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Well done everyone, especially Eco Squad with Mrs Middleton for our most recent re-accreditation for Green Flag. This means we have been accredited for a decade!

Well done everyone, especially Eco Squad with Mrs Middleton for our most recent re-accreditation for Green Flag. This means we have been accredited for a decade! 1

'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations.

'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 1
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 2
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 3
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 4
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 5
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 6
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 7
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 8
'Nature All Around Us' Assembly Theme of the Week, inspires staff to share some of their observations. 9

Introducing our Eco Squad 2016-17

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Our Eco-School (A joint Eco and Computing project)

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A group of children from Years 2, 3, 5 and 6 were chosen to create a short film for visitors and Howe Dell families to inform them about our school's eco-features.

First we agreed on our group vision and what our aims for the film were.

Next, we split into sub-groups to plan and write scripts for different areas of the school grounds, which all contribute to our sustainability ethos.

Then we used the school i-pads to film ourselves before taking our clips to the editing suite.

Children from Year 6 used the school Acers and Windows Movie Maker to add special effects, captions and transitions to our finished film.

We even had our school Computing governor come and oversee our work. You can read her full report and see some pictures from our project in the Computing section of our school website.

Cycling Proficiency Years 5 & 6, June 2016

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Well done to Martha for taking up the challenge of recording Nature on Your Doorstep, which was shown in Assembly to 500 people on Friday. A great example of Pupil Voice impacting on learning beyond the classroom.

Eco Summit arising from photographic workshops to inspire writing results in a public exhibition at the Galleria!

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Howe Dell is Hertfordshire’s first ‘Eco-School’.  It is also the first building in the world to feature a revolutionary new heating system that uses the school playground to heat and cool its buildings. We are lucky to have many eco features such as:

  • a pioneering heating, cooling and ventilation system which captures renewable energy to warm or cool the building
  • a wind turbine
  • electricity producing photovoltaic panels
  • roof lights and light wells which allow natural daylight to flood into the building, minimising the need for artificial lighting
  • high-performance windows to reduce heat loss
  • classroom sink tops and splash backs made from recycled yogurt pots
  • 'living' sedum roof areas which help to insulate the building and promote bio-diversity
  • a water recycling system

 

Howe Dell School was relocated in September 2007 to the centre of the new housing development on the disused Aerodrome site.  The £10m project incorporates nursery provision, a community centre and a child day care facility. The architects have included innovative 'sustainable' elements such as renewable energy, recycled materials, natural ventilation and lighting, water management and sustainable construction.

The development has turned out to be a tremendous success with the building and landscape forming a fantastic learning resource for pupils, teachers, parents and the community.

Eco Learning Walk with some pupils

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Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 6
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 7
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 8
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 9
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 10
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 11
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 12
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 13
Eco Learning Walk with some pupils 14
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Wind Turbine

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History of Howe Dell

Howe Dell School was originally set in a historical building close to Old Hatfield.

 

The school occupied the former parsonage of Hatfield, a mainly Tudor timber frame building with early 19th Century additions. It was a listed building of great historical interest and charm. Four classes were housed in the main building and three in the separate Medway Building.

 

The Assembly Hall, Music/Television Room, Office and Staff Room were in the large rooms of the house and the stone flagged Entrance Hall made an interesting and elegant library.  The upper storey of the old coach house provided two large adjoining rooms for an IT Suite, which was home to 15 workstations and used by all except the very youngest children. The ground floor of this building was used for cloakrooms and lavatories.

 

The architectural interest of the building provided an invaluable resource for study. The extensive gardens and grounds, which include a variety of shrubs and trees, were used for science and environmental studies, as well as providing excellent subject matter for art and imaginative writing.

History of the old Howe Dell

Farewell to Old Rectory Drive

Stunning images of the Old Rectory Drive site, some of which are retained forever in our Main Entrance to remind visitors, we have a past in Hatfield

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