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Hardenhuish Headlines

Hardenhuish Headlines

It was an absolute privilege to share in the celebrations of a past and current student who were invested as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants Cadets on Monday evening.

Congratulations to Tobin and Alex and I wish them well with their duties during the year.

A big thank you to Dr Roz Sandwell who has very kindly donated a hand-built 3D printer and industry standard microscope this week. An ex-student, Dr Sandwell was pleased to be able to contribute to the learning of others through her very generous donation.

I am also grateful to Sandie Webb who has donated two copies of Town United, Chippenham and its football club to our Resources Centre.

A reminder that is the Hardenhuish Bake-Off on Monday with a cake sale to follow on Tuesday raising funds for our school charity for this year (Riding for the Disabled) – good luck with your baking over the weekend!

The provisional Progress 8 was shared with us yesterday and I am pleased to announce that this is positive again.  Another opportunity to say well done to the young people who worked so hard to achieve their fantastic GCSE results. I look forward to celebrating with them at the Year 11 Awards next term.

There will not be a Headlines next week as we finish for the October break on Wednesday.

I wish you a restful break.

Lisa Percy

News Items

U13 Girls’ Football vs Kingsbury Green Academy

This was the girls’ first match playing together and it was against a strong Kingsbury team.

They started well and put in some excellent tackles trying to keep them at bay. Erin R and Gabi F worked well together as our new defence partnership, making sure they were marking their forwards out of the game.  A few loose passes and they were able to score.  Tilly R and Madeleine W kept the backline strong and stop shots as much as possible! Emily F was fantastic in goal and really produced some great saves and a good kicking game-A well-deserved player of the match!

Holly E and Aila L-W worked hard to try and get a foothold in the midfield getting blocks in and chasing players down. Claire M and Sophie D worked hard together in the second half and began to create some 1,2s which gave Sophie and Claire both an opportunity to put Huish on the scoreboard but, unfortunately, Claire’s strike was just wide and Sophie couldn’t quite make a good connection.

Hope M, Ottie B and Lucy P kept their heads up and kept battling right to the final whistle which was great to see a very good team spirit in the face of a loss!

U13 Netball Tournament

The girls were all set for their Area Tournament and they had been practicing hard and working on their skills set for several weeks. Here is a quick summary of the tournament for each team.:

The A team had a very tough order of play with playing five 14-minute games back to back with no break, but they started strongly and were able to create some good shooting opportunities which Paige L and Hollie A were able to convert. At times, we were sloppy in possession, but Phoenix H, Darcie S and Izzy L worked tirelessly through the midcourt to try and gain possession back which helped through the games. Naomi R used her tactical knowledge and was able to hold her positions in most games and then use her speed to try and drive forward for the ball which was successful throughout the afternoon.  Tasha W, Erin K and Tilly R intercepted shots and broke down the play throughout the afternoon. The pressure that was applied in the circle was fantastic with girls using their height and reach to good effect. The girls began to tire towards the end of the tournament, but they worked hard throughout the tournament. Overall, they had a good afternoon of netball and were quick to reflect on how possession is key when playing tournament netball! The scores were:

Kingsbury Green 4-2 Hardenhuish MVP-Tilly R

Hardenhuish 10-6 Malmesbury MVP-Naomi R

Lavington 6-4 Hardenhuish MVP-Tasha W

Devizes 1-9 Hardenhuish MVP-Phoenix H

Abbeyfield 7-8 Hardenhuish MVP-Naomi R

Sheldon 4-2 Hardenhuish School MVP-Tasha W

The B team had a very busy tournament, playing 7 games of 14 minutes back to back. The girls started strong, with the ball being moved with strong flat passes from Katelyn I in Centre down the court with the help of the other mid court players, Lola P-J, Issy P and Amelia C. Some inaccurate passes were made at times, but the ball was then intercepted by the defence, Taylor H, Tilly W and Ella E, who used their knowledge to sit back and watch the play unfold and then successfully intercept before the ball was in the opposition’s goal circle. Our shooters, Charlotte H and Lily, worked amazingly together using the space in the goal circle to maximise their chance of receiving the pass from the mid court players, and passing the ball in and out allowed them to get closer to the net and score.  In some matches they scored 10 goals in 14 minutes! Overall the girls had an amazing tournament, working together as a team, communicating and supporting each other and using everything they have learnt in training to win 6 out of 7 of their matches and coming second in the B team tournament.

Kingsbury Green 0-8 Hardenhuish

Malmesbury C 0-10 Hardenhuish

Lavington 2-0 Hardenhuish

Devizes 2-4 Hardenhuish

Sheldon 2-5 Hardenhuish

Corsham 1-6 Hardenhuish

Malmesbury B 3-6 Hardenhuish MVP-Amelia Chalk








Erin Foley, Year 10

Erin currently plays for Bristol City Women U16.  She was recently nominated by Wiltshire Schools FA to represent the county in the South West trials for the England Schools International U15 squad. This was held in Clifton last Sunday with all of the SW counties being represented. Erin received an email to say that she has been successful in this and has now been selected to represent the South West in the next stage. This will be against the South East on 10 November.  From this, a Southern squad will be selected, and they will play the Northern squad on 15 December. Following on from this, the official squad will be selected for the International Schools’ Girls U15 team.

We wish Erin the very best of luck!


Sprouts Workshop

Last Thursday saw another after school pop up Sprouts workshop with KS3 and Mrs Nash.

Enthusiastic students learnt the art of making shortbread and then decorated into spooky shapes and designs to celebrate the forthcoming Halloween.

There will be another Sprouts session next term with a Christmas theme so look out as for when.


As part of our continued commitment to wellbeing at Hardenhuish School, we have been working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This award will help shape our wellbeing provision and will ensure that mental health and wellbeing continue to sit at the forefront of all aspects of school life. The award recognises the extensive provision we currently have in place to support with mental health and wellbeing as well as helping to ensure that emotional wellbeing and mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all. It will help us to commit to a clear strategy that not only promotes and protects emotional wellbeing, but ensures systems and external partnerships are in place to support different types of mental health needs.

To help us achieve this award we would like to hear the voice of all members of our school community. Please could you spare a few minutes to share your opinions with us using the link below. It will only take a few minutes and your responses will allow us to focus our attention from a parent point of view.



Microsoft Future Decoded – Harry Holmvall

I had an amazing time, where I listened to Tim Peake and Helen Sharman, two of our British astronauts.  I also tried Microsoft Hololens, where I interacted with an augmented world, by simply pointing my finger in the air.  It was epic!







Arts Society Lecture

On Tuesday 8th October we hosted our annual Arts Society sponsored Lecture – this year we welcomed visiting speaker Lynne Gibson to talk about ‘How to Look at Art’. The Arts Society provided some fantastic refreshments and we welcomed GCSE and A Level students and staff from Melksham Oak, St Mary’s Calne, Bradon Forest and RWB Academy. The talk focused on historical and contemporary works of Art and gave students a real insight into how to analyse and appreciate Art created in a range of media. Huge thanks to Lynne and the Arts Society for giving our students this brilliant opportunity.

An Evening with Martin Parr

Photography A Level students travelled across to the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham on Thursday 10th October to hear internationally renowned photographer Martin Parr discuss his work and career. Students and staff were engaged and entertained – a fantastic opportunity right on our doorstep.


What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 21 October 2019


Monday 21 October

Year 11 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Years 11, 12 & 13 Drama – Cyrano – Bristol Old Vic

Tuesday 22 October

Year 10 Tutor Evening – Appointments from 3.45 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Wednesday 23 October