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Christmas Events

Unfortunately, due to the Covid measures in school, we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel the Parent/Carer Christmas Party and  Christmas Bazaar. We had all hoped that these could take place, but circumstances have proved otherwise.

December will instead see the return of the Manland Christmas Extravaganza – the 2021 version! A month of festive fun, including the following:

– Our famous Christmas Raffle

– Class Christmas Parties on Monday 20th December

– Children will have the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping at school, with the return of Gifts for Grown Ups and Children!

– A selection of online games and activities over a number of weeks. Father Christmas himself has promised us that he will clear some time in his busy diary to make an appearance!

and more

Further details of events and donations week to follow soon on Classlist.

Christmas Trees

This year, we are again proud to support Christmas tree sales through Friends of Harpenden Academy.  Premium quality fresh Nordmann Fir trees in 3 different sizes. All grown locally and cut in early December.

Buy your Christmas trees using this link: Please select Manland Primary under the additional information section.

Manland HSA will receive £10 for each tree sold.

The deadline for placing orders is noon on Monday 29th November. Collection from Harpenden Academy or home delivery on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December.

Thank you all for your support!

HRFC Fireworks Display

The Fireworks Display is back for 2021!

Just a reminder that we are selling tickets to the Harpenden Rugby Club fireworks display on Sunday 7 November.  Half of all sale proceeds will go to the HSA.

Ticket prices are £10 adult, £5 child (up to age 16) and £25 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 children).

Tickets can be bought via the Classlist events page until 11.30pm on Thursday 4 November.

Thank you to everyone who has already bought tickets – these will be sent out via children’s bags in the week after half term.

Newsletter – October 2021

Matchbox Challenge

It’s competition time!

Join our sponsored matchbox challenge to win prizes and raise money for our school.

The challenge is to fit as many different items as possible into a matchbox. Matchboxes will be sent home in children’s bags this week.

Prizes will be awarded for: 1. The most number of items. 2. The most unusual item and 3. The best decorated matchbox (both for years R-2, and 3-6)

Good luck!

How to enter and the rules:

The competition will run until Friday 5 November. Please bring in your filled matchbox, with your name and class written on the bottom, and a numbered list of items, also in a sealed envelope with your name and class, to the box on the floor outside the school office.

o Only one of each item is allowed (no filling the box with grains of sand!)

o No duplicates: if you put a seed of every fruit and flower it still counts as just one – a seed. Same goes for Lego bricks!

o No creepy crawlies!

o Judges’ decisions are final on whether items can or cannot be allowed.


Please feel free to sponsor any amount you wish – either per item, or as a flat amount. As payment will need to be via Classlist, we would just kindly ask that the overall amount is to the nearest £1.

Please pay the sponsorship money by buying tickets for this event below – we have set up three types of tickets – £1, £10 and £20 – please just purchase the number of tickets to correspond to the amount of sponsorship you would like to pay in total e.g. if you are sponsoring 50p per item and the total is £5 overall, please buy 5 £1 tickets.

Buy tickets!

HSA Coffee Morning

The HSA will be holding a coffee morning on Friday 17th September to welcome any new parents/carers to Manland and to introduce some of the HSA committee. We would love to see any existing parents/carers who would be interested in getting more involved in the HSA this year.

This will be a great opportunity to meet some new people, ask any questions you may have and for us to tell you a little more about the HSA, our funding activities and school events.

We are not yet able to hold social events at school but we would be delighted if you could join us at the Highfield Oval (outside the café) from 9.15am onwards. 

Class Mini Fetes

Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and donated for the class mini fetes this week.

It was lovely to see the children enjoying their class parties and we were glad that, for most, we could mark the end of the year with some fun activities. Even better, we raised over £1,000 for the school in doing so! Thank you everyone for your valued contributions.

I am pleased to announce that the winner of the “Guess the number of prizes in the jar competition” was Daniel from Year 3 who correctly guessed there were 68 items in the jar. Well done!

The HSA have got lots of exciting things planned for next year which we look forward to being able to share with you in September.

Have a great summer everyone and, once again, thank you for supporting our school.

Miles for Movie Night

First of all, the HSA would like to say a HUGE well done to all the children for your enthusiasm in getting involved in the competition – the number of miles covered was absolutely astounding and you should all feel very proud of yourselves.  As a school, we have covered 3744.19 miles in total, which would take us from Harpenden to just beyond New York!

