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Dear Parents

It’s a bumper Headlines today with lots of successes to celebrate which is an amazing way to end the term!

Our Lovely Year 11s left us on Wednesday. We wish them well over the coming weeks and look forward to celebrating their time at Hardenhuish with them at Prom at the end of June.

Congratulations to any Alumni who are completing their further qualifications (Congratulations to Ciara who has just become Dr Irwin!), please encourage any that you know to sign up to the Alumni on the website to enable us to keep in touch and encourage them to let us know of their successes.

The sheep have had their annual shear this week (see photos below) and are now looking forward to the warmer weather as are we! Thank you to Raising the Baa and Sheep Club.

Please remind young people to ensure that they bring a water bottle to school after the break to ensure that they stay hydrated.

Good luck to our equestrian team who are competing at the NSEA National Eventers Challenge Championships at Hickstead this weekend.

Have an enjoyable May break and enjoy the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

I look forward to welcoming our wonderful young people and staff back for Term 6 on Monday 6 June.

 

Lisa Percy Headteacher

 

 

Rupert Reports

It’s been a five-week whirlwind of a term!  We have managed to squeeze in multiple sporting events, Year 12 and 10 mock exams, a parents evening as well as two PIAGs.  The GCSE and A level exams have started, the first time a whole cohort will have sat externally marked exams in two years. As I write, so far the exams have seemed fair with students reporting they believe they have gone well.

During the Easter break I visited Shropshire, a location we discovered last year and decided to have a return visit. We stayed right on the Herefordshire border so spent time hopping between the two counties as well as heading into Wales. The image shows Mabel and I at the Welsh border on a section of Offa’s dyke. The area does have the disadvantage of no coastline but there are some fabulous woodland and river walks.

During half term we will head to Exmoor, I have visited once before.  Unfortunately a leg injury meant I didn’t last the week and returned home early, paws crossed it doesn’t happen this time. I have the feeling this trip is going to be educational rather than relaxing. There has been mention of a large managed retreat scheme at Porlock we have to visit. So those who follow me on twitter expect photos of me sat in front of things of alleged geographical significance.

 

Return of Hardenhuish Literature Festival

Next term sees the long awaited return of the Hardenhuish Literature Festival! Taking place the w/c 20th June, Years 7-10 will have a talk in one of their English lessons from one of a fantastic selection of authors writing award-nominated fiction & poetry for young people. It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear about these authors’ writing craft, as well as for pupils to get involved in discussions around the themes and ideas in their writing, which cover everything from folk tales and mythology to current social issues and challenges.

In advance of the author visits, pupils have the opportunity to borrow one of the author’s books from the Library and join in with one of the LitFest reading groups, so they’re familiar with the author’s work before the talk. After a great start this week, it would be lovely for even more of our young people to join in with these groups next term! They take place on Wednesday lunchtimes so keep an eye on the bulletin for more details.

Year 7’s author talk is with Sophie Anderson, author of ‘The House With Chicken Legs’, ‘The Girl Who Speaks Bear’, ‘Castle of Tangled Magic’, and ‘The Thief Who Sang Storms’.

Year 8’s are lucky enough to have two author visits! Their first author talk is with A.M. Dassu, author of ‘Boy, Everywhere’ and the upcoming ‘Fight Back’. Their second author talk is with Ash Dickinson, a performance poet whose most recent collection ‘Instructions for Outlaws’ came out just this month!

Year 9’s and Year 10’s author talks are with Hardenhuish’s very own Luke Palmer, author of ‘Grow’.

We’re so excited for the return of the Literature Festival after the last few years, and can’t wait to chat about these books and authors with our young people!

 

Diversity Series: #1 – Diversity in the English Curriculum

As part of our focus on diversity and inclusion within Hardenhuish this year we are reaching out to our community to share a range of experiences and opinions on a wide range of issues. Our first instalment, initially published in the NEU (National Education Union) magazine, was written by Verity, one of our Year 10s. If reading this inspires you to share your own perspectives on the topic of diversity, please contact JJH@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk.

Diversity Series 1

 

Chemistry Olympians

Congratulations to two of our students who have both achieved Silver awards in the 2022 Chemistry Olympiad. This was a significant achievement, in a national competition, which involved applying their chemistry knowledge to challenging real-life situations. Many interesting and timely scientific contexts were covered in the 2022 paper, including: the use of E10 petrol, a grade of petrol which contains up to 10% renewable ethanol (a biofuel); the chemistry in lateral flow tests and vaccine storage as well as the world’s smallest Chinese knot and the hydrocarbon cubane. Following this success there is no doubt that they will always be on the look-out for the chemistry that is all around our everyday life!

