24 th November 2016
Today‟s newsletter gives you a final countdown to Christmas at Hadrian Academy
(please look at diary dates). Celebrations start this evening in school as we host the
Trefold Guild Christmas Carol Concert.
You may be aware that today and tomorrow interviews for our new Principal, starting
September 2017, are taking place. The Governors will inform you of the outcome
It is great to see so many children scooting and biking to school.
Our Prefects for Autumn Term 2 have made a promising start to their responsibilities. Prefects
are a valued part of the school system at Hadrian Academy.
Christmas Panto Aladdin at the Grove Theatre,
Thursday 15 th December. Tickets have been on
sale now since 17 th October and we still have a
number available to purchase for children.
As we need to know how many children will not be attending this event please make sure you
purchase your ticket/s by 1 st December 2016. After this date we will assume that your child
will not be taking part in this event. If less than 30 pupils remain behind, school will be
closed. After school children will be walked back to school and can be collected as normal.
Please let the office know if you cannot meet the deadline of 1 st December so that
arrangements can be made.
Sound of Christmas
Tinsel and Tea Towels
Busy, Busy Bethlehem
We are really pleased to announce our first two
students to become members of the exclusive
Accelerated Readers Millionaires Club.
Congratulations to Twisha and Emma who have read
over a million words each since returning to school
in September. Keep reading and checking your word
count after each book and you too could join the
Millionaires Club! Enjoy your reading.
‘Cycle, Scoot or Walk to Santa’ December Challenge! From Monday
28th November to Friday 9th December
Children from schools across Dunstable and Houghton Regis are
taking part in a Christmas challenge to cycle, scoot or walk to
Lapland to see Father Christmas.
„Cycle to Santa‟ is a competition, organised
by Central Bedfordshire‟s Travel Choices,
in which children and their families
collect miles towards a virtual 2,050 mile
trip from Dunstable to Lapland. An
amazing 1,963 children and their parents have already signed up for the
Every child will receive a special „Cycle to Santa‟ card which is stamped each time they travel
to school by bicycle, scooter or on foot. With each stamp equalling two miles - double that if
their parents or other family members join them - the children will soon be on their way to
Santa in Lapland.
Travel Choices‟ Bike-It Officer, Derek Smulders, will be holding special Bike-It Breakfast
on 2 nd December at Hadrian with Dr Bike to ensure everyone‟s bike or scooter is up to the
long journey to Santa.
Children who walk, cycle or scoot to school every day are also being given the chance to win a
fantastic bike along with other local schools.
Derek Smulders said:
"Last year‟s „Cycle to Santa‟ challenge went really well with children from a number of local
schools taking part. They have clearly been telling their friends what fun the challenge was
as the response this year is stunning. It‟s going to be an exciting competition, especially with
the added attraction of the chance to win a new bike.”
Our display is ready…
11.11.2015 at 11am The whole school observed a two minute silence.
Armistice Day on 11 November marks the end of the First World War and is a day
to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom.
All the children in EYFS had the opportunity to make their very own poppy and
made a beautiful display.
We were lucky enough to get a limited number
of free tickets to go and see the Jungle Book in
3D. The children (and adults) thoroughly
enjoyed the film and had a great experience.
Children in Need
Thank you for your donations
towards Children in Need. The
children enjoyed wearing their
spotty clothes to school and
joining in with Mrs Webber for a
touch of street dance.
We raised over £330 towards a
very worthy cause.
In maths, Year 2 have been learning all about money and how to add totals. On Wednesday,
Miss Horner‟s maths group became party planners! They were asked to plan a Christmas party
for Mrs Ingham and all the teachers! The children carefully worked out how much the party
food and drink would cost using what they had learnt about money in maths. Ivet, our
mathematician of the week said “I loved maths on Wednesday because it was really fun and it
made maths come to life!”
In Miss Auker‟s maths group the children visited the beach and they
could choose which items they wanted to buy from the beach shop.
They had to carefully add the totals together to make sure they had
enough money. Isabella, Alfie and Hebba said “maths was great fun,
we love using the coins to help us count.”
Both Year 5 classes performed poems in assembly. Lancashire Class did a poem about waves and
cleverly arranged themselves to move like waves. They used their voices to great effect too so that
they sounded like the sea.
Cornwall class learnt The Witches Spell from Macbeth. There were challenging words in the verses
but both groups of witches did very well, reciting the spell as they circled an imaginary cauldron. The
rest of the class too, spoke the famous, „Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble…‟ lines effectively, starting
in a menacing whisper and building up to a fierce volume!
Well done both classes!
Four children from Year 5 & 6 Ola,
Liberty, Sam and Zain went with Miss
Weber to take part in an Able Writers
course at Chantry Academy. They met a
special author called Neal Zetter who had
an action packed day all about poems
planned for the children. They each
wrote their own poem and picked one
verse from each to share with you in the
newsletter. Well done, great writing!
A World of Stories
When you‟re feeling down or when the world seems a bit boring,
just pick up a book and read a good story.
Whether it‟s comedy, poetry or drama,
it‟s sure to put a smile upon your face.
But when the book is finished and you‟re left with no other,
you can‟t help but feel sad that your characters are leaving.
Fictional friends who have been with you throughout the story
Must take their leave and entertain more people.
Books are like our family
Books are like our minds
Just as creative, with no limit.
Books are like our minds,
where ideas fly all around.
Whatever the author,
Wherever the story,
Books are like our family
My books have run away
They can be all different -
shapes and sizes, paperback or
hardback, soft, smooth, rough and tough.
They ask you questions in your amazing head
so don‟t forget to answer them!
I‟ve watched the film and I‟ve read the blurb
but when I read - it explodes in my face.
Such magical words make a book.
It might look boring but when you read it
anything is possible
It just explodes in your face!
Father Christmas is Visiting Hadrian
Tomorrow 25 th November
AHA Christmas Market from 2pm to
3.15pm. Parents are to collect children
from their classrooms and join in the
I have just been informed by the North
Pole‟s Elf post that Father Christmas will be
popping by on Tuesday 6th December. If
anyone would like to visit him and receive a
gift please send forms and monies back by
Friday 25th November. To ensure we don‟t
misplace any money please take your envelope
to the office. NO MONEY WILL BE TAKEN
AFTER THIS DATE.
AHA Christmas Shop on 8 th & 9 th December.
All children‟s orders must be in by Friday
2 nd December. Forms are available from
the school office.
AHA Adult Shopping Evening Thursday 2 nd
December. 7pm to 9pm £2.50 entry including
a complimentary drink. Handmade Jewellery
& Crafts Gift Baskets, Raffle Handmade
Pictures Homemade Cakes & Biscuits Books &
Beauty Products Refreshments, Cards Sweet
Gifts and much more.
On Tuesday 14 th December children can wear a Christmas Jumper or T-shirt to school to
feel that festive spirit. This is the same day that we will be having our Christmas dinner
when we will be having a traditional Christmas dinner with a vegetarian option. The cost is
£2.20 per child from year 3 upwards but will be free for Year R 1 and 2 under the Universal
Free School Meal initiative. Payments to be made through Parentmail.
In science Year 1 have been
investigating materials in our
environment and learning about their
properties. We did our very own
experiment to test the strength of
different materials by building a
bridge that could hold 3 toy cars. We
had lots of fun finding out that tissue
paper would not be a very good
material for a bridge! The material
that we found made the best bridge
was a plank of wood on top of our two
YEAR FOUR CHRISTMAS ENTERPRISE
This week Year 4 have been busy using their enterprise and measuring skills
by making delicious gingerbread biscuits ready to sell at the Christmas
Market. It‟s thumbs up from Zuzanna, who had a quick taste! All the
gingerbread will be decorated with an array of different colour icing and
Year 4 will be selling their gingerbread Christmas shapes for 70p bag. Get
to their stall quickly if you want to snap up a bargain.
Year 6 will be selling Snowman Soup (hot chocolate with marshmallows) at the Christmas
Bazaar tomorrow for £1. There will also be some Halal ones available too! We look forward
to seeing there.
The children were inspired to write some Snowman Soup poems:-
Orienteering Club just keeps on getting better at Hadrian.
On Saturday 12 th November 2016 children from Hadrian orienteering club took part in a
junior youth orienteering event held by Hertfordshire orienteering club at Stanborough
Lakes. Despite a wet start the weather got better and all the children completed their
orienteering course developing their map reading skills and endurance running. Good results
team. If you are interested in having a go at orienteering open the following linkhttp://www.happyherts.org.uk.
Or come and have a chat with Mrs Hanson.
Pos Name Club Age Class Time
1st Jack Rogers HAA M8 11:38
Club Age Class Time
3rd= Amy Harvey HAA W8 9:03
3rd= Mia Collier HAA W8 9:03
5th Sienna Collier HAA W7 9:31
7th Stephanie Fuller HAA W8 11:00
13th Zuzanna Romanek HAA W8 12:55
14th Ruby Harold HAA W8 13:11
In The Event of Severe Weather
Hadrian Academy will aim to stay open throughout the Winter, if at
all possible, during severe weather such as deep/drifting snow or icy
conditions. We understand that you have commitments
too. However, should we experience such severe conditions that
force us to close, we shall make the decision as early as possible and
will communicate with you in the following ways:-
• A Parentmail PMX text will be sent to your mobile phone notifying you of the school
closure. It is therefore important that you make sure the school office has your
most up to date details on file. This is our quickest and best way of getting
messages to you, so please look out for them during severe weather and make
these your first port of call for information.
• You can register on the Central Bedfordshire 'State of Schools' portal. Please
follow this link. It is worth checking this page today so that you are familiar.
• Listen to Heart Radio, three Counties 96 -107 fm or use their website.
Full details are on the school website. http://www.hadrianacademy.co.uk/letters-
Diary Date for 2016 / 2017
Autumn Term 2016
25.11.16 AHA- CHRISTMAS MARKET 2.00pm
Cycle to Santa Challenge- Cycle and
scoot to school for two weeks. National
Everyone encouraged to join in,
01.12.16 AHA Shopping Evening Details to follow
02.12.16 Bikers Breakfast – Hot dogs & porridge 8.20-8.50am –all welcome
06.1216 AHA - Father Christmas visits Hadrian
AHA – Children shopping in the
A chance to tell Father
Christmas how good they have
been and receive a small gift.
Full details to follow.
Children can buy a present for
wrap it up and write a label.
£2.50 a present. More details
nearer the time.
11.12.16 Choir Caritas Sunday – arrangements to be
12.12.16 Choir at Chaplaincy Event at Luton 1-3pm
13.12.16 Prefects Reward - MacDonalds 11.30am
14.12.16 Christmas Jumper Day All are invited to wear a
Christmas jumper to school
14.12.16 Christmas Dinner Payment via Parentmail
15.12.2016 Aladdin - Grove Theatre
Pupils collected from the theatre.
16.12.16 PARTY MORNING – NON SCHOOL
Party snacks – individual plate
Last Day of term
Whole School Event
No school dinner
No after school club
03.01.17 No school - Training Day
Spring Term 2017
5,6,7/02/17 Linslade Water Recycling – Years 5 & 6 Full details to follow
10.03.17 St Albans Cathedral – Years 3 & 4 Full details to follow
Half Term 13 th – 17 th Feb
4.4.17 Tuesday – Last Day of term
18.04.17 No school- Training Day
Summer Term 2017
Half Term 29 th – May – 2 nd June
5.06.17 No school - Training Day