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 

The Holgate Academy Robotics Challenge Day

In October 2017, Holgate Robotics Club had our first ever meeting.  We were lucky enough to win two Lego Mindstorm kits with the aim of entering a regional, and hopefully national, competition in March 2018.  The students were excited to get going, building a basic robot to race over a short distance.  In the coming weeks, we would add sensors (colour, touch and gyro) to enhance our robots, work on gears to maximise the speed and hone our presentation skills.  There were two challenges and two presentations to prepare for.  The first was a speed challenge, a drag race over four metres. The second mat challenge involved gathering engines for a plane, collecting humanitarian aid to take on the flight and getting the engineer to the plane ready for take-off.  Our robot then had to climb a steep ramp for bonus points.  The codes were incredibly complex and took us several weeks and several meetings, but two days before competition, we were just about ready.  Then came the snow.

Jeremy Corbyn visits Hucknall Sixth Form Centre as part of International Women’s Day celebrations

On International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2018), students at Hucknall Sixth Form Centre welcomed a special guest, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited the centre’s Portland Road site in Hucknall.
Mr Corbyn joined students at the collaborative sixth form – which is part of the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership – and engaged in workshop sessions to discuss the contribution of a number of important women throughout history, together with joining in a debate on the gender gap and whether events such as International Women’s Day ‘tokenise’ the real issues on this topic. The leader of the opposition spoke about the importance of celebrating women’s achievements and hosted a question and answer session with the students, a number of whom are taking A Levels in government and politics this summer.

Holgate student jumping for joy

Congratulations to Holgate student Ben in Year 10 who has qualified for two major trampolining events.

Ben came second in the NDP Trampolining Competition on 4th March which means he'll be heading off to the semi-finals in Birmingham.  He has also qualified for the finals of the Trampolining Zonals which take place in Ireland in March.

Well done Ben - we're all proud of you here at the academy.