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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

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.

The small print

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