Thank you for all of your support this term. It has certainly been a greater challenge than a “normal” Autumn Term but our whole community has worked brilliantly well together. The Year 7 have settled well and are getting used to the Hardenhuish ways of working as are the new Year 12. The other Year groups have worked really hard and on the whole have appreciated being back in school!
I have linked here our Term 2 Plan which outlines changes that we have made to our September Return plans in light of our experiences from Term 1 and the developments that there have been in the guidance we continue to receive regularly from the Department for Education. There are some additions and changes so I would be grateful if you would take the time to read through this and discuss with your young person (people) who will also have a reminder of the changes in their Tutor Time on the first day back.
Please also find linked here a letter from Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire and a poster I shared earlier in the term as a reminder and the following information from the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service which I have been asked to share https://sway.office.com/iDBNLMbfCtqe5we5?ref=Link .
I wish you a restful October break.
A very strange few months in the life of Hardenhuish School. September saw all staff and pupils/students back on site for the first time since mid-March, settling into a new normal.
A huge amount of work had been put in over the summer re-organising timetables and setting up a one-way system to keep the year groups in zones. Hardenhuish is blessed with a lovely spacious site and we have all been enjoying this and the good weather as we move around the blocks. The staff and pupils/students with pedometers have found hitting the 10,000 step target much easier this term. All the hard work has paid off as we have managed to finish a term where all year groups remained in school. Despite the significant break from in-school learning students quickly settled in and have remained focused through the term.
This year, we have a new faculty of social sciences which is based in the sixth form block. I now have a third area where I can spend my time and have dropped in on criminology lessons which is a new course as well as sociology, geography and psychology. In the last few weeks, I have had a significant operation removing a large lump from my side which explains a rather large bald patch if you see me, but I am now fully recovered and moving better than ever.
I usually spend part of my report feeding back on my travels. Over the summer we were incredibly lucky and managed to spend the usual two weeks in Scotland and a week in Cornwall. As I type, our second attempt to get to Anglesey this year has been called off so I will be reporting from Cornwall instead over half term.
Wishing everyone a restful break and that staff and students return ready to tackle term 2 which for Year 11 means mock exams!
It has been an exciting time for Hardenhuish pupil Jamil Rogers. Aspiring to be a professional racing driver, Jamil has been selected to test a Formula 4 car with the world’s top racing team, Carlin Racing. Jamil visited the factory earlier this term for a seat fitting and simulator test and is looking forward to three days on track in South Wales in November. We wish Jamil good luck with these track days and look forward to hearing all about his continued success as part of the Azerbaijani Formula 1 organisation.
Mental Health PIAG Webinar
On Tuesday 20 October 2020, we held our second annual Mental Health Parents’ Information Advice & Guidance evening, but this year was the first one held virtually via Teams. The evening was a great success with over 80 parents attending the live event and over 50 questions and comments raised. A series of video links were shared with parents via Schoolcomms beforehand to highlight the support available to our young people (see below) and the live event contained a short wellbeing update followed by a Q&A session. If you missed the event but would like to watch it, then please click here to watch the recording. The wellbeing update slides are also available here. Here is a flavour of the feedback from some of the parents who attended:
“Thank you all so much for holding this MH PIAG and for sharing the information. It has been very helpful.“
“I can really recommend getting in touch with the pastoral managers – they are wonderful!”
“Thanks very much for tonight’s PIAG – I found it really interesting and informative. Thanks also for all the time that went into it from the staff and students. Stay safe everyone.”
“Thank you for all the support you give both my children. They feel safe and secure.”
Here is a reminder of the links to the other video clips:
In-school support provision https://youtu.be/xEYBDv1Q48A – Hardenhuish pupils, students and staff
STOP Parenting programme https://youtu.be/JqPpJoRDWpA – Linda McCann, Oxford Health NHS
School Nurse Service https://youtu.be/yGQQQQ3T18g – Jasmine Phillips, Student Specialist School Nurse
Barnardo’s Provision (On your Mind Wiltshire) https://youtu.be/HeMCgok-vDA – delivered by Emma Barton, Mental Health Lead
The follow-up Wellbeing Parent Focus Group meeting will be held on Wednesday 4 November at 6pm. This will be held as a Teams meeting rather than a webinar style to allow you to share ideas or discuss improvements to the school provision. If you would like to be part of this focus group meeting, then please email Chris Wiggall CMW@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk to receive an invite to the Teams meeting.
A massive thank you to all of our pupils and students for your hard work and effort during term 1. All year groups have impressed us with their ability to adapt to the changing situation and we have thoroughly enjoyed being back at school.
It’s been a strange time with no sports clubs and fixtures and thankfully we are now in a position to be able to start these again. Unfortunately, we are still at a stage where we can only have one year group at a time in PE and so clubs will have to be run in a slightly different way. There are no fixtures planned for term 2 so our clubs are very much focused on getting as many young people out playing sport as possible. We will be running pitch up and play touch rugby and netball competitions every Tuesday straight after school. Initially this will be just for KS3 while we get the chance to have a look at the number who wish to take part. The dates for the different year groups are below.
Year 7 – 03/11/20
Year 8 – 10/11/2020
Year 9 – 17/11/2020
Year 7 – 24/11/2020
Year 8 – 01/12/2020
Year 9 – 08/12/2020
Year 7 – 15/12/2020
There is no need to sign up, just meet us in the PE changing rooms on your year groups designated day with your full and correct PE kit! You don’t need to worry about having a team or tutor groups to play with as we will sort all of that out on the day, the emphasis is very much on getting active and getting everyone involved.
Thank you again from the whole PE department for all of your hard work.
We hope you have a great half term and look forward to seeing you in term 2.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: Monday 2 November
Monday 2 November
Term 2 Starts
Year 11 Mocks commence
Year 13 Art trip – Corsham