A light at the end of a very long tunnel
Last Friday it was seven years since I got the job as Headteacher of Harehills Primary School and I never could have foreseen I would be leading a school during a national pandemic! What a journey we have all been on over the last seven years - together we have achieved so much 😊
A brand-new half term and it does feel like we can see some light at...
A message of thanks
We have reached the end of this half term and another six weeks of lockdown. It has been a half term that has thrown everything at us including, severe weather, lateral flow testing of staff, endless risk assessments - the list goes on! And through it all the spirit of the HPS family has shone brightly, helping everyone to get through even the most difficult of days. Thank...
Last week was another week that has asked a lot of us all, including a snow closure day, but that hasn't stop anything from being completed at school👍
Well done to everyone who has made mass lateral flow testing at HPS run so smoothly. A huge thank you to our Covid-19 Coordinators, Mrs Willshaw, Mrs Smith, and Mr Wood for getting this up and running and to every member of...
Keep on going
It isn't easy is it motivating yourself day after day with no end in sight to the current situation we find ourselves in and I do hope you are talking to family, friends, or colleagues about how you are feeling - trust me, it really will help 😊
School continues to be busy and here is a quick round up of what people have been up to:
- The numbers in the KS2 provision bubble...
A productive week at HPS
We have reached the end of our third week of lockdown and halfway through this half term. It's been another busy and productive week at school. Here's a taster of what has been going on:
- Numbers in the provision bubbles are increasing and staff team B have done a wonderful job keeping the children busy learning. A big shout out to Mr Lockett who continues to put...
Zoom meets, laptops, and a whole lot of snow 👬❄️
We reached the end of week 2 of another lockdown finding ourselves in a winter wonderland when Leeds was covered in snow. Once again, the HPS staff have all been fantastic in responding to whatever they have been asked to do 👍😊
We were really pleased to be opening the Early Years, KS1 and KS2 bubbles offering provision for our...
What a week! 😩
I am typing this after reaching the end of our first week of another lockdown and feeling, as I am sure our staff and our families do, mentally and physically exhausted. As is sadly often the case in education we have had changes sprung on us with little or no notice and been expected to just get on with it! I know this has caused frustration for you all and it is important...
Sparkle and Shine ✨
On my advent calendar it says, "2020 might be different but there is still chance to add some fizz, sparkle and energy to boost your world" and on Friday I saw enough glitter, tinsel, and sparkle in school to put a big smile on my face. We decided to 'get our sparkle on' and raise money for the NSPCC. Our children and their families are always very generous when asked...
A little bit of magic ✨
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎄🔔❄️🎁 What a wonderful time we had last week, sprinkled with a little bit of magic that HPS does so well 😍✨.
We have been busy finding ways to make school feel festive and enabling our children to have fun whilst keeping them safely in their class bubbles. This week they have watched a ‘virtual’ assembly...
Looking out for one another 💕
Everywhere I go, I listen to people talking about looking after your mental health and general well-being and as a school that sees itself as a very big family, I would expect our staff team to be looking out for one another and noting if people look a little tired, anxious, fed-up, sad etc.. This week we arranged for staff to leave just a little earlier on...