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 children from Little-uns day Nursery who we welcome every week for story time and an activity; which has included calendars, snowflakes, plasticine farm animals and LEGO houses.
Our students have also worked as buddy readers with children from Snodland CofE Primary School and St Katherine School’s ‘Boys Enjoy Reading Team’ (BERT) with activities organised by the LRC including reading picnics, buddy reading afternoons, and author visits.
As well as our younger readers we have an active student reading group who read and vote for their favourite book from the Maidstone Area Book Awards (MABA) short list.
Snodland Beaver Colony visit every year to complete their Information Technology 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 played in the School’s League held on Saturdays in the local Games Workshops. We’d love to get through to the regional finals!
We have an active Student Council and in the last year they have supported the use of Holmesdale as a polling station for the Kent Youth County Council elections, following which one of our own students was re-elected for another term. School Council members have supported Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councillor with a local litter picking initiative which included designing and placing posters onto bins in the local area.
In addition to this they have supported various charity events, which have recently included Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’ and, for the second year running they have arranged Holmesdale’s participation in ‘Christmas Jumper day’ in aid of ‘We are Macmillan Cancer Support’, ‘Make a Wish’ and ‘Save the Children’.
Sixth Form students at Holmesdale organise and take part in a number of fundraising activities and last year put together a full day of events, competitions and talent contests involving every single member of our school community and raised £1100 for Children in Need.
In November 2015 a group of Sixth Form students supported a project run by Maidstone Churches Winter shelter called ‘Winter Warmers’, arranging the collection and distribution of winter essentials to help homeless people in Maidstone survive the elements this winter.
This year students in Holmesdale’s Year 13 Sport Studies class are organising a sporting event called ‘Innovation’ to fundraise in support of its chosen charity, Slide Away (a local charity which works in partnership with schools and offers bereavement support to children and young people in West Kent).
We have entered a float in the Snodland Carnival for the last two years, with staff and students all coming together to support the local community and raise funds for Snodland Council’s chosen charity.
We also have a Parent Volunteer programme – details of which can be found at: www.holmesdale.kent.sch.uk/about-HTC/job-vacancies/parent-volunteers