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21/06/24

Back on it with circuit training pic.twitter.com/CNTQt1S5JO

21/06/24

It's rather hot here so time for a pit stop ice lolly pic.twitter.com/l4rsIhUh7H

21/06/24

Alby is mastering freestyle football pic.twitter.com/Al2ZVj0hkp

21/06/24

Hockey time- dribbling and shooting skills pic.twitter.com/jczMoyIAXI

21/06/24

After hockey we have Drumba! Dancing and drumming together- this will be coming to HA I promise you! pic.twitter.com/Ggu056a32b

21/06/24

Year 4s turn at some freestyle pic.twitter.com/sWEk2ocb4D

21/06/24

Enjoying a huge variety of sports in one day. See if you spot the Sherif of St. Albans!! pic.twitter.com/PNDmgVYJyz

21/06/24

Team Jamaica posing with a world champ and his gold medal. Huge opportunity to learn how values of determination, resilience, courage and belief create the best version of yourself. pic.twitter.com/mjybJkx0F9

21/06/24

Learning how to tag- the world champ is quite fast on his legs! pic.twitter.com/g5ScQmsvEX

21/06/24

Team Elmer have been learning some skills with pic.twitter.com/y9BXU3WiHx

21/06/24

Learning karate with an ex world campion Jordan Thomas pic.twitter.com/XXHUIzlrpo

21/06/24

Here we are getting ready to go! pic.twitter.com/x4gmdVu8t1

21/06/24

This morning we have had a special assembly with who has showed us his incredible freestyle football tricks. He challenged some children to perform some of his tricks and then he set Mr Leung and Mr Gandhi to a head-to-head competition! pic.twitter.com/D8m2UsVloW

21/06/24

Thank you to these two officers for coming in and speaking to our Y6’s about staying safe online - very informative and necessary. pic.twitter.com/CGy1ibx083

21/06/24

Getting ready to start at the World Games event! We are representing Jamaica!! pic.twitter.com/7tLN5rQcmr

21/06/24

Team Dahl had a brilliant time with their cheerleading yesterday!#Cheerleading pic.twitter.com/desPddKZdn

21/06/24

Harpenden Academy were so lucky to be visited by the sensational Ash Randell (holder of multiple world records!) today to cap off a truly superb sports week!#PE pic.twitter.com/jzi7Mexo87

20/06/24

Cheerleading went down a treat for Team Shakespeare! pic.twitter.com/YxzZfy2PmO

20/06/24

Year 3 having a ball at cheerleading! pic.twitter.com/TNfx36ax2e

20/06/24

Ladybirds had a super first sports day yesterday. Our favourite event was the egg and spoon. If it were an Olympic sport, Ladybirds would all be getting gold🥇 pic.twitter.com/IhIEkUBbl3

20/06/24

We even managed some stunts! pic.twitter.com/AGR0Bm2TVH

20/06/24

We’ve got the moves! Elmer class are enjoying cheerleading today. pic.twitter.com/JbmGo9OqOy

20/06/24

Learning some new moves! pic.twitter.com/pizIgxMeRN

20/06/24

Elmer Class are warming up ready for their cheerleading session. pic.twitter.com/sPIWDHyZBf

20/06/24

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed sports day yesterday. Well done Amber team for winning. pic.twitter.com/7r55UBly8M

All About Our School Dog

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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. 

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.

Rosie Red Doggy Passport

Frequently Asked Questions

Risk Assessment School Dog

Child Permission Form

Rosie Red in Lockdown

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