4 Days B4 – NEW GIG DATE!

'4 Days B4' the Hartsdown Academy sixth form band are pleased to announce their revised gig date of Monday 20th March now being held at Hartsdown Academy.
We look forward to seeing you for a night of great LIVE music featuring covers of songs from The Arctic Monkeys, Guns 'N' Roses, Oasis, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen and many more…
Any tickets previously purchased are still valid to use and additional tickets are available either on the night at £5 or in advance from Hartsdown Academy at just £3.
4 Days B4 will rock you!
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World Book Day 2017

In honour of World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March , a number of students were chosen to take part in literature-based activities in the library.  Students said they enjoyed the day, after creating bookmarks and book covers, crafting poetry from word banks and collaboratively writing stories in small groups.

Highlights from the day include poetry by year 7 and 8 students, which varied from traditional verse to haikus, and even a rap!  One year 9 pupil, wrote a beautiful shape poem, incorporating language of love and desire with the image of a turbulent storm:


Lovely One

As I’m writing to you

From the bottom of my heart

You are as beautiful as the star that clear the heaven

Every time I see you my heart cyclone like

The types of storm in the universe.

My heart pump quickly like the tiger that chases his prey

My cheek is as red as the blast of the quake

Of volcano into the sea.

I dream that you dash kisses of explosion that vibrate

To the space of the God.

For you

My flutter of happiness.     

Miss Kingsman and Mrs Beale, who organised the event, would like to thank the students who participated for making the sessions so enjoyable and creating such outstanding pieces of work – “What really stood out, was the way students worked together so harmoniously and helped one another to get the most out of the activities. It was a real pleasure to see!”

By Miss Kingsman

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Year 11 Prom Passport

In order to go to Prom 2017 you will need to collect points by attending revision sessions and getting your prom Passport signed by your teachers. Once you have attended 40 revision sessions you can begin to earn money off your Prom, and even end up going for free!
To go to Prom  40 points
To get £5 off    60 points
To get £10 off  80 points
To get £15 off 100 points
To get £20 off 120 points
To go FREE   140 points

prom passport

Making Time For Art – Short Course in Cliftonville

These courses are designed for those who do not already have a degree and no previous experience is necessary.

The course will take place at Resort Studios, Cliftonville, Kent, United Kingdom​ on 13, 20,27 March & 3, 10 April 10.30 – 12.30
To find out more or book a place please contact community@kent.ac.uk or 01634 888455
Further info: www.kent.ac.uk/communitylearning

Dear Parents and Carers of year 12 students,

The University of Surrey is offering an exciting, wide ranging programme of  residential summer schools for students interested in finding out more about university study.

The residential summer schools are FREE to eligible students, students interested please see Miss Palmer in sixth form for more information or click the link below.

Places are limited and deadline for applications is 22 March 2017.



Interview with award winning Hartsdown Student.

We are very proud of our sixth form sports student Chloe Williams who won the young official of the year award and will be officiating at the World Championships in London this summer.

She was recently interviewed at English Athletics where she told reporters "Officiating has helped me improve as a person because I have become more confident and stopped second guessing myself. Before I started officiating I was quite shy and found it difficult to talk to people I didn’t know. But now I have grown in confidence and can talk to people with confidence."

Follow link for full article


Year 11 Breakfast Club

Hartsdown has launched a year 11 breakfast club to support year 11 during this very important part of their school career.


Challenger Troop

A group of our students have been given the opportunity to take part in Challenger Troop. During their time with Challenger Troop they will have amazing opportunities to develop their leadership and team building through outdoor learning.

This is an opportunity that we are hoping to extend to more students over coming years.



STEM Faraday Challenge

On the 3rd of November, as part of the school’s STEM initiative to engage students in the possibilities available to them in the technology and engineering sectors, 13 Hartsdown Academy year 8 students took the short trip to King Ethelbert School to take part in a ‘Faraday Challenge’.

The event is run by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and gives the students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineerfarady-challenge-5ing problems.

Throughout the day the students were required to use their imagination and ingenuity to tackle a series of challenges.  Our year 8 students were a great credit to Hartsdown Academy, taking on the challenge with a positive attitude and working fantastically well as a team throughout the day.

At the end of the day students had to present their ideas to the other contestants and the judges, a daunting task but one which our students rose to with aplomb with.

The STEM professional running the day complimented them on their ideas and teamwork and the feedback from students was very positive with many students noting that they are now more likely to pursue a career in engineering.