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Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

Dear Parents

As we approach the end of Term 1, I would like to congratulate all of our young people for the positive start they have made to this academic year. It has been great to see them back in school, engaging in their learning and enjoying all of the amazing extra-curricular activities that we are now able to offer.

Please find HERE a joint letter from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care regarding vaccination. I would also like to let you know that we will be maintaining our additional measures (face coverings in indoor communal areas, no whole year group gatherings, reduced mixing and encouraged hygiene and social distancing amongst all members of the community) when we return after the October break as directed by Public Health and the Wiltshire Council in line with all other schools in our area.

We have two parent governor roles due to expire at the beginning of December. A letter will come out via Schoolcomms later today if you are interested in becoming involved in our Governing Board.

I have also attached a flyer and link to the donation page below from Hardenhuish Educational Trust explaining what the Trust does and how you can help support opportunities to enhance our curriculum. Please keep an eye out for some exciting fundraising activities jointly led by the Friends and the Trust in the near future!

Hardenhuish Educational Trust – Hardenhuish School


Have a good weekend and a good October break when we get there. There will be no Headlines next week as we finish on Wednesday and I look forward to welcoming our young people back on 1 November with their jumpers on!

Lisa Percy



News Items

Hello Yellow Day

Friday 8th October marked our annual celebrations for Hello Yellow Day! This is a really important day run by Young Minds which is designed to raise both money and awareness of mental health in young people. In the build up to this day pupils spent time in tutor sessions designing positive cards for other people, which we will be redistributing amongst the Hardenhuish community. Positive messages regarding mental health strategies and where to seek support were shared in assemblies, as well as the Hello Yellow challenge created by Young Minds. It was fantastic to see some pupils wearing yellow for their non school uniform day and getting involved in the Hello Yellow photo booth style activity. As you can see from the photos the yellow wigs, glasses and microphones were put to good use! To help raise money for Young Minds 8 of the Hardenhuish staff are running in the Oxford Half marathon this weekend. Good luck to all of the runners involved! If you would like to sponsor ‘Team Huish’ then please see the link below:

Team Oxford Hardenhuish is fundraising for Young Minds Trust (



Pumpkin Carving Competition!

As we approach Halloween, the Student School Parliament at Hardenhuish School are holding a pumpkin carving competition for all pupils and students to get involved in.  We are asking that students get creative and carve a pumpkin and bring it to the flagpole field before tutor time on the final day of term – Wednesday 20th October.  These will then be judged at break time, with the winners receiving suitably spooky prizes!

The School Parliament

Careers Talk

On Wednesday 13th October Hardenhuish held the first of its Challenge Series talks with a focus on law. DAC Beachcroft LLP joined us and presented on different career pathways in law to a range of students from years 7-13. The talk gave a great insight into what is required to be a lawyer and the students were able to ask  a range of really interesting questions.

Next term the series will continue with further talks planned in medicine, engineering and psychology.

Return of Sprouts!

This week saw the return of ‘Sprouts’. The pop up club for our Key Stage 3 pupils interested in food. We made toffee apples in preparation for Halloween and Guy Fawkes. It was great to be back learning a new skill after school with lots of new faces. Look out for the Christmas session in term 2.

Rupert Reports

There have been so many positives about this first half term, it has been lovely to have a more normal school environment.  Extra-curricular clubs are back in action, trips are going ahead and auditions have taken place for the school production.  It was particularly fabulous that Years 7 and 8 both got a Liddington experience this year and we were able to say a proper goodbye to last year’s Year 13 and celebrate their fantastic achievements at their awards evening.

Mabel and I enjoyed a super summer holiday with two weeks in Scotland and then a week in Cornwall which has become our standard summer. This year the sun seemed to follow us wherever we went, and we managed many miles of superb walking; the photo is of me trying to look regal above Balmoral.  Balcary Bay in Dumfries and Galloway was a notable experience of mild peril walking very high cliffs with no fencing, the path just a few feet from a sheer drop. Our human companions (both geographers ) had spotted the sign saying ‘diversion avoiding cliffs’  but had ignored it not realising how close the path was to the edge; apparently the map was misleading!

