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Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 28 April 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 28 April 2017

It is an absolute pleasure to share with you below the many successes that Hardenhuish pupils are celebrating this week. Well done to all who have taken part in Football matches, Dance, Poetry, Cheerleading and Equestrian competitions, Music exams and Musical Theatre auditions to name but a few! Enjoy the long weekend! Mrs Percy Headteacher News Items   Music Exam Results Congratulations to the following pupils on their music exam results: Phoebe Murtagh – ABRSM Grade 5 violin with merit Jean Benoit Semichon – Trinity…

Hardenhuish Student Reaches Poetry Finals

Hardenhuish Student Reaches Poetry Finals

Year 13 Hardenhuish student, Rebecca Warner, has made the school proud after reaching the finals weekend of the national Poetry By Heart competition at the British Library in London last weekend. This is the fifth year of Poetry By Heart, a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 to learn and to recite poems by heart in a way that shows they have inwardly-understood and enjoyed them. Each pupil is challenged to memorise and recite two poems – one published before 1914 and one…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 7 April 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 7 April 2017

As I mentioned at the beginning of this term, there certainly have been a wide range of opportunities that have taken place this term and indeed this week, many of which are described below. There are many more opportunities available next term both in school and beyond, promoted below. This afternoon we have been visited by John Rolfe from The British Council and Michelle Donelan our MP to present us with our recently acquired International Schools Award and to hear from our pupils what they…

Hardenhuish Green Team Send 650 Books to Kenya

Hardenhuish Green Team Send 650 Books to Kenya

Four members of Hardenhuish School’s Green team have been very busy over the past term, looking for textbooks across the school that are no longer used. As a result of their efforts, on Tuesday, they were able to hand over more than 650 books to Barbara Angme-Amponsah.  The books will be shipped to Kandiga Secondary School in North Eastern Ghana in the next few weeks where they will be distributed to students who have no access to valuable teaching resources such as these. Changes in…

Year 7 and 8 Opal Coast Trip 2017

The group assembled at 3.45 am on Friday 31 march, ready to depart at 4 am; all present and correct and with the necessary documentation. A huge thanks to the parents for ensuring this! On arrival in France an hour earlier than scheduled, we made our first stop at a Snail Farm. The owner spoke no English and with only a little help from Miss Humphris and Mrs Collyer, the pupils interacted entirely in French.  We now know so much about this edible hermaphrodite, we…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 31 March 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 31 March 2017

I have attended two meetings this week that have given me food for thought in terms of maximising the skills, talents and generosity of our local community at a time when budgets are being dramatically reduced. Chippenham Borough Lands have very kindly increased their support of our extra-curricular and enrichment programmes as well as our uniform support programme, and the Hardenhuish Educational Trust have once again been very generous with their support of a range of resources which will enhance the taught curriculum for our…

A Day Of Crime Solving And Enterprise At Hardenhuish

Year 8 pupils at Hardenhuish School spent last Thursday using their problem solving, logical thinking and observation skills to solve a simulated crime. During the second of this year’s three cross-curricular days, the 250 pupils worked together in their tutor groups to gather clues and piece together the evidence in order to make an accusation. As well as spending time in the Science Centre doing forensic skills, including chemical analysis, microscope work and finger print sampling, the pupils also had to use cryptology and  their…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 24 March

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 24 March

  The atmosphere around school yesterday for Personalising Learning Day for Years 7, 9 and 11 and cross-curricular day for Years 8, 10, 12 and 13 was positive and purposeful. I am sure that the “different” school day will have provided opportunities for “different” learning. Red Nose Day today has demonstrated the generosity of our community, raising £1000 so far. This total will be boosted by many extra fundraising efforts by our pupils including a sponsored silence. Well done to all involved, I look forward…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 17 March

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 17 March

Further to my Hardenhuish Headlines message last week regarding the National Funding Formula Consultation, Michelle Donelan MP has contacted me to inform me of a petition website (michelledonelan.com/schools) that she has set up which she plans to present as part of the consultation. Each response to this consultation will ensure that our views are considered in setting the final formula. I am excited to update you of site developments which will take place over the coming months in preparation for September 2017. The Art Department…

Hardenhuish Pupils Interact With Shakespeare!

Hardenhuish Pupils Interact With Shakespeare!

Hardenhuish School was delighted to welcome the Young Shakespeare Company this week to bring literature to life with their excellent interactive workshop presentation of Romeo and Juliet. The professional touring theatre company performed for all Year 9 pupils, combining clear, accessible and well-paced acting with challenging yet inclusive workshop activities. The emphasis throughout the session was on the importance of choice and interpretation in the process of putting on a play. Taking suggestions from the pupils, the skilled actors explored the choices of the rehearsal…

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