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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…

A Record Breaking Book Fair Closes a Hugely Successful Literature Festival

A Record Breaking Book Fair Closes a Hugely Successful Literature Festival

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2017 Scholastic Book Fair last week, which formed the culmination of the Hardenhuish Literature Festival. For the second year in a row, we took a school record-breaking amount, this time totalling an incredible £1242.55, over £150 more than the 2016 figure. With the school receiving 60% commission of the total taken, this will lead to a huge number of new books on the library shelves over the coming months. Many thanks to everyone who purchased items…

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 10 March

Hardenhuish Headlines Friday 10 March

National Funding Consultation – Phase 2 As you will have seen from previous Headlines and the main item on the news this morning, phase 2 of the National Fairer Funding Consultation is open until 22 March 2017. Wiltshire schools have had to cut teachers and support staff, increase contact time for teachers, increase class sizes, reduce curriculum offers (reduced number of GCSEs and A Levels), cut training for staff, stop ICT hardware renewal, cut support for SEND pupils, and cut mental health support. There will…

Hardenhuish Delegates Attend MUN Conference

Hardenhuish Delegates Attend MUN Conference

Last weekend, five of our Year 11 and 12 students attended the annual Kingswood School Model United Nations Conference. It is safe to say that a fantastic weekend was had by everyone involved, with all delegates performing brilliantly. Harry Wright (Year 12) was awarded a commendation for his efforts in the Economic Committee and all students got involved in the debates that took place. On Friday night, the group took part in lobbying for their resolutions with students from schools across the UK and Europe. This was followed by…

Hardenhuish Pupils Enjoy Chemistry Workshop

Hardenhuish Pupils Enjoy Chemistry Workshop

On Wednesday 1st March, pupils from Hardenhuish had the opportunity to analyse chemicals using cutting edge techniques as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ programme. Admittedly, the instruments were large enough to fill several suitcases, however, it was exciting for students to see and use techniques usually used at universities and in industrial research. In particular it was fascinating for Year 13 students (and their teachers) to use nuclear magnetic resonance to identify very subtly different molecules. As part of…

Powerful Message Concludes Literature Festival

The third annual Hardenhuish Literature Festival ended on a powerful note last Friday with the visit of author Kate Maryon. The writer of novels including ‘Invisible Girl’, ‘Glitter’ and ‘Sea Of Stars’, Kate talked to the whole of Year 8 and two Year 9 groups during her visit. She conveyed memories of her own childhood and writing experiences over the past decade along with the powerful messages that she tackles in her novels, including running away from home and bullying. This thought-provoking talk gave pupils…

Hardenhuish Headlines 03 March 2017

Hardenhuish Headlines 03 March 2017

As you will see from the items below, the Hardenhuish Literature Festival has provided many opportunities this week for us to celebrate books and reading. World Book Day on Thursday allowed many staff (including the Leadership Team !) to dress-up, and a colleague visiting the school commented on the positive and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms even with teachers dressed as Toto, Where’s Wally? and the various characters of Roald Dahl and JM Barrie. Pupils have been involved in events with numerous visitors this week, participated…

Girls and their Mothers Get Wise at Hardenhuish School!

Girls and their Mothers Get Wise at Hardenhuish School!

On Monday 18 January, Hardenhuish School in Chippenham welcomed Professor Averil MacDonald OBE to host a talk that was open to all girls in Years 8 to 12 and their mothers. The aim of the evening, entitled ‘Keeping Doors Open’, was to encourage girls to make the most of all of their talents and to consider the many different careers in science, technology and engineering and, in some cases more importantly, the non-science careers where a science qualification could provide a significant advantage. The main…

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