It was a pleasure to present to our Governing Body all that our pupils and students have achieved and participated in at their last meeting of the year on Wednesday. I have also had the privilege of Celebrating Success with Year 8 and 10 this week and welcoming prospective Year 7 pupils of 2019 and their parents/carers to our Open Evening last night.
There is no doubt that Hardenhuish is an amazing place because of our amazing pupils and staff.
As we approach the end of term can I also thank you for your support. As the parent survey published earlier in the week shows, your opinions and support are invaluable to us and help us focus on the areas that are important to you as part of our whole school improvement.
Year 8 Rounders Tournament
Over 30 Year 8 girls have been regularly attending rounders training on Thursdays after school since the end of April and their hard work and commitment has resulted in all the players demonstrating a remarkable level of improvement across all components of their play.
On what was a roasting Thursday afternoon our Year 8 Rounders Squad took part in the NW District U12 Rounders Tournament at Sheldon School. We were one of only two schools to enter a B team and, if we had been allowed, we would have entered a C team as well!
Team selection was a tough process as they all deserved a place in the squad. The B team players were: Gina Henly, Emelia Snowdon, Anabelle Percy, Amelia Harris, Amelia Lambourne, Lilia Copeman, Nikita Jacobs, Kiah Frempong, Lucy Barnett and Kirsty Nuttall,
The tournament was run in a round robin format which means all teams play each other and the team with the most points at the end wins.
There were 7 teams in the tournament and the B team results were vs Sheldon B – lost 5-4, vs John Bentley – won 6½-6, vs Abbeyfield – lost 6½-5, vs St Johns – won 6½-5, vs Sheldon A – lost 8-1. Well done to all players as you worked so well together as a team! A special mention goes to Gina with consistently accurate and speedy bowling, Kiah for some epic catches and Amelia Harriss for the most powerful batting skills. The girls had some very close matches and finished the tournament in fifth place.
The A Team players were: Erin Foley, Esme Penton, Faith Storey, Amy Watson, Jessica Parmenter, Scarlett Colman, Alice Culverhouse, Freya Baxter, Freya Arrowsmith and Mindy Vaudin.
The A Team went out defending their title as they won the District Rounder’s Tournament in Year 7. All players were fully focussed and motivated from the start, they did not let the fact that several of their usual squad were missing (due to club cricket matches) affect their performance. They shuffled around their positions and worked incredibly well as a team to ensure their fielding was sharp, accurate and the right decisions were being made to prevent the opposition from scoring. The A Team results were: vs Sheldon A – won 6½ -6, vs Sheldon B won 8-2, vs John Bentley 6½-4½, vs Abbeyfield won 8½-4, vs St Johns won 6½ – 4½ and finally against Huish B 9½-4. ½.
After incredible unbeaten performances in all 6 matches Hardenhuish A were crowned North Wilts District Champions for a second year running. Again, all the girls played superbly, but special mentions go to Erin for her spin/fast bowling, Scarlett for her eagle eye catches and Esme for her accuracy work on post. A special thanks to Abbie Smith in Year 12 who managed the B Team, as the girls really appreciated her support and rounder’s knowledge and help throughout the tournament. A fantastic evening of sport and a pleasure to watch – well done to all girls involved from everyone, especially Mrs Place!
Biology Field Trip
Last week, the Year 12 Biology students and their teachers spent a hot three days in North Devon on the Biology Field trip.
The trip began with a leisurely 2.5km stroll along Broughton Burrows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest to examine the plant species present at different locations on the dunes, such as Marram Grass. Later, the students were taken to the Ocean Backpackers Hostel in Ilfracombe hostel where they sampled the local cuisine (fish and chips) and explored the local area, including the small beach, which was a two-minute walk from the hostel.
The next day was spent at the beautiful shore of Abbotsham, where they explored species distribution along the rocky shore and delved into rock-pool life. The journey to the shore was picturesque, due to the walk along the cliff edge, before clambering down to reach the slippery sampling site.
The final morning, before a long journey home, was spent wading in a river, collecting different species that live there and discussing their adaptations.
Music Exam Result
Congratulations to Year 10 pupil Thomas Andrews who recently achieved distinction in his Grade 6 drum exam.
Street Dance Group Perform at Great Big Dance Off Finals
After wowing the judges at the regional heats of the competition back in March, Hardenhuish’s Street Dance Team were given the honour of representing the South Region at the National Finals held in Cheltenham on Monday.
The group travelled up at the start of the day for their rehearsal slot and, after a brief panic that their music wouldn’t work, the rehearsal went smoothly and filled them with confidence for the evening performance. They had a few hours to refuel, hydrate and get in some last-minute practice in before the show.
