It was amazing to see the fields put to good use for the County Cross Country last Saturday. The cold and frosty morning saw some amazing performances from our athletes – well done to all those who competed.
Thank you to the Year 9 parents for their support of our young people as they go through the options process. Please encourage young people to talk to their teachers and tutors to support these important decisions.
There will be a Friends meeting on Tuesday 28 January at 7pm in the House – new faces very welcome.
I wish the Year 8s well as they depart for their adventures at Pencelli on Sunday.
On Friday 17 January, 126 pupils from Frogwell, Monkton Park and St Peter’s primary schools made their way to the Dome for the Year 3 and 4 Multi Skills Festival.
Our Year 9 and Year 12 Sports Leaders were there to meet them and multi skills stations were set up to encourage pupils to develop their agility, balance and co-ordination through fun activities such as balloon tennis, parachute games and dancing! Each of the Sports Leaders did a fantastic job of explaining their activity and then encouraging the primary school pupils to try and challenge themselves in different tasks. They were confident, enthusiastic and ensured it was a fun experience for all involved.
Well done to all of the Leaders for being excellent role models and great ambassadors for Hardenhuish!
Under-15 Wiltshire Hockey
Congratulations to Clyde Pangilinan and Ben Woodhead who have been selected for the Under-15 Wiltshire hockey squad this season. Last weekend, they played in a three-way tournament against Devon and Dorset at Bryanston School near Blandford Forum. The sun shone and both games were played with good spirit but, unfortunately, both the Devon and Dorset squads proved too big and strong for Wiltshire on this occasion. Both boys also played for Chippenham Hockey Club last weekend and won both their matches.
Resource Centre News
If you made it your New Year’s Resolution to read more (Mr Southwood for instance is aiming to beat his 52-books-in-2019 achievement!), you’re in luck with a superb selection of new books already added to our collection so far this year. These include more additions to our Manga sets, a graphic novel trio from Svetlana Chmakova, several Carnegie-nominated titles and the latest from consistently popular authors like Lisa Thompson, Dav Pilkey, Maggie Stiefvater and Jacqueline Wilson.
If non-fiction is more your cup-of-tea, we have some of the most popular autobiographies from late 2019 now available here, including Elton John, Tyson Fury and England’s Rugby Union head coach Eddie Jones, along with books looking at helping the environment, the wonders of the Solar System, business for beginners, football skills and super hero movie guides. We also have monthly updates to our magazine rack – featuring the likes of FourFourTwo, Rugby World, BBC History, Top Gear, The Week and Week Junior, How It Works, Shout, Toxic, National Geographic and The Economist.
If you’re looking for a bargain to buy with any Christmas gift money, why not take a look at the latest Scholastic Book Club catalogue? Their New Year catalogue is available online at www.scholastic.co.uk/clubs (please ask Mr Southwood if you would prefer a paper copy) and there are hundreds of bargains from as little as £1.99 available. If you wish to purchase anything, make sure you select the ‘Hardenhuish Book Club’ when you place your order and that ensures that postage and packing is free. The closing date for any orders this term is Tuesday 4 February and books will arrive at school during the last week of term 3.
Finally, in library lessons, Year 7s are in the midst of completing their library induction booklets – culminating in the Library Challenge which leads to some fast and frenetic clue-solving as they put their library skills to the test against the clock! We hope all our Year 7s now feel both confident and comfortable using our wide range of library resources, ready to make great use of all the facilities during their time here at Hardenhuish.
Enjoy curling up with a good book during this cold snap and look out for details of some exciting literary events coming up in March in a future edition of ‘Headlines’.
National Air Cadets Hockey and Football Tournament
Huge congratulations to Becca Childerhouse and Joe Colley for being selected to represent the South West Air Cadet squad in the National Hockey and Football Tournaments at RAF Cranwell on 15 February. What an amazing achievement; we wish them the best of luck in these national events.
Hardenhuish Reading Programme – Volunteers Required
At Hardenhuish we recognise that literacy is important for all pupils’ progress across the curriculum and is a valuable lifelong skill. For this reason, we run a reading programme which aims to improve pupils’ literacy skills and develop their love of reading. On this programme pupils meet with a reading coach once a week to work on their reading skills and develop their confidence in reading. All pupils who have made progress with the Programme will attend a celebration ceremony in June to congratulate them for their hard work.
I have recently taken over coordination of the reading programme and am looking for volunteers to join our valuable team of reading coaches. Do you regularly have an hour or two to spare during the week and a passion for improving literacy? If so, would you consider becoming a reading coach? It is a rewarding and enjoyable role and the pupils really benefit from the one-to-one support provided.
If you would like to be involved in helping the pupils to improve their reading, or to discuss the role further; please contact me (Sukie Headley) Monday- Thursday on the School’s telephone number 01249 650693 or via the school email address: email@example.com
Hardenhuish Students Excel at the Wiltshire Schools 2020 Amateur Athletics Association Cross Country Championships
Last Saturday morning, Hardenhuish and Sheldon co-hosted the County Cross Country Championships, in which 11 pupils from Hardenhuish were selected to run for North Wiltshire. Despite it being a bitterly cold morning and extremely challenging underfoot on the course, the sun shone and all of the Hardenhuish pupils represented the school and North Wiltshire superbly.
Huge congratulations should go to Asher Jones, Phoenix Harding, Amelia Chalk, Natasha Moyes, Oli Upton, Luc Cotineau, Jacob Stanislaus, Joseph White and Clyde Pangilanan who ran superbly. Of particular note were the performances of Amelia Niker in the Junior Girls race and Henry Cotineau in the Junior Boys race, who both came in the top 13 and have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the South West Championships in Bournemouth on Saturday 8 February. A huge congratulations to all involved.
Hardenhuish Boys fly at the Year 9 Wiltshire County Basketball Championships.
On Wednesday afternoon, eight Year 9 boys represented Hardenhuish at the County Basketball Finals at St. Johns School, Marlborough. The competition was extremely strong with a total of four schools attending where all were to play one another in a round robin tournament organised by the Wiltshire and Swindon School’s Partnership, WASP. The other schools attending were St. Augustine’s, Trowbridge, Bradon Forest, Swindon, and Bishop’s Wordsworth, Salisbury.
The boys played excellently in their first game with an 18-10 win over St Augustine’s and continued this impressive in their next game against Bradon Forest. Unfortunately, in the final vs Bishops Wordsworth, despite the boys playing excellently, they came a close second.
A big well done to all of the boys involved and also Alex Milham of Year 12 who helped coach the team.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 27 January 2020
Pencelli – Sunday 26 January – Friday 31 January
Monday 27 January
Year 10 Astronomy trip
Tuesday 28 January
GCSE Drama Exam Evening – L5
Wednesday 29 January
GCSE Drama Exam Evening – L5