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Hardenhuish Becomes A Microsoft Showcase School

Hardenhuish Becomes A Microsoft Showcase School

Last week, Hardenhuish School announced that it had been awarded the ‘Microsoft Showcase School’ status, only one of 31 in the UK.  As a result, it is now part of a global community of educators who have a vision for transforming the way pupils and students are educated. This new status was the culmination of two years’ hard work during which the school has been promoting the use of exciting technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Office 365, OneNote Class Notebook and SharePoint have been…

Hardenhuish Headlines 10 February 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines 10 February 2017

It has been a busy Term 3 and pupils and staff at Hardenhuish have, as always, taken every opportunity to get involved with an enormous range of events and activities. The articles and links below make for good reading ( an unintended link to the Hardenhuish Literature Festival taking place early next term!) and showcase our diverse talents, interests and skills.  I am already looking forward to the many opportunities signposted below that are taking place in Term 4 but in the meantime have an…

Anything Goes at Hardenhuish!

Anything Goes at Hardenhuish!

Audiences were dazzled this week by the four sell-out performances of Hardenhuish School’s production of “Anything Goes”. The cast of almost fifty pupils has been rehearsing for the production since last September and their hard work and talent was obvious for all to see. More than 400 excited family, friends and staff bought tickets for the show, Anything Goes is a classic, Broadway musical featuring well-known songs such as ‘I Get A Kick out Of You’ and ‘It’s De-Lovely’, as well as comedy hi-jinks and…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 3 February 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 3 February 2017

The arrival of our lambs at Hardenhuish is an extra opportunity for us to think about new beginnings and I am pleased to announce that we have been officially designated as a Microsoft Showcase school, one of only 31 in the UK. This is recognition of our efforts so far to embrace technology for learning but most importantly, signals the beginning of a focused effort, working alongside Microsoft, to ensure that technology is being used as widely as possible to enhance teaching and learning and…

Hardenhuish Welcomes New Additions

Hardenhuish Welcomes New Additions

This week, Hardenhuish School has welcomed four new arrivals… in the shape of lambs! Leah’s offspring arrived over the weekend followed by Rachel’s two on Monday night. All of the lambs are fit and healthy although they are being bottle fed to help out their first-time mothers.  Meanwhile, their father, Twiglet, has returned to the flock to keep them company as the lambs settle into life at Hardenhuish. Hardenhuish School has kept a flock of six Jacob sheep for several years and they run a…

'Indie' The Mars Rover Visits Hardenhuish

‘Indie’ The Mars Rover Visits Hardenhuish

This week, Hardenhuish School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) Club welcomed Cristina Rodriguez, Technical Lead from the Space Division at SCISYS UK Ltd to talk about the software she designed for three satellites that are currently orbiting the earth and recording data on the earth’s magnetic field. Cristina also brought along a test model of a Mars Rover, known as ‘Indie’, whose software she had designed for its collision avoidance algorithm. “It takes an average of 13 minutes to communicate with Mars, so if…

Hardenhuish Headlines 27 January 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines 27 January 2017

Staff have focused on ICT developments this week with whole staff training to ensure that our teaching and learning makes the best use of Office 365, and several colleagues including myself visiting BETT, the education technology conference to plan future developments. More exciting details to come over the coming weeks and months! There have been further fantastic achievements by pupils and students this week across many curriculum areas and visitors to the school have commented on their focus and positive attitudes. Mrs Percy Headteacher  News…

Hardenhuish Headlines 20 January 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines 20 January 2017

As you may have seen in the local press I attended a meeting at the Department for Education on Monday regarding the National Funding Formula. It was a good opportunity for Wiltshire Headteachers to voice our concerns regarding reductions in Educational Funding. I will be writing separately in the near future to ask for your support in responding to the current consultation. Our PE and Drama Departments have had a busy week with their events, fixtures and performances and it is a privilege to have…

Hardenhuish Pupils Play New Age Kurling

Hardenhuish Pupils Play New Age Kurling

Last week, two Year 9 pupils represented Hardenhuish School at the New Age Kurling County Championships. The competition for KS3-4 pupils, hosted by Lavington School in Devizes, was organised by Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Development team. The team, comprising Zak Harper-Smith and Ben Baker, had qualified for the event in the district event before Christmas. During the morning’s qualifying rounds, Zak and Ben competed against 30 teams from different Wiltshire schools.  Thanks to an excellent performance and some brilliant tactics, the Hardenhuish boys came second…

Hardenhuish Headlines – 13 January 2017

To support our pupils and students to succeed, they are having an assembly during this week and next ‘raising awareness of mental health at Hardenhuish School’. The current support available in school is being signposted – Pastoral Managers, Counsellors, Matron, NHS nurse and the Resource Centre ‘Shelf Help’ scheme (a national reading scheme to support mental health) and information about KOOTH (kooth.com) is being shared. KOOTH is an online counselling and support service for young people. This service has trained and qualified counsellors and also…

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