Head of School Message

20th July 2017

Message from Head of School Thursday 20th July 2017

I have had the loveliest week, and feel quite emotional about coming to the end of my time here at Harrington Hill Primary School. What has made it so special, is undoubtedly all the staff, governors, parents & children, past and present.

I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing summer break and wish you the best of everything

Best Wishes, Susan
Message from Head of School Friday 7th July 2017

This week I have reflected on the achievements that have taken place over the past few weeks and celebrated the successes the school has made and recognising all the hard work that has been put in place to achieve these ‘results’. The results will be shared with you in your child’s annual report which will be distributed on Friday 14th July; I’m sure you’ll be proud of the progress your child has made over the year and will celebrate their efforts and achievements. Success is the result of everyone pulling together to make a difference, it doesn’t just come down to one person. I would like to thank all the staff, parents and carers for working together to make a difference to each child’s individual achievements over the year.

 On Wednesday, selected Year 5 children went to Hackney Marshes to take part in ‘Personal Best’ with twelve other primary schools. The event was extremely well organised and very enjoyable. All of our selected children participated with outstanding speed, accuracy and enthusiasm giving 100%. Ms Swick said she was extremely proud of the children’s commitment, perseverance and attitude and at all times, their behaviour was exemplary and a real credit to our school.

 New staff welcome: On Monday and Tuesday our new teachers who will be joining Harrington Hill, next term visited the school, to learn more about the school and introduced them to all their classes before their September start. They all commented on what a happy school we are and cannot wait to start in September.

 Year 6’s are continuing to practising for their leaving assembly: everyone is busy behind the scenes, working on the costumes, learning lines, singing songs and trying to make it the best it can be. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18th July at 9am (a separate letter/invitation will be sent with further details).

 Teaching arrangement 2017-18: A letter will be going out with your child’s report on Friday 14th July regarding the teaching arrangements for September and a copy will also be available on the website from that date.

 In this period of transition and change for both staff and pupils and I would like to leave you with a quote to reflect on over the weekend:

“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance” – Alan Watts

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Susan

Message from Head of School Friday 30th June 2017

The Future - I hope you all received a letter from Mrs Brown our Chair of Governors regarding a great deal of information about the staffing changes at Harrington Hill School. I am now able to share with you that after nearly 20 years I will be leaving Harrington Hill at the end of this term to move to Wales with my family. Governors have been planning the succession for the leadership of the school and I am very pleased to announce that from September, our current Deputy Head Mrs Barrett will become our interim Head of School, with Ms Betsworth continuing as our Executive Head. Miss Carmichael, who is currently Assistant Head, will become our interim Deputy Head. A copy of the letter is available on our website explaining in further detail.

Across the week we welcomed so many parents to Diversity Day, it was wonderful to share different foods and stories, thank you for your support!

Year 2 had the wonderful opportunity to take a trip to the Science Museum in central London on Thursday. We learnt about the first astronauts to travel to space, the first dog (Lica), the first space crafts and satellites!!! It was breath taking to see how space travel has developed and evolved…… Who knows we may have space hotels to visit in the near future!!!!

Well done to both Year 1 and 2 who both performed a fantastic learning assembly this week. Year 2’s theme was about diversity and they sang beautifully with many parents commenting on an amazing performance. Year 2 also constructed rules for a happy school:

  1. Be kind to everyone in our school and don’t hurt others.
  2. Sharing is caring.
  3. Use kind and polite words.
  4. Treat others, as we would like to be treated.
  5. Be ready to learn and keep ourselves safe.
  6. Start everyday sensibly and with a smile.
  7. Keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
  8. Look after our things and respect our school.
  9. Be helpful monitors in the classroom.
  10. Use good manners and always be polite.

We have a very busy week ahead for all at Harrington Hill including continuing to get ready for end of term celebrations, various induction events, outings and activities. Please ensure you keep up to date with the events at Harrington hill via the school website.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 23rd June

The weather has been glorious this week, too hot for some and unfortunately it has meant that we had to cancel sports day yesterday. Sports day has been rescheduled for Friday 14th July. Thank you for preparing your child with the necessary resources to protect them from the sun. We are ensuring pupils are drinking plenty throughout the day; there is always access to water during lessons and at playtimes outside on the playground to keep the children hydrated and healthy.

