As you can see from the items below life at Hardenhuish continues to be busy!
We are raising money for Children in Need today by wearing “mufti” and the School Parliament are working hard on their plans to fund raise for Riding for the Disabled our school charity throughout the rest of the year.
The flurry of snow yesterday has prompted me to ask you to remind your young people to wear warm coats ( in line with the uniform policy) as the weather turns colder and that any information regarding changes to our arrangements as a result of the weather will be communicated via Schoolcomms and the website.
We are joining with Sheldon School to take part in hosting a group of 20 Chinese students in the 2020 Summer Term and are looking for parents to host these students. If interested please refer to the letter emailed to parents on Thursday 14 November.
I am looking forward to Year 11 Awards Evening next Thursday when we can celebrate the amazing achievements of the Year 11 of 2019.
Geography Trip to Sicily, by Philippa White (Y13)
This half term saw 34 students and 4 teachers head to Sicily ready to see some amazing geography!
We left Hardenhuish early on Friday 25 October and headed to Luton airport to catch a plane to the city of Catania. When we arrived, it was obvious that we had brought the bad weather with us, as Sicily was experiencing its first rain in 4 months! However, that evening the rain cleared up and we were able to spend some time on the beach looking at the fantastic views on offer to us.
The following day, we were all well rested and very excited to go up Mount Etna! However, due to apocalyptic conditions and thick fog we were unable to see anything as the island had a red weather warning and was put into lockdown. Etna, unfortunately, had to be postponed but we were able to visit some lava caves which were really interesting. Following on from our eventful morning, we visited a local honey farm and enjoyed tasting the free samples on offer to us, and also spent some time in Catania city where the weather eventually brightened up. The adventure didn’t stop there, though, as, travelling back to the hotel, our bus broke down because of going through all the standing water on the roads when going up Etna. However, everyone safely made it back to the hotel and we prepared ourselves for Etna x2.
The next day we finally made it up Etna travelling to the summit via cable cars and 4×4’s. We were led by an Alpine guide to the crater and spent some time to enjoy the beautiful views at the summit. That afternoon was spent exploring the ancient city of Taormina where we stayed for dinner and made pizzas!
It was an early start the next morning where we travelled to Milazzo harbour ready to catch a boat to Vulcano. Here we spent the morning on a guided walk up to the crater where we got to experience dramatic views of vast peaks and craters as well as active fumaroles and warm mud baths. The afternoon was spent exploring the island, including the black beaches, shops and cafes.
After a busy trip, the excitement didn’t end there as we travelled to Syracuse and spent the day exploring the city. This included the magnificent 2,500-year-old Greek theatre, Temple of Apollo, fountain of Arethusa and eating the best ice cream we’d had the whole trip! Unfortunately, after this, it was time to travel back to Catania airport to catch the plane home. With a last-minute panic of whether we would make it to the gate in time to catch our flight (all thanks to the snail pace of check in and passport control), we finally made it back to Hardenhuish and headed home with wonderful memories.
We are all really thankful to Miss Lowther, Mr Nattrass, Mr Williams and Mrs Collyer for taking us!
Hardenhuish School commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the first remembrance parade with a two-minute silence on Monday 11 November. It also allowed serving cadets from all features of military and civilian life to wear their uniforms for the day, which was a fitting tribute to those pupils taking part in the cadets.
Alongside this we held the extra-curricular WW1 Day with Year 9 last Thursday, which was full of activities ranging from drill, objects handling, medical knowledge and the writing of memoriams for Wiltshire men who died during the First World War. Pupils had the opportunity to try on uniform and handle real weapons from the conflict, as well as fire a replica machine gun which simulated the noise and movement of a genuine gun from the period.
The staff threw themselves into the role of educator and re-enactor with many dressing for the part whilst leading pupils through their experience. The culmination of their learning came from the creation of a museum display board from each tutor group, which was displayed in the school hall for Remembrance Day.
The art department were also a feature of the week with their creation of a poppy wreath made from recycled plastic bottles, sprayed red and black. For the soldiers from our own school who are remembered each year, to the international scale of loss felt by all combatants, Hardenhuish remembers them all.
Bebras Week at Hardenhuish
This week, over 700 of our students have taken part in the UK Bebras competition as part of their KS3 ICT lessons and KS4 and 5 Computing lessons. They have tested their problem-solving skills and shown excellent resilience throughout the week by completing a series of challenges in this national competition. Scores and certificates will be confirmed over the next few weeks. There has been excellent effort shown by all students taking part this week. Well done and fingers crossed for Bebras success.
Maths Week England Challenge
There has been a buzz in the maths department this week as pupils in Years 7, 8, and 9 have been participating in the Maths Week England Challenge from Mangahigh. Schools across England have been competing with each other on the online learning platform. The maths department have enjoyed seeing the competition unfold in our lessons this week—particularly the activities in which our pupils challenged students at other schools in a live contest. Our pupils have been brilliantly enthusiastic throughout this competition and we currently stand in 48th place out of all of the schools in England. Fantastic effort from all of our wonderful young mathematicians!
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 18 November 2019
Tuesday 19 November
Year 11 Music performance evening – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Wednesday 20 November
Berlin trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6 pm
Gambia trip meeting – Resource Centre – 6 pm
Thursday 21 November
GCSE Awards evening – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm