April 2017 – A Fresh New Start!

Independent Catering are delighted to have been appointed as the catering partners at Hartsdown Academy.

As a small, local Kent based company, our philosophy is based on delivering fresh, locally procured food. Our fresh food credentials are further underpinned by the recent award of the Gold Standard Catering mark by the Soil Association. This means we meet the highest standards of food provenance. Our menus include more ethically sourced and organic meat and vegetables which means healthier options for our customers.

90% of our menus are freshly prepared in the school kitchen which means we know what goes into our menus including allergens – so if you want to know you just need to ask.

We will provide a range of main meals for the students which we know they will love.

The menu will be available to see on our website and the school website.

The main meal will be reduced from £2.60 to £2.30 for a main meal and dessert delivering great value.

We will provide a range of combination meal deals for £2.30 such as:

Fresh Baguette and a fruit pot

Salad Shaker and a home baked veggie cake

Pasta Pot with a homemade cookie

There are so many other exciting new developments for our customers to look forward.

Freshly made sandwiches and baguettes with our speciality hand cut range Shaker Salad Pots with prawn cocktail, chicken tikka with raita and a Caesars salad

Our Street Food Range including pulled pork in a brioche bun and Thai Green Curry with a Sticky Rice

Home bakes made in our kitchen

Chilled drinks

A new cashless system will be introduced in the new term.

Cash is currently welcome at all service points.

We will make be making some other exciting changes. A new external FOOD POD will be introduced in the autumn term – keep an eye out for further details.



Independent Catering Breakfast Price List Independent Catering Lunch Price List

Year 11 Easter Revision Sessions 3-6 April

Year 11 please ensure you take advantage of our Easter revision sessions taking place daily from 3 – 6 April… collect points and achieve your goals!
#HAStrive #WIT 

easter revision 2017

Talented Year 7

Jamie (Year 7) has shown incredible talent and effort in photography and has had some of his photos published on the Isle of Thanet Facebook page.

Well done Jamie

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On Thursday 16Careersland 2th March 2017, Year 10 pupils took part in an East Kent Careers & Skills Event, organised by EBP Kent, which was based at Dreamland, Margate.

Moving beyond Key Stage 4 for many is a step into the unknown, so students had the opportunity to meet with local employers, training and education organisations to find out about future pathways and the steps they need to take to fulfill their potential career.

Students got to speak to a wide range of people and organisations including, Sky, military, nursing, Greenwich University, Canterbury Christchurch University, NHS – including nursing and paramedics, Powell Cotton museum, Barclays and Saga.

Careersland 3 Comments from students who attended the afternoon included:

"I found this very useful because I found lots of new careers I could do and how I would get there.  I also found out more about apprenticeships."

"It was a very good experience and I recommend more students go there."

"I wish that I could choose more career than one"


Bradley Wright from Year 10 wrote:

"The interactions of all the different colleges and universities were really friendly and informative of their chosen career. Also the questions that me and other students asked were responded with detail and professionalism. There were a lot of job options but unfortunately there were not a lot of options for a veterinary career although there was one college that had an animal background. An improvement could be that maybe some beverages could have been provided at a low price so students can reminisce with other students about good colleges and universities. Overall it was a fun day and had very interesting spread of careers but could use some diversity also some colleges were alike such as some NHScareers."Careersland 1

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!
#4daysb4 #live #hartsdown #music


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

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.