Thank you for your continued support during what has been an incredibly challenging year. I have had a remote meeting with Nick Gibb, the School’s Minister and Michelle Donelan, our MP this morning along with other Chippenham Heads to discuss the last year. I have fed in many of the conversations I have been having with parents over the last year and welcomed the opportunity to contribute our views directly to the Department for Education.
It has been lovely over the last couple of days to see our young people fully embracing the opportunities provided by our rearranged activities days and Olympics themed sports days. I am incredibly proud of the resilience of our young people and congratulate them for their amazing attitude throughout this year.
The Year 11 Prom was a lovely celebration of their time at Hardenhuish so far. I would like to thank the Year 11 and Year 13 Teams for all of their support of their year group during this challenging year.
Please be aware that from Monday 19th July if your young person tests positive for Covid, all contact tracing will take place through the NHS test and trace, although please continue to report any positive cases to firstname.lastname@example.org to enable us to continue monitoring cases. Please see the letter attached for further details.
Following the Government’s announcement that there will be an additional bank holiday to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the May Bank Holiday Weekend will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
In line with this, a statutory instrument has reduced the minimum number of sessions which must be held in the school year 2021-2022 from 380 (195 days) to 378 (194 days), this is to enable relevant schools to close for the additional bank holiday announced to take place on 3rd June 2022. We will be taking this additional Bank Holiday on 21st July 2022 and moving the TD day originally planned for this day to 21st October. I have attached the new calendar for next year which reflects this change.
I hope that you and your young people have a restful summer. Take care, stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all back in September for hopefully what will be a more normal year.
Summer Dance and Music Celebration – 2021 Dance and Music Summer – YouTube
Towards the end of this term we had the absolute pleasure of getting some of our musicians and dancers together to rehearse, perform and record. We have so missed rehearsing our musicians but jumped at the chance to get together when restrictions were slightly lifted and go outside for some socially distanced playing and singing. We couldn’t rehearse before the day together so we used the time to play through a selection of old and new pieces and recorded the final results. Dancers also enjoyed getting together and recording some of the things they have been working on to share with others as they haven’t had the opportunity to perform to an audience in a long time. Although a wet and windy few days, it was great to see performing and hear ensemble playing again.
Thank you to all of the performers taking part and we hope you enjoyed it as much as the staff involved did. A big thank you to Year 13 and 11s who came back in to take part and to those who aren’t returning in September, a huge thank you for all you have done for the Arts in your time at Hardenhuish.
Please find on the link attached the recordings from our two days of performing. We hope you enjoy them. 2021 Dance and Music Summer – YouTube
Miss Workman, Mrs Simpson and Miss Billington
It is difficult to see this year as an academic year, the normal 6 term year with its rhythm of events and activities didn’t happen and anything organised has had the caveat ‘Covid rules permitting’.
Hardenhuish has a fantastic school site, so large with separate blocks for each faculty this is always an asset but for this year in particular it has been so helpful in maximising social distancing. The sense of community we have has again come to the fore with everyone doing their best to support the new ways of working and to keep learning going whether it be in school or for term 3 at home via teams. Necessity is the mother of invention and we have all had a steep learning curve to embrace new technology. We have got quite adept at teams meetings and online parents evenings have now become a Covid keeper, I look forward to visiting a range of kitchens and conservatories again next year with family pets dropping in from time to time.
I usually update you with my travels in each report but these have been disrupted over the year but I am hopeful that I will get to Scotland again this summer. As I get older I find hot weather difficult and it restricts how far I can walk – we don’t usually have that problem north of the border. During half term we visited Shropshire; Ms Skeplorn had last visited in 1986 as a student on an A level field trip. There was some fabulous scenery, we stayed in one of the black and white houses the area is famous for – the image below is from Croft Castle.
I look forward to welcoming staff and students back in September, paws crossed for a more normal year!
National Schools Show Jumping
On 12th June, with A levels behind them, Year 13 students Alice Edwards, Kate Selman and Lilly Goverd, travelled to Hartpury Equestrian Centre for the National Schools Show Jumping.
Taking on the 80 and the 90, and with only three of the team competing, all scores counted.
In huge classes of over 80 competitors and 18 teams they did incredibly well, achieving fast, clear rounds in the 80 with Kate coming 10th and the team in ribbons with a 5th place. In a tricky 90, a couple of poles kept then out of the ribbons but was a great way to finish their time at Hardenhuish.
Reuben Green recently achieved a distinction in his Grade 5 Piano Exam – well done Reuben!
Year 7 D of E Do It 4 Youth Challenge
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Hardenhuish students Benji and Emilia Ripley recently took part in the Itchenor school’s regatta. Please see the write up below from Benji and Emilia:
Benji: Harry and Emilia competed in the Itchenor school’s regatta. It consisted of 7 races out in the Chichester harbour, 34 boats had registered, with Emilia achieving 5th place and several podium positions in the races.
Emilia: we had a lot of fun sailing across the days of amazing weather, the wind seemed uncertain on the first day but it filled in quickly for the second. There were many courses that we had to remember. Me and my partner Maya have come in the top 6 so we will be receiving prizes when they come in the post!
Uniform expectations for 2021-22
Further to my message of 25 June, I am writing to reiterate our uniform expectations for September to support you with any purchases over the Summer.
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 the school’s website.
I hope you enjoy the next 6 weeks and I look forward to our return in September.
Many thanks for your ongoing support.
Mr James Woollin
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Chippenham Borough Lands ‘Try Climbing’ summer event – click on the link below for further information and their summer newsletter: