Welcome back to Term 5!
This week has already been very busy from many perspectives as I am expecting the rest of the term to be.
Congratulations to our Key Stage 4/5 Dancers who made it through to the National Great British Dance Off Final earlier this week and our Gymnasts who did a fantastic job at the Level 3 Competition at Melksham.
I hope our intrepid D of E teams have a good practice weekend and the weather is kind to them!
Hardenhuish Culture Fair
On the Wednesday before the Easter holidays, pupils and students from all years took part in the very first Hardenhuish Culture Fair. This involved 13 impressive stalls, each presenting a culture’s unique food, traditions and customs. The students and teachers involved spent over a month researching and delving into their chosen cultures, and spent their lunchtimes talking to and educating their peers about the wider world. Some interesting stalls to note were Maxwell Costello’s stall handing out Chinese red envelopes, and Mr Wiggall serving edible bugs from Cambodia! It was great to see so many pupils and students come along to the fair and take such an interest in other cultures.
During the final week of Term 4, pupils and staff at Hardenhuish School took part in a variety of events as part of RESPECT week. On Monday, Mr Woollin met with a number of pupils and students from Year 10 and the Sixth Form to consider the how males are portrayed in the media and to discuss whether the #metoo movement has been guilty of stereotyping all males in a negative way. All those present contributed to a lively debate and a range of views were communicated in a way that was in keeping with the respect agenda, with all listening to other viewpoints and acknowledging the variety of opinions on the subject.
On Wednesday, Annika and Kate (two Year 13 students from the Student Leadership Team) organised and led a superb culture fair along with a number of pupils, students and staff. The fair took place at lunchtime with over 15 stalls throughout the hall, each one representing the culture, food, music and customs of different countries throughout the world. The event was well attended by pupils and students and a fantastic opportunity to gain global experience for all.
Throughout the week, there were a series of assemblies to mark the week and encourage pupils and students to be kind by common decency in the BIG and the small, taking on random acts of kindness, celebrating difference, acting without prejudice and being confident to challenge unkindness. We took inspiration from Nelson Mandela and International Rugby. The most powerful message came from a speech from the New Zealand prime minister in Christchurch who found the words to move forwards with respect. In addition, we were also very grateful to host the Chippenham Commemorative Tapestry to mark 100 years since the end of World War 1. During the week, pupils and students were able to gain a close look at the tapestry and learn about Chippenham’s involvement in the First World War.
During tutor time, pupils and students created individual pledges of respect. As the week drew to a close, pupils then worked collaboratively to produce our RESPECT display (see picture below) which is now proudly on display in the ‘To Be’ room. In return for their pledge, all members of the Hardenhuish school community were given an ‘R’ badge to show their support for the week and their commitment to RESPECT for all.
Hardenhuish in the Press
Hardenhuish Literature Festival – https://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/17585974.schools-literature-festival-featured-visits-from-writers-of-young-adult-fiction/
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 29 April 2019
Monday 29 April
Launch of 2019 Ski Trip – 6.30 pm Peter Thompson Hall
Tuesday 30 April
Friends of Hardenhuish meeting – 7 pm Gatcombe room
Wednesday 1 May
Uniform – Jumpers optional until 1 October
Thursday 2 May
Y11 Parent Information Advice and Guidance Meeting – 7pm Peter Thompson Hall