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Week A - Commencing 7th May 2018

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 4 of the summer term.  What glorious weather we had for the early May Bank Holiday Weekend and how lovely to return to school with the sun still shining and clear blue skies.  It’s also a great time to remind students of our expectations at Hinchingbrooke:

Golden Antler Winners

Every week, the tutor groups with the highest number of 5s (for great attitudes to learning) are awarded a Golden Antler trophy.  Following the award of the trophy, the tutor arranges for a celebratory photograph to be taken.  It is then displayed around school.

Last week, the Lower School Golden Antler winner was … 

… once again, 7P1, who seem unstoppable – maybe the students are motivated by the exciting photographs taken each week by their tutor, Mr Turnbull – we certainly look forward to them each week.

And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…11C1 once again.   

Well done to both tutor groups for continuing to demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning.

Dates for your diary

This week

Thursday, 10th May, “El Quijote” The Freshwater Theatre Company is coming to Hinchingbrooke to deliver the Spanish play ‘Don Quijote de la Mancha’ to Y7 and Y8 Spanish students in the PAC.  This will be a cross-curricular experience for KS3 students who learn Spanish.

Year 11 Masterclass Programme – Summer 2018

Over the past few years, masterclasses have proved to be very worthwhile, helping Year 11 students to focus on specific key areas and topics in the hours preceding the exam.

This year’s Year 11 Masterclass Schedule has been constructed with the aim of keeping disruption to lessons to a minimum.  The masterclasses will be explained to Year 11 students in their assembly on Thursday this week. The schedule will be displayed on the ‘Exam Notice Board’ outside Miss Nightingale’s office, in Middle School, and on the school website.

The Inter House Reading Challenge – Book Bingo

Students win individual prizes for reading – in the spirit of bingo, a line and full house are awarded prizes.  Students who would like to take part should visit the library to sign up.  For each book read, a scoop of sand will be added to the jar for the student’s House and the winning House will be awarded house points.

Nominations for Sports Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for this year’s 2018 sports awards.  Nominations are accepted from family, friends, staff and coaches.  All nominations will be considered by merit, and an invitation will be sent out to the successful nominees, inviting them and their parents/carers to the Sports Awards Ceremony on Wednesday July 4th.

The 'Sports Awards' are for years 7 8 9 and 10 only, however the 'Ally Brennen Award' for leadership is open to year 11 students too. The categories will be explained to the students in their assemblies this week.

 The 10 categories are:

  • Most Committed Participant…demonstrates consistent engagement in PE, Inter-house, extra-curricular activity in order to improve
  • Young Official/Leader...officiating, coaching/leading in School sport events
  • Contribution to PE & School Sport…exemplifying the values of sport, acting as a role model for their House and peers
  • School Team of the Year
  • School Coach of the Year
  • Rising Star…demonstrating the physical/psychological capacity to become an exceptional performer
  • Sports Personality…shows the ability/motivation/character to positively influence others in and through sport
  • The Ally Brennan Trust Award…Sports Leader of the Year
  • Victrix Ludorum…presented to the female athlete/ competitor who has won or accumulated most points through events
  • Victor Ludorum… presented to the male athlete/competitor who has won or accumulated most points through events

If you would like to nominate a student or team for any of the categories, please complete the nomination form at the link below:

Sports Award Nominations

Remember that you are able to nominate a family member.

Nominations can be posted in the Sports Awards box in Main Reception, or sent, via email, to Miss Brasher  no later than Monday 4th June 2018.

This weekend

The finals of the Young Musician of the Year have finally arrived.  Robert Burton, who left us last year to take up a place at the highly prestigious Royal Academy of Music, will be competing against other finalists for this coveted award. 

Robert is a gifted saxophonist, but his talents don’t end there.  According to Mrs Cooke, Music teacher, “Robert is the most amazing student I’ve ever taught”.  He was awarded Grade 8 Distinction for the saxophone, the clarinet, the piano and the recorder – an outstanding achievement!  Another Hinchingbrooke student, Zoe Perkins, was in the final two years ago (the competition takes place every two years). The fact that both incredibly talented musicians stayed at Hinchingbrooke to study is testament to our amazing Music department. 

Next week: exam season begins

Monday 14th May and Wednesday 16th May, RPE masterclasses for year 10 will take place in the mornings, in preparation for the GCSE exams in the afternoon.

A level exams begin.

GCSE masterclasses and exams begin.

The first round of the annual New Group Reading Tests (NGRT) start with year 7.  These tests, produced by GL assessment, help us to build a clear picture of the progress, strengths and challenges for our students in terms of reading age, literacy and comprehension.  Each test takes 20-25 minutes and will be completed in a computer room during one form time. 

Students will need to bring headphones/earphones to listen to the test and a reading book to use once they have finished.  Students will be given a sticker with login details, along with the time and room for their test.

Future events 

Provisional dates for NGRT tests for years 8-10 are as follows:

W/c 21/5: Year 10     w/c 4/6: Year 9    w/c 11/6: Year 8

Monday 4th June 2018 – deadline for nominations for Sports Awards

Thursday, 28th June - Sports Day (weather permitting)

Wednesday, 4th July - Sports Awards Ceremony.

For up to date news and photographs about other events this week, follow us on Twitter @HBK_School.


Have a great week 

Lorraine Cunningham, Assistant Principal