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.
On Wednesday 26th March, Year 11 watched a one hour performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth - one of the set texts for GCSE English Literature. The dynamic performance combined the original text with some 21st century dialogue to help the audience relate this ancient tale of murder and ruthless ambition to the present day. Year 11 students who watched the show and the workshop with the actors that followed on from it, commented on how it helped them to access Shakespeare's language and allowed them to grasp aspects of the drama which they had previously struggled with. Well done Year 11, who were themselves praised by the acting company for their constructive interaction and good behaviour!
Year 13 Chemists were treated to a tour of the research laboratories and production facilities at Givaudan in Ashford. The students were impressed by the robot run warehouse which is on ten levels! They also got to see and use blind testing facilities used on flavours and smells used in many household products from soap powders to high end perfumes. Our students were also interested in the brain wave scanner that can measure how we respond to smells!
Our boys were fantastic, so much so, that our 6th form may become involved in some global research for Givaudan over the next year.
Last Friday, fourteen Endeavour students were given the chance to attend the first WE Day in the UK. The show started with an amazing performance from Diversity. This was then followed by an introduction to the day and the work of their charity Free the Children by its founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger.
The speakers ranged from freedom speakers like Malala Yousafzai to a legendary English footballer Garry Neville. Even royalty attended with Prince Harry giving a speech. Music royalty was also at the event, with performances from Birdy, Jennifer Hudson, Sam and the Womp, The Tenors and Dizzee Rascal. The event was closed with a performance from Ellie Goulding. Overall, all the boys enjoyed the experience and took inspiration from the vast range of very special speakers and performers.
Jake Wilkins ES2
The U15 Scott 7's event has been taking place at Gravesend Grammar School for over 30 years, attracting the strongest rugby schools in the County. This year’s competition was on THURSDAY 6TH MARCH 2014 and had been extended to include a separate tournament for developing schools. The Harvey U15's narrowly missed out on winning the tournament with a number of superb performances the team won 5 out of the 6 games they played and only beaten by Hurstmere School. Robert Sherrard's tackling, great attitude and ball handling skills won him the player of the tournament title. Noticeably, the boys revenged their Kent Final defeat by beating this years winners, Wilmington Grammar School. A Superb team effort and attitude, well done lads!
Thursday March 6th is WORLD BOOK DAY - the day when the enjoyment and rewards that can be gained from reading books are celebrated! This year there are more reading-related events than ever. You could also check out the 'recommended reads' on the website - www.worldbookday.com
We are also inviting boys to bring in to school any unwanted books from home, for donation to developing countries where books are in short supply. This will really help to spread literacy among children much less fortunate than yourselves - so have a look and if you have a few books you don't want any more, bring them in! Thank you.
Congratulations to Year 9 students from DJ2 whose Rollin' Thunder Rollercoaster won the Enterprise Challenge on Tuesday 4th March.
Each member of the Team had a designated role and together they designed and presented their ride to some Dragons from Local/Global Businesses. There was strong competition from each of the other Houses but the Dragons felt that their model, design, additional enterprising initiatives and the quality of their group-presentation made them worthy winners.
Well done to all in Year 9 for their engagement, positive and good-humoured approach to the day and for making our visitors from Business so welcome. An excellent advert for The Harvey.