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29/03/21

Congratulations to the winners of our Lockdown Photography Competition. A tremendous effort from - capturing patterns in nature, country and urban landscapes & still-life inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. https://t.co/BPFHlPOzxN https://t.co/8qfe3t7MVH

26/03/21

Budding photographers with their certificates. Congratulations Flori for your overall winning photograph 📸 https://t.co/6ny7optP5Q

26/03/21

Elmer continued their learning about passing germs with a glitter experiment. The first person dipped their hands in glitter glue and then we looked at how far we could transfer the glitter germs. We then investigated how long it took to wash our glitter germs away https://t.co/dGcBgiqnPY

26/03/21

Today Elmer have been learning about the transference of germs in Science. To get us thinking we made some 'safe snot' https://t.co/H6zN7embyW

25/03/21

The children discussed how different people react in different situations. We have used animals to help us explain how other would act. https://t.co/TiNLSNNYOm

25/03/21

Year Six writers taking part in a Food Guild Young Food Writers competition this week, inspired by blackberry poems by Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney. https://t.co/aJGtMgHSLU

25/03/21

Year six cyclists loving their training this week and learning so many new skills to help the cycle safely on the roads. So proud of their positive attitudes, kindness and support towards each other and resilience. https://t.co/5gX8WT5oBu

25/03/21

Kerr class adding to their bottles by drawing on patterns them and adding paint as well. https://t.co/jxVAVI3Y3K

25/03/21

Who is hungry? Potter Class have been creating their textile pizzas today. First step, paint the base. Secondly, cut the topping templates. Finally, Sew them on! Amazing progress! https://t.co/UrOgYOzoW7

25/03/21

Elmer class were very grateful for a parent donation of a sunflower planting kit. The children loved finding their own seed in the old sunflower head and then planting it to start the life cycle all over again. https://t.co/KIOAilCxRr

25/03/21

Beautifully presented and informative knowledge organisers from Dr Seuss class! https://t.co/hb7nFpx4GL

24/03/21

Year 3 took part in the National Day of Reflection by creating sun catchers to symbolise their positive thoughts for the future. https://t.co/nOhepAo9s3

24/03/21

Year six exploring self esteem and sharing ways to boost self esteem https://t.co/Kd8uTquvq6

24/03/21

To complete our Empiribox unit on sound, Dr Seuss class have been challenged to create ear defenders. Which material will work best?! https://t.co/jqU2BRVKlb

24/03/21

Success for Dr Seuss class in the School Games Virtual Basketball Skills Competition! Well done Team Dr Seuss! https://t.co/4DCvsrv4da

24/03/21

Budding website designers in Dahl class are enjoying creating their own webpages on esafety! https://t.co/2MsQhk7Cyl

24/03/21

Well Done Kerr on your Success in the virtual sports events https://t.co/b9B5y9slxt

24/03/21

All sorts of play by Kerr Class https://t.co/F79e7ywxZl

24/03/21

Well Done Team KS2 in your Spring Term Virtual Sport Events 🏆 Year 4 Basketball 1st🥈Year 5 Basketball 🥈2nd 🏀, Personal Fitness Year 4 Girls and Boys 3rd 🥉🏃‍♀️🏃, Multi Skills Year 3 2nd 🥈and Year 4 2nd 🥈🎾Thank you to for organising

24/03/21

3 weeks ago Pati set herself the challenge to be able to read this book. She showed resilience to keep going when things were a little tricky but by reading everyday she got there! https://t.co/wSEnNWnkHC

24/03/21

We have been experimenting with drawing in Dahl class; blind art, continuous line drawing and opposite hand drawings. We had a chuckle along the way when we compared our results and saw how tricky it was to do! https://t.co/82CjRh9AWg

23/03/21

Kerr Class continue to learn about Gustavo Klimt. Stay tuned to see what we do with these bottles https://t.co/MW6SHCn29n

23/03/21

Y6 celebrated the National Day of Reflection today with a discussion about all the positive changes lockdown has created in our lives and the sense that we don’t wanting to return to normal but to a better place. They used poetry as a vehicle for expressing themselves. https://t.co/kZcT6gxAnq

23/03/21

Dr Seuss class love sharing and celebrating their writing. A great opportunity to edit as well... we call it corridor conferencing! https://t.co/NdJgXUJtm2

22/03/21

Year six designers present their ear defenders and reflect on how their designs evolved whilst making them and how they would improve them further if they designed them again. https://t.co/wi4f9x3Ysw

22/03/21

More super Shakespeare cyclists competing level 1 if their cycle training. https://t.co/DYEzI3ETuS

22/03/21

Elmer are continuing our work inspired by Cathy Miles https://t.co/buwktte8jQ

22/03/21

On , Potter Class have been refining their presentation skills to present information about a chosen animal or an interest to the class. We talked about making it exciting for the audience and how to find the most relevant information. https://t.co/7BOeddE4Ry

22/03/21

Elmer love learning the names of the continents using this song https://t.co/qmXwmNxKmR https://t.co/bmff3Hir4J

22/03/21

Elmer class enjoyed starting off their Easter assembly with some fun with chocolate. We learned about this religious festival and why it is celebrated by Christians https://t.co/Vo4VpkMtZl

22/03/21

Year six cyclists starting their cyclability training - very excited! https://t.co/CzNOMEhuyD

22/03/21

Year six designers designing, creating and evaluating ear defenders as a grand finale to our science sound topic. https://t.co/JsmWZKL4EM

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/dtUWFkCN2g

19/03/21

As marvellous musicians, Y6 continued to look at their musical arrangements to reflect a journey, linked English. As well as lyrical development, the children also considered dynamics, which included major and minor scales to evoke a differentiation of mood. https://t.co/2cAZDIBslo

19/03/21

Kerr class discussing how different animals behave to understand how people behave in different ways. https://t.co/2xGTD7agEV

19/03/21

What a gorgeous afternoon for a spot of tennis! It was great to see Potter Class practising their tactics and putting our skills into a game-like situation. https://t.co/r0HPLab5Ec

19/03/21

Super stitching in Potter Class as we practised our running stitch today - lots of resilience and celebrating success! https://t.co/JQDg7R8KEM

19/03/21

Elmer have started their sculptures inspired by the work of Cathy Miles https://t.co/lDpHNMk5PR

19/03/21

Kerr Classing using their knowledge of persuasion to persuade each other . We have taken inspiration for Red Rectangles and Green lizards by to help stimulate our discussion. https://t.co/cHeM7J8z4v

19/03/21

In Dahl class we are very engaged with our take one book ‘Boy in the Tower’ here we have drawn and described scientifically and poetically what we think the bluchers look like. https://t.co/RjyrGLtrWL

Friends of Harpenden Academy (PTA)

Friends of Harpenden Academy is our Parent Teacher Association. We are committed to supporting the school and wider community.

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, all of which make a huge difference to the quality of the 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!

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FoHA Membership

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All parents and carers of Harpenden Academy students are automatically members of the Friends of Harpenden Academy (FOHA). So why not come along and get involved? It’s a great way to meet other families and we have lots fun!

Friends of Harpenden Academy (FoHA) is the PTA for Harpenden Academy. We are a registered charity and led by a group of committed parents who meet regularly to plan events and fundraising ideas for the school. Every parent and carer of a child at Harpenden Academy is already a member of FoHA—so why not pop along to our next meeting and see if you fancy getting more involved?!

FOHA Committee

CO-CHAIRS

Jackie Clode-Dickens & Shavalyea Gilbert

EVENT MANAGERS

EASTER EGG HUNT, Paul Molloy

COMEDY NIGHT, Katharine Haines

SUMMER FAYRE, Becci Madole

TREASURER

vacant

SUB-TREASURER

vacant

SECRETARY

Rebecca Cracknell

SUB-SECRETARY

Kirsty Hollywood

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!

CLASS REPS

LADYBIRDS

Helen Camfield & Sophia Tomlinson

ELMER

Amy Hambridge & Jess McGinty

MOOMIN

Alison Sharma

POTTER

Joanna Deegan

KERR

Dhanmita Boodhna & Ruth Penfold

DR SEUSS

Andrea Khan

DAHL

Sarah Elderton

SHAKESPEARE

Lisa Alway & Lucy Horsley

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

Get Involved

Come to Meetings

All FoHA members are welcome to attend any of our meetings, even if you’re not a class representative or on the Committee. Don’t be shy! We meet roughly monthly, usually in the evening, and it’s always a relaxed occasion. Our meetings are social, welcoming and a great way to get to know your new school and other parents and carers.

Support Events

Many parents and carers have many commitments both in and out of the home and we appreciate how precious your time is. We make sure that when you do put your hand up to help, your contribution is enjoyable but never a chore. We usually need plenty of help both before and on the day to pull off events, so there is always something that can fit in with your schedule.

We realise that not everyone is able to give their time, so there are lots of other ways to show support. Please consider attending events and activities, making a fundraising purchase or donating items or money, all of which will contribute to the success of the events.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.

Be Your Class Rep

Harpenden Academy Class Reps are the link between teachers and parents and carers. They help build a sense of community amongst the school families. They are the teacher’s ‘go-to’ when information needs to be shared with all families in the class or when extra support is needed for things like school trips and activities.

We often have two or more reps from each class to help spread the responsibilities around, cover holidays, different drop off/pick up schedules and illnesses.

Volunteer 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.

Simple Ways to Help

Raise money for our school when shopping online. Simply choose “Friends of Harpenden Academy” as your charity on the below websites.

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2020/2021 Fundraising Priorities

We regularly meet with our Headteacher to discuss ways that FOHA can help fundraise for projects across the school.

Our 2020/21 fundraising priorities are:

  • Elmer class garden space renovation
  • Technology upgrades for the pupils
  • Much needed new books for the library

We aim to assist in completing these projects by holding various fundraising events, activities and initiatives throughout the year.

Thanks for all of your support!

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