Hardenhuish young people have given me many opportunities to be proud to be their Headteacher this week!
Local Historian Richard Broadbent and our Vice Chair of Governors Kirsty Martin commented on the maturity and engagement of Year 9 who participated in the World War I cross curricular day yesterday.
Hardenhuish hosted the Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board Executive meeting on Wednesday and were extremely complimentary of a presentation given by the Raising Awareness of Mental Health group.
The athletes who represented us at the Area Cross Country were fantastic ambassadors for our school.
The Year 7 Council welcomed young people from sixteen Chippenham primary schools for the Chippenham Children and Young People’s Parliament and asked our MP Michelle Donelan some probing questions.
I had the pleasure of speaking to many of our Year 13 about their Extended Project Qualification. They have learnt a lot from the process and it was amazing to listen to them talking about topics which are of specific interest to them.
A huge well done to all the girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 who played in the netball fixture against Corsham last Wednesday. Year 7 won 32-5, Year 8 won 35-5 and Year 9 won 25-2. All of the girls played really well and showed great sportsmanship throughout.
Trip to Za Za Bazaar by Mrs Colley
Last Saturday, Year 11 pupils who are studying Food Preparation and Nutrition and Hospitality and Catering visited Za Za Bazaar in Bristol.
This was one of the most enjoyable visits we have undertaken, as it was delightful to be surrounded by Year 11 pupils who were clearly proactive, enthusiastic and passionate “foodies”.
We travelled by train to Bristol and arrived at Za Za Bazaar in time for lunch. As we climbed the stairs to the restaurant one of the pupils declared that this was “the stairway to food heaven”. Without a shadow of a doubt this was an accurate description of the feast that would follow!
Pupils selected from a multi-cultural banquet that included Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Sushi, Asian, British, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes.
It was fascinating to watch the chefs hard at work and to reflect on this unique style of self-service.
The pupils also considered menu possibilities, including trio style desserts, in preparation for their internally assessed tasks.
The group then walked along the harbour side and watched a stall holder make chocolate using raw cocoa beans. We tasted the chocolate and asked numerous questions.
The most wonderful sight awaited us when we visited St Nicholas market; we were met with stalls selling the most amazing sight of colourful foods. The most impressive was the falafel takeaway bar where the falafel was handcrafted using a third-generation recipe.
Pupils were also amazed by Italian, Michele, who made ice cream rapidly using liquid nitrogen which tasted delicious.
Enormous thanks to Miss Holland for organising the visit.
World Martial Arts Council Games
Congratulations to Darcie Shields who recently competed in the World Martial Arts Council Games where she won two Gold Medals, one in Sparring and one in Patterns.
North Wiltshire Cross Country Championships
The North Wiltshire Cross Country Championships took place on Wednesday in fine running conditions albeit a little soggy under foot. The Hardenhuish team performed very well and ran to their best of their ability producing some fantastic results with minor girls, Isabelle Chappell and Amber Howells, finishing ninth and tenth respectively and junior girl, Rachel Wrench, finishing eleventh.
Congratulations to the following pupils who have secured qualification into the next round:
Asher Jones – 1st
Henri Cotineau -3rd
James Wright – 2nd
Rohan Archer – 3rd
Megan Wright – 2nd
Congratulations to Mallaídh Byrne in Year 10 whose poem “Friends” has been chosen as one of the winning pieces in the “Write On” competition.
On Wednesday, she was presented with her prize by Dr Mariadele Boccardi, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of the West of England, at the Phoenix Theatre New College in Swindon.
War Horse at the Bristol Hippodrome, by Emily Brown (Y 9)
War horse, which 49 Year 9 and 10 drama option pupils went to see onTuesday, was an exhilarating, breathtaking experience that had us laughing and sobbing throughout the whole thing. Our seats in the stalls gave us a great view of the stage which had magical sets that made us feel like we weren’t in a theatre but back on a farm in the 1900s.
The play is a story of friendship and bonding, but perfectly depicted the brutality of the First World War. It told the tale of a young boy, Albert, and his drunken father who buys a horse on a whim. Albert forms a special bond with this horse, Joey, and, when they are separated, we felt the same way as Albert; losing a special friend.
We see Albert take on the journey of faking his age and joining the brutal war to find Joey. Everything down to the acting, costumes and sets showed the cruel reality of the First World War. The horses – created by life-size puppets, manipulated by a team of puppeteers were amazingly lifelike, and the moment when they were ridden towards the guns in the trenches was spectacular.
There were also some nice touches of comedy too, including a funny goose puppet that got the biggest applause of the night at the end!
It was altogether an unforgettable experience!
L to R (outside the theatre) : Tobin Hewitt, Lucy Minick, Tegan Hines, Mikaela Zaula, Courtney Strange, Alice Titcomb, Jodie Watson
What’s On Information Week Beginning: 13 November 2017
Wednesday 15 November
Drama – Year 12 & 13 The Tin Drum – Bristol Old Vic 5.30 pm
Thursday 16 November
Year 8 Parent, Pupil Consultation Evening (PPCE) – Appointments from 3.45 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Friday 17 November
Children in Need Day – Non Uniform Day