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TERM DATES

2011-2012

Autumn Term 2010
The Autumn Term 2010 ends on Friday 10 December.
Half term is from Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October inclusive.

Spring Term 2011
The Spring Term 2011 begins on Wednesday 5 January and ends on Thursday 31 March.
Half term is from Monday 14 February to Friday 18 February inclusive.

Summer Term 2011
The Summer Term 2011 begins on Wednesday 27 April and ends on Thursday 7 July.
Half term is from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June inclusive.

Autumn Term 2011
The Autumn Term 2011 begins on Monday 5 September and end on Thursday 15 December
Half term is from Monday 30 May to Friday 3 June inclusive.

Spring Term 2012
The Spring Term 2012 begins on Tuesday 10 January and ends on Friday 23 March.
Half term is from Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February inclusive.

Summer Term 2012
The Summer Term 2012 begins on Tuesday 17 April and ends on Thursday 5 July.
Half term is from Monday 4 June to Friday 8 June inclusive.

 

Please note that a staff INSET day has been booked for Monday 25 October 2010 and school will be closed to pupils that day.

 Whilst every effort is made to ensure that dates remain unchanged, we reserve the right to make adjustments if circumstances require.

On the last day of each term, the Pre-Prep Department finishes at 11.30 a.m., the Prep School at 12 noon and the Senior School at 12.30 p.m.
However, please note that school finishes at the normal time on the last day before the October, February and May half term breaks i.e. 3.15 p.m. for Pre-Prep and 4.10 p.m. for the Prep and Senior Schools.

REPORTS

Summer Term reports will be written for all pupils in the Pre-Prep, 8s, 9s, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s and 14s.
Grade cards will be sent out for pupils in the 13s and 14s at May half term.

LUNCHTIME ACTIVITIES

Lunchtime activities run from the week commencing Monday 26 April until Friday 2 July.

EXAMINATIONS

8s – 11s examinations:
Internal school examinations for the 8s to 11s will take place from Monday 24 May to Friday 28 May.
Please take careful note of the dates of the examinations for pupils in the 8s to 11s – i.e. the week prior to the May half term 2010. No pupils may be granted permission to take holidays early. Should any pupils miss examinations for any reason other than illness, they will not be able to sit their examinations at another time.

Common Entrance 13+ examinations:
The 12s Common Entrance 13+ final examinations take place from Monday 7 June to Thursday 10 June.
Please note that the Common Entrance 13+ French Oral examinations will take place on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 May and the French and Mathematics Listening examinations on Friday 21 May.

13s and 14s examinations:
Internal school examinations for the 13s take place from Friday 11 June to Thursday 17 June and for the 14s from Monday 21 June to Friday 25 June.

14s GCSE Science Examinations:
The 14s GCSE Science examinations will take place on Friday 28 May and Wednesday 16 June.
The 14s Art examination will take place on Monday 28 June.

Study Leave:
Study leave for the 15s and Lower Sixth will commence from 1pm on Wednesday 19 May. Pupils who have examinations the week commencing 17 May will be allowed study leave for the school session prior to the examination, i.e. if an examination is in the morning, they will be allowed the prior afternoon off normal timetable for study leave. If an examination is in the afternoon, they will be allowed the morning prior to the examination as study leave.
Study leave for the Upper Sixth will commence from the end of the school day on Friday 28 May.
Please note that Lower Sixth students will be expected to return to school on Monday 14 June for the remainder of the term.

Modern Foreign Language Oral Examinations:
GCSE Language oral examinations will take place from Thursday 29 April to Friday 7 May.
AS and A2 Language oral examinations will take place from Monday 10 May until Friday 14 May.

Internally Set GCSE, AS and A2 Examinations:
GCSE Art examinations will take place on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May.
AS Art examinations will take place on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 May.
A2 Art examinations will take place on Wednesday 12, Thursday 13 and Friday 14 May.
AS Graphic Design examinations will take place on Wednesday 21 April.
AS Photography examinations will take place on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May.
A2 Photography examinations will take place on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April.
GCSE Drama examinations will take place on Wednesday 5 May.
AS Drama examinations will take place on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 April.
External Examinations – GCSE, AS and A2
GCSE, AS and A2 examinations will take place between 17 May and 30 June. Individual timetables have been posted to GCSE, AS and A2 students.

