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Hinchingbrooke School

Week B - Commencing 14th May 2018

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 5 of the summer term.  Well done Robert Burton! Robert is an ex-student of Hinchingbrooke and those of you who watched BBC Young Musician of the Year at the weekend will know just how outstanding a musician he is.


After his performance in the final, the presenters commended Rob for his 'exemplary breathing' and 'impeccable musicality'.  They also said that he was 'born to be on stage.'  It was delightful to see just how much he loved performing and when interviewed immediately afterwards, Rob said it was, "The most exciting thing I've ever had the opportunity to do ... I enjoyed every minute of it." 

We certainly enjoyed it and we are immensely proud of him: it’s a truly amazing achievement to get through to being only one of three finalists and only the second saxophonist ever to reach the finals. 

Young Musician of the Year is regarded as the benchmark for outstanding young talent, with a reputation for discovering and championing the stars of the future.  If you missed Rob’s performance, you can see watch it on BBC iPlayer. 

You can also see a recording of Robert’s winning performance in the Woodwind final here:


It seems no concidence that this is Mental Health Awareness Week – the week GCSEs begin!  It’s a very stressful time for many students and we want to encourage everyone to be patient and understanding.  There are many forms of support, but often the best we can do for someone under unusual stress is to listen.  In the spirit of independent learning, students can develop techniques to cope with stress, including getting enough sleep and relaxation, eating a balanced diet and physical exercise.  Mindfulness is considered a useful technique to learn as it encourages students to make breathing exercises a part of their revision plans.   

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 really are unstoppable.  Mr Turnbull has chosen a musical theme this week to show the journey this wonderful tutor group is on: 


And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…11C1 once again.   Miss Philips has taken two great photographs:



Well done to both tutor groups for consistency in demonstrating excellent attitudes to learning.


Dates for your diary

This week

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

A level exams begin.

GCSE masterclasses and exams begin. 

For exam timetables, go to: 

​​​​​​​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 were explained to Year 11 students in their assembly on Thursday last week. The schedule will be displayed on the ‘Exam Notice Board’ outside Miss Nightingale’s office, in Middle School, and on the school website.  For this week’s masterclasses and exams, go to:

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:

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.

Next week:

W/c 21/5: Year 10  NGRT tests.  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 and 9 are as follows:

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