This is the last Headlines of this academic year and I would like to begin by thanking you for your support. It has been a joy to speak to all the young people in assemblies over the last couple of weeks and congratulate them on the progress they have made this year and your encouragement and care behind the scenes has played a large part in this.
I would also like to thank my colleagues who go above and beyond every day to ensure that our young people are inspired and supported to be their best.
I would like to thank our Governors for giving so generously of their time to support our school and for all they do to ensure that we maintain or high standards. The Governors have written a review of their work this year which can be found here.
Thank you to everyone who sponsored our team in the recent River Run. The fundraising target of £1500 was met and along with £3000 donated by the Hardenhuish Educational Trust, four new water fountains will be installed across the site in the near future.
Thank you also to those who have so generously supported our cake sale for Clic Sargent and our “Wear Red for Ellie” this week.
A few reminders in advance of the new school year. If you are collecting or dropping pupils for activities and trips, please could you do this from the road or the Hardenhuish site. Please could parents also avoid parking in Old Hardenhuish Lane at the end of the day. The area has double yellow lines to ensure the safety of our young people and although I appreciate the drop-off zone gets very busy, I am keen that we avoid a serious accident/incident.
If you are buying uniform over the summer, particularly skirts, please ensure that these meet our uniform expectations (longer than finger-tip length).
I hope that you enjoy reading about all of the successes and events below. I wish our Year 10 and 12 young people a successful work experience, the rest of the school enjoyable activities days and wish you a restful summer.
I look forward to continuing to work with you in September.
Congratulations to our Equestrian Team who were presented with their rosettes from recent competition this week. Their success means that they have qualified for a further competition later this year.
Congratulations to Joshua Bailey of Year 7 who travelled down to Exeter last Sunday to take part in a Bronze level junior squash tournament. He played 4 matches, winning 3 of them against experienced and challenging opponents to become the overall runner up in the Boys Under 13 age category.
Josh plays squash at the Lansdown club in Bath and represents Wiltshire at county level.
Well done Josh!
Here is a round-up of the winners and record breakers of the day.
As this is the last Headlines of the term (and the year), here is the latest news from Rupert.
Year 12 Visit to Hampton Court
The Year 12 visit to Hampton Court this year was a wonderful experience. The visit entailed a guided tour of the site by Mr Arkinstall, where students were given a close look at the changing nature of Thomas Wolsey and later Henry VIII’s grand palace. Students were then working together to explore the different rooms including the royal chapel, kitchens, great hall, private chambers of Wolsey (some of the oldest parts of the palace), as well as the Georgian suites, which were used to entertain dignitaries and ambassadors.
One added challenge this year was to take ten photos as a team to show the different parts of the Tudor palace. The golden prize was to catch a costumed interpreter and have a photograph with them. Most teams were hugely successful in this endeavour.
Standing in the Court Yard one final time before we came home, gave our students an opportune moment to reflect upon the scale of Henry’s realm and the power that Tudor monarchs wielded, allowing our students to jump out of the classroom and the textbook and to really see the grandeur of such a famous monarch.
Year 7 Girls Crowned County Athletics Champions
As a result of winning the District Athletics Super 8s earlier this term, our Year 7 Girls Athletics Squad travelled to Marlborough College on Wednesday to compete in the Level 3 Wiltshire and Swindon County School Games.
It was a fantastic day which started with the GB Long Jumper Feron Sayers leading the opening ceremony. In the morning the girls got to make the most of the athletes’ village, trying out a range of activities including the climbing wall, circus skills, mini tramps and inflatable penalty shoot-out.
In the afternoon, they headed to the track to get warmed up for their events. The Super 8s is a team competition which involves each athlete competing in 3 events, a track, a field and the relay. All the points are calculated on the times and distances for events and so literally every centimetre and second make a difference to the final results. The girls performed incredibly well and supported and cheered each other on throughout the afternoon; a number of the England Athletics officials commented on their outstanding performances.
Competing in the very hot weather was a challenge but they did not let it affect their performances and many PBs were broken. The results were in and David Hemery (400m hurdles Olympic gold medal winner in 1968) presented the medals. The girls were ecstatic to be crowned County Champions a fantastic end to a fantastic year of sport! Mrs Place and the PE department are very proud of you girls – well done.
On Thursday 27 June, we had a fantastic evening outside on the Flag Field for the Summer Concert. The evening was filled with great musical performances from Clarinet and Saxophone group, Orchestra, Flute Group, Brass Group, String Ensemble, Choir, the Year 7 Ukulele Group and the Year 10 Band as well as the debut performance from the fabulous Staff Choir. it was a lovely atmosphere, outside in the sun with some of the audience enjoying a picnic and ice creams whilst listening to our talented pupils.
Well done from the Music Department to all who performed and thank you for all your hard work over the year.
This week saw the first ‘Sprouts Club’ session with six Year 7 pupils taking part in a scones masterclass.
Sessions are aimed at Year 7 and Year 8 pupils. The next masterclass will take place in September.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 15 July 2019
Monday 15 July
Year 10 & Year 12 WEX
Wednesday 17 July
New Year 7 & Year 12 Induction Day – No other pupils in school
Thursday 18 July
Years 7 – 9 Activities
Friday 19 July
Years 7 – 9 Activities