DIARY DATES

Wednesday 21 April 'Sessions' concert in Auditorium to raise funds
for Theodore Dreyfus Ambulance Appeal - please see below
7.00 p.m.
all welcome
Thursday 22 April Lower and Upper Sixth Physics masterclass at Royal Holloway University, Egham all day
Friday 23 April Pre-Prep Assembly in Theatre
(please note there will be no Pre-Prep assembly on Thursday 22 April)
8.45 a.m.
Saturday 24 April GCSE/A Level Drama trip to see 'Posh' at the Royal Court Theatre matinée
Tuesday 27 April Rec A and C trip to London Aquarium as part of their 'Under the Sea' topic all day
Boules Club day trip to Paris for Harrodian Boules Open
Lower and Upper Sixth Business Studies A Level revision day at Vue Cinema, Westfields Shopping Centre all day
Harrodian Pre-Prep / Merlin Music Festival in Theatre 5.00 p.m.
all welcome
Lower Sixth production 'The Trial and Trojan Women' in the Auditorium 7.00 p.m.
all welcome
Wednesday 28 April PP1N and R trip to Kew Gardens as part of their 'Plants and Growth' topic all day
Presentation to 14s and 15s parents in Theatre on Examination Revision (please see enclosed letter) 4.30 p.m.
Thursday 29 April Junior Maths Challenge for 11s and 12s pupils in top two Mathematics sets during morning
Monday 3 May BANK HOLIDAY – school closed
Tuesday 4 May Presentation to 9s parents 'The 10s and Beyond' in Theatre (please see enclosed letter) 4.15 p.m.
Thursday 6 May Rec A and C visit to Barnes Fish Mongers, Barnes High Street, as part of their topic on 'Under the Sea' morning
Senior Dance Show 'Let's Dance' in Theatre 7.00 p.m.
all welcome
Friday 7 May 13B cake sale to raise funds for Youth Philanthropy Initiative 10.45 a.m.
breaktime
Monday 10 May 12s/14s/15s girls final HPV vaccination during
school day
PP2 trip to Science Museum, South Kensington, as part of their topic on 'Plants and Animals /Health and Growth' all day
Tuesday 11 May Presentation to PP2 and PP3 parents re 'The Transition to the 8s' in the Auditorium (please see enclosed letter) 3.30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 May -
Thursday 13 May
Whole school musical 'Annie' in the Theatre 7.00 p.m.
all welcome
Friday 14 May -
Sunday 16 May
12s/13s Spanish trip to Madrid
Saturday 15 May -
Sunday 16 May
14s Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition
Monday 17 May GCSE / A Level public examinations commence
Monday 17 May -
Friday 21 May
Pre-Prep Art Week
Tuesday 18 May 13s Shakespeare workshop in Auditorium during morning
Wednesday 19 May 12s Common Entrance 13+ French oral examinations
Study leave for 15s and Lower Sixth students starts at 1.00 p.m.
Presentation to 10s parents 4.30 p.m.

and to 12s parents on Bushcraft residential trips in the Auditorium

5.00 p.m.
Thursday 20 May 12s Common Entrance 13+ French Oral examinations
Friday 21 May 12s Common Entrance 13+ French and Mathematics Listening examinations
Saturday 22 May Art workshops with graffiti artist 'Remi Rough'and street portrait artist Matt Small for pupils in 14s and above - letter to follow all day
Monday 24 May -
Friday 28 May
8s - 11s internal end-of-year examinations
Tuesday 25 May GCSE Drama trip to see Ingredient X at the Royal Court Theatre evening
Friday 28 May 14s GCSE Science examination
Study leave for Upper Sixth students commences at the end of the school day
Saturday 5 June -
Sunday 6 June
14s Duke of Edinburgh final assessment
Monday 7 June -
Thursday 10 June
12s Common Entrance 13+ final examinations
Tuesday 8 June PP3O and B trip to The Imperial War Museum as part of their topic on 'Children in World War II' all day
13H cake sale to raise funds for Youth Philanthropy Initiative 10.45 a.m.
breaktime
Wednesday 9 June 10s Classics trip to National Gallery to study paintings depicting mythology morning
Billings and Edmonds school clothing sale 3.00 p.m.
Thursday 10 June UCAS presentation to Lower Sixth parents in Auditorium 6.00 p.m.
Friday 11 June -
Thursday 17 June
13s internal school examinations
Monday 14 June All Lower Sixth students return to school
Monday 14 June -
Friday 18 June
12s Bushcraft residential trip, Oxfordshire
UCAS workshops for Lower Sixth students in Auditorium mornings
Wednesday 16 June 14s GCSE Science examination
Thursday 17 June Dads reading morning to 8s – 11s pupils
Friday 18 June Sponsored swim in aid of Cancer Research - please see Mrs Seaton for further details before school,
during lunchtime and
after school
Saturday 19 June Associated Board Music Examinations in Auditorium 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Monday 21 June -
Friday 25 June
10s Bushcraft residential trip, Oxfordshire
14s internal school examinations
Monday 21 June Pre-Prep Sports Day
(Wednesday 23 June Pre-Prep Sports Day - alternative date in the event of bad weather)
1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
all welcome
Tuesday 22 June 11s Shakespeare workshop in Auditorium during morning
Thursday 24 June Pre-Prep Swimming Gala 1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
all welcome
Saturday 26 June -
Saturday 3 July
13s expedition to Ardeche, France
Saturday 26 June HARRODIAN SUMMER FAIR
Monday 28 June 8s - 11s Sports Day
(Wednesday 30 June 8s - 11s Sports Day - alternative date in the event of bad weather)
8.40 a.m. - 1.20 p.m.
all welcome
Monday 28 June -
Wednesday 30 June
Prep production of 'The Tempest' in Auditorium 7.00 p.m.
all welcome
Tuesday 29 June 12s and Seniors Sports Day
(Friday 2 July 12s and Senior Sports Day – alternative date in the event of bad weather)
8.40 a.m. - 1.00/1.30 p.m.
all welcome
Thursday 1 July Pre-Prep final end-of-year assembly / Sports assembly 8.45 a.m.
Prep and Senior Swimming Gala 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
all welcome
Friday 2 July Roman Legion Day for all 10s pupils during school day
PP3 community tea (please see enclosed letter)
Saturday 3 July School Prize-Giving and Graduation Day - please see further information below
Sunday 4 July -
Tuesday 6 July
Silver Duke of Edinburgh final assessment
Sunday 4 July -
Thursday 8 July
Gold Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition
Monday 5 July PP3 Graduation in Theatre 8.45 a.m.
all PP3 parents welcome
Senior Sports Assembly in Theatre 9.50 a.m.
8s Hindu wedding service during afternoon
Tuesday 6 July 13s Poetry Slam in Auditorium during morning
8s Roman day during afternoon
Prep Sports Assembly in Theatre 8.45 a.m.
Pre-Prep 3 production in Theatre 6.00 p.m.
Wednesday 7 July Prep final end-of-year assembly in Theatre 10.15 a.m.
Senior final end-of-year assembly in Theatre 11.45 a.m.
Thursday 26 August -
Tuesday 31 August
Gold Duke of Edinburgh final assessment

 

STAFF NEWS

Our thanks and appreciation to Alice Chandler for nursing our pupils' ailments and injuries over the years and to Helen Delves who will kindly continue on a full-time basis as school nurse.
Welcome back to Mr Proudfoot who returns from his sabbatical this term and our thanks to Mr Seaton for all his help and support during his absence.Please note that Miss Brown's email address (PP3B) is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SPORT

Please ensure your son/daughter has their white kit ready for the start of term (please refer to your Parent Handbook or child's School Planner for a full list of kit). In cooler weather, pupils may wear their rugby jumpers or fleeces over their kit, or baselayers underneath.
We are keen for you to encourage your son/daughter to make use of our swimming pool (which will be open before school, during lunchtime and after school) and to sign up for the many swimming options we offer this term. Any pupils who wish to trial for the swimming squad MUST attend before-school training.
Pre-Prep children will need the following kit for their swimming lessons this term: costume; black swimming hat; towel; dressing gown and sandals. Please be reminded that Friday after-school swimming club is for children in PP2 and PP3 only (letters have already been sent home).
We would also like to highlight these important dates during the second half of the Summer Term:

Monday 21 June Pre-Prep Sports Day 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Thursday 24 June Pre-Prep Swimming Gala 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.
(Reception and PP1 children may go home after they have swum)
Monday 28 June 8s - 11s Sports Day 8.40 a.m. - 1.20 p.m.
Tuesday 29 June 12s and Seniors Sports Day 8.40 a.m. - 1.00 / 1.30 p.m.
Thursday 1 July Prep and Senior Swimming Gala 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Specific timings of when the different year groups will be swimming will be sent to you nearer to the time.
In the event of bad weather, please note these alternative dates for Sports Days;
Wednesday 23 June Pre-Prep Sports Day
Wednesday 30 June 8s - 11s Sports Day
Friday 2 July 12s and Seniors Sports Day

A note from the nurse below has important reminders regarding sunhats, sunscreen and water bottles.
Fixture lists for the term are available from the P.E. office or from the Sports noticeboards. Please note, however, that as they are subject to minor changes, we ask you always to consult the relevant noticeboard for any amendments.

PERFORMING ARTS

After a busy Spring Term there is a surge of activity before the hiatus of exam season takes hold. Alongside the public examinations in performance, there is an array of productions to sample.

Sessions - 21 April

Last year William Wadham, Upper Sixth, set up a concert in the Auditorium for the very best of Harrodian music. This year Natasha Smith, Lower Sixth, is continuing the theme with the winners of the Battle of the Bands plus several of our leading classical performers.
You are warmly invited to apply for tickets (please email Bronwen on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Adults are requested to contribute £5 each towards costs with any profits going to THE THEODORE DREYFUS MEMORIAL FUND (cheques to be made payable to The Harrodian School Ltd).
Theodore, Hugo and Daniel Dreyfus were all Harrodians until 13+ when they moved on to Marlborough. Theodore won a major scholarship to Marlborough and was awarded an exhibition in History while at New College, Oxford. In May 2009 he was killed in a cycling accident on the Camina de la Muerte in Bolivia. The memorial fund seeks to purchase and equip an ambulance for that area.

Let's Dance: Senior Dance Show - 6 May
A fast paced twirl through the world of Harrodian dance to entertain and delight, from flamenco to hip hop, from bubblegum bop to ballet. Tickets are free and available from Bronwen.

Annie - 11-13 May
The hard knock life comes to the school in May, with pupils from the 8s to 14s singing and dancing their way out of the orphanage. Tickets are £6 and available from Bronwen.

The Tempest - 28 - 30 June
Pupils from the 8s to 12s will perform an abridged version of Shakespeare's magical last play. Tickets available from 7 June.

Edinburgh Festival 2010
We are delighted to announce that we will be taking two shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Students from the Senior School will be performing an adaptation of Macbeth and Why Don't You Dance at the festival from 23 - 28 August.

MUSIC LESSONS

Please note that peripatetic music lessons will increase to £185 per term (10 lessons) from September 2010.

ART

Please do come and see our 8s and 12s fabulous sculpture work on display in the cabinets in the Main Hall - it's well worth viewing!

JUNIOR LIBRARY

World Book Day - Book Swap: March 2010
This year's Book Swap in the Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior schools raised an amazing £300, which was generously matched by the Parents' Association enabling us to present £600 to the SOPB Charity that helps provide English books and teachers in remote parts of Burma. Thank you to all those who participated.

Reading Buddies
Thank you to this year's dedicated Seniors who have given up their time each week to participate in the Reading Buddy Scheme. Every Thursday morning before first period, the Junior Library is full of children reading aloud to their Senior buddy, with everyone enjoying and benefiting from the experience.
And coming soon ..... Dad's Reading Morning - Thursday 17 June 9.00 - 9.40 a.m. (8s - 11s)
Dads, keep an eye out for a note to be sent shortly, inviting you to read a story to your child's class. If you are keen to participate, get in early by e-mailing your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Thank you,
Penny Hammal and Brenda Powell

GENERAL REMINDERS FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

  • For those pupils who suffer from hayfever, please let the nurse have their medication, clearly labelled with instructions and the pupil's name.
  • In hot weather, pupils must please apply sunscreen before coming into school and before sport. It is advisable for all pupils to wear hats in hot weather, especially during sport lessons, and to carry a bottle of water.
  • We would like to inform parents of 12s, 14s and 15s girls having HPV vaccines that the date of the final vaccine is Monday 10 May.

PREFECT APPLICATIONS 2010-2011

(including a health warning!)

