The Thomas Hardye School

News Archive
Autumn Term 2014



9DD do Prufrock!

poetry group

Will Bendall, Hermione Marston, Josh Fidler and Florence Smith engage with the dramatic potential of T.S Eliot’s ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’.

See the video they made.



Shelterbox visit Year 9 Geography


60 Geographers in Year 9 were invited to a talk by Ian Brooke, a volunteer from the charity Shelterbox. Ian brought in an example of the boxes which are shipped globally to areas which have experienced a natural or human disaster. Students were told about the vital, life-saving shelter and equipment which comes in each box and asked some thoughtful questions about their use across the world.



Christmas Wreaths made by Business Studies students


Year 10 Business Studies Students worked in conjunction with Kingston Maurward College floristry department to design, cost and make Christmas Wreaths last week. Students spent the day working with the floristry students on a combined project which raised £240.00 for The Hub.



Thomas Hardye's star young chefs!

Young Chef

Last month, twelve year 10 Food and Nutrition students took part in the first heat of the Enterprise and Skills Company’s Yes Chef competition, in school.  They all had to produce a risotto main course, and a dessert or a starter that included Bramley apples to complete the meal, within two hours. The variety of different risotto’s produced was amazing, and extremely diverse, from pancetta bacon and mushroom, to saffron and even a beetroot risotto.



Levi Roots Dragon Slayer inspires Year 9


Students anticipating the visit of Levi Roots to the school were not disappointed today. The famous entrepreneur came to speak to Year 9 students and inspired them with his passion for music and food. During his talk he sang to the students using the very same guitar and song that he had used to pitch to the Dragons and his message was quite simply “Never forget where you are coming from, be you. If you want to be a success anyone can because if I did, anyone can do it.”



Cache Sixth Formers get work placement 'uniform'


The CACHE Early Year Students in the sixth form will be wearing new uniform for their work placement from January 2015. All students doing the Level 2 and Level 3 Child Care and Education Diploma and Awards spend 2 days a week in Early Years Setting throughout their time on the course. This develops their vocational skills in preparation for future careers working in a variety of professions. Previous student have gone on to primary teaching, nursing, Early Years workers, nannying etc



Sixth Formers become Sports Leaders

sports leaders

At the start of the year 15 Sixth formers successfully applied to be Thomas Hardye’s first College Sports Leaders. Each applicant wrote a letter explaining what they could bring to enhance college sport and sporting opportunities within school. The Sports Leaders immediately set to work organising the inter college Volleyball competition which has involved every tutor group in the lower school, with estimated participant numbers at 900 pupils!



Thomas Hardye Students are Mathletes!


A team of some of our greatest mathletes from our sixth form came a record third in the Southern Regional Finals of the UKMT Senior Team Competition this November.



Pathways Students live up to their name!


Year 11 Pathways Students from Thomas Hardye School have assisted in a year-long project to create seven serene spaces for staff and students at Kingston Maurward College.



Thomas Hardye Girls Sports Success

sport success

Niamh Houghton (L) and Katherine Wilberforce (R) have both been selected for Dorset County Youth teams. Niamh has been selected to train with the U14’s Dorset County Hockey Team, with the hope of playing to represent the county. Katherine has been selected to play with U15 Dorset County Netball team down in Bournemouth.



Students undertake First Aid Course

First Aid Course

CACHE staff and students at the Thomas Hardye School undertook first aid training on the 18th November. The day long programme led by Mr Williams taught them about conducting CPR and dealing with an unconscious casualty.  It also included common first aid problems such as dealing with wounds and bleeding with everyone having the opportunity to experience each of the practical scenarios.



Little Japan in West Sussex?!

Japanese School

On Saturday 8th November, five of our year 12 boys embarked on an exchange visit with their teacher; an exchange visit unusual in that they did not go abroad. The exchange was with the Rikkyo School in England, an independent boarding school which follows the Japanese curriculum. All of the students are Japanese, and the majority return to Japan for their university studies.




Revamp logo

Revamp is a new business formed by Thomas Hardye Sixth Form students Dan Hobday, Laura Shepheard, Tess McNab, Tobias Brookes, Amy Cowley, James Duncan and Sophie Colley. The business aims to buy damaged antiques, to repair them with care and their own sense of style and to sell them on.



Challenging Perceptions of Engineering

Railway Challenge

The creativity, design and engineering skills of Year 9 pupils have been tested twice within the past week thanks to inspiring sessions run by The Smallpeice Trust and the Dragonfly Day team at the University of Southampton.



Thomas Hardye School Remembrance Ceremony 2014


Sadly, the weather again defeated the School's plans for its usual whole school commemoration of Remembrance. This was disappointing for everyone, especially considering the special significance of this year. However, the school believes strongly in acknowledging the loss and sacrifice made by so many ex students in wartime.



