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Week A Commencing 1st April 2019

Message of the Week

Welcome to week 28

On Friday, we hosted our first WOW, our World of Work day.  The school site was buzzing with excitement as students spent the day completing challenges, considering careers and visiting a range of stalls and workshops.  See our twitter account and The Hinchingbrooke Herald (to be published soon) for more photographs of the day.

 

Congratulations to 8P2 who won the poster competition.

Hot Chocolate Friday is a reward for our students who behave impeccably, but are too easily forgotten, or in recognition of going ‘Over & Above’ in some significant way.

Last week, we celebrated a group of girls whose contributions included helping a prospective student, being an excellent entrepreneurial role model for peers and assisting the Art Department in preparing for The Bridge Arts Festival.

 

Golden Antler Winners

Each 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 … 

… 7W1 for the third consecutive week.  Well done to the Wylton students for excellent attitudes to learning over the past three weeks. 

And winner of the Middle School Golden Antlers was …

… 9M1 – Well done to the year 9 students in this Montagu tutor group.

Previous winners:

7W1

11W2

Travel update:

Monday, April 01st, the path opposite the school – in front of the Police Headquarters - is still open and should remain open until at least the end of this week

Once the path is closed, students leaving school who wish to turn left at the main crossing will continue to have access, whereas students who wish to turn right will not.

This means that after Easter, students walking or cycling to and from school from Brampton, Godmanchester and Huntingdon will need to modify their route as they will not be able to use the crossing outside the main entrance to Hinchingbrooke School.

Student safety is our priority so in preparation for this, we have mapped out a new path for cyclists and pedestrians:

The yellow block shows the area where work is being undertaken.  The blue line indicates the pathway that will be closed.  The alternative route therefore will be the green lines through school leading to the underpass on Brampton Road and then for students heading to Huntingdon, the station or Godmanchester, the purple route (using the cycle path) for cyclists and the red route (using the underpass) for pedestrians.

We very much appreciate parental support in encouraging students to be patient and stick to the new pathways.  The alternatives mean crossing busy roads, which could be dangerous and result in accidents. 

       

Dates for your diary

This week:

Monday 1st to Friday 5th April – week 2 of Year 10 Trial exams

Saturday 6th April

Creative workshop with Circuit HBK

Come and join us for an exciting character generating costume workshop, where you will be able to explore and play with new materials, while connecting with the people and stories around you.  No experience needed, you will be guided by members of Circuit HBK. 

This drop-in workshop is free.  It is part of The Bridge Arts Festival and will run from 2pm – 5pm at the Godmanchester Baptist Church. 

The Bridge Arts Festival - facebook.com

Next week:

Monday, 08th April to Monday, 22nd April – EASTER BREAK

Future events:

Tuesday, 23rd April - School resumes

Thursday, 25th April – Year 12 Parents Evening

Monday 29th April - Year 7 Bike Safety Assembly

Monday, 6th May – Bank Holiday

Thursday, 9th May – Parent Forum, 7pm, House

Friday, 17th MayYear 13 Leavers’ Assembly and barbeque

Tuesday, 21st May – Year 7 Parents Evening

Friday, 24th May - Year 13 students will officially leave Hinchingbrooke

Year 13 Study arrangements:

Post 16 exams are earlier this year, with some happening before the summer half term, and Art, BTEC and AS exams earlier still. The Exam timetable is on the school website.

Students will be given the half day off timetable prior to any exam before half-term, i.e. the morning off if they have an afternoon exam, and the afternoon before off if they have a morning exam. We will, however, keep teaching lessons up to half term. 

After half term, teachers will be available at the times that Year 13 lessons would have occurred for any students who want support until their exams. Course teams will also put on Revision Workshops, which they will advertise to students. Some courses may wish to continue putting on structured lessons. In these cases, they will inform their students, who must attend.  If they are unable to attend, students should communicate with their teachers in the usual manner.

Saturday, 25th May to Sunday 02nd June – Half Term break

Monday, 3rd June - School resumes

Monday, 3rd June to Friday, 14th June – Year 10 Work Experience

Monday, 3rd June to Friday, 14th June – Year 7 exams

Tuesday, 11th June – Year 9 Parents Evening

Thursday, 13th June – Art Exhibition

Friday 21st June – Y11 Formal

Tuesday, 25th June – Hinchingbrooke’s Got Talent

Wednesday, 26th June – Year 11 Leaver’s Assembly

Thursday, 27th June – Sports Day

Friday, 28th June – Staff Training Day

Tuesday, 2nd to Thursday, 4th – Year 7 Taster Days

Thursday, 4th July – Year 7 Taster Evening

Tuesday, 9th July – Junior Bossendorfer Concert

Friday, 19th July – last day of term

Saturday, 20th July to Sunday, 1st September – Summer break

Monday, 2nd September - Staff Training Day

Tuesday, 3rd September - Year 7 and 12 back to school

Wednesday, 4th September - everyone back to school

 

Staff news:

Sadly, we say goodbye this week to Mrs Crawford, part time teacher of English.  We wish her well.

Happily, we say hello to Katie Carr, Teacher of Maths, who will be starting after Easter.

 

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

Lorraine Cunningham, Assistant Principal