There has been a lot going on again this week with theatre trips, sporting events, vaccinations and various trips and speakers visiting us as you will see from the items below, and I have just seen over 650 Primary children on their Christmas Fun Run around the field!
There is also a lot going on in the wider educational world and in response to this I wanted to keep you informed that we are in very early discussions about potentially applying to set up a new Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in the area, which would be a joint arrangement with Sheldon, Hardenhuish and St Laurence. This is potentially very exciting for all three schools, but much more has to be explored before any firm decision is taken. Of course, we will keep everyone informed as things progress, however, as the first discussion has now taken place to start to explore this, we thought it was important that you knew that this was happening. Were a MAT to materialise, this would not change the fact that we are three separate schools but would increase our opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of good practice.
The Chair of Governors would like me to let you know that Elizabeth Allen and Andrew Wilson were the successful candidates in the Parent Governor elections. We’d like to thank all the candidates who put themselves forward. We can’t recall there ever being such a large number of people wanting to join the board of governors and an impressive number of parents also took the time to vote. Thank you all for your support.
I am looking forward to the Christmas Fayre this evening and the other events taking place next week including the Christmas Concert next Thursday.
A reminder that we finish term on Friday 16 December at 12.30pm. The following buses will collect at 12.30pm Coachstyle B1411, B1413, B1414, B1418, B1419; Coachstyle Service 99 will pick up at the usual time as will Faresaver services. If you are unable to make alternative arrangements and would like your young person to stay in school until 3pm please contact their Pastoral Manager.
On Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November, Year 7 took part in an exciting poetry workshop, led by professional poet Sara-Jayne Arbury. After showing off their performance prowess in a series of drama games, they set about writing two poems: an alphabet story and a poem about anything of their choosing.
Following a competitive judging process, the very best poets made it through to the 11th Annual Hardenhuish Poetry Slam! The standard of poetry this year was outstanding: from poems about growing up, to climate change, to government, to an ‘ode to a bin’, our Year 7s dazzled with their poetic skill. Students performed to a packed audience of their friends and family, as well as a formidable panel of judges who scored students on their performance, writing and the overall impression the poem gave.
Students battled it out to the very end, when two teams emerged triumphant:
Salted Caramel Flavoured Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets won the slam with their energetic delivery of their narrative poem: Gorillageddon.
Team Crazy People won the alphabet story round with a creative and enthusiastic performance of their poem.
Students, parents, and staff left in incredibly high spirits having witnessed a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Two Direction performing ‘An Ode to Hardenhuish’
Elbow performing their poem about the state of society
Girl Squad performing their poem about growing up.
Salted Caramel Flavoured Vegetarian Chicken Nuggets collecting their prize
This year we’ve seen the fantastic success of the Year 7 -9 Classics Club, who have been exploring and reacting to a variety of myths and legends. The club members also took part in a competition run by Bristol university called ‘Ovid in the West Country,’ where they created their own interpretations of the myth in incredibly varied ways! Three of our Year 7 pupils were selected to move on to the next round of the competition which involves a trip to Bristol for some classical tales and a prize giving. Well done to Classics Club!
CyberFirst Girls Challenge 2023
This November saw three teams of Year 8 girls enter the CyberFirst Girls Challenge 2023 preliminary round. The girls faced challenges in logic and coding, cryptography, networking and cyber security over the course of a week, committing to the competition during breaks and lunchtimes during the school day, and then continuing at home.
While most of the school enjoyed a day off on Friday 25 November, two of the teams battled in earnest against each other for the top spot with first one streaking ahead into a 300 point lead, and then the other catching and passing. Leapfrogging each other throughout the weekend, finally the “Owls” opened up an unassailable lead, amassing, by the close of the competition on 30 November, a massive 3935 points, almost doubling the highest scoring Hardenhuish team from last year. The competition closed, and we held our breaths … until, on Sunday, an email arrived inviting us to take part in the regional final against 11 other teams.
As you might expect, from the nation’s cybersecurity centre, the actual location of the final is top secret. Suffice it to say, that our four girls are looking forward to competing in earnest to represent Hardenhuish School in this annual contest designed to promote interest and talent in cybersecurity and STEM amongst our country’s girls.
We are proud of all 12 girls who put themselves forward to take part, and especially of those who devoted so much time, energy, enthusiasm and talent to a keenly fought contest.
Head of Computing
Year 7 Girls’ Football Match Report
Despite the freezing weather, and being one player short due to illness, our intrepid Year 7 girls still made their way excitedly across the field on Wednesday ready for their match against Sheldon. The game was fast paced from the start with Hardenhuish taking a very attacking stance and making some excellent runs. Our defence of Abi, Lottie and Genessa stayed firm, running up to make early challenges, whilst the midfield of Martha, Juliet and Kacey continually pressurised the Sheldon defence, making plenty of opportunities. By halftime the score was 5-0, however, our team continued to press in the second half with some excellent play from our strikers Alanah and Grace leading to a final score of 7-0 to Hardenhuish – a fantastic result!
Player of the match went to Martha L.
Congratulations to all of the girls involved – it’s going to be exciting to see them develop as a team as the season progresses!
Festive Football Fun
Tuesday 6 December was a date of fun in the fixture calendar! Netballers from Years 7,8 and 9 all made their way over to the Dome to have an evening of enjoyable, friendly play … all whilst wearing Christmas jumpers, santa hats and tinsel! This is a lovely way to celebrate the end of the competitive netball season, and once again everyone involved seemed to get stuck in! This event is all about participation, so no games are scored, and our only objective is that everyone has a great time whilst playing netball. Judging by the smiles and the singing along to Christmas songs we feel this objective was met!
