On Friday 14th July year 10 students were greeted by cement mixers, Nail varnish, crumpets and the RAF. It was Skills day 2017. 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, Warburtons, West Notts College Hair and Beauty and Ashfield homes supported by J. Tomlinson. 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. This year we also offered rewards to students who demonstrated skills from the D2N2 employability goals. These rewards were presented by the employers and will be used by students in September to improve and develop their Curriculum Vitae’s ready for making post 16 applications.
I am writing this at the end of another great year for The Holgate Academy. The move of Neil Holmes to Executive Principal (overseeing the strategic direction of the academy and other Academies in the area) and Sue Forsey to Academy Director (overseeing the day to day operation of the school) has enabled Holgate to move ever closer to the goal of Outstanding.
As governors, we successfully took on the new structure as mentioned in my last newsletter, reducing our numbers down to 10 governors with a Clerk Amanda Terry. All governors are carefully chosen for their skills and commitment to the improvement in education, opportunities and wellbeing of secondary school aged students in our local community. We welcomed two new governors: Marcus Hawes - an engineer at Rolls Royce, initially employed on their apprenticeship scheme and a Hucknall resident; and Paul Saint a retired police officer, ex Holgate student and parent governor. Sue Tongue has stepped up as my Vice Chair but unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Ben Bradley when he won the local election in Mansfield although as one of the local councillors in Hucknall, he still has strong links with us.
Tuesday 11th July 2017 saw the fifth annual DALP Games held at the Harvey Haddon Stadium in Nottingham. Each of the secondary academies within the Diverse Academies Learning Partnership assembled strong teams, with 450 students involved across the partnership, to compete at the sports centre in a variety of sporting disciplines including athletics, swimming and Futsal.
The morning of competition took place mainly on the athletics track with students from the seven academies competing in the soggy conditions, the rain never dampening either their spirits or the intensity of the competition. Points were awarded for each event, with students running, jumping and throwing to place their academy as highly as possible in each event, aiming to be crowned ‘DALP Games Champions 2017’.