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 

Tamara Bakewell Becomes a Member of The British Film Institute

Just before Christmas it was announced that Tamara Bakewell (year 12) has been chosen to become a member of the British Film Institute's 'Experience Film' project. The East Midlands branch of the project had 18 places available and Tamara was chosen to fill one of these places. This is truly an opportunity that money cannot buy, in which Tamara will be given 3 months of film training from industry professionals. 
 
Well done Tamara! 

Holgate Student Holly Farmer Wins The Joan Oliver Award

On Wednesday the 19th of December I was delighted to be invited to attend an award ceremony held in Mr Barsby’s office.
 
A Talented year 13 Art student Holly Farmer received a cheque for £500 from the Joan Oliver Fund. This is an annual presentation which is designed to help aspiring artists at the beginning of their careers.
 
The cheque was presented by Mr Oliver, husband of Joan who had established the award in memory of his wife. Joan had a lifelong love of art and was a talented artist in her own right as well as being a philanthropist.

Staff Moving On

All at Holgate wish to celebrate the fantastic contribution to the school of Paul Day (Humanities), who has taught at the school for 34 years and served students with distinction.  His work with teaching colleagues to assist them in developing their skills has been hugely appreciated, too.  
 
Similarly, the departure of Matt Hindmarch (Humanities) after 14 years at the school is a moving on of particular note.  His tremendous and tireless commitment to youngsters and to the school have been the hallmark of his time here.
 
In addition, Aoife Coyle (Music – was McMullan) leaves us after 5 years.  Many of you will associate her with the spectacular musical shows and excellent concerts she had led in her time here.
 
They will all be greatly missed.  We wish them the very best for the future.