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26/06/19

Inspiring and informative mental health session in Year Six learning more about mental health with Emma, a profession lead occupational therapist (and Harpenden Academy parent). https://t.co/x8vjvKzQKV

26/06/19

What an inspirational gospel choir workshop! We can’t wait for our performance later, parents welcome at 2.30pm https://t.co/hVsZhTubgJ

25/06/19

Exciting day two of wellbeing week in year six with a guest chef demo linked to spices and how to jazz up any meal. The children were mesmerised thank you Patti. https://t.co/r1wWOiOppx

25/06/19

Awesome first ever performance at Harpenden district sports. Excellent positivity, determination and support for each other and other schools. Special thanks to Miss Harvey for making it happen! https://t.co/4fogZ4wkz9

25/06/19

Looking forward to the gospel singing workshops tmw to celebrate our wellbeing week. Remember parents you are welcome to join us!

25/06/19

Arrrr...pirates have taken over year 4 and their Maths learning! Today we had an exciting workshop in which the children had to bury their hidden treasure and learn all about to co-ordinates to find it! So proud of our most 'fearless learner' being awarded a certificate too! https://t.co/SNnmV0OmkG

24/06/19

Year Six smoothie making as part of Wellbeing week. The children selected the fruits they wanted to use and researched their nutritional value before making and tasting their smoothies. https://t.co/uqZ0mtWm8M

24/06/19

More Year Six bike ride photos. https://t.co/zBp0WvazkN

24/06/19

Year Six have kicked off Wellbeing Week with a fantastic bike ride around Rothamsted and along the Nicky Line. We’ve nailed the Five Ways to Wellbeing already: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice. https://t.co/weeupDIzcV

21/06/19

Playtime - so wonderful to see our school councillors from year one to year six playing so collaboratively together. https://t.co/87YqNtl5mL

21/06/19

Fascinating tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords - we’ve learnt so much and our school councillors have been brilliantly engaged and curious! https://t.co/c1eWGVPNdO

21/06/19

Quick cultural stop at the Tate Modern and a beautiful walk along the Thames. Now queuing for security at the Houses of Parliament... https://t.co/z1ctSz3YDp

21/06/19

School council trip to Houses of Parliament - first stop the beach! https://t.co/wAKy82F3aP

20/06/19

Year Six preparing and leading Family Group sessions this week on British Values, including democratic votes on which song to have a dance break to! https://t.co/v6FCZSzVEr

20/06/19

Year Six PE on the Common yesterday - preparing for Our first ever participation in Kwik Cricket and District Sports https://t.co/AwSBNIIglL

20/06/19

Year six receiving peeling and chopping top tips from Steve our school chef as part of their Young Chefs project. https://t.co/Mo7BCOzwJp

19/06/19

Y4 are enjoying an engaging workshop delivered by Transport for London and paid for by FOHA. We have been learning about transport with a focus on travelling on the Thames. Today we have become engineers designing our own prototype for a new boat. https://t.co/H0Yjw8SCT6

14/06/19

World School games ready at Oakland’s College. Thank you Miss Harvey for organising the day for us https://t.co/RGtLG1CYCJ

14/06/19

Fire Drill Harpenden Academy style! Waiting for the all clear to go back into the building and therefore time for a whole school sing song https://t.co/7hkqJh2kpX

14/06/19

A huge thank you to the very wonderful Mrs Duncan who has loved the children like her own all week- playing, laughing, chatting, hugging, coaching, supporting, encouraging and hot chocolate making. Our Shakespeare Dream Team would not be complete without you THANK YOU! https://t.co/qjZ4MQ6Z1V

14/06/19

On our way home! Tom just said ‘this week was all about kids versus mud!’ Well we definitely nailed the mud, the relentless rain and the cold! Full of love and pride and awe for these wonderful children who have role modelled our HA values and their own uniqueness every minute x https://t.co/YVw82fN3jJ

14/06/19

Obstacle course part two https://t.co/ZEacD5AROv

14/06/19

Final session of obstacle course: Seb leads the way on the obstacle course! Amazing teamwork throughout the entire course. https://t.co/CsxKQXSAGS

14/06/19

Final breakfast part two (forgot to add earlier!) https://t.co/oJZyBXxJl4

14/06/19

We have laughed and laughed all week - so much humour, fun and playfulness from children and teachers alike! https://t.co/O6qMcFX778

14/06/19

Final activities taking place before lunch and departure. Fencing fun. https://t.co/XSbbGTjgxg