Dr Ovens

 

Level 2 School Games Touch Rugby

Lavington School hosted the girls Level 2 School Games touch rugby tournament this week, which is a qualifying event for the School Games finals. Our squad of 7 were in high spirits on arrival and after warming up took to the field ready for their first game of 3. Lily S was dynamic in the centre, organising the team into defensive lines. Chloe and Katie were consistent with their passing and their attacking runs. Aurora, Kacy and Scarlett stopped the opposition many times with some great touches, and Lily L’s dynamic runs on the wing led to numerous tries for Team Huish!

Match Scores:

Opposition Tries scored Result
Hardenhuish Sheldon 3-0 HH win
Hardenhuish Devizes 2-1 HH win
Hardenhuish Lavington 5-0 HH win

 

This superb performance from the girls means they will now move to the finals later on in the year at Dauntseys School. Congratulations to all involved!

 

Hardenhuish Crowned Champions – Year 7 Athletics V Sheldon

Huge congratulations to all 32 Year 7 pupils who were selected for their speed and endurance to represent Hardenhuish in the track competition against Sheldon on Tuesday 24 May.

Four girls and four boys were selected for each event, 1200m, 800m, 150m, 100m and relay.

For many this was their first athletics event, the enthusiasm, determination and team spirit was clear to see, every race was supported by loud cheers and clapping from all.

There were outstanding performances in all of the races and points were allocated according to finishing position. Huish were crowned champions for 2022 by scoring 220 points to Sheldon’s 204.

Well done to all Huish athletes and we have our fingers crossed that we can continue our winning streak at the Area Champs for Years 7-10 at Bath University on Wednesday 15 June.

Mrs Place

 

Cricket Leaders

Congratulations to your Year 9 Sports Leaders who recently helped at the Chippenham Sports Partnership Primary Cricket Festival. Each of the leaders played a vital role in supporting the younger children and umpired the matches confidently and efficiently! They were fantastic role models for the primary pupils – well done to all involved!

 

U13 County Cricket Champions

On Wednesday 25 May the U13 Chance to Compete Cricket tournament took place at Trowbridge Cricket Club.  Eight teams from Wiltshire took part in this County Competition and played some fantastic cricket despite the summer showers and the occasional dash for cover.  Each match consisted of one innings per team with each innings made up of eight five ball sets.  Each player in the team had to bowl and bat.  In round 1 we played against Godolphin School from Salisbury and won 72-59.  In the second round we played against John of Gaunt School and won 96-43 and in the third round we won against Kingdown School 70-43.  The team were really pleased with their performance and excited to get through to the semi-final as winners of their pool where they were up against Royal Wooten Bassett who had come forth in their pool.  After a convincing win and a short pause in play for (another) rain shower, the team stepped out for the final match against Clarendon School.  Both teams demonstrated some of the best batting and fielding of the day during this game but it was Hardenhuish who rose to the challenge and finished as County Champions with a final score of 72-57.  The team will now travel to Winchester towards the end of June to compete in the Regional Finals.  Congratulations to all those who took part in the event.  They not only played brilliantly but were fantastic ambassadors for the school.

 

Chippenham Dance Festival

Our Hardenhuish Dancers had the opportunity to showcase their talent last week in front of a packed out Neeld Hall as part of the Chippenham Dance Festival last week. KS3 performed on the Monday night with a dance full of high energy and fun! On the Tuesday KS4/5 dance company took to the stage for a dramatic piece – it felt quite emotional watching it. Both groups did themselves and the school proud and their performances were really impressive.

Thank you to Miss Billington for working so hard with the dancers to create such wonderful choreography and routines, as well as to Mrs Brown and Mrs Todd for supporting them on the night.

 

 

What’s On: Week Commencing Monday 6 June

GCSE & GCE Exams – All week

Monday 6 June

Year 9 Exams Commence

Tuesday 7 June

Year 10 Geography trip – Forest of Dean

Year 12 PIAG – 7pm – Remotely

Thursday 9 June

Year 10 Religious Studies Trip

Year 10 Parent, Pupil Consultation Evening (PPCE) – Appointments from 3.45 pm – Remotely

Friday 10 June

Gold Practice D of E Weekend

Y7 Super 8s Athletics