It has been a busy Charity Week and the School Parliament, Sports Leaders and Student Leadership Team have done a great job in raising funds for our charity for this year – Cancer Research.
The Spring Concert on Tuesday evening was a real celebration of the musical talents of our young people, showcasing a real mix of musical genres.
Year 13 PSCE last night was a final opportunity for our Year 13 to discuss with their teachers and parents the areas of focus for the coming weeks.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all staff and parents who are currently working so hard with young people both at GCSE and A Level to help them prove to the examiners how brilliant they are!
It is the Hardenhuish Literature Festival next week and I know there will be many opportunities for all members of the community to get involved. I hope to ‘get caught reading’ as I have just taken delivery of the Carnegie Shortlist books and need to catch up with the shadow group to enable me to talk to them about the books later next term.
Hopefully not long now before the field will be open – this air balloonist clearly thought it was dry enough already! I have my doubts but plan to reassess just after Easter.
Another sign of Spring is the arrival of our first lambs who will be joining us at school next week!
Resource Centre News
It has been an extremely busy couple of weeks here in the Resource Centre as literary events fall in quick succession throughout the month of March. Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who supported our 2019 Scholastic Book Fair last week. For the fourth year in a row, we have taken over £1,000, this time totalling a superb £1,169.07.
With the school receiving 60% commission of the total taken, this will lead to a huge number of new books on the library shelves over the coming months. Many thanks to everyone who purchased items – it really is very much appreciated, and we hope you all enjoy the books, posters and stationery that you bought.
It remains extremely encouraging how popular reading for pleasure continues to be here at Hardenhuish, with so many pupils eager to invest in one (or more in many cases) of the latest releases or classic novels.
Following straight on from the Book Fair, we were fortunate to welcome back performance poet Ash Dickinson once again to work with all our Year 8 pupils as they started their war poetry unit in English. During the workshops, Ash helped the pupils compose six-line poems of 26 syllables called shadormas before focussing on war poetry more fully. Analysis of famous works like ‘In Flanders Fields’ was combined with the chance to craft their own war poems and the pupils responded brilliantly to the sessions.
They also thoroughly enjoyed listening to some of Ash’s award-winning poetry on diverse and topical subjects ranging from Donald Trump to robots and even Fortnite, which he has performed at literary festivals around the world, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Following his visit, which was his tenth to the school, Ash Dickinson said “Hardenhuish’s Year 8s were fantastic! Their attitude towards me was wonderful, not to mention their approach to the theme of war which we undertook. They wrote such mature, considered, empathetic responses, and mobilised the English language to great effect. It was a really lovely visit!”
Incredibly, there are even more events coming up over the coming weeks. Today saw the launch of our Year 8 Carnegie Shadowing Book Group, which runs through until mid-June, whilst next week sees author visits taking place for Year 7, 8 and 9 in the main halls, forming the main events of the Hardenhuish Literature Festival. One of the authors, Rachel Ward, will be holding an informal Q & A session here in the Resource Centre next Friday lunchtime, so please do come along if you would like to ask an established author advice about writing.
Hardenhuish in the Press
Science Week – page 3 of this week’s Gazette and Herald
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 25 March 2019
Monday 25 March
Ski trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm
Tuesday 26 March
Dance GCSE & a Level Evening – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Wednesday 27 March
Year 10 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance evening – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Thursday 28 March
Year 12 Oxford & Cambridge Student Conference – Epsom Racecourse
Dance – Spring Loaded Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm
Friday 29 March
Year 7 Opal Coast Trip departs
Year 7 Brass Taster sessions
Sunday 31 March
Spanish Trip departs