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Our priority this week has been to raise awareness of mental health through our well attended PIAG on Tuesday evening and the various activities which celebrated #Hello Yellow day yesterday.

Please see the PIAG presentations on the website if you were unable to attend and thank you for your support in raising £145 for Young Minds. 

We have also welcomed more prospective parents making their decision of Secondary School for September 2020, Governors from Huish Episcopi School in Somerset who we are working with to share good practice, and Michelle Donelan, our MP and newly appointed Minister for Education to discuss the school funding situation. 

Lisa Percy 



News Items

U16 Girls’ Football v Chipping Sodbury

Unfortunately, due to illness, we were a player down before the start of the match, however this didn’t stop the high spirits of the Huish team! The girls swiftly organised themselves into formation and got stuck in against a tough Chipping Sodbury opposition.

The defence worked tirelessly to keep up their attack, including one of the strikers from Chipping Sodbury who plays for England! Pixi NM helped to move the ball up the field and Amelie L showed great determination in taking on the opposition. The midfield linked brilliantly with Alice C battling hard on the wing.

Despite all the energy shown by the girls by half time we were 3-0 down. They tried hard to push back in the second half, despite further goals being scored by Chipping Sodbury, and managed to score a goal in the final minutes of the game – a great strike by Scarlett Coleman. Special mention needs to go to Lily Powell, who managed to save an incredible number of goals throughout the match!

Great team effort girls!

U14 Netball Tournament

On Wednesday 2nd October Hardenhuish hosted the annual Area Netball Tournament for all of the local schools.

The A team had their first match against Sheldon and quickly pulled into the lead.  Sheldon started to pull back however our girls held on and secured a win for their first game! Malmesbury were up next and, having beat us in last year’s tournament, we knew they would be tough opposition. However, the Huish girls stepped up to the challenge and played a great game, comfortably winning the match 10-5.

The third match was against Stonar who played some fluent netball, which just edged us out in the scoring. The last match was against a very strong St Mary’s team, who pulled into the lead. In the second half we decided to ‘go wild!’ and mix up the positions! This resulted in a last-minute goal from Holly P, who normally plays mid-court!

Overall, the girls’ play was incredibly impressive; Amber T, Maddie, Hannah and Holly linked brilliantly in the centre court. Poppy and Lily worked relentlessly in defence making some fantastic interceptions. Freya and Emily were exceptional in the D, with sharp movement and amazing accuracy! The final result was a well-deserved third place for Hardenhuish!

The B Team had a tough afternoon as they had to play six games back-to-back with no break in between.  However, the girls played really well even though they got tired which was not surprising.

They were up first against Sheldon and quickly went into the lead with some excellent mid-court play with Izzy W and Megan F.  As the game went on, the girls struggled to keep pace and unfortunately lost that game

The next game against St Mary’s C was a strong game and the girls defended so well with Maisie R and Lily L working tirelessly in the defending third to stop the goals. The girls kept their heads high regardless of the result.  Then they were onto Abbeyfield and the girls showed some excellent fluent netball with Kelsi L and Ella S linking well together. The girls managed to draw this game.

At this point in the competition the girls were getting tired and we were able to rotate our players with Olivia S, Molly W and Immie S coming in to play against Corsham.  The girls played well but the lead just slipped away from them in this game with the Corsham shooters not missing even though Beth M and Maisie R tried everything to stop them!  The girls worked hard through their last three games but, unfortunately, tiredness got the better of them.  Great effort girls; onwards and upwards!

Dr Anna Whitelock Lecture

Students from both Year 12 and 13 History classes attended an after-school lecture at St Mary’s School in Calne last Tuesday, to hear the wonderful Dr Anna Whitelock speak on the topic of Mary I. She was an excellent speaker and her talk will be of huge benefit for those who attended. Her approachable manner made this an excellent first lecture for our students to appreciate what university may be like.






Digital Technology Schools Challenge

On Thursday 3rd October, Hardenhuish School hosted the first Digital Technology Schools Challenge organised and run by the Military of Defence.

Thirty Hardenhuish and Abbeyfield pupils worked incredibly hard to solve a range of problem-solving challenges including ‘cracking the enigma machine’, unscrambling cryptography messages and even having to break out of an ‘escape room’ using their cyber security and team working abilities.

A team of Year 9 Hardenhuish pupils were crowned the winners of the day and were awarded with a trophy to mark their achievement. Hardenhuish School are incredibly thankful to the MOD for putting together such an exciting and engaging event for the local schools and look forward to taking part in the event again in the future.








