Holmer Green Senior School - Celebration Newsletter (June 2020)
Message from Headteacher
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been great having so many Year 10 and year 12 students back on site, in addition to our Critical Worker School. The soul of Holmer Green Senior School is its students and staff and it is nice to feel it coming back..
This newsletter is a celebration of the fantastic work being produced by our students over the lockdown weeks. It is great to see the independence, resilience, creativity and excellence our students have brought to their work during these more difficult times. There are some great examples from: History, Computer Science, Food technology, Art, PE with their bingo, Design and Technology, Photography, Maths, Business Studies and Product Design. It was especially pleasing to see the gold pastoral awards listed. Postcards have gone home to a range of students for the work they have completed. The top ten students for progress in each year group will also be sent a congratulatory letter home, along with the top students in each subject area being notified of their achievement.
A huge well done to all our students and parents for continuing to produce some fabulous work.
Challenge 30 Week
During May Half Term week, we asked as many students and staff to participate in the ’Challenge 30 Week’. Every day of half term, we asked you to challenge yourself to an activity based around the number 30. For example, 30 minutes walking each day, cycling for 30 minutes, 30 press ups a day, 30 star jumps etc.
A big thank you to all staff and students who took part. We had a range of activities, to include cycling, HIT training, yoga, running and basketball. We even had Mrs Whitby challenging herself to 30 star jumps, whilst wearing her wedding dress, just after renewing her wedding vows! Massive congratulations! To watch this click here
We hope you all enjoyed participating in the challenge and we hope that you all continue to stay active as it has many well known benefits;
I am so proud of the students and staff that have taken part in the HGSS Bake off!
For the first round (pizza) there were over 30 entries, which was amazing (including one from the Headteacher!). I am aware that in the current situation procuring ingredients can be a challenge, so I would also like to say a big thank you to the members of your family that have gone out of their way to help you with purchasing ingredients.
I would like to share some of the dishes from the different challenges so far so that you can also see the calibre of the dishes being entered, they are make judging very difficult .
I will be sending out the leader board shortly. If you would still like to take part in the competition please do as the leader board still has room for new entries.
ART from HGSS Students
Students is Art have been producing a range of tasks, week on week. Well done to all students who entered the art competition, we have had some lovely feedback from the community who have seen the pieces, and been inspired by it. The winner will be announced before the summer.
GCSE students have been working independently on their own theme, in a range of materials. These beautiful observations are done by Rosanna Berry in Year 10. They are based on the artist Almach.
It is very difficult to undertake photographic tasks when time outside is limited and resources are sparse. I am really pleased and impressed with attitude and perseverance of our students in such difficult circumstances. Photography students have been venturing beyond their comfort zones to attempt work outside of 'normal' pathways. Now that restrictions are less stringent, students studying photography may be able to access wider opportunities but I wanted to share with you two examples of work whereby students have embraced this unprecedented weather in order to capture the beautiful nature around us.
Flower image by Emma Styles Year 13 and the glass orb image by Daniel Graham Year 10
Year 10’s were set the task to design a product to teach children about endangered animals during a visit to the zoo. They have considered lots of possibilities, carried out some research into existing products, endangered animals and the wants and needs of their user. They then came up with a range of ideas and then presented them carefully and annotated them so it was clear what their idea was how it would be made. They have also explained why certain features have been included and how these are suitable for their target audience.
Here are some examples from Eve Burton, Joe Ball and Liam Arkinson which were particularly impressive as all their ideas are creative and all very different they are clearly and carefully presented and their annotation is very detailed.
Rosanna has been exceptionally diligent in completing all the work set to the highest standard. Rosanna has excelled in some of the hardest pieces of content within this curriculum.
Year 12 Product Design
Year 12 Product Designers have not let Lockdown prevent them from continuing to produce some superb work; in fact, many have used this opportunity to strengthen their Computer Aided Design skills. Students have used their talents to produce a wide range of impressive ideas for an Art Deco styled product to be sold as a promotional product in the V&A Museum Gift Shop.
Lack of access to workshops have also not been a barrier, as students used their imagination and creativity to prototype with whatever materials and equipment were available to them at home.