14/06/19

Blind trail fun - still not bored of the mud! https://t.co/x1lKEfjdS8

14/06/19

Final volleyball shots https://t.co/U8ArOb3LRL

14/06/19

Today we learnt the basic strategies of volleyball, which included the diamond hand shape, known as (set) and serving techniques. https://t.co/jtVugTFacP

14/06/19

Volleyball fun https://t.co/kIsbajcD5c

14/06/19

Momentary blue sky! https://t.co/s9U9aNjpkS

14/06/19

Last breakfast part two https://t.co/AvKRHRYl8L

14/06/19

Last breakfast! Mixed emotions this morning - not wanting such a fantastic week to end but all very much looking forward to seeing our families and our own beds! https://t.co/WYY99UQ2Bl

14/06/19

A lovely game of football last night as we finally had a break from the rain. https://t.co/pgtcOaFyIf

13/06/19

Blind trail fun - putting lots of trust in each other https://t.co/Lyj7vlzrCt

13/06/19

Initiative exercises - definitely stretched our brains! https://t.co/VOThEkGZ2h

13/06/19

Fencing this evening: learning th basics of movement and attack using thrust and lunge moves. https://t.co/2yjNvucN1l

13/06/19

More adventurous cavers https://t.co/k8fok6qDCA

13/06/19

Caving included lots of interesting facts about mining in the early 1900’s: children sent as young as 4 yr olds into the caves to mine valuable gems; pasties eaten and crusts thrown to ground to avoid consuming poisonous substances; edible candles made out of pigs wax. https://t.co/YEhHjpelmZ

All About Our School Dog

Rosie red  School dog

Rosie Red is our school dog. She is a a fox red Cockapoo and has been attending our school since she was just 11 weeks old. Rosie Red has been at Harpenden Academy since October 2018. Just like all of our new children, it took her a little while to fit in. We spent the first couple of weeks showing her around the school site - it's amazing how much there is to see. Rosie Red especially likes snoozing in Mrs Davies' office.

Eventually Rosie Red will undertake training to work with children who have special needs, or who are upset in any way and in need of calm, comfort and space before being able to tell an adult what has upset them. This training requires the dog to be over 1 year old so this won’t be happening for a while yet. However, before then she and Mrs Davies must attend Puppy training classes and also school dog training classes which will happen inside school over a period of months. Until she has completed our puppy training she will not interact with the children on an individual or small group basis. 

Once fully trained, Rosie Red will spend her days visiting the classrooms and listening to readers from across the school. Sometimes she will even help us out by looking after anyone who is feeling a bit sad - a little stroke and a look into those big brown eyes is enough to make anyone feel happy again.

There are many benefits to having a school dog, including:

  • a calming effect on pupils, particularly those with behavioural or learning difficulties
  • improved behaviour and concentration, reduced stress and improved self-esteem
  • encouraging expression and participation in more withdrawn children 
  • fostering a sense of responsibility
  • motivating pupils to think and to learn, as most children have a high level of natural interest in, enthusiasm for and enjoyment of animals
  • encouraging respect and thereby improving pupils’ relationships with each other, parents and teachers
  • teaching children to nurture and respect life
  • helping work undertaken with the most vulnerable children, and educational improvements with low achievers
  • helping children build confidence in reading.

Please see separate article link below.

Guardian Article - 'Dogs Listen to Children's Reading' 

We are aware that some parents, teachers and children may be unsure around dogs and we have organised a series of school assemblies to take place by Dogs Trust and indeed the puppy trainer so that all members of our community are aware of what to do and more importantly what not to do around a dog. Our dog will also be available to work with children (and adults) who have had bad experiences with dogs or other animals.

With parental permission, over a period of time children who react fearfully to dogs will be supported in approaching, handling and gaining confidence in managing their fear. While the dog’s main place of residence will be an office area, which is secure and separate from the classrooms, children will able to interact with the dog under strict supervision at certain times of the week as long as parental permission has been given. The dog will not be given access to other visitors without supervision or mutual consent. Please understand that we will do everything we can to reassure children who are fearful and that under no circumstances will they be forced to meet with the dog.

Whilst moving around the school, Rosie Red will be kept on a short lead and will always be with an adult. We have chosen a Cockapoo as the most appropriate breed of dog for the school. The breed has been carefully selected because of its ideal temperament and because it is used widely in the field of therapy and support (e.g. hearing dogs). Cockapoos are also used successfully in other schools as they are, by nature gentle and friendly creatures.

Frequently Asked Questions

Risk Assessment School Dog

Child Permission Form

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