On Wednesday 14th November until Friday 16th November a group of Year 9 pupils set off for Hindleap Warren, an outdoor and adventurous activity centre for a residential Trip. We took part in lots of activities including indoor canoeing and swimming, archery, orienteering, high ropes, wall climbing and the zip wire. These activities gave all the children a chance to challenge themselves personally and everyone appeared to have a great time .We stayed in dormitories and had to do a little housekeeping by making our own beds upon arrival. We all slept very well after spending lots of time outside and completing lots of physical activity.
On Friday 29th June, we held our annual Prom.
The theme was Gold, Silver and Bronze, reflecting on the Commonwealth Games and other sports competitions that are being held this year.
All pupils from KS4 and FE were invited for a fun filled evening of friends, music and food!
The pupils arrived in their best dresses and suits in a variety of vehicles as is traditional to proms.
We ate a 3 course meal and danced to live music from D – BEEZ. This was the final event for our Leavers and we wish them all well as they move on in their lives.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
Since September our KS4 pupils have been working towards their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award by completing 4 sections, volunteering, physical, skills and expedition.
They have had to complete different challenges for each section:
Volunteering - organised Childen in Need day at Hollywater School for 2017
Skill - they learnt how to cook simple snacks independently and together with adult support cooked a christmas meal
Physical - pupils have completed extended walking tasks, to get fitter for their expedition
Expedition - pupils had to complete a 1 night away sleeping in tents expedition, that required 6 hours of walking and activities on both days.
Here is our local paper reporting on their achievements.
During leavers week, on Thursday 28th June we had a BBQ.
All of KS4, FE and staff were invited to sit in the sunshine with their friends to eat sausages and burgers. KS4 made potato salad and FE made coleslaw. Miss Strugnell was our chef!
We enjoyed cake and ice cream for pudding.
It was great fun!!
Written by KS4 pupils
Miss De Carteret's class had the amazing opportunity of stone carving with Graeme from Heathlands Reunited Activities.
The students shocked themselves with what they were able to produce. The students were engaged throughout the 2-3 hours they were stone carving for. They were very pleased with their final product. The way in which Graeme modelled the activity made it clear and simple for our students to follow and this meant our students were able to 'pick up' the skill easily and achieve what they did. Needless to say they were extremely exhausted by the end but very proud and happy with their work. They also enjoyed learning about the heathland.
Moneysense workshop - Natwest
In conjunction with Natwest, we held two Moneysense workshops, one called ‘How we use money’ and the other named ‘It’s party time’. Both workshops were delivered by Miss D with 3 volunteers who work in the finance industry.
KS2 and some of KS3 took part in ‘How we use money’ where they learnt that money can be either spent, saved or donated. They also discussed needs and wants by identify what are needs are to survive; food, water, shelter and clothes. We decided special events and toys were wants and that we can survive without them but the internet was a big debate. Is the internet a need or a want?
Some students in KS4 and KS3 took part in ‘It’s party time’. This was a very interesting session with students asking the experts many intriguing questions, e.g. ‘How old can you be to have a bank account?’. The students had to work in teams to budget for a birthday party. They had to decide who the party was for, how many guests would be attending and what it would cost to purchase items like birthday cakes, hiring a venue and providing food or favours for guests.
Hindleap Warren YR9 Residential 2017
11 pupils arrived at the outdoor and adventurous activity centre in East Sussex to partake in a variety of activities over 3 days. This included pool kayaking, swimming, the climbing wall, abseiling, archery, forest scavenger hunt, high rope adventures and the zip wire. The pupils were challenged and experienced new things, they all had a fabulous time and I think would give it a massive thumbs up!
Please take a look at the photographs and watch the videos of the zip wire.
Zip wire - David
Zip wire - Cameron
Zip wire - Fran
Zip wire - Cameron 'backwards'
Zip wire - Summer
Zip wire - Paul
Zip wire - Daisy
Zip wire - Jessica
Zip wire - Jacob
Zip wire - Fergus
Zip wire - Laura
Zip wire - Joseph
On Friday 30th June, 45 Hollywater leavers and their guests arrived in style for an evening of fun, frivolity and friendship. Pupils were welcomed to the Prom with a drink of fizz and had a group photograph taken. The girls were presented with a single white rose as they entered the Hall and then they all took their seats for a 3 course meal, whilst Rock and Pop, the live entertainment, sang.
After the meal the celebrations were notched up by the vibrant sounds from the band of Ed Sheeran, Adele and Katy Perry. The leavers together with their guests danced and danced, enjoying every moment of their final soiree at Hollywater School.
Leavers BBQ 2017
What an Experience!
This Summer Term all the pupils in 4A went on independent Work Experience for a week. They went to a wide range of placements including: Bird World; Adam Gibson Tree Care; AutoDan, Café Rafters; Bright Bricks; Absolute Autos; Deadwater Valley Trust, Fine Cuts; Rock and Pop Foundation. Their activities included assisting with: tree surgery; car repairs; Lego model building; nature reserve perseveration and maintenance; music tuition; hairdressing; food preparation and waiting at tables.
Work Experience is organised by the school and provides a great opportunity for pupils to get a taste of different occupations. All the pupils said they enjoyed and learnt from their Work Experience. The reports from employers were very positive about our pupils with many areas of the pupil’s work marked as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.
At least one of the pupils been offered a summer job!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the employers for providing our Year 10 and 11 pupils with Work Experience.
Alton L!ve 2017
At the end of June KS3 attended the Alton Live! Cultural Arts festival at Eggars School in Alton. We had a great time and accessed lots of different activities .Class 3A particulary enjoyed the African drumming workshop .
Fishing Reward trip 2017
KS3 Year 7 and 8 outdoor and adventurous day at Runways End, Aldershot
YR 9's enjoyed their trip to undertake outdoor and adventurous activities in East Sussex - Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre. Take a look at the photographs of all the activities they took part in.
Every week KS4 groups visit local colleges to take part in taster courses. Pupils get the opportunity to try out 'college life' with their peers and teachers. Take a look at the photographs and click on the links to the colleges below.