We are due to go away at half term, but this holiday has been cancelled twice over the last two years due to Covid. I hope by not naming the destination we will finally get there for the first time since 2019.

Enjoy the break when it comes hopefully there will be some spectacular autumn colours for us all to see.

Sports News

Lydiard Park 2-3 Hardenhuish

U14 Girls football have started their WSFA campaign with a strong win over Lydiard Park. The girls settled very quickly in the first half with us pouncing on a short pass from their GK to give the Huish girls the lead. The girls then soaked up a lot of pressure in the first half with Lydiard Park starting to find their shooting range with our GK pulling off some fantastic saves in goal; the strong partnership in defence were able to make some crucial interceptions and clearances. The girls lost a little bit of shape towards the end of the first half and were lucky to go into half time 1-0 up. In the 2nd half the girls played a much stronger game with the midfielder standing firm in the middle well with strong tackles and some good skill. One of our strikers was able to hold the ball up well upfront and play a weighted wide ball to which we were able to convert to make it 2-0. The girls were looking really good with great positional play and Lydiard Park were becoming frustrated and wide players proving to be that link which we were missing In the first half.  After some pressure from Lydiard Park they scored from a corner after our GK made a strong save, but we could not clear our lines; we then found ourselves battling towards the end of the game, but after keeping the ball and settling down again and finding our composure we were able to find the back of the net again to make it  3-1. Straight from kick off we found ourselves having to hold on  with Lydiard Park applying lots of pressure, Lydiard Park won a free kick on the edge of the box which they were able to convert to make it 3-2 which proved to be the nudge that they needed. The Huish girls held on right to the final whistle even with a goal line clearance in the final 5 seconds. The girls showed great determination and resilience and I was very proud of the way they conducted themselves. Well done  to the U14 girls and onwards to the next round!

U13 District Netball Tournament

What a glorious afternoon for some netball, for these girls this was only the 2nd opportunity for representing the school due to Covid last year. The girls were fantastic and worked hard all afternoon showing great progress match to match, the girls realise they still have a lot to work on but they are keen to learn and keep improving. The A team finished runners up and the B team finished in 5th place. Please see the following results:

A Team                                                                         B Team

HH 5-1 Malmesbury                                    HH 2-3 Malmesbury

HH 6-2 Devizes                                             HH 1-3 Sheldon

HH 3-8 Sheldon                                            HH 4-0 Corsham C

HH 3-1 Abbeyfield                                       HH 1-3 Corsham B

HH 4-0 KGA                                                  HH 1-2 KGA

U14 District Netball Tournament

Hardenhuish hosted the U14 District Tournament on Wednesday 6th October, we entered two teams into the round robin tournaments.

A Team

It was an evening of fast paced and exciting netball for our team who showed amazing effort and teamwork throughout. Despite the fact they were missing 2 of their regular team players everyone involved stepped up, and played confidently, even if they were not in their normal position. Martha and Marcie worked seamlessly together in the shooting D, popping up goal after goal. Claire, Angelina, Freya, Aila and Libby rotated around positions and kept up a lovely flow of play through the midcourt. As usual Sophie was dominant and assertive in defence, preventing many promising plays from opposition.

The team came joint 3rd overall in the tournament and should be really proud of all their efforts.

Mrs Barton

B Team

The standard of netball on display was excellent, all the girls worked extremely hard and found themselves in some tough games. They kept the work rate high and made good progress from match to match. It was lovely to have such a resilient bunch of girls out on court for this tournament and I am sure they have learned a lot moving forward into their next match.

HH vs Corsham -MVP-Karmen

HH vs KGA-MVP- Karmen

HH vs St Mary’s-MVP -Katie

HH vs Malmesbury-MVP-Eve

HH vs Sheldon-MVP Sophie

Mrs Davidge

A reminder that Year 8 and 9 Netball Club is on Wednesday’s after school, all new members welcome.

