I write this at the end of another busy year at The Holgate Academy. A big highlight of this term was celebrating Holgate’s 60th birthday. We had a great day in June where former staff and pupils came in to reminisce and renew old friendships. A highlight for me was the hard work carried out by our prefects who acted as tour guides. They were a real credit to the Academy and I received lots of kind words about how well-mannered and engaging they were.
I am always amazed at how quickly things move on and change. As soon as we pass the summer examination season we move swiftly on to transition events with our new year seven pupils and we are really excited to be working with them all next year.
Next term sees the opening of the new Hucknall Sixth Form Centre – this is an exciting new venture that sees us work closely with our fellow DALP colleagues at the National Academy. We have worked together sharing sixth form provision for a number of years, but now we have a state of the art purpose built facility right in the centre of Hucknall. I am sure that this will be a great asset to the town.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone at team Holgate – pupils, parents, governors and all the staff who make Holgate what it is. Have a happy and safe summer.
On Tuesday 12th July, The Holgate Academy took part once again in the DALP Games. This celebration of sporting excellence is an inter-academy sports day, where academies from within the DALP partnership compete against one another for top sporting honours. 2015’s trophy holder were Tuxford Academy, so the competition was on to see if they could be beaten this year. So, 09:00 saw The Holgate all-stars on the coach with Mr Lambert, Mr Topp and Mrs Morris, on our way to the Harvey Hadden Stadium to compete.
The schools each had two teams of competitors: Years 7 and 8 competing together, and years 9 and 10 forming one team. Unfortunately for Holgate, our year 10s were all out on work experience during the event, so this did put us at a slight disadvantage, but the year 9s were ready for action.
On Monday 18th July year 10 students returned from a very successful work experience week. They were greeted by cement mixers, an apprentice and the RAF. It was Skills day 2016.
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, David Stevenson from Channel 10, Specsavers, St Johns Ambulance and Ashfield homes supported by J. Tomlinson and Avonside Group Services. 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.