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Newsletter 21nov

Newsletter 21nov



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Published by Dafydd Humphreys

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Published by: Dafydd Humphreys on Nov 26, 2008
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Staff are highly committed to the careand welfare of students
Strengths in pastoral care and support contribute to students’ good personaldevelopment and well-being
The school under the head and heleadership team and staff have genuineinterest in all pupils
Senior leaders have succeeded inlaying the ground for lastingimprovement 
Parents of students in year 7 are particularly pleased with the way their children settle
The performing arts status of thecollege is central to its ethos and is astrength
The performing arts status community aspects are outstanding, benefitingstudents in the college and in otheschools and community groups
As always with OFSTED, there are someareas for further development and we havealready begun working to address these.We will be raising the standard of learningacross all subjects to the same standard asteaching (already judged to be good);raising achievement further at Key Stage-
From the Principal
Please note that students will be bringinghome copies of our recent OFSTED inspectionreport on Tuesday 25
November. The reportwill also be published on our college websitewww.hcc.richmond.sch.uk. The inspectionprocess was extremely rigorous with theinspection team visiting over 30 classes andinterviewing large numbers of staff at all levelsof the college. They also interviewed over 40students from all year groups with no HCCstaff present, and talked to many moreinformally around the college.We are very pleased with the findings of thereport, in particular those sections whichpraise the attitude of our students towardstheir college. There is considerable emphasison the many improvements made at HCC overthe past four years. Below are some of thehighlights:
Good and outstanding teaching representsan increasing proportion of students’ experience
In 2008, the proportion of studentsattaining five or more higher GCSE gradeswith English and maths has increaseconsiderablythe college met itschallenging target 
 A striking feature is the positive moraleamongst staff, and students
Students are proud of their college,describing it as a happy diversecommunity’ 
Students feel safe in school and sabullying has greatly reduced 
Would you like to visit Berlin next year ?
Please see the HCC website for more details or come and see me.Mrs Hoseason, Head of MFLA provisional booking has been made to take a group of  Year 8, 9 and 10 students to Berlin from 2
July to 7
July2009. The cost of the trip will be
£ 365
per student and thiscovers:Return journey by coach and ferryHalf board accommodation at a hotelUse of coach throughout the stayEntrance fees to places of interest and boat trip
A very busy and resourceful
led by Mrs Drennan, 14 19 Co-ordinator, started on Monday 17
Novemberwith lunchtime auditions for our very own ‘HCCHas Talent’ competition. Each day the hallfilled with supportive spectators and eagercontestants. The auditions were judged bymembers of staff. The Grand Final will be an evening event in January which friends and families will beinvited to attend – so look out for the datewhich will be published in next weeksnewsletter. Thursday 20th November was this year’scross-curricular theme day which was tied inwith Enterprise Week. YLCs planned a range of different activities, such as a ‘recycled fashion’show, an ‘egg drop’, car washing, creatingmusical instruments and handbags out of recycled goods, producing magazines, buildingbridges and the painting of a huge mural. The Year 8’s egg drop was a great successwhen they were challenged to build a ‘vehicle’for an egg to travel in. As the vehicles weredropped egg survival was the desiredoutcome! All sorts of materials were used andthe competition ended in a tie between 8BA’s“Eggsters” and 8BM’s “Monkeyfish”.Other Year 8 students took part in a 5 milesponsored walk around Bushy Park. Theweather was good, everyone had fun and therewere very few blisters The funds raised fromthe walk will be shared between Children inNeed and our enterprise-based project for newbenches. Year 7 students did a wonderful job washingthe cars of members of staff who had paid inadvance. Vice Principal, Mr Smith was heard tosay that he felt quite emotional as he hadnever seen his car so clean! The students have decided that they would likethe money raised to be donated to Leukaemiaresearch as a student in 7BM’s brother iscurrently having treatment for leukaemia atthe moment.After sitting their Adult Literacy Yearexamination, worth half a GCSE, Year 11sspent the day working on presentations of their memories of HCC. They produced a shortvideo and recorded interviews withclassmates.We also had our own ‘roving reporterswhotoured the college during the day to see what
The Year 9sfantastic muralwill be a longreminder of avery rewardingEnterprise Day Year 10s showed some wonderfulcreations at their recycled productsfashion show.
Enterprising fun !
Mr Beal inspects asurviving egg !Year 7s worked hard to keep upwith their car wash orders.Mr Smith poseswith his shiningcar and some of the car washteam
 Year 8 visit the National HistoryMuseum
 The following comments from Year 8 studentsprove that their visit to the National HistoryMuseum was a good day out last week:
It was very interesting; we looked at thingslike the effects of earthquakes and volcaniceruptions and there was an earthquakesimulator 
.”Niamh Searle 8GP
Our day out started on a private doubledecker bus! We went around the museum inclass groups and had a brilliant day – and welearnt things as well
!”Lucy Bulford 9GP
My favourite area was ‘The Power Within’.We had an activity booklet to fill in as we went around 
.”Samuel Kintoff 
I really enjoyed the earthquake simulator.We looked at all sorts of things about theearth and filled in a worksheet; we also sawthe dinosaurs
‘The Rite of Springat the RoyalFestival Hall
Phyllida Miles,, 8GP, writes about a seeingthe London Philharmonic Orchestra play atthe Royal Festival Hall this month:“On Tuesday 11
November, we went to theRoyal Festival Hall to see ‘The Rite of Springby Igor Stravinsky performed by the LondonPhilharmonic Orchestra. We had a good viewof the orchestra from our seats and theyplayed three works in the performance. Thefirst was ‘Mother Goose’, the second a PianoConcerto and the third was ‘The Rite of Spring’. I really liked the Timpanist, AndrewSmith, who played the drums. I liked the wayhe played very softly and then suddenly hit aHUGE note! I really enjoyed the experienceand I would definitely go again.”
*******A date for your diaries******
 Just a reminder that our annual ChristmasCelebration will take place on
this year with studentsfrom all year groups participating, as well asa staff choir !Please put the date in your diaries as this isalways a wonderful festive event for studentsand their families to attend.
The GCSE Class of 2008 return
 The students from the Class of 2008 returned to HCC with their parents and friends on Monday17
November to receive their GCSE certificates and some special prizes.With a slideshow of photographs taken during their five years at the college, the students werewelcomed by their past teachers and tutors and congratulated on stage by Dr Demont.In addition to subject and Governors prizes, four trophies were presented; the Richard EnnalsAward to Cherie Aris, the Principal’s Award to Theo Simms and two new shields this year, theSpecialist Status Award, which went to Rebecca Tarry and the Alessandra Wilson Award whichMr Simon Wilson kindly donated to the college in her memory and was pleased to present toElizabeth Blackwell.Another new award for this year was the Vadeem Kapalb Award in memory of the former HCCstudent who tragically lost his life earlier this year. This was presented in the presence of members of his family to Kay-Louise King.We would like to thank the HCCA for supplying refreshments after the ceremony, providing anassembly point where the young people met up with their HCC friends again.Mrs Drennan-
Year 8 studentsstanding outsidethe beautifulNational History Museum building

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