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Wow – what a term!

I think you will agree that our pupils and students have made the most of every opportunity this term and achieved some amazing things. I have enjoyed sharing in their many successes and talking to them about their fantastic achievements.

I hope that everyone has a restful and enjoyable break.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Year 7 Park Run

Following the Park Run in which some Year 7 pupils took part, here is an article and a photo.

Swimming Success

Congratulations to Matthew Hardick who competed in five events at the Wiltshire County Swimming Championships last weekend.

He won three gold medals, one silver and one 4th place. He was also so fast that he won the fastest time in Wiltshire for ALL ages!

PC Pugh – Year 7 Personal Safety Sessions

Year 7 have been visited by Police Community Support Officer Chris Pugh in their PSRE lessons in recent weeks. The lessons have been focused on personal safety and have included advice about how to stay safe both when out and about, and when home alone. Pupils were able to ask lots of questions about personal safety and engaged brilliantly with some really grown-up discussions. Well done Year 7!

Music Trip

Thirty-Nine Music pupils visited the Winterbourne International Academy earlier this week to watch the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and be taken on a music tour through history to learn more about how music styles and techniques have developed over time. From Bach to the Beatles, pupils were treated to performances of a variety of pieces and learned some key terminology which is sure to be of help with their GCSE.

Rupert Reports

It must be the last newsletter of the term as here is another report from Rupert!

Year 9 Law, War and More

Year 9 Law, War and More pupils were joined by barrister Tim Cramp who visited us all the way from Sweden this week. Tim gave us a real insight into careers in law, ran an advocacy workshop and even let pupils try on his wig and gown! Pupils very much enjoyed the sessions and asked lots of fantastic questions about the Swedish legal system. Well done, everyone!

Hardenhuish Dancers Perform at The Neeld

On Monday and Tuesday, six of our talented pupils performed at the Chippenham Sports Partnership Dance festival at The Neeld in Chippenham. Almost all local primary schools were involved, as well as each of the three Chippenham secondary schools.

The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Dancing through the Ages’. The Hardenhuish dance had been choreographed by Oumou Diallo one of our A-level dance students. It was a modern contemporary piece called ‘Running with the Wolves’ that falls into the 20th Century development of Modern Contemporary dance which was created as a rebellion against the strict styles and rules of classical ballet.

The dancers were Isadora Bragg, Oriana Powell, Jasmine Evans, Natasha Vickers, Raven Duran and Katie Miller. Their performance was flawless and dramatic and many in the audience commented on the quality of the dance and the talent of Oumou in choreographing the piece.

Congratulations to all those involved; you really were a credit to the school.

Resource Centre News

For the details of all the events coming up in English/the library during term 4, please click here.

Schools South West Cross-Country Championships in Newton Abbot

At the weekend, our Hardenhuish pupils competed in the next round of the Schools’ Cross-Country competition in Newton Abbot. This time, they were all competing against the top athletes from across the whole of the South West of England!

First up were our minor boys, Asher Jones and Henri Contineau, who both performed magnificently over a truly tough and muddy course. They gave an excellent account of themselves competing against 65 top runners from the South West.  Asher came 8th (1st for Wiltshire) and Henri came 39th (8th for Wiltshire).

Our Senior Boys, James Wright and Rohan Archer, were competing in a tough field but worked hard throughout the course with James having a great start, subsequently managing to increase his position in the field throughout the 3 laps, finishing 3rd for Wiltshire Schools (26th overall). Rohan, managed his pace well and worked tirelessly around the course, finishing 7th for Wiltshire Schools (59th overall).

Megan Wright was our only Inter Girl, who was in the penultimate race of the day, had a well-trodden course to tackle.  However, she had an amazing start, shooting out of the starting pens from 3rd to gain the lead within the Wiltshire team and maintained this position throughout the course, finishing 1st in Wiltshire Schools and 10th overall.

A huge well done to all of our runners and we are very proud of you and good luck in the next round which is the Nationals in Leeds on 17th March.




Model United Nations

Huge congratulations go to Toby Northeast (Y7), Oliver Randell (Y9),  Sam Webb (Y9), Zak Harper-Smith (y10) and Declan Kiely (Y10) for doing a fantastic job of representing Hardenhuish at the Bristol Grammar School Model United Conference on Sunday 4 February. All of the students performed well, taking part in a number of committees as well as speaking in front of all the delegates and teachers in the general assembly. The students’ abilities and impeccable behavior were commented on by teachers from other schools and they represented Hardenhuish well. Well done boys!

Cyber Discovery

Before Christmas, KS4 and 5 Computing students were invited to take part in Cyber Discovery, an online Cyber Security programme created by HM Government to make students more aware of the Cyber Security problems we face in the digital age.

Congratulations and well done to Danny Wright (Y10), Jean-Benoit Semichon (Y11), Roan Gibbons (Y12) and Anthony Som (Y12, who completed the first round, Cyberstart Assess and have been invited to take part in the next round.

Pencelli 2018

Please click here to read an account of this trip by Natashja Wilson

Chippenham Heritage and Museum Centre Visit

To complete the topic on the English Civil War for Mr Hulm’s Year 8 history class, Mr Andrew Skelton from the Chippenham Heritage and Museum Centre visited Hardenhuish on Wednesday afternoon. He brought with him a variety of artefacts from the 17th century including a flintlock pistol, every day objects including a wig made from real human hair and a cannon ball that was fired in Chippenham during the English Civil. Many of the artefacts were very delicate and clear instructions were given about how to handle them. The Year 8 pupils were impeccably behaved throughout the visit and were a credit to Hardenhuish. Having the opportunity to handle historical artefacts enhances pupils’ experiences of what life must have been like for our ancestors and they can begin to make connections across the gap of time.


Mr Skelton demonstrating                         Oscar Li finding out how heavy cannon ball was
a flint lock pistol


Hardenhuish in the Press


Hardenhuish EES team reach the finals of the Big Bang Fair competition – page 3 of this week’s Gazette and Herald, please also click here for the article.

Year 7 take part in Park Run to raise money for Cancer Research

Schools South West Cross-Country Championships – page 87 of this week’s Gazette and Herald and here


What’s On Information 
Week Beginning: 19 February 2018 


Monday 19 February – TERM 4 STARTS

Tuesday 20 February 

Year 7/8/9 Drama Trip – Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome – 5 pm – 10.30 pm 

Wednesday 21 February 

Year 10 History Trip – Imperial War Museum, London – 7.30 am – 5.30 pm