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10/10/18

Harpenden Academy's School Council are running a book stall after school today to raise money for victims of the Indonesian Earthquake & Tsunami - Please Give Generously! https://t.co/ygeURXDfMx

09/10/18

Year 4 Austen class developed their independent pedestrian road skills today by participating in a workshop run by HCC. They learnt how to cross safely at a zebra crossing, how to assess the risks on the road and how to identify a safe place to cross. https://t.co/gFrt0PEzHb

28/09/18

What an amazing effort this morning from everyone. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts - your effort to bake over 2000 cakes is overwhelming. Please bring your pennies at pick up - there are still some delicious cakes left. A successful coffee morning! https://t.co/BHolhfry9p

27/09/18

Coffee morning tmw to support those fighting cancer. Leftovers for sale after school. Let’s reach our target of 2000 cakes. Happy baking! https://t.co/hARv0BTVEq

25/09/18

An amazing cross country session this week under beautiful autumnal blue skies. Forty of us ran our hearts out around the common! https://t.co/2jOsnWtnUc

21/09/18

Afloat We have just set off on our way home. We've had a fantastic time but are looking forward to being home!

20/09/18

We are now winding down and getting ready for bed. We'll see you all tomorrow and can't wait to tell you about our adventures. https://t.co/VhvraygXnD

20/09/18

Some photos from todays adventures at Fellowship Afloat. https://t.co/3TWuGPJP9p

20/09/18

Thank you to Kasia Truefitt, Artistic Director of for running some mindfulness dance workshops for KS2. We thoroughly enjoyed them. https://t.co/z2irCep27v

20/09/18

Photos to follow!

20/09/18

Our last full day at Fellowship Afloat. We've been out in the powerboats this morning. After lunch the children went on the high ropes - Jacob's Ladder and the Leap of Faith. Everyone challenged themselves and excelled; back on Trinty we had an afternoon of team games.

19/09/18

Just a few photos! Will include others in tomorrows Tweet! Night! https://t.co/fOu7gvHh5Z

19/09/18

We have a really busy day today; the children have climbed to dizzying heights and been fantastic at archery! We are all now relaxing with a film before our hot chocolate! https://t.co/OpY4vbiTXA

19/09/18

Year 5 have enjoyed their hearty breakfast this morning! Cereal, eggy toast & bacon and a veggie option. High ropes and archery today. Photos to follow.

18/09/18

We certainly got our sea legs! https://t.co/PLXjlDj5rH

18/09/18

More photos of this afternoon on the waves! https://t.co/348ncRFto2

18/09/18

It was too windy to go sailing this afternoon so we spent the afternoon steering the powerboats! https://t.co/3GMScdawz2

18/09/18

Year 5 Windy start to the day. After a hearty breakfast the children spent the morning on the climbing wall! https://t.co/3sHDInPc9l

17/09/18

After a beautiful afternoon playing team building games, and a delicious dinner, we have been on an evening walk. The children are all now safely tucked up in bed! Night! https://t.co/eChnGLUHta

17/09/18

Our Year 5 at are munching and crunching on their lunch! https://t.co/nVUhFO0qEA

17/09/18

Just a quick note to let you know that the children have all arrived safely at Fellowship Afloat and are just about to have lunch! We will of course keep you updated with how they are getting on; photos to follow on Twitter!

17/09/18

Year 5 are off! Very excited children and staff off on their residential trip to Have fun! https://t.co/x3Rl6f1hYQ

12/09/18

Our children’s office is now open every lunchtime. Year 6 are keen and ready to help you. https://t.co/ZQv8ci9kbi

13/07/18

KS1 are due back normal pick up time 3.20pm

04/07/18

We are very proud of our children who gowned up to receive their Certificates at Oakland's Children's University Graduation Ceremony - they look amazing. Find out more at https://t.co/FDIdg1hViy or twitter page https://t.co/66oc3nLSwQ

04/07/18

'Grow a £1 challenge' - we have been blown away by the enterprising ideas of the children in growing their £1 to make more pounds. Selling old books, recycling rubbish, making & selling slime, cake sales, bouncy castles, growing and selling plants, to setting up a waffle shop... https://t.co/QVckUF7lev

04/07/18

Well done to Ettie who received a highly commended award for her beautiful picure at The Arts Society Harpenden Young Arts Competition. Harpenden Academy had many stunning entries - thank you to all those who participated. https://t.co/h0oyV8NOhY

27/06/18

Retweeted From Herts For Refugees

What a joy to join Year 6 at for a workshop ! They recently organised a charity fun run and chose to receive the funds ❤️ They were fully engaged showing great empathy with child refugees. There is hope for the future with these kids ♥️ https://t.co/sUHe9XCgXO

26/06/18

It is going to be a very hot week! Please make sure children have a hat, water bottle and sun tan cream applied for school!

26/06/18

An 8 week trial launched at Harpenden Academy back in April. 28 pupils in Yr 5 put through their paces by local Volunteer Police Cadets Jamie Head, Jac Mansell and Sadie Sundt as part of the Mini Police initiative. See the youtube press release https://t.co/MTFmiPZy72

22/06/18

A huge thank you from myself and the children to the wonderful Susan who has spent the week with us - throwing herself enthusiastically (and competitively!) into every single activity and supporting and nurturing the children fantastically. We’re so grateful for you. https://t.co/ldNVhboR0z

22/06/18

Just been round the coach asking what they’re most proud of this week and feeling quite emotional. I’m so proud of each and every one of them for their boundless energy, enthusiasm, teamwork and perseverance in all the activities. They have all grown in their own unique ways.

22/06/18

One down and twenty to go! https://t.co/wp7YLBgFIl

22/06/18

Our Year 6 class are expected back at school for 3.30pm - we will keep you posted if this changes

22/06/18

Climbing https://t.co/PwP5dvpVWS

22/06/18

Star of the session: problem solving- Hannah for being super quick on the hardest puzzle and shows patience and perseverance when she couldn’t get a puzzle. Survival skills- Tait for being super keen and starting the fire.

22/06/18

Problem solving - lots of fun working out the puzzles https://t.co/1F9NMB4RNY

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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