6th Form Open Evening: Thursday 5 December 2019 @ 6.30pm

Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

Welcome to a bumper Headlines to end Term 4!

RESPECT week this week has provided numerous opportunities for conversations about our continued work to be a school where we genuinely respect each other and show that in the way we work together every day. The Culture Fair on Wednesday gave pupils and staff an opportunity to share information, food and traditions from countries they were interested in or had a personal link to and Respect badges have been worn with pride to remind us all of the message of this week.

Pupils have returned safely from France and Spain and thanks go to all staff who have enabled these amazing experiences.

I wish the Ski Trip a safe and enjoyable visit to Austria next week.

Thank you to all parents and staff who are working so hard to support our young people as they prepare for their exams over the next few weeks. Many practical exams have already taken place and as we go into the exam season, I would like to thank our exams team for the planning and organisation that makes it all run so smoothly.

Finally, I would like to wish our Business Manager, Linda Stuart a Happy Retirement and thank her for everything she has done for Hardenhuish over the last 9 years.

We welcome Andrea Gould to the Leadership Team who will take over the Business Manager role from the beginning of Term 5.

I hope that you have a restful break and a very Happy Easter!

Lisa Percy

News Items

Spring Loaded

A huge well done to all of the 120 pupils who performed in Spring Loaded last Thursday night. Their dedication and commitment to rehearsals paid off and the performances were absolutely fantastic, showcasing what talented pupils we have throughout the school. Miss George is so proud of you all!










Hardenhuish Fundraising Star

Congratulations to Owen Hitchman who has raised the full amount for his Peru expedition this summer already.  The trip’s organiser,  Camps International, were so impressed, they have featured him as their latest Friday Fundraising Star:  https://campsinternational.com/blog/2019/03/29/52051/

Flying Solo

Congratulations to. Jean-Benoit Semichon who accomplished his solo glider flight on Saturday, after 2 years of training.  He also earned his scout wings in the process.






Year 8 Citizenship Challenge

Year 8 pupils have been working exceptionally hard this term after they were tasked to undertake a challenge linked to being a good citizen. Both they (and Year 8  tutors!) took up this challenge and ran away with it!

We have had car washing, chores around the house, baking goodies to donate to the NHS and police, litter picking and helping neighbours, the elderly and relatives in day to day tasks. Pupils went above and beyond what I could hope for, with some raising phenomenal amounts for charity completing sponsored swims, selling baked goods and even busking!

Below are a few pictures from the term showing all the good work our pupils have done.

I am so proud to be their Learning Manager and would like to congratulate each and every one who took part.  Miss Humphries.










Drum Taster Lessons

A couple of spaces have become available for drum lessons.  The drum teacher would like to offer a free taster lesson to anyone interested in taking up the instrument.  Please contact Joe de Berker on 07957714645 or contact@instinctsounds.co.uk to find out more.

U13 Girls’ Football

Hardenhuish 3-3 Abbeyfield (MVP-Phoenix H); Hardenhuish 4-1 Abbeyfield (MVP-Lucy P)

The final football game of the season took place for our U13s against Abbeyfield. We experienced all weather conditions from rain to sun to a rainbow! Both teams played their hardest with team 2 taking a 3-0 lead into halftime with some great persistent play from Lucy P and Amelia K.

Team 2 worked hard in the second half making sure they swapped their keeper to ensure everyone had a go at playing a different position. Amelia N found herself making a great save in goal and Ruby C making some strong clearances.  As the game progressed the girls battled the elements and managed to secure themselves another goal ensuring the win.

Team 1 took a slender lead into half time, but they started the second half cold and soon found themselves 3-1 down. Through some gutsy tackling and maintaining a wide formation, they managed to score two more goals from Tia H to help bring the score back to 3-3. At this point the weather was not helping and both teams were battling against the wind but a fair result in the end.

Overall, two great games to end our season and it has been a pleasure to have you playing football this season. Bring on September for the next games!

Rupert Reports

Here is Rupert’s latest report.

Opal Coast Trip 2019

After a very early start, we arrived in Boulogne for lunch and had a picnic on the beach at La Touquet.  Then we headed off for our first visit, to the snail farm. We learned all about snails then had a snail-tasting session for the intrepid amongst us! We booked into our hotel and then played tennis and football until it was time for dinner.

On Saturday, we visited the hypermarket and then set off for our visit to the boulangerie. It was really fun; the boulanger made everyone speak French and we had the chance to make our own croissants and then, even better, we were able to sample some – delicieux! After a picnic on the beach, we went to Chocolats de Beussent where we found out how chocolate is made and also tasted some – what a hardship! After that we went back to our hotel for yet more food and an evening quiz.

On our last morning, we were up bright and early.  After checking out of our hotel we went to Nausicaa, an amazing sea-life centre in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, where we spent a fascinating few hours looking at all the exhibits and watching the sea-lion show.

We headed back to Calais after a lunch stop and made it back to Chippenham without a problem. A great weekend was had by all.







Music Results

Many congratulations from Mr Fosker to the following pupils on achieving a merit in their Grade 5 Music Theory results:

Ben Woodhead, 9DWH

Sophie Fife-Faulkner, 9CDD

Year 12, Maths Inspiration trip, Bath Forum

On Friday 8 March a group of 30 Year 12 students travelled to Bath by train to watch a Maths Inspiration show. Below is a review of the experience written by Tom Bunney:

I think the talks were both educational and entertaining.  In particular, I enjoyed the variation between different mathematical topics, and how they managed to incorporate the pure, statistics and mechanics side of maths.

Alex Bellos’s talk about puzzles and the maths behind them was very interactive and engaging, and lots of audience participation kept it entertaining. Hugh Hunt talked about the mechanics side of maths, and I especially enjoyed his demonstration of the physics behind a spinning top.

The final talk was by Ben Sparks, who discussed the statistics behind popular gambling games such as poker. All the hosts were very interactive and kept the audience entertained throughout, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the trip!

Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

On Monday, pupils had the opportunity to analyse chemicals using cutting edge techniques as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ programme.

Admittedly, the instruments were large enough to fill several suitcases! However, it was exciting for students to see and use techniques usually used at universities and in industrial research. Students particularly enjoyed collecting the UV-Visible spectra that were printed on a till receipt to identify the wavelength at which a substance to be analysed had its maximum absorbance and thereby determine the concentration of an unknown solution.

As part of an after-school session, some Year 10 pupils were also able to use the technique of infrared spectroscopy in a mock murder investigation.  The students successfully used the spectra they recorded from some known compounds to identify which chemical was used in a ‘crime scene’.

Dr Ovens, Lead Chemistry Teacher, also enjoyed the afternoon.  “Many students had their questions answered by the ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ team and it was an eye-opening experience for us all.”




Matilda Performance at the Neeld Hall
Last night David and Amabel Schoeman took part in a performance of Matilda the Musical, in the Neeld Hall, Chippenham, presented by the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Group. David played the role of Mike Wormwood and Amabel delivered an excellent performance in the lead role as Matilda!  Mr Schoeman

 Hardenhuish in the Press

Ash Dickinson Workshops – https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/17536959.chippenham-students-discover-the-beauty-of-words-within-the-horrors-of-war/

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 23 April 2019

Monday 22 April – BANK HOLIDAY

Tuesday 23 April


Wednesday 24 March

Year 13 & Year 8 Tutor meetings – from 3.30 pm