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The Big Draw – Days 2 and 3

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

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The Art department has been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown throughout the week of drawing.   It is going very well and the Year 7s are loving it. It would be wonderful if everyone would come and make their mark. Please click on the thumbnail to view some fab pictures of the contributions so far.

Please use this link  later to view the photos taken at the end of the week.

Headteacher’s Blog – October 2014

October 24th, 2014 Comments off

In this weeks assembly I discussed the values we want all our students to develop; Aspiration and Resilience.

The assembly slides can be viewed here.

These values evolved as a series of student and staff consultation last year and these words I would like to see etched on the lips of every student and teacher. I emphasised the importance of working hard, choosing the harder option, being able to adapt to change and getting the basics right from the start. Read more…

Former ‘trainer of the year’ working with Harrow Way

October 22nd, 2014 Comments off

Harrow Way Community School is on a mission. Having broken all previous GCSE records and celebrated a fantastic Ofsted last year, Headteacher Michael Serridge is determined to see the school achieve an ‘Outstanding’ when the inspectors next come to visit.

A series of initiatives have been introduced starting with a day with renowned, award winning trainer Andy Griffith. Andy’s ‘Outstanding Teaching’ as the day is called, has been described by the staff at Harrow Way as inspirational, with many now adopting the practices learned which will see the students become more independent, more engaged, more challenged and receive more meaningful feedback. Read more…

The Big Draw – Day 1

October 20th, 2014 Comments off

DSCF0308The Big Draw is all about giving everyone an opportunity to get back to the drawing board. It gets all of us working together; whatever our age, whatever our ability, whatever our inhibitions.
IMG_0601All Harrow Way students and staff have been invited to draw their own house, for one minute or longer, and leave their mark on paper during registration or in the Auditorium at lunch time this week. Join our campaign to prove once again that DRAWING IS IMPORTANT!!!

People taking part don’t need to be an excellent artist. It is open to anyone who can hold a pen, pencil, brush, roller, or anything that would leave a mark. The most important thing is their willingness to participate!

DSCF0306On the back of each drawing Mrs Gibbs is asking each participant to write the name of their street and the bus they take if used.  The idea is to turn the school’s corridors into the streets of Andover. It will include mainly the main streets our students come from or, in some cases, the area or the direction, i.e. King’s Arthur’s Way.

Mrs Gibbs hopes to see everyone during this week join in this fun challenge.

House Quiz Night

October 20th, 2014 Comments off

IMG_1448Last week’s quiz night was a great success and an excellent show case of House pride. Congratulations to the Hawks for having the most points for participants and the Buzzards years 11, 10, and 9 teams for landing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Former pro American footballer ‘touches down’ at Harrow Way

October 17th, 2014 Comments off

P1020472Former pro American footballer Jim Roberson is back at Harrow Way Community School, once again working his motivational magic with Year 11 students. Jim bases his captivating training on getting students to understand the ‘power of education.’ In his own unique style Jim connects with students, engaging them to consider how their education is the key to achieving their very best at school which ultimately leads to a future they have the choice to determine. Read more…

WW1 Poppy Installation

October 16th, 2014 Comments off

Poppy ceremony Underneath the displayStudents from Harrow Way have participated in county wide art exhibitions to commemorate the start of World War 1. An after school club saw students from years 7 and 8 created large scale poppies in card with poignant text and thoughtful embellishments. Year 9s made exquisite poppy collages from a range of materials including magazine cuttings, buttons and poetry. The Year 11 contribution was in chicken wire and mod rock.

A representative group from the after school club was invited to the opening ceremony at The Lights, and Ella Tanner and Michelle Denya read an extract from a poem. The following photographs were taken by Ella Tanner. Read more…

Climbers head to Portland

October 13th, 2014 Comments off

IMG_2579On Sunday, 8 members of the Harrow Way students rock climbing club put the skills they’d gained in our after school club to the test and headed to the island of Portland to try climbing outside on real rock.

Our students provided a group to work with outdoor instructors working towards their SPA instructor award with Calshot Activities Centre. Despite cold weather, everyone had lots of climbs of increasing levels of difficulty as well as an abseil from the top of the cliffs.

The students behaviour and effort was excellent and we hope they enjoyed their first experience of climbing on natural rock.

A few photos of the day are available here.

Harrow Way start the academic year with another new record

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

Harry Smallbones 1Hot on the heels of their record breaking GCSE results, Harrow Way Community School have started the 2014 academic with another new record. According to the awarding body OCR (Oxford Cambridge RSA) Year 9 student, Harry Smallbones, age 14, is officially the second youngest person ever to get an A* in GCSE Computer Science.

As early as Year 7 it was evident to Harry’s teachers that he was a bright boy and that year completed his Level 2 ICT Functional Skills qualification. According to awarding body EdExcel this is a Year 11 qualification which is the equivalent to a B grade at GCSE and Harry was only 12 years old. Read more…

Voice – Speaking Competition

October 7th, 2014 Comments off

Photo 03-10-2014 14 45 55On Friday 3 October Harrow Way held its third annual Voice competition. Congratulations to Alanis Fell of Buzzard House for winning the junior category and Britney Enright of the Hawks for taking the senior title. Each winner has earned 90 points for her house and a £10 Blink Box voucher. Well done to all who participated!