WOW! What a great day, the fine weather brought hundreds along to the summer fete on Saturday to soak up the sun and enjoy a traditional summer fete. There were a host of stalls and activities enjoyed by all. This year we raised a staggering £600. So a big thank you to everyone who came out and supported our school and all staff, governors, parents and carers who contributed and made it happen.

Following the election for parent governor, we are delighted to welcome Mehmet Guntav, parent of Melis in Year 1, to the Harrington Hill governing body. I would like to congratulations Mehmet on his appointment! 

Year 1 all enjoyed their recent trip to Sutton House. It is a large estate which is over 500 years old with 20 rooms and an enormous garden. Thank you to all the wonderful parent helpers who came on the trip, it really was a well-deserved and special day, where the children got to run around, learn and explore!

Year 4 performed their learning assembly all about ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’, or UNCRC. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history. They showed how much they have learnt about UNCRC and also the history of childhood across nations. Well done Year 4!

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself." - Chinese Proverb

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 15th June

We are very much looking forward to our SUMMER FETE tomorrow (Saturday 17th June) between 10am and 1.00pm. Please come along and support our School, as it makes such a difference to the children. A big thank you goes to all members of our staff and governors who have already worked extremely hard over the last few weeks preparing for this event. We look forward to seeing lots of parents, pupils and families tomorrow.

Many thanks to all the parents/carers who volunteered for our Year five trip to the Science Museum on Thursday. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed their day. It was noted how exemplary our children’s behaviour was and your children were a credit to you all and great ambassadors for the School.

 Phonics screening checks took place this week. Well done to all Year 1 and selected Year 2 pupils who carried out this test. Scores will be reported to parents in your child’s annual report.

 The Year 3 assembly on Wednesday was thoroughly enjoyed by all. It was lovely to hear about the Egyptians. Thank you to all staff, parents and pupils for making it an excellent assembly.

Road Safety is a huge concern for us and this week saw the completion of the Harrington Hill Primary School Traffic Calming Scheme. The scheme is designed to make the roads around Harrington Hill School a safer place but we also need your help in this by encouraging all drivers to park responsibly and slow down. We thank you for your continued support in making the roads around Harrington Hill School a safer place.

 Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 9th June

We have enjoyed a productive and calm start to the final half-term of this academic year. I can hardly believe how quickly this academic year is going – it just seems like yesterday when we started the year in September.

There are a number of important letters that have gone out this week, so please keep an eye out for them on the website or child’s bag: a letter about voting for a new parent governor and a letter about our exciting forthcoming school fete.

Our thoughts again are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or been injured or traumatised following the appalling attack in London last week.

As a school we will remain strong and it is more important than ever that our communities continue to support each other.

Education is a gift that allows you to explore the mind

And look beyond the earth It can be powerful while at the same time change the world

To make it better like the sunny weather

Do not hide your strengths or talents to please the like of others

Show them you are strong like a mighty lion

Through the tides and stones life may take you different places

Remember who you are as a person even when it’s tough

While looking at the morning sun rise

Alisha Ricks

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 26th May

Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or been injured or traumatised following the appalling attack at the Manchester Arena this week.

As a school we will remain strong and it is more important than ever that our communities continue to support each other. I am aware that many young people are worried and anxious about what has happened and some may not know how to talk about those worries. Below is a link to some useful information from the BBC Newsround site which gives guidance on how to support young people.


 It’s over! Two weeks ago KS2 (Year 6) pupils had their SATs; for the last two week the pupils in KS1 (Year 2) have had their turn (different papers of course). The process has gone well and I would like thank all staff, parents and careers who have been involved in preparing our children and supporting them throughout. Year 6 celebrated the end of SATs with pizza and a movie as it was unfortunately raining. Year 2 have spent this morning in Springfield Park celebrating with a picnic; they had a fantastic time in the glorious weather.

The children had their photographs taken this week, individually and as a class. It was lovely to see so many of your looking very smart in the Harrington Hill uniform. I look forward to seeing all the photographs next term.

Today is the last day of term. It has been an exciting term with a variety of learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. On behalf of the myself and all staff, have a relaxing holiday break and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Tuesday 6th June: First day of the new half-term (Monday 5th June is an INSET day - school closed to pupils)

 Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 19th May

It was encouraging to see so many of you attending todays coffee morning in support of ‘fair funding for school’ to protect your children’s education in light of the upcoming cuts in Hackney. There will be a petition at the gates next week – please sign. We must safeguard the children’s education.Thank you for supporting such a good cause.

With the weather showing signs of warming up may I remind you to ensure your child is equipped for the midday sun. Please can they bring a sun hat/cap to school and a bottle of water. I would recommend that you apply suncream to your child before they come to school for added protection. Staff are unable to apply cream to individual pupils. Pupils are not permitted to wear open-toed shoes or sunglasses to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

It was delightful to have so many men join us for ‘Male Carer Day’ this week and work alongside our children. I am so grateful that dads, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, carers and friends have come into school to take part in the wide variety of fabulous activities thus providing a valuable opportunity to have male role models in school. 

I am pleased with the encouraging number of pupils coming into our early years classes in September, which proves how popular Harrington Hill Primary School is. The children will begin their transition in June to ensure they are fully prepared for the move in September. I can’t wait to meet them all and see what our new recruits will bring to our school!

Issues of concern – just a reminder If something is worrying you – please let me know. You can email direct admin@harringtonhill.hackney.sch.uk and I will respond to you. Sometimes you will feel better having just shared your concern. In the first instance, I will expect the class teacher to deal with a situation, but either way I will let you know what is happening. If I don’t know about a situation, I can’t do anything about it. The safety levels are very strong on my email; any inappropriate words will send it straight to junk email, please bear this in mind if emailing me!

Life is an echo

what you send out - comes back

what you sow - you reap

what you give - you get

what you see in others - exists in you

remember life is an echo so stay nice even when others are NOT.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 12th May

So for our fantastic Year 6 pupils , their SATS test week is over ! We are so proud of them, their focus , attitude and hard work.Thanks to you all for supporting them , we know all our pupils are unique and we value this. I feel this poem and quote sum up what Harrington Hill feel ; that education should be more than narrow skill tests.

“Remember – you’ve been blessed with skills SATS can’t test !”

( Can’t Get No ) SATs-ifaction .

By Sparky Teaching .

What is this life if, while they’re young, 

We do not make their learning fun?

No time to wear creative hats…

(We’re saving that for after SATs)

No time to show their skills unique.

Now they’ve reached their primary peak.

A poor life this , when at their best , 

They’re sat in rows a –takin ‘ tests.

Support from parents always makes a difference, whether it is with a cake sale, trips, homework or a million other things. Your support in fighting the cuts to school will make a massive difference. Schools in England are facing devastating funding cuts. Join parent-led campaign to fight the cuts to schools and protect all our children's education. You can find out more about ways to support at  http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org/  We will also be holding a coffee morning about this in the next couple of weeks, check the website for more information.

Have a good weekend. Best Wishes Susan.


Message from Head of School Friday 5th May

Year 6 SATs begin on Monday and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell all of our Year 6 children how impressed we are by each and every one of you. You have worked so hard, not only this year but over all of your years at Harrington Hill Primary school.

These tests won’t come close to testing all the amazing things you have learnt and the wonderful ways in which you have grown and changed.

We know you always try your best so we want you to relax and remember that we are already unbelievably proud of you. Make sure that you have a relaxing weekend and plenty of rest and sleep. Good luck!

This week, our Year 5 classes visited Allen’s Gardens as part of their topic work this term. Learning about how organic plants are grown, which fruits and vegetables grow in the UK and which season they grow best in, they also picked and tasted some different herbs. They had a lovely day out and told me about all the different vegetables and herbs they had seen and the fun time they had they had in the park and on the zip wire. Please take time to look at the wonderful pictures on the website.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 28th April.

Whilst standing outside the gates it is heart-warming to see the sense of community. Seeing parents helping each other with scooters and buggies, staff and parents catching up , the way parents enquire about other parents or staff who have been ill and the smiles and greetings. All these elements add up to making Harrington Hill a very precious and special place.

Our cake sale could not have happened without every body’s support, in times of Government budget cuts these events make a big difference to the children’s school. Thank you the time and delicious cakes which you donated to us. We will let you know soon how much was raised.

We look forward to the Sport Hackney run on Sunday; a large group of pupils from different classes are taking place. Fund – raising and fitness, what fabulous role models! Find out how we get on next week on the website.

A parent said to me yesterday: education is power. I fully agree, it is also like a bunch of keys : the more you have the more doors in life you can open. Harrington Hill wants a successful empowered life for your families.

Have a good bank holiday! Best Wishes Susan .

Message from Head of School Friday 21st April

Welcome back to the new term. I hope you have enjoyed the Easter holiday and are now looking forward to the summer term. I would like to welcome all our new children and families we are delighted you have joined us at Harrington Hill. It has been wonderful to see the children rush through the doors as the summer term begins. At the start of a new term it is important to be reminded about key information, policies and procedures which can all be found on our website.

For the safety of all of our children please drive carefully on the approach to school and do not park on the yellow and zig-zag lines for any reason. All of the yellow lines are monitored by the police and the local authority to ensure your children are safe. New warning signs have been put up and cameras installed. We appreciate your support and we know that we are all working towards keeping our children and community safe. Please begin the term by driving and parking responsibly.

I look forward to seeing as many parents and carers at the school cake sale next Tuesday 25th April from 3.15pm to raise money for the school and FAST.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 31st March

We would like to thank all those of you who attended our parents evening yesterday. As always we had a massive turnout and received lots of positive feedback from those of you who attended. If you didn’t attend our parents evening then please do not hesitate to speak to your child's teacher or key worker and they can arrange for you to pop in and look at your child's learning journey, and talk about how they progressing.

 I am delighted to tell you that the Nursery have won first prize in “Road Safety Collage “completion. Congratulations to everyone involved for all their hard work. Further details and pictures will be put on website next term.

 I am sorry to say that we have two members of staff; Aamenah Lunat and Shananaz Begum who will be leaving Harrington Hill soon to pursue other interests. We thank them for all their hard work and wish them both well in the future.

On behalf of all at Harrington Hill, do have an enjoyable Easter holiday and  we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 18th of April at 8.45am.


Message from Head of School Friday 24th March

Today we celebrated Red Nose Day with a series of events. It was lovely to see so many children dressed in red and wearing red noses in an assortment of characters. The class joke competition has been hilarious with teachers sharing some of their class jokes with me, the winners will be revealed in the newsletter and website on Monday for all to enjoy.

Year 3 had a fantastic learning assembly today; they showed excellent learning, team spirit and confidence. Please look at the school website for pictures of the day and many thanks for the great parent and carers support.

When an act of terrorism happens, at home or abroad, words are hard to come by. There are no right or wrong words to use. There are, however, approaches that parents and educators can use to help children deal with these horrific situations in a constructive manner, and help lessen their fear and anxiety.

Some children are going to know more information, and are likely to be speaking about yesterday’s terrible events.  Also, children may pick things up from the news or overheard conversations.  I would to share an article from BBC Newsround , which I am also advising parents and carers to read, offering some advice on supporting children who are upset by the news. Please access the advice by clicking on this link:


After a full term of learning and activities which have included many events such as World Book Day, Sing up Day, Red Nose Day, as well as museum trips and sports fixtures to name but a few, the Easter holidays have nearly arrived. Our school website shares photographs and text which clearly illustrate the wide range of activities, trips out and experiences our pupils have enjoyed. Thank you to all of you for your continued support and for making this term another great success for us here at Harrington Hill Primary School


Message from Head of School Friday 17th March

Happy St Patricks Day

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand

Yet again visitors to the school yesterday thanked us on how extremely welcoming we were as a school. They were very impressed and commented on the engagement of children, teacher subject knowledge and the consistently of teaching across the school. We are extremely proud of our school!

