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On the 7th of March, students studying Spanish in years 9 and 10 spent a week in Murcia on the first leg of the Spanish exchange with our partner school, the Instituto Mariano Baquero. They had a full programme of activities organised for the week in Spain.
This was the third year that students from Thomas Hardye School have participated in the Walk for Water, and each year the turnout is increasing. Over 100 students signed up to take part in the challenge; walking from Thomas Hardye School, through Dorchester, along the Jubilee Trail, up Came Down, along the ridge and down past the white horse to Osmington Mills and the sea!
Sixth form biologists joined St Mary’s Puddletown pupils in Years 7 and 8 for an inspirational ‘Discovering Oceanography’ three hour cruise aboard the National Oceanography Centre’s floating classroom, RV Callista within the calm coastal waters of the Solent.
On March 16th. Class 9XF took part in the BBC School Report day. They collected stories and took photos and video to add to these stories. As the deadline approached there was a rush to finish in time. However, they all did fantastically well and you can see the completed videos by clicking on (More).
On March 10th 2017, around thirty five Engineers came from near and far to Thomas Hardye to meet and inspire students in years 9 and 10 at the school’s biennial ‘Meet the Engineers’ event. As part of the Schools’ celebration of British Science Week, this was an exciting opportunity for students to ask questions about a range of career pathways and to find out the wide variety of activities that Engineers actually do in their daily work.
We took 30 students down to Pizza Express this week to celebrate their achievements of the last half term. The students invited had achieved the most tokens within their year groups for excellent work, fantastic effort and contributions, 100% attendance.
The Thomas Hardye School has become the first in West Dorset to join the new Young Chamber Programme, linking business and education.This is a pioneering initiative being led by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
The Topper Winter National Regatta took place on the last weekend in February at the National Sailing Academy. The Topper is a single handed sailing dinghy (11 foot 43 kg (95 lb) ideally suited to Junior sailors and smaller adults. It enjoys the status of a British Youth Sailing Recognised Class and is recommended by the RYA for Junior (U16) sailors.
On Friday 3rd March 19, Year 9 students attended GCSE Science Live! at the Colston Hall in Bristol as part of an enrichment opportunity for most able students.
Students learnt about the work that cutting edge Scientists and Science communicators undertake.
On Friday 24th February, the Trenchard Environment committee made the trip to County Hall in Dorchester for the welcome event of a recycling project, which is being led by the council. Students have been selected to take part in an exciting 10-week project based on making the school reduce, re-use and recycle.
At the start of February, BLUE Marine Foundation, of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, came into school to present to Year 9. The title of the team’s presentation was “Everything is connected”. They demonstrated that there were lots of sustainable ways that fishermen can catch their fish.
On Tuesday 28th February, six students from Stratford college went down to The Prince of Wales school to offer their services to the ‘Dorchester Opportunity Group’. We were armed with buckets, brooms and cleaning products ready to help clear up the playground.
The UK Rock Challenge is a registered charity and gives youngsters the chance to create their own production. This involves coming up with the original concept to the live performance and then perfecting and performing it. The Challenge itself, involves a series of performing arts events which promote healthy life choices. Thousands take part, initially in regional events.
On Wednesday 22nd February Year 12 welcomed Dr Jon Orrell as the latest in this year’s series of guest speakers.
Jon’s theme was The Crisis in the NHS and the consequences for Dorset County Hospital.
The School was very pleased to hear that Hannah McFarlane of Year 10 received a Distinction in her DipABRSM. This is the Diploma of The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Hannah has already been recognised for her talent on the cello and this was an amazing achievement.
On Friday 10th February The Thomas Hardye School set off for their annual ski trip to St. Anton in Austria, taking 41 students with them. We arrived in St Anton on Saturday and after a good night’s sleep we were ready to hit the slopes on Sunday morning. The weather was spectacular all week, with bright sunshine making the ski conditions amazing.
As half term approaches, staff and students in the sixth form will be remembering former student Louis Harris and thinking of his family and close friends. Last Valentine’s Night Louis tragically lost his life after entering the water in Weymouth Harbour on a night out celebrating his friend’s 19th birthday.
On Tuesday 31st January the sixth form early years students from The Thomas Hardye School held a cake sale to raise money for The Dorchester Opportunity Group. They raised £425 which will go towards the £40,000 needed to keep this vital group open.
Recently, one of our talented year 11 Food GCSE students, Nikolas Jones, took part in the District Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition, representing both Thomas Hardye School and Casterbridge Rotary Club.
In October, we celebrated ‘National Poetry Day’ with a competition for all year groups to write a poem on the theme of ‘Messages.’ We had some fantastic entries from every year group in the school, ranging from the funny and modern to the poignant and traditional.
On Monday 6th February Thomas Hardye Sixth Form were visited by Dr Liz Walsh who spoke about her career in healthcare and nursing.
Thirty-two Year 11 students who have been taking part in the ‘Aspiring Minds’ programme for able students since last July saw the culmination of their hard work on Tuesday evening. The students have been undertaking independent research on a project title of their choice with assistance from a teacher supervising their work in school.
This Friday 3rd February Thomas Hardye Sixth Form welcomed Richard Davies Chief of Staff at The London School of Economics. Richard spoke about his career, the world post Brexit and Trump and gave students advice as to how to start a career in the world of economics and finance whilst also speaking about the kinds of challenges young people will face in a changing marketplace.
In the South West Regional Finals held at the South Devon UTC 31st January, the experienced team from Thomas Hardye came first in their group, and the rookie team came second in their group – a fantastic result and reward for their hard work in Future Engineers STEM Club!
