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Dear Parents

It has been a busy week for many year groups this week. Year 8 have started their exams, Year 9 have begun their Options process, Year 11 have started their mock speaking exams in Languages and 6th Form Advice and Guidance meetings as well as Year 13 receiving their University offers and preparing for their mock exams later this month. Years 7, 10 and 12 are also working hard, preparing for their assessments and exams which will take place later in the term.

The list of extra-curricular opportunities for this term has been uploaded to the website and it is great to see so many activities on offer both during lunchtimes and after school.

I wanted to share with you a few photos of our beautiful site taken by various staff and young people over the last couple of weeks.

I am looking forward to attending the Wiltshire Cross-Country competition tomorrow which we are hosting on the field and cheering on Team Hardenhuish.

Lisa Percy






Y10 Retrieval Practice

Over this term, Year 10 will be experimenting with different ways to revise during their Successful Lives programme. This week Year 10 were introduced to the concept of Retrieval Practice. ‘Retrieval practice boosts learning by pulling information out of students’ heads, rather than cramming information into students’ heads. We tend to think that most learning occurs during the initial encoding stage–when students get information “in” by re-reading, reviewing, and taking notes. However, one of the most robust findings from cognitive science research is that a significant amount of learning occurs when students pull information “out” through retrieval practice. For example, what was the name of the ship on which Charles Darwin made his famous scientific voyage? At what age did King Tut become a pharaoh? By thinking for a moment and trying to recall the answer to these trivia facts, you just engaged in retrieval practice and boosted your learning!’ Taken from, What is retrieval practice? – Retrieval Practice

It would be great if you could test your child on what they can retrieve!

Mr D Henley

Year 10 Learning Manager

Triple Sporting Success!

Congratulations to Year 9 pupil Sophie Vaughan who has achieved brilliant sporting success over the past few months. In October Sophie was selected into the Wiltshire County Netball squad, with weekly training at Marlborough College, followed by selection to the Wiltshire County Under 15 girl’s cricket squad in November.  This week Sophie has qualified as a netball umpire after various practical and online training sessions over the past few months. Well done Sophie, these successes are testament to all your hard work, commitment and dedication.


U14’s Girls Football Results

Thornden Hill 8-1 Hardenhuish-English Schools Cup Competition

Hardenhuish 6-1 Devizes-Wiltshire Schools Cup Competition

A very mixed week for the U14 girls in their fixtures. They travelled to Southampton on Monday to compete in the Round of 16 against a very experienced side who evidently play altogether at a high level outside of school. It was a game of two halves really and the girls worked very hard in the 2nd half to get back on top and if the statistics were taken down it would show that Hardenhuish had the majority of the possession but just couldn’t find the goal with 3 shots being saved by the crossbar and 1 cleared off the line. Lily made countless saves in goal and Erin showing what a versatile defender she is with her clearances as well as her ability to play out from the back. Ottie, Aurora, Caitlin and Bethany stood strong against some very good players making good tackles and passes when they needed to, Fran and Angelina worked hard in the middle trying to win loose balls and stopping their opponents running through – it was tough but the girls worked their hardest. Emily and Claire linked up well up front and Claire showed her speed down the wing and being able to take players on and deliver a shot, Emily worked the keeper on each of her shots, scoring our goal and also playing in other players as well. Martha and Poppy as always brought that calm approach to the game and showed some excellent 1-2’s when moving forward. Holly and Aila were strong on the ball and were able to provide the crosses into dangerous areas we were just unable to convert them which was a shame. The girls were disappointed but showed resilience by stepping up straight into their Round of 16 game in the Wiltshire Schools cup and winning 6-1 against Devizes. The girls worked tirelessly throughout the game being first to every ball and dominating possession of the ball. Emily was top goal scorer. Congratulations girls onwards and upwards to the Quarter Final

Resource Centre News

As always, there are lots of new books now available to start the new year, including the latest novels from popular YA authors Emily Barr, Patrice Lawrence and Sally Nicholls and plenty of the 2022 Carnegie-nominated titles. A selection of these latest additions can be seen below.

This week also saw our latest Book Group meeting with three suggested novels for this term – ‘The House With Chicken Legs’ by Sophie Anderson, ‘Echo Mountain’ by Lauren Wolk and ‘A Skinful Of Shadows’ by Frances Hardinge. All three books have a slightly quirky and occasionally gothic element to them, so we hope you enjoy them! If you missed the meeting but want to read one of these titles over the coming weeks, please let Mr Southwood know.

Finally there’s another excellent offer from the Scholastic Book Club this term: you can enjoy an extra 25% off any titles you buy by selecting ‘School Group Order’ and entering the code JANBOOKCLUB when you place your order. The website is available here and the closing dates for any orders is Thursday 27th January.

Enjoy your reading and we’ll have some exciting news to bring you towards the end of term 3!

Food Bank Donations

Thank you for your contributions to the Hardenhuish Food Bank before Christmas. We collected a very impressive array of donations, which is testament to the generosity of students and staff for which we are extremely grateful. The Salvation Army were delighted when we delivered the food and assured us that Hardenhuish’s donation would make a significant difference to the lives of those in need this Christmas. We’d like to thank the staff and students who helped us organise the collection.


Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing 17/01/2022

Thursday 20 January

KS4 Options Evening – 6 pm – Remotely