Chris Peterson awarding Bill, Oliver, Koyla, Amy, Matthew and Adam with the award.

U15 Girls’ Football

The first round of the English Schools’ Cup put us up against St Katherines of Bristol and, with a very quick start, our girls were 3 goals up in under 5 minutes.  Hardenhuish enjoyed most of the possession and shots in this game with the score line reflecting this.  The final result was Hardenhuish 10, St Katherines 2.  The goal scorers were Erin 4, Scarlett 4, Alice 1, Maddie, 1.  We wish the girls the best of luck in the next round!

Year 7 and 8 Triangular Tournament vs Malmesbury and Corsham

Our U13’s netball campaign has started, and the pupils were able to play two matches in one evening! The girls all rose to the challenge and all four teams remained undefeated throughout the evening. What was great was to see the skills the girls have been learning at training and in lessons on display and being used effectively.

With lots of excitement (and a few nerves!) some of our Year 7 pupils boarded the bus ready for their first netball fixture against Corsham and Malmesbury. The A team started strongly, with the mid-court players linking effectively with our shooters, who scored some fantastic goals. The team went from strength to strength and played with a confidence which was impressive to see. The B team quickly found their feet in their first game and became more confident in their shooting as the matches progressed. The defence played with great energy and their assertiveness prevented quite a few attacking runs from the opposition.

It was lovely to see all of our new pupils in action! Although some of them have only just met each other, they were already working as a team and showing that enthusiasm and work ethic that we are lucky enough to associate with our Huish students. The whole squad have a lot of potential; it looks like we have an exciting netball season ahead!


7A v Malmesbury 6-0 Win

7B v Malmesbury 3-0 Win

7A v Corsham 14-0 Win

7B v Corsham 2-0 Win

Yr8a vs Malmesbury 6-2

Yr8b vs Malmesbury 2-0

Yr8a vs Corsham 5-5

Yr8b vs Corsham 2-1








New Library Additions

Things have returned to normal in the Resource Centre this week with lessons back underway following the Liddington residential and lots of new books being added and now available for borrowing. These include several of the most highly anticipated novels of the year:

‘The Places I’ve Cried In Public’ by Holly Bourne

‘Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip’ by Liz Pichon

‘Trials Of Apollo: The Tyrant’s Tomb’ by Rick Riordan

‘Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times’ by Cressida Cowell

‘The Girl Who Speaks Bear’ by Sophie Anderson

‘The Star Outside My Window’ by Onjali Q Rauf

The 2020 edition of ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not’ is also now available, along with non-fiction titles looking at Greta Thunberg, plastic waste and influential black icons from around the world. Before the end of term 1, there will also be a bumper haul of new manga added – keep a look out for these very soon!

It was great to attend Tuesday’s Mental Health PIAG to showcase some of the books that we have available covering issues like stress, eating disorders, self-esteem and depression. These books range from factual advice and inspiring autobiographies to novels based around the issue. If any of our Shelf Help books caught the eye on the night, or you are interested in finding out what titles we stock, please see Mr Southwood over the coming weeks.










World Mental Health Day 2019 #HelloYellow

The pupils, sixth form students and staff at Hardenhuish all took part in World Mental Health Day by wearing yellow to raise the awareness of the importance of mental health and show support for @YoungMinds #HelloYellow day. The lower school pupils accessorised their uniforms with a subtle splash of colour, while the staff and sixth form students wore yellow clothes; we even had a banana costume and a Pikachu too!

Throughout the week Year 13 Student Leadership Team members Matt P, Arthur M and Aaron H, together with lower school pupils George K and Becca C, have delivered ‘We all have Mental Health’ assemblies, where the messages of self-care as well as support options have been shared. On Tuesday we held our first Mental Health Parents’ Information Advice and Guidance evening, which was supported by CAMHS, Kooth, Virgin Care, Time to Change, The Anna Freud Centre and Wiltshire Mind. The main #HelloYellow event was held on Thursday lunchtime with a yummy yellow cake sale and fun photo booth where the pupils, staff and students all chose fun yellow props to wear and have photos taken with their friends. All proceeds will be donated to YoungMinds.









What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 14 October 2019

Monday 14 October

Year 10 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Thursday 17 October

Year 7 Tutor Evening – appointments from 3.45 pm – Peter Thompson Hall