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There is a real sporting theme to the Headlines this week!

Thanks to a very generous donation last week, we will be refurbishing our climbing wall to enable us to make better use of this to help develop the self-esteem and self-confidence of our young people.

Well done to all young people who have taken part in the 1500m runs this week to gain points for their Tutor Groups for Sports Day today. Hopefully the sun will shine for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon if the performances of our young people in recent athletics competitions described below are anything to go by. Thank you to the PE team and all other staff and Sports Ambassadors for all of their hard work in organising and running the event.

I really enjoyed meeting many of our new Year 7 at the Chippenham Games this week where our Sports Ambassadors also played a crucial role in supporting our future pupils.

Leading on from this, the Hardenhuish staff would like to challenge parents to form a team and take them on in the Chippenham Half Marathon in September. This event has helped us to raise much needed funds (£2000 in the last two years) to enhance opportunities for our young people and some healthy competition could help us raise even more this year.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet with the Carnegie shadow group this week and discuss the shortlist. The article below contains more detail of their activities in the build-up to the favourite book being named as Poet X written by on Tuesday.

I am looking forward to the Year 11 and 13 Proms next week where staff will be able to share in the celebrations of our young people for all they have achieved during their time at Hardenhuish.

On that note a massive thank you to our lovely Year 13 who have left gifts all across the site today thanking departments and individuals for their support. You have been an absolute joy to work with and we wish you every success in the future.

Lisa Percy

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U13 Wiltshire Hardball Cricket Champions

Hardenhuish have been involved in a lot of cricket recently.

This week was the start of hardball competitions hosted at Biddestone cricket club.  Our U13 Boys managed to defeat every single school we played against which made the occasion even better.

The highlight of the day had to be Finn Fielder winning the final game in style with a big six which landed in Mr Hughes’ Allotment!

Well done from a very proud PE department!






Super 8’s Athletics Championships

What a great day at Bath University for our Year 7 Super 8’s Athletics Team. Both teams went with a strong attitude and were determined to make Hardenhuish proud, which they did! The girls’ team were formidable on the day and were able to qualify for the next round in first place and the boys, who showed so much determination, finished the day in fifth place.  The results were as follows:

Hurdles 100m 200m 800m HJ LJ Shot Javelin
LUKE BURGESS 14.6 1.15
WILL FIRTH 16.6 3.20
JAMES DOGGETT 17.91 5.22
THEO ADAINCZUK 17.27 11.07
LENNY OSLER 35.02 3.57
ROB SEDDON 2.51 14.15
DARCY SELMON 2.51 3.35
TIA HARRIS 34.20 10.16
MADELINE WEBB 15.68 4.17
NAOMI REES 32.93 5.02






Year 9 World of Business Trip

On Monday, pupils from Year 9 World of Business attended a trip to Longleat Safari Park. The visit was a culmination of a project the pupils had been completing about managing and marketing the Longleat business. Whilst at Longleat, we attended a fascinating talk by Longleat’s Marketing Team about how the business is promoted, focusing particularly on their use of public relations and online media to generate sales. Pupils had the opportunity to explore the Main Square, go on the Jungle Cruise, and travel around the Safari Park. However, the highlight of the trip was our visit to the brand-new Koala Creek, where we got to meet the park’s newest arrivals!






Friends of Hardenhuish River Run Team

Thank you to all those who have come forward to be part of The Friends of Hardenhuish River Run Team 2019.

On Wednesday 3 July, dozens of our pupils, parents and staff will wear Hardenhuish green and will run either the Chippenham River Run 2km or 5km course to raise money to support the school to purchase a new water fountain for L Centre.

Responding to pupil feedback, the school has been upgrading water fountains across the site to ensure pupils have access to fast flowing, filtered water, which can be used to refill water bottles in less time and with less mess. The school has managed to secure funding for two fountains so far (in E Centre and in S Centre) and now needs the Friends of Hardenhuish’s help to raise the money for a third fountain in L Centre. If we can successfully raise our target, the children will have access to the same top-quality water fountains across the school site.

Please click on this link and sponsor the team and, if you are about in Chippenham on 3 July, please come down to the River Run course and cheer the team on.

We will also have a refreshments stall at the start/finish line to help with the fundraising efforts. Any donations of cakes or biscuits would be gratefully received. Please bring them in to Mr Woollin’s office on the morning of 3 July.

Many thanks for your support.

Year 7 Rounders

The Year 7 girls have continued their successful week, remaining unbeaten at rounders by taking a narrow victory against Sheldon and winning convincingly against Abbeyfield.  We had some fantastic catches and stumping out by Tia H, varied hits by Darcy S, Sophie D and Phoenix H and an excellent display of stealing bases by Lily R. When fielding, Lucy P at backstop was fully focused and helped Tilly W minimise our no balls whilst Jossie C and Naomi R prevented rounders by being ready and chasing down the ball.  It was a good afternoon and a positive way to finish the week and go into our district tournament unbeaten!

Hardenhuish A vs Sheldon – 7-6 rounders.  Most Valued Player – Phoenix H and Jossie C

Hardenhuish A vs Abbeyfield – 9½ – ½ rounders.  Most Valued Player – Phoenix H and Tia H

We are the only school in the local area to field a Year 7 B team and therefore have had the added challenge of playing against all the A teams this season.

