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In her Leaving Assembly, Mrs Massey shared this poignant video, which reflects her time as Headteacher of Howe Dell.

Cultural Capital Week Music Festival

What a beautifully sunny day it was for our first ever Music Festival. The whole school came together at last to watch performance after brilliant performance. Well done to all of the children who took part, congratulations to our Howe Dell's Got Talent winner Rene and thank you to Gemma our visiting Opera Singer.

Year 6 Play: Wow! What a Year

Our Year 6 team of children and staff have worked hard to put on their play - Wow! What A Year. We're sorry that we haven't yet reached Step 4 of the Government's Roadmap and therefore, couldn't invite you in to see it in person but hopefully the video will make up for it. Enjoy watching.


Virtual Open Evening

We are sorry that we were not able to welcome you onto site to share our Open Evening and celebrate our Howe Dell Heroes. To try and give you a flavour of what you might have seen, our wonderful teachers have put together a series of lessons and 'welcome to our class' clips for you to enjoy - have a go at doing the suggested activities at the end of each class video.

Another Lockdown, another change of provision, but always with children's learning and wellbeing central to that experience

Sparkle and Shine!

A virtual performance as our gift to the wider Howe Dell family, despite COVID-19 restrictions.

Thank you to all staff and children who against the COVID-19 restrictions, have managed to create a short presentation including every child who can be filmed and is celebrating Christmas with us. Whilst children and class based staff will watch the performances in class bubbles at 9.30am on Thursday 10th December, this is available for all non class based staff to watch socially distanced in the Hall.

Furthermore, as our virtual Christmas gift to a wider audience, this is safely able to be accessed from the following link by parents, governors and those who would normally have come to site to enjoy our 7 usual productions at this time of year.


I hope this is enjoyed in the sentiment it is made: a positive end to 2020 for all. Thanks to all staff and children for their creativity and resilience with this, including Mr Mason who has compiled the final version.


Please access from Thursday 9.30am via link which will be shared once live for all. 

Mrs Massey


Whole School Bedtime Stories to launch Google Classroom for Home Learning

‘Tonight was a moment for me to remember why I chose to teach. A joyful evening. Sad for any unable to attend. So booking another event at least, if people want it? Thanks Mr Mason for staying on site to admit a huge crowd and Mr Steel for managing Google classrooms. Mrs Massey’

Feedback from parents was as follows:

‘I didn’t know how I could give a feedback regarding the bedtime story. 

I just wanted to say thank you very much for the effort of doing this. My son Luca enjoyed it so much. He even got his little teddy bear who he sleeps with. 

I know there is a lot of people involved in all this process and we wanted to say thanks again and to Mrs Massey who did an amazing job, she read it so well I even stayed all along to hear the stories too.

Thanks again to all of you.

Next lock down will be easier and cosier for our children.’

‘Please can you pass on our thanks to the SLT that organised and ran tonight's event the boys loved it and it was so nice to see so many families joining.’ 

We are all set for Mrs Massey’s bedtime stories in our pjs!

‘Bed time stories from @HoweDellSchool via Google Classrooms- thanks to the amazing teachers!’

Yes, it's good to learn always something new, especially new technologies! Stories for Christmas… sounds great we are in! I'm sure more people would be excited to join.’

‘Kayla and Jake absolutely loved bedtime stories, they were very excited before logging on and told me all about it after. Thank you for a lovely bedtime treat’


Ready for Bedtime Stories: an event from home to launch Google Classroom!

Goodnight! Lovely end to Bedtime Stories event

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Pupil Progress Project have used our School Plan focus of Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse to recreate artwork and text to make our own Rainbow of Hope.

Y6 are back to school and so ready to learn!

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Virtual Choir

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Preparing to return to Howe Dell in September: welcome back to School Howe Dell Family! A series of video clips which aim to reassure all in the start of a new year

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'I hope these video clips will help you and your child prepare for our return from September.
(Excuse the shorts! Completed during the holidays as risk assessment continued to be reviewed!)'
Mrs Massey

How do I get my child to school in September? How will I know where to go?

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Staff may wear PPE but only if:
- Handing babies and toddlers to parents in Day Care.
- Feeding or changing babies or toddlers in Day Care.
- If a child has an accident or needs first aid in School or Day Care.

What about leaving the site?

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Remember, toddlers and babies should be in buggies or on reins, parents are responsible for keeping their family together and maintaining social distance from others at all times please.

What will classrooms look like?

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The classrooms will be set up for 30 children in a class Bubble.
The Library and other shared areas will not be used in the first few weeks and risk assessed after this.
Children will have staggered lunch and break times.
Only Y6 will operate as a year group 'Bubble'.

School dinners... how will this take place?

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Cleanliness and safety remain our priority. Children who feel secure and happy will soon start to learn and catch up with any gaps in their learning. Playtimes and fun are always important!

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We have our first Wonder Day booked on 9th September and look forward to inspiring new learning from the start of term.

Thank you for keeping in touch and for all your support! We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

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Please remember:
Parents can still contact the office via email or phone where our staff will be happy to help as always.
Payments on line will reduce handling cash for staff and parents.
Fire drill will happen at the start of term in Week 1.
Hand washing and toilet cleaning will continue very regularly throughout the school day.
Breakfast Club and After School Club will start 21st September, thanks to Hatfield Town Council enabling us to use the Community Hall sharing our site.

COVID-19 stopped much of what we consider normal life and learning, but as many continue to learn from resources on the website and challenges on Twitter, those 104 children on site during June and 23 spaces filled daily in Day Care meant this was a positive experience for our Howe Dell family.

Christmas is always a joyful time at Howe Dell and with 7 performances over 4 events all children from 3 months to 11 years of age had opportunities to shine!

As always our Christingle was stunning. Thank you to all staff and pupilss who worked so hard to make this happen

Christmas sparkle evident in some Key Stage 1 angels, in full voice

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What a wonderful performance around the Nativity with so many children having solo lines or scenes and wonderful singing from everyone. Thank you to parents for their support and well done staff for preparing the children so well to present to packed audiences!

Remembrance recognised by hosting an invitation to our extended community from Lord Salisbury to senior police officers, to local councillors, cadets and representatives from local businesses and the University of Hertfordshire. Jonathan's Uncle Craig represented currently serving armed forces personnel. Children were encouraged to wear their scouting uniforms in an assembly of art, story telling, singing and solemn reflection. All additional visitors attended alongside governors (past and present), parents, staff and pupils and staff from our school and others.

Songs of Praise bought families together across Hatfield to the beautiful St Ethelreda's Church to celebrate community through song. Thanks to Music teacher Mrs Miller, Ex Chair of Governors Brian Dummer and of course our current Governor Fr Darren for organising this stunning annual event.

Great Sports Day, amazing support from families and excellent teamwork. Well done Sports Leaders for brilliant work setting up races and congratulations to RED Champions!

Great feedback following our 2019 Open Evening.

Open Evening 2019: From Eco Bus launch, to PSA burgers, Choir singing to Creativity using QR coding for Art Trail, all underpinned by fantastic family learning. Great to welcome ex pupils back: once Howe Dell, always Howe Dell.

Young Cultural Ambassadors sought to redress the balance by planning a day which marked women through history and the legacy of their actions. From Elizabeth I to Rosa Parks, from Royalty to Amy Winehouse. A Family Museum of Artefacts and a World map celebrating our global ancestry was also part of the day.

Christmas at Howe Dell included Christmas Shopping Day led by our PSA, 6 performances around the traditional Christmas story including our 2 KS2 Christingle events. Parties and Christmas Dinner still to come!

Parents' Evening received wonderful feedback, including takeaway curry to raise money for our sponsored Indian child. Governor Mel Chandaria did this... on her birthday!

Our Conference including 55 external delegates was a huge success and enabled extended partnership working across Hertfordshire!

Open Evening at Howe Dell: a chance for whole Howe Dell Family fun through learning!

