Welcome back to Term 4! I can’t quite believe that we are half way through the year.
I hope that you had a restful February break.
We have returned with a renewed focus on our high standards of uniform and hope that we can count on your support in ensuring that pupils conform with our expectations.
Our Year 13 have taken their mock week extremely seriously and have done themselves proud. I am sure that they will have focused their preparation for the A level exams that begin in May.
The term’s calendar of activities has begun in earnest and there have already been numerous trips, visits and extra- curricular experiences this week and this continues over the coming weeks.
A big thank you to our Governors who lobbied Parliament and met with Michelle Donelan our MP yesterday as part of the National Governors Association day of action to make the case for school funding. I will be continuing the conversation when I meet with Leyla Moran, Liberal Democrat Education Representative next week.
During the last week before half term, audiences were dazzled by the three sell-out performances of Bugsy Malone.
The cast of almost fifty pupils had been rehearsing for the production since last September and their hard work and talent was obvious for all to see. More than 400 excited family, friends and staff bought tickets for the show.
Set in New York City in 1929, Bugsy Malone is a classic gangster spoof, substituting machine guns and bullets for ’splurge’ guns and foam. It tells the story of the rise of Bugsy Malone and the battle for power between Fat Sam and Dandy Dan.
A combination of superb acting, dancing, music, staging, costumes and props brought a nigh-on professional feel to the performance which delighted all who came to see the show!
The Drama department, Mr Kirkman and Ms Wilcox expertly directed and produced the show whilst the Curriculum Leader for Music, Miss Debbie Workman was Musical Director. Mr Kirkman said: “It was an absolute joy to bring this classic to the stage and we’re very proud of what our excellent cast has achieved.”
U14 Hockey Result – Corsham 5 – Hardenhuish 2
The girls were all looking forward to their first hockey game of the season. We arrived and got warmed up with a warm up led by our very own sports leader Molly B. The game started, and, as the girls were adjusting to how the ball moves so differently on the astro, unfortunately, Corsham scored. The girls fought back with some great link-up play between Freya B and Molly B.
The next goal was important and, unfortunately, it went the way of Corsham from a well worked penalty corner. Then the Huish girls showed their strength in the ‘D’ and Mindy was able to convert, shortly after Isabelle V-D found herself one-on-one with the keeper and was able to keep the ball alive for Amelie to score. Going in at half time the girls were 3-2 up and thinking positively.
Corsham came out strong and we soaked that pressure up with Elisha L and Amy R-W tackling strongly. Jess P and Alice C were working well with Jasmine K and Maddie H, providing strong passes for them to run on to. Corsham came back at us and we conceded a penalty corner which was taken well and resulted in a goal.
Soon after the pushback the Huish girls conceded again, but they kept fighting to the final whistle and had one cleared off the line. Even though it was a loss it was a spirited performance and the girls should hold their heads high. A special mention must go to Gina H who made some good saves whilst in goal and an amazing goal line clearance which subsequently resulted in her becoming our player of the match!
Next week is Maths Week! Please click here to see all of the events that will be taking place.
Pupil Success Stories
Congratulations to Millie Pass who has been offered places at both The Hammond and Tring Park Performing Arts Schools and has also been invited back for a scholarship audition at Tring Park.
In October, Megan was accepted as a Full Academy Athlete in the South West Regional Academy Squad 2018/19 for British Triathlon which was a fantastic achievement, owing to the high standards required to be accepted. This will be an amazing opportunity for Megan to develop her potential further with their guidance and training over six training weekends/camps throughout the winter season which will ensure she is fully prepared for the upcoming racing season. Megan will be competing in the Super Series again this year, where she is determined to improve on her 2018 ranking of 26th within the GB team.
To complement this, on 24 January, Megan was invited to attend a ceremony at County Hall, Trowbridge, hosted by Baroness Scott of Bybrook, where she was presented with a Sports Scholarship Grant (2019). This was an incredible honour for Megan, especially as she had been shortlisted and selected from over 30 athletes across Wiltshire who had applied for the FFOP grant (Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Sports Scholarship).
Megan received this award from 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Aaron Moores MBE. We wish Megan the best of luck for another excellent season.
Congratulations to Matthew Macallister who came third in the final of the national Bebras Computing Challenge at Oxford University on Saturday 16 February.
This was an amazing achievement considering that 100,000 school children took part in the initial stage back in November with only 50 of the top scoring entrants being invited to take part in the final.
Well done to India Ibbotson on some great results over half term! On 16 February, the day after the Diamond League, she competed in the Birmingham Games at the National Indoor Arena and won a bronze medal in the 800m, also achieving a season’s best. Last Saturday, she ran at the National Cross-Country Championships at Harewood House in Leeds coming 90th out of 220. Given the calibre of the field she was competing against, this was an amazing achievement on a particularly hilly and challenging course.
Interschool Show Jumping
Year 8 pupil, Xavier Abbots, was placed second as an individual at the NSEA Interschools Show Jumping County Qualifiers at West Wiltshire Equestrian Centre last Sunday. He met fierce competition in a hotly contested class and, after a fast, clear round, Xavier has qualified for the National Championships at Bury Farm in April.
Xavier’s team members in the 80cm team were Harriet Cole, Daisy Lamb and Kate Selman and they finished seventh as a team. The 90cm team finished sixth. This team comprised of Harriet Cole, Eleanor Gould with Ashley Davey riding a stylish round to secure individual sixth and Kate Selman’s determined riding gaining her eigth place as an individual.
Well done to all these pupils who were a credit in representing the school and the best of luck to Xavier who will fly the flag for the boys at the National Championships!
U12 Girls Football County Cup – Hardenhuish 6-RWBA 3
What a game!! The sun was shining which set the tone for a good afternoon of football. The girls started the game tentatively and were punished by going -1 down. However, they responded well and, when they started to focus on the task in hand, we got our rewards and were soon back level.
The girls then found their passes and started to pass the ball around quickly and making strong tackles. We were able to take the lead with goals 2 and 3 coming quickly just before half time.
The second half started purposefully with the girls taking on board the feedback at half time and really working hard as a squad and playing in different positions and communicating with each other which was one of the many positives to take from this game.
Goal scorers: Tia H-3, Eloise A-M-1, Sophie D-1. Most Valued Players – Tia H and Lucy P
Hardenhuish in the Press
Michelle Donelan visits Hardenhuish – page 31 of this week’s Gazette and Herald
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 4 March 2019
Wednesday 6 March
BBC Schools Report – All day
Year 8 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance Evening (PIAG) – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Thursday 7 March
World Book Day
Year 7 Parent Pupil Consultation Evening (PPCE)– from 3.45 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Friday 8 March
Year 12 Maths trip – Bath Forum