Welcome back to Term 5!
As we begin the Term, please can I remind you that although jumpers are no longer compulsory, our expectations regarding uniform remain high.
Well done to the Year 12 who have shown a mature and positive work ethic in their exams this week. Year 10 began their exams today and have already demonstrated the same approach.
I am delighted to announce the birth of 8 lambs to our Jacob flock over the Easter break. They have now returned to school and it’s lovely to see them enjoying life at Hardenhuish!
Have an enjoyable long weekend.
Congratulations to Mark Langley, our Catering Manager and his team on this achievement – please click on the link below for further information regarding this accreditation:
Riding for the Disabled
Two year 9 pupils Anna Albon and Harriet Slater had an amazing opportunity when they met HRH Princess Anne at a ceremony to open a new centre for the charity Riding for the Disabled (RDA). Anna and Harriet have been helping at the Wellow RDA near Bath on Saturday mornings since last October for the volunteering section of their bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Both girls have found it a very valuable experience helping children and young people with a variety of disabilities learn to ride. The new stables will enable both disabled and those with mental health challenges to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of grooming and being around Shetland ponies. Anna, Harriet and the other volunteers helped put Smartie, Freddo, Crunchy and Toby through their paces at the new stables for Princess Anne and a crowd of spectators. Princess Anne, who is president of the RDA, handed out rosettes in recognition of the commitment to the charity. Some volunteers had been helping for 35 years! The experience has been so positive that the girls hope to continue helping even though they have now completed their D of E.
Girls U14 Wiltshire Cup Semi Final vs Kingsbury Green Academy
Kingsbury Green Academy 1-4 Hardenhuish School
A semi final which was eagerly awaited with these two teams playing each other on many previous occasions and also playing together outside of school for a local club. Hardenhuish were keen to start the game strongly, pressuring KGA every time they were on the ball. It was a close opening 10 minutes with both teams having opportunities to score but also to go behind, Ottie made a crucial tackle to stop KGA going through to be 1-1 with Lily which was crucial to keep the game at 0-0. We used every opportunity we could to get the ball forward to Poppy to hold up and play on for Angelina as much as possible. On a few occasions Emily was able to find that shot but just shooting wide. The girls were working hard with trying to track the KGA forwards who were doing their best to confuse Erin and Fran by switching sides, but the girls kept working hard and were able to force them wide. After a quick attack from us we were caught out of position and KGA scored with a lovely goal beating Lily at her near post, we then rode our luck a little with another KGA player going through but just shooting wide. The girls started to find their passing range and Emily was able to play in Claire- who had seen previous efforts saved made no mistake and placed the ball in the bottom corner. Making 1-1!
The girls went into half time 1-1, after a quick tactical change at half time the girls came out much more settled with Erin and Fran winning long balls and passing the ball strongly up the pitch, Bethany made strong tackles and was able to move the ball down the channel to Holly whose quick feet were able to give Emily the space to have a shot and score, putting Hardenhuish 2-1 up. The girls had found their rhythm now and were able to take control of the midfield with Angelina linking nicely with Claire and Holly and ensuring we kept an attacking present. Martha was able to close the ball down and support Caitlin in defence by playing the ball out with control to Katie who found herself having opportunities to extend the lead, but seen them saved by the Goal Keeper. Lily still had saves to make with KGA catching us not concentrating and passing the ball quickly around us. A quick goal kick from Lily found Holly who was able to play a long ball down the channel for Claire to chase who made no mistake and scored low to the keeper’s right putting the Huish girls 3-1 up. A quick shift around of players due to tired legs allowed Fran to push forward and carry the ball to create more scoring opportunities for Poppy and Aila who kept pressing right to the final whistle and Aila getting her reward of a goal to finish off the semi final 1-4 to the Huish girls.
The Hardenhuish Girls now have the Wiltshire Cup Final next week at Stanley Park and we are all sending all our luck to them. LETS GO HUISH!
U16 Wiltshire Cup Semi Final vs Bradon Forest
A beautiful sunny day and having the chance to play at Stanley Park was an opportunity that the U16 girls embraced.
They worked tirelessly on a VERY big pitch and were able to keep the ball by making the ball do the work in the 1st half. They were able to threaten the goal on a few occasions with Eloise taking a shot and it being saved and Maddie shooting just wide. Our defensive players had their work cut out all afternoon with the away team’s speedy strikers and were able to keep pressure on them so they were unable to get their shots off. Unfortunately the breakthrough came from the away team who saw Sophie slightly off her line and were able to score from a long range effort. The girls kept the game competitive up to half time with Maddie linking well with Dionne out on the wing and who was able to use her speed and good first touch to get the better of the left back. Eve and Megan held the line well and were supported with Gabi, Poppy and Amelia making strong challenges. With a few seconds left of the 1st half they were through but Sophie and Eve were able to do enough to force their striker to shoot wide.
The 2nd half saw a positive start from the Huish girls who applied pressure from the whistle and Jasmine was able to find pockets of space to exploit and play Luna through whose shot was just wide. Phoenix and Eloise were constantly pushing up to seek the goal we desperately needed but also tracked back to help the defence as well. Unfortunately their speedy striker was to score again from a lapse of concentration from the Huish girls with a quick long ball from their keeper played over the top.
At this point the girls had to dig deep and push to seek the goals we needed which unfortunately left gaps and Sophie did all she could with tipping one shot on to the bar and coming off her line quickly to close down Bradon who went onto score 2 more goals. Maddie came close in the last 5 minutes with a free kick, but the keeper was strong enough to make the save. As the time ticked on and our girls tiring they were glad of the whistle and the scoreline finishing at 4-0 to Bradon Forest.
On a personal note this was our Year 11s last game as Hardenhuish pupils who have not had the opportunities to play as much football as they would have likes as a group due to the pandemic, but the commitment has always been strong when we have had games, so I thank you for that! I wish you all luck in the future with your football and keep working hard especially for those cup finals coming up.
Laura Davidge Lumber.
Year 9 pupils Fran Fowler and Sophie Vaughan have both been playing this season in the Wiltshire County Netball Performance Academy; being selected to play in the Academy is a huge achievement, and the competition for selection is always incredibly tough.
Last weekend the team travelled to Exeter University to play in a Regional Tournament, both players showed high level of skill and athletics ability on the court and the team finished in 4th place overall.
Well done to Sophie and Fran and we wish them the best of luck for the remainder of the season.
What’s On Information
Monday 2 May – May Day Bank Holiday (no school)
Year 10 mock exams – All week
Wednesday 4 May
Y7, Y8, Y9 & Y10 – Wiltshire Track and Field Cup – Marlborough
Y11 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting (PIAG) – 7 pm – Remotely
Thursday 5 May
Y9 & Y10 Girls Regional Cricket Finals – UWE
Safety in the community PIAG – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall