.ra-lphh.org  The charity has plans to help a further two schools in Devon by the start of the Autumn months; donations to support the work of the charity may be made online through JustGiving.

For further information please contact either Glenn Smith on 01404 42283 or Richard Allen, who is available on 07949 466795.

 
 

Project Rugby Festival

Year 9 girls had the exciting opportunity to attend the ‘Project Rugby’ festival which is organised by the Exeter Chiefs. The students have been receiving coaching from the Exeter Chiefs coach Andrew since Easter and they have relished the opportunity to get stuck in and try a new sport. The rugby festival gave the students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they had learnt over the last half term. The day was ran by two Exeter Chiefs players; Abby Middlebrook and Emily Tuttosi who also represent England and Canada respectively. We travelled to Topsham Rugby club and the first half of the day was focused on skills and drills. After lunch, the girls had the opportunity to practice full contact, starting from walking rugby and gradually increasing the speed. This was an amazing experience for our girls and they really impressed the coaches throughout the day with their resilience, effort and attitude. They even got some free t-shirts as a result of their participation in the event. A big thank you to the coaches at Exeter Chiefs for running an excellent event and we look forward to returning in future years!

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