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Thank you very much for your patience and support with our weather-related closures last week. It has been lovely to see spring arrive at last across the site this week including the arrival of our first lambs. 

Thank you for all of the kind words that we have received in celebration of our Ofsted report which quite rightly recognises the hard work of all of our young people and staff and the support of our parents and Governors. This further supports our review in the Good Schools Guide which concludes: 

“An extremely successful and caring school. Hardenhuish has it all; good results, fantastic facilities on an impressive site, a huge range of extra-curricular activities, and a top reputation for pastoral care. 

Some schools are worth moving for, this is one of them.”

The Hardenhuish Literature Festival and World Book Day last week and Spring Loaded this week and our ongoing sporting and extra-curricular successes certainly prove how creative and talented our young people (and staff!) are. 

Lisa Percy


News Items 

Science Week 

To coincide with British Science Week next week, Hardenhuish’s Science department have been busy organising lots of workshops and events that will take place throughout the week.  This includes the ‘People Like Me’ event for all Year 8 to 12 girls and their mothers on Wednesday at 6.30 pm in the Peter Thompson Hall.   

For the details on all of the events, please click here.

Trip to Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome, by Katie Prowting and Sally Bunney, Y9 

We were so glad that we had the opportunity to watch Wicked the Musical at the Bristol Hippodrome on 20 February with around 40 other year 8 and 9 pupils! As a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, the musical follows the unlikely friendship of two young women at Shiz University: the blond and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Glinda’s desire for popularity and Elphaba’s determination to stay true to herself will shape their future as they fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.  Our favourite scene was during the ball, as it was funny and made the audience laugh, and our favourite song was definitely No Good Deed’! We absolutely loved the singing and acting and hope to go on another musical trip with the school in the future!  

Cricket Tournament 

Following the Year 8 cricket team’s victory at the Indoor Cricket Finals Day the week before last, here is a blow-by-blow account of the tournament written by their captain, Ben Sutton.

Resource Centre News 

This fortnight has seen literature take centre stage across the school with our annual Literature Festival – we hope you enjoyed all the author visits, competitions and World Book Day costumes before the snow intervened! We are pleased to announce that the Year 7 Steve Voake visit, which was scheduled for Friday 2nd March, has been rearranged for Friday 16th March.  

Please click here for further information.

A reminder that our annual Scholastic Book Fair arrived on Tuesday and is here through until Monday 12th March so please make sure you pop along to have a browse and grab yourself a bargain if you haven’t already done so. From the latest new releases and classic novels to craft/activity packs, stationery and posters, there is something for everyone. You can also use your World Book Day token (which you should have received from tutors) to get £1 off any book at the Fair. 

As well as the Book Fair, we also have a fantastic selection of new novels now available to be borrowed, including the latest in the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series by Robin Stevens and highly anticipated new releases from Katherine Rundell, Ross Welford, Lisa Thompson and F2 Football Academy, with lots more to come as we head towards Easter!

Women in Engineering Trip 

On Friday 23 February, 23 Year 9 and 10 girls attended the Women in Engineering event at Wiltshire College.  there they took part in inspiring activities such as robot wars, biscuit bridges and navigating a spacecraft in the hope of inspiring them to consider a career in engineering and making them more aware of the varied range of careers in the industry.


Although it may now be a distant memory, here are some photos of a snow-covered school last Friday.

Year Boys Football: Millfield School: Hardenhuish School 4, by Eric Pyke, captain 

Millfield Prep School welcomed us to their Specialist Sports Academy for a friendly match. The match was played in good spirit, and it was Hardenhuish who took the lead, and, despite missing plenty of chances, we were ahead 4 goals to nil by half time, courtesy of a hat-trick from Oly Venn, and a neat move finished off by Louie Lamb. In the second half, the defences came out on top, and it took a “Worldie” from Millfield to score the only goal of the half, the match finishing 4-1 to Hardenhuish. An incredible performance from the lads, despite missing some key players, and great team spirit displayed by the squad of 16. After the match we were invited back for tea, which we accepted gladly, finishing off what was a very successful day. Thank you Millfield School!

Year 7 Hockey 

On Tuesday, our Year 7 hockey teams went into action against Malmesbury. For the A team, the first half even with both teams battling for the ball and making some assertive tackles. In the second half both teams had more successful attacking runs, one of which resulting in a goal for Hardenhuish! The pressure was then on, and despite Malmesbury making some excellent attempts at goal the final score was 1-0 to us. This was largely due to the fantastic play from our Goalkeeper, Maisie Oatley, who saved about 5 goals! 

