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Week B Commencing 2nd July 2018

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 11 of the summer term.  Last week, there was much excitement in the sporting world – not only the excitement of England getting through to the last eight in the World Cup, but here at Hinchingbrooke, we had two records broken on Sports Day, plus a masterclass by an England player.

On Wednesday, over fifty lucky Netball Academy players, from year 7 to year 10, had a unique opportunity to learn from Sasha Corbin, England netball star.  I’m not sure who was more of a fan: the girls, or Mrs Pittock, who helps to run the Netball team with Mrs Stevens.

Sasha Corbin and Mrs Pittock

Sasha Corbin, with Mrs Stevens, centre, and the HBK Netball Academy players.

On Thursday, despite the incredible heat, there were some amazing demonstrations of athleticism and determination in Sports Day.  We had two new events – archery and bean bag - and some impressive new records too:

100m -   D.Miller Y10 (Montagu) 11.00secs

300m -   J.Isaac Y7 (Montagu) 50.94secs;

C.Watson Y9 (Wylton) 49.00secs

3000m - I.Wilkins Y9 (Pepys) 11.11mins; P.O'Driscoll Y10 (Wylton) 16.20mins

Vortex boys - N.St John Y7 (Wylton) 38.95m; K.Deans Y8 (Montagu) 67.83m; G.Anderson Y9 (Pepys) 51.90m; B.Sheldrake Y10 (Pepys) 51.00m.  Girls - S.Bailey-Griffiths Y8 (Vesey) 34.40m; O.Thornton Y9 (Wylton) 31.09m; H.Dawe Y10 (Pepys) 22.22m.

Triple Jump – H.Thoday Y8 (Cromwell) 7.06m; L.O'Dell Y9 (Wylton) 7.97m

Hurdles - R.Taylor Y9 (Wylton) 13.31 secs

Also last week, we celebrated the achievements of year 13

On the evening of 27th June we welcomed back our Y13 leavers and their friends and families for the Celebration Evening. At the event we were proud to award a range of prizes to students who had excelled in their subjects or in the service they have offered to the school. The event took place on the lawn of Hinchingbrooke House in the evening sunshine. Students, friends and family enjoyed a drinks reception, an A-level Art and DT exhibition and were entertained by a series of excellent musical performances. Well done to Year 13!

As one door closes, another one opens: last week, we said goodbye to year 11 and 13; this week, we welcome the students who will be joining us as year 7 in September.  It’s lovely to be part of their excitement as they begin their secondary school journey, spending Wednesday and Thursday getting to know their way around Hinchingbrooke School. 


Our theme this week is staying calm, safe and purposeful.  It’s such an important theme – especially in this hot weather – that we are running with it for a second week.

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 … 

… 8W1, meaning that Wylton have the trophy this week.


And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…9C2.   Again, Pepys giving way, this time to Cromwell.  Well done to both tutor groups!

Photographs of previous winners: 9V1 (left) and 9M2 (right)

7P2 (left) and 8P1 (right)

Dates for your diary

This 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


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:

Monday, 9th July – Year 12 back in lessons

Wednesday, 11th July – Picnic at the House


Future events 

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


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!










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


Have a great week and enjoy the sun 

Lorraine Cunningham, Assistant Principal