U16 District Netball Tournament

On Wednesday 6th October we headed to Sheldon for the U16 Netball Tournament.  Every year the standard of senior netball gets better and better and this year did not disappoint. It was a round robin tournament with 8 schools involved. A round robin is whereby every team players each other, it was an action packed evening of netball with very little rest. Each match was 5 minutes each way with 1 minute for half time. The girls played some truly amazing netball, in two of the games scoring 11 goals which in 10 minutes of play is pretty incredible!

Huish v Kingsbury Green academy won 11-1

Huish v Abbeyfield won 11-1

Huish v Corsham won 8-1

Huish v Malmesbury won 5-1

Huish v Sheldon drew 7-7

Huish v Stonar lost 1-5

Huish v St Mary’s lost 4-7

We finished in 3rd place overall, with St Mary’s and Stonar in 1st and 2nd.

A huge well done to Amber, Erica, Freya, Emily, Poppy, Chloe, Lilly, Maddie and Hannah, your performance and team spirit on and off the court was a pleasure to watch.

A reminder to everyone that KS4 Netball Club is on Thursdays afterschool 3-4.15pm all new members very welcome, we are friendly social club!

Mrs Place

English Schools Cross-Country Cup

On Wednesday 13th October, 25 Hardenuish students travelled to Downside School, Radstock to compete against the best of the best from Wiltshire and Somerset in what was for us, our first time competing the English Schools Cross-country cup. What a beautiful afternoon and not the sort of weather we are all used to for Cross-country, I had packed extra layers, when what I really needed was my sunglasses! After registering we walked the course and the Junior Girls started their warm-up ready for the first race of the day. This was for many their first experience of a cross-country race, they didn’t let the fact they were lined up against Milfield, Kings College and 22 other schools daunt them. Races continued throughout the afternoon with the distances getting longer and the more experienced runners getting their chance to compete.

Everyone put in an amazing effort, pushing themselves to their absolute limits especially when faced with the killer hill at the end of the course!

The running talent within the Huish squad was clear to see, but what was even more impressive was the way they supported and cheered each other on, what great team spirit.

The English Schools Cup is a team event with each team having a maximum of 6 runners and the top 4 finishers counting towards the team score, the team with the lowest accumulative score wins and progresses through to the South West round, overall team results have not been announced yet.

Each race had up to 90 runners and the individual results were as follows.

Junior Girls Yrs 7 and 8 – 2km

Scarlett B – 30th, Amber  – 31st, Beatrice  – 41, Millie  – 47, Eliza  – 48 and Violet  – 49

Junior Boys Yrs 7 and 8 – 2.75km

Tobi  – 2nd, Isaac  – 12th, William  – 23rd, Dan  – 30th, Daniel  – 33rd and Arthur  – 37

Inter Girls Yrs 9 and 10 – 2.75km

Amelia  – 8th, Sophia  – 14th, Darcy  – 23rd, Naomi  – 32nd and Hannah  – 35th

Inter Boys Yrs 9 and 10 – 4km

Josh  – 7th, William  – 8th, Joseph W= – 13th, Selby  – 24th, Theo  – 28th and Ryan  – 31st

Senior Boys Yrs 11, 12 and 13 – 5.5km

Henri  – 3rd and Laurie  – 16th

A huge well done to everyone and good luck for the rest of the season, Mrs Place.

Huish Cross-Country Meet.

A reminder to all Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils that they have an opportunity to demonstrate their running talent on TUESDAY 19th OCTOBER 3-4.30pm at the Hardenhuish Cross-country meet. This is an opportunity for all pupils to compete against other local secondary schools and from the results of this and previous events we will select a squad for the District Cross-country Championships on 17th November – no need to sign up just meet at the changing rooms.


Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing Monday 18 October

Wednesday 20 October – Term 1 ENDS