It has been a very busy term and the snow this week has just added to the excitement of the end of term!
Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets or came along to the Christmas Fayre last Friday and supported our stall holders. We raised £3003 in total – an awesome amount which will be used to support enrichment and additional resources, opportunities and experiences for our wonderful young people. Thank you especially to all of the stall holders and those staff and parents who gave up their time to help out and support this event.
The Carol Concert at St Paul’s last night was a lovely way to begin our Christmas celebrations and also raised £335 for the Doorway project. Thank you to all those young people and staff who took part and all those who attended for making it such a special evening and thank you to Mrs Hawkins, Mrs Simpson, Mr Howell and our wonderful Peri staff for all they do to support and encourage music at Hardenhuish.
Today the year groups have taken part in various celebration events and I hope that they have enjoyed their final day of Term 2.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who have gone above and beyond this term to lead and support the numerous trips, visits and experiences beyond their day jobs to enhance the curriculum and provide our young people with such a varied, vibrant and enriching school experience.
I wish you a peaceful and restful festive season and look forward to seeing our young people back in school on Wednesday 4 January 2023 (Tuesday 3 January is a TD Day and the school is therefore closed to pupils).
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!
If you or your child need any support with mental health or wellbeing over the school holiday then please feel free to access the advice and signposting on the school website:
You can find the ‘We’ve Got Your Back Pack’ which contains more advice and also some wellbeing activities that you may like to do with your child here . This was created by our Student Leadership Team alongside our school counsellor to help support our pupils mental health.
There is also some fantastic advice on the Young Minds website for both pupils and parents
We wish you the best of Christmases and look forward to seeing all the pupils back in the new year!
Please see the article below on what turned out to be quite an eventful trip!
Business and Social Science Talk
Business and Social Science Sixth form students had the opportunity to talk to independent businesswomen Shona Forbes. Shona developed her eco-friendly food wraps when her children were young and has since expanded the company. When orders started to increase Shona investigated ways to meet a higher demand but wanted to produce locally in Scotland, rather than outsource abroad. A suggestion from a friend led her to Kilmarnock Prison.
The working prison has a rehabilitation programme to support prisoners in developing skills and qualifications to help them thrive after they have served their sentence. Shona’s company ‘rewrap it’ makes up one of the six work units in the prison. Prisoners are paid for their work and achieve an industrial sewing qualification; something that can change their future. Shona shared a story of an ex-prisoner who broke free from the cycle of crime and opened his own handmade curtain business upon release. Students and staff enjoyed the informative and interactive talk and look forward to welcoming her in the future.
We finish the term on a very cold and wintry note. Over the last 7 weeks we have managed to squeeze an awful lot in, such as Year 11 mocks and a wide range of additional educational experiences both in school and off site across the year groups. In the last few weeks students from the sixth form have been involved in trips to Bath University, Bristol Harbourside, Berlin and CERN.
Half term seems a long time ago, this year we decided to head to a new destination and spent the week in the Peak District. The week was very enjoyable but one of the real highlights occurred on the way up. We have wanted to visit the National Memorial Arboretum for some time but it has not been on our route before. We had anticipated spending perhaps an hour wandering around the various memorials. After 3 hours it was clear we had seriously underestimated the scale of the site and the range of 400 fascinating memorials. Represented were so many conflicts and various regiments and branches of the armed forces as well as emergency service groups. It is very difficult not to be affected as you walk round and see the sheer volume of names and think about the families who have lost a loved one. The designs of many of them were superb but a couple really stand out and that is the Shot at Dawn memorial, a very poignant space. Also, the Parachute regiment and Air forces memorial which you can see in the photo below. If you are ever travelling past it is well worth a visit, we will return.
As the Christmas break approaches, I am poised to pack my bag and waterproof coat ready for my latest trip to Cornwall. Happy Holidays everyone.
Christmas Cross Country
On Friday 9 December over 700 primary aged pupils arrived ready to participate in the annual Chippenham Sports Partnership Christmas Cross Country! The event started with everyone taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas festive warm up which was led by our wonderful Sports Leaders! They were then taken around the field on a run before enjoying some hot chocolate as a well deserved treat. This event was only possible due to the help and support of the Year 9,10 and 12 Sports Leaders, who really threw themselves into everything and were once again, fantastic role models for all of the younger pupils. Special mention to Father Christmas and his reindeers for making a guest appearance, and for Izzy Leach who sang the 12 Days of Christmas warm up song beautifully.
North Wiltshire Badminton Competition
On Thursday 8 December Hardenhuish hosted the North Wiltshire KS3 and KS4 Badminton Competition.
The KS3 boys team was made up of Oliver Cross, James Harris, Arlo Harrison and Marvin Fernandes, they finished in 2nd place.
The KS3 girls team was made up of Imogen Drew, Genessa Fernandes, Lucy Rogers and Emily Kier, they finished in 2nd place.
The KS4 boys teams was made up of Ben Harvey, Elliot Flower, Oliver Collins and Oliver Beek, they finished in 2nd place.
The KS4 girls team was made up of Erin Robinson, Harriet Whiting, Ottilie Brown and Hope Milsom, they finished in 1st place and have now qualified for the County Championships in March.
Thank you very much to our badminton coach Geoff and Maisie Mayne (Year 12 Sports Leader) for organising the competition.
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