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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

16/11/18

On Wednesday Herts County Council came to visit our Reception class to run a workshop for the children and parents of Ladybird class. We learnt to ‘Stop, Look, Listen and Think. ‘ We then set up a fake road in the classroom to practice crossing the road safely. https://t.co/x4JMRTrVpA

16/11/18

On Wednesday the Year 6 children enjoyed a wonderfully thought-provoking trip to the Foundling Museum in London to learn about the lives of poor children in Georgian and Victorian Britain. https://t.co/yORhNcKjE4

16/11/18

Cross Country: A wonderful performance from our Year 5 and 6 six runners at yesterday’s tournament. All runners showed excellent commitment and resilience, not to mention superb sportsmanship. https://t.co/2ws2u918Zh

16/11/18

Our school dog has a name! After a successful ‘wooferendum’ the votes were as follows: Rosie: 50 votes Red: 33 votes Rosie Red: 115 votes Welcome Rosie Red, there is a lot of excitement over your arrival at school. https://t.co/VmnFfKcwzZ

16/11/18

We have raised £184.20 for by wearing spots to school today. Thank you to all the children who dressed up and brought in their £1 donation. https://t.co/OTyBXejpnL

14/11/18

After attending the Girls Football Tournament, Watford Ladies have invited all pupils from the schools attending to watch them play on Sunday for free. The staff at the gates will have the school names, so you just have to say which school you are from. https://t.co/k1UwDaaJs9

13/11/18

10,000 poppy petals released in our playground at our Remembrance assembly on Friday. Thank you to all for attending a very moving and thought provoking morning. https://t.co/gdK7peegfm

07/11/18

Massive congratulations to the Harpenden Academy Boys Football team on our first ever win!! We are very proud of you all. https://t.co/O9n6ncMwbm

28/10/18

Retweeted From abm catering

Our talented chef at has been busy making this lovely wheat sheaf for the pupil's harvest assembly! 🍃 https://t.co/uFaTal2C4d

22/10/18

Our EYFS class have been inspired by our recent visit from an artist and the art around the school, so have created their own masterpieces “a diplodocus and a stegosaurus” https://t.co/3y9nDtzMyg

19/10/18

Yesterday Year 6 enjoyed making guacamole - a favourite Mexican dish- linking to our Frida Kahlo project. I was particularly impressed how many children initially claimed to not like avocado but tried the new dish and actually loved it! Well done for having open minds. https://t.co/6SwsmRY6Yo

17/10/18

Year 4 enjoyed a very exciting trip to Pizza Express this morning as part of our International month. Yummy!🍕 https://t.co/e1ChcRutRE

17/10/18

This is the amazing speed artist , here he is doing a speed portrait live for KS2, who do you think it is https://t.co/2VE7lyZNJa

17/10/18

What an amazing speed painting of Albert Einstein! By

17/10/18

We’ve got the fantastic artist Jon Hicks at Harpenden Academy today, what on earth could he be painting here? https://t.co/vyrPBcQIcm

15/10/18

How did this little fella know that our Reception class topic is Dinosaurs! He popped into our EYFS playground to visit us. How exciting! https://t.co/Mx3wY5oeoD

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.

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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