I hope that you have had a good week.
School is busy as we prepare for the final assessments for Years 10,11,12 and 13 which begin next week. Our young people are being amazing and are preparing well. Thank you for your support of them ( and us!) over the coming three weeks.
Year 11 have their end of year photographs today. I am so pleased that we have been able to make this happen to enable them to have at least some of their end of Year events as normal in what has been such a turbulent year.
We are still awaiting a further delivery of test kits for young people which will be distributed as soon as we receive them. Thank you for continuing to report any issues with testing.
Have a lovely long weekend.
Resource Centre news
We are delighted that regular library lessons are now back up and running again, with Year 7s back into their fortnightly routine in English and Year 8s also really enjoying the chance to try lots of dystopian novels in recent weeks. We have also had some Year 9 English and Geography groups here since our re-opening too, so it has been extremely busy to make up for three months closure!
Mr Southwood has made up for lost time by cataloguing over 60 new titles either side of Easter – these include big new titles from Angie Thomas (author of ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘On The Come Up’) the latest in the ‘City of Ghosts’, ‘Dog Man’ and ‘Tom Gates’ series and lots of new Manga and graphic novels including ‘My Hero Academia’, ‘Attack on Titan’, ‘Fence’ and ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’. Keep checking the new book displays when it’s your library day or send Mr Southwood a reservation if there’s a particular title you don’t want to miss out on.
Heartstopper fans – we will be getting volume 4 of the popular series as soon as it is published in mid-May so definitely let us know if you want to be one of the first to read this, as it is guaranteed to be high in demand!
There remains the chance to buy books at discounted prices through the school via Scholastic – simply visit www.scholastic.co.uk/clubs and search for the Hardenhuish order. This will give you free delivery to the school and Mr Southwood will then ensure your child receives their order as soon as it arrives. Closing date for orders this term is Thursday 13th May. Sadly our 2021 Book Fair has now had to be cancelled by Scholastic, so the online orders are your best way to make savings on the latest published books until our Book Fair returns in March 2022 where we will hope to make up for its absence this year with a truly bumper event to celebrate reading!
Finally, we often get queries from parents about what their children should read next after finishing a series or particular title, so we have now fully updated the KS3 recommended reading lists on the Hardenhuish website. Found in both the Resource Centre and English sections, this list should hopefully give you plenty of possibilities looking at different genres and showcasing some of the most popular titles from the past few years. We hope you find this useful over the coming months. Mr Southwood also always has a catalogue full of reading possibilities on his desk which pupils are welcome to use.
The Big Ask
The Big Ask is the biggest ever survey of children and young people in England and is provided by the Children’s Commissioner. The aim is to ensure that young people get to have their say on the things that matter to them. They can share what their lives are like, what they want in the future and anything that they think is holding them back. The Children’s Commissioner will use the information gathered from the survey to inform the government about the needs of young people and the changes that are needed to make life better. The survey is anonymous and is age-appropriate so that young people aged 4-17 can all participate and be heard. We are encouraging all of our pupils to complete the survey before the closing date on 19 May. All pupils have been sent a link to the survey on Show My Homework and completion should take no more than 10 minutes. It would be great if you could encourage your children to take part and have their say. If you would like to take part too, there is an adult survey for parents and those who work with children. All information regarding the surveys can be found here: The Big Ask | Children’s Commissioner for EnglandChildren’s Commissioner for England (childrenscommissioner.gov.uk)
Art and DT Blog Post 10
We have a very busy week in the DT and Art Department this week. Certificates have been distributed for our Top Designers and Top Artists of Term 4, with students receiving their key tag prizes for excellent work. We have sixth form Art & Photography students completing their final assessments, and Year 11 Food pupils completing their practical assessment too. Alongside this, we are also starting to plan the activities for Term 6’s week of creativity. Very exciting times indeed!
Normal lessons are going ahead along with these larger events and we have been seeing some marvellous work produced.
Firstly, Year 8 artists have been continuing to study Pop Art. Inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein, they have produced a set of eye-catching Onomatopoeia posters using coloured paper collage. Check out a selection of these below. Some pupils even included extra depth by backing their shapes onto foam board for additional height which really makes their outcomes ‘POP’!
And secondly, currently studying for their A-Levels, our Year 12 artists have recently been working on their independent mock projects by developing ideas around a chosen theme. From The Edge, to Downtime, and Contours, our artists have been exploring a wide range of media to product investigate their ideas. Take a look at some of their work below, including a selection of works in progress. We have had sketching, painting and even plaster casting going on this week!
We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.
The Hardenhuish Art & DT Team