Thank you to all of you who attended our Remote Learning PIAG last night. If you were not able to join us live a link to the recording can be found on the website. We will be producing an FAQ document from the questions raised and will upload this to the website supplement the recording.
We valued the time and effort spent by parents completing the survey at the beginning of this term and as we come to the end of term we would like to inform our practice for term 4 by looking back on this term’s successes and areas for improvement. We are asking the Hardenhuish staff, students and parents to complete a final evaluation for this term by Wednesday 10th February 16:00. Please click here for the parent survey.
We made the decision earlier this week that to support the wellbeing of our staff and young people, we have declared the February break a “screen free for school purposes week” and no homework should be set. Thank you for your continued support of remote learning and the wellbeing of our young people in these challenging times.
Have a good weekend.
Time to Talk Day 2021
Time to Talk Day this year was on Thursday 4 February and is usually one of the events we support to raise the importance of mental health and end the stigma that is sometimes attached to it. Even though we are currently in lockdown, we were dedicated to continuing with the event and adapted it for the remote school day. All staff were encouraged to use the Time to Talk virtual background in all of their lessons and meetings.
Over the past couple of weeks, all pupils and students joined an assembly to launch the Time to Change charity theme, which this year is ‘Power of Small’. We used this opportunity to remind them that it is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. We wanted to get more people talking than ever this year. The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down – helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many people with mental health problems are made to feel.
This was followed by a tutor time activity related to the ‘Power of Small’ and encouraged all pupils and students to make small changes, which when added up can have a big impact on how they, and those around them, are feeling. We were incredibly lucky, once again, to be supported by ex Hardenhuish student, Niamh Taylor, who is a Time To Change Champion. She shared her inspiring story of managing her own mental health last year in assembly and followed this up with a message this year to help end the stigma some people feel about talking about issues they may be facing. We have asked pupils and students to share positive strategies about the small differences they made on the day and will distribute these with the Hardenhuish community in the near future.
Success Beyond School
Please click on the link HERE for details of a live on-line careers evening for parents from InvestIN who provide students aged 12-18 with immersive work experience in some of the world’s most competitive and desirable careers – medicine, law, engineering, psychology, investment banking and more.
Art and DT: Blog Post 1
Since the beginning of January, our Art & DT team have been busy delivering live lessons, designing activities and recording tutorial videos so that we can deliver an exciting and engaging creative curriculum to our young people from afar. Whoever thought we would be asking a student to ‘unmute’ or ‘click your Raise Hand button’ this time last year?! Whilst it has not always been easy, we have enjoyed the challenge and learned a lot of new skills.
Things have been rather quiet in C centre recently. We are not able to be in our studios and workshops to collaborate as we usually would. However, our fabulous young people have really taken it in their stride. Despite the challenges of remote learning, our creative artists and designers have been hard at work with their projects. Creativity is alive and kicking at Hardenhuish, even if we can share it in person.
From Pizza Muffins in DT Food, to Surrealism Drawings in Art, these young people are once again showing that they can make the best out of any situation. Enjoy browsing this miniature gallery of Remote Creativity produced by some of our talented artists and designers over the past few weeks.