Harrison Headlines- Friday 17th November 2023

We have very much enjoyed wearing our 'odd socks' this week for 'Anti-bullying Week'. It is imperative that all children and our team understand that bullying and unkindness of any kind are not tolerated at Harrison. As you know, the ‘Harrison Learning Tree’ underpins all we do - treating others with respect is integral to this. We teach the children how to share their worries at school.

Year 5 had a very interesting trip to the Mary Rose in Portsmouth and Year R enjoyed coming back in to school for their first ‘Bedtime stories’.

Year 4 have enjoyed a visit from the Critter Clan. We would like to thank the PTA (previously HSA) for funding this event.

We are very much looking forward to watching Year 2 perform their Great Fire of London production on Wednesday and Thursday next week.


‘Gold’ School Games Award 2023

The purpose of this award is to reward and recognise a school’s engagement (provision and uptake) in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active.

We had to demonstrate how we have:

· Maintained and grown our school’s engagement in the School Games and our delivery of the Chief Medical Officer’s (CMO) 60 active minutes for every child or 20 minutes for SEND young people

· Delivered and engaged in competitions that have clear intent and create positive experiences based on the motivation, competence and confidence of your young people that need support most

· a clear focus on transition points (e.g. Yr.3 and Yr.6)

· supported the personal development of targeted young people through youth engagement and leadership

· advocated and engaged key stakeholders on the value of the School Games to support local provision and improve the experiences for our children and their families.


Music Mark 2023

We have been nominated by Hampshire Music Service for the Music Mark Award. Here is the letter that we have received from the local authority:


'Your school has been invited by your Music Service to become a Music Mark School. They have recognised the value that you place on music and asked us to add you to the growing network of Music Mark Schools we support across the UK as a Music Subject Association.


We would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access a high-quality music education. Your dedication to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.'


Parent Teacher Association (PTA) - Christmas Fayre - Friday 8th December 2023, 3.30-5pm

Thank you to Nick Clegg, our new PTA Chair and PTA members for pulling this popular event together.

Donations for the tombola can be brought to school on Friday 1st December (details to follow soon) The PTA are also accepting donations of unwanted gifts, good quality books and pre-loved uniform. Cake donations are also welcome. Please can these be brought to school on the morning of the fair. (Strictly no nuts and please clearly label with any allergens).


Be Bright Be Seen Day & Bling your ride day- Friday 24th November 2023

If children would like to participate they can children wear their brightest outfits to school for the day. Traditionally we have asked for a donation, however, please save your pounds for entry to our Christmas Fayre instead.

John Clode, our SUSTRANS link, is suggesting that children 'Bling their ride' (scooters and bikes) on Friday 24th - Be Bright, Be Seen and Your Time To Shine!


Formal 'Parent/teacher consultations' - week beginning 27th November 2023.

Don’t forget to book your session if you haven’t already done so.


Update from Andrew Prescott, Governors' Learning and Teaching Committee

This week saw the Learning and Teaching Committee meet for the second time this school year. We kicked off with a presentation by David Gooding on E-Safety where we discussed how e-safety is integrated into the curriculum and the introduction of Cyber Ambassadors has seen the children lead the approach on e-safety. We also discussed some of the community resources that are available - with a child in Year 6 I would encourage all parents/carers to take a look


We also spent time discussing the School Improvement Plan, with a particular insight into how the school approaches continual feedback and buddying - there was strong evidence of ongoing learning across the teaching staff at the school.

We next meet in March, but the Governors will be visiting the school in January/February so we can see the school in action.


Year R 2024 prospective parents 'Open Mornings'

Our open mornings recently have been very successful and we have enjoyed meeting the parents and children who have visited. The last tour date is on Wednesday, 3rd January 2024 – 9.30 am Please use the booking system on our website to sign up for these events: https://forms.office.com/e/NgycncE4mR

We recognise that these events are busy and that parents may like the opportunity to talk to myself, Sarah Thornley (SENCo) and Abigail Edwards, (Early Years Lead) after school hours when Year R is quieter. Therefore, we will be opening our doors to Early Years only on Monday, 4th December 2023 from 4.00 – 5.00 pm.


Although there will be no pupils in Early Years at this time we want to give you the chance to visit again and find out more about Year R transition. If you would like to attend this additional event please complete the form below:



Parents of children currently in Year R elsewhere who may be considering a change of school are also welcome - we have spaces due to low birth rate this year. Tell your friends!


Future diary dates:

Wednesday 22nd November – Year 2 production (details emailed)

Thursday 23rd November – Year 2 production (details emailed)

Friday 24th November – Be Bright Be Seen Day (see previous headlines)

Monday 27th November – Year 6 Sir Teach a Lot – Greek Day (details emailed)




Friday 1st December – Tombola donations (details to follow)

Tuesday 5th December – Year R Nativity – Bumblebee Class

Tuesday 5th December – Year 4 African drumming concert to parents (see previous email) 1.50pm – Y4P 2.20pm – Y4R 2.50pm - Y4W

Wednesday 6th December – Year R Nativity – Caterpillar Class

Thursday 7th December – Year R Nativity – Ladybird Class

Friday 8th December – PTA Christmas Fayre (details to follow)

Monday 11th December – Whole school Carol Service – 2pm (details to follow)

Tuesday 12th December – Whole school Christmas dinner

Wednesday 13th December – Y4W Class Assembly

Friday 15th December – Last Day of Term (normal finishing time)