It has been amazing to get into classrooms this week and see how focussed and engaged our young people are in their learning across the school as well as congratulating over half of Year 7 who have achieved 150 ACEs!
As we approach the beginning of the formal exam season on Monday, I would like to congratulate all young people taking exams this summer for their positive work ethic and understanding as we have navigated our way through another year of a very different preparation for these final exams. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for the time they have taken to support and prepare our young people for what is to come – I know that many hours of support have been provided both within and beyond formal lesson time.
It is great to see further sporting success celebrated below and am looking forward to hearing of even more as the athletics and cricket seasons continue.
The extra-curricular opportunities for our young people continue to increase and thank you for encouraging your young people to get involved in all of the various activities on offer to enhance their Hardenhuish experience.
An Important New Hardenhuish Parent App is coming.
In September 2022 we will be launching a new App for parents to bring some of our separate systems together and enable easier and better permission and payment for trips, meals, events, and clubs. The App will also enable parents to see their young person’s timetable live along with many other things. If any parents would like an early view into the new App please view this short video. We will be in touch with further information in the coming weeks.
Hardenhuish Expectations and Consequences
Hardenhuish has high expectations of all in the Hardenhuish Community and I would like to thank all who continue to support us in ensuring that pupils adhere to these expectations. Pupil behaviour at the school remains very good and the vast majority of our pupils make positive choices that support the staff and each other to learn and achieve. However, we do occasionally need to apply consequences for behaviour that falls below our expectations. Most of these consequences take the form of discussions with pupils but can, at times, be through lunchtime or after school detentions.
Whilst most pupils attend a detention when set, unfortunately we have noticed an increasing number of young people deliberately choosing not to attend. This has led to a review in our systems and revealed a drawn-out process of repeating and escalating detentions, which, if none were attended, could result in up to a seven week gap between the behaviour and a consequence being served. As a result, we have changed our process for missing a detention to the following
- If a pupil is in school and fails to attend a departmental after school detention without good reason, they will be set a Leadership Team Detention lasting 60 minutes at the next opportunity. The date of the detention will be communicated to home via School Comms.
- If a pupil is in school and fails to attend a Leadership Team Detention without good reason, they will be set a day of Isolation.
Please note that a pupil claiming they forgot to attend a detention will not be considered a good reason.
The aim is to create a more immediate deterrent to choosing to not attend a detention. We are also currently in the process of a wider review of our systems of sanctions and consequences and will update you with any further changes in due course.
Please do get in touch with me about this should you have any questions – Mr Woollin
Staying Safe in the Local Community
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Staying Safe Parent Information, Advice and Guidance evening on Thursday 5 May. We hope that those who attended benefitted from some useful information about keeping young people safe in the local area and online. Special thanks also go to Richard Pomfrett of the Stay Safe Initiative for his presentation on e-safety.
Further to the evening, please find below a link to a parents and carers resource pack regarding keeping children safe online. This pack contain lots of additional resources / places parents can get help and support for anything related to the offline and online lives.
‘Parenting in the Digital World’ resource pack – Parents_Online_Safety_Advice_Sheet
Also below is a link to link to the powerpoint we compiled with support from Wiltshire Police that was shared on the evening and a letter Wiltshire Police have asked us to share with our parents regarding knife crime.
Finally, please find below a link to a video recording of the presentations on the evening.
Young FA Referee
We would like to congratulate and acknowledge the success that Ben Avery has had this season as a young FA referee. Not only has Ben stepped up and refereed School County Cup games for all age groups, his professionalism and capabilities have been recognised by Wiltshire FA who have continually asked Ben to officiate several games throughout the 2021-22 season. His biggest accolade to date was being asked to officiate as a referee’s assistant during the U14 County Cup final. He was also referee for the U12 Schools County Cup final. It is a huge achievement for Ben to have this level of success at such young age.
We wish him all the best as he continues on this career path for Wiltshire and of course hope he will continue to support the PE faculty here at Hardenhuish.
Area Athletics Trials Bath University Thursday 12th May.
Congratulations to all the athletes who were selected to represent Hardenhuish at the Area Trials on Thursday 12th May.
Thankfully the weather had improved and the sun came out for what proved to be a fantastic afternoon of athletics.
The athletes were selected as the top Huish performers who had achieved Area/County standards at the Track and Field Cup the previous week.
Huish was the only school from the area to compete at the Track and Field Cup at Marlborough College, this definitely gave our athletes an advantage, their confidence and experience was clear to see.
The top two performers in each event have been selected to represent North Wiltshire at the County Championships in Swindon on Saturday 11th June.
The Huish squad results were as follows:
Luke Burgess U16 – 1st in 200m, 4th in 100m
Amelia Chalk U16 – 1st in 800m and 1st in 300m
Isaac Chalk U12 – 1st in 800m and 1st in 150m
James Cunningham U14 – 3rd in LJ
Archie Cooper U14 – 4th in 100m
Harry Glover U14 – 1st in 100m and 1st in Shot
Ben Harvey U14 – 2nd in Javelin and 1st in TJ
Alannah Heneghan U16 – 1st in the HJ
Tobi Loughlin U14 – 1st in 1500m
Claire Marshall U14 – 1st in 300m and 1st in Long jump
Tommy Mattis-King U14 – 1st in 75m Hurdles and 1st in LJ
Natasha Moyes U14 – 1st in 75m Hurdles and 1st in 100m
Amelia Niker U16 – 1st in 1500m
Louisa Niker U14 – 2nd in 1500m and 3rd in Hurdles
Simon Warner U16 – 1st in LJ
Joe White U14 – 3rd in 100m
We wish all the athletes that have qualified for the County Championships the best of luck.
Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing – Monday 16 May
Monday 16 May
Chippenham Dance Festival – 6 pm – Neeld Hall
Tuesday 17 May
Year 7 Gurdwara Trip – Swindon
Chippenham Dance Festival – 6 pm – Neeld Hall
Thursday 19 May
Year 9 Parent, Information, Advice & Guidance meeting (PIAG) – 7 pm – Remotely
Friday 20 May
Year 13 – Last day