It was a pleasure to welcome so many parents and prospective 6th Formers both from Hardenhuish and other local schools for September 2019 last night.
The evening showcased our fantastic 6th Form Facilities and I would like to thank the Student Leadership Team who were amazing ambassadors for our school.
Our Year 11 Rugby Team won the North Wiltshire Cup this week and thanks to a parent (and an embarrassed pupil!) I thought I would share the photographs below:
It is so lovely to share in their success and celebrate the team spirit that has been with them for the last 5 years.
I had the privilege of collecting our Healthy Schools Gold Award yesterday. Congratulations to Steph Newbould and everyone who helped us become the only Wiltshire school to be successful in reaccreditation this year.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank IXYS, a Littelfuse technology, who following the well-received ‘music maker’ circuit boards for A Level Physics students, are generously sponsoring ‘logic and arithmetic’ kits for A Level Computer Science students: https://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/outreach/kits/computer-science-logic-and-arithmetic-kit. This is part of #TurnOnToElectronics, a campaign to promote electronics to young people https://www.turnontoelectronics.org/ .
We really appreciate such donations as they add so much to our curriculum at a time when funding is limited.
‘Cow and Sheep for Life’ Clinch 2018 Poetry Slam Glory
The Poetry Slam Finals evening took place last Thursday and saw over 100 Year 7 students compete against each other, in front of a packed audience of fellow pupils, parents, staff and governors, to be crowned 2018 champions. Following on from the initial workshops two weeks ago in the library, it was a keenly-fought high-quality contest throughout, with three heats leading to a Grand Final comprising six teams.
The ‘Poem Punchers’ were the highest-scoring team in the first heat with their superbly-crafted piece imagining if everyday objects came to life. ‘Cow and Sheep for Life’ then triumphed in the second heat with their funny and dramatic tale about doughnuts, while ‘Infinite’ topped the third with their memorable poem about life as a diary. The three highest-scoring runners-up, ‘Writing Wizzez’, ‘FBI Horses’ and ‘Yang Gow Shing’ also made it through to the final. Every heat was close, with all 17 teams of such a high standard.
The six teams in the final then faced the ultimate test – writing a brand-new poem in just half an hour! They all instantly got to work, with E1 a hive of activity as new tales were crafted and actions honed. The final saw the scores even closer – ‘Writing Wizzez’ finished third with their imaginative car trip, ‘Poem Punchers’ second with a brilliant depiction of Christmas and, by just one point, ‘Cow and Sheep for Life’ were crowned champions with their dramatic tale of a mountain climb that impressed both the judges and audience alike. Huge congratulations to James Doggett, Henry Perks, Katie Forman and Theo for their writing and performances.
Meanwhile, in the separate Alphabet Story category, the group entitled ‘Team Name’, comprising Tom Hughes, Daniel Garraway, Lenny Osler and Ben Cruickshank, triumphed for their well-constructed tale using dramatic acting and exceptional vocabulary of just 26 words, where each word started with the next letter of the alphabet. Again, it was a close-run thing, with just three points separating them from ‘The Terrible Threesome’ in second.
A huge well done to all our Year 7s throughout the evening who braved the stage and spotlights to deliver such wonderful creative poetry. ‘Cow and Sheep for Life’ and ‘Team Name’ now add their names to the illustrious Hardenhuish Poetry Slam roll of honour, as this showcase event for Year 7 continues to grow in prestige in its ninth year being held here.
Curriculum Leader for English, Dan Skirrow said “It was an absolute privilege to see Year 7 wrangling syllables and metaphors in such creative ways when working with Sara-Jane, both in the workshops and on the Finals Evening itself. The confidence and enthusiasm on display from Year 7 during the Poetry Slam was genuinely inspiring and resulted in a lively and enjoyable evening’s performance. Bravo Year 7!”
Senior Maths Challenge Success
Congratulations to the nine Year 12 and 13 students who recently sat this year’s UK Maths Trust’s Senior Maths Challenge. Two of them were in the top 10% and received gold certificates as well as being invited to sit the follow-on competition. A further three students received silver certificates and two others received bronze certificates.
KS4 Badminton News
On Wednesday, it was the turn of our KS4 badminton teams to compete against the local schools. Both boys and girls just missed out on top spot so had to settle for second place. It was a brilliant effort from all involved and they did Hardenhuish proud!
Christmas Jumper Day Friday 14 December
On Friday 14 December pupils and students are invited to wear a Christmas jumper instead of their usual Hardenhuish jumper in return for a £1 donation to go towards the national fundraising event for ‘Save the Children’. More information can be found on the following website – https://christmasjumperday.org/
Please note that participating in this fundraising events is optional. Please also note that all other items of school uniform should be worn as normal on the day.
Hardenhuish in the Press
Hardenhuish is presented with guitar – page 26 of this week’s Gazette and Herald.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 10 December 2018
GCSE Dance Recording Week
Tuesday 11 December: Y11 Prefect Trip
Thursday 13 December: Y13 Berlin Trip departs
Friday 14 December: Christmas Fayre – 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm