It has been lovely to talk to young people around the site this week and hear about how they are settling back in to school and getting started on their courses as well as taking part in all of the extra-curricular opportunities that are on offer.
I am sure that you are aware of the national and local increase in Covid case numbers amongst young people. We have made the decision to reintroduce some of our previous measures for the next couple of weeks to try and help with containing this whilst still enabling our young people to make the most of being back in school.
From Monday, we will be:
• Re-introducing face coverings in indoor communal areas for staff and young people (please ensure that your young people bring a face covering to school)
• Re-introducing the use of anti-bac as young people enter and leave classrooms and encouraging wiping down between lessons
• Holding Assemblies remotely
Hopefully this will help to limit the spread of Covid and keep our community as safe as possible. I am in regular communication with Public Health and they are confident in the measures we already have in place and supportive of us introducing these further measures to try and limit the cases within the community.
I am looking forward to welcoming Year 6 parents for Open Evening and Open Week next week when we will be conducting tours in line with our Covid Guidance.
Have a good weekend.
Team Hardenhuish run the Oxford Half Marathon for Young Minds!
On 17th October, eight members of Hardenhuish staff are running the Oxford Half Marathon. This is to raise money for our current school charity: Young Minds.
We will be promoting this through upcoming assemblies as part of the upcoming ‘Hello Yellow’ day and a non-uniform day on Friday 8th October. If you would like to donate towards this fantastic cause, please visit Team Oxford Hardenhuish is fundraising for Young Minds Trust (justgiving.com)
Thank you for your support.
Resource Centre news
We may have had a slightly delayed opening this new school year, as Mr Southwood assisted in the Covid-testing down in the sports hall, but the past two weeks have certainly made up for it! Library lessons, extremely busy lunchtimes, the biggest Book Group meeting ever and lots of new books have defined the past fortnight, with a calm working atmosphere throughout as we are back open for all year groups every day.
Year 7 have made a very positive start here and it has been great to see so many borrowing books quickly and using the place to get early homework tasks completed. We have moved onto our Bookbuzz lessons this week, where Year 7 get the chance to choose a free book from a brilliant list of 17 titles (see the picture below). For the first time ever, we have also been able to extend this Bookbuzz scheme for Year 8 so over 500 Hardenhuish pupils will be able to receive a free book in the run-up to Christmas – thanks as always to the Booktrust for enabling us to run this scheme.
Last Friday also saw the first meet-up for the Hardenhuish Book Group for 2021-22. After being restricted to ‘year group bubble meetings’ last year, it was wonderful for all the different year groups to be able to get together again and, combined with over 40 new Year 7s, it made for a bumper first meeting. Our first three books of the year – ‘Look Both Ways’, ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘The Patron Saints of Nothing’, all recently shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal – were again eagerly snapped up by our Book Group members. If you missed out on the book you wanted, please let Mr Southwood know and he will reserve you a copy.
Our regular additions of the latest titles are always extremely popular and this year is no exception. Recent novels added include the third book in the Dragon Realm series, ‘Dragon City’ by Katie and Kevin Tsang, ‘As Good As Dead’ by Holly Jackson and ‘Once Upon A Crime’ by Robin Stevens. The latest Manga and graphic novels also continue to be two of our most in-demand sections and these are sure to be riding high in our most borrowed chart lists by the time we reach the end of term 1.
Our opening times are slightly different next week due to visiting Year 6 parents meeting here regularly throughout the day before tours – we will therefore sadly be closed at breaktime and only available during the first half of lunchtime each day. Apologies for this but we will be back to normal the week after and after-school availability is completely unaffected.
Laurence Abbots-Lyons qualified for the 2021 British Laser Run Championships held in Solihull on 19th September. The event is part of Pentathlon GB and consists of running 3 x 400 metres and laser shooting (5 metre target 3 x 5 hits) and Laurence finished in 8th place in the under 13 age group – Well Done!
Wellbeing Article in Bath and Wiltshire Parent magazine
Welling Article in Bath and Wiltshire Parent Life recently featured an article where Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Jo Glossop, talks about wellbeing in Hardenhuish School. If you would like to have a read, click the link above for the article.
Please see below a list of trips and events taking place next week
Monday 27 September
OPEN WEEK tours taking place Monday to Friday and are by prior appointment only
Tuesday 28 September
Year 13 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting (Remotely) – 7pm
Thursday 30 September
Open Evening from 5pm – no appointment required
Please note that Tutor Check-In appointments for all pupils and students on 14th October will now be held after school remotely via teams (further details to follow)