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HCC hosts the District Final of the National Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition.

Monday 24th February 2014

On Monday 10th February 2014, Helston Community College hosted the District Final of the National Rotary "Youth Speaks" competition. This was a highly rigorous, demanding competition as each team taking part had already successfully won the Intermediate or Senior category first round in their respective schools. The topics of the speeches ranged from the inflated wages of footballers to the new high-speed train to age-related laws. Each speaker was required to talk on their chosen topic for six minutes, yet managed to hold the attention of their audience very successfully, with some speeches being particularly amusing and entertaining. The Helston...

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Second stage success for Year 10 Student

Thursday 20th February 2014

After successfully winning the first round of the Rotary Chef competition, Year 10 student Becky Care went on to the Plymouth and Cornwall district final held at Richard Lander School. Becky cooked duck with a plum sauce and a chickpea tagine and for dessert a chocolate soufflé. After much consideration the judges announced Becky as the winner. She was awarded  Argos vouchers and one of the Judges (who is also a chef) has offered Becky the chance to go and work with him in his kitchen, in preparation for the next part of the competition. The next stage is...

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The Big Cake Show

Thursday 20th February 2014

Year 10 student Jessica Marie Woods recently took part in The BIG School Cake Challenge. She was baking against students from other Cornish Schools  who were all given the brief to create a extravagant bake within a budget of just £5.00. The creations were judged by chef Henry from Amelies in Porthleven. Jessica baked a glazed doughnut with a caramel filling and was awarded joint first place. Jessica  Marie will now go on to the semi finals to be held at St Peter’s school in Exeter on the 28th February....

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Cornwall Cross Country Championships

Tuesday 18th February 2014

A number of our students recently took part in the Cornwall Schools Cross Country Championships,  many returning with medals and trophies. One of the first HCC winners of the day was Tom Slattery, who was the runaway winner in the Senior and Intermediate race; winning by a huge  margin of one minute 38 seconds which proved to be the biggest of the day. He was followed by fellow team mate Kyle Woodhouse in second place. They were then joined by their two team mates Blake Brown (5th place) and James Williams (9th place) to comfortably win the Team title. Later...

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'Twelfth Night Production'

Sunday 26th January 2014

We wanted to give our talented Post 16s a challenge so a jazz musical version of Twelfth Night' seemed just the ticket. With Mr Parker onboard to make the music happen we were able to power on ahead working on the comedy, several storylines and choreography.  The idea to set the audience area out as a jazz club was to suit the era and mood of the play and the bar proved popular with the audience! The company of 26 students were focused and committed in rehearsal and having the Wednesday afternoon enrichment slot was really helpful. It was lovely...

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Rotary Chef Competition

Sunday 26th January 2014

Students were asked to make a two course meal in an hour and a half, for two people, costing less than £10.  It was then over to the judges who had the difficult challenge to choose the top three. After much consideration the three students were chosen, they were, in 3rd place Megan Jones, Carmen Muldoon 2nd place and 1st place went to Becky Care. All three Students received a certificate and Amazon vouchers. Becky will now go on to the District Heat held this week at Richard Lander School. We all wish Becky the very best on the next...

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Rotary Youth Speaks Competition

Friday 24th January 2014

                  This year five teams took part in the first round of this annual competition. Teams spoke on an array of topics including change, idols and obesity. After much deliberation the winning intermediate team were Year 9 students Tamsin Ford, Georgia Waddell and Rosanna Harrington, who spoke on the subject ‘Obesity’ and the winning Junior team were Year 11 students  Holly Bardell, Rosa Higgs and Milly who spoke on the topic ‘Age’. The teams will now go on to the District Final held on the 10th February....

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Dyspraxia and Me

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Ex student Abi Hocking returned to College to talk to students about her experience of living with dyspraxia.    She spoke openly about how she has achieved her goals and not let Dyspraxia stand in her way. With this determination Abi ended up achieving 11 GCSE’S (A* - C).  She then carried on her studies at HCC, successfully gaining a place at her first choice University to study BA (Hons) in History last year. Please click the links below to watch an animation that fixers and Abi created on Dyspraxia and Abi’s interview for ITV News. Dyspraxia and Me ITV Interview...

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Surfs Up!

Monday 20th January 2014

As part of his Product Design A2 coursework, Joss chose to design and make a hollow wooden surfboard, similar in concept to an aircraft wing. Joss  worked tirelessly for the last three months to manufacture a quite beautiful surfboard, it just oozes class and craftsmanship.  He fully utilised all facilities of the technology workshop ( and the technical skills of Mr Trimble and Mr Tatham) which has resulted in a near flawless surfboard. The internal skeleton was designed on CAD to ensure the correct shape and rocker profile and cut using our CNC router.  The deck was made from laminated lightweight...

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Post 16 student wins place at Lafayette College on Sutton Trust US University Programme.

Monday 13th January 2014

Leo Mackenzie, who is completing his A-Levels at Helston Community College has won a place and a financial aid package, in addition to the Marquis Scholarship, to study at Lafayette College, after participating on the Sutton Trust’s US Programme run in partnership with the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Last summer, Leo was one of 150 students selected for a summer school in the US at either Yale University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), spending a week living on campus and visiting a number of other American universities. Leo benefited from residential activities and received an intensive programme of...

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