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Today some of our year 12s were pleased to welcome Ben Dugri’s Grandfather into Thomas Hardye School to speak with the students about his original signed copy of the Ulster Covenant, which belonged to and was signed by Ben’s great-great-grandfather!
Congratulations to Robert Lo Cascio in Year 9 who came 7th in the Waltz at the U16 National Finals for Ballroom and Latin dance. The competition was held over 3 days with 120 competitors dancing a variety of dances from the Rumba to the Jive. The standard was incredibly high and Robert and his partner performed consistently throughout.
The Thomas Hardye School Dance Show took place on 23rd November, involved over 80 dancers from all year groups performing a wide variety of work in a variety of dance styles. A special addition to the programme was a preview from this year’s Rock Challenge piece, which will be performed in its entirety as part of the National competition in March.
On Monday 28th November it was time for the Girls Inter-College Hockey Competition across years 9, 10 and 11. Every year group produced a full team for each of the four colleges, meaning there was an amazing atmosphere consisting of over 120 girls out on the Astro playing Hockey and representing their college, an outstanding achievement.
Sky News’ reporter Jon Desborough gave the English and Media Sixth Form students an inspiring and motivational speech as to how they may carve out a career in the news business. With jobs ranging from tech design to anchoring, he explained how the industry requires an ability to work cooperatively, to take risks and to accept challenges.
Recently, eighteen year 12 students visited Craig's Farm Dairy in Osmington, as part of their AS Food Technology course. After a tour of the milk processing unit, milking parlour, dairy herd and their young calves, the students were asked to create their own flavour of ice cream, made with lashings of Criag's famous rich double cream.
On Friday 18th November, the PE department took on separate Year 12 and Year 13 teams in a charity netball match in order to raise money for Children in Need, both teams were made up of male and females.
30 students from across Year 9 to 11, were invited to an evening meal at Pizza Express on Tuesday. These students had achieved the most tokens across the first half term at school. Tokens are given out for excellent work, effort, superb contributions and 100% attendance.
Some of our best chefs have been competing in two competitions recently. These were the school heats that would send the very best on to the next rounds.
The competitions were organised by the Rotary Club and by the Enterprise and Skills Company.
Original project research carried out by the CERN@school team (L-R) Alfred dal Din, Jonathan Hoare, Emily McFarlane, Joshua Doherty and Joshua Nugent, all in in Year 13, has been rewarded by a chance to meet astronaut Tim Peake and to receive Gold Crest awards, presented by Dr Michael Campbell, leader of the Medipix laboratory, CERN.
On Friday 11th November. The Thomas Hardye School commemorated Armistice Day with its annual event, supported by the whole school. Blessed with the best weather for a few years, near to two and a half thousand students stood respectfully at the top of Queens Avenue.
On Thursday 27th October, Matthew Torok and Stephen Workman attended a ceremony in London to receive Arkwright Scholarship Awards, recognising their potential to become future leaders of the engineering profession. Matthew’s award is being sponsored by Coventry University whilst Stephen’s is sponsored by the RAF.
The Thomas Hardye Theatre is excited to welcome a woman who paved the way for female journalists. Best known for being a former correspondent for the BBC, Kate Adie will be recalling stories from her career in which she reported from war zones across the world.
Pasquale Landolfi has been selected for the England National Squad in Basketball. This is a truly remarkable achievement for such a talented sports person. Pasquale will represent the South West region alongside other regions across the country.
A strong contingent of Thomas Hardye students consisting of Charlie Ainsworth, Zoe Kibbey, Rosie Russell, Molly Russell, Jasmin Edwardson, Izzy Whitty, Connor Pullin, Deborah Blair Matteo Apetino, George Rogers and Georgia Edwards made the trip to the National Championships after all qualifying for their classes at regional qualifiers throughout the year.
'Can computer science be used to replace live animals in drug testing?', 'How exposed is our personal security as a result of social media?', 'What is it like to study at University?' and, crucially, 'How do students get into universities like Oxford and Cambridge?' These were just some of the questions considered by year 11 students when they visited Merton College, University of Oxford on 11th October.
