We have arrived at the end of a very busy year- and what a fantastic one it has been! This half term has been particularly rewarding.
In June Holgate took part in two very special fund raising charity events. Following the tragic fire at the Grenfell Tower on 14th June all DALP academies worked together to raise money to support the students in a local academy - and I’m delighted to let you know that, so far, DALP are looking at sending £2,730 over to Holland Park for them to use in any way they think appropriate to support their community.
Our annual Race for Life event on the 22nd June saw everyone supporting Mrs Rawdin in raising funds for this very worthy cause. Students, colleagues, friends and family members ran, baked cakes, contributed in any way they could to raise money by participating in this fantastic event- great fun was had by all!
Transition has been a key theme in recent weeks. On July 7th and 8th our new soon to be year 7 students spent two days with us experiencing life at The Holgate Academy. They had a great time and had the opportunity to meet their teachers, make new friends and experience a range of curriculum areas. They arrived in school on the first day full of worry and trepidation- but by the end of day two they all left with beaming smiles on their faces- keen to return in September. They look set to be a great year group!
On Friday 14th July year 10 students were greeted by cement mixers, Nail varnish, crumpets and the RAF. It was Skills day 2017. The aim of the day was to help students recognise and develop work related skills outside of those they would normally consider. Our day was supported by the RAF, Warburtons, West Notts College Hair and Beauty and Ashfield homes supported by J. Tomlinson. Our remaining workshops were provided by Ideas4Careers as part of the Enterprising Ashfield Project funded by Ashfield District Council. Students attended six different workshops to learn about the generic and specific skills used in the different careers. This year we also offered rewards to students who demonstrated skills from the D2N2 employability goals. These rewards were presented by the employers and will be used by students in September to improve and develop their Curriculum Vitae’s ready for making post 16 applications.
I am writing this at the end of another great year for The Holgate Academy. The move of Neil Holmes to Executive Principal (overseeing the strategic direction of the academy and other Academies in the area) and Sue Forsey to Academy Director (overseeing the day to day operation of the school) has enabled Holgate to move ever closer to the goal of Outstanding.
As governors, we successfully took on the new structure as mentioned in my last newsletter, reducing our numbers down to 10 governors with a Clerk Amanda Terry. All governors are carefully chosen for their skills and commitment to the improvement in education, opportunities and wellbeing of secondary school aged students in our local community. We welcomed two new governors: Marcus Hawes - an engineer at Rolls Royce, initially employed on their apprenticeship scheme and a Hucknall resident; and Paul Saint a retired police officer, ex Holgate student and parent governor. Sue Tongue has stepped up as my Vice Chair but unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Ben Bradley when he won the local election in Mansfield although as one of the local councillors in Hucknall, he still has strong links with us.