The B team were missing some of their usual players but made some lovely plays with Melody Collins and Mia Burton distributing the ball well and giving Elizabeth Slater the chance to push up and attack. The final score was 3-0 to Malmesbury but our team never gave up and made a determined effort right up to the final whistle.  

Congratulations need to go to all of the girls involved for their performance, but in particular to Maisie Oatley and Elizabeth Slater for being awarded Most Valued Player, and also to Maisie Rombach and Maisie Mayne for a fantastic debut in their first hockey match for the school. 

Citizenship Foundation Magistrates’ Mock Trial Competition  

A team of Year 9 Law, War and More pupils are going to Chippenham Magistrates’ Court on Saturday to compete in the Citizenship Foundation Magistrates’ Mock Trial competition. We wish them the best of luck and hope they have a fantastic day. 

Year 10 Netball 

On Tuesday, our Year 10 girls played netball against two very competitive teams from Malmesbury. The A team competed very well across the game and finished on a high with a very high scoring competitive last quarter.  They dug deep and used their tactical knowledge to help break their opponents down and produced excellent passing at times. The shooters worked tirelessly in the ‘D’ and produced great shooting under pressure from an experienced defence. The girls should be very proud of themselves with the game finishing 27-17. The B team were very focused from the first quarter using their great dodging skills to find pockets of space on court which enable them to take a commanding lead at half time. They worked very hard and kept their passing accurate and showed a mature side to their play not panicking when Malmesbury started to pull it back in the 3rd quarter. The girls kept their cool and our shooters performed well as they were put under a lot of pressure. The girls were triumphant winning 28-14. Congratulations to our MVPs, Amelia Scott and Lily Murnan, and thank you to the Year 9s who stepped up to play at short notice! 

Spring Concert 

Don’t forget our Spring Concert will take place on Tuesday 20 March (7pm) – tickets are now available via WisePay. 

Youth Music Theatre Success 

Congratulations to Katie Whiting who was selected by Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT), the leading music theatre company for young people, to perform on the musical stage in London’s West End this Easter, in a new musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, 5 – 14 April at The Other Palace Theatre. 

YMT are the biggest youth music theatre company in the UK with a reputation for creating new musical works of the highest quality; past credits include Olivier Award-nominated LoservilleAlumni include Ed Sheeran, Lauren Samuels and Sam Smith. After a hugely successful run at Margate Theatre Royal last summer, the production is now coming to The Other Palace Theatre, London. This new musical production is a show of nonsense, hilarity and humanity, adapted from of Lewis Carroll’s classic Through the Looking Glass; combining an enchanting musical score by award winning Composer Rebecca Applin together with captivating storytelling by Bookwriter Susannah Pearse. 

Body Coach Schools Fitness week at Hardenhuish! 

Next week, the Bodycoach Joe wicks is running a Schools Fitness Week, encouraging students around the country to get involved and become more active! Joe Wicks has become renowned for his interval training programmes and has his own Youtube channel full of fun workouts! At Hardenhuish we would like to use the theme of this week to set ourselves a challenge and see how many minutes of interval training workouts we can do as a school community! We would like to encourage all students, staff, parents and siblings to get involved and let us know how many minutes you managed to complete between 12th – 16 March 2018. 

We will be completing some interval sessions with some of our students within their normal PE lessons, however if you wish to access workouts at home then there are some fun ones to try below: 

Beginners workout: 



Cardio and Abs: 


More workouts can be found on YouTube! 

To ensure we have a full tally (and every minute is counted!) students can let us know in lesson how much they have done! Results can also be emailed to ejb@hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk or you can tweet your progress to @hardenhuishPE or follow us to see all the updated action! 

More about the BodyCoach Schools fitness week can be found here: 



What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 12 March 2018 


Please see below a list of trips and events taking place week commencing –

Monday 12 March

Science Week

Book Fair – Resources Centre

Monday 12 March

Year 12 Maths trip – Bath – 11.30 am

Drama – School play Rapunzel – Hardenhuish Hall – 7 pm

Year 13 A Level Business trip – Bristol – 10.30 am

Tuesday 13 March

Drama – School play Rapunzel – Hardenhuish Hall – 7 pm

Year 13 Music Recital Evening – Sheldon – 7 pm

Wednesday 14 March

Year 12 Physics & Chemistry Talk – S1 – 3.30 pm

Years 8 – 12 Science Talk People Like me – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm

Thursday 15 March

BBC Schools Report

Year 13 Parent, Student Consultation Evening – Peter Thompson Hall – Appointments from 3.45 pm

Friday 16 March

Opal Coast Trip – France – 3.15 am

Year 8 Science Big Bang Fair trip – Birmingham – 8 am

Year 13 Art Trip Life Drawing – Bath – 2 pm