On Thursday 22nd June 2017 The Holgate Academy hosted the fifth annual Holgate Race for Life, staff, students, parents and others ran, jogged and walked together for this amazing cause. The rain that was forecast didn’t come and we was treated to some warm sunshine for the event. For those that came to cheer us on they could spend their money on our cake stall and at the ice-cream van. There was also a bouncy castle and inflatable slide to have fun on. Congratulations to Adam Salter who won for the boys and to Maddie Lilley who won for the girls. Staff winner was Mr Stevenson.
Students and academies throughout Diverse Academies Learning Partnership have been involved in a range of activities this week to raise money for Holland Park School in London, and to show solidarity at this difficult time following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.
Holland Park has unfortunately and tragically felt the impact of these terrible events. Grenfell Tower sits within the school’s catchment area, and you may have seen media reports of children turning up for their GCSE exams in their pyjamas on the day following the incident. One of Holland Park’s current students and their family are still missing, with another student and ex-student narrowly escaping from the blaze.
The academies have been fundraising to support the school as there is an existing connection between Holland Park and Diverse Academies. As recently as last year, one of our academy directors and executive principals spent some time at the school with Headteacher Colin Hall to share ideas and resources. The events of last week resonated with our academy leaders even more so because of this bond that was forged in those days.
After a hesitant start with us losing to Ashfeild school (who eventually went on to take the gold medal), the girls composed themselves, put on their games faces and won all their remaining matches.
Their all-round enthusiasm and support for one another was amazing and they did the Academy proud. The girls were delighted with their silver medals and runners up placing so please congratulate them if you see them.