News & Events
Going Greener in the New Year
04th January 2019
Heathfield Knoll School will be going greener in the new year with the installation of solar panels. We will be working with Solar for Schools, part of the Engynious Group.
Mr Collins, said: "Solar panels have been installed on three of our buildings which will help us reduce our energy costs and ensure that we continue doing our bit for the environment.
"We are becoming more aware of climate change and the natural disasters it causes. Educating our pupils about environmental issues is incredibly important."
The data from the solar panel system will be linked to the school curriculum. Pupils will be able to learn what uses a lot of electricity and why, read energy charts, make calculations and interpret the raw data that comes from the panels.
The Engynious Group has worked with over 50 schools in the UK and has provided environment, economic and social gains for all. We are very excited to be working with them to help make HKS a greener school.
STEAM development plan
12th December 2018
Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist states “STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics as access to points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.”
At its core, STEAM teaching and learning is about exposing students of all ages, to hands on learning that challenges them to think creatively and critically. It is important that the STEAM learning environment allows students to apply acquired knowledge, to test theories, critically analyse concepts and to further challenge their understanding.
We wish to create a dedicated STEAM teaching space that will be created in the upper floor of the Art mezzanine. This environment will be multi-purpose and include resources and creative spaces to deliver STEAM such as electronics, water modelling area, ‘messy’ experimental area, LEGO engineering sets and collaborative working area. Within the close proximity to the ART department a proposed engineering workshop will be installed in the recently cleared stable courtyard.
The STEAM space will be designed with the needs of all year groups in the main school (Reception to Year 11) and in addition, there is the potential to accommodate Preschool pupils.
We need you to further this development. The subjects within STEAM are becoming core within teaching. Currently HKS largely deliver this through individual subjects - Science, Art and Maths. With your help we can raise awareness and funds to create a STEAM learning space that will allow pupils to have a multi-disciplinary approach with hands- on learning. To see our full plans please visit Invest My School.
Who is L M Slater? The story continues…
05th December 2018
A beautiful hand stitched kneeler and collection bowl have been presented to the school from the Sebright Trust. Originally they were to celebrate Sebright School opening of their new chapel in 1967.
The name L M Slater appears on a hand stitched kneeler, but who are they? We have been contacted by Ian Norton and he informs us
“Lillian Slater was the matron at Woodfield House (John Hill was the Housemaster) and she and many other ladies associated with the school, including staff wives, set about designing and embroidering kneelers to furnish the new chapel in 1967.I believe one was done by Brenda Hadfield, wife of the music master Bob Hadfield who taught at Sebright and later Heathfield.”
However, the story is still ongoing and we are still searching for the craftsman of the collection bowl and hoping to reconnect with all past pupils and staff from Heathfield and The Knoll Schools. If you wish to reconnect or have any information please visit our alumni page.
Are you able to complete the story?
28th November 2018
Are you able to complete the story?
The Sebright Trust has recently kindly donated a hand stitched kneeler and collection bowl to the school. These were originally presented to Sebright School in 1967 at the opening of the school chapel. Long since in storage and recently rediscovered, we are pleased to be able to find a home for them at Heathfield Knoll School.
As we look forward to celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the opening of the school in 1620, we are busy re-connecting with alumni and recording the long and important history of the school. Please help us finish this particular story by sharing any information on L M Slater? This name is clearly marked on the front of the kneeler but we have no further information as to the identity of this particular benefactor.
If you are an alumnus of either Heathfield or The Knoll Schools and have not received recent correspondence school then please do make contact via https://www.hkschool.org.uk/hks-alumni.
13th November 2018
This week (12th-16th November) is Anti-bullying week.
Throughout the week pupils and staff will be thinking about how we manage bullying by reviewing and discussing our policy. Embracing what we do well as a school and supporting all our pupils.
The pupils have been asked to create poems/raps/posters to highlight bullying. They will nominate pupils who they feel would make good anti-bullying ambassadors. Some of these children will then be formally trained in March 2019 during a training session held by the Diana Award, click here for more info, who we are members of.
The pupils will also watch age appropriate videos about anti-bullying, including cyber bullying and participate in an assembly related to this theme.
I would also like to highlight the e-resources of Digital Parenting, click here for more info. It is a good place to start when considering the pressure and demands of the digital world on young people and as parents, the role that you can play in helping to manage the risks.
Anti-bullying is everyone’s responsibility, let’s work together to stop it.