At Holmesdale we encourage a strong sense of community among all of our students and staff. We take every opportunity to give back to our local and national community.
Our Learning Resource Centre (LRC) provides resources and opportunities for other organisations within our local community and is a hive of activity!
Regular visitors include the students from Five Acre Wood School, who read with some of our Year 12 students as part of our reading buddies scheme, children from Happy Feet Day Nursery and Snodland CofE Primary School. The children visit for story time, to take out books and have the opportunity to get involved with our regular author and poet visits.
Additionally, we have an active student reading group who read and vote for their favourite book from the Maidstone Area Book Awards (MABA) short list. They then meet an author when the results are announced to declare the year’s favourite MABA title. In recent years we have met Carnegie Award-winning Author Sally Gardner, Maurice Gleitzman, Steven Camden and Polly Ho-Yen.
Both Snodland Beaver colonies visit several times every year to complete badges e.g. Digital Citizen staged activity badge and we would be happy to support any other local groups eg Brownies, Rainbows with their badge work.
The LRC is also a hub for many games and activities during break and lunch times but also after school. We support an active Warhammer 40,000 club who have for the last two years been successful at the regional heats and gone on to play in the semifinals of the School’s League held in Nottingham.
We have an active Student Council who take part in various school initiatives and Sixth Form students at Holmesdale organise and take part in a number of fundraising activities. Details of all these fundraising activities can be found on our school Facebook page.
We have entered a float in the Snodland Carnival for the last three years, with staff and students all coming together to support the local community and raise funds for Snodland Council’s chosen charity.