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Coronavirus Updates

For any key worker whose child is not currently using our childcare facility, and who subsequently becomes unable to provide childcare at home –  you must give the school 24 hours’ notice that you need to use this provision so that we can provide appropriate staffing. This means emailing office@newhorizonschildrensacademy.org.uk or calling 0333 602115 by 9am the day before. For Monday provision, please ensure that you contact the school by 9am on the preceding Friday.  Students arriving without giving 24 hours’ notice may be turned away if we do not have adequate staffing.

Update 03.04.20: Please see here for letter to Year 11 and Year 13, or here for a letter to parents of students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12.

For recent letters sent home about Coronavirus, please see here.

For pastoral support resources, please see here.

For information about accessing Microsoft Teams, please see here.

For information about accessing Show My Homework, please see here.

Admissions 2020/21

We are currently awaiting further advice from the Department for Education about how appeal deadlines may be affected by the current COVID-19 restrictions on schools. In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who still wishes to appeal to do so. Further advice will be provided to all appellants as soon as it is available. All admission appeal forms should be emailed to admissions@holcombegrammar.org.uk. Please do not bring them into school.

Operation Christmas Child Warehouse Trip

Operation Christmas Child Warehouse Trip

On the 21st November selected students joined Miss Martin in dropping off the shoeboxes donated to Holcombe at the Operation Christmas Child Warehouse in Tonbridge.

Miss Martin invited the students who had been helping her organise the shoeboxes donated to the Office as a thank you for their hard work in preparing the boxes. These students have dedicated a lot of time to the charity appeal – Thea Baker and George Atzev in particular were Operation Christmas Child heroes, spending a free period loading up the minibus with the boxes ready for the trip!

At the Warehouse, Students listened to a presentation about the appeal, which provided them with more information about these shoeboxes, which are collected in the millions every year to help children in over 100 countries. Students also learned about some of the relief work the Samaritan’s Purse charity, which runs the Operation Christmas Child Appeal, do. Students toured the Warehouse, seeing how the shoeboxes are carefully checked by volunteers in case of inappropriate items, taped up, repaired if broken and packed up ready to be sent off. Students then had a real treat – they were invited to join the volunteers in sorting the boxes. Students chose their desired roles – pre-inspector, inspector, taper, and packer – and began assisting. Miss Martin and Miss Best were thrilled all students got stuck in straight away. They did a fantastic job and were praised by the volunteers.

While at the Warehouse, our shoebox donations were counted and we were thrilled to hear we had donated 269 shoeboxes this year – a phenomenal number and an increase on the 110 we received last year. The 269 shoeboxes included donations from local schools, community groups, families and members of the public. We have also been informed that in addition to the shoeboxes, we were able to make a donation to the charity of £310.62

This was Holcombe Grammar School’s fifth year supporting the appeal and we were proud to be joining hundreds of other schools in giving small gifts of joy this Christmas to children in need around the world.