A message from our Headteacher, Miss Ali.
When I took up post in January 2002 I could not have envisaged the plethora of “initiatives” that lay ahead. Despite the ever-changing landscape of education (where no year is the same as the last) some things remain constant at Arnett Hills, namely the wonderful children, staff, parents and governors.
I am fortunate to work with a caring, dedicated group of staff who want our children to be happy and succeed. We view our profession as being central to producing responsible, respectful children who have a love of learning. In addition to the challenge of broad classroom studies, we want our children to enjoy a variety of experiences. We have established a growing extra-curricular programme: sports, art, cookery, ICT, homework, music, dance and chess.
I am eager to promote the pursuit of sporting activities both for enjoyment and competition. Our children participate in regular P.E. lessons but also have opportunities to join clubs for example netball, football, karate, judo, gym, street dance, cheerleading and multi-skills.
Having enjoyed playing competitive netball in the past, I feel it is important to communicate the positive aspects of sports with our children; fair play, sportsmanship, enjoying a win but coping with defeat and striving to improve one’s own performance.
Continuous changes in recent years to the curriculum, assessment and special needs provision have presented challenges to which the teachers and learning support assistants have risen and I am very grateful to them for their hard work, energy and commitment.
We have always provided a broad and balanced curriculum at Arnett Hills and Curriculum and will continue to do so whilst still striving for successful outcomes for the children in the key areas of maths and English. As a graduate of French and European Literature, I value highly the importance of learning languages. French is taught weekly as part of the curriculum to all junior pupils at Arnett Hills School.
Teachers are constantly looking at ways to enrich the curriculum and achieve this through the careful planning of visits and visitors: St Albans Cathedral, Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, Portals from the Past (Egyptian Day), Living Rainforest, RAF Hendon, Kew Gardens, People who help us (Fireman, Nurse, Policeman, Vet), Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, PGL Y6 residential trip.
School life and the curriculum are further enhanced by the contribution made by our extremely enthusiastic and hard-working PTA. Over the years the PTA has provided us with numerous resources: trio frame, gym mats, gazebo, outdoor climbing equipment, bicycles, cameras, CD players and books, books, books!! Each year the PTA buys every child a ticket to attend the pantomime at the local theatre. Science workshops and educational theatre companies are regularly funded by the PTA. The PTA also helps subsidise the cost of visits or visitors. Most recently the PTA has refurbished the I.T. suite and provided the children with a set of iPads.
Above all the PTA, along with the staff, provide what we hope will be fond and long-lasting memories of fun and educational experiences at Arnett Hills.
I have been extremely fortunate in that all my experiences in education have been happy ones; from primary school through secondary (Queens’ School, Bushey) and onto university (Warwick). Perhaps this has shaped my vision for my own school. I truly believe that each child is a success story. It is the duty of all the adults in the lives of these children to support them and help them to achieve.
I believe wholeheartedly in a team ethos. The children, staff, parents and governors of Arnett Hills JMI along with the members of the wider community form that team. I am in a privileged position leading such a team and I look forward to many more happy years ahead at Arnett Hills.