Open Week has been a fantastic opportunity to show off our wonderful school. The comments from prospective parents have been overwhelmingly positive and many have commented on our calm, hardworking and smart young people. I would like to thank the Year 13 Tour guides and Year 9 lesson guides for giving so generously of their time to talk to our visitors and help them find their way around our beautiful site. I would also like to thank all of the staff who have played a part in making our visitors so welcome.
A list of extra curricular activities for the Autumn term can be found here.
I wish our Year 7 a fun and enjoyable time at Liddington next week and look forward to hearing about their adventures.
Hardenhuish School Eventing team in the Ribbons!
After qualifying in May at the regionals, the girls put their best hooves forward when they took part in the NSEA National Championships at Stonar School on Sunday. Despite there being hot competition with schools from all over England competing, the team comprising of Kate Selman, Lowenna Harvey, Ashley Davey and AmelieLeather.
It was a very soggy morning, but this didn’t dampen the girls’ enthusiasm or spirits. Lowenna Harvey also gained an individual second place after a faultless double clear and a fabulous dressage score. They were cheered on by Harriet Cole who had been in the original qualifying team but sadly couldn’t compete due to horse problems but showed great sportsmanship in cheering the others on.
Kate Selman was thrilled that she did a personal best in the dressage, knocking 10 marks off her previous score.
Congratulations and well done. A fantastic result!
Music Exam Results
Congratulations to the following pupils for passing their Music exams before the Summer holidays.
Aaron Egan – Grade 2 piano
Jean-Benoit Semichon – Grade 7 violin
Paul-Edouard Semichon – Grade 4 piano
Please do keep telling us of any more pupils who have taken exams, but we have not yet published.
Congratulations to Sophie Vaughan who has been selected to play for the Wiltshire County Academy netball squad and is now on the England Netball Performance Pathway.
She undertook six hours of trials in Swindon on 7th September and was one of 20 players to be selected from the 94 Year 7 – 9 girls from across Wiltshire who attended trials on the day. She will now receive specialised coaching and mentoring from England Netball and in her words ‘is living the dream’!
Year 7-9 Girls Cross-Country Race at Beaversbrook
The wet weather has kicked in which can only me one thing…. the start of the Cross-country season!
On a wet Wednesday afternoon, a squad of 16 Year 7,8 and 9 girls travelled to Beaversbrook to compete in a Cross-country race organised by St Mary’s School.
Well done to the Year 7 minor girls who made their debut representing Hardenhuish and all performed brilliantly. The 2,200m course was wet and the long grass made it a particularly demanding course however, they ran with spirit and determination demonstrating that they have great potential in this event.
It was a team event and our team finished in fourth place. The squad included Ella C-G (12th), Esther T (17th) Imogen T (19th), Erin R (20th), Freya T (28th), Ffion B (39th), Sophie H (41st), and Sophia J (46th).
The junior girls’ squad, made up of Year 8 and 9 girls, had the additional challenge of running the longer distance of 2,900m. As the race began, it was pleasing to see so many of the Huish squad in the front pack. Had they gone off too fast, or could they keep up the fast pace that was being set? With 400m to go, we could see five of the girls in green in the top 10. The speed that they developed through the summer athletics season was demonstrated in their powerful sprint to the finish line.
It was a fantastic team performance that resulted in the squad taking first place. Well done to Phoenix H (2nd place), Amelia N (3rd) Polly LB (4th), Amelia C (6th) Darcy S (10th), Annie G (25th), Maisie M (31st) and Maddie W (34th).
What a great start to the Cross-country season! If you would like the opportunity to test out your endurance, put the following dates in your diaries: Monday 21st October for the Hardenhuish Year 7-9 Cross-country race and Wednesday 6th November for the Area Cross–country Championships at Grittleton. We will be choosing the squad of boys and girls from Years 7-13 to represent the school and have the opportunity to be selected for the County Champs. Keep up your training and good luck!
Summer Softball Cricket Round up
In the summer term Hardenhuish students took to the field representing the school in a host of different cricket competitions. Both Under 13 and U15 boys hardball cricket teams were entered into the county cup and performed well in their games with the U15 unfortunately losing out in the T20 county finals played at Biddestone Cricket Club.
The school also entered the ECB’s Chance to Shine softball cricket competitions in all age groups. Both U13 boys and girls teams performed well but unfortunately did make it through to the regional finals. However both U15 boy’s and girls teams won their county competitions and were crowned county champions. The boys progressed to the regional finals played at Bristol Grammar School and after having only lost one game all day found themselves in the third place playoff which they won to finish 3rd overall in the southwest region.
The girls regional event took place in Winchester and again the girls played brilliantly only just losing one game in the group stage. They too found themselves in the 3rd place play also winning for another 3rd place finish in the South West Region.
As a school we are very proud of all the effort of our students over the summer terms and are thankful to our students in enabling us to field cricket teams across all age groups in all the different competitions.
Swimming at Millfield
On Wednesday this week our swimmers travelled to Millfield School to compete in the English Schools Swimming Association Relay Championships. As a school it was our first appearance at this event and which will hopefully now become an annual event. We entered 3 teams into both the freestyle and medley relays. All swimmers on the day performed amazingly well and were rewarded with some brilliant results against very strong opposition. The intermediate girls won both of their heats comfortably while the senior boys came second in their freestyle heat and third in their medley heat. The senior girls also performed amazingly well coming in third in the freestyle heat and first in the medley heat. With the top 12 times from each event making it through to the national finals we will now have to wait to see if we have made it but fingers crossed as based on last years’ times we won’t be too far away!
Congratulations to everyone involved and keep up the training at your local clubs.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 30 September 2019
Monday 30 September
Year 7 Liddington trip (Yellow Band)
Sicily trip meeting – 6.30 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Tuesday 1 October
Year 12/13 The National Apprenticeship Show – Cheltenham
Wednesday 2 October
Year 7 Liddington trip (Green Band)