'I just wanted to say a really well done for open evening yesterday. There was a real buzz and I enjoyed going into or out to the activities provided by each class. I'm really sorry but I run out of time before yrs 5 and 6 so sorry to those teams.
I enjoyed seeing the chalk paintings in the outdoor learning area, plus the serenity of the nurture room, to be honest I could have curled up on a chair and stayed for ages there, and can really see the benefit it has for our children . 
Choir was lovely and the this is me rendition was great,  as each and every child was singing it as a unique individual. I also enjoyed the Howe Dell hero section as it was so lovely to hear what they were for.
Overall another great evening with the amazing PSA providing tea and facilities scooping in the background.
Thank you'
Julia Ellis-Hall Vice Chair of Governors


Howe Dell Heroes 2018

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their unique and possibly unnoticed contribution to Howe Dell? Is there a member of staff or volunteer who always goes the extra mile and should be recognised at our Open Evening? It won't be long until half term and then we come straight back to Open evening, hence we are launching nominations for a Howe Dell Hero from now! These will be presented at Open Evening on 5th June, closing date: Friday 25th May 4pm please.

Howe Dell goes WILD! An eco enriched animal encounter to celebrate great progress in writing for 60 pupils.

Howe Dell's Got Talent 2018


Following the formal launch on 1st December 2017 in Assembly, and in aid of the chosen Children's Council Charity 'Scope' - the leading pan-disability charity in England & Wales.  Aaron in Year 6 has created a PowerPoint all about this charity, and this can be seen above. The charity campaigns to make the country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.


This is always an incredible event where so many have the chance to shine and gain confidence performing to a live and enthusiastic audience.  This notification is to give your Y2 to Y6 child a chance to practise to visiting family and friends over the Christmas holidays.  Rules and the Application form are also above. 


The final will take place on Friday 2nd February 2018.  Dates for the audition's are as follows:-



Year to Audition


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Groups/missed due to absence

Open Evening 2017 was another popular and well attended opportunity for family learning. See Newsletter and Twitter for parent feedback!

Y2 to 5 pupils were rewarded for exemplary behaviour as well as great progress in English with a trip to Kidzania. This aimed to inspire aspiration and raise knowledge about the workplace in a creative role playing experience.

Well done Tapi for winning Howe Dell's Got Talent 2017 but what a final! All proceeds to Y6 chosen charity Bliss, great night of entertainment by 20 stars, supported by staff, PSA and families, to the extent that we ran out of chairs!

Howe Dell's Got Talent Finalists 2017

Following the formal launch on 19.12.16 in Assembly with Dad Tom Gearing, and in aid of the chosen Children's Council Charity BLISS to support the care of premature babies, the stage is set to see who will be our HDGT winners for 2017. Those who come first, second and third will perform, not at the O2, but in our BIG TOP CIRCUS to an audience of 600 people in the summer term! Open to Y2 to Y6 and chance to practise over the holidays. See Events for further details!

Dad, Tom Gearing and currently Musical Director of West End Smash Musical ,'The Body Guard,' inspiring our School despite jet lag due to early flight despite and delay from Korea to get to our Assembly: HDGT is formally launched!.

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Our Christingle Service Stunned Us All With the SImple Elegance and Beauty of the Christmas Message

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Key Stage 2 sang beautifully and read eloquently as well as accompanied their Service with impressive musical percussion arrangements. The harmonies were beautiful and Hallelujah sung by our Choir had us all entranced. In a term where other faith celebrations have been marked in RE lessons and assemblies, this was Howe Dell's way of publicly wishing all our families and extended community a very Happy Christmas.

Christmas Dinner Day!

Just look at our wonderful Y1 and Y2 performing their lively version of the Nativity: rock music adapted as an extra! They were so confident!

Just a Taster of what has been shared on Twitter for our Foundation Stage: what stars!

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Christmas preparation begins with a charming Nativity from Nursery and Reception pupils.

Harvest Festival with Produce Collected for Local Food Bank and Coffee and Cakes for Macmillan, launching Children's Council focus on Cancer Charities.

Leaving song for Miss Stone from Year 5.1. Summer Term 2016.

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Howe Dell Fete 2016: Thank you so much for supporting such a happy occasion for the Howe Dell Family. Proceeds all for enriching learning for our pupils.


Do you know someone who deserves to be recognised for their unique and possibly unnoticed contribution to Howe Dell? Is there a member of staff or volunteer who always goes the extra mile and should be recognised at our Open Evening?

Following the launch of this project in 2014, we are seeking nominations from members of our community to celebrate the heroes in our midst.

Please complete the nomination sheet or collect a hard copy from the school office, returning to the office FAO Mrs Massey by Thursday 26th May.  Thank you.

What excites children about their learning and makes them happiest at school?

Foundation Stage launch our Christmas season of music, celebration and performances to captivated audiences

Space and Time Travel Week includes a night of Bed Time Stories in pyjamas for families. This was free of charge due to the Volunteer Award of £250 won by our Governor Kashifa Saley.

Feedback from parents and children on our Bed Time Stories event

What did the 80 people who came to listen to Bed Time Stories think of this event?

Pet Day in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind, involving dressing up as animals and visits from our pets. All aimed to inspire an exciting stimulus for writing. It is expected £200 target is met for a great cause!

Pupils from Y1 to Y6 are selected to meet with Mrs Massey and share what is exciting about their learning this term and how their new teacher has changed the classroom to help them learn

What did the children who came to Mrs Massey's tea parties have to say about learning at the start of their new year?

Open Evening Photos 18th June 2015

See more quotations from our children who attended The Railway Children Theatre Production

Y4 Roald Dahl Day inspired children in reading and writing

Howe Dell worked with 10 schools in a year long project: Wild @Herts with our wild life photographer Iain Green. The Eco Summit was hosted at Hatfield House.

Pupil feedback on Eco Summit

The Circus came back to Howe Dell! Many Thanks for your support! It sold out 24 hours before the big event.

Happy Easter with best wishes from Howe Dell

Stargazing was AMAZING! Over 80 visitors came to join in on a cold and rather cloudy evening in March

The highlight of the week was our Stargazing evening. This fantastic event was enjoyed by many generations of the Howe Dell family, from parents, ex pupils and children currently on roll, staff and grandparents. Thank you

to Mr Mason, Mrs Richards, Miss Madden, Mrs Joo, Mrs Chandaria, Alison Newberry and the PSA as well as Mrs Nash who inspired the event. Huge appreciation also goes to Hertfordshire and Middlesex Astronomy Group and Hertfordshire University.

The 'pop up' Planetarium amazed adults and children alike, as did the technology on laptops and the experts explaining astronomy through telescopes.

SO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES: 8 year partnership of Howe Dell Children Centre with local community celebrated at a party, as a new chapter begins when this facility will no longer be led by shared leadership team and governors of Howe Dell School

To mark 8 years at the Runway and celebrate the strong bonds with North Hatfield, Howe Dell Children Centre opened it's doors to the community it has served to positively for 8 years. Hundreds including  local Councillors, babies, toddlers, parents, grandparents and carers danced alongside Bollywood dancers, ate a banquet of international food and celebrated 8 successful years before handing over the leadership to  Birchwood Hub  Nursery as Lead Agency for Howe Dell, Birchwood and De Havilland.

A huge thank you to Mel Chandairia for a stunning cake and so much preparation behind the scenes by staff and volunteers.


'As Head of Children Centre since its virtual days at Old rectory Drive, when we didn't have any building to work from, it is amazing how much we have grown and the level of support received in that time from all of North Hatfield is humbling. The staff team have that magic combination of respect and love from the families they so tirelessly serve and it has been an honour to work alongside them in such a close partnership'  Debra Massey

Young Voices 2015

Young Voices 2015

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Wear it Pink Day 2013

Bollywood Night 2013

Marchants Hill 2013

Fellowship Afloat 2013

Staff Inset April 2015 Musical storytelling with Misoshi