The Family System
Every member of the Harpenden Academy community, students and staff, as well as being in their own class and year group, belongs to a Family Group. The Family Groups, Amber, Diamond, Emerald and Sapphire, are all named after precious stones as we believe the children are the jewel in our crown.
News and Views
We value the voice of all children here at Harpenden Academy. Each fortnight, children meet up in their family groups – Amber, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. Year 6 will lead a themed discussion, which maybe about current global, local or school based issues. A circle game opens each session, after which the theme is introduced and children share views and opinions – giving each child an opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
A reflection closes the session.
During Friday assembly, an overview of the discussion is shared. Children’s views are taken into consideration as part of decision making relating to school development.
Where the discussion has been related to this, actions to be taken in response to any points raised by the children are shared and displayed on the ‘News and Views’ board in the school hall.
Christmas Design & Technology in our Family Groups, December 2018
Diamond Family Group
We had a very festive afternoon on Tuesday working as a team to make a beautiful Gingerbread house. It was lovely to see the children working together to produce doors, windows, sweets and decorations. I was particularly impressed with the kindness that the children all showed each other. Tuesday's kindness advent was 'offer to help someone who is facing difficulties', and I can whole-heartedly say that every child demonstrated this during the activity. A delightful afternoon spent with children from every single year group. Go team Diamond!