On Thursday 13th October, the Under 16's Netball girls went down to Budmouth to represent the school in the County Netball Tournament. We had a tough pool including Blandford, Sherborne Girls, Poole Grammar School and Canford.
We were recently invited by Dorchester's 'Churches together Ecology Group' to find some students keen to challenge our MP about progress made on the Paris Agreement, a year after the summit took place.
Saturday October 8th saw the latest in Thomas Hardye's Family Festival of Science events attended by over a thousand people of all ages. As always the emphasis was on showing that science can be fun and exciting. Activities were designed to appeal to all ages, so that children could collaborate with older siblings, parents and grandparents.
Henry Dipple, Cameron Robinson and Luke Wheeler have all been successful after completing trails to represent South West England in ASA National Age Groups Qaterpolo competition in Walsal in December. A fantastic achievement well done to them.
The Thomas Hardye Singers will be singing at Worcester College Oxford next May, and on Saturday 12th November at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. They will sing the ‘Requiem’ by Mozart with Imperial College Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will also play the ever-popular ‘1812 Overture’ by Tchaikovsky.
On Monday 26th September the Languages Department once again celebrated the annual European Day of Languages. It's a day to encourage language learning for young and old. This year's events were also an opportunity to highlight the huge value of our school's cultural diversity.
The Sixth Form Team is gearing up for another Open Evening for prospective students for the 2017 intake. On Thursday 20th October from 6pm - 9pm at the school in Queens Avenue, we welcome Thomas Hardye Year 11 students and those currently studying at other schools in the area. It is the ideal opportunity to meet staff and students, see what subjects are on offer.
Oliver Fellows10ZL and William Adler 10AS have been selected for the RYA National Topper Squad.This is part of the Royal Yachting Association’s pathway from Club to Olympic sailing. Being a National Squad member will give them access to the world class national training programme for Britain's top Junior sailors.
On Friday 23rd September, the school welcomed the human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, who spoke to sixth form students about his work representing people on death row and those detained in Guantanamo Bay.
Congratulations to Katherine Wilberforce who has been selected for the South West Netball Academy. A great achievement, and one that sees her playing and training up at Bath University twice a week.
Congratulations to Isabelle Roberts, Jessamy Baker and Skyla Erskine who have been selected for the Dorset U16 County Netball Team. The girls were put through 3 separate trials against stiff opposition to get into the squad.
An excellent achievement, well done!
Staff and students at Thomas Hardye celebrated a record breaking set of GCSE results following on from last week’s A levels. The number of students achieving 5 passes at grade C or above including English and maths was 76% - well above any previous performance. The number of entries at the very highest A* grade reached almost 10% while 56% of entries were at grade B or above.
The Thomas Hardye School is celebrating another outstanding set of A Levels results on a par with the record breaking outcomes from last year. The overall pass rate was over 98% with almost one third of passes at grade A or A*. These results confirm Thomas Hardye's position as a leading provider of post-16 education with a national reputation.
Students from Thomas Hardye presented selected projects at the annual Valter Prize Award Ceremony held at Bournemouth University on the 15th July and were delighted to be rewarded with certificates and generous cash prizes for their excellent design technology and science work.
419 students have been presented with certificates for outstanding achievement this year. Certificates are given out for Bronze, Silver and Gold awards depending on the amount of tokens they have achieved. We also presented the students photographed with the Headteacher’s Award.
On Wednesday 13th July 2016, 39 Year 9 students visited Bournemouth University for the day as part of the school’s Careers and Most Able programmes. Accompanied by staff, students attended a bespoke Open Day which included a talk from Student Ambassadors, personalised tours and activities.
On June 29th 2016 we, (THS Development side being a mixture of U14/U15 and 1stXI), were due to play the formidable Xavier College who are touring England all the way from Melbourne; Australia. However the English weather intervened meaning we were unable to play the cricketing giants in a traditional England V Australia outdoor format.
On Friday 8th July the school held its World in Dorset Day. The objectives were to increase Year 9 students’ knowledge of Global issues. The students were given the opportunity to voice their opinion, and get involved and make a difference.
On Friday 24th June Thomas Hardye ran their annual Sports Day for both year 9 and year 10. The day started off very well with the weather looking to hold out. But unfortunately by lunchtime the heavens opened and we had to call off the year 10 Sports Day in the afternoon; typical British weather!
At the beginning of March, Year 9 Student Hannah McFarlane had a half day’s leave of absence for an audition in North Devon for the “2016 Two Moors Young Musicians Platform Competition”. This is a most prestigious young musicians competition in the South West attracting young musicians from the entire of the South West including many specialist music school students.
On the 4th July, 8 GCSE PE students travelled up to SW19 to watch the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Pupils had Court 2 tickets and watched singles matches in both the 3rd and 4th rounds. The highlight was a 5 set match between David Goffin and Milos Raonic. Pupils also were able to wander around the rest of the grounds and take in the atmosphere, as well as watch the big screen on Murray Mound.
The University of Exeter hosted this year’s Big Bang South West event at the end of June, giving students at Thomas Hardye a chance to showcase STEM project work that they had been carrying out throughout the year. Three groups of year 9 girls, presented their projects on sustainability to industry leaders and judges in the regional heat of the annual ‘National Science and Engineering Competition’.
This year Dorchester Schools Sailing team took on the responsibility of trying to hold last year’s position as Champions. Teams should consist of twelve sailors and Dorchester schools had only seven; there was clearly a great deal of work to do! This event was especially challenging as it was a secondary school event and our intrepid team members were drawn from years 6 to 9.
On Monday 27th June our exceptional Thomas Hardye girls represented the school in the County Cup Football Final against Corfe Hills. It was a hot afternoon on the astro and both teams started strong. Corfe Hills went 2-0 up inside the first half but our girls did not give up. Creating and pushing for chances and finally Lauren McIntyre took her chance to score making it 2-1 just before half time.
Congratulations to Bethan Miller in 12LM! Bethan has received a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade for her Classics essay from Fitzwilliam College at the University of Cambridge. Bethan discovered the competition online and wrote an essay entitled, ‘Political Freedom in Classical Athens: a consideration of the modern concept of human rights in conjunction with an exploration of political privilege and legal status in Athens during the 5th century B.C.’
A number of external employers joined the Year 10 workshops this week to kick start the students’ interview preparation. Students worked in small groups with employers to identify their skills and qualities and prepare a personal profile to present to at their interview in July.
After an extremely early start our team of 19 made it to Dorchester south train station for 6:50am……..all but one who slept through his alarm! After arriving at London Waterloo we got the underground to the Olympic Park when we reached our destination the heaven’s opened and we could tell we were in for a wet day.
We are pleased to announce that the Level 1 and 2 students have passed the ASDAN qualification, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE). This is a two year course which involved both practical and academic work. Part of this qualification involved students attending Kingston Maurward College for horticulture, agriculture and countryside management.
During half-term, 40 Year 10 Geographers took a tour to Sicily for 5 days to explore some of the volcanic and cultural sites around the North and West of the island. A cable car and 4x4s took us close to the very top of Mt Etna (which some of us could see from our hotel windows!) and we took a boat trip out to the islands of Panarea and Stromboli (also a volcano!).
The Year 9 Rounders team have continued to make excellent progress, winning every game played so far this season and two major tournaments. After only playing together for two weeks they comfortably won the Thomas Hardye Invitation Rounders Tournament, beating some tough opponents.
On Monday 6th June, Thomas Hardye year 9s played Gillingham cricket club in the county plate competition. After being knocked out of the county cup, it was really important to us to win this match. We got to Gillingham after an hour drive and made a quick start into the match.
On June 8th, the Art Department had some unexpected visitors when a swarm of bees decided to set up home there.
They did seem to be keeping themselves to themselves. However, student safety must be our priority, therefore a specialist collector/bee keeper was called to move them out.
30 students studying triple science in Year 9 took part in an inspirational ‘Discovering River Ecology Day’ at the Freshwater Biological Association’s River Laboratory just before half term. The fieldwork and laboratory activities were led by Professor Genoveva Esteban from Bournemouth University and Dr Jeremy Rowe, Head of Biology at THS.
On Friday 20th May our Year 9 Dance club joined with thousands of others worldwide to perform a dance as part of an international celebration of dance. Students performed the piece choreographed by British choreographer Akram Khan at 1pm in the studio in a world record attempt to have as many people as possible performing one piece at the same time.
The Thomas Hardye school has achieved a Gold award for the national RE Quality Mark. The REQM is a national award that recognises high quality learning in religious education.
Mr Long’s Year 10 GCSE PE group went to St. Osmunds middle school on Friday 13th to help the Year 6s celebrate the end of their SATS. All of the Year 10s had as much fun as the Year 6s and the entire day was a huge success.
On Saturday 14th May 8 intrepid Geographers took on the challenge of a coasteering session at Lulworth Cove. After getting kitted up in our kit we braved the chilly waters of the cove to explore some coastal features from a very different perspective.
Over the last month Napier College students have been raising money for Unicef by collecting loose change. They have been searching behind the sofa and digging into their pockets to find those 1p, 2p and other small coins which people often forget about. In the space of 4 weeks we have collected over £75 and 4 euros, 30 cents. Special mention should be given to 9RW and 9TA who raised nearly £45 just between the two tutor groups.
On Thursday 5th May Thomas Hardye held their annual Rounders Tournament down on the school field for both Year 9 and Year 10. The weather played it’s part and with over nine different schools arriving it was going to be an exciting afternoon. Both year groups played in a round robin format, so every game was to play for.
Over the course of this year Stratford College students have been developing the Environment Project by working alongside Damer’s First School. Earlier in the year our students taught Year 4 students about the causes, impacts and solutions to the issue of litter on the beach and in our seas. This has then led to those Damers’ students producing a range of presentations on those ideas, including making some animations.
Thomas Hardye student Zak Trevett is a talented artist who gets commissions for his original work even though he is just 15. His idol is American artist Jim Phillips and he has been lucky enough to meet him. Through this, Jim has acted as a mentor to Zak, offering advice and encouragement.
Year 11 Pathways students studying Land Based Operations at Kingston Maurward College have finally completed an extension to a pathway alongside the new glasshouses on the campus.
April 27th saw the Thomas Hardye School host a 'Kidsmeet' ICT event. These days involve young people demonstrating innovative uses of ICT to their peers. The event does not restrict ages of those involved. So its possible to see First school children explaining a technology they use to much older students.
In February 2016, for the first time students from Thomas Hardye School entered the UK Linguistics Olympiad, a National Competition for students with a talent for linguistics and problem solving. Sophie Bennett and Michael Norman (both year 11) were entered at advanced level, which is the highest tier of entry available.
Chemistry students Jake Hatton, Dan Warland, Will Adler and Jacob Cox in Years 10 and 9 competed as the South West’s regional winning team at the national finals of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual ‘Top of the Bench’ competition, held at Loughborough University last Saturday.
Just before Christmas, students in 9AS were encouraged to write 100-word mini sagas from the horror genre in their English lessons. The writing needed to establish an eerie, spine-tingling atmosphere and build blood-curdling tension.
This year 120 students from Years 9, 10 and 11 in The Thomas Hardye School undertook the Maths Challenge, run by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust. It is a UK wide competition aimed at stretching the highest achieving budding mathematicians in each school.
Last Saturday, Year 11 student Katie Platt travelled to Lincoln to take part in the National Final of the Rotary Young Chef competition. She beat 8,000 other students from around the UK to achieve a prestigious place in the final, where she competed against seven other students.
On Thursday March 17th, Puddletown First School Reception Class came to Thomas Hardye School to enjoy their Science Demo Day. Through the idea of exploring space they saw coloured flames, exploding film box lids and the energy produced by burning a jelly baby. Thomas Hardye Science teacher Ms Pengelly took them on a fascinating journey through various experiments.
On the 9th of March, students studying Spanish in years 9 and 10 spent a week in Murcia on the first leg of the Spanish exchange with our partner school, the Instituto Mariano Baquero.
On Wednesday 9th March a group of 14 students and two teachers attended WE Day UK 2016 at Wembley Stadium. The event is hosted by Free the Children and sponsored by Barclays Bank PLC and Virgin Atlantic. The line-up was impressive with top acts such as; Rita Ora, Fleur East, Dr Brian Cox and Labrinth all performing or talking, but more importantly, the event was to celebrate the charitable efforts of the 12,000 students.
During February half term, forty two pupils went skiing in Ischgl, Austria for the week. There was a range of abilities and everyone’s confidence grew by the end of the week, skiing down some more of the challenging runs. A thoroughly enjoyable trip which included pupils showing off their talents at curling and ice skating. Next year the trip is full and we will be going to St. Anton in Austria.
A group of twelve students from Years 9, 10 and 11 at The Thomas Hardye School have been working with local artist Peter Margerum to create a recycled artwork outside of the school’s Speech and Language base.
Thomas Hardye School was very grateful to Alok Jha, ITV Science Correspondent, who took time out of his busy filming schedule to give our penultimate Community lecture of the season on “The Extraordinary Story of Water” and to headline the school’s celebration of British Science Week. During the day he had been in Somerset, filming from a biplane for a future BBC programme, and was due in Leicester bright and early the following morning.
On Sunday 13th March, a group of 70 students and 10 teachers took part in a sponsored 18 mile ‘Walk for Water’ to raise money for WaterAid. Students arrived bright and early on this beautifully sunny day, and set off on their journey from the gates of Thomas Hardye School to Osmington Mills.
Last Saturday, Katie Platt in 11ST travelled to Paignton in Devon to take part in the Regional final of the Rotary Yong chef competition, and won a place in the final! She beat nine other students from around the south west to gain a place in the National final on April 16 in Lincoln. Katie wowed the judges with her impressive and highly technical menu, as well as her calm, organised way of working, and strict attention to hygiene throughout.
From the 1st to the 5th February 2016, Thomas Hardye School voted in the Youth Parliament. "The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning". Hardye group.
On March 4th a party of Thomas Hardye students went to see Team Bath in the netball and Bath won 60-44 against Loughborough Lightening.
As snow fell outside the University of Bath Sports Training Village, Team Bath gave a confident performance, thoroughly enjoyed by the Thomas Hardye group.
THS Sixth Form held their annual Big Brew yesterday, in conjunction with the Royal Voluntary Society. The sixth formers organised tea, cake and entertainment for Dorchester’s local elderly residents and invited them to our sixth form for a few hours of chit chat and music. It was a great day, enjoyed by all.
On Monday 29th February, all Year 13 Geography and Politics students took part in a Geopolitics Day focused around the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They learned about the historical causes and the immediate lead up to the genocide and had the chance to participate in a Model UN style activity; making decisions about how the UN should have acted back in 1994 just before the genocide broke out.
The annual Thomas Hardye School Florida science tour took place, with 64 students, over the February half term. The trip leader Mr Munro and 6 other members of staff supervised a packed itinerary of science, culture, education and fun. Our tour included locations such as; Orlando, Tampa, Cape Canaveral, Miami Beach, Key Largo and the Florida Everglades.
Who would have thought, a young lady from Bayeux very keen to return to her host family for roast beef dinner? But that’s the kind of thing that happens during an Exchange week! And what a week it was! A student in the French group was heard to say “This has been the best week of my life!”
A group of 10, year 11 students have been attending Kingston Maurward College over the last two years culminating in a Level 1 Certificate in Work-based Land Operations qualification.
On Thursday 3rd March, the Under 15's travelled to St. Mary's School in Shaftesbury to take part in the County finals. This was after winning the Area tournament last month. The girls played exceptionally well, always giving their best in every game. In our pool we were up against some tough competition but the girls never gave up.
On Sunday 13th March, about 60 students from Thomas Hardye School are undertaking a sponsored walk from Dorchester to Osmington Mills, where they will have to collect a minimum of 5 litres of water and then carry it back. A total distance of 16 miles.
During February half term, forty two Thomas Hardye students took to the ski slopes in Austria. The group was a mix between beginners and advanced and we skied in two areas; Nauders and the famous Ischgl. By the end of the week everyone’s confidence had grown and some of the more challenging slopes seemed easy.