We would like to say thank you to all of the pupils who have attended netball club this year – they have been awesome!
Year 8 Netball
Recently our Year 8 netballers travelled to Malmesbury School to take part in the annual district netball tournament. The two teams played very well and threw themselves into every game. The A team were playing in different combinations with a special mention to Hermione for stepping in as shooter which isn’t her position. Overall, the A team came third after only losing one game to Malmesbury throughout the whole tournament. Great effort from all the girls involved. The team included Hermione, Sienna, Lottie, Emme, Haddy, Macy, Louise, Eliza and Phoebe.
A huge well done to the Year 8B team who demonstrated outstanding resilience and team spirit throughout the tournament. In the first match against St John’s they lost 1-3 and quickly realised they needed to improve the accuracy of their passes and the use of space on the court. After a very quick team talk they went into their 2nd match determined that they would improve their performance which resulted in a well deserved 5-0 win against Malmesbury. With only 4 minutes between each match and very little time to rest they next went up against Abbeyfield A and drew 1-1. It was a very close match against Sheldon, but we finished victorious with a win 1-0. The final match of the tournament was against Corsham and another 5-0 win.
Hardenhuish finished in 3rd place.
8B Team included…..Sophia W, Maddie C, Ruby O, Mya M, Megan J, Ellie R, Eva H, Elle J, Frankie I and Lily-May D.
Year 9 Netball v St John’s Marlborough
Driving to Marlborough in the school mini bus, with the Year 9 netball squad singing songs at the top of their voices is a memory I won’t forget for a long time.
The Year 9 squad was made up of: Lily S, Aurora W, Evie R, Dixie TW, Verity G, Emily K, Emily N, Eva, Emilie HB, Martha, Ela P, Sophie S, Sophie A, Brooke R, Caitlin GT, Emilia R.
This was a special match with an added level of excitement for the girls as they knew my daughter played for the St John’s team, their challenge was to try and guess which player she was and of course to win!
St John’s proved to be excellent competition and the standard of netball played by both teams was exceptional, all of the Huish players showed flare and tactical awareness on court enabling them to make strong attacking breaks and equally impressive interceptions in defence. The final whistle was blown and Huish A won 10-7 and Huish B drew 5-5.
A fantastic evening of netball followed by an entertaining drive home, thank you to the girls for providing the very tasty snacks and full marks go to Lily and Ela for guessing first time which player was my daughter!
Well done to all of the Year 9 squad, one last training session before Christmas on Tuesday 13 December.
North Wiltshire Cross Country Championships 2022
Well done to the 46 students from Years 7-12 who represented Hardenhuish at the North Wilts Cross Country Championships at Beversbrook, Calne on Wednesday 16 November.
The weather some would say was perfect for cross-country – wet, windy and very slippery under foot.
After a great start to the cross-country season we were confident going into the competition that a number of Hardenhuish students would qualify for the next round. The top 10 runners in every race were guaranteed a place on the North Wilts team to race at the Wiltshire County Champs in January. This competition was also a team competition with the top 6 runners from each school counting towards the team score, the team with the lowest score wins.
There were 9 local schools from North Wiltshire in the competition with up to 90 runners in each race, the final team results are below:
|Year 7 Girls – 4th||Year 7 Boys – 5th|
|Year 8/9 Girls – 5th||Year 8/9 Boys – 1st|
|Year 10/11 Girls – 3rd||Year 10/11 Boys – 1st|
|Year 12 Girls – 1st||Year 12 Boys – 3rd|
I am very proud of all 46 students who competed at the NW Champs, every runner gave 100% and not even the rain, which at times was very heavy dampened their spirits or enthusiasm.
Huge congratulations also to the following students who have been selected to represent North Wiltshire at the Wiltshire County Cross-country Championships on Saturday 14 January:
Year 7 – Minors
Sophie Phelps 1st
Kaitlin Cummings 7th
Hugo Craig 5th
Year 8/9 – Juniors
Tobi Loughlin 1st
Dan Phelps 2nd
William Howe 7th
Charles Whale 9th
Louise Niker 4th
Year 10/11 – Inters
Darcy Selman 10th
Jo White 6th
Selby Archer 7th
Josh Bailey 12th
Kieran Kennedy 14th (Reserve)
Year 12 – Seniors
Jasmine Kennedy 1st
Lauren Coward 2nd
Henri Cotineau 3rd
Jack Blackburn 6th
We wish all the runners the best of luck for the next round.
Music Exam Result
A huge congratulations to Imogen Sykes for her amazing 92/100 Grade 7 Piano results. Well done Immy.
World of Gymnastics Winter Wonderland Competition
Year 9 pupil Charlotte Foley recently completed in the World of Gymnastics Winter Wonderland Competition in Wales, winning 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal and the overall champion trophy.
What an amazing talent!
British Voluntary 2 Gymnastics Competition
Year 7 pupil Kacy Sweeney recently took part in the British Voluntary 2 Gymnastics in Guilford. Kaci had an amazing day achieving a massive score on the floor which left her in 2nd place, and 6th place on vault. Overall Kaci was placed 12th in Great Britain and will now take part next year’s British Championships as one of the youngest competitors.
Congratulations go to Kaci on this fantastic achievement.
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