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Dear Parents

We are coming to the end of Term 2 which has been both successful and demanding, especially whilst continuing to manage the additional challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you to the School Parliament for organising the various charity events this week, including the Donut sale for Young Minds yesterday, Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children and the food bank collection for the Salvation Army today.

Our young people have been amazing so far this academic year and have continued to be supported by our brilliant staff. We have enjoyed outstanding achievement in so many areas of our school life but are now very much looking forward to the Christmas break.

Please see below details of the events leading up to and including the last day’s arrangements:

Last day of Term: Friday 17 December

Following our Christmas celebrations during lesson 4, pupils will be dismissed at 12.35pm.

Buses: Friday 17 December

We have been informed that the following will not be able to provide an earlier pick up:

Faresaver 1442, 1401, 1447, 635, X31, 91

Service buses 92

The taxi providers have confirmed that they are able to collect at the earlier time.

Staggered start of Term 3

Due to the DfE direction for us to test pupils and students on our return in January, and in line with DfE guidance, we will be staggering our start to Term 3 as follows:

Tuesday 4 January 2022:  Years 10-13 in school for testing at identified times to be communicated next week.

Wednesday 5 January 2022: Years 10-13 return to lessons and Years 7-9 in school for testing at identified times to be communicated next week.

Thursday 6 January 2022:  All pupils return to lessons.

Manageable tasks will be provided for young people to complete independently over these days as per the timetable but there will be no live lessons. These activities will be shared via Show My Homework.

Winter Conditions

Please can we take this opportunity to remind you to that during winter weather pupils should be wearing shoes that are suitable for walking around the campus and comply with our uniform expectations and weatherproof coats should be worn.  Hoodies, fleeces and sweatshirts are not acceptable uniform.

Any changes to our usual plans due to the weather will be communicated via SchoolComms and the website.

Have a good weekend.

Lisa Percy

News Items


Six the Musical

For our first trip since the pandemic started, the History Department were able to take our Year 13 historians to see Six the Musical at the Theatre Royal Bath. We went for food at a nearby restaurant first and then across the road to hear the story of the six wives of Henry VIII with a twist. Some of us managed to meet the stars after the show for a quick group photo. Not only was it a great way to recap this part of the course, but a really fun evening, which we all needed. I’m so pleased this was our first venture to expand our extra-curricular provision back to what it was before. To our students I say thanks for coming and watch this space. We’re back.

Girls tackle Cyber Security challenge

The first round of the National Cyber Security Centre’s annual competition for Year 8 girls concluded this week, and we were proud to have two teams from Hardenhuish School taking part for the first time. Teams HARD01 and HUISH99 battled it out over 10 days, solving challenges involving networking, communications, cryptography, logic, and cyber security.

We wait to see how we fared against the 1000 other teams from across the United Kingdom, but regardless of the result, we are extremely proud of our teams’ tenacity, amassing around 4000 points between them, and learning to tackle challenges that were “hard, but not impossible”. We are grateful for the mentorship of King Edward School in Bath (2019 winners) in preparing for the competition, and we look forward to entering even more teams next year.

Simon Carter: Head of Computing

Sir Christopher Hum Lecture

On Thursday 9 December, many of our Sixth Form students attended a lecture by Sir Christopher Hum, the former Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China. The lecture gave students a fascinating insight into the role of an Ambassador, the intricacies of living and working in China, and a first-hand viewpoint on Chinese international relations. The talk was followed by a lively question and answer session. As a former student and Master of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, Sir Christopher also spoke to a group of our Year 12 aspirational Oxbridge students about the experience of studying at Cambridge and gave advice about making an Oxbridge application.

Year 9 Business – Christmas Challenge!

Year 9 Business pupils have been working in teams for the last few weeks to design the ultimate Christmas stall. The teams showed great entrepreneurial spirit designing some amazing stalls from lucky dips to football shootouts and food stalls. We had lots of fun testing the stalls out and judging the winners.

Swim England National Winter Championships 2021

Year 12 student Dexter Poole took part in the Swim England National Winter Championships for 2021. With his mind centred on representing his country in the future, he was successful in coming second in his heat, shaving seconds off his personal best time. A huge congratulations to you Dexter and best of luck with continued competitions. Well done.

Hardenhuish’s First ever Climbing Awards Achieved.

Despite the global pandemic, our intrepid climbers have ben awarded Hardenhuish’s first ever NICAS awards. The NICAS new climber award is an entry level award aimed at novices which recognises their ability to climb safely under direct supervision. These climbers have been members of the climbing club since 2019 when the pandemic first shut us down. The resilient NICAS team are now all able to climb and belay safely and are looking forward to using their skills in local walls including the new wall opening soon in Chippenham. The climbing club has continued to be very popular this year with hundreds of pupils applying for places in the open sessions and NICAS sessions. We are able to offer the level 2 award at Hardenhuish thanks to our brand new varied traverse routes installed by Unreal Rock owner, Matt Favelle and fellow instructor and Hardenhuish Alumni Darcie Shields. The club are looking forward to running another NICAS award from January with a new cohort and to offering climbing trips to local centres.

Music Exam Results

Congratulations to the following for their fantastic music exam results:

Harriet Whiting – Grade 7 Oboe – a special congratulations for achieving this in Y9.

Joshua Bailey – Grade 2 Clarinet – Merit

Tomass Millers – Grade 2 Clarinet – Distinction

Alex Watt – grade 2 Saxophone – Distinction

Jennifer Wilkinson – Grade 2 Clarinet – Distinction

Late Summer 2021 Exam Results

Many congratulations to the following students on their superb music exam results – Mr Tim Fosker

Katie Whiting – Grade 8 Flute – Distinction

Amy Gibbons – Grade 8 Flute – Merit

Chloe Ditte – Grade 8 Flute

Ben Woodhead – Grade 6 Flute

Aila Layton Walker – Grade 5 Flute

Amy Rushowski White – Grade 4 Flute

Katie Ellis – Grade 3 Flute

Trystan Stovell – Grade 3 Flute – Merit

Emily Graham – Grade 1 Flute – Merit

A huge congratulations to Emily Dirs on gaining a Distinction in her ARSM flute diploma last week.


What’s On Information

Monday 13 December

Wednesday 15 December

Year 11 Mid Wilts County Rugby Cup Final – Trowbridge RFC

Friday 17 December


School ends at 12.35 pm for Pupils and Students