Welcome back to Term 4!
It has been a
busy week welcoming our external 6th Form applicants for September 2020 and Year 13 completing their mock A Level exams.
I will endeavor to keep you updated with information regarding the Coronavirus as this comes through from the Department for Education. Please reiterate to your young people the need to practice good hand hygiene and carry tissues with them.
If you have any concerns regarding this, please contact 111 in the first instance.
Please do keep us informed of the successes of our young people outside of school – it is lovely to be able to celebrate with them through the Headlines.
I am looking forward to World Book Day next Thursday!
U14 Wiltshire Cup Quarter Final
U14 Sheldon 3-6 U14 Hardenhuish
Maddie H x2
Tia H x3
Dionne H x1
Wow…..the U14 girls experienced all kinds of weather during this match, we had rain, hail, sun and a chilly wind, but the girls showed great determination to get to the final whistle. The Huish girls started quickly with Jasmine distributing the ball out from the back and the link up play between Eloise and Tia was showing great promise. After a fast and furious 14mins the girls found themselves 3-0 up with some great goals from Maddie and Tia, Sheldon started to find their feet and a few times after a long ball over the top we found ourselves under some pressure but Madeleine was quick off her line and was able to make some crucial saves. Eve, Gabby and Tilly were working so hard to ensure that they were not caught out by the Sheldon long ball, they dropped off well and made sure they cleared their lines as much as possible. Eve showed great strength on and off the ball making several tackles which helped Huish keep possession of the ball. As the rain turned into hail the girls were struggling to get the ball under control and after a few mistakes and some good individual skill by the Sheldon strikers we found ourselves going in at half time at 3-2. The second half showed a new fighting spirit in the girls and they pushed forward creating several opportunities with Sophie and Amelia helping to keep ball under control and apply pressure on the defenders. Maddie and Tia had a few shots on goal but just missing the target, the girls worked so hard to try and get back on top in the game, Phoenix was working so hard trying to get crosses into the box which finally paid off when one of them was converted. After a lot of substitutions and a change of formation the girls got back on top and goals 5+6 followed quite quickly with Eloise’s cross being firmly put in the back of the net by Dionne. Well done Girls…..We are now in the Semi Finals!!
England cricket Deaf Academy
Ben Sutton in Year 10 played for the England cricket Deaf Academy in the Vienna Winter Cup Tournament over the half term break. They played teams from Austria, Switzerland, Poland and England. Ben opened the batting and bowled well. The ECAD team got through to the semi-finals and just missed out on the finals by a couple of runs. Ben was one of the youngest players and certainly made his impression with his bowling and batting, as a result, he has been asked to return again next year.
Tour to India with Wiltshire Cricket
Max Bentley, Year 11, has just recently returned from a Tour to India with Wiltshire Cricket . As part of the tour itinerary, there were visits to the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort and the Siri Estate where the players stood next to and fed rescued elephants in an open field.
On the playing side, the Wiltshire team faced strong opposition and the games were at time challenging. Overall Max took his opportunities well, taking 4 wickets across the matches played.
Dorset & Wilts under 15’s
On Sunday 23 February, Year 10 Emily Ward and Year 9 Alexandria Vergottini played at Chippenham RFC and made their debut for Dorset & Wilts under 15’s county rugby side against Oxfordshire at Banbury, narrowly losing 14-10.
Youth Pride Network Visit
On Thursday 13 February, the Hardenhuish Pride Group met after school for a talk delivered by Jules Guaitamacchi, from the Pride Youth Network. Jules is an LGBTQ+ awareness trainer, campaigner and has been professionally public speaking since 2013. The talk began with a discussion of the importance of pronouns and the impact that mis-gendering a person can have on their self-esteem and confidence. As a non-binary person themselves, Jules spoke to the group about their experiences and discussed the issues faced by people for whom gender is not as simple as male and female.
The pupils found the talk both inspiring and highly informative, and are currently working on the way forward to make our school more inclusive.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: 24 February 2020
Monday 2 March
Expedition 2021 Parents meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm
Tuesday 3 March
Year 11 English trip – Globe Theatre
Wednesday 4 March
Year 8 Parent Information, Advice & Guidance meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Thursday 5 March
WORLD BOOK DAY
Year 7 Parent, Pupil Consultation evening – Peter Thompson Hall – Appointments from 3.45 pm