Thomas Hardye success in Dressage Finals

Equestrian team

The Thomas Hardye School took a team of young riders to a National School Equestrian Association (NSEA) dressage qualifier held at Moreton Equestrian Centre on 3rd of October, as an attempt to gain a position at the NSEA National Championship later that month. After a fantastic result from each rider the team achieving 1st place, qualifying themselves for the Great Britain finals.



Young Chef Competition

Young Chef

At the end of last half term, five year 11 Food GCSE students took part in an in-school heat to determine our competitor for the Rotary Young Chef Competition 2015. Restaurateur Mark Vaughan, from Vaughan’s Bistro in Weymouth, came to judge the students, along with other members of Casterbridge Rotary.  The students had to cook a two course meal, to include several difficult techniques and seasonal produce, in less than two hours.  



October Science Fest for All

Science Festival

Hundreds of visitors of all ages came from as far afield as Hampshire and Wiltshire to be entertained and educated at the recent Family Festival of Science held at The Thomas Hardye School. The Dorchester Area School Partnership banded together with partner organisations to offer a greater selection of science activities and displays than ever before in order to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography, Society of Biology’s  Biology Week, Earth Science Week and the Big Draw simultaneously. 



Apple Maths!

Apple store visit

A group of Year 10 students have been lucky enough to experience Maths Apple-style during a visit to the Apple store in Southampton. Mr Goddard's GCSE Maths group got to try out Apple's latest computers and software in the glitzy surroundings of the technology giant's south coast Headquarters.





Year 11 Geographers took part in a workshop run by the British Cartographical Society centred around the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. Students were divided into teams of 5 and had to take on a specific role within their group which focused on a particular perspective of the relief operation. Some students had to think with a military focus, others had to consider the humanitarian response and one person in the group had to co-ordinate all of the information that was coming to them.



Young Enterprise Route to Work Business Challenge Day

Young Enterprise

On Friday 3 October the Young Enterprise Route to Work Business Challenge took place at THS.  Chris Lincoln, YE Manager for North Dorset and six Business Advisors from local businesses held a Business Challenge Day when teams from AS Business Studies, Travel and Tourism and Applied Business had to buy an imaginary business and then produce a business plan and then make a presentation.  The advisors acted as judges and prizes were given to the winning teams.



Success for Under 16 Netball Team

Netball Team

The Thomas Hardye school girls U16 Netball team qualified for the county netball tournament after winning the area tournament with easy. The girls played really well in difficult conditions. They came up against tough opposition in their group including Canford and Clayesmore but fought hard throughout and never gave up. They beat Beaminster 11-8 and Twynham  8-7, giving them 4th place overall in there group.



Thomas Hardye Students compete in Japan

Japan team

The Thomas Hardye School has been involved with the UK Japan Young Scientist Workshops for two years now. In 2013 we accompanied students to Cambridge and Kyoto Universities, and this year we travelled again to Cambridge, and also to Tohoku University in the north of Japan. The Clifton Scientific Trust organises and runs these workshops to promote scientific enterprise, research and collaboration between the UK and Japan.



The Thomas Hardye College System completes First year

College graph

Last year was the inauguration of the college system. Four colleges were founded, and as soon as they were founded they started to compete against each other. Napier, Trenchard, Henning and Stratford, each with their own quirks. Over the course of the year students were able to obtain college tokens for excellent pieces of work, great involvement in the lessons and outstanding effort. Each token was then deposited in the relevant college boxes.



The Thomas Hardye Singers to perform with world-leading students


Imperial College London is one of the top 10 universities in the world, and DASP students will be performing with students from Imperial in St Mary’s Church Dorchester on Saturday 25th October.

Students from both Hardye’s and local middle schools will be singing and playing along with the College’s award-winning orchestra in a wonderful programme of great classics.



Success at the inter-school Geography Quiz!

winning Team

Thomas Hardye School Geographers battled it out against Beaminster and Gryphon school students in our annual WorldWise Geography competition. Students had to answer a range of questions on all aspects of Geography, from the weather to fieldwork to map skills. In total, 12 teams took part and the winners were Michael Norman (10AP), Callum Blair (10NP) and Dan Fournier (10CP) from The Thomas Hardye School. One of our teams also secured the second place. They will now be put forward for selection in the National Finals which take place later in the year.



Students of Hardye's make an appearance at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Over the Summer holiday, a group of outstanding Theatre Studies performed their A2 practical performance to an audience at the Fringe Festival. The examination piece,  a Berkoff-inspired revamp of Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, Dorian Gray, received excellent reviews in which they were commended for their initiative and ability to perform  with such technical skill.