14s, 15s and Lower Sixth students will be receiving information regarding various positions of responsibility that may be available to them next academic year. In the 15s and Upper Sixth years, there is a prefect system in place, which carries various responsibilities throughout the school, and in the Lower Sixth, we run a Community Service Leaders Programme, where students work as volunteers both at school and within the local community.
These positions of responsibility are very important ones within the school and are extremely rewarding for those involved. They are, therefore, highly sought after. Whilst I encourage any interested Harrodian to apply for a position of responsibility, I must point out that there are always many more applicants than vacancies and that the decision to apply is, in itself, no guarantee of success.
The selection process is rigorous, thorough and transparent and, I believe, it brings forward the right people for the posts. Hence, the process is not for the faint-hearted. Inevitably, many students will be disappointed, but they will have learnt from the application process.
The Headmaster's decision will be final.
Thank you - Miss Moran (Deputy Head of Seniors)

SIXTH FORM SKI TRIP TO VAL D'ISERE / TIGRES

SUNDAY 12 – SUNDAY 19 DECEMBER 2010
Following the success of previous ski trips, we have provisionally booked a luxury chalet in the acclaimed resort of Val d'Isère for our 2010-2011 Sixth Formers to enjoy a week of pre-Christmas skiing.
The price will be in the region of £680.00 (includes flights and half-board accommodation; excludes equipment hire, lift passes and tuition).
For more information and to secure one of the few remaining places, please contact Caroline in the Senior Office as soon as possible ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
Thank you.

Graduation Ceremonies and Prize-Giving Day

Saturday 3 July 2010
Each year The Harrodian is pleased to celebrate the achievements of our 10s and 12s who graduate through the Prep School, as well as those of our Senior School pupils who excel either in or out of class. I am delighted to give you early warning of our Graduation and Prize-Giving day in July – please make a note in your diary of this special event.
The day will take place in three stages, as outlined below, and we hope families will make every effort to attend the relevant ceremony. A more detailed programme of the day will be published nearer to the time.

11.00 am 10s Graduation > All 10s Pupils and Parents
12.00 noon 10s Reception
1.00 pm 12s Reception > All 12s Pupils and Parents
2.00 pm 12s Graduation
5.00 pm Senior Reception > All prize winners and their parents; all members of the 15s and Sixth Form
6.00 pm Senior Prize-Giving

 

EXAMINATIONS

Please may we remind all parents, carers and pupils that internal school examinations, Common Entrance 13+, GCSE and A Level examinations will soon be starting in earnest and will continue until the end of June.
It is vital that we all respect the NO ENTRY and SILENCE, EXAMINATIONS IN PROGRESS signs before, during and after school in order to give our pupils the best opportunity to succeed at this important time.
Thank you.

COLLECTION OF GCSE AND A LEVEL RESULTS

AS and A2 Thursday 19 August 9.00 am
All GCSE Tuesday 24 August 9.00 am

Results will be available (as above) in the Senior School and may be collected by the candidate or the candidate's representative bearing a letter from the candidate authorising collection.
Please note that results may not be given over the telephone or by email. Any results not collected by noon will be posted to the home address (unless you advise the Senior Office of an alternative address).
Ms N Riley
Examinations Officer

THEATRE

Please be reminded that no drinks and food are allowed in the Theatre, no matter how tempting it may be to stop at the café and take your coffee and croissant into assembly.

SCHOOL TRAFFIC IN THE LOCAL VICINITY
Our request for parents/carers to be considerate when driving in the local vicinity follows a recent visit from the police acting on complaints from our neighbours.

REMINDER

PLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY AT ALL TIMES.

 

JOHN LEWIS VOUCHERS

Parents may continue to purchase vouchers for the John Lewis group (Waitrose, Ocado, Waitrose wine direct and all John Lewis stores) this term. The Harrodian School Parents' Association will receive a percentage, which will in turn benefit our funds. The vouchers would make excellent presents for teachers and friends and can also be used for supermarket bills.
If you are interested in purchasing vouchers, please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the amount of vouchers required and your child's name and form (please make cheques payable to HSPA).
Thank you for your support.
Sarah Gasparro
On behalf of the HSPA

EXTRA-CURRICULAR SPECIALIST TUITION

Clare Price LGSM, ALAM, SRD and Antony Wieland LLAM, ALAM are delighted to continue offering private one-to-one specialist tuition, here at school, for all ages in:

Public Speaking Poetry Speaking Spoken English Mime
Reading Aloud Speech Prose Recital Movement
Elocution Literature Projection
Extra English Communication Skills Interview Technique
Confidence Building Acting Improvisation

Examinations with LAMDA, RADA, NEW ERA and STUDIO GUILD.
For more information about enrolling your son/daughter, please telephone: Clare Price on (020) 7735 3156.

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