Year 7 PPCE last night was an evening full of productive and positive conversations. Thank you, Year 7 parents, for your support of us in helping our young people settle so well into life at Hardenhuish. Year 8 have started their options process for next year and we are encouraging them to discuss their thoughts with as many people as possible as this is a good rehearsal for next year. Year 9 have made their Options and we are working hard to make sure that we have the right teachers to support them. Year 10 and 11 have their heads down and are fully focused in the build-up to the summer exams. Year 12 are considering their options for post Hardenhuish and it has been a pleasure to read their reports recently and see how well they have settled into life in our 6th Form. Year 13 have completed their mocks and should be very proud of how well they have managed these and how pragmatic they are being about things they need to re-visit before the summer.
Please can I ask you to remind our young people to practice good hand hygiene and carry tissues with them at all times.
Resource Centre News
Yesterday undoubtedly formed one of the highlights of the literary year as Hardenhuish celebrated World Book Day in typical style, with staff across the school dressing up as characters from a huge range of books. There was the annual ‘Costume Quest’ for pupils to get involved in, trying to link as many teachers and book characters as they could – the winner will be announced early next week!
KS3 pupils also enjoyed a special World Book Day English lesson to mark the occasion, including the chance to vote in the ‘Battle of the Books’ quarter-finals. After over 750 initial nominations last month, the eight quarter-finalists that received the most votes were drawn against each other in a manner akin to the FA Cup, leading to the following match-ups:
‘Harry Potter’ v ‘Wonder’
‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ v ‘Tom Gates’
‘Heartstopper’ v ‘His Dark Materials’
‘The Hunger Games’ v ‘The Maze Runner’
Four fascinating battles there for sure! Pupils have been voting again over the past two days and the semi-finals will be announced next week.
Next week of course also sees the arrival of the annual Scholastic Book Fair, the chance to buy books here in the Resource Centre with many titles at bargain prices. Don’t forget to visit from lunchtime on Tuesday 10th March, right through until the following Monday 16th March.
Finally, this week also saw the launch of Readathon where pupils can raise money for charity through being sponsored for the amount they read. Whether it’s graphic novels, Manga, biographies or novels, every page counts! Your child will have had the Readathon explained to them in their KS3 English lesson this week and can collect a sponsorship form from their English teacher or Mr Southwood if they haven’t got one already. All the details are in the attached letter. Any queries, do get in touch with either Miss Wilson or Mr Southwood – and happy reading!
UDO Street Dance Competition
Some of our dancing queens of Hardenhuish took the UDO Street Dance Competition by storm last weekend with Lilly Goverd and Micayla Fry coming 3rd in their group dance and Tabitha Goverd, Eliza Eaton, and Luca Coles coming 1st in their group dance! Absolutely AMAZING results and we are all so proud of you girls! Well done and keep up the good work!
Congratulations to Teigan Higgs who was successful in her recent trial for a place in the National Performance Pathway Development Squad for Disability Trampoline. This achievement will mean that Teigan will benefit from top level coaching and is as high a level as can be achieved in this sport in the UK.
This Girl Can Festival!
Some of our Year 7 girls were given the opportunity to attend Wiltshire’s first ever This Girl Can Festival held at Devizes School. This was a chance for them to try out some new activities, get to know students from other schools and develop their confidence to try new sports.
On arrival the girls were treated to a talk by Katie Edginton, a Team GB Ice Hockey player who spoke about her journey and the drive she had to excel in her sport. They then completed a whole group warm up, before breaking off into their groups for different sessions. Girls got the chance to try Yoga where they practised different poses and tried meditation techniques. In Martial Arts they were taught some basic self-defence moves and practised these in pairs. The Glow Dance session was a favourite with lots of students taking part and involved dance moves using glow sticks to make it more creative with the sports hall lit up with disco lights!
All of the girls enjoyed their day and were really positive at the end – talking about their favourite sessions. They got involved in every activity and challenged themselves with new techniques and experiences. Well done to all involved!
U15 North Wiltshire Netball Tournament 2020
Driving to school on Thursday morning through the snow we were all convinced that the Netball Tournament would be postponed, but to our amazement by lunchtime the sun had put his hat on and we were set for a beautiful afternoon playing netball in the sunshine at St Mary’s School, Calne.
The A Team was made up of: Victoria Stone (Captain), Tilly Birkett, Molly Morris, Molly Brophy, Daisy Barrow, Scarlett Colman, Amber Tiley and Emily Smith.
For many of the squad, this was their 4th year of representing Huish at the District Netball Tournament and they knew that the standard of the opposition was high, especially of those who they play against in the local league and in other sports across the district. The games were 6 minutes each way with a straight changeover at half time. The pressure was on for them all to be on point throughout each game to ensure they stayed fully focused and kept their accuracy, passing and movement on form.
It was great to see our girls working so well together and there were so many standout performances right across the court and some awesome netball played. What impressed me most was the way in which the girls backed each other up and kept up their standard of performance even though they only had one rest break throughout the whole afternoon.