Our girls did not let this faze them, especially as their first match was up against Huish 8B, they narrowly lost 9-6 with the Most Valued Player being Holly.  With their focus firmly on the game and the grass finally dry under foot, they took on Abbeyfield A team with a great win 9-5 and the Most Valued Player being Elysia.

Unfortunately, we ran out of time before playing Sheldon A team, but we are looking forward to that match at the Area Tournament next week.  It was a fantastic all-round performance from the whole team (Elysia, Amabel, Holly, Katie, Issy L, Lucy, Amber, Issy A and Emma with, a special mention to Elysia Durrant whose hits were so strong that, at one point, Mrs Place thought she was aiming for the roof of the dome!!

Well done girls on a great season; Mrs Place thinks that your enthusiasm, determination and team spirit is a pleasure to see on and off the pitch!  Good luck for next week.





Year 8 Rounders

Following a rather wet start to the rounders season, our Year 8 girls were excited to be able to take on Sheldon and Abbeyfield in a friendly fixture. We started with Hardenhuish A team against Sheldon.  Both teams played well in a close game, with Huish losing by 1 rounder.

Our B team then took on Sheldon A team and worked hard to score.  Their efforts paid off and they won their match 5½ rounders to 4 ½! There was some excellent play from all, but particular mention needs to go to Maisie M for her fantastic hits, Immie S for her tactical work on second post and Beth M for consistent all-round fielding and batting.

The A team then played Abbeyfield and improved on some of the fielding mistakes they made in their first match. They confidently hit rounder after rounder scoring a huge total of 13 rounders in 27 balls resulting in a convincing win. Again, all played well; Megan Fr was accurate in her bowling, with Jasmine K and Lily S effective on their posts.

Unfortunately, the rain returned before the Huish B team could play Abbeyfield A team which meant that match could not go ahead.

The team spirit and support from the squad was fantastic and this was good preparation for their tournament next week! Well done to all of the girls involved!

Carnegie Book Shadowing

This week saw the exciting culmination of the Year 8 Carnegie Book Shadowing Group’s work with a whole day in the Resources Centre. For the last 3 months, a group of voracious readers from Year 8 have been shadowing the CILIP Carnegie Awards, the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. They have been reading the eight books on the shortlist and meeting weekly to discuss and debate which they thought should win and why. On Tuesday, they spent the day putting together a webpage of reviews (https://carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/grouphomepages/index.php?GroupID=28519), preparing an assembly to present to their year group, and most excitingly, they watched the live streaming of the awards announcement over lunch.

On the whole, they were delighted with the winner, ‘The Poet X’ by Elizabeth Acevedo – an honest, emotional and hard-hitting portrayal of a young woman in Harlem trying to find her voice as a performance poet and, more widely, trying to find her place in the world. But the shortlist also included many more well-received and beautifully crafted stories, which the group would also recommend highly.

Mrs Lucas, who led the group, said “It has been a genuine pleasure and privilege to spend the last few months meeting with this wonderful group of young readers, hearing what they think makes great literature and sharing ideas and opinions with them about this year’s eight shortlisted titles. I am so proud of the work they’ve done as part of this project and I hope they’ll never lose the enthusiasm for reading that I’ve seen from all of them during this project!”






Area Athletics Championships 2019 – Bath University

On Wednesday 12 June, over 90 Hardenhuish athletes travelled to Bath University to compete against the 8 other local secondary schools in the Area Athletics Championships. This is a team event whereby each athlete can only compete in one event.  The relay. Team selection was especially tough this year with so many talented athletes across Years 7-10. Athletes were given points depending on their finishing place in each event, with double points being allocated for the relays. To compete at Bath University on the competition track in itself is a great opportunity.

It was a fantastic day watching all the athletes compete and cheer each other on, the Huish team spirit was flying high!

Everyone should be proud of how they performed that day, as, whether they came first or ninth, their points contributed to the team totals.

Thank you to those who stepped in at the last minute to cover injuries or illness.

Special mention to those who finished in the top 3.  Click below to see these results.

Area Athletics Champs Results

Overall Results

Year 7 girls came 1st, Year 7 boys 4th, overall – 3rd place

Year 8 girls came 2nd Year 8 boys 1st, overall – 1st place

Year 9 girls came 2nd Year 9 boys 2nd, overall – 2nd place

Year 10 girls came 3rd Year 10 boys 2nd, overall – 2nd place

Overall, Hardenhuish finished second out of 9 schools.  Well done to all athletes; we are very proud of how you all performed and behaved throughout the day.

Bring on Sports Day 2019!  Looking at some of the times and distances, we are hoping that some of the records that have stood for nearly 50 years may get broken tomorrow – watch this space for the results next week!







What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 24 June 2019


ART WEEK – please click HERE for further info

Monday 24 June

Year 11 Prom

Tuesday 25 June

Year 12 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – Post 18 Options- Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm

Wednesday 26 June

Year 13 Prom

Canada Rugby Tour information meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm

Thursday 27 June

Art Exhibition – C Centre – 5.30pm-7pm

Summer Concert – 6.30 pm