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It has been a pleasure this week to engage with the broader Hardenhuish community.

On Tuesday evening I attended the WW1 exhibition at Chippenham Museum which includes a panel created by our pupils to remember the boys from Hardenhuish who were killed. This concluded with a poignant re-enactment of the peace march through Chippenham to celebrate the armistice.

The Careers Fair on Wednesday was very well attended by our pupils and I would like to thank the broad range of employers who gave up their time to support our young people with conversations about their future. It was particularly lovely to welcome back so many ex-Hardenhuish pupils who were able to share their success stories and inspire our young people with what they can achieve.

Pupils and students have been supporting Children In Need today with a number of activities.  I look forward to hearing about how much they have raised in support of this cause.  In case you are interested students beat the staff in the annual netball match at lunchtime!

It has been brought to my attention that the drop-off zone is becoming increasingly hazardous for our young people due to irresponsible and unsafe parking, particularly at the end of the day. If you are using the drop-off zone, please consider the need for access for emergency vehicles and the safety of our young people. We have done all we can to keep them safe (e.g. crossing points, pavements, pull in bay etc.) and would appreciate your support in preventing an accident.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Year 9 STEM day

Click here to read all about last Thursday’s Year 9 STEM Challenge Day

Year 8 Boys Crowned Mid Wilts Rugby Champions!

On Wednesday, Hardenhuish hosted the annual Year 8 Mid Wiltshire county rugby tournament. Ten schools attended and, with glorious weather, over 150 boys played some outstanding rugby with all schools playing at least 4 matches.

After the first round our Year 8 boys progressed to the leaders’ pitch where we played local rivals Sheldon and Malmesbury. With consistently excellent skills, the boys won both games comfortably to be crowned Mid Wilts Champions.

Elite Athlete Grant

Are you currently competing at a National or International Level in an Olympic or Paralympic Sport? If so, you could apply for an Elite Athlete Grant worth £1,000.

This grant of £1,000 is open to any Wiltshire athlete competing in either an Olympic or Paralympic sport or any sport recognised by Sport England at either a National or International level. The funding can be used to access training and coaching, equipment or to cover the cost of competing both nationally and internationally.

Information about the grant and the Criteria and Guidelines along with the Application form can be downloaded from

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 28 January 2019.

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Colquhoun in the PE Faculty or Tamzin Earley, Funding and Events Officer,

U12s District Netball Tournament – Wednesday 14 November

The Year  girls were ready to participate in their first ever tournament this week wearing the mighty green and gold! After working hard in training the girls were keen to take the skills that they have learned and use them on the court.

A Team

Hardenhuish A began their tournament with a slow start with the Huish girls managing a draw and a loss the girls finally found their stride and settled into their games. The girls started to use their quick drives across the court and linking up well throughout the attacking third which helped to support our shooters. Paige L and Naomi R found their range and started to take their shots….. even if the sun was not helping us! Natasha W and Tilly R began to work well as a partnership and were able to pick off some long passes and intercept the ball well.  Our mid court players Izzy L, Lola P-J, Darcy S, Phoenix H and Lily R began to make their passes stronger and work together to help drive the ball forward and apply pressure on their opponents. The girls worked extremely hard winning their next 4 matches-which enabled them to take the Runners-up place. Well done girls you should be very proud of your netball season. Still lots to learn so make sure you are at training!


Sheldon 2-2 (D) MVP-Phoenix H

JBS 3-2 (L)-Tilly R

Lavington 0-5 (W)-Naomi R

St Johns 2-3 (W)-Naomi R

Malmesbury 1-3 (W)-Natasha W

Abbeyfield 1-3 (W)-Phoenix H

B Team

The B Team started off strong from the whistle, Holly, Taylor and Tilly worked well in the D putting pressure on their shooters. Our attackers showed speed and agility down the court keeping possession, the accuracy of Charlotte, Kaitlyn and Sophie meant we finished winning 6-0. Our second match against John Bentley gave our mid court players (Elysia, Erin, Imogen and Issy) chance to shine, using the width down the court and dynamic movement, the final score 7-1 to us. We drew our next two matches 2-2 and our fitness was being put to the test after 5 matches back to back. Our final match was very close, and the girls can be proud of the effort and commitment they put into the game, final score 2-3.  We finished the tournament as Runners-up – fantastic achievement.

Well done to all girls, it was a pleasure to watch your netball skills being tested and your improvement throughout the tournament. Make sure you continue attending training on Wednesdays after school.


Sheldon C (W)6-0 MVP – Issy P

John Bentley (W)7-1 MVP – Sophie

Corsham (D)2-2 MVP – Tilly

Malmesbury (D)2-2 MVP – Holly

Sheldon B (L)2-3 MVP – Erin

Hardenhuish in the Press

Y12 and Y13 Art and Photography trip – page 12 of the November/December issue of the Bath and Wiltshire Parent

WWI Commemoration Service

Philip Arkinstall, 35, was wearing the medals of his distant great cousin Lance Corporal Alfred Arkinstall, 21, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who died during the German spring offensive of March 1918 in Sapignies, France, from enemy shellfire.

“He was looking after some other chap’s belongings who had recently died and obviously they were lost with him,” he said.

Mr Arkinstall only found Alfred’s medals in February this year by “pure and utter chance” after typing his surname into the online auction site eBay and finding them for sale in their original box. “I have been so nervous about wearing them today,” he said.

His work as a history teacher at Hardenhuish School, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has given him a firm belief that the younger generation will continue to remember the sacrifice of the First World War generation.

“We had an outdoor service involving the whole secondary school on Wednesday and 1,700 individuals stood in immaculate silence,” he said.

“I never saw that even at the Menin Gate. I feel assured that the impact and the legacy of the First World War will last for another hundred years because these children get it.”

The full article can be found at:

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 19 November 2018

Monday 19 November

Ski trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm

Wednesday 21 November

Year 9 Photos

GCSE Music Performance evening – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm

Thursday 22 November

GCSE Awards Evening