As they were performing in the second half, the pupils were able to watch the whole of the first half. Their nerves grew as they saw the amazing dance pieces that the other schools had brought to the competition. When it was their time to perform the group, cheered on by the audience, performed the routine the best that they had ever done. Their timing was great, movements accurate and all tricks went without a glitch!
Miss George, the pupils’ dance teacher, believes that the pupils should be proud of themselves and the dedication they have shown over the last year. She remarked how great it was to see another street dance group win the KS4 competition, especially as it was clear that they had been working as a group for many years and gave our other performers something to aspire to.
British Youth Pentathlon Championship
Well done to Xavier Abbots who recently competed in the UK’s British Youth Pentathlon Championship at Bath University and finished second in the Under 13s. It was his first attempt at this event of riding a show jumping course on a pony that was allocated to him (so not his own), swimming, fencing, running and laser shooting. The PE Department is very proud and believes that Xavier should be very pleased to come home with a medal!
Year 7 Rounders Tournament
Last Thursday the Year 7 rounders teams went into action in the local tournament. The B team played really well and became more confident as the tournament progressed, putting lots of effort into their games. They performed particularly well against St Johns, winning the match.
The A team got off to a tricky start but recovered well to come first in their pool. This meant that they progressed to the final against Sheldon. There were some excellent examples of both fielding and batting in the match and the score was a tie with one ball to go! Unfortunately, Sheldon managed to hit the ball to pick up a score!
Congratulations to all of the girls who played, to win the silver medal; they showed resilience and determination throughout.
Hardenhuish Arts Week
Read all about Hardenhuish’s first Arts Week here!
Wiltshire and Swindon School Games 2018
The Wiltshire and Swindon School Games is an annual programme of competitions which gives young people the opportunity to compete in internal school competitions (level 1) through to district competitions (level 2) and finally through to County Level 3 School Games. Hardenhuish competes in all the level 1 and 2 district competitions and this year we had 7 teams progress to the County Level 3 competition at Marlborough College on Wednesday 4th July.
Mara Yamauchi was this year’s Sporting Champion who officially opened the games after the opening ceremony. In April 2009, Mara set her personal best of 2 hours, 23 minutes in the London Marathon, a time which ranks her as the 2nd fastest British female marathon runner ever. Mara came 6th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing which equals the best place ever by a British woman in the Olympic marathon.
The U15 team included Emily Barnett (Captain), Megan Wright, Holly Hutt, Nadia Storey, Amelia Scott, Cerys Tavener, Rachel Wrench, Tegan Litherland-Atkin, Sophie Martin and Maddie Lavelle. The girls played brilliantly as a team with some incredible catches and strong batting. They stepped up their performance against some tough opposition, all players should be proud of how they performed and showed excellent support and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The girls played four matches in their pool and finished third out of five teams. They drew against Abbey Park 4-4, won against St Johns 5-2, lost against Trafalgar 7-5 and lost against the overall winners Kingdown 7-3½.
Mrs Place said that it was a pleasure, as always, to spend the day with these young ladies, who always give 100% and never give up even when the going gets tough! One of the highlights of the day was definitely the inflatable obstacle assault course that they all thoroughly enjoyed racing each other over even when the rain set in!
Year 7 and 8 Girls Rugby
After qualifying earlier in the year, our Year 7 and 8 rugby girls went to Marlborough College this week to compete in the Level 3 School Games. There were 10 schools into total, all of whom had won previous competitions held around different areas of Wiltshire and Swindon.
The team played Bradon Forest, Avon Valley College, St Edmunds B and St Augustines in their pool. They played confidently in all of these games winning by 2 or 3 tries per game. Their passing was fluent, and they made some determined attacking runs.
Their performance took them into the final where they were pitched against St Edmunds A. In a closely matched game the two teams were still even at full time, meaning we went to ‘golden try’. This involves a player from each team being taken off every 2 minutes until a try is scored. Our girls rose to this challenge and kept looking for gaps until it was down to an intense 3 v 3 situation. St Edmunds had possession and Huish defended brilliantly, covering the whole pitch between them, until one of the opposition made a lucky break and scored.
The team were disappointed with second place, however should feel incredibly proud of how well they played and what they achieved. The standard of play was fantastic, and they handled the pressure of the final game superbly. Every player gave 100% on the pitch, fighting for every ball and driving forward dynamically. They worked together fantastically, displaying great teamwork. Congratulations to Lily Selman, Molly Brophy, Freya Baxter, Amy Watson, Scarlett Coleman and Faith Storey.
