It has been another busy week. Year 11 have finished their mocks and should be proud of their positive and mature approach – the hard work now begins to apply their learning from the experience and prepare themselves for the summer.
I was very proud of our young people who represented their uniformed organisations and Hardenhuish at the Remembrance Parade in Chippenham on Thursday and also the respect with which the silence was observed in school.
Good luck to our cross country runners who are competing in the South West Cup this weekend.
Due to the ongoing situation with Covid 19, we have sadly had to cancel our planned Christmas Fayre for this year, which was scheduled for 10 December. This has historically been a fantastic event that developed pupils’ enterprise skills as well as lifting our Christmas spirits and raising a large amount of money for the Friends of Hardenhuish. The money raised was then donated to the school to buy additional equipment and resources that enhanced the pupils’ experience. Even though this event has been cancelled, part of the Fayre’s success each year was the Christmas Raffle, which we are really keen to continue this year.
Tickets for the Raffle will soon be available to buy on WisePay and we are in the process of securing some fantastic prizes that can be won. To this end, we would love your help. If you know of any local businesses or events organisations that may be willing to donate a prize such as a gift basket, hamper or voucher, please could you let us know by emailing email@example.com
We really do appreciate any help you could give us to ensure this year’s Christmas Raffle is a success.
Many thanks and best wishes
Mexican Day of the Dead
Last week Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ (Dia de Muertos) was celebrated during KS3 Spanish lessons. Thanks to the movie ‘Coco’ children are really keen to explore the different Mexican rituals around this day and our pupils really enjoyed preparing the colourful skulls and learning about this celebration and its importance.
Resource Centre news
October and November are always the big months of the year for publishers as the countdown to Christmas unfolds, leading to a huge range of new novels from some of the most popular authors around. This year is no exception and many of these titles are now available in the library, including the latest ‘Wimpy Kid’ and ‘Tom Gates’ along with new books from David Baddiel, Sara Barnard, Malorie Blackman, RL Stine and Rick Riordan. Next week sees the release of the sequel to ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Walliams and we will also soon be stocking new Christmas stories by JK Rowling and Tom Fletcher in time for the lead-up to the festive season. Keep checking the new book displays for when these get added, along with lots more Manga, graphic novels and Carnegie-nominated titles, in the weeks ahead.
If you’re after some Christmas bargains, you may wish to browse the latest Scholastic Book Catalogue which is available in the library and online here http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/hardenhuish. Ordering through the school ensures free delivery and benefits the school library as well! There are always plenty of superb deals on individual titles and book packs so please do take a look and ensure any orders are placed by Thursday 18th November.
Our Hardenhuish Book Group met once again at lunchtime today and this term we are offering three different titles for them to choose from, all in the genre of verse novels. We have ‘Rebound’ by Kwame Alexander, ‘Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo and finally ‘Run Rebel’ by Manjeet Mann. We plan to meet again on the penultimate Friday of term to see what the group thought of these titles. If you missed the meeting today but want to read one of the selected books, please let Mr Southwood know and he will reserve you a copy.
Finally, here’s a rundown of our Top 10 most borrowed books during term 1. ‘My Hero Academia Volume 1’ once again proved the most popular title during these first few weeks of the school year but will that change in the lead-up to Christmas? We’ll let you know in our next update later in the term
What’s On Information
Saturday 12 November
South West English Schools Cup Cross Country – Kings College Taunton
Tuesday 16 November
Y11 Music Performance Evening
Wednesday 17 November
District Cross Country Championships – Beversbrook
Thursday 18 November:
6th Form Buddhism Trip
GCSE Awards Evening (remotely)
Friday 19 November