Happy Children in Need day!
It has been great to see the young people in school today “being themselves” whilst raising funds for a charity that makes such a difference to young people in the UK.
It has been amazing to see the respect shown by our young people in a number of acts of Remembrance this week. Many of our young people played a significant part in the act of remembrance in Chippenham last Sunday and three of our Sixth Form laid a wreath at the Chippenham Memorial on behalf of our community on Wednesday. I am so proud that our young people represent their generation so well.
Thank you for your continued support with our compliance with national restrictions. The whole community continues to be amazing in following the requirements and keeping us all safe. Please remind your young people to bring their face coverings to school to wear in indoor communal areas as there are significant numbers requiring disposable masks each day which is not sustainable from both a financial or environmental perspective, particularly when we have given all young people a cloth face covering to wear in school.
Take care and have a restful weekend.
Rising Cricket Star
Hardenhuish pupil Sophie Vaughan has been selected from 50+ other girls, from across the whole of Wiltshire, to train in the Wiltshire County Cricket Under 13 Girls Talent Pathway Coaching Programme which begins in January; this is quite an achievement as Sophie only started playing cricket in January 2019! Well done Sophie!
Oxbridge Application and Interview Process Lecture:
Last Wednesday, 30 pupils in Sixth Form and Year 11 took part in a webinar in school about the Oxbridge applications and interview processes. The talk was given by former Hardenhuish pupil, Luke Milsom. Luke completed his MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford, and is currently an Economics PhD candidate at Oxford University and a stipendiary lecturer at Corpus Christi College, and it was wonderful to be able to welcome back one of our Hardenhuish alumni. The talk included an introduction to the Oxbridge application processes, with details about which college to apply to, and the importance of grades, personal statements, teacher references, and the subject-specific testing in the pre-interview stage. There was then an explanation of how to approach the interview, with an explanation of what tutors are looking for, and the types of questions that might be asked. There was an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. It was a really informative webinar, providing valuable advice for those considering applications to Oxbridge, veterinary, medicine, and universities within the Russell Group.
On Thursday we were joined (virtually) in Photography by James Fear, a prominent photographer from Cheltenham who primarily specialises in capturing the special moments of a wedding day. James spoke to a group of Photography students in our sixth form about his work and answered questions to help them improve their personal investigation projects.
We discussed everything from capturing light, to directing a room of people in order to capture successful and professional photographs. Although he usually captures weddings, James spoken very passionately about his love of photographing people. He is fascinated by human behaviour and describes himself as a social chameleon at work, needing to adapt at a moment’s notice to capture or facilitate those special moments.
The students will now be implementing his advice to improve their own photoshoots with the aim of producing more successful visual outcomes for their a-level coursework.
To take a look at James Fear Photography you can find him on Instagram, or go to his website here.