On Wednesday, two teams of Year 7 boys and girls represented Hardenhuish School at the annual Wiltshire School Games at Marlborough College. The pupils had qualified to represent North Wiltshire at a previous Athletics fixture at Bath University, where the girls won their event and the boys came second. Both teams consisted of eight athletes who all took part in one track event each and one field event each, which aptly give the contest its name of “Super 8’s”. As always, both teams represented Hardenhuish excellently and did themselves and the school proud. The full results should be released in the near future and will be publicised as soon as they are received. A HUGE well done to all involved from Mr Fox and the PE Dept.
Healthy Hardenhuish Week
This week we have been celebrating Healthy Hardenhuish Week with an array of activities for both staff and pupils. We made fruit animal sculptures and, of course, enjoyed eating them afterwards. We were visited by Jordan from Atlas Gym who came and ran a lunchtime challenge – It certainly brought out a competitive streak in some of our pupils and their teachers! Emma from Real Life Yoga helped us to relax and focus at the end of a busy term with staff and pupil yoga sessions and we even had a lunchtime Zumba session with Sheila Copeman later in the week to boost our energy levels before Open Evening. A firm favourite from last year, Greg the Greengrocer returned and shared his wisdom on some of the fruits we may not have encountered before, and Asda Melksham and Allington Farm Shop kindly donated some healthy treats. Wow – what a week! A huge thank you to everyone who took part and helped out.
Talented Song Writer
Congratulations to Katie Whiting (Year 10) whose composition was highly commended by judges at the Wiltshire Schools Song Competition. Although Katie didn’t win, the judges were hugely impressed with her song writing skills. Katie wrote a powerful song with, as the judges commented, a “very uplifting message, very strong chorus and was quickly memorable”. They went on to say that “it is clear that Katie has a passion and a talent for music and song writing and we hope that she continues to develop as a musician”. One of the judges, Tony Spath, who used to be a music recording engineer and producer, has offered to visit school to work with Katie and give her an insight into the music industry.
Summer Concert 2018
We were so excited this year to finally perform our Summer Concert outside on the flag field with glorious sunshine on Thursday 28 June. Audiences relaxed in the sun eating ice creams whilst the pupils treated them to an evening of varied musical performances with the occasional accompaniment from the sheep! Performances ranged from the regular ensembles to a beautiful solo from Kathryn Titcomb and compositions from two of our pupils, Katie Bunney and Katie Whiting. The Year 9 Musicians spent the day with Gillian Holmes taking part in a Steel Pan workshop. They then performed two pieces in the concert which is fantastic considering the short time they had to learn them.
Well done to all performers and thank you from Miss Workman and Mrs Simpson for your hard work, not only in this concert, but for your commitment throughout the year.
Chippenham Games and Para Games 2018
The Year 12 Sport Ambassadors have been particularly busy this term supporting two major events. The first was the Chippenham Games which took place at Stanley Park Sports Ground on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June. This is an Olympic Legacy event which started in 2012 and has been running ever since. Organised by the Chippenham Sports Partnership, it involves many local sports coaches as well as all Year 6 pupils in and around Chippenham. It is a fantastic event, made even more so by the involvement of Stephanie Millward MBE, Paralympian Swimmer and gold Medallist. Our Sport Ambassadors spent two days supporting the event, encouraging the children and generally making the event run smoothly. Both Mrs Percy and Dr Bassford spoke during the Opening Ceremony where they highlighted some of the Olympic Values.
The Sport Ambassadors were put to work again during the Para Games which took place at Hardenhuish School on Monday 2nd July. This event has also been running since 2012 and is one of the highlights of the year. All the pupils and staff and parents of St Nicholas School attend and enjoy a morning of sport and dance. We were once again very fortunate to welcome back Stephanie Millward and the Mayor of Chippenham who officially opened the event.
Many thanks to all the Sports Leaders who supported these events.
Year 9 Ideal Home Competition Results
Well done to all the Year pupils who took part in the ‘Ideal Home’ competition as part of Green Culture Change and Sustainability Day where they had to design a home for 2050, considering the impact of global warming, power shortages and rising food costs.
Architects from Stride Treglown in Bristol, who sponsored the competition, have now judged all the entries and were impressed by how many of the pupils really grasped the environmental challenges and the possible solutions. They said that there were lots of good entries meaning that it was hard to select the winning three. However, they have announced the winner to be Josh Colmas and the runners up to be Abbie Durrant and Reece Gardner. All three pupils have been offered a work experience placement at Stride Treglown in 2019. The judges also thought that Oliver Hulme’s submission merited a special commendation. Well done to all four pupils!
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 9 July 2018
Monday 9 July
Emil & the Detectives Drama production – 7 pm – Hardenhuish Hall
Tuesday 10 July
Emil & the Detectives Drama production – 7 pm – Hardenhuish Hall
Wednesday 11 July
Year 8 Cricket Trip – Bristol – 6.30 pm
Friday 13 July
Year 10 Trip – Brean Leisure Park – 8.30 am