I am going to leave this week’s Headlines to speak for themselves!
There have been so many wonderful things going on and so much achieved by so many pupils. Thank you to all staff and parents who have supported them in being brilliant!
Charity Week has seen numerous activities raise a significant amount for Sport Relief and Cancer Research UK culminating in the Annual Quiz Night tonight – tickets are still available if you would like to enter a team.
Last week was particularly busy for Hardenhuish’s Science department as they hosted numerous events, workshops and trips as part of Science Week. Read all about it here!
Boys Year 7 Football Team Continue to Triumph!
In their most recent matches, both team Harden and team Huish have continued to excel with victories over both Abbeyfield and John Bentley Schools. The boys really are playing some excellent football and all involved deserve congratulating!
Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition
On Saturday 10 March, 14 Year 9 pupils participated in the Citizenship Foundation’s Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition at Chippenham and Trowbridge Law Courts. We all had such a fantastic day and every pupil did Hardenhuish and themselves proud!
Although we didn’t progress to the next round of the competition, we won both of our trials and Magistrates made some lovely comments about our team and their confidence which shone through all day long.
Chloe Ball of 9PMN won best defence lawyer of the day and was presented with a cup and medal by Lady Gooch – A fantastic achievement made even more fantastic as Chloe joined the team only a few weeks ago.
A highlight of the day was a tour of the holding cells in the court, seeing a prison van and learning about how riot shields are used – fascinating stuff!
A very big well done and thank you to everyone who took part.
Sport Ambassadors support the Tag Rugby Festival
On Friday 16th March, a group of Sport Ambassadors travelled to Chippenham Rugby Club to support the Level 2 School Games Tag Rugby Festival. Thirteen local primary schools and twenty-one teams took part. This event is run in partnership with the Chippenham Sports Partnership, Wiltshire Council and Chippenham Rugby Club as well as Innovate Sports Coaching. Conditions were perfect with all involved enjoying the odd glimpse of sunshine for the first time in years as this event is renowned for being bitterly cold! The event is always well attended and the standard of rugby on display was fantastic with some fiercely fought matches and some moments of sporting brilliance from some of the young players. Hardenhuish Sport Ambassadors were among a group of pupils who not only officiated the matches but worked hard to support the players as well as the organisers. They all attended a pre-festival training session the day before to ensure they were fully prepared for the event and were confident to officiate to a good standard.
Matt Pearson, Sport Development Officer for Wiltshire Council, said …’The young leaders should be really proud of their efforts. It was a very busy fixture list and they simply got on with it and officiated to a really good level. We had numerous comments throughout the day and even after the event had finished, which specifically highlighted that the standard of officiating was very high”.
Many thanks to all those who took part and made it such a successful event. These events could not run without your support. The pupils involved were Archie Saunders, Ethan Oatley, Sam Brake, Sam Baker, Will Jones, Max Bentley, Ed Thompsett and Matt Robinson.
Mid-Somerset Festival Winner
Huge congratulations to Year 13 student Katie Bunney who entered the Mid Somerset Festival ‘Advanced Woodwind’ competition on Tuesday 13th March and won. As a result, she was then entered to compete against all the other winners of the other Advanced categories. On Wednesday 14th Katie performed at the Guildhall in Bath and wowed the audience and adjudicator. She was announced as the overall winner and was awarded a Bursary towards the National Youth Wind Orchestra Summer School.
Last Friday, the PE Faculty had their annual trip to go and watch Team Bath Netball vs Manchester Thunder and 12 of our lucky pupils were selected as flagbearers. There was an added excitement with this trip due to it being shown live on Sky Sports. The girls were able to take their seats early to soak up the atmosphere and see the the players go through their warm up routines. The flagbearers took centre stage and lit up the court with their smiles and obvious excitement about the responsibility which they did very well in. The game was very fast paced and the girls watched intently and were shocked at how fast the ball was moved around. Team Bath performed well in the first quarter but Manchester came back out fighting in Quarter 2 and 3, after a poor quarter 3 Team Bath gave themselves a lot of work to do but, unfortunately, just couldn’t pull back the 10-goal deficit and unfortunately lost 51-60. After the game the Team Bath players happily signed autographs and posed for Selfies with our girls which was a credit to them. The trip was very succesful and, as always, the girls conducted themselves in the best way possible.
It’s Hardenhuish’s annual Quiz Night tonight in aid of Sports Relief. More information can be found below.
Year 10 B Team Tournament
Last week the Year 10 B team attended the Under 15 netball tournament at St Marys School. Our side struggled a little in the first match and took a while to get used to the pace of the game, but they didn’t give up and kept trying hard to get possession. As the tournament went on, the team made lots of progress and started to make more dynamic runs through the court. Throughout their matches they kept positive and were constantly motivating each other – creating a great team spirit. Special mention needs to go to Ashley Davey for linking well in midcourt and to Tia Jacobs for keeping the pressure on the opposition throughout. Most Valued Player was awarded to Katherine Stone for her excellent work in defence and reading the game; resulting in some great interceptions. Well done girls!
Hardenhuish have recently taken delivery of a new lightweight minibus thanks to generous funding from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, Fish Bros Swindon, Hardenhuish Educational Trust and the Friends of Hardenhuish.
The new minibus will replace one of the School’s very old heavy minibuses and, as it is lighter in weight, it can be driven by adults with a standard driving licence which means that pupils and students at the school will gain maximum benefit from it.
Year 8 Hockey
On Thursday 15th March the Year 8 hockey girls travelled across the field to Sheldon for a friendly match. Our girls put the pressure on straight away with the midfield making some lovely attacking runs and the defence and midfield tackling hard to regain possession of the ball. Molly Brophy was strong in attack, constantly pushing forward trying to score. Amelie Leather made some really effective interceptions and distributed the ball well out to the wing, giving her teammates chance to run into space.
Despite it being a really close game throughout, Sheldon managed to score a goal in the second half, which despite our best efforts we were unable to pull back. Most Valued Player went to Faith Storey, however well done to all the girls involved!
Netball Level 3 School Games
Due to the success of the Under 13 netball team in their Area tournament, the team qualified for the Level 3 School Games event, which took place last Friday at Dauntsey School. The girls were up against Warneford first and made a great start, playing with flair, and taking an early lead. Warneford fought back but we came out of the first game with a win. Our second match was against a very strong South Wilts Grammar Team and despite a fantastic effort from the girls, we lost 6-4. The final pool game was against St Augustine’s, which proved to be a very intense and exciting match, with a combined total of 17 goals scored in 12 minutes! Unfortunately, we were pipped to the post, losing 10 – 7, however all pupils played really well. Throughout the tournament, the girls showed reliance and determination in all their games. Our midcourt players (Amy Watson, Molly Brophy, Freya Baxter and Faith Storey) linked well through the court and we were fortunate to have such effective shooters in Lillia Copeman and Molly Morris. Scarlet Coleman was assertive in defence and was always competitive for the ball, with Tilly Birkett putting pressure on the opposition and picking up rebounds.
It was great to see the team involved in the Level 3 competition, and impressive to see how much they want to improve their skills. Although they were disappointed not to have got through to the semi-finals, they did the school proud.
Joe Wicks Body Coach Schools Fitness Week
Last week, our students got involved in the Body Coach Schools Fitness Week and completed a range of workouts in (and outside of) their lessons! It was great to see pupils physically push themselves in workouts, doing activities such as high knees, mountain climbers and sit ups! As always, the pupils responded to the challenge with enthusiasm and energy. It was particularly great that some of them showed an interest in completing these workouts in their own time, as part of their own fitness training.
The PE Department would like to thank all of the pupils, staff and parents who exercised their way through the week with us! As a school community we managed to complete an impressive 9,200 minutes!
Cross Country Triumph
On Saturday, Rohan Archer and James and Megan Wright travelled up to snowy Leeds for the National Cross-Country Finals representing Wiltshire. There were very brutal conditions for all runners with them having to battle through a very unforgiving course. Overall, Rohan placed 280th and James 137th out of 312 runners and helped Wiltshire achieve a 34th place finishing in the Senior Boys category. Megan placed 90th out of 339 runners and helping Wiltshire achieve a 32nd place finish in the Intermediate Girls Category. Both Megan and James were the 1st place runners for Wiltshire – a fantastic achievement by all to represent their county.
Megan, who is also a member of Chippenham Tristars, competed at the South West Series Duathlon Championships at Bath on Saturday, in the Youth category (lower age group of 15). It was a very bleak day and the running course was extremely muddy in parts, however, she smashed it, finishing second in the Youth category and was third overall Female from the Youth, Juniors and Ladies categories. What a fantastic start to her season!
James has recently travelled to Loughborough to run in the National Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships, which were held at yet another bleak location, with standing squelchy mud. It wasn’t so much of a run but a slide around the course, however, James finished third in the Wiltshire team, helping them achieve a hugely improved team performance of 18th, and was 107th out of 281 in Under 17 Men.
Hardenhuish in the Press
James and Megan Wright in the National Cross-Country Finals:
Click here to view the article which is also on page 76 of this week’s Gazette and Herald.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 26 March 2018
Monday 26 March
A Level music recording week
Great Big Dance Off Competition – Swindon
Tuesday 27 March
Y12 Geography Field Trip – Swanage and Studland
Wednesday 28 March
Y12/13 Dance – Sutra Trip – London
Year 10 Parent Information, Advice and Guidance Meeting
Thursday 29 March
Term 4 ends
Y11 English Trip – Macbeth – London
Friday 30 March
Ski Trip to Austria departs