Talented choreographer, Imogen Gray, has been chosen as a Young Creative for 2016 following a selection day for Youth Dance England at the Royal Opera House in Convent Garden. This is a programme for outstanding young choreographers run by Rambert, the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House.
From the 28th of January to the 4th of February, students studying A/S Spanish at Thomas Hardye visited their partner school El Colegio Maristes in Barcelona, Spain. Each student stayed with host families and participated in group activities during the day. On the Friday, students visited the famous Sagrada Familia.
Over 300 current and ex-THS students applied through the UCAS system this year and we have had an exceptional response with many now holding excellent offers from a wide range of universities. We are delighted that seven of our students received Oxbridge offers despite facing tough international competition.
Last Saturday, one of our talented year 11 Food GCSE students, Katie Platt, took part in the district final of the Rotary Young Chef competition, representing both Thomas Hardye School and Casterbridge Rotary Club.
A party of 10 sixth form Thomas Hardye biologists attended the first Partnership Grants conference at the Royal Society on Tuesday 2 February. They presented their project “Investigating the epidemiology of Borrelia spirochaetes in Dorset” to the President and Fellows of the Royal Society, Members of Parliament, invited guests and representatives from 11 other Partnership Grant schools.
Last Sunday 20 sixth formers from Thomas Hardye were stood outside the school gates at 6am on a Sunday morning in full business dress. This spectacle was a result of their decision to represent the school at the Bristol Grammar School 8th Annual Model UN conference. They were representing their assigned nations (Iran, China, Poland and Kenya) on various UN committees.
Clare Moody MEP spoke with sixth formers about her role in the European Parliament and why she believes that Britain is better off in the EU. She talked passionately about how EU membership helps Britain deal with practical issues like climate change and tax avoidance and about the moral case for remaining in the EU.
Thursday 4th and Friday 5th February sees the Thomas Hardye production of Alice in Wonderland come to the School Theatre. Tickets are £8 and available from Reception. get yours now before they sell out!
On the evening of Wednesday 13th January, a group of 15 Year 11 Aspiring Minds members invited staff, students and parents to their Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) Presentation Evening. The HPQ is a standalone qualification designed for students to develop and extend an academic topic or area of personal interest outside their main programme of GCSE or A Level study.
The ICT and Computing department hosted 2 excellent STEM workshops delivered by Bournemouth University aimed at widening participation in STEM subjects and redressing the shortage of girls going into STEM careers. The first, a Robotics Challenge, included over 40 girls in year 9 and 11 and focussed on programming skills that involved problem solving to make Lego robots navigate tasks.
The 11th October 2015 was designated as UK Fungus Day, promoted as part of 2015 Biology Week by the British Mycological Society. The Society ran a national poster competition with a closing date in December on the theme of Fungal Interactions. We are pleased to announce that Oliver Taylor in Year 10 and Sophie Parvin in Year 11 (both from Stratford College), have won major prizes in the competition.
Kingston Maurward Floristry students worked with Thomas Hardye business studies students to complete the annual enterprise workshop for the third year in succession. The students produced 30 wreaths during a 3 hour workshop supported by the expertise and patience of the floristry students!
Read about our Film Club's Zombie Movie and watch it - if you dare!
On November 11th 2015, as is traditional for Thomas Hardye, the whole school stood outside the School gates for a Remembrance Day Service. The CCF Army and RAF Sections paraded down Queen's Ave and there were readings by students.
The summer term Ogden Physics Essay Competition for Year 12 students was won by Jasmine Thomson for her account of 'The parallel universe theory'. Jasmine, who is now in Year 13 and hoping to study Physics at university, became the first girl to win the competition (now in its fourth year).
Throughout October, The Thomas Hardye School has participated in the campaign Stand up to Cancer to raise funds for cancer research. The campaign was run by a group of 6th Form girls and involved cake sales, which happened on a weekly basis and selling our Stand up to Cancer badges throughout the school.
A recent Dorchester Area Schools Partnership’s family festival of science, held at The Thomas Hardye School, drew in record crowds for a fun-filled, action-packed afternoon of hands-on science and engineering activities and demonstrations.