 I thoroughly enjoyed the Year 5 assembly on Wednesday. The topic was ‘Rainforest’ and I was very proud to witness such talent and fantastic learning.

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -- Eeyore

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 10th March

I love the signs of spring which are appearing everywhere, daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops; they put a smile on my face each morning as I walk to school.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Year 4 assembly on Wednesday. It was lovely to see future historians, geographers and scientists in action. Thank you to all staff, parents and pupils for making it an excellent assembly.

 Our pupils are precious to us and yourselves, they are also much smaller than many cars and certainly more fragile. We do everything we can to keep our children safe, moving cars on, stopping them to allow children to cross and encouraging drivers to park responsibly and slow down. Please reduce the speed of your car as the roads around Harrington Hill School are becoming increasingly more dangerous and we need your help to make them safer.

 Attendance is important to us at Harrington Hill. Following advice form the local authority, government guidelines and in line with our policy, I would like to remind you that it is a legal requirement that pupils attend school regularly. Every session lost impacts on a pupil’s progress, wellbeing and learning. We always aim for 100% attendance and celebrate this weekly and at the end of term assemblies. Unauthorised absences will always be scrutinised and monitored and parents may be asked to attend an attendance panel if necessary. As well as pupil results, the school is judged on its attendance figures by both OfSTED and the local authority. Should you have any questions regarding this matter please do not hesitate to speak to me. Thank you for your cooperation and support on the matter.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 3rd March

Yesterday at Harrington Hill many of the children and staff enjoyed getting dressed up as their favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day. The school was invaded by an amazing army of fictional characters from Cruella de Vil to TinTin and the Gruffalo, and we had a new Headteacher for World Book Day, Snow White!

Both children and staff were asked to bring in their favourite books which were shared and enjoyed by all. The magic of reading was also celebrated through a plethora of activities throughout the day including the Usborne book fair, Ready Steady sponsored read and library poster competition.

Thank you to all the children and staff for dressing up, and for all the parents for taking the trouble to organise the fancy dress. Reading because we love to read is wonderful, for its own sake, but reading for pleasure has other proven benefits.   There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure is linked to improved academic performance, but it goes further than this.   Reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, and reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia and improved wellbeing. How lovely that something so enjoyable is also good for us!

Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Year 1 Learning Assembly this morning, it was lovely to see so many of you there and share in the success and learning of your child.

The school is looking forward to taking part in Sing Up’s annual celebration of singing taking place on 22nd March to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of our local and global communities. Schools around the world will perform Emily Barden’s anthem Let love shine through. The lyrics speak of empowerment through diversity, variety and individuality. Your child will be learning the song over the coming weeks and I look forward to hearing them perform.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan


Message from Head of School Friday 24th February

We are officially half way through the academic year and spring is showing signs of arriving.

 On Tuesday 7th February we marked Safer Internet Day and began the week by discussing the safe use of the internet, in particular being mindful about what we post online. Thank you to all the parents who attended the online safety workshop on Wednesday this week. If you were unable to attend, please see ‘latest News’ on the school website to read through the presentation and other very useful links and contacts

Please follow the links below for more information and tips on how to keep your children safe online whilst at home.







 Students from a college in Amsterdam visited the school before half term to look around as they are all interested in becoming teachers in the future. They were impressed by our pupils and their excellent learning, behaviour and commented on how friendly and welcoming we are as a school. We are extremely proud of our school!

I would like to say huge congratulations to our Year 6 mixed football team for their efforts at the school's premier league tournament on Tuesday.  All players showed sportsmanship, passion and fair play and we're delighted to announce that we came second in League 2! Well done to Jack, Mia, Kayla, Tinna, Michael, Billy, David and Zender, you have made the whole school extremely proud! 

I am looking forward to the exciting events the school has planned to celebrate ‘World Book Day’ next week including: dressing up as your favourite book character, book sharing, Usbourne book fair, sponsored read and the library poster competition. Please look on the school website for further information.

Have a lovely weekend. Best Wishes, Susan