Happy New Year and welcome back to Term 3!
Our young people have returned well this week and appear determined to continue their positive progress into 2020. Thank you for your support of them and us as we continue the year.
You may have noticed some changes have been made to the drop-off area. Please help us to keep our young people safe by using this area considerately.
I wish our Year 11 and Year 13 the very best of luck as they complete many of the practical aspects of their courses which will contribute to their final grades over the coming weeks. I would also like to thank colleagues for continued help and support they provide young people as they prepare for their exams.
At the end of last term Oliver Hulme and Ed Thompsett travelled to Ireland to visit Rory McIlroy at his home club, Holywood Golf Club. This was as a result of Oliver entering Ed into a competition back in the summer where family or friends could enter someone who had recently taken on golf and felt that they had accelerated with their commitment & enthusiasm.
Over 2,000 entries were received and vetted individually. The judges were particularly drawn to the entry that Oliver had written about Ed. They thought it was extremely well worded and were very surprised when they realised that he was only 16. They said that “Oliver’s words showed a maturity expected from a proud parent entering their own child. We were very impressed.”
The prize offered the nominated winner a 4-hour golf clinic with the four-time major winner (Rory) and his coach together with a ‘nearest the pin’ competition where Rory was donating his own putter as 1st prize. Ed had no idea that he had been nominated so it was a huge shock when he discovered that he had won. Thankfully, though, Oliver was also invited to accompany Ed to Ireland, and they had an amazing day!
Ed featured in some TV coverage on Christmas Eve with Sky TV and there has also been some coverage in a national golf magazine.
Carol Concert, Thursday 19 December
A packed St Paul’s Church was treated to an excellent evening of festive music on Thursday 19 December. Over 100 performers from Years 7 – 13 and staff performed a range of Christmas music to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit. It was a great way to start the Christmas festivities and a fantastic concert.
All involved performed brilliantly and were a real credit to Hardenhuish. Well done to everyone from all of the music staff
Music Exam Results
Congratulations to the following pupils for passing their Music exams before Christmas. If there are any others who have not yet been mentioned please do let us know.
Finn Pidduck – Grade 5 Piano
Katie Miller – Grade 7 Piano
A special congratulations to Jennifer Sykes who passed her Grade 8 Piano exam with flying colours achieving an amazing 100 out of 100. This is very rare and a well-deserved mark for Jenny – WELL DONE
Hardenhuish School Reduces Single Use Plastic with a 25th Anniversary Wessex Watermark Award
“Don’t throw it – just re-fill it” that’s the mantra at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham and it has the backing of its pupils, teachers and the wider school community.
The school will be installing a water bottle re-fill station to reduce single use plastic drinking water bottles, thanks to a 25th Anniversary Wessex Watermark Award.
It has already raised funds to install three new water refill points and will install a fourth water station with their Watermark Award.
Andrea Gould the school’s Business Manager said: “The school is upgrading its water fountains across the whole campus. We want to make sure that all students have access to fast flowing water that can be used to refill their drinking bottles.
“It is young people, world-wide, that are at the forefront of the environmental campaign to reduce global warming. The school’s climate change group are well aware of this. After all it is their future.
“Our pupils realise that changes will have to be made and that we can all play a part in reducing the ever-increasing mountain of throw away plastic. To us it is just rubbish, but to marine life and the eco-systems it relies on, it is a slow death.
“Through the school’s Friends Group and Educational Trust, we have raised £4350 and this has paid for three water re-fill stations. We have eighteen individual buildings and the challenge is to make sure that all students have access to the water re-fill stations.
“Our Watermark Award of £1450 is the amount that we needed to install the fourth water station. The school is thrilled and very appreciative of this support from Wessex Water.”
Wessex Water’s education advisor Tim Stevens: “We have all been told that we are going to have to make changes to the way we live and take so much for granted, and Hardenhuish State School is taking a step in that direction. Wessex Water is delighted to support its actions.”
The Watermark Award provides funds for environmental projects within the Wessex Water area. Now in its 26th year, it has supported nearly one thousand environmental initiatives.
To celebrate this milestone Wessex Water has launched a new Watermark Award. Now communities can apply for a special Anniversary Watermark to help with installing water bottle refill points that will reduce single use plastic drinking bottles.
The Wessex Watermark Awards are organised by The Conservation Foundation who judge all the projects.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 13 January 2020
Monday 13 January
Year 8 Exams
Year 9 Sports Science trip
Year 13 Drama Rehearsal
Tuesday 14 January
Year 13 Drama Scripted Performance
Wednesday 15 January
Year 10 & Year 11 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting 7 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Thursday 16 January
Year 9 Parent, Pupil, Consultation Evening – Appointments from 3.45 pm – Peter Thompson Hall
Friday 17 January
Year 11 Photos