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12/02/19

Year 4 have had an amazing time at Rock Up in Watford today. I can't explain how proud I am of the children; they showed resilience, team work and determination during this adventurous activity. The children were such a strong team and so supportive of one another. https://t.co/WFTuY2dtY1

12/02/19

Today in Early Years we were inspired to write by our Talk for Writing text - Emergency, Emergency. This is part of our topic ‘People That Help Us’. The other children were so inspired by Sakina’s perseverance that they all decided to write out the story! https://t.co/prDQrKwHDm

08/02/19

Ladybird Class had an amazing trip to Harpenden Fire Station today. Some firefighters may have got wet in the process!! https://t.co/F6Q0DvZ4Ab

04/02/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Congratulations to all the performers in tonight’s Trust Concert! You were all fabulous and should be very proud of yourselves!

01/02/19

A giant snow play today at Harpenden Academy! Happy children who are simply loving the snow. https://t.co/NmNVaGNtnq

01/02/19

Snow Alert - school will be open - see attachment for details. Website down so message delivered by Class List and Marvellous Me. Spread the word. https://t.co/iHu7Rh1Hhm

30/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Tickets selling fast! Join us for a fantastic night of music with bands and choirs from across the Scholars' Education Trust coming together. Tickets available from St Albans Arena box office https://t.co/2atm2HMsJH https://t.co/skoUG2857Z

29/01/19

Just getting onto the M1. Most of the children have slept during the journey. 😴

29/01/19

Finally out of carpark and on the move! The coach driver has told us that we can expect to be at The George for collection at approximately 11:45pm.

29/01/19

Young Voice superstars are on the coach waiting to leave the carpark! We'll keep you posted 😊

26/01/19

Oh dear what happened in Reception today?! Don't worry it was a visit from a Paramedic as part of their topic 'People Who Help Us.' Mrs Jackson in the office was relieved as it gave her a bit of a shock when these three cheekies played a trick on her! https://t.co/K1BfauOt1v

26/01/19

On Thursday a group of Year 6 mathematicians took part in the January maths masterclass along with several other schools in Harpenden. The theme was money and they explored the concepts of trading, simple and compound interest and stock markets. https://t.co/whfL6WYKFZ

26/01/19

This week Year 6 headed to the forest as part of their PSHE Thrive Outside project: learning about all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of spending time in nature. https://t.co/35C2VTa3sM

26/01/19

Look what Father Christmas delivered to Harpenden Academy! https://t.co/ZRSmlsbqpA

26/01/19

This week the children have been creating their own 3D solar systems, learning about the relative temperatures and features of each planet. They have also been conducting their own independent research on aspects of the solar system that interest them. https://t.co/VLoN81k6nR

18/01/19

Dahl Class sat in Centre Court! We sat on the seats the 'Press' sit on (the seats are the original ones from 1922) They were not as comfortable as the ones everyone else sit on! https://t.co/T15OMOrBYS

18/01/19

How the ladies would have dressed during the first ladies tournament (1884) https://t.co/NImQNqBOeG

18/01/19

How Spencer Gore would have dressed (1877 - first champion) https://t.co/4zQ5XphqlS

18/01/19

Wimbledon with Dahl Class

18/01/19

Dahl Class had a fantastic day at Wimbledon on Thursday! Here's a few photos of what we got up to... https://t.co/qJk0Td0x4c

15/01/19

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

What a great idea to support and promote healthy eating, lovely social interaction and look at all the big smiles. Now we want to know what the treat was for.

15/01/19

Our Year 1 topic is 'Field to Fork.' The children had breakfast and had to think about where the food they ate came from. This term they are going to become 'designers' and learn how to design a healthy meal and make it! Here is an example of the writing they produced today. https://t.co/aenQq4kUme

15/01/19

Why are Year 1 being treated to breakfast this morning? https://t.co/HQDE7E4tLP

15/01/19

Year 1: I wonder what's going on? https://t.co/is8Ktg4262

15/01/19

What is happening in Year 1 this morning? https://t.co/2HhkcNomxd

21/12/18

These two pupils spent their lunchtime rehearsing for the first time to give their classmates a Christmas concert. Merry Christmas! https://t.co/8LPn0cdTbD

21/12/18

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Please follow link for our end of term Trust newsletter https://t.co/IPJxWAIELk We would like to wish students, families and staff across the Trust a very Merry Christmas https://t.co/JL5jpBJq3G

21/12/18

Merry Christmas from everyone at Harpenden Academy! ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!’ 🎅🎄 https://t.co/01dX8HMj2m

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/cE1TCxVUC0

18/12/18

Happy Glitter Eyebrow Day at Harpenden Academy today - All children and staff look fabulous with their efforts to glitter up their eyebrows today in aid of Alzheimer's Research UK https://t.co/yaSjg7RcwQ

14/12/18

Ho Ho Ho! Our Christmas dinner was delicious today and well done to Steve, our Chef, for preparing such a wonderful dinner. The children had so much fun. Thank you to all the staff https://t.co/Id3ivoawXz

13/12/18

The school has gained permission to publish photos of these children on Twitter

13/12/18

This week we had our final cross country run of the year and what a one to finish on! We stopped to appreciate the beautiful sunrise during our run around Rothamsted before appreciating the delicious Simmons treats which Hettie’s dad kindly gifted us all. https://t.co/YMWKo1vTON

13/12/18

What a wonderful Christivity from our Key Stage 1 & EYFS children. You were all superstars! https://t.co/Huhv223osf

09/12/18

On Saturday our very own Harpenden Academy elves wrapped almost 200 gifts, generously donated by HA families to make Xmas day full of joy & hope for children who are currently living in care. The children (and parents) worked tirelessly all morning to wrap and label the gifts https://t.co/JxnAv23F5H

04/12/18

We are very proud of our team of 7 children who won the Primary School BritishGo Championship in Birmingham on Saturday. The children showed great sportsmanship and determination and retained their title! Well done! https://t.co/hrrMFpfKZV

04/12/18

This morning we had a beautiful frosty run around the Common to wake up our bodies and brains. Such an invigorating and peaceful start to the day! https://t.co/nJAyBMxr1O

25/11/18

Retweeted From Chris Norton Walker

Really fun gig at last night with https://t.co/OqYpzbvgOP

16/11/18

On Monday, KS1 walked to the War Memorial to sketch the poppies and to lay the wreath from Harpenden Academy. Pupils discussed why the poppies had been placed at the War Memorial and why this year was especially important because it was 100 years since the end of WW1. https://t.co/gkwjVPSA6C

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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