Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas Fayre last Friday. We raised a record breaking £3168 for the Friends of Hardenhuish!
Our Christmas Jumper day for Save the Children also raised a fantastic £437.
It was lovely to welcome Ross Clifton back to Hardenhuish on Monday to run a dance workshop. Ross left us in 2014 and having been at stage school has been touring the country in various stage productions. After finishing the workshop on Monday he flew out to Japan where he is performing in Saturday Night Fever! It is a real joy to share in the success of Hardenhuish Alumni and to see them back inspiring our current pupils.
As we approach the end of term, please see below details of arrangements for the end of Term 2 and beginning of Term 3:
- Following our Christmas celebrations during lessons 3 and 4, pupils will be dismissed at 12.35 pm.
- We will notify you of any buses who are able to offer an early pick up (currently Coachstyle with the exception of the 92 Service and Andybus. Faresaver are unable to offer an early pick up) . If pupils are unable to organise alternative transport home, arrangements will be made for them to remain in school until the normal closure of 3.00 pm. The Year Office must be informed in advance if this is the case.
- Pupils return to school on Monday 6 January and go straight to tutor at 8.30 am.
Please can I take this opportunity to remind you to that during winter weather pupils should be wearing shoes that are suitable for walking around the campus and weatherproof coats should be worn. Hoodies, fleeces and sweatshirts are not acceptable uniform.
We are coming to the end of a long, demanding and very successful term. We have enjoyed outstanding achievement in so many areas of our school life as you can see below and are now all looking forward to the holiday break. I am particularly looking forward to the Carol Concert at St Paul’s next Thursday evening.
Kick Boxing Champion
Congratulations to Phoenix Harding who, last Saturday, won her British title kick boxing fight. She is now the new World Ring Sports Association (WRSA) Under 40kg British Champion.
She is also a holder of a WRSA under 35kg Area Champion and an ISKA Under 35kg British Champion title belts, and, earlier this year, achieved her black belt.
Hardenhuish Girls Rugby – Hardenhuish 6-9 Sheldon
Both teams were very committed and put in some big hits and great tackles. The lead changed hands a number of times with Hardenhuish leading at half time by 4 tries to 3.
Sheldon started the second half with a mission and scored three unanswered tries to take the lead. This seemed to push Hardenhuish into action and some great rucking produced a number of turnovers which resulted in two tries. Therefore, as we went into the last five minutes, the score was 6-6 and both teams were keen to win the game. A couple of missed tackles coupled with strong running resulted in Sheldon scoring 2 tries and, although the Harden girls were camped on the Sheldon try line, some determined defence kept them out and with the last play one of the Sheldon girls ran the length of the pitch to score the last try.
The final score of 9-6 to Sheldon was probably a bit harsh on Hardenhuish but all the girls can hold their heads high and look forward to the rematch!
If you are interested in playing rugby, Rugby club for girls will be looking for new members when they start back on 13 January from 3.15pm-4.15pm.
Songs of Praise
Last Sunday, Alaric Childerhouse was on BBC Songs of Praise. As part of his DofE, Alaric has been learning to read his friend, Jonathan Bryan’s, spelling board, and Jonathan was interviewed for Songs of Praise with Alaric helping him out. You can watch it here.
Politics students hold mock election
It was an exciting week for our Politics Students as we moved closer to the general election on 12 December.
Hardenhuish Year 12s held a mock election within school, which was accompanied by assemblies to KS3 and 4 and tutor activities to help showcase the manifestos of each party. The assemblies were well received, and many pupils raised questions to candidates, grilling them on the current issues facing the country at the moment.
The election results showed a staggering level of support for the winning party with 409 votes going to the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives followed this with 142 and Labour 83 votes. Only a handful of ballots were spoiled and the turn-out was close to 700 pupils and staff, which was a resounding success.
Music Exam Results
Many congratulations on the following wonderful results from Mr Fosker:
Chloe Bell, 13JJW – ARSM Flute Diploma (Distinction)
Emily Dirs, 11AJB – Grade 8 Flute (Distinction)
Lizzie Fiddament, 12CXS – Grade 8 Flute (Merit)
Katherine Stone, 12PEG – Grade 6 Flute (Merit)
Sophia Johnson, 7AJC – Grade 3 Flute (Merit)
Katie Miller – Grade 7 Piano
Finn Pidduck – Grade 5 Piano
Alice Titcomb – Grade 5 Theory
Congratulations also to Hannah Johnson of 8ACC who was awarded a Merit in her Grade 2 drum exam this week.
Year 9 World of Business
Year 9 World of Business pupils created innovative stalls for the Christmas Fayre last Friday, aiming to achieve the highest ‘profits’ to donate to the school. They had been working for the previous few weeks, designing each aspect of their stalls, which included a tin-can shoot-out, cake decorating, Nerf fun, football, and much more. The pupils were hugely successful, raising over £550 for the school and learning important business skills along the way.
Year 7 Netball Tournament – A team: 1st, B Team: 2nd
After being postponed twice due to the rain, the Year 7s excitably boarded the bus, ready to finally take part in the Area netball tournament at Malmesbury School. This is always the biggest event of the year for them, and the cumulation of all the hard work they put in throughout the season.
The A team started well with a tough opening game against Malmesbury. After the initial nerves had settled, they got into their stride playing some fantastic netball, moving the ball fluently up the court. In a number of matches, they had the other teams under pressure and forced the opposition to make errors, resulting in Huish gaining a good amount of possession. The shooters did well, scoring a total of 37 goals in 5 games! It was lovely to see them using some of the tactics that we have been working on, playing with confidence and supporting each other so enthusiastically. After an energetic afternoon of netball, it was amazing to see them achieve first place and be crowned Area Champions!
The Year 7 B team also played a fantastic afternoon of netball in their tournament resulting in four wins and one narrow loss finishing in second place overall! The girls worked hard throughout the afternoon with our GS and GA making sure they took their opportunities around the ‘D’ even though the sun was not helping them! The link-up play in the middle of the court was strong which enabled the girls to maintain possession throughout the matches. The strong defence did a fantastic job of making interceptions and keeping their opponents out of the ‘D’. Overall it was a good performance from the girls who had a great team spirit and deserved their second-place finish!
Wiltshire Cup Football v Melksham Oak – 2-2 (2-1 win on penalties)
What a fantastic afternoon of football! Despite the cold and drizzle, the Year 7 girls’ football team went into action against Melksham Oak.
Within the first few minutes it was clear it was going to be a good game with some high-quality football being played. The control and drive shown by both teams was great but, despite Huish having lots of attempts at goal, the first score went to Melksham Oak. Our girls continued to battle for the ball but were having difficulty getting it past the very strong Melksham Oak goalkeeper who saved some incredible shots! Eventually their efforts paid off, and the score was level.
The second half was more end-to-end, again with some excellent control on the ball and strong defensive work. By the final whistle the score was 2-2. Due to the fading light, the game went to penalties with Emily taking on GK and making 2 fantastic saves. Our defenders Erin and Claire stepped up to the mark, with both of their penalties finding the back of the net – sending Hardenhuish through to the next round!
Another great game from our girls who are going from strength to strength this season!
Goal scorers: Emily F, Holly E, Erin R (penalty) and Claire M (penalty).
Year 9 Boys Rugby team are crowned Mid Wiltshire County Champions 2019!
On a bitterly cold, wet and windy Wednesday afternoon, the Year 9 boys’ rugby team played some outstanding rugby to win 38-22 over Clarendon Academy at Chippenham RFC in the county finals.
Unfortunately, the team could not play on the new artificial grass pitch due to the U16 final taking place, however, they showed immense determination and grit playing expansive and controlled rugby in atrocious weather conditions.
In the first half, they displayed a master class in how to play as a team against a much bigger and more physical side scoring four tries. Despite the conditions, Hardenhuish moved the ball well, sticking to their game plan, playing several tight phases before spreading the ball wide. The team remain undefeated in their three years here at Hardenhuish and now look forward to the challenge of the National NatWest cup in 2020.
A huge congratulations to all of the boys involved and Mr Fox is looking forward to seeing you progress in the future.
Ritangle Maths Competition
Ritangle is a competition for teams of students who study A-Level mathematics. It has been going on for the last two months with a question released each week initially and then a question per day for the last 6 weeks. A team of our A-Level students have been meeting regularly to complete the questions. This is what Luke Stanislaus had to say about the competition:
“Weeks of working through difficult mathematical problems built up to Tuesday. The excitement was palpable, as the tapping of keyboards and frenzied chatter throughout the house of people struggling to grapple with devious problems. Every so often, the next set of questions would be solved, and the next part would be sent out to everyone to much anticipation. But after hours of relentless labour (and lots of pizza!), we were finished, and now we must simply wait for the results of the tie breaker. Overall a fantastic performance from the team – completing the questions in an amazing time!”
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 16 December 2019
Monday 16 December
Astronomy Evening – Resource Centre – 6.30 pm
Wednesday 18 December
Year 12 & Year 13 Art & DT trip – London
Year 12 English trip – London
Thursday 19 December
Carol Concert – St Paul’s Church – 7 pm
Friday 20 December
End of Term 2 – School finishes at 12.35 pm