As you will see from the article below, our Government and Politics Year 12 students certainly had an eventful trip to Parliament on Wednesday!
Pupils and students have started their GCSE and A Level exam assessments with Year 11 musicians recording their work and Year 13 Drama performances being assessed last night.
I wish Year 8 good luck with their exams over the next two weeks which will give them the opportunity to demonstrate all that they have learnt since joining us in Year 7.
The Year 9 Options process is well under way and pupils have the Pupil and Parents Consultation Evening (24.1.19) and Key Stage 4 Options Evening (31.1.19) over the next two weeks to help them with their decision making.
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Parliament Trip, by Mr Arkinstall, Curriculum Leader for History and Politics
What a day to visit Parliament! When we booked the annual Parliament trip, we weren’t to know that Wednesday 16 January would be the day a vote of no confidence would be held against the government. For our students it was a once in a life time (hopefully…) moment to see the Prime Minister defend her position. It came a day after the biggest defeat in the history of British voting and enabled our students to see a full Commons chamber debating.
As we arrived, we were able to see the news cameras from various agencies reporting on the events of the day, which set us up for an exciting day. After an introductory tour of the Supreme Court, we were given an excellent tour of Parliament and then visited the House of Lords’ main chamber, the robing room, the voting lobbies, the royal entrance and Westminster Hall. Midway through our tour we saw the Speaker’s Procession and got a wave and welcome from the Speaker of the House, John Bercow, as he opened the Commons. A few moments later we could also be seen in the background of various news reports from the main lobby as Nicola Sturgeon was being interviewed about the scheduled vote of no confidence. It was nice of her to then come and talk to some of our students, before we took part in an educational workshop on the work of pressure groups.
It was an inspiring trip, which gave out students one of the best opportunities to engage with the new style of politics which has emerged over the recent years. Here’s to 2020, what will it bring?
Congratulations to the following pupils on their music exam results:
- Tao-Nina Smith – Grade 2 Piano
- Chloe Bell Grade 5 Saxophone (Distinction)
Carol Concert at St Paul’s
On Thursday 19 December, an audience were treated to an amazing festive evening of music at St Paul’s Church for our annual Carol Concert. Well done from the Music Department to all the performers for your dedication and wonderful performances; you put everyone in the Christmas mood and it was a fantastic end to Term 2.
Year 13 Berlin Trip
The Year 13 History trip to Berlin before Christmas was a great success. Read all about it here.
Hardenhuish in the Press
Year 13 History trip to Berlin – page 33 of this week’s Gazette and Herald
Christmas Cross Country Primary Event – page 49 of this week’s Gazette and Herald
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 21 January 2019
Monday 21 January
Year 8 Exams Fortnight begins
Thursday 24 January
Year 7 Trip to Honda Factory – Swindon
Year 9 Parent, Pupil Consultation Evening – appointments from 3.45 pm
Friday 25 January
Year 9 Sports Science Trip – Bath Uni