Thought for the week:
Event: Good Friday Agreement, an agreement between the UK and Irish governments, and the main political parties in Northern Ireland is signed.
Quote: “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”
Source: Albert Einstein 

Diverse Academies Christmas Card Competition Winner

Congratulation to Year 9 student Flo who has won the Diverse Academies Christmas card competition with her wonderful design.  Flo’s design will be used as the Diverse Academies Christmas card for 2017.
Everyone at The Holgate Academy is extremely proud of Flo for the hard work and her attention to detail to design a beautiful Christmas card. 

An Inspired Christmas Concert - BBC School Report

On Monday 4th December 2017 the Holgate Choir and A Cappella Choir joined together to perform at the National Youth Choir of Great Britain 'An Inspired Christmas' event. The group did the school proud and it was truly a remarkable opportunity for our young singers to perform on such a renowned stage. One of our BBC school reporters summed up the day:
The experience was amazing as we got to interact with lots of different schools across Nottingham. We got to learn lots of carols and do mashups using pop songs which brought everyone closer together (including the audience).

Paul Gardiner

Today we bring you some very sad news, former Holgate teacher Mr Paul Gardiner has passed away following a long battle with cancer.

At this sad time our thoughts are with his family – his wife Jan, his children and grandchild.

Paul was born in April 1957. He served the Hucknall community as a teacher at The Holgate School for 34 years from September 1979 to August 2013.

Julie Horton, long-time colleague of Paul’s said; “Paul loved his time at Holgate and he will have touched many lives especially those children who needed something extra, we had many special times together.”

Wayne Barsby, former Holgate Head teacher said; “He was a jovial man with a great heart. I’ll never forget a bridge duty with him when a terrible hailstorm hit us - he was just in his shirt and laughed his way through it!”

Paul touched the lives of so many people over his time at Holgate students and staff alike. We will miss Paul very much and remember him with great fondness.

He was a true legend!