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From the Principal
OFSTED Report Please note that students will be bringing home copies of our recent OFSTED inspection report on Tuesday 25th November. The report will also be published on our college website www.hcc.richmond.sch.uk. The inspection process was extremely rigorous with the inspection team visiting over 30 classes and interviewing large numbers of staff at all levels of the college. They also interviewed over 40 students from all year groups with no HCC staff present, and talked to many more informally around the college. We are very pleased with the findings of the report, in particular those sections which praise the attitude of our students towards their college. There is considerable emphasis on the many improvements made at HCC over the past four years. Below are some of the highlights: • Good and outstanding teaching represents an increasing proportion of students’ experience • •
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Staff are highly committed to the care and welfare of students Strengths in pastoral care and support contribute to students’ good personal development and well-being The school under the head and her leadership team and staff have genuine interest in all pupils Senior leaders have succeeded in laying the ground for lasting improvement Parents of students in year 7 are particularly pleased with the way their children settle The performing arts status of the college is central to its ethos and is a strength The performing arts status community aspects are outstanding, benefiting students in the college and in other schools and community groups
Would you like to visit Berlin next year ?
• In 2008, the proportion of students attaining five or more higher GCSE grades with English and maths has increased considerably…the college met its challenging target
As always with OFSTED, there are some areas for further development and we have already begun working to address these. We will be raising the standard of learning • A striking feature is the positive morale across all subjects to the same standard as amongst staff, and students teaching (already judged to be good); raising achievement further at Key Stage • Students are proud of their college, 4; and sharpening up our self-evaluation describing Please see the it as a for more details or come and see me. HCC website ‘happy diverse community’ Mrs Hoseason, Head of MFL • Students feel safe in school and say bullying has greatly reduced A provisional booking has been made to take a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students to Berlin from 2nd July to 7th July 2009. The cost of the trip will be £ 365 per student and this covers: Return journey by coach and ferry Half board accommodation at a hotel Use of coach throughout the stay Entrance fees to places of interest and boat trip Full comprehensive insurance
Enterprising fun !
A very busy and resourceful Enterprise Week, led by Mrs Drennan, 14 – 19 Coordinator, started on Monday 17th November with lunchtime auditions for our very own ‘HCC Has Talent’ competition. Each day the hall filled with supportive spectators and eager contestants. The auditions were judged by members of staff. The Grand Final will be an January which friends and invited to attend – so look which will be published newsletter. evening event in families will be out for the date in next week’s
Year 7s worked hard to keep up with their car wash orders. Mr Smith poses with his shining car and some of the car wash team
Thursday 20th November was this year’s cross-curricular theme day which was tied in with Enterprise Week. YLCs planned a range of different activities, such as a ‘recycled fashion’ show, an ‘egg drop’, car washing, creating musical instruments and handbags out of recycled goods, producing magazines, building bridges and the painting of a huge mural. The Year 8’s egg drop was a great success when they were challenged to build a ‘vehicle’ for an egg to travel in. As the vehicles were dropped egg survival was the desired outcome! All sorts of materials were used and the competition ended in a tie between 8BA’s “Eggsters” and 8BM’s “Monkeyfish”. Other Year 8 students took part in a 5 mile sponsored walk around Bushy Park. The weather was good, everyone had fun and there were very few blisters The funds raised from the walk will be shared between Children in Need and our enterprise-based project for new benches. Year 7 students did a wonderful job washing the cars of members of staff who had paid in advance. Vice Principal, Mr Smith was heard to say that he felt quite emotional as he had never seen his car so clean! The students have decided that they would like the money raised to be donated to Leukaemia research as a student in 7BM’s brother is currently having treatment for leukaemia at the moment. After sitting their Adult Literacy Year examination, worth half a GCSE, Year 11s spent the day working on presentations of their memories of HCC. They produced a short video and recorded interviews with classmates. We also had our own ‘roving reporters’ who toured the college during the day to see what was going on and their article will appear in
Year 10s showed some wonderful creations at their recycled products fashion show.
Mr Beal inspects a surviving egg !