Secondly, thank you so much to all our Manland families for your incredibly generous sponsorship. Thanks to your support we have raised just over £500 for the school, which is a fantastic amount. So, to the important part, thewinners of the competition are as follows….

Class winners – Year 6. Congratulations and very well done to all in Year 6. Together, you covered an incredible 1,688.5 miles!

Individual winner – Louie B (Year 6). Very well done Louie – a very impressive 102.5 miles covered. We hope you are not too tired!

Class runners up – Year 2. 472.6 miles covered.

Well done and thank you everyone!

Summer Raffle

As the school year draws to a close and we begin a summer that is hopefully more normal than last year’s, the HSA is continuing the tradition of our Summer Raffle (although in a slightly different online format).

Thanks to generous donations from Manland Families and local businesses we have a range of wonderful prizes this year: a luxurious facial treatment at Harpenden Skin Clinic, a free Silver Service voucher at Allied Cycles Harpenden, vouchers for fun summer activities, a variety of delicious treats, and more. Take a look at the prizes and purchase tickets at:

Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday, 14 July at 10:00AM and the draw will be held later that day during Time Out Club after school with some help from Manland students (unfortunately families are not allowed to attend the draw this year). Winners will be notified by email after the draw, and tickets can be purchased by anyone – family members, neighbours, etc.

There will be a prize of a free 2 hour Face Painting session from ‘Glitter Me This’ ( for the student who sells the most tickets, so don’t forget to ask people to enter the student’s name when they purchase tickets.

Proceeds from the raffle go to support Manland Primary School in ways big and small – from class parties to playground renovations.

Mini Summer Fete

On Monday 19th July (in school) we will be holding class mini-fetes – an afternoon of summer-themed fun, with favourite fete games, treats and prizes to be won by all! In lieu of an entrance ticket and fee per game, we will be requesting a donation per child, with a suggested amount of £5. Tickets will go on sale next week via Classlist.

Manland Summer Trail

Look out for the Manland Summer Trail – coming soon!

Miles for Movie Night

Sponsored class mile-a-thon competition. Get active and cover the miles to win a movie night for your class! Let’s get active for the summer and see how many miles we can cover on foot, scooter or by bike, while raising money for the school in the process.

The class which collectively covers the most miles will receive a movie night at school on Friday 9 July at 6pm, complete with treat boxes! The individual who covers the most miles will win a Feeding Time movie night box to enjoy at home!

Please record your miles – from Monday there will be charts in each classroom for you to update weekly (with our thanks to Artscape for their printing services). For those who wish to enter the individual competition, please also send a record of your miles to Jodi Peters via Classlist. The final miles will be counted in class on Monday 5 July (please also send any individual miles to Jodi Peters by midday on Monday 5 July) , and the winners will be announced on the morning of Tuesday 6 July! Please see Classlist for details of sponsorship.

HSA Non-Uniform Day

Our summer term non-uniform day will be on Friday 9th July. £2 per child.

Summer Fundraising Plans

We will be holding mini-fetes for each class on the afternoon of Monday 19th July (in school time). There will also be a summer raffle and Manland Summer Trail! As ever, we would be extremely grateful for your donations of sweets, pocket money toys and raffle prizes -donations week will be held on 28 June – 2 July. Full details of all of these events to follow on Classlist shortly.

Festival on the Field

It is with huge disappointment that we have to announce that Festival on the Field is postponed until next year. The delay in lifting Covid 19 restrictions (and having discussed the logistics of holding the event with the licencing authority) means that unfortunately, it is not feasible to hold the Festival this year.

We are, however, already optimistically looking forward to holding it next year. The provisional date is July 2nd 2022.

The Festival is organised entirely by (experienced) volunteers who have worked for months to get the event ready to go – bigger and better – this year. We are all beyond disappointed that we are unable to run it.

We would like to thank wholeheartedly everyone who had bought tickets and supported us, including many local  businesses. All tickets will be valid for next year, but if you unable to attend, you will be able to request a full refund. We will be contacting our business supporters separately. For more information, please email us on

Summer Term

Class challenge – Sponsored mile-a-thon!

Now that we have seen the last of the wet weather (we hope!) we are finally running our sponsored mile-a-thon!

Running from the beginning of half term through to the end of June, let’s get active and see how many miles we can cover on foot, scooter or by bike, while raising money for the school in the process.

There will be both an individual and class prize for the greatest number of miles covered! Full details to follow on Classlist this weekend.


