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Dear Parents

Thank you for all of your support through what has been another challenging beginning to the school year.  I think we are all looking forward to the Christmas break and I hope that you enjoy the Christmas Concert below which although not the same as being at St Paul’s is a fitting and beautiful way to begin the festive season. Congratulations to all of the wonderful young people whose successes are celebrated below and have been in the Headlines this year. It is always so lovely to be able to share in their amazing achievements.

Thank you very much for your generous support of our annual Friends of Hardenhuish Christmas Raffle, nearly £1700 of tickets were sold and prize winners have been notified.

We have also received a thank you this week for our school contribution to the Poppy Appeal which represented a significant proportion of the amount raised within Chippenham.

I wish you a restful, peaceful and safe Christmas break and will see you in the New Year whatever that may bring!

Lisa Percy



2021 Hardenhuish Christmas Concert

Thank you to all of our wonderful musicians for their hard work throughout the year in our weekly clubs.  We had a lot of fun this week recording all of their Christmas performances and we hope you enjoy it as much as we have.  Have a wonderful Christmas and please enjoy our virtual Christmas Concert on the link below.

2021 Hardenhuish Christmas Concert

Christmas Crackers

Our pupils have been busy in recent weeks completing this year’s Christmas Act of Kindness. The project was to decorate pictures of Christmas crackers which will then be shared with residents of some of our local care homes. After what has been another challenging year we are hoping to bring a smile to some others within our local community. The designs, use of colour and creativity shown by pupils was fantastic, resulting in hundreds of amazing crackers being produced. There were also some lovely, thoughtful messages being shared, as well as some festive jokes! Well done to everyone who got involved; your efforts will make a positive impact to others this Christmas.

Rupert Reports

Over half term we finally made it to North Wales after two previous Covid cancellations.  It was very wet and windy but we still got lots of walking in including one of my favourites along Lyn Glaslyn which is the picture below.

During term 2 I have managed to fit in a few weekend visits to the coast; Dorset and East Devon are regular haunts and those who follow me on twitter – @Rupertreports, will have seen a number of pictures from Lyme Regis and Budleigh Salterton.

So many activities have gone on in school this term which has been fantastic. A level subject conferences, field trips, theatres visits, career talks and numerous sporting fixtures to name just a few. There is a slight feeling of déjà vu at the moment given current announcements, but hopefully next term can continue as term 2 has with more amazing extra-curricular activities for our young people.

I am ever hopeful that we will get a more normal Christmas and New Year which means Mabel and I will get to Cornwall and enjoy the cottage which was cancelled last year – we are almost back on track with our holiday bookings!

Happy holidays


Hardenhuish Book Group: Term Two!

This term, Book Group have been reading some award-winning verse novels! We chose between ‘Rebound’ by Kwame Alexander, ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo, and ‘Run, Rebel’ by Manjeet Mann.

‘Rebound’ was our Y7 choice, and we thought it was “really good” and “made you think about life”. Our readers “couldn’t stop reading the book!”. ‘The Poet X’, our Y8+ choice, was also “really good”, and the verse novel form meant “the style of writing made it equally engaging”. Finally, ‘Run, Rebel’ was our Y9+ choice – and our favourite of the Carnegie shortlisted titles last year! It was a “story of poems rather than poems in a story”, with “adult topics perceived in a child’s view”; “an inside story on prejudice, lies, and the reason for many bullies”.

The club meets on a Friday at the start and end of each term. There will be a message in the bulletin next term confirming our first meeting date – newcomers are very welcome!


Boys Key Stage 3 Table Tennis Team Triumph!

Last Friday we took the Key Stage 3 Boys’ Table Tennis Team to Abbeyfield School to compete in the Mid Wiltshire Tournament. All involved played some excellent table tennis and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the event. The A team won their event and the B team tied second. Well done to all involved, Mr Fox.


Year 7 Boys’ Rugby Team Crowned Mid Wilts Champions!

The Year 7 Rugby Team travelled to Devizes School last week to participate in the annual Mid Wiltshire Year 7 Rugby Cup with 12 other schools attending. They comfortably won their group stage and progressed to the finals to play against Malmesbury and Sheldon. They remained undefeated winning both matches and hence claiming the trophy and title! A huge well done to all of the boys involved, Mr Fox.

Hardenhuish Year 11 Boys Mid Wilts County Champions

This week the Year 11 Boys Rugby Team played the game of their lives to beat Kingdown School 17-15 in the final of the Mid Wiltshire County Championships. This means they will now travel to Dorset to play in the final of the Dorset and Wiltshire Cup! They were an absolute credit to Hardenhuish and all truly deserved the victory – well done all involved, Mr Fox.

English Schools Cross Country Finals

The strongest cross-country school teams in England competed for honours in Cornwall – Hardenhuish was proud to be named as one of those schools!

For the first time in Hardenhuish history, a group of athletes had the honour of competing in the National Finals of the English Schools Cross-country Cup.  This group of runners have shown that commitment, hard work and resilience pays off.

Over two thousand teams from more than six hundred schools throughout England started the competition in October, we are very proud that Hardenhuish qualified for the finals, being placed in the top 25 schools nationally.

The Junior Boys squad travelled down to Newquay with a large team of supporters on Friday 3 December; the weather forecast was 45 knot winds and hail, some might say ‘perfect cross-country weather’.

The course was very challenging with many hills and steep cambers, even walking the course was tough as hail the size of golf balls started to fall!

All runners performed brilliantly with the team finishing in 15th place out of 25 teams in their age group and over 150 runners taking part.

Congratulations to all who took part.

Cross-country continues on Saturday 15 January with 26 Hardenhuish athletes competing at the Wiltshire Schools Cross Country Championships. Good luck to all athletes.

Mrs Place



Health and Social Care: Career Insight Talk

On Monday, Mr Tong came into our year 10 Health and Social Care class to give a talk about his career as a paramedic. It was fascinating hearing about the variety of work a paramedic does and the skills needed for the job. The talk included a discussion on how to effectively communicate within the role, which linked to our learning this term about the importance of positive communication in health and social care settings. The talk gave a great insight into this fascinating career.

Music Exam Results

Congratulations to the following pupils:

Katie Miller who got a merit for her Grade 8 Piano

Aurora Watkins who passed her Grade 3 Piano.

Hannah Johnson how passed her Grade 4 Drum exam with Merit

attRAct Programme

Year 10 pupil Damaris Des Voeux has been accepted on to the attRAct Programme for next Year, which is no mean achievement as she was the youngest candidate out of 180, with only 40 being selected.

attRAct is a year long online programme run by the Royal Academy of Arts and is designed to encourage young people to think and talk critically about art and the creatie industries.

Well done Damaris!

Manor Catering

Please find linked below the new prices that will be in place from January:

Manor Catering Tariff Jan 2022