Welcome back to Term 2!
I would like to start by congratulating and thanking our whole community for the positive way in which this term has started. Year 11 have embraced their mock exams with maturity and positivity and I have been very impressed by their attitude and approach.
Can I please remind you to report any positive Covid-19 test results via the absence line. It is vital to keep our whole community safe and that we are aware of any positive cases and observe self-isolation instructions if these are received from track and trace.
Thank you for your support as we have introduced the wearing of face coverings in communal indoor areas which is now mandatory as a result of further guidance published on Wednesday . All young people have now been issued with a Hardenhuish green face covering and you are now able to purchase additional face coverings via Wisepay (£3.50 each). Pupils do not have to wear Hardenhuish green face covering and can wear an alternative should they choose. If a pupil has forgotten their face covering they should go to the Main Office where they will be issued with a disposable face covering- a charge will not be made for these in the first instance but please can you remind young people that they should be responsible for remembering their fabric face coverings to reduce further cost both financially and to the environment.
If a young person is not wearing a face covering in a corridor or communal space indoors they will be reminded to put their mask on in the first instance until this habit becomes embedded. If a young person is unable to wear a face covering for sensory or medical reasons please ask them to talk to their Pastoral Manager in the first instance. If a young person is obstructive however regarding the wearing of face coverings, then a conduct point will be awarded and if they point blank refuse without any reason then an appropriate sanction will be determined by their Learning Manager.
Due to Year 11 Mocks continuing on Monday and Tuesday, young people are allowed to continue to come into school in their PE kit and stay in kit on the days they have PE. From Wednesday 11th November however, young people will have to come into school in their uniform and change for PE as per usual.
Thank you as always for your ongoing support. I hope that you found Tutor check-in day useful this week and thank you for embracing this new remote way of discussing the progress of your young people.
Have a restful weekend. Take care and stay safe.
Children in Need
On Friday 13 November, we are holding a non-uniform day in order to raise money for Children in Need. The theme for this year’s Children in Need is ‘Come as yourself’ and so we encourage pupils to embrace their identity and come to school in whatever makes them feel comfortable. We ask that pupils bring in a £1 donation which will be collected when pupils enter the school building at the start of the day.
Many thanks for your support.
Resource Centre news
It has been a very busy start to term 2, continuing the trend from October where borrowing figures matched or even surpassed totals from previous years. This is really encouraging to see, given all the restrictions this year, and we would like to thank all the pupils and students who have made such good safe use of our facilities so far.
As I’m sure you’re aware, there is the one additional rule this term with masks now mandatory when using the Resource Centre during break, lunch, before and after school, in line with communal areas across the school. Combined with sanitising, quarantining returned books and all the extra measures we’ve got in place here, we hope this will keep the space as safe as possible for everyone over the coming months.
As always, there are a huge number of new books being published at this time of year. Some of the big titles now available here include:
‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End’ by Jeff Kinney
‘Code Name Bananas’ by David Walliams
‘Future Friend’ by David Baddiel
‘The Night Bus Hero’ by Onjali Q Rauf
‘Trials of Apollo: The Trial of Nero’ by Rick Riordan
‘Shoe Wars’ by Liz Pichon
‘Wizards of Once: Never and Forever’ by Cressida Cowell
‘The Castle of Tangled Magic’ by Sophie Anderson
This term will also see lots of new graphic novels, manga, non-fiction books and autobiographies from the likes of Tim Peake, Jimmy Anderson, David Attenborough and Captain Tom Moore!
For the first time ever, a manga title took our coveted number one most borrowed book for term 1 – ‘My Hero Academia Volume 1’ beat the likes of ‘The Hunger Games’, Alex Rider, Percy Jackson and several Carnegie-shortlisted books to claim top spot. This reflects how popular our new dedicated manga section has proven to be so far this year across all age groups, with one Year 8 student recently describing it as “the best part of the whole library”. Look out for lots more manga titles in the weeks ahead.
In other news, we were delighted during term 1 to start running Book Club again. Initially this was just for our devoted group of Year 9s but we are now in a position to offer this once a term exclusively for our new Year 7s as well. It will be on a Thursday lunchtime and full details will be given in your next library lesson. If you are interested, please sign up with Mr Southwood and we will let you know the date for the first meeting as soon as it is arranged. Book Club is a great opportunity to try new titles and discuss your current favourite stories with other book enthusiasts, so please do look out for more information very soon.
Finally, our termly Scholastic book offer is up and running – this is the chance for you to buy books at discounted prices through the school. With bookshops sadly shutting for the next month, if you’re in need of Christmas gift ideas please follow this link http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/hardenhuish for some amazing offers, rather than succumbing to the dreaded Amazon! The deadline for orders is Thursday 26th November and they will be delivered to school early in December, ready for your child to collect from the Resource Centre before the holidays. There is also a hard copy of the latest Scholastic catalogue available on Mr Southwood’s desk.
We hope you enjoy your reading over the coming weeks and relish the chance to lose yourself in a good book during such tricky times. Please always feel free to e-mail Mr Southwood if there are any requests or book reservations you would like to make, and look out for more library news in a future edition of ‘Headlines’.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: Monday 9 November
Thursday 12 November
Year 13 Parent Student, Consultation Evening (Remotely)