Now that thoughts are turning to Christmas shopping and Black Friday deals, please do remember to sign up to EasyFundraising for all your online shopping: The school receives money when you shop online, at no extra cost to you!

Save the Dates!

AGM: As with our other meetings, the AGM is open to all parents, so if you have any questions about our activities, ideas for the year ahead or would just find out more about what we do, please do come along!

If you would like to join us, please contact us via Classlist or by Tuesday 9 November. Log in details will be sent out nearer the time.

October Half term – Eager Entrepreneurs: Deadline extended to Friday 20 November! There is still time to come up with a money making scheme for the HSA! There is also no limit on the number of activities you can do, so if you have more than one idea, go for it! There are prizes to be won! There will be two individual prizes for the most inventive scheme (infants and juniors). Also, for the class that makes the most money collectively, there will be a class prize of a non-uniform day and an extra 15 minutes playtime!

November/ December – Wine Tasting Evenings We are pleased to announce that, in collaboration with MUST Wines in Harpenden, we will be hosting three virtual wine tasting evenings in November/December. Whilst we are unable to hold our usual class drinks this will be a great opportunity for us to chat, sample some lovely wines and raise money for the school while doing so! Watch out for full details on Classlist shortly.

Tickets are still available for our Wine Tasting Evenings, hosted by MUST Wines, on Thurs 19 November, Thurs 26 November and Thurs 3 December. It is also open to friends and family of Manland Parents so feel free to extend the invitation! MUST Wines are also able to ship UK wide for an additional £9.99 on top of the ticket price. Tickets can be bought via the event page on Classlist.

Lockdown Activities Over the next few weekends we will be putting on virtual bingo games for each class and an outdoor walking trail – details on Classlist to follow shortly!

Christmas is Coming…Christmas Trees Harpenden Academy are selling their fabulous Christmas trees again this year! Please follow the link below to pre order yours for collection or Delivery from 4th Dec. Please remember to click on Manland primary when choosing your school as every tree ordered will raise £10 for our school. These trees are amazing quality – fresh Nordmann Fir all grown locally and cut in early December, they come in 3 different sizes and will last all throughout the Christmas period!

Manland Christmas Extravaganza! In place of our traditional Christmas Bazaar, this year will we be holding the Manland Christmas Extravaganza – a four day festival of Christmas fun! This will begin with class parties on Friday 11th December, to be followed by a variety of virtual activities over the weekend of 12th/13th, and culminating in Christmas Jumper Day on Monday 14th. Please save this date in your diary – further details to follow.

Donations Week This year we will be holding an alternative donations week, beginning next week. We would still be very grateful for any donations of bagged / individually wrapped sweets (nut free), for the Class Bubble Christmas Parties on 11 Dec. There will be a plastic crate in the playground at drop off every morning next week. In place of donations of cuddly toys, prizes and gifts, we will be kindly asking for voluntary cash donations via Classlist. There will be no set amount. In the spirit of Christmas and in view of the hardships faced by so many at this time, we will be splitting all donations with the Crisis Christmas Appeal.

Raffle Prizes We will still be holding our usual Christmas Raffle, and so are making our usual call for raffle prizes! We would be grateful for any donations of prizes, large or small. So, if you know of any businesses that are able to help, have anything unwanted at home that would make a suitable prize, or are just willing to buy an extra gift this year, please do let us know!

School Funding Schemes Affinity Water To encourage households in the local area to save water, Affinity Water have launched the GetWaterFit scheme at, Households can sign up online for a water saving questionnaire/kit and elect a school/charity – for every 50,000 litres saved by signatories collectively Affinity Water will donate £1000 to the school PTA. Further details to follow on Classlist but please do join – good for the planet and for our school!


A big thank you to everybody for your support for our non-uniform day. The children looked lovely in their colourful clothes! We raised £405 which is a fantastic sum that will go towards renovating the outdoor play area. Just a reminder of our remaining upcoming events for this half term:

Time has flown by and it is already half term! Thank you all for your support – our fundraising has got off to a flying start with a running total of just over £700 raised since the start of the academic year, and we have exciting events to look forward to after the half term break.

Word in a Word – Winners! A huge well done and thank you to everybody who took part in our Word in a Word competition. It was clear that you put a lot of time and effort into your entries and we received very impressive word lists! The longest word list contained just under 400 words, and we had many long words of 10 letters and above. You all did brilliantly, and together raised £242 for the school, which will go towards renovations to the play area, so thank you all very much!

The overall winners are: Key Stage 1 William H (Saturn) – Most number of words and also longest word MICROPHONES (11 letters) Lily C (Saturn)
Runner up for most number of words Key Stage 2 James H (Pegasus) – Most number of words Sachin P (Mercury) – Longest word SPORADICALLY (12 letters).

Sachin was also close runner up for number of words. Our winners will be awarded the word games “Word Bandit” and “Lex-GO”.

House Colour T-Shirts – We are pleased to announce we have made £80 from the sale of house colour T-shirts, so thank you all for your support.

HSA Newsletters

About the HSA

When your child joins Manland you will automatically become a member of Manland’s HSA (Home & School Association). The HSA organise various fundraising events to provide money for the school to buy much needed additional items and resources that would otherwise not be covered by the school’s own budget. In addition to this, the events build a strong community and social network between the staff, parents, carers and the children.

We are called the HSA not a PTA because until 1985, the children from the Harpenden Branch of the National Children’s Home, attended Manland Primary School. ‘Parent’ was replaced by the more inclusive ‘home’ and swapping ‘teacher’ for ‘school’ completed an alternative to PTA.

The HSA is a registered charity and even has a constitution. Under the constitution, the HSA has four officers: a chair and vice chair, a treasurer and a secretary. The chair and treasurer are answerable to the Charity Commission. The committee also includes HSA year group representatives that build relationships with other parents and carers.


We communicate via an app called Classlist – Our virtual schoolgate. We organise all our events, share our news & ask for volunteers for events via this app.

How we raise money

One of our main fundraising events is the Festival on the Field, held jointly with Sir John Lawes School. This tribute band concert event started in 2012 and was hugely successful. We were the proud winners of the regional final and the national final for “Best Fund Raising Achievement” and raised £1,500 in prize money. This event is run every other year and gets bigger every time!

We have other family fund raising events including a Christmas Bazaar & a Summer Fete. For parents and carers, we run quizzes & comedy nights. For the children, we hold 2 discos each year, movie nights, sponsored strolls/readathons and many other popular events.

The HSA is also behind a number of fund raising activities that are not related to events. These include “Phil the Bag” jumble collection, Christmas Cards for Schools and selling House T-Shirts, to name a few.

Please see below for a list of fundraising events happening during the academic year 2019-2020:

HSA Events 2019-2020

What do we spend it on?

In 2015/16 the HSA funded:

  • 2 classroom teaching walls (£24k)
  • New Early years playground equipment (£1.5k)

In 2016/17 the HSA funded:

  • Another classroom teaching wall (£12k)
  • Improvements to the library (£7.5k)
  • Early Years play & learn area (£3k)

In 2017/18 the HSA funded:

  • A range of new IT equipment (£16k)
  • New school noticeboard
  • School Piano
  • Carpet area for year 1 classroom

2018 so far:

Funds are being raised for the new Infant school playgrounds equipment. (Target £16k) and for a new sensory room. (Target £5k)

How you can get involved

We always welcome volunteers and love to hear new ideas for fundraising. Some parents and carers may also have access to fundraising or sponsorship opportunities through their own business, employer or other contacts and these can prove to be invaluable. Please direct all fundraising enquiries to Esther Hathorn via Classlist or

We hold Committee meetings once a half term. Anyone keen to get involved on a more regular basis and/or take on any of our current vacancies is most welcome. Again, please contact Esther Hathorn as above.

There is also a “mydonate” page, where individuals can raise funds for the school through sponsored events independently of the HSA

One of the easiest ways to raise funds is “easyfundingraising” if you shop online. This is a website which has links to a comprehensive range of online retailers, including many high-street names. If you shop online and access the retailers’ sites by clicking on the links on the “easyfundraising” website, the school gets a percentage of the purchase price whilst you pay exactly the same price as if you had shopped directly with the same retailer. Registering is free and easy at:

Please feel free to suggest future events and ideas for fundraising by contacting your HSA rep.


The HSA holds stocks of the school jacket (a reversible waterproof fleece), jute bags in two styles, beanie hat and sunhats. An order form is listed below.


Committee – contact via Classlist or

Name Position
Nicole Fairhead Chair
Vacant Vice Chair
Vacant Secretary
Christina Tang Treasurer

Class Reps – contact via Classlist or

Name Class
Sara Roden Stars
Tracey Pritchard Mars
Emily Hindell Saturn
Louise Barcock Meteors
Vacant Pegasus
Paula Skilton Aquila