played against Trent College (who very kindly drove for 90 minutes to play us at Hathersage cricket ground).

It came down to the last over where it was all level, but a super duper catch under pressure/under a high ball, led our very own Maddie Ralston and HVC to victory. We look forward to more cricket being played in the future.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award has been going from strength to strength this year with 67 Year 10 students taking part.

On the 21-22 April the students, along with 18 staff members, completed a two day ‘practice’ expedition in the Peak District. The students were split into 12 smaller teams of around 5 young people who had to independently expedition across 15 miles, carrying all their equipment. The students walked from Peak Forest and Brough to meet at Thornbridge Hall near Great Longstone.

On the Sunday the students walked to either Grindleford or Rowsley. The weather was excellent and despite a few minor navigation errors, all groups successfully completed the two days. A big thanks to all staff and governors who helped make this possible.


On Friday 22 June, all years went on a sponsored walk, a short 6 miler or a long 12 miles! Y7s all did the short walk, and then were cycling in the afternoon. From school, up Losehill, along to Hollins Cross then down to Castleton visitor centre for lunch and ice cream! The short walk then returned to school, but the long walked the path to Brough: at this point many were too hot and tired to venture up the last hill and returned to school. £1,400.10 was raised for the CRY screening in September.

Year 7s

A visit to the Yorkshire sculpture park to stroll around with their workbooks looking at the exhibits began the Year 7 week.

With camping, circus skills, willow-weaving, orienteering and circus skills the rest of the week was equally successful.

Year 8 had a visit to the National Space Centre in Leicester, and a day of forensics had them isolating DNA, fingerprinting, making boot print casts and a range of other activities to find out who stole a laptop!

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The Year 11 geography GCSE students braved rough conditions to visit Flamborough Head and Hornsea on the East coast for a day. The students were applying fieldwork techniques to investigate coastal erosion, impact of tourism and how coasts are protected from the effects of longshore drift. The students were also taught how to create long profiles down the beach. Not easy when the breaking waves would sometimes rush several metres higher up the beach than expected.

This year HVAFF took place in April, with better weather and a good turnout despite the better weather no doubt luring some adventurers away.

The day is a mixture of films, talks and family friendly activities, with visitors coming from a wide area to take part and raising money for the PTFA. Our thanks this year go to Matt Heason and the PTFA organising committee, as well as to the many staff and students who contribute to make the day a success.

As well as a bouldering competition and cyclocross activities, there was a mini-film competition that students could enter in advance.

The picture below shows the caving ladder competition—how quickly can you scale the ladder?

10 and under male Harry Hudson 8.81s
10 and under Female Martha Ellison 6.06s

Under 16 male Euan Patton 4.36s
Under 16 female Amelie Elkins 4.77s
Male adult Matt Heason 2.69s

Female adult Hayley Lever 5.53s

Highlights from the evening included a very entertaining talk from adventurer and parent Rob Davison, and ex-student Pete Whittaker talking about his latest adventures on El Capitan in Yosemite.

HVAFF is a regular event in the College calendar, so look out for next Spring!

Every month we take a small group of students out of College to work with members of the general public who meet once a week for some social time.

The students make drinks, cakes and serve them to the members of the community. They also play games, sing and show off their many talents.

This experience is invaluable for all, developing confidence and social skills, and most enjoyable. It also reminds students that the College is part of a bigger community.

It is always a pleasure to take the students.

Carnegie Medal

Every Summer we join other schools all over the country to ‘shadow’ the judging process for the Carnegie Medal, awarded by the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals for the best in contemporary young people’s literature. At HVC we buy sets of the shortlisted titles (there are usually eight), put together a group of enthusiastic readers, and meet regularly to discuss what we think of the books.

We have our own page on the CILIP website and our readers are encouraged to post their own reviews. It’s an opportunity to be opinionated, and opinions vary widely.

The official winner is announced in mid- June, when we have a bit of a ‘do’ with cake and pop and a vote of our own. We invariably don’t agree with the panel of judges, which always give rise to some healthy argument.

This year the official winner was Geraldine McCaughrean’s Where the World Ends, although our students felt Will Hill’s After the Fire should have won.

Author visit

We were lucky enough to have a visit from author Jonathan Meres at the start of May and he went down very well withY7s and 8s and staff alike. Jonathan, who writes the World of Norm series of books, burst onto the stage with an explosion of energy and spent a full two hours talking, shouting, singing and making everybody laugh, before joining a select group of top readers for a noisy lunch in the library. In the afternoon he talked to a small group of Y7s about writing to catch a reader’s attention, getting published, selling ice cream, working with Harry Hill and being a zombie. Getting to the staff room for a break between sessions proved tricky because Jonathan was ambushed by students wanting autographs and selfies!

Reading Buddies

Our 2017/18 Reading Buddies scheme has finished until the Autumn. During a slightly emotional final session, readers and their buddies gave and received certificates of appreciation, postcards with messages of thanks and lots and lots of lollies. Seven months of weekly paired reading has certainly paid off, with confidences built, friendships made and fluency developed. Buddies logged their comments and observations in record cards as the year went on, and students’ reading progress is very clear to see.

Book Fair

We’ve had another Book Fair, this time with everything at bargain prices, which meant that we sold a lot of books and had some very happy customers. This was one of Scholastic’s Half Price events and as always they gave us a lot of support, sent some eye wateringly lovely books and gave us a box load of freebies at the end. There will be another Fair in the Autumn, when the selection will be the very latest in teenage books at full price. Keep an eye on the library blog for details.

The Refurb…

…has begun. Over the last two years the PTFA have wanted a big project in College to raise money for, and as they have often met in the library it was felt that this was an area of College that had not benefitted from the extensive work that has been done elsewhere around the College. Consequently we have worked with the PTFA to upgrade the library space from the ground up. Over the last few weeks of term the books have been moved out and work is underway to renovate the walls and ceiling, before a new carpet and new furniture arrive later this Summer. We are planning a grand opening as part of the College’s 60th birthday celebrations on Monday 17 September, by which time the books will be back in and library life will be back to normal.

This year’s Well Dressing contained elements of designs from a number of Year 7 students.

The theme for this year’s competition was equality, building on the issues raised in Made in Dagenham and befitting the centenary of the first votes for women.

In addition the College has been actively following the First World War centenary, which will culminate in a big event at College at the end of October. The soldier in the bottom left reflects this.

During the week before it was put up, petalling was completed by students and Mrs Dent with Mrs Townsend.

A new addition this year was “The Day of the Dead” created by students from Post 16.

As part of the Post 16 Art Curriculum the students studied different carnivals from around the world, looking in particular at recurring motifs and symbols.

They selected the ‘Day of the Dead’ Carnival as their inspiration for the ‘Scarecrow’ entry in to this year’s Hope Wakes Week. Students produced de- signs and worked on a range of tech- niques, including creating 3D sculptures with paper mâché techniques.

The finished articles were displayed as part of the scarecrow and the accompanying shrine.