Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

Dear Parents

It was lovely to welcome Year 9 and their parents in to school last night (for many this is the first time they have physically been on site and in to buildings due to Covid) for the Key Stage 4 Options Evening and discuss with them their thinking and deliberations regarding their choices for GCSE. Thank you to Mrs Parry-Jones, Mrs Loft and the Year 9 teaching and tutor teams for their support and guidance of our young people through this process. If as a Year 9 parent you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you to those parents who have provided such positive feedback – it is a privilege to be working alongside you to guide our young people with these vital decisions

We were saddened to hear of the death of Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper earlier this week. Zigi visited  Hardenhuish several times and inspired many young people with his moving story and kind and generous spirit.

There have been numerous trips and visits this week with people coming in to school and our young people visiting other places and you can see the write-ups of some of these below. I hope that you have found the trips outline shared via email helpful in terms of forward planning and thank you for your support of our wide and varied offer of trips and opportunities to help enhance the experiences of our young people.

Year 8 will finish their exams today and I am so proud of how well they have managed these. We look forward to working with them over the coming weeks as they are provide feedback and continue their Key Stage 3 studies.

As you will have heard in the press the NEU has notified us of strike action during February and March. We are currently considering how we will manage this and will provide you with more information as soon as we are able.

During this particularly cold snap, please encourage young people to wear coats to school ( no hoodies please) and wear them as they move around the site!

I am pleased to report that the Cross Country is on tomorrow and I wish Team Hardenhuish luck as they compete against other schools from across Wiltshire.

Lisa Percy





Resource Centre News

There are lots of new novels now available to borrow this term, from the likes of popular Bookbuzz author Fleur Hitchcock and Carnegie-nominated authors Sue Divin, Tom Palmer and Ruta Sepetys. There’s also the third in the gripping horror series from Phil Hickes ‘The Vanishing of Aveline Jones’, and ‘The First To Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera, amongst many others.

From yet more graphic novels and Manga to the Adrien Prize shortlist and some of the latest LGBTQ+ writing, there’s something for everyone amongst the latest additions. Please do let Mr Southwood know if you want to reserve a copy.

Our Book Group meanwhile are focussing on magic this term, with a quartet of choices that involve everything from deadly curses and mysteries to life-changing powers and strange locations. ‘The House In The Cerulean Sea’ and ‘Shadow and Bone’ proved particularly popular with our Year 8s and 10s, while recent fantasy favourites ‘Nevermoor’ and ‘Amari and the Night Brothers’ were snapped up by lots of our Year 7s. We look forward to hearing what they all thought about their selections at our next meeting on 10th February. If you are interested in any of the term 3 titles, again please do get in touch with Mr Southwood and he will put one aside for you as soon as they are returned.

Finally, we hope all our Year 7s and 8s are enjoying their free Bookbuzz books which were handed out in library lessons during the final month of term 2. This is always such a brilliant initiative from the Book Trust and we are very grateful to support from the Friends of Hardenhuish this year which enabled us to extend our Bookbuzz provision to include Year 8 again. Whichever free book you selected, we hope it’s proven to be an inspiring choice!

We will have exciting news about Spring Term library events in a future edition of Headlines towards half-term.


Year 10 Health and Social Care Trip to Glenside Hospital Museum & Hope Farm Nature Centre

Year 10 Health and Social Care pupils enjoyed a day out this week to visit Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol, to learn about rehabilitation for those experiencing mental illness and how treatments and attitudes towards care for those experiencing mental illness has changed over time. They took part in a workshop led by museum staff to explore some of the artifacts and images from the Bristol Asylum and psychiatric hospital from 1861 to 1994 in more detail. This also gave them the opportunity to consider their own well-being and creative interventions they can put in place. Some of the pupils tried on a straight-jacket and prosthetic legs, visiting part of a padded room.

The pupils also visited Hope Farm Nature Centre, part of the registered charity Fairfield Trust, to learn more about the work they do to support young adults with additional needs. They met the Centre Manager who chatted to them about their work. They also took part in activities alongside the trainees, caring for the animals and preparing food, enjoying a tour of the nature centre hosted by some of those they work with to learn more about the range of opportunities they provide for the wider community and how this links to people’s wellbeing and development.


STEM week is nearly upon us! This is a chance for our young people find out about STEM careers they could be interested in, as well as challenging themselves.

Years 7-9 will be completing challenges in tutor times though next week, and will also have a chance to enter a raffle if they take part in 3 or more activities in the week. There are several activities during lunch or after school for all our young people to experience (listed below).



Bletchley Park Trip

On Wednesday 57 Year 9 pupils and 6 staff made their way to Milton Keynes to visit Bletchley Park, famous for it’s top-secret projects during World War II to decrypt enemy messages and help allies win the war. Pupils spent the day exploring the Bletchley Park site, visiting the various huts used during the war and getting a feel for what it must have been like to work there all those years ago. Pupils had the opportunity to visit the Alan Turing museum and learn more about his involvement in breaking the Enigma code (and also get to see some physical enigma machines) – observant pupils might also have seen Alan’s mug still chained to a radiator in hut 8.

During the day pupils also had a session which focused on Encryption, where they learnt about how the devices and apps we use today (such as Whatsapp) are protected to make sure our personal data is safe from cyber criminals. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day; the Year 9 pupils were fab and the weather was cold but pleasent. We hope the pupils had a great day exploring a key moment in history and learning more about some of the amazing code breakers who went on to form the basis of what we know today as Computer Science.

Mr Phillips – Curriculum leader for ICT & Computer Science

Sports News


Three pupils from Year 7 recently took part in the Wiltshire County Restricted Badminton in Tidworth. Imogen Drew played in the U20 girls singles finishing 3rd and also winning Gold in the U16 girls singles. Caleb Lai played in the U12 boys singles and doubles winning Silver in doubles with his partner. Charlie Burnham played in the U12 boys singles and doubles, reaching the semi final in boys singles. All 3 of them showed fighting spirit and determination.  Well done!

Imogen Drew has had two amazing weekends playing in the U15 Badminton England tournaments.

On 8 Jan Imogen played in the U15 NWBP tournament, winning Silver in girls singles, mixed and girls doubles and on 14 January playing in the U15 SBA Oxford tournament winning Silver in girls singles and Silver in mixed.

Congratulations Imogen on these fantastic achievements.



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