Latest THS CCF intake tipped to be the best in years

CCF logos

The latest intake of CCF recruits have begun their Phase One training and are set to be the best intake in years! 

This year the CCF has taken on only 30 recruits between both Army and RAF sections across years 9 – 11 with the establishment of a waiting list for potentially a second intake later in the year. 



Henning College leads THS efforts to tackle cancer

Coffee Morning

On Friday 26th September the Henning College charity team led the THS Macmillan Cancer Support World's Largest Coffee Morning. Kevin Matthews, the Henning College charity coordinator, said "It was a crazy break time with students deliberately making an effort to bring friends along to support the coffee morning.

It was fantastic to see so many people coming along, not necessarily to buy, but to show their support for Macmillan". [More]


New windsurfing opportunities available as
THS partners with OTC windsurfing school

OTC Handshake

The Thomas Hardye School has become an associated partner with The Official Test Centre (OTC) Windsurfing School based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. This new partnership enables pupils to become OTC members for just £20 per year.  This entitles members to massive discounts on kit hire rates (windsurfing and stand up paddling) starting from £5 per 2 hour session or £15 for the day! Membership also entitles pupils to 10% discount on tuition, 10% off retail prices in the shop and a free OTC tee shirt! . [More]


Thomas Hardye School is supporting a Dorchester Community Project 2014-15

Group Photo

A "Grass-Free Lawn" is being developed for the Borough Gardens. A wide variety of low-growing flowering plants are being grown by schools, other community groups and individuals with the aim of promoting biodiversity for the enjoyment of visitors to the gardens! The project is being led by Dorset Wildlife Trust following advice gained from research at Reading University. [More]


First Fire drill of the year
goes well.


We created a time lapse film of our Fire Drill in September. A webcam took a photo every two seconds.

The students (all 2500 of them!) were very impressive in how they got into their Assemby point groups with a minimum of fuss.

See the Time Lapse movie

Food Tech receive brand new aprons from Casterbridge Rotary Club

Apron Presentation

The Food department are very pleased to have recently been donated fifty new aprons from the Casterbridge Rotary Club. 

Members from the Rotary Club, including Diana Apps, who was responsible for the donation, as well as Mark Vaughan, and David Illingworth,  recently came into school to witness the presentation of aprons from John Adams, President of Casterbridge Rotary,  to the students . 


Thomas Hardye teacher attends 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education

Hall of names

THS Holocaust and Genocide Education Programme Coordinator, Kevin Matthews, spent the penultimate week of the 2014 summer term at the 9th International Conference on Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel.  The conference, much of which was streamed live across the world due to very high interest, saw 400 delegates from over 50 countries engage in discussions and reflections on the future of holocaust education and remembrance. 


Latest News from the Science Department

In February of 2014, a group of around 20 students supervised by Physics teacher Mr Stabellini embarked on a trip to the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland; a second trip also ran in June. The trips mainly revolved around exploring the CERN laboratories and learning about the work done at CERN, but we were also given plenty of time in Geneva for exploring (and souvenir shopping!). The trip was particularly useful for the Thomas Hardye CERN@School club, who are currently using a Medipix sensor chip developed by CERN and gifted to the school to build a 3D radiation scanner.


Year 9 remembers Rwanda and honours its development during World In Dorset Day 2014!

World in Dorset

This year’s World In Dorset Day (WIDD14) looked at the development of Rwanda since the genocide against the Tutsi of 1994.   Friday 4th July 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the end of the genocide in which 1million people were murdered in 100 days.  This anniversary day marked the end of 100 days of global commemorations known as Kwibuka20


The Teachers of Tomorrow…à Damers

Damers French

On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, eight groups of year twelve French students walked to Damers First School to give some interactive French lessons to year threes.

We were initially apprehensive about teaching the year threes (of ages seven and eight) but as soon as we began, their eagerness was evident. Each group we taught were full of energy and ready to listen, making out job a lot easier (than sixth form teachers…)!


Hardye’s Music Students Enjoy Workshops at Cerne Abbas and Plush Festivals

Music Workshop

In the summer months especially, Dorset attracts some of the very best musicians in Europe. The wonderful thing for us is that these musicians are keen to organise public workshops, and our students are invited to take part.



Students on Archaeology Trip to Druce Farm

Archaeology Trip

Year 10 and 12 History students have been lucky enough to visit and learn about the work of archaeologists at the site of a Roman villa at Druce Farm near Piddlehinton.  This area is now in its third and final year of excavation and it was an excellent experience for students to learn about the process of excavating a site under the guidance of experienced archaeologists. 


