The Year 7 have had a wonderful time at Liddington this week and I would like to thank Mr Henley, Mrs Young, the Year 7 Tutor Team and all other staff who have supported this fantastic team building opportunity for our amazing young people.
Thank you for your help and support in re-establishing our uniform expectations at the beginning of this term. As the weather changes, please can I ask you to remind your young people about waterproof coats and coming prepared for the colder conditions. A reminder that jumpers are compulsory from after the October break. If when these come out of cupboards and drawers they are no longer the right size, these would be gratefully received to pass on to a new owner!
Extra-curricular experiences are now in full swing for this term with many opportunities for young people to get involved in to enhance their school experience. Thank you for your support of these and encouraging your young people to find out what is going on and get involved.
Have a restful weekend (particularly Year 7!)
SEG Eventing Championships at Dauntsey Park
Congratulations to Faith Loveridge who won the SEG eventing championship and represented Hardenhuish in the event. She competed in the 80cm class and on her lovely Connemara Ballinlough Kevin. Faith qualified right at the start of the season at Swarcliffe and the championships were held at locally at Dauntsey Park. The class consisted of 46 qualifying riders who were all representing their schools. Faith achieved a 31.75 dressage score. Faith was lying second after the dressage, then was clear in both the show jumping and cross country. It was a fantastic achievement of a double clear, no time penalties, with a very technical cross country phase. The x country consisted of 25 jumps over 3.5km!
The Year 11 Health and Social Care students have enjoyed visits from Christine Crookall-Fallon, a Youth, Education and Wellbeing Team Leader, working for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, this week to help them plan for their Creative and Therapeutic Activities Unit. They took part in an outdoor activity to learn about the range of benefits of spending time within green spaces and find out more about the range of activities that Wiltshire Wildlife Trust do.
Hello Yellow Day
On Tuesday 10 October, pupils at Hardenhuish will be celebrating Hello Yellow day! Organised by Young Minds it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of mental health and try and reduce the stigma around this area. During the week leading up to Hello Yellow we will be sharing strategies of how they can look after their mental health and reminding them of all of the wellbeing provision we have within school.
On the day we invite pupils in Years 7 – 11 to wear a yellow accessory (e.g. socks, belt, hat, jewellery) on top of their usual Hardenhuish school uniform. We will be encouraging our 6th Formers to wear as much yellow as possible! At lunchtime they will have the opportunity to take part in a photo booth activity, plus other wellbeing style activities. The pupils from the Wellbeing hub will also be selling jewellery and running a face paint stall to raise money for Young Minds. There will also be a fun treasure hunt activity for them to get involved with during the week. We look forward to seeing everyone get involved to support this event!
Focus on: Tutor Check-in
Hardenhuish School prides itself on the part of our motto ‘Supported to Succeed’ and is well renowned in the local community for our commitment to this unique selling point. With our young people at the centre of all that we do and decisions we make, the tutor structure underpins the support that every pupil and student in school receives. Our tutors START each day by welcoming their tutees into their classroom with the aim to set them up for a successful day of learning, with the focus on building relationships and trust.
You will have seen on the school calendar that our Tutor Check-in Evening takes place on Thursday 12 October 2023 for all pupil and students and their parents. This will be an opportunity for you to meet together to review the first part of the academic year, ask questions you may have and to look ahead to the opportunities available during the rest of this year. Please look out for the letter coming soon with instructions on how to make your five minute appointment.
Footballs in School
Pupils are allowed to bring in footballs to play with at break and lunchtime. When the field is open (in dry weather during Terms 1, 5 and 6) pupils are welcome to play football within the correct areas. If your child wishes to bring a football to school to play on the courts, please can you help ensure that balls are size 3. Larger balls are not allowed to be used on the courts for safety reasons, and the Leadership Team also have size 3 balls available to borrow at lunchtime. To make sure that pupils are ready to learn at the start of period 5, football games must stop immediately when the bell is rung towards the end of lunch.
On Saturday Imogen Drew competed in the U15 Herts Silver Badminton England tournament. In Girls Doubles alongside her partner they won all their group games even beating the number 1 seeds, gaining them a place in the final. Which they dominated winning Gold🥇.