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24/04/19

Smashing sunny start to our learning this week as Mrs P.C and her Year 2 tribe head off to do some outdoor learning and utilise our lovely resources that we are so fortunate to have. Learning this week includes phonics fun, marvellous multiplication and magnetic alphabet pieces. https://t.co/FC3M6GiEqF

05/04/19

Nerves running high! 15min to go till the start of Harpenden Academy's Got Talent https://t.co/0aghpUJhwD

04/04/19

KS2 teachers blowing things up in Empiribox training ready for our chemistry topic ‘Changes’ next term. https://t.co/D5CdHmCsdw

04/04/19

Year six hockey festival - much excitement! https://t.co/57r5qwj5Rv

02/04/19

Our Harpenden Writing Competition winners collecting their prizes. https://t.co/T508qGkm31

02/04/19

Patricia has just read Rosie Red her very first independently written sentence...complete with the tricky word "like". https://t.co/Wqsxeho2CG

01/04/19

Check out our school website and choose a bedtime story read by one of our special members of staff. Wishing you all sweet dreams https://t.co/JnC8RqP617

01/04/19

The ducks are learning to run...Mrs Aylott is learning how to catch them! Fun in the sun in Ladybirds garden. https://t.co/8RXqU3s6Jp

31/03/19

Happy Mother's Day to all the mummies at Harpenden Academy. We hope you are having a splendid day !

27/03/19

We have just found out the results of the Harpenden Schools writing competition 2019...we have two 1st places ,one 2nd place and one joint 3rd place. Names to be announced in Friday assembly.

27/03/19

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch. https://t.co/aIGNmSqbiH

22/03/19

Reception and KS1 making roman tiles at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/fIiu64nJCp

22/03/19

KS1 & EYFS have arrived at St Albans Cathedral https://t.co/2t8xjPDtSg

20/03/19

Fantastic evening at the Harpenden Schools' Music Association Spring Concert - felt more like being in the West End of London. Such talented children! Some of us were so eager we'd gone to get ready to perform already! https://t.co/DwGyS69Vd1

19/03/19

The ducklings had their first swim today! https://t.co/z4PjKspEZN

15/03/19

And then there were 4! Say hello to Forest, the latest member of Ladybird Class! https://t.co/PW5MYxSQwD

14/03/19

Picasso inspired portraits in Year 4 this morning. https://t.co/5nmVYVSrRM

14/03/19

and ‘Jemima’ the duck has now joined ‘Leicester’ https://t.co/qE8q4XoVVm

14/03/19

Mrs Davies with ‘Leicester’ the duck. Look how ridiculously happy Mrs Davies is! She saw ‘Leicester’ being born yesterday. https://t.co/Cm8kpjrxzC

13/03/19

We have our first duckling!!!! The staff are weeping tears of joy x🦆 https://t.co/WKvpbXs5Fd

13/03/19

Just come off the m1 at junction 10 so see you very soon!

13/03/19

An actual piece of the moon! https://t.co/gzm2yw3qER

13/03/19

Amazing day - Year Six have learnt lots and have generated lots more questions to research back at school! https://t.co/j8E0ksGhSM

13/03/19

Amazing day at Space Centre! Due back by 5.45pm - see you then! https://t.co/87Hn0zcfpY

13/03/19

Mission Control to HA; we've had a great day and we're on our way home! https://t.co/VuEnwDIerY

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have had a thoroughly enjoyable day and are now on route home. Current ETA just before 6pm but will keep Twitter updated.

13/03/19

Lovely day at https://t.co/pY9Lt4Qn7f

13/03/19

3, 2, 1 Blast Off with Tim Peake! https://t.co/rxWwYa8eh1

13/03/19

Year 4 are enjoying space training! https://t.co/NbvGWywRlJ

13/03/19

Smells from space - yuck! https://t.co/wRFaNfHb26

13/03/19

Animal handling! Aslan Class at Woodside Farm https://t.co/RFABcYxkB9

13/03/19

One small step for man... https://t.co/JfWgpFCaZ3

13/03/19

Exploring ‘Our Earth’ section.. https://t.co/sxT7m8CPeH

13/03/19

Harpenden Academy on tour have arrived! https://t.co/kq83LsPLs9

13/03/19

EYFS are being eggsperts today, watching and waiting for these to hatch.... https://t.co/6bbTGDubJi

13/03/19

Space Centre bound!#harpendenacademyontour https://t.co/9p68Q4wzAh

13/03/19

Mrs DAVIES is keen to set off on our KS2 trip to Leicester Space Centre! https://t.co/2Z23hDKOBG

12/03/19

Looking forward to our SLT Trust training https://t.co/PbmJMPvr2g

12/03/19

Thrive Outside project in year six - looking after our mental well-being during mock SATs week https://t.co/cVV5gusGQC

Friends of Harpenden Academy

Friends of Harpenden Academy is our Parent Teacher Association.  Together, we raise - on average - more than £10,000 each year, from events and activities that we enjoy running and our school community enjoys attending. This money is spent on school infrastructure, materials, activities and equipment, which make a huge difference to the quality of education experience our wonderful teachers can provide the children at our school.

We can’t do this without valuable support from the school community, and as a parent of Harpenden Academy, you are automatically a member of Friends.  So... welcome!

Our 2017-2018 committee consists of:

Name Position
Geraldine Archbold-Shore Chair
Position vacant (please apply!) Sub-chair
Emma Watson and Mavi Tzaig Events Coordinators
Angus Halkett Treasurer
Sheridan McPherson Sub-treasurer
Jo Harman Secretary
Kirsty Hollywood Sub-secretary

How we'll get in touch

Classlist at Harpenden Academy

Classlist is the way we share information from your Class reps and the Friends of Harpenden Academy. You can also use Classlist to communicate directly with other parents in your class: about school and non-school events. You can pay for school events online using Classlist and you can use it to organise parties or playdates.

