This term has certainly been busy and I am sure that you will join me in congratulating all of our young people for all they have achieved.
The Christmas Fayre last week raised an incredible £3000 for the Friends of Hardenhuish and I would like to thank all involved, pupils, staff, parents, Friends and Governors for making it such a success.
As I have been telling the pupils in assemblies this week, the Christmas Fayre signals the beginning of Christmas for me and this was followed last night by the Carol Concert at St Paul’s which was a lovely way to end the term and begin the Christmas celebrations.
A fantastic £314.16 was raised at our Christmas Carol Concert on Thursday evening for the Doorway Project.
I wish all members of our community a restful and happy Christmas and look forward to all Hardenhuish will achieve in 2019.
Congratulations to the following pupils on their music exams:
Charlotte Simms – Grade 4 clarinet.
Louis Warnett – Grade 4 cornet (distinction)
Maxwell Costello – Grade 3 Piano
Well done also to Katherine Whiting (Year 11) who performed ‘Let it Snow’ as part of the British Youth Music Theatre Company in Oxford Street’s Regent Hall on Saturday 15 December.
A Royal Meeting
Last week, Max Chant was invited to attend the official opening of the new Wiltshire Air Ambulance base by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
Max is an active volunteer for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance having been airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital in May 2014 following a road traffic collision. In July 2015, Max, together with friends and family members, walked 25 miles of the White Horse Challenge raising over £13,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
Year 11 Donate to Unity House
At the end of an incredibly stressful and gruelling term for Year 11, they demonstrated Christmas spirit and pulled together an impressive collection of donated items for the users of Unity House, a Chippenham-based hostel that supports homeless and vulnerable people.
Hampers and gifts were delivered on Tuesday by Mrs Parry-Jones, Mrs Loft and Mrs Cummins, accompanied by Ellie Lancashire and Nadia Storey (11FXC). The items were gratefully received, and the Year 11 Tutor Team would like to take this opportunity to thank Year 11 for their kindness and generosity.
In a term dominated by mock exams and post-16 applications, they showed empathy for others and acted selflessly in the items they purchased and prepared. They made a big difference to the lives of those at Unity House; thank you!
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Year 9 World of Business
The Year 9 World of Business classes have been busy for the past few weeks planning and designing stalls for the Christmas Fayre. On Friday, they ran their stalls really successfully raising a grand total of £586 for the Friends of Hardenhuish. A really wide range of products, activities and treats were offered including a photo booth, tin-can alley, cakes, games, a treasure map challenge, gingerbread decorating, face painting, video games, candy floss, milkshakes and a stall selling stock donated by Chippenham companies. The pupils worked incredibly hard throughout the Fayre, demonstrating excellent entrepreneurial skills.
Resource Centre News
It has been a very busy autumn term in the Resource Centre with over 2200 loans since we started back in September, poetry workshops, library lessons across a range of subjects and a brilliant selection of new books being published in the lead-up to Christmas. On the day when the annual prestigious Christmas Number One gets revealed, here’s Hardenhuish’s own Top 10 most borrowed books from the autumn term:
‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins returns to the top spot, narrowly ahead of the latest Tom Gates book, which has been extremely popular since it was published in early October. Recent movies ‘The Hate U Give’ and ‘Mortal Engines’ are also prominent in the top five, whilst highly-acclaimed dystopian novel ‘Scythe’ and the stunning debut by Onjali Rauf, ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ are gaining momentum in the lower reaches of the top ten. If you’re still searching for last-minute Christmas presents, it will be well worth considering these!
Wishing everyone a very relaxing Christmas break and look out for lots more new books and library events as we go through the spring term in 2019!
G4 Christmas Tour
On Friday 14 December, Year 10 pupil Francesca Pottle performed alongside the Pauline Quirk Academy at Wells Cathedral, as part of X Factor finalists G4’s Christmas Tour. Francesca sang a solo to the Christmas Carol – Once in Royal David’s City.
Pupil Wellbeing and Mental Health
Please see below information for parents:
and pupils (all pupils were provided with one of these cards):
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 7 January 2019
Monday 7 January
Term 2 Starts
Wednesday 9 January
Year 13 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Friday 11 January
Year 11 Photos