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Dear Parents

It has been lovely to see the work of our Wellbeing Group celebrated on a leading educational support website The Key.

It is so gratifying to see their hard work and determination to see wellbeing as so much more than a tick box being recognised.

Further to the Remote Learning PIAG last week, we have posted an FAQ document to support the recording from the event and the videos on the website here. In response to feedback from the whole community we have also made the decision to have some specific screen free, teams free and email free time in the two weeks after the break. On Wednesday 24th February periods 4-6 will be “screen free, teams free and email free” and on Wednesday 3rd March, it will be Periods 1-3. Please find some suggestions of what our young people, staff and possibly parents might consider doing during these times to provide opportunities for some No Screens, No Teams, No Email

We have this week heard that we have been successful in two bids to the Chippenham Borough Lands Charity for £15,000 funding to enhance or Mental Health provision and support young people with increasing access to technology and devices to support their needs through our Learning Support Department. We are very grateful to CBLC for their continued support and look forward to putting these resources to good use when we return to school to support our young people.

Congratulations to our young photographers involved in the Chippenham Local Youth Network photography competition( see below). It is good to see so many of our young people taking part.

Congratulations also to all those young people who have received results for exams taken in the Autumn.

Thank you for all that you have done to support your young people and us with remote learning this term. We are hopeful of getting back into school next term and have already started planning for this but I will keep you informed as announcements are made although as I have said before we are likely to find out at the same time!

To end with a little bit of magic, our Edtech status has meant that we are engaging with schools across the country to support their remote learning. A conversation with a school in Tower Hamlets led to a discussion about the boxes of SIM cards they had been given by phone providers to support disadvantaged families access remote learning. Another conversation with one of our primaries in Chippenham mentioned the lack of access to SIM cards to provide data to disadvantaged families to access remote learning. We have done some match-making and the magic has happened!

Take care and have a restful February break.

Lisa Percy




Chippenham Young Photographers Competition 

Congratulations to Amelia Chalk who recently won first place in the 14-16 category with her photograph entitled Masks. 

Well done to Ameila and all of the young people who took part in this competition. 


Parent wellbeing focus group meeting

The next calendared parent wellbeing focus group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 24th February 2021. As this is now one of our Screen Free times, we have moved the meeting to Thursday 25th February at 6pm. A Teams meeting invite will be sent to the regular members of the group, but it is open to all parents so if you would like to join then please email Chris Wiggall The focus of the meeting will be discussion and feedback on the new wellbeing pages of the website, followed by an opportunity for parents to share any general wellbeing suggestions.

Art Blog Post 2

Our fantastic young artists, designers and photographers have been hard at work over the past fortnight. Working on a wide range of projects designed to inspired, challenge and encourage innovation, our young people have created some incredible outcomes.  

Year 9 DT pupils who have selected to study Resistant Materials are currently working on designs for their Biomimicry-inspired wooden clocks! They have been learning how to produce accurate 3D drawings using oblique and isometric techniques before applying this to their individual designs inspired by natural entities. Take a look at Ginny’s excellent practice drawings for a cube and cuboid, isometric paper has been used to ensure that the lines and angles are drawn accurately. 

Year 10 artists have been studying various methods of representing Portraiture. They have researched a wide range of artists and created mixed media artwork inspired by their references, including personal photoshoots, and testing of new techniques such as impasto painting and fine liner mark-making. The portrait was carefully drawn using charcoal, the drawing surface was prepared in advance using collected materials to create a collage, and it was inspired by the artist Loui Jover. Isabel cleverly refined her drawing using the colour blue in selected areas to highlight sombre emotion in the piece, similarly to the work of the reference artist. 

Artists in the Sixth Form have been investigating abstract architecture since the beginning of January and recently selected an artist to take inspiration from. Isabella chose Paul Kenton and produced a creative and highly informative research page about him. She has expertly practiced and captured the expressive quality of his painting by including an accurate transcription of The Telephone Box in acrylic paint, adding details such as strokes of dark blue and black to mimic the contrast that is so synonymous with Kenton’s work. 

Photographers in the Sixth Form are currently developing their Landscape Photography skills by studying the work of David Hockney, particularly his 9D and Joiner images. George was able to capture a successful and very interesting photoshoot in his garden after we received a sprinkle of snow. He then created a digital 9D collage using these images to show an abstract view of this quiet space. The lines across the image help to highlight the difference between each segment in a similar way to Hockney’s work, whilst still maintaining a similar White Balance and colour scheme across the entire composition. 

Alongside their daily schoolwork, our fabulous young people have also been getting involved in some extra-curricular projects in the creative realm. Last term, our school was lucky enough to receive 20 free sketchbooks from The Brooklyn Art Library for our young people and staff to complete and return. Due to the current restrictions, students have been submitted photographs of their artwork in response to the selected themes for these sketchbooks. These photographs are being printed by our Art Department colleagues and stuck into the books before they are returned to New York for display in the library, alongside thousands of other artists from all over the world! If you are feeling creative and would like to get involved, you can contact Miss Willison (DRW) via email for more information. Creating artwork can be very relaxing and helpful through these stressful times to help you reset and feel calm, so grab your materials and get creative! 

We also have many young people that are currently entering the Royal Academy Young Artists competition for the chance to have their work displayed in a national gallery and submitting their photographs to the Chippenham Young Photographers Competition. These are very exciting opportunities to get involved with, including the potential for prizes and national recognition for creative work! 

Remember to give yourself a break and perhaps even get creative in your spare time. We would love to see what you have been making so feel free to send us some photographs of any creative endeavours you have undertaken! 

We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe out there. 

The Hardenhuish Art & DT Team