Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) 2018

This weekend saw 3 of our Year 11 students participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) 2018 with Margate Rotary Club.

The aim of this weekend was the encourage a vision to develop teamwork and leadership skills, in the hope for them to become future community professional and business leaders. Throughout the weekend, students worked, with excellence in representing Hartsdown through resilience on building confidence within themselves, building team spirit to encourage one another and discuss and establish characteristics of effective leadership – making the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable!

Well done to the Year 11 students for taking part in this experience and for representing Hartsdown Academy, creating a real vision for success and leadership!

Update of bus times from Stagecoach

As from Monday 24th September, the 932 service will run 9 minutes earlier. This change has been made to ensure that the bus arrives at school in plenty of time. Could you please ensure that the times below are passed on to your students that use this service.

Dane Valley Fitzroy Avenue 08.02 
Dane Valley William Avenue 08.06 
Margate Cecil Square 08.22
Westgate Walmer Castle Pub 08.35 
King Ethelbert & Ursuline 08.39 


Fought for Freedom Trip Report

On Friday 15 June, Mr Davies and Mrs Cavanagh took 18 Y9 students on a trip to the ‘Fought for Freedom’ Military Show at Quex Park, Birchington. The show is an annual event and this year it was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.
Pupils were treated as army recruits throughout the day and, on arrival, were put through their paces by Mr Baker who quickly drilled them in how to line up and march in time. Following on from this, pupils took part in a competition between the boys and girls, including teachers to see who could put on the soldiers’ puttees (a long strip of cloth wound spirally round the leg from ankle to knee for protection and support). This proved to be very competitive, with the girls eventually winning by 4 to 1!
In the next activity, pupils were shown a range of helmets from different countries, spanning the 20th century, which they took turns in arranging in chronological order. This was followed by a quiz to guess the correct date of various pieces of uniform. Finally, Mr Baker dressed some of the pupils in costume, these included a WWI nurse and a WW2 British and American soldier.
The next part of the day involved a visit to the ‘WWI British and German trenches’ which have been painstakingly recreated by Mr Baker and his Combined Ops team over the past 5 years. Here, pupils were able to get a sense of the horrendous living conditions experienced by soldiers of both sides during this time. This was enhanced by presentations from a German and British soldier who explained the day to day routine of a WWI soldier.
After lunch, pupils were taken on a tour of the event by Mr Baker which included a tour of a WWI Fire Station, talks by reenactors from the Military Police, Free French battalion, and their favourite, a German Paratrooper unit, where they got to handle very realistic replica weapons from the period.

Skills 30:30

Yesterday we saw 12 year 10 students and 6 year 12 students partake in a ‘speed networking’ formatted careers session. This consisted of 2 sessions which involved CV formatting and advice, interviewing techniques and advice on what businesses look for in potential employees. The second session involved visitors from 20 local businesses interviewing the students, all students impeccably represented the school and took some positive, productive and proactive learning material from this session.

This programme was used as an opportunity for students to gain some vital first hand experience as to what businesses are looking for and how to professionally cope and handle interview situations.

Well done to all students who were involved and managed to take away solid experience from this unique opportunity.

Mr Humphrey

Head of Year 10.

Polaroid Workshop

Year 10 Art and Film Studies students participated in a polaroid photography workshop. They photographed themselves, editing the polaroids so that the images were see through. They then mounted these on backgrounds they had created to reflect themselves. All work is going to be entered into the UCA Alternative Selfie competition and have the chance of winning an iPad. Thank you to UCA for coming in to run the workshop and provide students with ideas about future university options.

MoonWalk 2018

This week we are celebrating the amazing stamina of our 3 colleagues Mrs Wills, Mrs Bobbett and Mrs Attwood. They completed the 26.2 mile MoonWalk in London on Sunday in aid of Walk the Walk breast cancer charity. They have already raised well over £1000 but it would be great if they could raise more. Please use this link to donate: