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We are coming to the end of a long, demanding yet very successful term. We have enjoyed so many outstanding achievements and are now looking forward to the Christmas break.

It was great to watch the Year 11 Rugby team play their last match of the season this evening – beating Sheldon!

Their determination, hard work and enthusiasm demonstrated the spirit of Hardenhuish.

Please can I take this opportunity to remind you that during the colder weather, pupils should be wearing suitable shoes (not trainers or canvas shoes) and waterproof coats (not hoodies, fleeces or teddy bear coats).

The Governors have produced a report, looking back on the things they have done this year,  Please click here to view.

I am looking forward to the Christmas Fayre this evening and the Christmas Carol Concert next Thursday.

Lisa Percy


Please see below the details of the end of term arrangements:

Thursday 20 December – Christmas Carol Concert at St Paul’s Church 7pm

Friday 21 December – Last day of term with pupils dismissed at 12.35pm

As Sheldon are finishing at the same time, some of the bus companies will be able to provide an early pick-up. So far, AJ Coaches have confirmed that they will be able to do this and we will keep you informed of any others. If pupils are unable to arrange alternative transport home, please inform the Year Office who will make arrangements for them to remain in school until the normal closure time of 3pm.

Monday 7 January – Return to school. Pupils should go straight to their Tutor at 8.30am

News Items


Music exams

Congratulations to Lenny Osler in Year 7 on passing his Grade 5 Piano.

Huge Congratulations from Mr Fosker (Flute/Saxophone/Theory) to his students on their exam results:

Hannah Fleming 8SLG – Grade 1 Flute (Merit)

Emma Holtby 7TJG – Grade 1 Flute (Distinction)

Maths News

Mr Harvey would like to thank The Friends of Hardenhuish on behalf of all the students who have been attending the Chess Club. The Friends have kindly bought some new chess sets which should be arriving in the new year. They will be especially welcome as there have been some weeks when we have run out of available sets for everyone who has turned up! The Chess club is open to all KS3 pupils on a Tuesday lunchtime in M3 12.35 pm to 13.05 pm.

A new GCSE Maths lunchtime drop in session will be starting on Mondays in January and continuing until the end of Term 5. All Year 11s are welcome to drop in with their questions, problems or if they would like some one-to-one tutoring on a specific topic. The session will run from 12.35 pm to 13.05 pm on Mondays in M3.

Cross Country Champion!

Congratulations to India Ibbotson who won the Under 17 Ladies’ Wiltshire Cross Country Championships last weekend.

Bebras Competition 12 – 16 November

Pupils across all key stages took part in the UK Bebras competition as part of ICT and Computing lessons. The Bebras competition is a national competition sponsored by Oxford University and Google where pupils put their problem solving and computational thinking skills to the test. There were a number of outstanding results with many pupils being presented with Distinction and Merit certificates in lessons this week.

Particular congratulations go to the 64 pupils who achieved within the top 10% in the country and have been invited to take part in the TCS Oxford Computing Challenge taking place in March 2019 (more details to come shortly). A special mention to Matthew Maccallister (Y8) and Oliver Randell (Y10) who achieved among the very best nationally and have been invited to take part in the next round of the Bebras at a celebratory event at Oxford University in the new year.

Well done to all who took part!

North Wiltshire Cross-Country Championships 2018

On 21 November, 45 Hardenhuish pupils braved the cold and wet conditions to represent the school at the Area Cross Country event held at Grittleton House.  The pupils selected to had already finished amongst the top runners in our own Hardenhuish Inter-Tutor Cross Country. The pupils were fantastic throughout the day leading their own warm-ups and preparing for their own races. Everyone worked together to produce some outstanding results for the Hardenhuish Teams and also some brilliant individual results. The PE department would like to thank everyone who ran on the day for both their brilliant performances and also their amazing behaviour while representing the school.

Team Results

Minor Girls – 1st

Minor Boys – 3rd

Junior Girls – 7th

Junior Boys – 2nd

Inter Girls – 2nd

Inter Boys – 4th

Senior Boys – 4th

Each race had up to 90 runners in each age group from all secondary schools in North Wiltshire, a huge well done to those who finished in the top 15

Minor Girls – Phoenix Harding (2nd), Amelia Niker (5th) Alannah Heneghan (12th), Naomi Rees (15th)

Minor Boys – Josh Bailey (10th), William Hobin Bucksey (14th)

Junior Boys – Henri Cotineau (2nd), Clyde Pangilnan (11th)

Inter Girls – Megan Wright (1st), Rachel Wrench (8th), Pixi Nickless Mooney (12th), Abigail Durrant (13th)

Inter Boys – Fergal Brophy (3rd), Luc Cotineau (9th)

Senior Boys – Rohan Archer (4th)

Also, a massive congratulations to the following pupils who have been selected to represent North Wiltshire at the Wiltshire Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday 19 January.  Good luck to all runners:

Minor Girls – Phoenix Harding, Amelia Niker, Alannah Heneghan, Naomi Rees (reserve)

Minor Boys – Josh Bailey, Will Hobin-Bucksey (reserve)

Junior Boys – Henri Cotineau, Clyde Pangilinan,

Inter Girls – Megan Wright, Rachel Wrench, India Ibbotson, Pixi Nickless-Mooney (reserve), Abi Durrant (reserve)

Inter Boys – Fergal Brophy, Luc Cotineau

Senior Boys – James Wright, Rohan Archer


Year 10 Fundraising

In the run up to Christmas, Year 10 decided it would be good to fundraise for homeless people who might not have access to some of the things we take for granted at this time of year. Crisis are running an appeal where £28.18 means one homeless person will have a warm place to be, company, a Christmas lunch, access to medical care and the option of ongoing support. Each tutor group agreed to raise enough to support one homeless person, meaning we would fund a minimum of nine places. Due to the generosity of pupils and tutors, we managed to raise an impressive £310.80, meaning we funded 11 places with a little extra too. Well done Year 10




Youth Action Wiltshire

Congratulations to Isabelle, Drew, Shyama and Matt who have recently completed a young listening project run by Healthwatch England to improve mental health support in schools.


Hardenhuish in the Press

Poetry Slam Competition – Page 3 of this week’s Gazette and Herald

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 17 December 2018


Wednesday 19 December

Year 7 Drama – A Christmas Carol – Bristol

Thursday 20 December

Carol Concert – St Paul’s Church – 7 pm

Friday 21 December

TERM 2 ENDS – Pupils Leave at 12.35 pm