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Week B Commencing 4th June 2018

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 7 of the summer term – and the first week of the final half term of this academic year. 

It’s certainly going to seem quiet at Hinchingbrooke – with Year 11 and 13 on study leave and year 10 on Work Experience.  But there’s plenty to keep us busy as always!

Year 7 have a week of exams.  These exams will be taken in classrooms during lesson times.  Sitting a formal exam in this way is a good experience for students at the end of their first year at secondary school, a chance to show how much they’ve learned and to understand the way exams work.  It’s also an opportunity for us as teachers to identify areas to work on and students who need extra support.

Year 12 are in timetabled lessons for two weeks followed by exam leave for 2 weeks from 18th June, then a week of Work Experience from 2nd July, and finally back to school on 9th July.

Our theme this week is taking a break from technology.  Although technology is a huge part of our lives, it can become an added pressure and studies suggest that taking a break from it – even for a short period of time - can improve our quality of life. 


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 Antlers winner was … 

… 7P2, well done for getting more 5s than 7P1 and for keeping the win for Pepys

And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…9M2.   Well done again! 

(Photographs to follow soon)

Previous winners’ photographs



Well done to Lily O’Dell, Year 9, who has qualified to represent Great Britain in the European Duathlon Championships this summer. 

Dates for your diary

This week

GCSE and A level exams.   For exam timetables, go to:

Art Exhibition – A level and GCSE

Always worth seeing, this year promises to be really exciting with 72 GCSE students and 30 A level students exhibiting their work, from textiles and paintings to mixed media installations and sound art.  Friends and family are invited to preview the work this Thursday, from 4pm to 7.30pm.  The exhibition will then be open to the general public next Thursday, June 14th, from 4pm to 7.30pm. 

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:

Year 10 Work Experience (week 2)

Monday, 11th June – Interhouse Art competition starts (closing date Monday, 2nd July)

Thursday, June 14th – Art Exhibition open to the public, from 4pm to 7.30pm

June 15th – Year 11 Final Assembly


Future events 

Wednesday, 20th and Thursday, 21st June – GCSE and A level Art Exhibition

Tuesday, 26th June – Year 9 Parents Evening

Wednesday, 27th June – Year 13 Presentation Evening

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

Friday, 29th June – Staff Training Day

Friday, 29th June – Year 11 Formal

Monday 2nd July - Year 12 Work Experience week

Wednesday 4th July 2018Sports Awards Ceremony

Friday, 6th July – Sixth form Ball

Thursday, 12th July – Picnic at the House

Tuesday, 24th July – end of summer term

Thursday, 16th August – GCE results day

Thursday, 23rd August – GCSE results day


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