I can’t believe another busy half term is drawing to a close. This might have been a short one, but it has certainly been a busy one, with this week no exception!
Last Friday, the timetable for Year 9 students was collapsed as they had their GCSE “taster day”. This was an opportunity for the students to try out some of the subjects they were thinking about choosing for their GCSE courses next year. It was a very good day, and the students spoke positively about their lessons. The picture below shows a business studies class, which was so busy, it was taught in the hall!
The options process continues with one to one interviews with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and of course, parents’ evening on 22nd February.
The maths department have also been busy with the National Senior Maths Challenge for Year 10 and 11 students. The students completed a tough set of questions and their entries were sent off on Friday, so fingers crossed for some great results again this year.
Maths also held their annual numbers day last Friday. This year, staff were each allocated badges with certain numbers on them that related to their own subject areas- mine was “13”. The students who entered the competition were then given a set of clues to find the member of staff wearing that badge. My clue was “el número trece”. I spent a lovely lunchtime chatting to lots of students taking part in this treasure hunt style activity. There was also the obligatory “Holt” cake sale in the hall, which was popular as ever. Thanks to Mrs Tearle and her team for the week's events.
In science, the biology department heard back from the annual “Olympiads”- this is a national competition for Year 13 students that we enter every year. We are pleased to report that this year eleven of our entries received a certificate as well as seven of our students receiving a medal.
Whilst no golds this year, there were five Silver awards (up by two on last year) - Alice Kensley, Eleanor Austin, Amy Forest, Kate Rafferty and Olivia Goves and two Bronze awards - Kate Bryson and Daniela Stock
Katie Jones, Rebecca Leach and Emma Phipps were highly commended and commended.
A big well done to these students for an impressive outcome of which they should feel proud. Thank you to Mrs Whitehouse for organising this and hopefully we will do as well in the Biology Challenge (Years 9 and 10) and the intermediate biology “Olympiad” (Year 12) later this year!
On Monday this week, The Holt took part in the national online safety campaign that you may have heard about in the press. A friend to the school and former governor, Jonathan Taylor MSc and expert in online safety, came back to The Holt to deliver an hour session to each year group on staying safe online throughout the day and then a parents’ session in the evening.
The students found the talk relevant and interesting and Jonathan gave the perfect balance of not being afraid to use technology and social media with the right mix of caution and top tips as to how to stay safe.
Your daughter/son might have already told you about this presentation. If not, ask them what they thought about it and what they had learned.
Jonathan’s key point was #teamwork and this really came across during his evening session with parents. In other words, it is the responsibility of everyone to help our young people stay safe online. This is through education and monitoring. Those parents that attended said it was informative and that they found it useful. If you missed, it, the PowerPoint, complete with all the video links, will be on our website very soon.
On another note, if you did attend this evening session, then you may also have dropped some money, which was handed in by one of our parents at the end. If this is you, then please contact reception to be reunited with your cash!
Finally, last night, the geography department entered a “Worldwise” geography quiz at Sandhurst school. There were fifteen teams that entered altogether, and we came a respectable third and fourth! Charters came first and Sandhurst came second. Well done to our two teams that entered: Lucy Ellinor 9L, Atisha Singh 10T, Ilma Fouzi 10G, Yahvi Marwaha 10G, Jay Grzelak 9L and Ruby Sudlow 8S and thanks to Mr Marrison for training the teams and accompanying the students.
As you read this, we will be half way through our week and almost ready for a well-earned rest at half term when it comes.
Our ski group will be leaving us on Friday afternoon for the slopes in Austria and we wish them a fabulous time. We look forward to seeing their tweets as they come in over their week away.
I wish you a lovely half term break and look forward to seeing you all on 19th February.