Year 12 step into the shoes of UN delegates for the day!

model UN

On Monday 14th July, 160 Year 12 students took on the roles of representatives of different countries in a Model United Nations Conference.
The day started with Simon Arthy making an excellent speech around what conflict means for individual people, focusing on child soldiers on Sierra Leone. He finished by stating “global problems need global solutions”, stressing the role of the UN in conflict resolution.


Former THS student passes for duty


Former THS student, Jordan McLaren, recently passed for duty as a Royal Marines Commando at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon after undergoing the world’s toughest basic military training. 

Mne McLaren undertook the world famous 32 week Commando course in order to win the coveted Green Beret which he received after the ‘30 miler’ his final Commando test. 


GCSE Results - Maths and English results go up again.

GCSE Results

Staff and students at Thomas Hardye were delighted to see results in maths and English rising yet again: 78% of students achieved grade C or above in maths and 80% in English; a remarkable 89% achieved a pass in English Literature! The number of students achieving 5 passes at grade C or above including English and maths was 68%, in line with last year’s excellent result. 10 students achieved all their passes at grade A/A* and both Ada Barume and Lucy Harron managed 11 A*’s!


Another excellent year of A level results.

A level results

The Thomas Hardye School is celebrating record A Level results with over one third of all grades recorded at the highest level:  over 36% of grades were at A*/A which is a record for Hardye’s and compares to a national average of 26% in 2013.  The number of passes at grades A-C went up by 4% to 83% and the overall pass rate was 97%. Seventy five students achieved A A B or better and 35 achieved at least 3 A* grades at A2.


Year 9 Rounders Team Qualify for Dorset Schools Championships


Year 9 Rounders Team Qualify for Dorset Schools ChampionshipsThe Year 9 rounders team recently qualified to represent West Dorset at The Dorset Schools Championships. The girls played five games in a tough pool, winning 4 in convincing fashion and only narrowly losing to Parkstone Gammar by half a rounder. Thomas Hardye came runners up in their pool, qualifying for the semi-final where they played against the very strong Bournemouth School for Girls.


THS Students to work with Science students in Japan

Japan Visit prep

Four year 12 students from the Thomas Hardye School are off to Japan this summer, to work with Japanese students on science projects at the University of Tohoku, Sendai.

They have been doing some teambuilding activities with Mr Richmond, who will be taking 4 students to the University of Cambridge for the UK leg of these 2014 UK Japan Young Scientist Workshops 




Year 9 Student wins History Fiction award Year 9 student


Harry Arnold, has been chosen as one of the winners of the Historical Association Historical Fiction Competition 2014. 

His story ‘Brutality’ (based on the opening days of the Battle of the Somme), was selected as one of the 6 winning stories from over 100 entries from across the country. 


Students attend Culinary Masterclass

Food masterclass

Fifteen lucky year 10 Food and Nutrition students recently had the chance to work extend their cookery skills, by taking part in a Culinary Master class, run by the Enterprise and Skills Company. 

The Head chef from the four star Bournemouth Marriott Hotel, came to educate the students in the art of gutting, descaling, filleting and cooking whole lemon sole. 



Middle School Students come to Thomas Hardye for workshops in Art and Dance

Middle school dance

Recently, 30 gifted and talented students came from the three middle schools in DASP to the Thomas Hardye school Art Department to work with Jane Chapman and Tim Warnes.

Chapman and Warnes are two Dorset based illustrators with international success.


Thomas Hardye celebrates students' achievements


Thomas Hardye School's annual prizegiving ceremonies recently took place in the School Theatre over two nights. Guest speaker at both events was Rachael Chadwick.


Rachael is the daughter of Dorchester Middle School's Headteacher, Paul Chadwick.



Futures Day inspires Sixth Form

Futures Day

At the end of June, 40 local Dorset based visitors ran workshops for students to inform them of what their jobs involved and what they looked for in their employees.

The Thomas Hardye Sixth Form were very fortunate to have support and input from Andrew Roberts Wray the Headteacher of Sunninghill School, who also chairs the Dorset Beacon network.


Thomas Hardye CCF at Bovington Tankfest


Last weekend 28-29 July, The Thomas Hardye School CCF was involved not only in completing their final Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Award expeditions and flying with the RAF but also in supporting the Tank museum at Bovington.




Windsurfers at Sainsbury's Dorset School Games 2014


The Thomas Hardye School windsurfing team took a very respectable 5th place in the windsurfing section at the Sainsbury’s  Dorset School Games recently.

Competing with schools from all parts of the county, the 7 strong team raced all day in near perfect conditions at The Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.


Pathways and BTEC Students working hard to raise funds for charity


The Level 1 Pathways students of The Thomas Hardye School are studying the CoPE course alongside the Level 1 NVQ in Land Based Work Based Studies at Kingston Maurward College. 

As part of the CoPE course they have to organise and hold a fundraising event for a charity of their choice.




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