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Amazing Authors in Year 2 Badger Class!

Aspiring authors in Year 2 Badger Class have been busy writing and illustrating stories at home, inspired by Salty’s Prize and Salty’s Treasure. These new adventures have been compiled into a growing collection, that now resides in their book corner, so everyone can enjoy reading them. So far Salty has been to school, had a party, a fun day, a trip to the cinema, enjoyed Easter and made a new best friend!

A huge well done to you all for your inspiring stories and creativity, you are amazing writers! Keep it up, we can’t wait to see what he will do next!

World Book Day is fast approaching once again... we will be celebrating in school on Friday 8th March 2024 (although the official date is Thursday 7th March).

On Friday 8th March we are asking the children to come to school dressed as their favourite book character - if they would like to.
Mrs Davies and the Harrison team are very much looking forward to sharing World Book Day 2024 with you.

We will also be collecting books for the 'Children's Book Project' - a national charity that gifts donated books to families who have very few books in order to tackle the 'book gap' in some communities. 

These books will then be passed to 'new homes' locally via the 'Children's Book Project' charity. Across London and the UK 1 in 4 disadvantaged children owns fewer than 10 books, whilst 1 in 8 has none at all.  This has an impact not only on these children’s academic outcomes but also on their wellbeing, emotional development and sense of themselves as a reader. The charity expects to gift upwards of 350,000 books this year.

We will be asking children to donate unwanted books, those that they have 'outgrown' or perhaps purchase an old favourite to donate. These books can be brought to school on 7th and 8th March. 

For more information visit www.childrensbookproject.co.uk

The School Council will host a 'Pyjama Day' on Friday 22nd March 2024. 

Having consulted with their classes recently, the School Council has decided to focus on raising money for an 'outdoor fitness station' which can be used by all children. 

Everyone is invited to wear their pyjamas to school - and make a donation towards the gym equipment.

New Artist of the half-term competition

Please watch this week's celebration assembly to find out the winners of last half term's Keith Haring art competition for which Mr Watson received over 135 entries.

This half term's new artist is the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama - whose bright and vivid style, full of poker dots and fantastic patterns, can be seen on this video:


Mr Watson is looking forward to receiving entries to this half term's competition by Wednesday, 27th March 2024. Remember, all entries on A4 paper with your child's name and class on the back. 

Walk to School - WOW - February to July 2024

We are participating in the 'Living Streets' national Walk to School competition whereby ALL children are encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or 'park and stride' to school once each week. Each week we will track the children's journeys to school, and at the end of each month badges will be handed out to those children who have active journeys to school. As our children all walk through the 'School Streets Scheme' we anticipate that all children will receive badges.

New Year R

We have been so pleased to welcome our new Year R children to their visits this week. Welcome everybody!   Due to a low birth rate we still have spaces in Year R - please spread the word!

'Open Classrooms'

It was a pleasure to see so many of you in school this week. The children really enjoy showing you their classrooms. 

We look forward to getting you more involved in school life and your children's learning this year and to working closely with all parents and carers to ensure success for all. Our Vision for all children - 'Lifelong learners, with open minds' - is more pertinent than ever. 

Home Learning 

Please find attached the Home Learning policy for this academic year. This details what learning your child needs you to support at home each week. 

To be frank, children who read every day at home with parents will be fluent, competent readers when they leave Primary School. 

If you need help to encourage your child to read at home or need help with home learning please contact your child's class teacher - we want this to be a positive experience for all...

Home School Agreement

This is our joint 'working agreement' which parents sign when they join our Harrison community - our pledge to you is very clear. 

Children have started the term well - our attendance target is 97% for all children. This week we have achieved 97.5% attendance. Punctuality and excellent attendance are expected at Harrison. 

The Harrison Learning Tree (available to view on our website) This underpins all we do – the 'way we do things at Harrison'. 

Our focus on citizenship, attitudes to learning, responsibility and excellence provide a structure by which children and staff can understand themselves as learners and become more responsible for their attitudes to learning and their behaviour in and out of the classroom. Please watch our weekly 'Celebration Assembly' with your children.

Our five Values: Collaboration, Honesty, Equality, Respect and Responsibility are highlighted on our Tree. Each Class Charter reflects these values. 

Parent Teacher Association - thank you everyone for a hugely successful Teddy Bears' Picnic last weekend. We are always keen to get everyone involved at Harrison - if you can give a little time back to Harrison we would greatly appreciate it.

If you would like to find out more about our HSA please come to the AGM on Thursday 21st September at 8pm.


October and December active childcare holiday camps at Gosport Leisure Centre and Fareham Leisure Centre are available to book for children aged 5 to 14 during their school holiday breaks.

Pupils from Harrison Primary School will receive a special 10% discount when they register for our October holiday camps before 8th October 2023. For more information please contact the Leisure Centre Direct (See attached flyer).  Free spaces are available for the December camps for pupils who receive benefit related Free School Meals.

Other dates for your diary: 

Tuesday 25th September : Year 1 Phonics workshop (details to follow)

Wednesday 4th October : Year R Phonics workshop  (details to follow)

Friday 6th October: Whole school individual school photos (not siblings) 

More important dates, Harvest and School Council news next week.

We look forward to a happy and healthy Autumn term.

Kind regards

Sara Gmitrowicz & Kirsty Eddleston

Executive Head teacher & Head of School


We've had a great start to the new term. Already, it feels like we have been back for ages... The children have settled happily to the new term and we are certainly enjoying the sunshine. 

As mentioned in July, we would like to invite parents of children in Years 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 to 'pop into' school at the end of the school day next week on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th September 2023. 

This is an opportunity for your child to show you their new classroom; you will be able to see where your child spends their day learning, understand a bit more about the organisation and routines in the class, and say 'hello' to their teacher/s. 

This is not a formal 'Meet the teacher' session as the children will want to show you round and I'm sure that you appreciate that teachers will not be able to talk to parents about individual children. 

Of course we understand that parents may have questions or concerns which you will want to share. Please email adminoffice@harrison.hants.sch.uk to arrange a meeting or call with your child's teacher.

For obvious reasons, we will invite parents into school once the children whose parents are not coming have left the site. 

These events have been well attended previously - the children really enjoyed showing their parents their classrooms, however to avoid the potential 'Christmas Fayre' crush we would like to suggest that we split the school community into two groups to make these 'pop-ins' more manageable for all. 

Tuesday 12th September 2023. - we would like to welcome parents whose children's surnames begin with A-L. 

Wednesday 13th September 2022 - we would like to welcome parents whose children's surnames begin with M-Z.

Pre-Loved School Uniform – School uniform will be available at the school entrances next Tuesday and Wednesday after school. All items are free to take, swap, or make a small donation.

Year group newsletters will be published to years 1-6 by the end of next week. 

HELP WANTED - we are looking for volunteers to support with hearing children read. Please let your child's class teacher know if you can give up an hour a week. Everyone is welcome - aunties, grandparents, neighbours etc.

Other dates for your diary:

Tuesday 25th September : Year 1 Phonics workshop

Wednesday 4th October : Year R Phonics workshop

Friday 6th October: Whole school individual school photos (not siblings)

wb 25th September 2023 our Harvest Collection for the local 'Acts of Kindness' Charity. We understand that the charity has been very busy over the summer period delivering food parcels to families in need all over the area and therefore, we will once again, support this local group to help families who are less fortunate than ourselves. Please donate if you can tins of food, dried foods such as pasta, rice, cereals etc

Father Roger Jackson, our local vicar from St Peter & St Paul's Church will lead our Harvest assemblies.

Rotary Club Charity Shoebox Appeal We are supporting this annual scheme which sends shoeboxes containing toys and gifts to disadvantaged children in foreign countries. The focus this year is sending Christmas gifts to Ukrainian children who have been displaced by the current conflict. A leaflet and more information will be sent home next month. 

Tuesday 31st October - Hallowe'en disco parties - this year we will be asking parents to pay £1 per child via 'Scopay'; further details next week.
Parent/teacher consultations for all children will be held during the week beginning 27th November 2023.

And finally three things we need your help with please:

children must leave earrings at home on PE days - safety first! If your child is unable to remove them, please supply them with tape to cover them over.
NO school bags please - we have no room.
PE kit must be unbranded.

We look forward to seeing you all again.