It has been an absolute pleasure to talk to the many prospective pupils and parents this week during Open Week. They have praised our beautiful site, engaging and enthusiastic staff and amazing young people who have been so proud to show off their school. Thank you to all involved in making Open Week such a positive experience for our visitors.
As the good weather is looking to continue, I will be extending the wearing of shorts and jumpers not being compulsory until after the October break.
A big thank you and well done to Mr Wood and Sheila Copeman (Governor) for their work on the Hardenhuish Travel plan before the summer. The first visible outcome is the installation of speed reminder boards on Hardenhuish Lane.
Although I am not attending due to Open Week, I have sent my support to Headteacher colleagues who are attending a mass event in London today to gain much improved funding for all schools. You will be aware of the challenges that schools up and down the country are facing. A mixture of rising costs and stresses on other support services has meant that for many years we have been being asked “to do more with less”. Headteachers will gather at Downing Street to insist that the chancellor and his colleagues at the Department for Education use the upcoming autumn statement to invest properly in our schools and your child’s education. Many of the real terms cuts to our budgets should be reversed and urgent investment is required for SEND and post-16 budgets.
I am determined to support this campaign until a much better and fairer settlement is reached in order to support our young people and the future prosperity of the country as a whole.
Sports Clubs are GO, GO, GO!
It has been a busy week in the PE Faculty with all clubs up and running. It has been fantastic to welcome back all our old members who love sport and take part in physical activities with their friends. It has also been wonderful to see all the new Year 7s getting stuck into extra-curricular sport and sampling what Hardennhuish has to offer.
Our Sports Ambassadors have been busy helping out with the junior clubs and their help as always is much appreciated. If you are in Year 10-13 and are interested in helping out at one of our sports clubs, please see a member of the PE Faculty.
If you would like to join one of our clubs there is no need to sign up in advance, just turn up and have a go. We have a busy fixtures schedule, so please keep an eye on the noticeboards to see if you have been selected to represent Hardenhuish in a match against another local school.
PE Clubs on offer this term include Badminton, Indoor Cricket, Table tennis, Gymnastics, Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Dodgeball, Basketball CrossFit and Futsal.
For more details on days/times etc of all the clubs please see the Extra-curricular activities list: https://www.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Extra-Curricular-Activities-Autumn-2018-1.pdf
This photo was taken at Gymnastics Club.
Pupils and parents can follow our PE twitter account @HardenhuishPE for updates on what’s going on and pictures of clubs and fixture results.
Teigan Higgs, Trampoline British Championships
Congratulations to Teigan Higgs of 10NML who recently completed in the Trampoline British Championship Finals and came fifth.
Science Lecture at Malmesbury School
On Monday 1 October at 6.30 pm Malmesbury School is hosting a Lecture-Demonstration by Tim Harrison entitled ‘A Pollutant’s Tale’.
Tim Harrison is the first School Teacher Fellow at Bristol ChemLabS and the Science Communicator in Residence and Director of Outreach. Tim’s work is mainly in the promotion of chemistry and he has won many awards including the Royal Society of Chemistry School’s Education Award and an inaugural Hawksbee Award from the Royal Society.
The lecture, which is suitable for all age groups, covers the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere in comparison to other planets, a brief description of the structure of the atmosphere, investigation of some of the chemistry and properties of nitrogen and oxygen and a few of the tropospheric pollutants including carbon dioxide. Throughout the lecture there are demonstrations including some involving liquid nitrogen, oxygen foam, dry ice and a few explosions. The lecture will also include climate change.
If you would like to attend this presentation please contact, Malmesbury School’s Reception on 01666 829700 to reserve your free tickets.
Please click on the link below for further details:
For the third consecutive year Hardenhuish School has been recognised as a Microsoft Showcase School. Read all about it here.
Under-12 Girls Football: Hardenhuish vs Lydiard Park
This was an exciting opportunity for our Under 12 girls to take part in our first ever English Schools Football fixture. The girls started well producing good runs off the ball and accurate passing. Maddie H got on the end of Megan P’s long ball and forced the keeper into making a great save resulting in a corner. As the game went on spaces started being opened up and Jasmine K and Eloise A-M were able to work together and create some goal scoring opportunities. Tilly R was getting to grips with the Lydiard Park cutting out the passes and getting a good interception here there. Unfortunately, as the game went on our girls were put under pressure and after some excellent saves from Chloe T, the girls conceded. This was against the run of play and the girls’ heads dropped, but they tried to rally with Megan P putting in some long throws for Sophie D to get on the end of which produced a goal mouth scramble which was unlucky for girls. Overall, the girls played well and are very much looking forward to their next game!
Year 9 Rugby: Clarendon School, Trowbridge 61, Hardenhuish 19
Despite the thumping score line, the 16-man squad who travelled to Trowbridge on Wednesday to play our first and toughest game (hopefully!) of the season, acquitted themselves commendably in the face of fearsome opposition. Admittedly, our tackling could have been better at times, but on the whole, Mr Craig was proud of the way our boys kept battling against the odds, producing, along the way, some excellent team work and passages of play that led to our 3 tries. Certainly, a learning curve for all concerned and a massive positive was that we all returned safely!
KS3 Netball Squad – Talent in Numbers
On Wednesday we travelled to Malmesbury for our first big netball fixture of the season. We had to search for a coach big enough for our 60-strong squad of girls. As always, they did Hardenuish proud, not only on court through their display of outstanding netball skills, but also and most importantly their sportsmanship and team spirit.
Here are the scores of the matches but for more details of each one, please click here.
Year 7A – Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – won 7-8. Most Valued Player – Naomi R
Year 7B- Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – lost 3-8. Most Valued Player – Charlotte H
Year 8A- Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – lost 18-10. Most Valued Player – Emily S
Year 8B- Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – lost 10-1. Most Valued Player – Tao N-S
Year 9A – Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – won 29-11. Most Valued Player – Molly M
Year 9B – Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – won 7-1. Most Valued Player – Victoria S
Year 9C – Hardenhuish vs Malmesbury – lost 2-11. Most Valued Player – Lucy B
Next week is a busy week for our Year 9 players, as Hardenhuish is hosting the U14 District Netball Tournament on Wednesday and have a fixture at home against Corsham on Thursday. We always welcome team support on the side lines, so if any friends and family would like to come and watch the matches next week please do come along.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 1 October 2018
Monday 1 October
Year 7 Liddington Trip departs
Wednesday 3 October
Year 12/13 National Apprenticeship Show – Cheltenham