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Hinchingbrooke School

Week B Commencing 29th October 2018

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 8, first week of the half term before Christmas.

In the last week before half term, we had another fabulous musical event. The students gave a wonderful performance in the Autumn Concert and deserve praise for their talent and the time they gave to rehearse. 

"Autumn Concert" at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre.



Students are now rehearsing for the Christmas Concert – another unmissable event.  Details to follow nearer the time.

Theme for the Week focuses on attitudes this week.  Students sometimes need reminding that we always have a choice about how we react – even when we don’t have much choice about what we do.   

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 before half term, the Lower School Golden Antlers winner was … 

7M1.  Well done to the students in this tutor group who earned the highest number of 5s


And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

…9P1.   Very well done to the students in this tutor group: three consecutive wins!

Previous winners:


Hot Chocolate Friday is targeted at students who behave impeccably but are too easily overlooked.  We want them to know we notice.

Well done to the students who were rewarded with Hot Chocolate on the last day before half term.


Dates for your diary

This week:

Monday 29th October – Staff Training Day

Tuesday, 30th October – Students return to school

Tuesday, 30th October – Year 13 Parents’ Evening

Next week:

Monday, 5th November – Year 10 River Kym Geography trip

Tuesday, 6th November – Year 10 River Kym Geography trip

                                        – Senior Maths Challenge

Wednesday, 7th November – Post 16 Open Evening Talks 6.00pm or 7.00pm in the PAC

A carousel of talks given by subject teams, and subject specific stalls in the exceptional surroundings of Hinchingbrooke House, home to the Sixth Form. In Hinchingbrooke House there will be the opportunity to meet staff and learn about the different subjects on offer; current students will also be available to talk about their experiences in the Sixth Form. There will also be a carousel of talks in those subjects which typically attract higher numbers of applicants. Details of these are on the attached table.


Subject of talk and room (all in Middle School)


Main talk in PAC



English Language








Art & Photography




English Literature







Main talk in PAC



Maths and Further Maths  121




Film and Media







Business, Economics and Financial Services   121




Thursday, 8th November – Glastonbrooke Unplugged – House: 6.30pm

A lovely evening of acoustic guitars and beautiful singing. 

Friday, 9th November – Business Breakfast  Our 6th Form students have the opportunity to meet a variety of local employers, universities and apprenticeship providers, plus the opportunity to discuss possible pathways with a variety of local contributors.  There are some slots still available - please contact Mr O'Shaughnessy at for further details. 

Friday, 9th November – Year 11 Careers Fair

Year 13 CTech Business students have organised a 'Careers Fair' in the PAC for all our Year 11 students.  The Fair will take place over period 1 and 2.  The first session will include a series of presentations from local colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and 6th Form students.  In the second session, students have the opportunity to meet representatives from a wide variety of local organisations to discuss their options going forward.   

Future events: 



For a chance to win four free tickets, follow the link below

Fill | The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Competition

Here is your chance to see the Tony Award winning hilarious 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee free. The successful winner will win 4 tickets to either the 14th or 15th November production in the Performing Arts Centre at Hinchingbrooke School. The winner of this competition will have to spell the most words correctly and complete this spelling bee form in the quickest time. Good Luck


Wednesday, 14th November - School production of ‘Anna Putnam Spelling Bee’ 5.30-10pm PAC

Thursday, 15th November – School production of ‘Anna Putnam Spelling Bee’ 5.30-10pm PAC

Monday 19th November – Year 11 trial exam fortnight begins

Friday, 22nd November – Years 7 to 13 - Academic Review Day

'Careers Consultation'

The Careers Team would like to offer the students and parents/carers of Year 11 and 13 students the opportunity to book a Careers Consultation during this event.  This session will be in addition to the tutor meeting and offers students the opportunity to discuss options going forward.  Please contact Mr O'Shaughnessy at for further details, or to book a time. 

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

Finally, as we head into the season of Halloween and Bonfire night, of shorter days and more journeys in the dark, remember to be seen and be safe.


Lorraine Cunningham, Assistant Principal