Now that our final assessments are completed, I would like to thank all staff involved in helping them to run so smoothly including our Exams and TA teams. Our young people were amazing!
Our Year 11 and 13 have had their end of year trips this week and their last official day in school on Wednesday. Year 13 finished with a game of rounders and Year 11 enjoyed a celebration assembly with their tutors, the traditional shirt signing and a surprise delivery of chips generously provided by Oscar Lee and his parents. They should be very proud of all they have achieved and I look forward to celebrating their time with us at their proms and results days later this year and seeing many of them on our Alumni wall in the future.
A reminder for next term – if young people intend to buy lunch, they should bring their smart cards and ensure that these have a positive balance.
Thank you for your continued support, take care and I hope that you have an enjoyable May break.
Everyone’s Invited – Internal Safeguarding review
Follow the launch and significant growth of the ‘Everyone’s invited’ movement and website, the government have asked that all schools conduct an internal safeguarding review of their policies and procedures with a particular focus on sexual harassment and sexual violence. The website now has over 16,000 testimonials across the nation and the local authority is monitoring it closely. As a school, we are in the process of conducting an internal safeguarding review with a large cross section of staff, including the safeguarding governor. The group is being led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead (Jo Glossop, Assistant Headteacher) and will conclude with a report published in Term 6 outlining any actions.
In addition to the review, all pupils and students have had an assembly reiterating our zero-tolerance policy to sexual harassment and sexual violence, and how to report any concerns they may have. The assembly was followed up with tutor time activities to ensure the importance of the message was heard and to give the pupils/students are opportunity to ask questions in a small, safe environment with their tutors.
Furthermore, all staff have been briefed on the current movement and as part of our continued professional development plans, will undertake specific peer-on-peer abuse training in Term 6 to refresh and update their skills in the current climate.
Staff and students continue to show flexibility and resilience over terms 4 and 5 as they got to grips with the ever-changing situation in schools. For Years 11 and 13 there has been some anxiety over how they will receive their grades this summer: they have all worked incredibly hard to prepare for their final set of assessments which were completed last week and it is now over to staff to mark moderate and quality assure these.
Many things are beginning to return to something more like normal. Students have been able to restart extra-curricular activities both inside and outside of school. This week saw the geographers out on 2 A level field trips, enabling them to practice the techniques needed for their coursework and Years 13 and 11 were able to complete end of year celebrations including trips to Thorpe Park. I have been able to visit places further afield and next week I am finally off to Shropshire on the walking holiday that should have happened a year ago! Whilst foreign travel arrangements are still so uncertain and many of you may well be staying at home I can recommend the Cotswold Gateway walk and cycle rides; we have tried the Tetbury one so far, it was well signposted with lovely scenery along the way. See the link below.
Art and DT Blog Post 14
We shared the very exciting news with you recently that Isabelle Chappell has won the South West Region FutureChef Competition! Springboard’s FutureChef supports students to build industry based culinary skills and knowledge, as well as connecting teachers and students with industry professionals. We are thrilled with her success and she was able to take part in a Cook Along last week using local ingredients. Take a look at Chef Izzy and their very tasty looking dish below!
This term we have also been working with Kez from The Photo Club in Chippenham again and are very excited to show you what they have been working on. Key Stage 3 students were invited to attend weekly workshops via Teams video call that offer a different photographic focus each session. Last week we focused on capturing photographs from a wide range of viewpoints for some Photo Magic images, and the week before our young people investigated the use of monochrome in images. We have also studied flat-lays and product photography so have been very busy indeed. Take a peek below at some examples of these fantastic photographs.
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
Looking for something to do over half-term?
Chippenham Library is open and has hundreds of new books!
We also have FREE e-books, e-audiobooks & e-magazines.
Our opening times are:
Mondays 2-6 (excluding bank holiday)
Tuesdays 10-1 and 2-4
Thursdays 10-1 and 2-6
Saturdays 10-1 and 2-4
It’s fun, safe, and FREE!
Thanks you and I hope you all have a restful break!
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 7 June 2021
Term 6 Starts
Year 10 Mocks
Year 12 Mocks
Thursday 10 June
Year 9 Parent, Pupil Advice & Guidance meeting – Remotely – 7 pm