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Posted on July 17th 2018
Letter to Parents from the Principal
I would first like to thank you for all you have done to work in partnership with us in supporting your daughter through an exceptionally successful year here at HAB. We are delighted to have seen girls enjoying Academy life, both in their lessons and beyond them. Please take some time to enjoy reading our Summer newsletter which details of some of this term’s highlights. You can find more such examples of #ProudToBeHAB moments on our website too.
As we near the end of this academic year, I write to provide you with some key details regarding the end of this term and beginning of next term that I am sure you will find useful.
Sports Day: Thursday 19th July
As you may be aware, our coaches were withdrawn at very late notice for last Thursday’s Harris Federation Sports Day, meaning that girls were not able to attend the day. Our competitors and performers represented us proudly nonetheless, bringing home no fewer than 7 medals!
We have decided to hold our own HAB Sports Day this Thursday for all girls to take part in, celebrating sports and #HABPride as a school community. Girls should wear their PE kit for the day and should bring a bottle of water with them. They may wear a plain hat to protect them from the sun. The day will begin at the usual time of 08.25am and we will observe an earlier finish time of 2pm for all girls. There will be no clubs or after school activities following dismissal.
Final Day of Summer Term: Friday 20th July
The Academy will close to students at 12pm on Friday. Any student who receives free school meals will be entitled to collect a sandwich and drink as she leaves. In addition, if your daughter has had any items confiscated this term, they will be available for her to collect during her break time on that day only.
As is customary at HAB, we will finish the summer term with a non-uniform charity fund raising morning. Although girls will not be in uniform, lessons will take place as normal until midday, when girls will be dismissed. There will be no clubs or after school activities on that day and the Library will be closed.
In return for the privilege of wearing her own clothes, girls will donate £1.00, or as much as they can. Her choice of clothes must conform to standards of both formality appropriate to being at school and safety. The following are not allowed and students will be placed in the internal exclusion centre if they breach these guidelines until the matter is resolved.
- Bare midriffs or revealing tops including off-the-shoulder tops with spaghetti straps.
- Skirts or dresses above the knee.
- For health and safety reasons, feet must be fully covered with no open-toed shoes, sandals, flip flops or other footwear that leaves the feet open to injury.
- Large hooped earrings or excess jewellery that may become caught on something and cause injury.
The rules concerning mobile phones and electronic equipment are the same as usual in this day: they are not allowed and will be confiscated if brought into the Academy. Thank you in advance for your support in ensuring that your daughter is prepared appropriately to enjoy her last day of term.
First Day of Autumn Term:
We will return for the start of the new academic year in the week beginning 3rd September. The arrangements for the start of the new academic year will be:
Monday 3rd September: Staff only. Academy closed to all girls.
Tuesday 4th September: Open to Year 7 & 12 students only (09.30 – 15.00 for Year 7 girls, 10.00 – 12.00 for Year 12 Students). Academy closed to Years 8-11 and Year 13 Students.
Wednesday 5th September: Open to all students (08.25am start for a normal HAB day)
Parent/Carer Events in the Week Beginning 3rd September
During the first week of term, we will host a series of Curriculum Evenings for you to attend in order to meet the team working closely with your daughter for the year. On these evenings, your daughter should accompany you and should wear full Academy uniform. You will receive key messages about the year ahead and we will share with you some important documents, including progress reports and schemes of learning. Please find the times of each of the Curriculum Evenings below:
Tuesday 4th September at 3.30pm: Year 7 students with their parents/carers.
Wednesday 5th September at 4.30pm: Years 8 & 11 students with their parents/carers.
Thursday 6th September at 4.30pm: Year 9 & 10 students with their parents/carers.
For Year 12 and 13 students, arrangements will follow separately from Ms Mercer.
We very much look forward to seeing you in the new Academic year, but if you do have any questions before the term ends, please don’t hesitate to contact us before the end of this week.
With all good wishes,