The results were as follows:
Stonar won 9-7, Dauntseys lost 2-11, Sheldon lost 5-6, Malmesbury lost 4-5, St Mary’s lost 9-10
We finished the tournament in 5th place. We had hoped for a podium finish, but this time it wasn’t to be, the girls can hold their heads up high as they lost three of their games only by 1 goal another 30 seconds in each match and the results would have looked very different.
Most Valued Player was Molly Morris for incredible shooting.
The B Team was made up of: Freya Baxter, Chloe Doggett, Ruby Brodie, Evie Southgate, Freya Nash, Merrity Parry-Jones, Amelie Leather and Bella Hussey
This was a definite learning curve for our girls, who haven’t played together as a team before. They had some tough opposition as a lot of schools had entered their A teams into the B team Tournament but they persevered throughout the afternoon. Each game saw improvement and the level of progress throughout the tournament was fantastic to see; a testament to the girls’ determination and teamwork skills. Ruby and Amelie were strong in defence and frustrated the opposition by holding space well. Freya, Evie, Merrity and Chloe developed more effective strategies as the matches went on and made some lovely interceptions and passes down the court, whilst Freya N and Bella both made some excellent shots in attack. The girls involved ended the final game as a much stronger team than the one that started and can hold their heads high as the effort and resilience they demonstrated was great to see!
Scores were as follows:
St Mary’s B Lost 2-8, St Mary’s C Lost 11-0, Malmesbury B Lost 5-6, Corsham A Won 5-1, Kingsbury Green A Won 6-3, Abbeyfield A lost 6-0.
MVP goes to Freya Baxter for the dynamic and energetic performance she gave in mid-court.
We have a few more matches left in the season of which we hope to finish in style – training continues to be on Wednesdays after school.
ESFA 5th Round U12 Girls Football
Hardenhuish 2-1 Cherwell School
Emily F x 2 MVP-Emily F
The girls have done so well to get to the 5th round and they have created such a good team spirit, and this showed throughout this 5th round game. The girls started strong and made sure that their nerves did not show. We had a lot of early pressure with Emily F putting a ball across the box, but Sophie and Holly were just able to get a toe on it. The wind was making it hard work for our GK Poppy and Erin on our goal kicks, but we kept trying to force Cherwell back and pressure them into making a mistake or losing possession. Claire kept making her tackles and making sure that she was supporting Niamh as much as possible. Ottie was working hard at keeping her position and marking her player tightly. The breakthrough came for Cherwell with a shot from outside the box and the Huish players not reacting as quickly as they could to close her down and Poppy not being able to get a hand on the ball. What was great to see was that the girls kept fighting and did not let the goal affect them, they kept creating chances through Hope and Sophie who were just unable to steer the ball towards goal. The half time whistle came, and the Huish girls showed great maturity by listening to what our new tactics were to try and help us get back into the game and listening and supporting to each other.
The 2nd half started with a bang with Angelina working tirelessly in midfield and not letting Cherwell settle on the ball and applying pressure on every ball carrier. Erin sweeping up at the back-playing balls down the line for Aila to run on to, one of these balls resulting Aila being able to find Emily at the top of the box and Emily’s shot clipping the cross bar. On several occasions Martha closed the keeper and would not let Cherwell play out from the back which disrupted their flow and allowed us to keep possession; this really helped the girls to keep playing higher up the pitch. From a well worked throw in Emily found space to turn and shoot and managed and get us back in the game at 1-1. This gave the girls a new lease of life and now they were very determined to go for the win; they kept their composure and their passing game which Emily was able to find space and shoot and score again with 3 minutes to go. The girls were overcome but knew that they had to hold on-which they did with Erin making some great tackles! Well done to the girls who have now reached the 6th Round!
Hardenhuish Show Jumping Team Continue their Qualifying Success!
Hardenhuish show jumping team riders are certainly on a roll at the moment. Last month they qualified for the Hickstead championships and on Sunday 23 February the team competed at West Wilts Equestrian Centre and came 2nd, qualifying for the NSEA National Championships at Addington Manor. Another fantastic result! The team comprised of Abigail Wood, Amelia Niker, Darcy Selman and Poppy Leather. The girls all rode very confidently but the “Rider of the Day” award should go to Amelia Niker. Not only was she 2nd individually and 2nd in the team in class 1 but was also 2nd in class 2 as an individual. Amelia rode some incredible lines, turned her pony, Highleigh Hugo, on a sixpence (or should I say 20p?) went like greased lightning and demonstrated fantastic determination.
In Class 2, the team comprising of Darcy, Amelia, Abi and Xavier riding Chocolate Truffle came 10th overall .Pencarder Silver Storm had an unlucky pole in Class 3 at 90 cms.
A big well done to all who competed.
What’s On Information
Week Beginning: Date
Scholastic Book Fair – Resources Centre – All week
Tuesday 10 March
Spring Concert – Peter Thompson Hall – 7 pm
Wednesday 11 March
Ski Trip meeting – Peter Thompson Hall – 6.30 pm
Thursday 12 March
Year 8 Tutor Evening – Peter Thompson Hall – appointments from 3.45 pm
Friday 13 March
Year 8 Science trip – Big Bang