It was good to welcome so many prospective Year 12 students and parents at the 6th Form Open evening last night. It was a fantastic opportunity to show off our amazing facilities and to showcase all that our 6th Form can offer.
I have also just thoroughly enjoyed waving off over 700 Primary pupils on the Chippenham Sports Partnership Santa Run. They all seemed to enjoy their run and certainly enjoyed the hot chocolate when they had finished. Thank you to our Sports Leaders and Mrs Place for their enthusiasm and support.
I am thrilled to announce that we have this week been awarded a 25th Anniversary Wessex Watermark award. This will fund an additional water fountain to ensure increased access to drinking water and to reduce single use plastic bottles.
In another environmental initiative, our Climate Change Group have encouraged us to rent our Christmas Tree. They are doing some great work and working alongside local groups to consider how we can reduce our Carbon footprint.
Following our recent Parent Governor Elections, I am pleased to announce that Sheila Copeman and Spencer Shaw have been re-elected. We look forward to continuing to work with Spencer and Sheila.
I am looking forward to the Christmas Fayre this evening – don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets during the evening.
Purple Pineapple Parrots Secure Poetry Slam Prize
The Poetry Slam Finals evening took place last Wednesday and saw over 100 Year 7 students compete against each other, in front of a packed audience of fellow pupils, parents, staff and governors, to be crowned 2019 champions. Following on from the initial workshops two weeks ago in the library, it was a keenly-fought high-quality contest throughout, with three heats leading to a Grand Final.
Several teams used their poems to get across powerful and persuasive messages about the planet we live on, the vanishing rainforests and pollution. There were also entertaining raps about creatures being splatted and excuses for not going to school, heartfelt poems about a hospital children’s ward, a disgruntled chair, musical instruments and even an ode to the floor! Every heat was close, with all 16 teams of such a high standard. The two highest scoring groups in the heats were The Artificial Badgers who composed a very dramatic battle between the four elements, and The Purple Pineapple Parrots who imagined what life would be like as a character from a book. These two teams would prove to be almost inseparable as the evening progressed.
The six teams who made it through to the final then faced the ultimate test – writing a brand-new poem in just half an hour! They all instantly got to work, with E1 a hive of activity as new tales were crafted and actions honed. The final saw the scores even closer, and it was the Artificial Badgers and the Purple Pineapple Parrots who again battled it out at the very top, ending up locked in a tie for first place – the first time that has happened in the ten years of poetry slam battles at Hardenhuish. The Badgers composed a game show style poem based around characters connected to the school, while the Parrots cleverly used a Hunger Games link to highlight the plight of children in today’s society around the world. In the end, it was the Purple Pineapple Parrots who were crowned champions thanks to their higher score in the writing category. Very bad luck to the other teams who ran them so close, especially the Artificial Badgers, but huge congratulations to Holly Turner, Francesca Feghali-Brown, Alexandra and Millie Dixon for their writing and performances.
Meanwhile, in the separate Alphabet Story category, it was Ashton’s Nonsense Story, composed and delivered brilliantly on his own by Ashton Smith, who triumphed for his well-constructed tale using entertaining acting and quirky vocabulary of just 26 words, where each word started with the next letter of the alphabet. I don’t think the audience will ever look at a pack of ‘putrid Quavers’ in quite the same way again!
A huge well done to all our Year 7s throughout the evening who braved the stage and spotlights to deliver such wonderful creative poetry. The winning teams now add their names to the illustrious Hardenhuish Poetry Slam roll of honour, as this showcase event for Year 7 continues to grow in prestige going into its second decade.
Curriculum Leader for English, Dan Skirrow said “It was an absolute privilege to see Year 7 wrangling syllables and metaphors in such creative ways when working with Sara-Jane, both in the workshops and on the Finals Evening itself. The confidence and enthusiasm on display from Year 7 during the Poetry Slam was genuinely inspiring, and resulted in a lively and enjoyable evening’s performance. Bravo Year 7!”
U14 – Hardenhuish 4-2 South Wiltshire Grammar
Phoenix H 1
The U14 team really put in a gutsy performance against South Wilts this week!
The girls took an early lead through Tia from a fantastic build-up of play between Maddie and Dionne. The girls then sat back and soaked up a lot of pressure from South Wilts with Madeleine producing some great saves and having luck on her side with the posts coming to her aid. However, despite all the effort of Jasmine, Eve, Chloe and Gabby at the back, South Wilts went in at half time 2-1 up.
The second half saw the Huish girls coming out fighting with Phoenix, Eloise and Dionne linking up well together playing quick balls and making sure that the movement was there. Amelia busied herself upfront winning balls and closing down defenders quickly. The reward came quickly with Maddie scoring a well-worked goal and then Tia produced a strong run and a fantastic shot to put the Huish girls 3-2 up with 13 minutes to play.
The defence held firm and again soaked up the pressure from South Wilts, Tilly made some strong blocks and Eve made sure that the back 4 did not panic at any point. Sophie made sure we were keeping the defenders busy by wining every ball and were able to see out the final minutes. Overall a fantastic performance from the girls – on to Round 2!
U12 – Hardenhuish 17-0 Matravers
Emily – 4 Hope – 2
Ottie – 1 Claire – 2
Holly – 3 Sophie – 2
Niamh – 2 Erin – 1
MVP – Holly
Well done to the U12 Girls’ football squad this week who have qualified for the second round of the Wiltshire Cup with a good win over Matravers School.
The girls started quickly in the first half with goals coming quickly as a result of applying pressure to the Matravers players and their keeness to win the ball back at every opportunity.
In the second half, the girls were able to capitalise on mistakes and, again, the goals came quickly. The girls began to work on keeping their shape and possession of the ball which enabled them to keep the ball moving quickly out wide.
Overall this was a good a team performance from the girls who were so positive and are looking forward to the next game!
More Badminton Success at Hardenhuish
On Wednesday, it was the turn of our KS4 badminton teams who had the advantage of being on home turf.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won all of their group games and so it came down to some thrilling final matches. The girls managed to beat Malmesbury 3-2 and the boys beat Abbeyfield by a single point in one of the closest contested finals we have ever seen. This now means we will be taking three teams down to Tidworth in the county finals to battle the best in Wiltshire.
The PE Department wishes them all the best of luck.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: Monday 9 December
Wednesday 11 December
Year 12 Tutor Evening – A Centre – from 3.45 pm
Thursday 12 December
Year 13 History trip – Berlin
Year 10 Christmas shopping trip – Bristol