Welcome to the Harvey Grammar School website
Mr S Norman
I would like to thank you for your interest in the Harvey Grammar School. Our school is a community of happy, well-disciplined and bright young men, served by an experienced and enthusiastic staff who have a trusted track record of helping our pupils develop into well rounded individuals with excellent academic records.
We feel passionately about wanting our pupils to enjoy their time at the Harvey and do all we can to help them develop into self-assured, articulate and helpful young men, ready and equipped to go on to the next stage of their careers.
We will encourage your son to “work hard, play hard” but also to show care and compassion for his fellow pupils. We have high expectations, but with the outstanding quality of teaching and wide range of extra-curricular activities offered by the school, we ensure that every pupil is able to identify and develop to a high standard his particular talents, whether they be in the academic, sporting, creative or other fields.
Just before the start of term we received the box of PE equipment that we acquired through the Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers you collected last year. We now have extra basketballs, volleyballs, rugby and footballs, some tag rugby belts and a table tennis bat (pictured). So a big thank you to everyone who sent in their vouchers, it was much appreciated!
AS Level Physics students represented the school this term at Hawkinge and Capel-Le-Ferne primary school. The students enthusiastically delivered a session about forces and speed before leading them through the wacky races challenge. Both days were hugely successful and the schools were very complimentary about the Harvey students. Well done to Team Eliminator and Team DK Pegasus Dippers on winning the competition. I would like to say a massive thank you to the students who gave up their time to assist the day; Sam Baker, Jacob Osmond, Alex Smith, Dominic Amaku, Thomas Mullan, Simon Imm, Jack Hedges, Michael-John Kenny, Ben Lee, Charlie Green, Alexander Dixon, Thomas Curran and Ben Ross. As well as a thankyou to Mrs Brunsdon and Mr Bottomley for their efforts in rolling out the project.
During the last two weeks of the summer term Year 7 students were taken to Dover Castle to explore the historic site. Students took part in a work shop looking at code breaking during WWII and were able to crack complex code systems including the Viginère cypher. They were then able to tour the castle grounds and the keep and explore the changing nature of the castle from when the site was established in the 12th Century, through to its crucial role during the Second World War.
A selection of year 12 boys from the Harvey represented the school this week at the War and Peace Show. The Harvey students were able to see the vehicles and weaponry of modern warfare up close as well as exploring the Vintage Village which re-created a town on the Home Front during WWII. They were also able to tour the living history section of the event where re-enactors had created battle scenes and camps from previous conflicts. It was also pleasing to see many of the Harvey students helping out with the event through the cadets.
152 year 6 boys who will be joining the Harvey in September, spent two days with us on 3rd and 4th July for induction. They enjoyed finding their way around the school, experiencing a variety of lessons (and lunches)and getting to know each other. They met other members of their tutor group, their tutors, House staff and prefects, and left looking forward to joining us for real on 4th September when their secondary school education will begin in earnest.
The 2014 1st XI cricket team have become the 10th HGS team to win the U19 Kent Cup since the competition began in 1969. The lads demonstrated superb skill and discipline to beat a strong Langley Park side to claim the cup for the first time since 2005. Excellent batting contributions from Daniel Marsh 59, Ronan Taggart 40, Cameron Emanuel-Burns 39 and Henry Axon 20 saw HGS post an imposing 209 off our 35 overs. However, a good wicket and fast outfield meant the game was still very much in the balance at tea. The HGS bowlers stuck rigidly to their plans with Henry Axon taking 3/26, Cameron Emanuel-Burns 2/57, and wickets from Daniel Marsh, Paddy Cox and Jack Fakley all handling the pressure like adult cricketers. Our fielding display also eclipsed that of our opposition with only 1 chance missed and that left Langley Park (despite their captain posting a superb 113 off 80 balls) requiring 18 off the final over. Henry Axon took a wicket and conceded just 7 runs in the final over to see the Harvey boys victorious by 10 runs in a gripping contest. Congratulations to all the lads involved including those who weren't available in the final and let's look forward to more cricketing success next season.