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It has been Science Week this week and most of our pupils will have had the opportunity to engage with a Science based activity outside of their lessons – thank you to the Science Team for making this happen.

The book fair is going well – every book sold helps to support our school and build the already amazing stock of books in our Resources Centre, so thank you to all those who have helped support this and Neil Southwood for hosting the event.

I have been asked by the Chippenham Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to ask on their behalf for your support in completing a short, online survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/chippenhamneighbourhoodplan to gather views on what you want a ‘future Chippenham’ to look like, and what are the topics/issues you feel most relevant to the Town’s future development.

The survey will be live until Friday 22nd March and the Steering Group thank you in advance for your time and look forward to sharing the results of their survey in due course.

It is Charity Week next week and I would like to thank the School Parliament, Sports Leaders and Student Leadership Team for their energy and enthusiasm in organising such a wide range of exciting events. I am sure that a large sum of money will be raised for our 2019 school Charity Cancer Research.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Mid Somerset Festival Competition Successes

On Friday 8 March Chloé Bell of 12JJW took to the stage at The Citadel, Bath to compete in the Advanced Woodwind Solo Repertoire class, a 15-minute programme with one piece memorised.

Despite being up against other talented performers, Chloé wowed both the audience and adjudicator with her rich vibrant flute playing and came away with the top spot!

This win qualified her to compete again in the evening for the Thelma King Instrumental Award at the Guildhall, Bath against other class winners. Once again Chloé produced a dazzling performance, however, this time she was just pipped to the top spot by a violinist from another school.

Congratulations also to Jennifer Sykes who also took part in the competition.  She performed very well in both her classes, gaining distinctions for both pieces and a lot of positive feedback from the adjudicator. In one of the classes, she came joint second, just one mark behind the winner.

A Flying Finale

On Friday 1 March, Hardenhuish hosted the Level 2 School Games Primary gymnastics festival.  This event is for Year 3 and 4 children but involved a number of our own pupils who either judged, supported teams as Sport Ambassadors or performed as a soloist or as part of the flying finale.

The event was a huge success, with great feedback from all the schools involved.  The event started with an Opening Ceremony which involved two of our pupils, Cerys Kiely (Year 9) and Ellena Brown (Year 7) performing a solo floor piece.  Visiting schools then took part in a floor and vault competition before a group of Hardenhuish pupils took to the floor to perform a spectacular flying finale using trampettes and a range of crazy jumps and skills. The audience were wowed by their performance.

Many thanks to Pixi Nickless-Mooney who formed part of the judging panel, the Year 12 Community Sports Leaders for all their support with the visiting teams and of course all those involved in the flying finale – Esme Penton (Year 9), Alice Culverhouse (Year 9) , Lauren Searle (Year 10), Amelia Scott (Year 10), Ed Weekes (Year 10), Adam Elliott (Year 10), Amber Tiley (Year 8), Tia Knight (Year 10), Cerys Kiely (Year 9) and Pixi Nickless-Mooney (Year 10).

Hardenhuish Educational Trust Tablet Appeal

Thanks to the generous donations and contributions from Hardenhuish’s families and friends we have now completed our fund raising for the tablet appeal which raised a fantastic £9,500. Technology moves on quickly, so we are now testing an exciting range of new trial devices for students’ and pupils’ use. We know our young people at Hardenhuish will quickly benefit from the greater access to these devices around the school. We thank the trust for all their hard work throughout, and especially thanks to those who have contributed over the years.

Lamda Exam Result

Congratulations to Jay Heywood for achieving a merit in his Bronze Acting Lamda Exam recently.

Sixth Form Extended Project Qualification Exhibition

On Wednesday, Sixth Form students who are completing an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) took part in an exhibition of their projects. The students showcased the projects that they have been creating since September, covering a wide range of fascinating topics. During the event, the presentations were judged by members of staff, who found that the presentations were really impressive both in terms of the high-quality content and the professional delivery. A big well done to everyone who was involved.

Science Week

There has been an exciting array of workshops, presentations and trips this week as we have celebrated National Science Week.

All Year 9 pupils participated in Zoolab workshops during which they met a range of creatures such as giant snails, a royal python, and a tarantula rat, and learnt about their adaptations. Later in the week, Year 10 pupils attended a Chemistry presentation hosted by Professor Averil MacDonald OBE to support the GCSE Science Curriculum.

During her visit, Professor MacDonald also hosted a talk to Year 12 Chemists and Physicists, as well as an evening event entitled ‘People Like Me’ that was attended by girls from all year groups and their mothers.  The aim of the evening was to encourage them to make the most of all of their talents and to consider the many different careers in science, technology and engineering as well as the non-science careers where a science qualification could provide a significant advantage.

On Friday, 60 Year 8 pupils went to the Birmingham NEC to visit the Big Bang Fair.

Pupils also had the opportunity to attend lunchtime science workshops that ranged from egg drops to geodesic dome building, from making lava lamps to a liquid nitrogen workshop.

Hardenhuish in the Press

Michelle Donelan visits Hardenhuish – https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/17481510.mp-talks-to-politics-students-at-hardenhuish-school/

Bugsy Malone – https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/17484978.hardenhuish-schools-gangster-caper-is-huge-success/

Hardenhuish Leadership Team Dress Up for World Book Day – page 14 of this week’s Gazette and Herald

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 18 March 2019



Tuesday 19 March

Spring Concert – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm

Year 13 Drama Trip – Touching the Void – Bristol

Wednesday 20 March

Astronomy Night Sky Event – Resource Centre – 6.30 pm

Thursday 21 March

Year 13 Parent Student Consultation Evening – from 3.45 pm

Friday 22 March


Team Bath Netball – Bath

Year 9 & Year 10 Music Trip Bournemouth Symphony – Bath Forum