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Hinchingbrooke School

Week A Commencing 25th June 2018

Message of the week

Welcome to week 10 of the summer term.  We are delighted to announce that one of our teachers has earned a national accolade in the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards.

Matt Woodfine receiving his Silver Teaching Award from Andrew Goulding, Principal of Hinchingbrooke School

He has been awarded a Silver Teaching Award for Outstanding Use of Technology in Education. The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.

His award for the ‘Outstanding Use of Technology in Education’ is in recognition of his ambition to use ICT to revolutionise the way Maths is taught in schools. Matt wants his work to have the widest possible impact and to ensure that it reaches every student, not just the privileged few. Over the past 8 years Matt has been relentless in this vision, producing an array of classroom tools and Apps that ease the workload of teachers in the classroom and provides accurate and personalised feedback for every student. His crowning glory, the Maths App, has not just become integral to the success of the Maths department at Hinchingbrooke but a cornerstone of Maths curriculums in schools across the country.

Several teachers and students from Hinchingbrooke School have been involved in the nomination and assessment process. In support of Mr Woodfine’s nomination, student Lucy Jack, year 11, said: “I’ve always been under-confident and believed I couldn’t do Maths. Over the two years that Mr Woodfine has taught me he’s built my confidence and helped me to believe in myself.”

Another student, Sophie Burnley, year 11, recognised that Mr Woodfine had gone above and beyond to support her and her classmates, He puts in a lot of his own time to ensure that we do well and is always willing to help us whether it’s during a lesson, a lunchtime or after school. He’s made me really enjoy maths and his hard work deserves to be recognised.”

Matt will now join fellow Silver Award winners, along with 3 Scottish Education Award winners and 3 winners of the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru, at the 20th UK Ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards, a glittering ceremony held in central London on 21st October.  There they will find out which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards, the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”.

The October ceremony, titled “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. 


Our theme this week is staying calm, safe and purposeful – and what better model for this than Harry Kane, who despite being the target of some very suspect tackles in the two recent England matches, kept his calm, stayed focused and purposeful and went on to score five amazing goals.   


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 … 

… 8P1, challenging 7P1, but retaining the Antlers for Pepys.



And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…9P1.   Again, securing the Antlers for Pepys.  Photograph to follow, hopefully next week)

Last week’s winning group photograph:  7P1 – looking forward to Sports Day:



Dates for your diary

This week

Tuesday, 26th June – Year 9 Parents Evening

Wednesday, 27th June -  over fifty lucky Netball Academy players, from year 7 to year 10, will have a Masterclass with England player Sasha Corbin.

Wednesday, 27th June – Year 13 Presentation Evening

Thursday, 28th June - Sports Day (students need to bring plenty of water, suncream and a hat)

Friday, 29th June – Staff Training Day


Theme: Community

Deadline: 04th July

Contact Mrs Mooney for further details


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 Awards

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:

Monday 2nd July - Year 12 Work Experience week

Tuesday, 3rd July - Glastonbrooke

Wednesday 4th July  – deadline for Creative writing competition

Wednesday 4th July  – Sports Awards Ceremony

Friday, 6th July – Sixth form Summer Ball

Future events 

Junior Bosendorfer Concert at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre

Tickets are now available for Junior Bosendorfer Concert. Click the link for further information and to secure your tickets now!









Monday, 9th July – Year 12 back in lessons

Thursday, 12th July – Picnic at the House

Tuesday 17th July  Junior Bosendorfer Concert, 7:00PM, PAC

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 and drink plenty of fluids 

Lorraine Cunningham, Assistant Principal