Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Prospective Reception Parents - Presentation

Over the last few weeks, it has been fantastic to welcome parents of children due to start Reception in September 2017. For those of you who could not make one of the sessions, or if you would like to be certain that this is the right school for your child, a copy of our presentation is available here ».

If you have any more questions about our school, do not hesitate to contact us »

Monday, 21 November 2016

Our New School - Progress Update

We are pleased to be able to inform you that contractors Galliford Try are very confident that our new £9.2 million school will be completed and ready to hand over on Monday 19th December. As you are all aware, pupils break up for Christmas a week early this year on Wednesday 14th December.

650 removal crates have arrived in school. Between the 15th and 22nd December all Hacton staff will be working in collaboration with Galliford Try’s removal contractors to move everything from our present school to the new build. Staff will then set everything up ready for pupils to start the spring term in the brand-new building on Wednesday 4th January.

Externally rendering cladding and decoration is now 95% complete. Internally all mechanical, electrical and joinery work is totally complete, as is the school kitchen. Ceilings are 90% finished, furniture, fittings, and equipment installation is 80% complete and carpet/vinyl flooring is 75% complete. Final decoration is 75% complete. Currently, Galliford Try are completing these internal and external finishes as well as constructing the EYFS and infant playgrounds at the rear of the school; all of which will be finished prior to pupils finishing school on 14th December.

Although the new building will be complete, the second phase of the project - the demolition of the current building and the landscaping and development of this area - will commence in January for completion in August 2017. From January to July, the only pedestrian access to the school will be via Goodwood Avenue. I will give you detailed access arrangements for all pupils before the end of term.

We are all very much looking forward to an exciting new chapter in Hacton’s development, commencing on January 4th when the new school opens to your children for the first time.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Google bring Expeditions to Hacton

Children in KS2 at Hacton were extremely lucky to have a visit from Google Expeditions. To support their Humanities learning, our pupils experienced amazing virtual reality tours of different environments: deserts and battlefields, under the sea and outer space.

Google Expeditions has been running for over a year and combines three things: software built with teachers for teachers, immersive content that is built around the curriculum and availability on a range of devices that are available to any school. Miss Vlasic and Mrs Mason organised for a representative from Google to visit and they brought with them around 60 smartphones and Google Cardboard VR goggles.

Through placing the Google Cardboard device over their eyes, pupils embarked on a 360° virtual panorama constructed from 3D images — annotated with details and points of interest. Our outstanding teachers led the expedition, controlled by a tablet supplied by Google. By immersing our pupils completely with the chosen environments, it enabled them to become immersed in their learning in new and exciting ways.

With the connected devices, the children engaged in the experience as a whole class and they were given opportunities to ask questions and discover answers in the virtual world. They listen to information from their teachers and talked to peers about what they were experiencing.

Thank you Google for providing a wonderfully engaging learning opportunity for our pupils. 


Thursday, 17 November 2016

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly.

Congratulations to all the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance at Hacton

Today at Hacton, we joined with people around the world to stand in silent contemplation. We stopped. We thought. We remembered.

In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies this week we have discussed the reasons why we wear poppies and about the importance of remembrance. We have not forgotten the people who sacrificed so much for our country. Our pupils learnt that Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Year 6 pupils wrote moving poems from the point of view of children affected by war that they read out in today's assembly.



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

E for Effort

Every week, teachers recognise pupils in their class who have made an extra effort. These pupils are awarded the E for Effort cup in front of the whole school during our Friday morning assembly.

Congratulations to all the wonderful children who made an extra effort last week.


Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Last Open Day of the Year for Prospective Parents

If your child is due to start Reception in September 2017 and you want to visit our school, we would like to welcome you to one of our open days. Our last open day of this year is:

Thursday 17th November at 1.15

If you wish to attend this session please contact the school office on 01708 443991 or email us at contact@hacton.havering.sch.uk.

The visit will last approximately one hour and will consist of a presentation by Headteacher, Mr Nigel Emes, and a look around the Early Years Foundation Stage area led by school's EYFS leader and Reception teacher Mrs Michelle Stephenson.