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Dear Parents

We are now two thirds of the way through our final assessments and the young people continue to be incredible, demonstrating maturity and positivity.

End of year arrangements for Y11 and 13 have been shared and we are hopeful that these will take place Covid restrictions allowing.

We have this week received updated guidance after the announcements on Monday regarding the lifting of some Covid restrictions. There have been no significant changes in the main guidance for schools and we need to maintain our current control measures outlined in our risk assessment which we will be re-emphasising with young people on Monday. The main change is in the specific guidance regarding face coverings. These will ” no longer be recommended for pupils in classrooms or communal areas in all schools. Face coverings will also no longer be recommended for staff in classrooms”. The DfE do however ” continue to recommend that face coverings should be worn by staff and visitors in situations outside of classrooms where social distancing is not possible (for example when moving around in corridors and communal areas)”. Face coverings must still be worn by anyone over 11 on public and dedicated school transport as explained in THIS letter from the Wiltshire Transport Team. From Monday 17 May therefore, young people have the choice as to whether they wear face coverings in classrooms and in communal areas and staff have the choice in classrooms but are recommended to wear face coverings in communal areas and corridors. We will continue to update you as any further guidance regarding the lifting of restrictions is published.

There have been two PIAGs this week supporting you with information to help support your young people. Please remember if you have been unable to attend these they are available via the website.

Have a good weekend.

Lisa Percy


Future Chef Competition Winner

Year 10 pupil Isabelle Chappell has been awarded winner of the Future Chef competition for the South West.  Isabelle produced an outstanding fruit tart using sweet shortcrust pastry, crème patisserie, fresh fruit and a fruit glaze and was awarded her prizes virtually by celebrity chef Brian Turner.

Well done to all of our Y10 Food and Catering students who entered this competition, and especially to Isabelle on this fabulous achievement.


Mental Health Awareness Week

As we approach the end of the national mental health awareness week, reminders have gone out to all pupils and students about the importance of taking care of their mental health and building time into their routines for their wellbeing. As you are aware, wellbeing is a priority as part of our daily lives here are Hardenhuish as well as supporting national events at points throughout the year. There are a number of resources on the school website Wellbeing – Hardenhuish School for all members of our school community, and please see the poster below that is displayed in all classrooms as a reminder for in-school support options.

The final parent wellbeing focus group of this academic year is calendared for Monday 28 June at 6pm, so if you are interested in mental health and wellbeing and would like to join this group, then please email Jo Glossop (Assistant Headteacher) at jeg@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk for further information.

Visit from Princess Anne – Emilia and Benji Ripley

On Monday as part of the centenary celebrations at Hayling Island Sailing Club we were visited by HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) who is President of the RYA and an accomplished sailor herself. Benji and I were two of the ten youth sailors, alongside the adults, lucky enough to be nominated as there were only a small number of people permitted due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Princess Royal arrived in a helicopter and there were many close quarters protection around the club. There was even a sniffer dog!

Despite the 20+ knot winds we were still able to show Princess Anne some racing. I came 2nd in the racing and managed to do it with no capsizes.

After the racing, the four people who were selected to speak to Princess Anne, sailed to shore and the rest stayed for another race. We had to stand in a line and wait for HRH to go around and look at the special books and artwork that some people had made. When she came up to us, she asked us about how the sailing went; she said that we did very well! She also asked us questions about the club and the youth sailing.

It was very exciting meeting her and even though it was very windy the sailing was so fun!


Art and DT Blog Post 12

It has been a very lively week here in C Centre this week! We have seen everything from Carrot Cake Muffins and Fairy Tale Applique, to Packaging Collages and Photographic Origami! Across both DT and Art, our fantastic young people have been creating masterpieces and we are very excited to share some with you.

Firstly, Year 10 Artists have been exploring experimental printmaking with the aim of boosting their evidence for the second assessment objective. This objective focuses around the exploration and development of material skills. Starting with Polyblock printmaking of German Expressionist portraits, our artists produced a series of elaborate mixed media outcomes including processed such as stitching, weaving and collage. Ella even decided to practice her DT Resistant Materials skills to enhance her print on a block of MDF wood. Take a peek at some of these portraits below.






Later in the week, Year 7 Designers completed their Acrylic Key Tags in the current Resistant Materials rotation class. Inspired by Bauhaus design, pupils designed and made a plastic key tag using a range of tools from the coping saw to pillar drill. We were also able to attach some of their outcomes to their belongings for some product photography too. You can check these out in the product photographs below!






Finally, Key Stage 3 PhotoClub have been working hard this term on everything from Monochrome pictures to animation. If your young person is interested in attending the club next term, please get in contact with Miss Willison (DRW) for more information.

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

The Hardenhuish Art & DT Team