Thank you very much for all of your support during this term with no real let-up from the challenges of the last two years.
Our young people have once again shown their resilience and commitment by working hard and achieving so many amazing things in their extra-curricular lives as well as in their lessons.
Please can I ask you to discuss uniform with your young person during the break and replace anything which no longer meets our requirements. Jumpers are not compulsory from Term 5 and this gives us an opportunity to focus on re-establishing our expectations and standards.
Thank you for your support of the mocks that have taken place over the last term and for supporting our young people at home to develop the study habits that will be so important for their success in the summer. Thank you also to all of our staff who have supported them with these exams, particularly with the practical elements that have been taking place over the last month or so, and will continue to provide revision and emotional support right through the summer exam season.
Wishing you a restful Easter break.
Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses at the University of Bath
Each year the Royal Institution host a series of masterclasses in which students can explore mathematics and computer science outside the confines of the classroom, through hands-on extra-curricular workshops. A number of our outstanding Year 8 mathematicians had the opportunity to attend a series of 6 masterclasses at University of Bath. The sessions were each hosted by inspirational speakers that work in a variety of STEM careers, giving the pupils an insight into what it is possible to do with maths.
Here is what a few of our pupils had to say about the masterclasses:
“The masterclasses gave us a taste of what university life is like, and it was good- even though we had to work hard on the weekend.
My favourite bit was predicting and then testing how far an elastic band propelled car would travel.
There were many pupils from all around the country taking part in the masterclass. There were around 100 pupils in the lecture theatre, which was the same size as the hall in L Centre.”
I enjoyed the maths masterclasses and would do it again if I had the chance.”
“I really liked learning about all the different types of waves. It was really fun to learn about how we can apply maths to everyday situations.”
“The Bath masterclasses really got you to think about how you can use maths in everyday life- such as thinking about taking the most carbon-efficient route versus the most time-efficient route between two places.
A lot of young people, certainly some of my friends, think that “you don’t really need to learn maths because you can just use a calculator” – but not all problems can just be solved with a calculator: but you are the one doing the thinking and solving the problem. The classes got us to think, “WHY does it need to be good value for money?” rather than just doing the calculation.
The classes were sometimes difficult at first but the ideas that at first were quite complex were much easier to understand when broken down by a university student/lecturer.
So, all in all, they were a really good learning experience and I think that everyone, no matter how much they like maths, should take the opportunity to go on one of these classes!”
Art Bytes National Art Competition
Our Year 9 artists have been busy entering the online competition Art Bytes. They submitted a range of ceramic and mixed media work inspired by artists Grayson Perry and Jean-Michel Basquiat and the judges have shortlisted their favourite three incredible pieces by our pupils. Follow the link Hardenhuish School | Schools | Art Bytes to vote for your favourite – winners will go on display at the Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol later this year. Voting closes on 1st May!
Battle of the Bands
Pupil Meg Hoy recently competed in the local Battle of the Bands Competition ‘Take the Stage’ at the Neeld Hall – winning her heat. Meg will now go on to perform in the final on 29 April. Well done Meg and good luck in the final.
Brit School Success
Congratulations to Gregor Brown in Year 9 who has secured a place at The Brit School in London from September 2022. Any of you who came to see Guys and Dolls will know that he is an incredible talent and although we will be sad to see him leave Hardenhuish, wish him well with his new adventures!
Dance at Hardenhuish
It has been a very busy couple of weeks in the Dance Department with the comeback of Spring Loaded, The Great Big Dance Off, and GCSE and A-Level exams.
I am so proud of every single student who participated in Spring Loaded, it was a great evening of dance, showing off the talented students that we have in the school. We then had a fantastic time at The Great Big Dance Off with our KS3 and KS4/5 Dance Company representing the school and really doing the school proud, so well done!
I also wanted to say a big well done to the GCSE and A-Level students who have completed their practical exams over the past two weeks. The students have worked so hard in preparation for these exams and it really did show!
Year 10 Vocational Students
This term Year 10 Vocational Students have been undertaking a Qualsafe Level 2 Certificate in First Aid Essentials. The course involves lots of practical activities learning about how to assess an incident, CPR, managing bleeds and shock, managing an unresponsive casualty who is not breathing and recognising a casualty who is choking and learning how to assist them. They have really benefitted from the expertise of David Tong, a Teaching Assistant in the school who worked as a Paramedic for many years. Their enthusiasm and commitment to gaining the qualification has been fantastic.
Term 3 came to an abrupt halt thanks to Storm Eunice. Fortunately, we have friends and family in Cornwall who gave us an hourly update on conditions!
We set off at 3.30am to journey down to Pont near Fowey. We were delighted to arrive safely at the cottage and had another great week of walking; the picture featured is from our penultimate day walking along the coastal path at Lantic Bay. We met two men hauling tools and insulation up the hillside; they were making improvements to the coastguard hut and everything has to be walked in and out. It is a holiday cottage completely off grid with fabulous views, my humans weren’t too keen on the idea of the outside shower!
A number of our favourite woods were closed for several days and the sound of chainsaws could be heard echoing over the valley we were staying in. Despite all this, many sunny days and 40 miles walked over the week.
Term 4 started with the final performance of Guys and Dolls which had needed to be rescheduled, but we managed to pack in. It is lovely to see so many visits taking place and the year 11 Geographers -170 of them, all went to Weston Super Mare to carry out a range of fieldwork techniques to prepare them for paper 3. The end of this term and start of next has seen a busy period of assessment in terms of mocks for Years 10 to 13
Last year we made the decision to head north and away from any coastline to avoid the crowds. We discovered the delights of Shropshire. Over Easter we will be returning, and I am looking forward to visiting Croft Castle and some of the trails around the black and white villages.
Outdoor Fire and Fire Play Advice
With the longer and hopefully warmer days the fire and rescue service do unfortunately see an increase in avoidable fires caused by fire play or misuse, for example BBQs and campfires in unsuitable and safe areas.
Please could you talk to your child about the dangers and consequences of fire play, for example lighting small fires, setting fire to rubbish, fire and aerosol cans and help them to make safe and responsible choices.
If you are concerned that your child is involved in fire setting activities please contact us for free confidential advice Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Firesetters (dwfire.org.uk)
If any member of your family are considering having a BBQ or campfire, please be aware of the risks and how to safely have a BBQ or campfire, including considering other options.
Please visit Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service | Heath fires and countryside safety (dwfire.org.uk) for information on how to stay fire safe outdoors.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Permanent – 28.75 hours per week
We are seeking to expand our committed Teaching Assistant team. The successful candidates will be required to hold level 2 qualifications in Mathematics and English, need to be proficient in ICT and have experience of working with children.
This role is for 39 weeks of the year (term time only) and is payable at £10.39 to £10.81 per hour. An application pack can be downloaded from the Vacancies page on our website: Vacancies – Hardenhuish School. The closing date is 8.30am on Monday 25 April 2022
£10.63 per hour
Our busy Examinations Officer is seeking to appoint additional invigilators to support her existing dedicated and friendly team during the various mock and external public exam seasons held throughout the academic year. If you are available to work from early morning and until/or for late finishing afternoon exams we would like to hear from you. Please note that exam invigilators are required to stand for many hours during exams so physical stamina is a core requirement of this role.
An application pack can be downloaded from the Vacancies page on our website Vacancies – Hardenhuish School
What’s On Information
Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing Monday 25 April
TERM 5 STARTS
Uniform – jumpers optional
Year 12 mock exams
Tuesday 26 April
U16 Girls football semi final
Wednesday 27 April
Junior Maths Challenge