Registering for Classlist

  • Visit classlist.com
  • Click ‘Join here’.  Enter our school name “Harpenden Academy” click continue
  • Enter your basic information (name, email and a password you select)
  • Your application will be sent to our school Classlist admin team for approval. This step makes sure only Harpenden Academy parents are on our Classlist site
  • When approved, you will be sent an email letting you know you’re ready to go
  • Once you have access to Classlist, you can (if you wish) add more personal information (like your address and a photo) to your profile
  • Don’t forget to add @classlist.com to your safe senders list
  • better still – add the Classlist app to your phone
  • Classlist is registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. This means it must meet obligations with regard to its data protection. Details are never passed to third parties
  • Free to users, Classlist makes its money selling advertising - we have experienced it to be minimal, relevant and non-intrusive

How you can get involved with Friends

  • Join the Friends Committee: we currently have a vacancy for a Sub-Chair
  • All Friends members are welcome to come to meetings, even if you’re not a Class Representative or on the Committee. Don’t be shy!  We meet every month in the evening, then retire to a local pub (see schedule below). Friends’ meetings are social, welcoming and a great way to get to know the school.
  • Volunteer: most parents at our school also work outside the home, so we make sure that when you do put your hand up to help, your contribution is worthwhile and valuable. Most events for the coming year are already scheduled. We aim to be different and hold events you and your family will enjoy attending. But, we need plenty of help both before and on the day to pull them off.  You will be asked to help.

Look out for our parent pledge forms – where you can sign up to donate 2 hours of your time between now and July 2018.

The 2017-2018 meeting schedule is as follows:

•           21 September
•           2 November (Annual General Meeting)
•           30 November
•           25 January
•           22 February
•           22 March
•           26 April
•           24 May
•           21 June

What you can do now

Easyfundraising

Activate easyfundraising.com on your laptop when shopping online. One you add https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/LVP6LB/ and a donation to Harpenden Academy, it reminds you to activate a donation when you visit a site offering easyfundraising. There is also a handy app you can download for shopping on a smartphone.  Using the link above earns us an extra £1 per person so send it to friends and family too!

Bag 2 School

We have arranged for a textile collection with Bag 2 School in order to raise funds. Please save unwanted textiles (adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, hats, belts, handbags and soft toys).  Watch this space for the next collection date.

Name Labels

You will be amazed at how often the children misplace their belongings - the mountain of un-labelled clothing in Lost Property is huge! For your own sanity, name EVERYTHING.  We receive a commission from two label suppliers which have been tried, tested and are recommended by parents:

LabelPlanet (10%) - www.name-labels.com - code: 35586

Stamptastic (30%) - www.stamptastic.co.uk - code: AL54EN

Volunteering in School

From time-to-time, the school asks for volunteers to help with activities taking place in school time with the children. Volunteering is incredibly valuable to the school and a fulfilling way to get involved.  You could volunteer for a regular slot (e.g. reading in class) or for special activities and school trips (great fun!).  Any volunteer who is likely to be in a 1-to-1 situation with a child needs a DBS check (criminal record check).  This is simple and free to do, but can take a few weeks for results to return - so please do get yours in advance so you are able to step up to join in!  Contact Kathryn Jackson in the school office to start the process.

Micro Scooters

Buy scooters, accessories and spare parts from the Micro online store, to raise 10% of your purchase price for our school.  Another code to share with your friends and family www.micro-scooters.co.uk - code: 143648 at the checkout.

Becoming a class rep

Class reps help build a sense of community among the class parents and help provide the link between the parents and Friends of Harpenden Academy (FOHA) - our equivalent of a Parent Teacher Association). Like every parent, class reps are invited to the monthly FOHA meetings to gain a broader understanding of what the Friends do for the school.

With lots of busy parents – we recommend sharing the role with 1 or more parents.

The Role in a Nutshell

  • Organising Class Social Events for Parents
    • Class coffee mornings and parents’ evenings are always good fun and the most effective way of helping parents get to know each other and generating a good team spirit in your class
  • School Events
    • FOHA hold a variety of fundraising and social events throughout the school year. Class Reps are asked to encourage attendance and rally volunteers. For larger events (our Easter Egg Hunt and the post Sports Day Celebration) it works best if each class is allocated a stall/task and Class Reps are responsible for coordinating the preparation, rota and clearing up
  • Communication
    • Some of our existing class reps send out weekly announcements via Classlist reminding class parents of upcoming class events/deadlines etc. They will often manage requests from the teachers such as bringing in extras for junk modelling or a themed week at school
  • Teacher's Presents 
    • If your class decides it wants to give the Teacher and the Teaching Assistant a Christmas or end of year present, the Class Reps will organise this. Class Reps also generally coordinate a card or similar for the teachers with messages from the children at Christmas and the end of year
  • Next Year's Reps
    • Towards the end of the year, please find at least one lovely volunteer to rep for next year!

Save the date

Confirmed dates for the coming year as follows. But keep an eye out on Classlist or on the school’s front door for any new events

Friday 10 November
A family Ceilidh 

Sunday 9 December
A festive event for all the family

Saturday 3 February
Family quiz night with fish and chips 

Friday 30 March
Harpenden Easter Egg Hunt on the Common 

And other regular events:

Every Saturday in term time: free football coaching for Harpenden Academy children in reception, year one and year two. Coached by parent volunteers, the sessions are shared with children from Manland Primary School on Sauncey Avenue and take place on their playing field - from 10-11 am. There is no charge and no need to book, just turn up.

Please note: if you want your children to attend FOHA events we need some key details such as allergies, parent contact details etc.  Please fill in this document and return it to the FOHA box in the school foyer.

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