It has been lovely to hear and see our young people playing their musical instruments, singing and dancing this week for recordings being made to be edited into our summer Creative Showcase which will be shared as soon as this has been edited together.
As we approach the end of term, please can I remind you to book on the Activities Days for your young person through WisePay.
Please can you remind your young people that the requirements on face coverings on school / public transport has not changed and it is still a requirement for students over the age of 11 to wear a face covering while on transport.
Please see below a message I have been asked to share by the Community Policing Team:
Please may I make you aware of the following incident that happened last Friday 18th June 2021. At around 15:50 a white van drove down Frogwell Park, Chippenham and approached a child and told the child to get in the van as their parents had asked them to take them home. The driver was described as tanned, bald head and slim build. The child is all OK and used their common sense to run home to report this to their parents. Investigations are still continuing to get more details of the driver at this point. If you could please emphasise strongly for parents to be made aware to not leave their children unattended at any time especially when going to open areas and parks. Please may I ask that if anyone has any knowledge or further information to contact the Police on 999/101
Have a lovely weekend.
Biology Field Trip
On Tuesday, the Year 12 Biology students and their teachers spent a day in North Devon on the Biology Field trip.
First stop was Westward Ho! where we walked along the coastal path, then scrambled down to a fabulous rocky shore near Abbotsham. As we explored the shore, everyone was impressed with the variety of different organisms we found. The students then used quadrats to sample the different species in the different zones on the shore. We are looking forward to reading the students reports on what they found.
We enjoyed lunch in the sun watching the tide come in before leaving to drive to Braunton Burrows sand dunes to explore a different habitat. Here, we looked at the differences between the communities of plants that grew on exposed and sheltered parts of the dunes. To finish the afternoon, the students enjoyed climbing up and running down the dunes (in the place where this is allowed within the dune system) before heading back to the coach.
It was a great day out and we are pleased we could provide our students with a genuine experience of field work this year.
Parent Wellbeing Focus Group
A reminder that the final parent focus group meeting of this year on pupil wellbeing will be held via Teams on Monday 28 June 6pm-7pm. Any new parents who are interested in hearing about the current and future wellbeing plans, or if you have any ideas to contribute, then please email Chris Wiggall email@example.com and he will send you an invite.
Congratulations to Hardenhuish Alumni Sam Tomlin who has spent the last 18 months around lockdowns in Jerez, Spain completing his Commercial Pilot’s licence. When he graduated last week, Sam was awarded the Derek Smith Trophy for Best Overall Performance as a Pilot for his course. Well done Sam – an incredible achievement!
Uniform Expectations for 2021-22
Firstly, I want to say thank you to the vast majority of our pupils and parents who follow the uniform expectations really well and who look very smart every day. As another challenging year of dealing with Covid 19 is drawing to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to empathise that shopping for school uniform has not always been straightforward this year with the closures of shops and delays on supplies. Therefore, in recognition of this, we have been quite lenient regarding some of our uniform expectations lately and allowed certain items to be worn in place of the correct uniform. However, as I suspect many of you will already be thinking about buying uniform ahead of September, I also wanted to write to underline some aspects of our uniform policy and expectations to make sure you don’t buy things that will not be allowed. We recognise that, sometimes, pupils may get confused and tell parents that certain items are allowed when they are not, so I hope this information will be useful to you.
The Uniform Policy has stated for a number of years that shoes should be “Black, suitable for walking around our campus. (Trainers, shoes made of canvas and other non-waterproof materials are not acceptable.)”. Furthermore, Mrs Percy sent a communication in the Autumn Term of 2019 that stated that Nike Air Force One shoes were regarded as trainers and not permitted. We have subsequently had dialogue with parents about whether or not certain other brands/models were acceptable or not and so, to alleviate this (and thank you to one of our parents who suggested this), the governors have amended the policy this year to state shoes should be “Black, suitable for walking around our campus. (Trainers, shoes manufactured by sports brands, shoes made of canvas and other non-waterproof materials are not acceptable.)” I hope this clarifies our expectations for you and, knowing the price of Nike Air Force Ones or similar, may even save you money.
The Uniform Policy states the following regarding jewellery and piercings. “pupils may wear a watch; they may also wear a single small stud/sleeper in one or both ears, other body piercings are not acceptable.” To be really clear on this, any nose studs or rings, tongue studs and more than one earring in each ear are not allowed to be worn in school. We recognise that many young people would like to wear such things out of school and, therefore, have piercings done that enable that. We also recognise that the advice from piercing practitioners is that something must be placed in the hole for 6 weeks or it may close up. Therefore, if any new piercings are going to be done, please ensure they happen at the start of the Summer Holidays so there is time for the hole to heal and be able to remain open during the school day without a stud or ring in it. Please also note that piercing jewellery is not permitted from a health and safety point of view during PE lessons. Other jewellery, such as rings and bracelets, are not to be worn.
As stated in the Uniform Policy, “coats must be weatherproof and must be removed during lessons. Denim coats, fleeces and sweatshirt garments (including ‘hoodies’) are not allowed.” We recognise that Covid protocols have meant windows have needed to be open and, therefore, the wearing of coats in lessons has been allowed this year. Furthermore, allowing pupils to wear PE kit to school on days when they have PE lessons have sometimes resulted in sweatshirts and hoodies being worn to school this year. However, Covid permitting, this will not be the case from September and our expectations regarding coats, as stated above, will return.
Finally, please can I remind you of our expectation regarding skirt lengths. The Uniform Policy states that “With regard to skirt length, when a pupil stands upright and places their hands by their sides, with their arms straight, the skirt should be longer than their fingertips”.
To support these standards being adhered to by all, from September the school will be returning to the use of physical Conduct Cards (rather than electronic) in order to track issues and take subsequent action if needed.
For more details on our school Uniform Policy please visit uniform page of our website.
Aero Badminton Club Returns to Hardenhuish
Aero Badminton Club will be starting back up at Hardenhuish on 8th July, Juniors 6 pm – 8 pm, Seniors 8 pm – 10:00 pm. Due to COVID restrictions students wanting to attend must book a place by contacting the club on firstname.lastname@example.org,uk
Any questions regarding the club should also be directed to the e-mail above.
Art and DT Blog Post 18
Another exciting week here in the Art and DT department has brought us some fantastic outcomes by our fabulous young people!
Year 8 artists have responded creatively to their experiences of the pandemic and lockdown in this collaborative art installation. They produced beautiful mixed media ink drawings on textured backgrounds which were then transferred onto sublimation paper and then the heat press fixed them onto cotton fabric. The range of garments reflects the age range of people affected by the restrictions of lockdown. Well done to these budding artists who have expressed their inner emotions and thoughts. Take a look at their garments below!
Year 10 designers have been designing and constructing prototypes for their seating project. Using plastic and cardboard to structure their models, they have been able to evaluate the effectiveness of their designs and check certain aspects of their functionality. Take a look at some snapshots of their models below!
Year 10 artists experimented with collagraphy earlier in the week with some incredibly interesting outcomes. Inspired by architecture photography, they created textured printing blocks to represent the shapes and forms of the structures. Materials such as corrugated cardboard, bubble wrap and string were used to achieve a wide range of textures and shapes. These were then inked up and printed onto various types of paper and working into using a range of other media. We are so impressed with the expressive and experimental quality of these outcomes. You can see a small selection of these below!
In other news, we are in the process of creating a dedicated website for our fantastic department of creativity. Stay tuned for the link to that coming very soon!
We hope that you are all keeping well and staying safe.
The Hardenhuish Art & DT Team