The Year 9s fantastic mural will be a long reminder of a very rewarding Enterprise Day
The GCSE Class of 2008 return
The students from the Class of 2008 returned to HCC with their parents and friends on Monday 17th 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 were welcomed 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 Ennals Award to Cherie Aris, the Principal’s Award to Theo Simms and two new shields this year, the Specialist Status Award, which went to Rebecca Tarry and the Alessandra Wilson Award which Mr Simon Wilson kindly donated to the college in her memory and was pleased to present to Elizabeth Blackwell. Another new award for this year was the Vadeem Kapalb Award in memory of the former HCC student 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 an assembly point where the young people met up with their HCC friends again. Mrs Drennan 14 – 19 Co-ordinator
Year 8 visit Museum
‘The Rite of Spring’ at the Royal Festival Hall
Phyllida Miles,, 8GP, writes about a seeing the London Philharmonic Orchestra play at the Royal Festival Hall this month: “On Tuesday 11th November, we went to the Royal Festival Hall to see ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Igor Stravinsky performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. We had a good view of the orchestra from our seats and they played three works in the performance. The first was ‘Mother Goose’, the second a Piano Concerto and the third was ‘The Rite of Spring’. I really liked the Timpanist, Andrew Smith, who played the drums. I liked the way he played very softly and then suddenly hit a HUGE note! I really enjoyed the experience and I would definitely go again.”
The following comments from Year 8 students prove that their visit to the National History Museum was a good day out last week: “It was very interesting; we looked at things like the effects of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and there was an earthquake simulator.” Niamh Searle 8GP “Our day out started on a private double decker bus! We went around the museum in class groups and had a brilliant day – and we learnt 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 the earth and filled in a worksheet; we also saw the dinosaurs.”
Year 8 students standing outside the beautiful National History Museum building
*******A date for your diaries******
Just a reminder that our annual Christmas Celebration will take place on Wednesday 17th December this year with students from all year groups participating, as well as a staff choir ! Please put the date in your diaries as this is always a wonderful festive event for students and their families to attend.
Last week Year 9 students began a six week course called ‘Try Learning’ at the Twickenham Stoop, Harlequins Rugby Ground. The course involves themed activities connected to rugby which include literacy and numeracy. “Try Learning is great. So far we have done a video of the stadium and made our own music to go with the video. We had to set up our own businesses but sadly not all of us had the magic touch and pretty soon some of us found ourselves bankrupt! “ Iona Skinner 9GO “We are really enjoying Try Learning. We have played games and produced our own video. The business game was fun; we had to run a sports shop. It fun doing the activities and you learn new things.” Tom Cheshire 9GO
News from the Library
Our Year 7 students should by now have received their free books from the ‘Booked Up’ scheme. Parents are encouraged to take an interest in their child’s choice of book when they bring it home. The complete set of this year’s Booked Up books is also available in the HCC library. Scholastic Book Fair We will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair in the library from 26th November to 2nd December and a separate invitation has also been sent home. The fair will run after school every day from 3 – 4pm. All parents are invited - it’s a great opportunity for you to spend a bit of time browsing through books with your children and perhaps do some Christmas shopping! You’ll find a wide range of books suitable for your child’s age-range including exclusive books that you won’t see anywhere else. If you cannot attend, visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/parents? nt=t to find out about purchasing a gift voucher for your child to spend at the book fair. Cash and cheques will also be accepted at the fair. Mrs Duane, Librarian
Three Wings Trust
This independent local charity which supports children and young people ( up to 19 years) with disabilities and their siblings, carers and family members will be holding two consultation events this month. The first will be at The Prince of Wales Public House, Fourth Cross Road, Twickenham, TW2 5QR on Monday 24th November 7.30pm – 9.00pm and the second will be held a St. Stephen’s Cross Way Centre, 306 Richmond Road, Twickenham TW1 2PD on Friday 28th November 12.30pm – 2.00pm.
Circus Skills Workshop
Every Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.00pm Drama Studio 2
Bring a friend and have fun juggling and doing Poi ! Why not come along next week to find out more ? Ms Arthur Head of Drama
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