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Welcome back to Term 2.

The Year 11 have approached their mock exams with huge maturity this week and should be congratulated on their positive attitude.

Enrichment day yesterday enabled our young people to benefit from some fantastic experiences. Year 7 loved Smoothie Day and I was privileged to take part in the tasting and judging. Congratulations to 7JXB for their thoughtful, tasty and well marketed win! Year 8 had an engaging day at the Science Museum, Year 9 learned about World War 1 and Year 10 focused on developing their revision skills. Year 12 visited Reading University and Year 13 met with their tutors to discuss their applications for life after Hardenhuish.

Thank you to all staff for the time, effort and preparation that goes in to making these days such a fantastic success.

Lisa Percy

News Items

Arena Eventing Champs

On Thursday 17 October, Amelia Niker, Darcy Selman, Abigail Wood and Poppy Leather represented Hardenhuish School at the NSEA Championships at Addington for the Arena Eventing Champs.   This was a fantastic venue with a huge amount of competition, and it was probably the most technical and daunting course that these girls had ever faced.

The girls arrived in plenty of time for a warm-up only to be told that they were on next, so it was a big rush but off they went!  The girls and their ponies were fantastic and ended up coming sixth, which was a brilliant achievement for such young riders and all looking so smart in the Hardenhuish team kit.









Hardenhuish Students finish the Wiltshire Athletics Junior Race League in Style

The awards for the 2019 Wiltshire Athletics Association Junior Race League were presented on Saturday 19 October and several Hardenhuish pupils received awards for their achievement across the race season.  A huge well done to everyone who took part; we look forward to watching you compete in the Cross-country season ahead.

Henri Cotineau – 1st Boy overall and winner of the Under 13 Boy category

Travis Archer – winner of Under 15 Boy category

Luc Cotineau – winner of Under 17 Boy category

There were also a number of medal winners, awarded for total points scored over the fixtures:

Luc Cotineau, Henri Cotineau, Alfie Goswell and Selby Archer – Gold

Damaris Des Voeux – Silver

Amelia Niker – Bronze







The Great Hardenhuish Bake Off 2019

On Monday 21st October we held the very first Great Hardenhuish Bake Off!  We had over 40 creative and ambitious entries – judging was difficult but really delicious! Our bakers helped us to raise an amazing £244 for our school charity Riding for the Disabled. The cake sale was incredibly busy, and everyone was impressed by the students’ efforts – thank you to everyone who took part!

Showstopper Category

Star Baker – Elsie Hutton – 7JXB

Runner Up – Poppy Yates – 7SRT

Runner Up – Lily Lowe – 7SRT

Cupcakes Category

Star Baker – Ella Evans – 7ERS

Runner Up – Daisy Dix – 8DQC

Savoury Category

Star Baker: Thomas Mason – 9DJW

Open Category

Star Baker: Elizabeth Slater – 9AAB

Runner Up: Hannah Johnson – 8ACC

Staff Bakers

Star Baker: Abi Fulluck

Runner Up: Ben (and Alfie!) Cobbold



Year 8 Netball Matches vs Sheldon

Team 1 – 11-8 Loss MVP-Phoenix Harding

Team 2 – 7-7 Draw MVP-Lola Parry Jones

Team 3 – 11-8 Win MVP-Madeleine Webb

This was a fantastic set of results from our Year 8 Netballers on the last week on term. All teams were trying out new positions and new set play, working towards the netball season this half term.

Team 1 came up against a very strong Sheldon side, but held their own right up to quarter 3 with the game going goal for goal. Tasha W and Tilly W worked hard in defence and Erin K provided good support play to transition the ball up the court.  The attacking combo of Darcy S, Phoenix H and Izzy L who worked hard throughout the game, moving constantly and driving forward into space. The shooting partnership of Paige L, Naomi R and Hollie A showed precision when needed and took their chances when they could.  Overall, it was a good team performance and great to see potential for the future!

Team 2’s game was a fast and furious affair with the girls producing some great transition play through the midcourt with Katelyn I, Sophie D, Izzy P. The shooting pair, Lily R and Charlotte W, worked their angles excellently to create space; just a bit more confidence needed to shoot from anywhere in the ‘D’.

The defensive end was well managed by Lola P-J, Tilly R, Ella E and Taylor H. They were able to make some well-timed interceptions and blocks when necessary.

Team 3 showed great attacking play throughout the game taking the lead from early on and being able to maintain it. Maya E, Damaris D-V and Lucy P moved quickly around the circle edge to ensure they were able to capitalise on quick movement by Madeleine W, Alice S and Elysia D to create goal scoring opportunities. The defensive work by Ginny H-B, Emily E, Amber V and Izzy A was very strong with them being able to hold their positions and make well-timed interceptions as well as putting pressure on Sheldon’s every shot!

Overall a great afternoon of netball played from both sides!

Hardenhuish Annual Cross-Country Meet 2019

What a fantastic end to Term 1 with the third annual cross country meet between our Key Stage 3 pupils. It was so lovely to see so many pupils participating on our new and extended Cross Country Course.  Congratulations to all who took part and good luck to all the pupils who have been selected from this Meet to represent Hardenhuish at the Area Cross Country in November! Please see the full results below:

Year 7 Boys

1st – Oliver Upton

2nd – Guy Goff

3rd – Toby Stanislaus








Year 7 Girls

1st – Natasha Moyes

2nd – Claire Marshall

3rd – Ella Clark Gleed








Year 8 Boys

1st – Joshua Bailey

2nd – Will Hobin Bucksey

3rd – Will Frith








Year 8 Girls

1st – Phoenix Harding

2nd – Amelia Niker

3rd – Polly La Bouchardiere








Year 9 Boys

1st – Henri Contineau

2nd – Luke Griffin

3rd – Xavier Abbots








Year 9 Girls

1st – Isabelle Chappell

2nd – Lauren Coward

3rd – Annalise Griggs








Hardenhuish and Chippenham Girls Rugby

Congratulations to Lily L, Alexandra V, Shannon S, Lily S, Emily W and Jade M who have been successfully selected for Chippenham Girls Rugby teams over the last season.  All of these girls have attended the Hardenhuish Girls Rugby Club and have developed their skills and love for the game.

The club, which is led by Tim Dunford who is a coach at Chippenham Rugby Club, has been successfully building our school club and we would like to say thank you to Tim and Chippenham Rugby Club to help us build these community links and enable us to provide our girls with so many opportunities!

If you are interested in joining the Girls Rugby club on a Monday afterschool 3:15pm-4:15pm starting 11th November please come and speak to Mrs Davidge/Mrs Place






U14 and U16 Girls’ Football County and South West Squad Selection

Congratulations to Maddie Hines of Year 9 who has been selected for the U14 Girls’ Wiltshire Football Squad.  Her first match of the season is the National Inter Counties Trophy against Sussex on Saturday 9 November at New College, Swindon SN3 1AH and will kick off at 12.45.

Also selected to represent Wiltshire were Erin Foley and Scarlett Colman, both in Year 10 who will play for the U16 squad.  Their first match of the season is National Inter Counties Trophy against Middlesex on Saturday 9th November at New College, Swindon SN3 1AH and will kick off at 3.00pm.

Further congratulations go to Erin who has been chosen to represent the South West Counties Schools FA in the England Schools FA trials. What an amazing opportunity to play at such an elite level!  We wish the girls all the best for the season ahead and look forward to hearing how they get on.

Resource Centre News

It has been a busy start to the new term, with Year 7s beginning to receive their free ‘Bookbuzz’ books in library lessons this week. If you haven’t received yours yet, you will in your next library lesson! It was another superb selection of titles available to choose from this year, with ‘Still Water’ by Chris Priestley proving the most popular, and we are very grateful for Booktrust for such a wonderful initiative.







We also received a certificate this week to celebrate Hardenhuish as a leading participant in Readathon campaigns dating back to 1996. We have raised over £10,500 over the past two decades to help the charity Read for Good support libraries and children’s hospitals across the country – another superb scheme which we are delighted to be involved with. The charity stated:

“One in two schools has run our Readathon at some point since they began but only a handful in the country have embraced it like Hardenhuish”.

We look forward to running another Readathon during the spring term and full details of how you can get involved will be communicated in English lessons then.

Finally, this week has seen a great selection of new books added to our stock including:

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball’ by Jeff Kinney

‘With The Fire on High’ by Elizabeth Acevedo

‘Wayward Son’ by Rainbow Rowell

‘Jemima Small Versus The Universe’ by Tamsin Winter

‘The Taylor Turbochaser’ by David Baddiel

‘The Somerset Tsunami’ by Emma Carroll

‘Dork Diaries: Spectacular Superstar’ by Rachel Renee Russell

‘Slay’ by Brittney Morris

‘Check Mates’ by Stewart Foster

As well as these novels, there are also new manga collections, graphic novels by Rainbow Rowell and Raina Telgemeier, a trio of the latest gaming books and biographies on BTS and Billie Eilish for you to enjoy.








Next week we have our first big event of the school year with our Year 7 Poetry Slam workshops taking place on Thursday and Friday. We hope Year 7 are looking forward to the opportunity to get creative and showcase their linguistic and drama skills over the two days! Please note though that we will be closed to other students whilst these workshops take place.

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 11 November 2019


Tuesday 12 November

Open Mic Night – 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall

Thursday 14 November

Year 8 Parent, Pupil Consultation Evening – Appointments from 3.45 pm

Friday 15 November

Non-uniform day