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Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

I think that you will agree that this has been an action-packed term!

Our young people have achieved amazing things and looking back through the Headlines highlights the numerous experiences and opportunities which enhance their taught curriculum.

I wish you a restful and enjoyable Easter break.

Lisa Percy

News Items


Rapunzel, by Mr Ellis

Last week saw the first of our school productions for the year take place in Hardenhuish Hall. Two very appreciative audiences saw Monday and Tuesday’s performances of Rapunzel, in a funny and wacky version first performed by the anarchic theatre company, Kneehigh.

Mr Kirkman’s elegant and theatrical production benefitted greatly from the wonderful designs of Miss Yates, including a plant that grew eyes, a magical pig, and, best of all, Rapunzel’s famous golden tresses that spread across the stage in a snake-like plait, only to be hacked off by Oumou Diallo’s fearsome Mother Gothel.

Oumou wasn’t the only student to excel herself as a performer; Izzy Bragg did a brilliant turn in the title role, plucky, defiant and resourceful in this version, James Gilson added to his portfolio of leading roles as the dodgy geezer Ambrosi, Amelia Jany was pert and pitiful as Prezze,  Faye Hutchinson was dignified as the grieving duchess and Josh West (villain) and Ethan Noble-Nesbitt (saintly love interest) were superb as the contrasting brothers.

A well drilled chorus helped with the comic scenes and created the ingenious effects such Rapunzel’s prison and the brothers Italian tour; the production was rounded out by the superb musical accompaniment of the ‘Rapunzel Ensemble’, expertly drilled by Mr Kirkman’s musical direction, another string to his bow!  All in all, a joy to watch, and now we’re all looking forward to the summer school play, Emil & the Detectives – watch this space!!



Ethan Noble Nesbitt,
Faye Hutchinson &
Josh West


Ethan Noble-Nesbitt








Izzy Bragg &
Oumou Diallo



           James Gilson




Year 7 County Rugby Champions

Huge congratulations to the Year 7 boys rugby team who were crowned Wiltshire county champions last Friday at Dauntsey School.  The boys played phenomenal rugby remaining undefeated, winning all 7 out of 7 matches. A huge achievement; well done to all involved!


Music Exam Successes

Congratulations to the following who have all passed Music exams recently:

Alice Titcomb – Grade 5 trombone (merit)

Sally Bunney – Grade 4 Clarinet (merit)

Rowan Fairclough – Grade 3 Clarinet (merit)

Emily Mead – Grade 3 Jazz Saxophone (merit)

Oliwia Grochowska – Grade 3 Jazz Saxophone (merit)

Joel Shaw – Grade 3 Piano (merit)

Sasha Farnsworth – Grade 3 Piano (merit)

Aanya Verma – Grade 2 Piano (distinction)

Oliver Rowland – Grade 4 Piano (distinction)

Jennifer Sykes – Grade 7 Piano (distinction)


Running Success

Congratulations to India Ibbotson who ran the 10k Calne Clock Challenge last weekend.  not only was she the fifth lady overall and won the first female junior trophy, she also improved on her personal best by over a minute.


Year 9 ‘007 James Bond’ Writing Residential at Kilve Court

Last weekend saw a group of 14 year 9 pupils attend a ‘007 James Bond’ writing residential at Kilve Court, in Somerset. Generously funded by the Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, the pupils challenged themselves and went out of their comfort zones with a series of outdoor activities, such as climbing, high ropes, rifle shooting & archery, before turning their experiences into a James Bond-style story.  The work produced by the pupils was excellent and the effort they put in to all of their activities was really impressive! Special mentions need to go to Max Bentley (9SEF) and Jack Daniels (9RWK) who overcame personal challenges and obstacles, completing their activities with bravery and courage. Everyone really enjoyed the weekend and the pupils proved themselves to be wonderful ambassadors to our school – well done!










Sport Relief Round Up

Last week was a very busy one in PE for Sport Relief.  All week long the pupils participated in different activities in their PE lessons and competed against each other in a treasure hunt around the school, a welly wang, egg and spoon race, basketball shoot out and ‘are you the strongest?’ competition. The pupils participated very well and seem to really enjoy the activities that were on offer.  For reports on all the events by Mrs Davidge Lumber and Abbie Smith and plenty of photos, please click here.


Chippenham Club Night

On Friday, pupils from Hardenhuish were invited to Chippenham Girls Rugby Club to participate in a club night.  Hardenhuish pupil, Faith Storey, was so impressed with the training she really enjoyed herself and felt really positive about the session. They competed in several drills producing some of their best rugby skills and played a competitive match involving the Chippenham Girls. The girls all had a great time and really enjoyed the session a lot of them have decided to carry on training with Chippenham on a regular basis as it was so much fun! Thanks so much to Tim Dunford and Tim Smithers for setting up this club night!

Remember if you are keen to get involved we have rugby training on a Tuesday after school and Chippenham have girls training on a Friday 6.00 pm – 7. 30 pm.


Rupert Reports

Here is Rupert the dog’s termly report; happy Easter!


Opal Coast Trip

Following the recent Year 7 trip to the Opal Coast, here is a report on their trip.


AGAT Science Competition

Congratulations to Lara Corfield and Ella Parker for their entry to the UK Space Agency’s SatelLife competition.

Although their entry ‘Trashellite’ did not win, the judges felt that their entry was very worthy of recognition.

Having carefully reviewed their app, the judges commented that they found Lara and Ella’s ideas to be very interesting.  The panel particularly enjoyed the app, especially the name, and spent a while expanding on their ideas, which they thought had considerable merit.  They encouraged the girls to develop their idea further in the future, and recommended adding an element of competition into the app. A huge well done to both of them for working so hard on this.


Medal successes for Hardenhuish swimmers at County Sprints

Congratulations to all our pupils who competed on Sunday in the ASA Wiltshire County Sprint Championships held at the Link Centre in Swindon.  Many of them went home with medals as well as personal bests from the age group they swam in.  Isabelle Chapple, Holly Parker, Niamh Irwin, Jack Everett, Finlay Shorland, Amy Gibbons, Ella Parker, Madison Lavelle, Tegan Cairns and Michaela Sheppard all won medals across various strokes, and did themselves proud on the day.  Good luck to all our swimmers next term when many will be  competing in the regional finals in Plymouth and Hengrove next term.


Weston Super Mare Swim Open Meet

Well done to Ella Smithers and Amelia Harris who both competed in the Weston Super Mare Open Swim Meet last weekend, both girls performed brilliantly resulting in new PB’s

Hardenhuish in the Press

Hardenhuish win Rugby Sevens tournament at the Wiltshire Winters School Games: here

New minibus for Hardenhuish: here

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 16 April 2018


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

Monday 16 April

Monday 16 April
A Level Year 13 Psychology Trip – Bristol – 10.30 am – 3.15 pm

Tuesday 17 April
Ski Trip Meeting – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Thursday 19 April
Year 9 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall