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It was an absolute pleasure to celebrate the success of the Year 11 of 2019 at the Governors Awards ceremony last night. They achieved so much during their time in Years 7-11 and it was so rewarding to share in their celebrations.

It has been Road Safety week this week and there have been numerous visitors to the school organised by the Student Leadership Team to promote this vital message to our young people as well as assemblies and messages delivered across the curriculum.

Over £1500 was raised last Friday for Children in Need.

A reminder that there is a TD Day next Friday.

Lisa Percy


News Items

Poetry Workshops Prove a Big Hit with Year 7

Last Thursday and Friday saw our entire Year 7 involved in a series of Poetry Slam workshops based in the Resource Centre. The workshops provided them with a superb opportunity to work with renowned performance poet Sara-Jane Arbury, create their own pieces of work in groups and gave them the chance to compete against their peers in a competitive slam atmosphere.

Now in its tenth year here at Hardenhuish, the Poetry Slam has become a well-established and popular part of the Year 7 calendar, and this year saw the usual mix of funny and action-packed creativity throughout the two days. From simple alphabet stories about zoos, days at school and weird trips into space to longer, more heartfelt and powerful poems, Year 7 have showcased their talents impressively and brilliantly combined both writing and drama skills to create an impression upon the judges. Among the contenders this year are poems looking at climate change, the personification of everyday objects and even a couple of raps.

At the end of each workshop, three teams were chosen to go forward to the Poetry Slam Finals Evening, which will take place on Wednesday 27th November in Peter Thompson Hall. Those teams will battle it out to become the 2019 Hardenhuish Poetry Slam champions. Two other teams from each workshop also made it through for the separate A-Z competition, so there is a lot to play for on the night with prizes at stake and the chance to join illustrious former winners on the Hardenhuish Poetry Slam Roll of Honour. Look out for all the Finals Evening details in a future edition of ‘Headlines’.

Fantastic Footballing Event of Pitch up and Play

This was a fun non-competitive Year 7/8 football tournament where the girls who have been coming to football club all had an opportunity to play against other local schools.

The girls all did amazingly well and, for some of them, this was their first ever competitive match! There were some fantastic matches on the night and some great goals!

Onwards and upwards for the Huish Football squads!


Show Jumping Report

There was another day of great results from Hardenhuish Equestrian Team at Dauntsey’s Inter-Schools Equestrian Competition held on 17 November at West Wilts Equestrian Club.

The Hardenhuish junior team comprising of Darcy Selman, Poppy Leather, Abigail Wood and Amelia Niker all had fast clear rounds gaining them a respectable second place out of eight teams.  They narrowly missed winning by 1 second!

Individually, Amelia Niker was first and Abigail Wood came 7th out of 37 competitors.

The senior team, comprising of Kate Selman, Lowenna Harvey, Amelie Leather and Xavier Asselin-Abbots, also put on a good performance.  Their class 4 was 100cm and was a challenging course, nevertheless, the riders should be commended on competent and stylish riding; congratulations to them!

Both teams appreciated that Mrs Percy found the time in her busy weekend to come to support and cheer the team on.

Year 8 Netball

It was a fantastic end to the Year 8 netball season. The girls have all worked so hard and have made great strides to improving with each game.

The final two games saw a close encounter with Abbeyfield between the A teams and a solid performance from the B team. The A team game went goal for goal and the girls produced some excellent passages of play with good movement and interceptions. In the end, the clock was against them and the match finished with Abbeyfield winning by one goal.

The B team came out of the blocks with quick, dynamic movement and produced some excellent passing play, finished off with some fantastic shooting. They kept the momentum up throughout the game and finished on top with a strong victory!

The final game of the season was against Devizes where both teams were ready to go after Abbeyfield’s games. Both teams started strongly, finding their passing rhythm and movement on court.  The transition throughout the court was quick and the turnover balls were quickly utilised into our shooters who did not disappoint. Both teams finished their season strongly with a 11-1 and 10-2 win.

Well done Girls on a good season onwards and upwards for next season.

MVP vs Abbeyfield – Tilly W

MVP vs Abbeyfield – Lola P-J

MVP vs Devizes – Phoenix H

MVP-vs Devizes – Darcy S

Children in Need Staff v Sixth Form Netball Match

The annual fundraising event took place last Friday with both teams in fancy dress, playing in front of a packed-out sports hall.

The staff arrived keen to play the energetic Year 12 team and the game got off to a flying start. It was clear within the first few minutes that quite a few of the staff did not quite understand the rules of netball, however, what they lacked in knowledge of the game, they made up for with enthusiasm. Despite this, the sixth form team quickly stormed ahead due to their fast mid-court play and accurate shooters, especially Yasmin H.  The staff struggled to keep up with Mr Brailey missing a few opportunities to draw level and the first half ended with the staff trailing by two goals.

The second half against Year 13 saw a brand-new staff team, with the exception of Miss Humphries whose netball flair was desperately needed to hold the team together! In this match, it was more even with Mr Darlington managing to get some shots on target. Aoife L kept the pressure on at the other end with some strong play and the game was an exciting end to end match. As time closed in, it looked like the sixth form were going to be victorious, however the staff coped with the pressure to pull ahead winning the second half game by one goal!

The final overall result was a win for the sixth form team, lots of fun being had by all and achieving the main aim of raising money for a fantastic cause – Children in Need! Thank you to all the players involved and the students who came to watch and support.

A huge thank you also needs to go to Amber T and Poppy G in Year 9 who showed off their amazing umpiring skills by officiating the match.

U16 County Netball Finals

On a cold Sunday the U16 netball team made their way to Marlborough College to represent North Wilts in the County Tournament.  All of the teams involved were there as a result of qualifying in the top 2 from their area, so the girls had already worked hard to qualify for the event.

They had not had the opportunity to play together as a team much before this and had a tough few first games as they got used to each other’s playing style as well as the level of challenge from the other schools. They experienced a few early defeats; however, they worked hard and became more confident as the tournament progressed, which was also noted by one of the tournament organisers!

Against Commonweal they linked well, and our shooters Molly M, Rebecca and Victoria showed good accuracy to result in our first win. As the team got into their flow, they played with increasing drive and put up some really strong performances. Our defence, Millie and Georgia, showed great tactical awareness in the D, with Pixi timing some brilliant interceptions mid-court, and Hannah and Molly B linking the ball well and feeding into our attacking players.

We finished the tournament with a close game against St Mary’s narrowly losing by 2 goals, and a win against South Wilts Grammar School in the last game.  Mrs Barton was so proud of the determination the team showed and the way in which they conducted themselves on court. It was a tiring day for them with plenty of matches and tough opposition, but they never gave up and had a high work rate throughout, coming sixth place overall.

Thank you to all of the students involved, and also to the parents who came to support and cheer us on!

Year 7 Netball Success

This week was an exciting netball week for Year 7 with matches against Abbeyfield and Devizes.  The girls have been working really hard at developing their movement skills and tactical awareness, and it was great to see them really starting to gel together as a team.

The A team showed real flair, moving the ball down the court confidently and the B team have started to really develop as a more attacking team. It was a fantastic way for both teams to work on some of the elements of their game play before their Area tournament next week!


A team v Abbeyfield – 16-5 win

B team v Abbeyfield – 7-0 win

A team v Devizes – 20-4 win

B team v Devizes – 9-1 win

Senior Girls Swim Squad Swim at the Nationals!

After an amazing performance in September at the South West Swim Champs, our Senior Girls Squad qualified for the Nationals which took place last Saturday at the London Aquatic Centre which served as the London 2012 Olympic Pool.

This was the first time that Hardenhuish has competed in the Secondary Schools Team Relay Championships which is the longest running championship series organised by the ESSA. It is open to secondary school-aged swimmers from across England, including state, public and home-schooled students. Teams compete in 4x50m Freestyle and Medley relays. The Championships is run as a national final with competing schools determined by the fastest times achieved in a qualifying round.

The girls qualified in the 4x50m freestyle and the 4x50m medley. We were fortunate to have their Chippenham ASC coach, Nigel Butler, accompany us to the competition and his expertise to ensure the girls were fully prepared for the competition was gratefully received.  They were told to focus on three things – stroke rate, wind up and full stroke to the wall.

After a 20-minute pool-familiarisation session, the team were ready to race against the best of the best. The Huish girls did us proud and their technique and speed through the water was thrilling to watch. The girls finished in 23rd place in the freestyle and 20th in medley, which, considering over 2300 teams from across 400 schools in England participated in the qualifying rounds, is an incredible achievement.

We are very fortunate to have a number of fantastic swim clubs in the local area.  All four of our senior girls train and compete for Chippenham ASC.  Swimming is a sport that needs an incredible level of dedication which includes training up to 15 hours a week to be able reach the elite level.

A huge thank you to all the coaches who give up their time on a voluntary basis week in, week out to give the swimmers these opportunities and develop their love and passion for the water.

The team included: Ella Parker, Megan Wright, Maddie Lavelle and Amy Gibbons – congratulations again girls and bring on the 2020 Championships!

Climbing Club

The Climbing Wall at Hardenhuish School is open from 19:00-21:00 on Fridays. Climbing instructor Matt Favelle is coordinating this – see his website – https://www.unrealrock.co.uk/rope-climbing/


  • £7.50 per person
  • 28 routes up to 8.4m high with grades from 3 to 6c
  • 2 overhang sections
  • Spaces limited to avoid overcrowding – please contact Matt here to ensure availability https://www.unrealrock.co.uk/contact-us/


  • To climb, you must be able to tie-in with a figure-of-eight knot with stopper knot and belay a climber safely.
  • On your first visit you will need to register and undertake a short competence test to demonstrate these skills.

Hardenhuish School wall has a variety of top rope routes to suit everyone, from easy jugs for the less experienced climber to more challenging crimps, pockets and slopers for a bigger challenge. The wall itself has a “featured” finish to give you a chance to practice that delicate footwork. Spaces are limited to ensure a good climbing experience for all, so please contact us to reserve your space.

At present the wall is only open to competent rope climbers, but “learn to climb” courses will soon be available. Watch this space!!”

Musical Talent Showcase

Over the last two weeks, audiences have been treated to some fantastic music performances at two events.

Last Tuesday, musicians took to the stage at Open Mic Night.  It was lovely to see a wide variety of ages performing with many KS3 pupils singing in front of an audience for the first time.  Well done to all who performed and a particular thank you to Oliver Hulme in Year 11 for coordinating the event.

The Year 11 Music GCSE pupils have been working hard to prepare for their performance exams in January and, this Tuesday, several of them performed a solo from their programme.  The evening was a huge success will everyone rising to the occasion and an exciting programme of music enjoyed by all.  Congratulations Year 11, on your performances!

Year 9 Netball

The Year 9s played superbly together against Devizes, linking passes fluently and with calm and confidence.  Some fantastic set plays between Maddie at Centre and Freya, the formidable Goal Attack, who barely missed a shot during the match, made it difficult for the opposition to intercept and gain possession.

Megan and Chloe did really well to support around the circle as Goal Shooters, Hannah, Kelsie and Chloe kept the ball moving well through the mid-court demonstrating speed, agility and the ability to find space.  Poppy, Lily and Maisie in defence worked hard throughout the game allowing their opponents only a few attempts to shoot. They showed some fantastic skill and made full use of their height to get the ball out of the danger zone!

It was a pleasure to see this team play so well together. They totally deserved to win 14-2 and should be really proud of being part of such a great team.

Congratulations to the captain, Maddy, for being nominated player of the team by Devizes.

Area Cross Country Championships

The Annual Area Cross Country Championships took place at Grittleton House on 6 November.

Hardenhuish entered teams in every age group, which were made up of 8 competitors with the fastest 6 counting towards the team score.  All runners produced some fantastic results with several runners qualifying for the County Championships in January. Special mention to the intermediate teams who had some runners step up at the last minute.  Overall, a fantastic event and Huish doing themselves proud again!

Individual Top 10 finishers:

Minor Boys – Oliver Upton 2nd; Joseph White 7th

Minor Girls – Natasha Moyes 7th

Junior Boys – Henri Cotineau 3rd; Asher Jones 6th

Junior Girls – Phoenix Harding 2nd; Amelia Chalk 5th

Inter Boys – Clyde Pangilinan 7th; Jacob Stanislaus 10th

Inter Girls – Mindy Vaudin 10th

Overall Team Standings:

Minor Girls-2nd Place

Minor Boys-2nd Place

Junior Girls-2nd Place

Junior Boys-1st Place

Intermediate Girls-6th Place

Intermediate Boys-4th Place

What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 25 November 2019

Tuesday 26 November

Careers Fair – Peter Thompson Hall – 8.30 am – 4.30 pm

Thursday 28 November

Year 11 Parent Pupil, Consultation evening – Peter Thompson Hall – appointments from

3.45 pm

Friday 29 November

Inset Day – No pupils/students in school