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It has been a lovely week of events this week.

The Year 11 and 13 Proms enabled our young people to celebrate their time at Hardenhuish with each other and their teachers. The sun shone, everyone looked wonderful and enjoyed their evenings. Thank you to the parents who have supported them (and us!) throughout.

Our successful streak continues in various sports which you will see from the articles below.

It has also been busy week for the arts with Arts week culminating in the amazing Art Exhibition last night, the Key Stage 4 doing themselves (and Miss George) proud at the Great British Dance Off final and our musicians playing to a packed flag pole field at the Summer Concert last night.

Well done and thank you to all of our young people for the time they put in to their extra-curricular activities which contribute to making Hardenhuish such a vibrant and positive place to work and learn.

I am looking forward to continuing this positive end to the year with Year 8 and 10 celebrating success assemblies next Wednesday and welcoming prospective pupils and their parents to Open Evening on Thursday.

Any support you can give to our River Runners next Wednesday will be gratefully received either by sponsoring the team https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/friendsofhardenhuishriverrun or by sending in cakes for us to sell on our refreshment stall.

A reminder that it is TD Day on Monday and pupils will also not be in school on Wednesday 17th July due to Year 7 and 12 Induction prior to our Activities Days to end the term.

Lisa Percy


News Items

Three Counties Show Report by Isabel Kimber

On Friday 16 June my mum, dad, older brother, Josh, younger brother, Richard, and I went to the Three Counties Show with a bull called Highness and a cow called Ellie.  They are both of a breed called Simmental.

Highness won his class and went on to become Male Champion.  Ellie also won her cow class but did not manage to scoop the overall female champion, which she did at the Royal Bath and West Show!!

To get the cattle ready for showing was mine, Josh’s and Richard’s job.  Firstly, we wash the cattle with water and special coconut livestock shampoo.  Next, we blow dry them with a ‘cow dryer’ then we “soap them up” which means we rub a handful of special cow soap downwards on the hair, then brush it upwards with a slicker comb. Once that is done on both sides, we back brush the tail hair to make it more like a ball of fluff to make the backend more rounded.

To go out showing, we put a smart leather halter/head collar on and make them look as if they’d be smart enough to go to dinner with!

We put white show coats on, straighten our ties, collect up our show stick (which we use to place the animal’s feet in the correct position to stand square), and off we go into the show ring!






Hardenhuish Equestrian Team Continue Winning Streak!

After the recent success of our senior event team riders, Harriet Cole, Lowenna Harvey and Ashley Davey at Stonar, last Saturday, it was time for the juniors!

Two teams entered Arena Eventing at West Wilts Equestrian Centre in Holt , kindly hosted by St Mary’s , Calne.  Arena eventing consists of a course of show jumps followed by cross country fences for which there is an optimum time.  There is also a mark awarded for style and this was judged by three times Olympic gold medal winner, Matt Ryan.

The team, consisting of Amelia Niker, Abigail Wood, Claudia Griffin and Darcy Selman, achieved first team place gaining championship qualification for Addington and Keysoe. Darcy was also first individually with Claudia 7th and Amelia 8th.  All the girls rode with great determination and demonstrated good horsemanship and competitive spirit.

The senior team comprising of Lowenna Harvey, Xavier Abbots and Kate Selman were third and qualified for the championships at Keysoe.  Lowenna and Kate have done particularly well juggling their competitions and training around their exams and revision.

What an amazing success and achievement for all involved. Congratulations!






Hardenhuish Dance Company perform at National Dance Finals

Our KS4/5 Dance company travelled to Cheltenham on Tuesday to perform at the finals of The Great Big Dance Off. The girls gained their place to represent the South West after placing second in April at the regional heats in Bath.

The dance they performed, The Doomsday Clock, is about the likelihood of a man made global catastrophe due to the effect that scientific and technological advances are having on our planet.

The girls’ performance was outstanding and their commitment to rehearsals, even at weekends, really paid off.

This is the third consecutive year that Hardenhuish have reached the National finals which in itself is a huge achievement… Well done girls!






F.A.F Athletics Event, Sunday 30th June.

From the organisers of the May Mile™ comes Field Athletics Fest (F.A.F. Giving it a Go!™) for children aged 7-14.

To be held on Sunday 9 July, on the Sports Field at Sheldon School, F.A.F will engage OVER 100 children in throwing the Vortex, Long Jumping into a proper sand pit and Sprinting either 75m or 100m depending on age.

Turn up and register at 10am on the day £4 per person

More detail can be found here: https://www.fafathletics.co.uk/about/

Class of 2014 Year 11 Prom

Hardenhuish School’s Class of 2014 Year 11 Prom this year was held on Monday at Grittleton House.

With fingers crossed that the predicted rain would hold off, the atmosphere was fantastic as the glamourous 226 pupils arrived, coming down the drive in all manner of vehicles, from a vintage police car to a modern Tesla, a fleet of RAC vans and even a tractor!  Pupils were watched by proud family and friends who lined the driveway and took photographs.

Many members of staff joined the pupils for the occasion which began with a two-course meal on tables decorated in silver and white, with everyone receiving a personalised Love Hearts.  The meal was followed by a raffle, photo booth, a disco and finally an all-you-can-eat ice cream van, which was a hit with pupils and staff alike!

Year 11 Learning Manager, Mrs Becky Parry-Jones said ’The evening was a fantastic celebration of the pupils’ last five years at Hardenhuish and we are looking forward to sharing their well-deserved success on results day in August’.  Mrs Sarah Loft, Year 11 Pastoral Manager added “We are so proud of the year group, they looked fantastic and behaved impeccably and enjoyed themselves on the evening.”

A lot of hard work went into bringing together such an event, but it was certainly the send-off that the Class of 2014 truly deserved!











Follow-On Round – Junior Maths Challenge

Following their high scores in the Junior Maths Challenge at the end of April, two pupils were invited to sit a follow-on round paper called the Kangaroo contest.  The name of the paper sounds strange but recognises that Kangourou sans Frontieres, the organisation that sets the paper, was inspired by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

Year 8 pupils, Matthew Macallister and Amy Rushowski White sat the hour-long multiple-choice paper that presented difficult mathematical conundrums on 11 June.  Both pupils performed brilliantly in the paper and will receive a Certificate of Merit, as they were in the top 25% of entrants.

Congratulations go to all four pupils for their excellent efforts.

Year 7 Girls District Rounders Champions and Runners-Up

The sun finally returned on Wednesday afternoon just in time for the Year 7 District Rounders Tournament to get started.

Six local schools went head to head in a round robin tournament with Hardenhuish being the only school to enter both A and B teams.  Our teams were feeling confident as they have had a great season so far.

The A Team started off a little nervy but settled very quickly with stumpings and catches being taken. As the tournament progressed, we settled and started taking our chances with rounders being stolen by Lily R and Jossie C.  The fielding improved throughout the game with a fantastic split-legged catch by Tia H and a catch on the run by Phoenix H.  Throughout all the excitement, Darcy S kept her composure and stumped several players out at second base.  Madeleine W played well at back stop and linked up with Tilly W as bowler to keep scoring at a minimum as well. Eloise A-M and Sophie D were consistent with the bat and ball picking up the 1/2 rounders when needed.

The B Team started off strong, setting the standard from the off.  The girls knew what they had to do in the field with fast reactions to stop the ball going deep and any rounders being scored.  The quick decision making of Elysia in deep feeding to Naomi on second prevented John Bentley from scoring off the first 9 balls.  Lucy P perfected her accuracy and speed of her bowling technique which fed straight into the sharp hands of Issy L as backstop.  Alannah had a powerful, long throw from the deep which linked in with Lucy W.  After 18 balls it was our turn to bat, Issy A, Emma S and Katie had some fantastic hits which the opposition were unable to block resulting in rounders being scored. Amabel came on as reserve and was quick to back up on second post.

It was a fantastic afternoon of rounders, the B team had 4 great wins against Sheldon A, Malmesbury A, John Bentley A, Devizes A and lost narrowly to St Johns and Hardenhuish A.  The A Team were crowned Year 7 District Rounders Champions remaining unbeaten throughout the entire tournament and an unbeaten season! The B Team were equally as proud finishing runners-up. To finish first and second in the District is an unbelievable achievement and a testament to the depth and strength of talent that we have in Year 7. What an end to the season, we are looking forward to starting back in September with fixtures in football, netball and rugby.

Well done girls – the PE Faculty are very proud.






Aquathlon Success for Amelia

Congratulations to Amelia Chalk in Year 7 for her fantastic performance in an Aquathlon at St Mary’s School on Wednesday.  Amelia is known for her speed on the track but this was her first time competing in an Aqathlon, which makes her win by over 2 minutes against the Dauntsey girls even more impressive.

She had a brilliant 250m swim followed by a strong 2km run. Another gold medal to add to Amelia’s trophy cabinet, she is looking forward to taking part in a few more this season!

Well done Amelia from all of the PE Faculty.






Year 8 Rounders Tournament

The Year 8 Area tournament was an exciting event with some fantastic performances and close games.

Our B team once again took on the challenge of playing A teams and put lots of effort into their matches. They managed to score some excellent rounders and learnt quickly from any fielding mistakes to improve in the next game. Katie E put lots of effort into her bowling and there was some confident play from Kat E on second post. There was lots of enthusiasm and Mrs Barton was really pleased with the resilience shown by the girls involved.

The A team won their first match with some fantastic hits, however also made some errors by running themselves out!  They made this the priority moving into their next games and after a further win and draw, managed to progress to the semi-finals. This was against tough opposition from Devizes School and our girls gave everything they had, unfortunately not scoring quite enough rounders to move to the final, but still coming a respectable joint third.

It was a good all-round team effort with some especially effective fielding from Jasmine K on 4th post with Emily S, Lily L and Freya N preventing lots of rounders with some excellent fielding.

Well done to all the girls involved – it’s been a pleasure to take you to fixtures this year. You have done Huish proud!

What’s On Information

Week Beginning 1 July 2019

Monday 1 July
TD Day

Wednesday 3 July
Y12 Further Maths Trip – Bath University
U15 Girls Softball Cricket – Swindon

Thursday 4 July
Open Evening

Saturday/Sunday 6/7 July
D of E Assessment Week – Group B