On Sunday 29th January, we ran a trip to Bristol Grammar School to compete against other schools at a Model UN Conference. We won a whopping 9 awards – it was an amazing day for which students have been preparing for months, giving up lunchtimes (and getting the coach at 6am yesterday morning!!) their success is a testament to their dedication.
See a review of this fantastic production of Our House, the Madness Musical.
We are delighted that six of our students have recently received offers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. For these students, these offers are the culmination of a long and highly intensive period of preparation and are all the more remarkable in the face of increasing competition for Oxbridge places.
In June current Year 13 students, working within their tutor groups, were tasked with turning a £5 into a larger sum of money for a charity of their choice.
Kai Trevett in 9EM has reached the national finals of the Teflon Dining Schools, “Keen new cook” award part of the Diamond Standard Awards 2017 at the Waitrose Cookery School, Finchley Road, London on Wednesday 25th January.
Today some of our year 12s were pleased to welcome Ben Dugri’s Grandfather into Thomas Hardye School to speak with the students about his original signed copy of the Ulster Covenant, which belonged to and was signed by Ben’s great-great-grandfather!
Congratulations to Robert Lo Cascio in Year 9 who came 7th in the Waltz at the U16 National Finals for Ballroom and Latin dance. The competition was held over 3 days with 120 competitors dancing a variety of dances from the Rumba to the Jive. The standard was incredibly high and Robert and his partner performed consistently throughout.
The Thomas Hardye School Dance Show took place on 23rd November, involved over 80 dancers from all year groups performing a wide variety of work in a variety of dance styles. A special addition to the programme was a preview from this year’s Rock Challenge piece, which will be performed in its entirety as part of the National competition in March.
On Monday 28th November it was time for the Girls Inter-College Hockey Competition across years 9, 10 and 11. Every year group produced a full team for each of the four colleges, meaning there was an amazing atmosphere consisting of over 120 girls out on the Astro playing Hockey and representing their college, an outstanding achievement.
Sky News’ reporter Jon Desborough gave the English and Media Sixth Form students an inspiring and motivational speech as to how they may carve out a career in the news business. With jobs ranging from tech design to anchoring, he explained how the industry requires an ability to work cooperatively, to take risks and to accept challenges.
Recently, eighteen year 12 students visited Craig's Farm Dairy in Osmington, as part of their AS Food Technology course. After a tour of the milk processing unit, milking parlour, dairy herd and their young calves, the students were asked to create their own flavour of ice cream, made with lashings of Criag's famous rich double cream.
On Friday 18th November, the PE department took on separate Year 12 and Year 13 teams in a charity netball match in order to raise money for Children in Need, both teams were made up of male and females.
30 students from across Year 9 to 11, were invited to an evening meal at Pizza Express on Tuesday. These students had achieved the most tokens across the first half term at school. Tokens are given out for excellent work, effort, superb contributions and 100% attendance.
Some of our best chefs have been competing in two competitions recently. These were the school heats that would send the very best on to the next rounds.
The competitions were organised by the Rotary Club and by the Enterprise and Skills Company.
Original project research carried out by the CERN@school team (L-R) Alfred dal Din, Jonathan Hoare, Emily McFarlane, Joshua Doherty and Joshua Nugent, all in in Year 13, has been rewarded by a chance to meet astronaut Tim Peake and to receive Gold Crest awards, presented by Dr Michael Campbell, leader of the Medipix laboratory, CERN.
On Friday 11th November. The Thomas Hardye School commemorated Armistice Day with its annual event, supported by the whole school. Blessed with the best weather for a few years, near to two and a half thousand students stood respectfully at the top of Queens Avenue.
On Thursday 27th October, Matthew Torok and Stephen Workman attended a ceremony in London to receive Arkwright Scholarship Awards, recognising their potential to become future leaders of the engineering profession. Matthew’s award is being sponsored by Coventry University whilst Stephen’s is sponsored by the RAF.
The Thomas Hardye Theatre is excited to welcome a woman who paved the way for female journalists. Best known for being a former correspondent for the BBC, Kate Adie will be recalling stories from her career in which she reported from war zones across the world.
Pasquale Landolfi has been selected for the England National Squad in Basketball. This is a truly remarkable achievement for such a talented sports person. Pasquale will represent the South West region alongside other regions across the country.
A strong contingent of Thomas Hardye students consisting of Charlie Ainsworth, Zoe Kibbey, Rosie Russell, Molly Russell, Jasmin Edwardson, Izzy Whitty, Connor Pullin, Deborah Blair Matteo Apetino, George Rogers and Georgia Edwards made the trip to the National Championships after all qualifying for their classes at regional qualifiers throughout the year.
'Can computer science be used to replace live animals in drug testing?', 'How exposed is our personal security as a result of social media?', 'What is it like to study at University?' and, crucially, 'How do students get into universities like Oxford and Cambridge?' These were just some of the questions considered by year 11 students when they visited Merton College, University of Oxford on 11th October.
On Thursday 13th October, the Under 16's Netball girls went down to Budmouth to represent the school in the County Netball Tournament. We had a tough pool including Blandford, Sherborne Girls, Poole Grammar School and Canford.
We were recently invited by Dorchester's 'Churches together Ecology Group' to find some students keen to challenge our MP about progress made on the Paris Agreement, a year after the summit took place.
Saturday October 8th saw the latest in Thomas Hardye's Family Festival of Science events attended by over a thousand people of all ages. As always the emphasis was on showing that science can be fun and exciting. Activities were designed to appeal to all ages, so that children could collaborate with older siblings, parents and grandparents.