The Carol Concert last night was a really lovely start to Christmas. Well done and thank you to the music department and all involved.
As we speak, the pupils and students are making their way to their year group activities, I am sure that they will enjoy the celebrations.
I wish you all a restful and enjoyable break. Very best wishes for a Happy Christmas and looking forward to working with you for another exciting year at Hardenhuish in 2018.
The end of term signifies another highly-anticipated report from Rupert.
UK Bebras 2017
In early November a number of Computing pupils from KS3, KS4 and KS5 took part in the UK Bebras, a country wide competition run by Oxford University. 112 pupils took part in a range of online problem solving activities, testing both their mathematical and computational thinking skills which were completed during lesson time. 25 pupils achieved a score within the top 10% in the UK and will be invited to compete in the second round of the competition in early 2018, with the potential to compete in Oxford should they be successful in the second round.
The top competitors from each year group were awarded with a GCHQ problem solving book, while the top second and third place were awarded a pair of virtual reality glasses. All pupils received a certificate for participation which was graded on a distinction, merit and participation scale.
The competition highlighted the incredible minds that many Hardenhuish pupils possess; the department is looking forward to what the second round has to offer in 2018.
British Informatics Olympiad 2017
On Tuesday 12 December, eleven pupils from all key stages took part in the British Informatics Olympiad competition, an annual competition in computer programming aimed at secondary and sixth form pupils. Pupils solved a variety of problems in a 3 hour exam, allowing pupils to showcase their rigorous and high level programming skills. Grades have been submitted and pupils are now waiting to see if they are eligible to take part in the next round of the competition, with the top 15 competitors in the UK invited to the BIO exam in Cambridge.
All pupils showcased high level programming skills and internal prizes will be awarded for the top competitors in each year group in the new year.