The Year 11 Awards Ceremony last night was a great celebration of all that our Year 11 of 2018 achieved.
I was also very proud to launch our alumni www.hardenhuish.wilts.sch.uk/our-school/alumni .
If you are in contact with past pupils, please encourage them to sign up to stay in touch and possibly help inspire and support our current pupils.
The Music concert on Thursday was an amazing showcase of the talents of our current Year 11 as they prepare for their GCSE exams.
As the weather gets colder, can I remind you that any changes to our normal school day will be communicated through the school website. Please encourage pupils to wear coats and wrap up warm.
I am looking forward to Hardy’s Hoopla at the Chippenham Winter Wonderland tomorrow.
Please support our Friends and Trust at this amazing community event.
Hardenhuish’s annual Careers Fair took place last week. Click here to read all about it.
Children in Need Staff v 6th Form Netball Match
Last Friday, the 6th Form Netball squad took on the staff in the annual Staff v 6th Form netball match in aid of Children in Need. The sports hall was filled with spectators who donated 50p to watch what has always proved to be a very fast and furious match.
The sixth form this year were confident in their chances of beating the staff team, who have been unbeaten for the past 12 years.
The Year 12s started strong and lead from the start with a 2-1 lead, the Year 13 kept the pace and, although the staff team had a number of attempts on goal, they didn’t manage to equalise. Some fantastic long-range shooting from the Year 13s meant the final score was 6-3 to the students and the spectators erupted as the final whistle was blown. Thanks to Elysia Copeman for umpiring and to all the staff and students for playing and supporting what was a great match.
Poetry Workshops Prove a Big Hit with Year 7
Last Thursday and Friday saw our entire Year 7 involved in a series of Poetry Slam workshops based in the Resource Centre. The workshops provided them with a superb opportunity to work with renowned performance poet Sara-Jane Arbury, create their own pieces of work in groups and gave them the chance to compete against their peers in a competitive slam atmosphere.
The Poetry Slam has been a popular part of the Year 7 calendar here since 2010 and this year saw the usual mix of funny and action-packed creations throughout the two days. From simple alphabet stories about zoos, days at school and life at home to longer, more heartfelt and powerful poems, Year 7 have showcased their talents impressively and brilliantly combined both writing and drama skills to create an impression upon the judges. Among the contenders this year are the personification of a diary, an ode to the Hunger Games and a poem from the perspective of the Hardenhuish stag emblem.
At the end of each workshop, three teams were chosen to go forward to the Poetry Slam Finals Evening, which will take place on Thursday 29 November in Peter Thompson Hall. Those teams will battle it out in front of friends, family and staff to become the 2018 Hardenhuish Poetry Slam champions. Two other teams from each workshop also made it through for the separate A-Z competition, so there is a lot to play for on the night with prizes at stake and the chance to join illustrious former winners on the Hardenhuish Poetry Slam Roll of Honour. Look out for all the Finals Evening details in a future edition of ‘Headlines’.
Hardenhuish Equestrian Team in The Ribbons!
Hardenhuish School was well represented at NSEA schools Show jumping held at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Holt on Sunday 18th November.
Team members Darcy Selman, Abigail Wood, Claudia Griffin and Amelia Niker, came second in Class 1. Amelia made her riding debut for Hardenhuish by coming first as an individual, riding a very accurate, fast and stylish clear round.
Flying the flag for the boys was Xavier Abbots-Asselin who did a brilliant, risk-taking, speedy, clear round gaining him an individual first in class 2.
Eleanor Gould, Kate Selman and Ashley Davey scooped fifth place in a very competitive, large team class. The girls rode good lines to the fences and demonstrated great sportsmanship.
Congratulations to all who took part!
Children in Need Superstar!
Well done to Bailey Upton of 8CZS who went busking with his guitar over the weekend and raised an amazing £471.38 for Children in Need!
Year 7 Football – Wiltshire Schools Cup
On Tuesday this week the Year 7 football team travelled away to Wellington Academy for the second round of the Wiltshire Schools Cup. They played superbly throughout the game in what can only be described as arctic conditions.
Ben Avery pulled off some fantastic saves to ensure we kept a clean sheet and Hayden Hiscocks and Beltran Alonso-Julia scored a goal each to see Hardenhuish progress to the next round with a well-deserved 2-0 victory.
Well done boys! Mr Brailey is looking forward to seeing you at training next week!
Science Primary event
Last Thursday, pupils from Monkton Park, Lacock, Redland, Kington St Michael, St Paul’s, Christian Malford, St Mary’s, Langley Fitzurse and By Brook Primary Schools attended the Electricity Challenge event organised by the science department.
The nine teams of four Year 5 pupils investigated the suitability of different metals and juices in order to generate green electricity. They carried out two electrolysis practical experiments to research which metals are the best electrical conductors and which liquids are best to use in electrolysis to generate the highest voltage.
All the pupils who attended this event had a really fun morning and were very proud of the participation certificate to keep and take back to their primary school.
Year 7/8 Girls Football
On Wednesday, our Year 7/8 girls football squad played Royal Wooten Bassett in the Wiltshire County Cup competition.
The girls conceded an early lead following some miscommunication near the goal, however kept their heads up, getting straight back on the attack to score just minutes later.
There was some impressive play from both teams, however Hardenhuish were strong across the pitch making some dynamic runs. We then had a penalty awarded, which Sophie D confidently put into the back of the net making the score 2-1. A scrabble around the goal, resulted in an own goal by RWBA making the score 3-1. Another penalty was awarded against us; however, Dionne H made a fantastic save, reacting quickly to the shot.
The girls continued to put pressure on their defence with Tia H and Eve K adding to the goal total, with a final result of 5-1 in our favour.
It was a lovely match and the girls showed fantastic teamwork and energy throughout the game. They now progress to the next round of the Cup – good luck girls!
Vocational Studies trip to St.Paul’s Primary
This week a group of Year 10 pupils attended St. Paul’s Primary School. As part of their studies the group designed, wrote and made their own short stories which they read and presented to a class. The pupils were a credit to Hardenhuish School and one primary child commented “I can’t wait to go to big school to do lots of paperwork”. It was a pleasure to see a lovely group of Year 10 pupils interacting with the younger children.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 26 November 2018
Monday 26 November
Peru Trip Parents Meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Tuesday 27 November
Year 11 Mock results issued
Wednesday 28 November
Year 11 Parent Pupil Consultation Evening – Peter Thompson Hall –
Appointments from 3.45 pm
Thursday 29 November
Year 11 Safe Drive Stay Alive – Peter Thompson Hall – 11 am
English Poetry Slam – Peter Thompson Hall – 6 pm
Friday 30 November
TD Day – No school for pupils