Jane Gaherty

Holocaust Memorial Week

Students had an assembly this week and reflection activities in form time to remember  those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Many students watched holocaust survivor film this morning.  As part of this parents are invited to watch the Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 UK Online Commemoration, which will be streamed this evening (details have […]

Learning Ambassadors praised for delivering engaging lessons in our local primary schools

Our Year 8 Learning Ambassadors were thanked for their hard work when they visited Westfield Primary School this week. The Ambassadors led a Chromebook session to Year 5 teaching useful Google hints and tips. They ably demonstrated leadership, teamwork and empathy. Our ambassadors look forward to visiting Bridgewater, Greenway and Thomas Coram schools early in […]

Launch of Ashlyns Values Character Card

Students are enjoying the introduction of our new Character Standards Cards. Members of staff will recognise those who exemplify our values of Integrity, Inclusivity and Independence by signing students’ Character Standards Cards. Students and parents will receive a Values Postcard home when 3 signatures are received. The launch week has seen kindness being celebrated, along […]

Presentation Evening 2022

We were delighted to welcome a large number of families into school for our annual Presentation Evening on 15 September, the first time in 3 years that we have been able to host the event in person. Our guest speaker, award winning television presenter and Paralympian, Steve Brown, spoke with warmth, humour and honesty, inspiring […]

Summer School 2022

In August, we welcomed more than 100 of our new Year 7 students to our annual Summer School week. Students had a wonderful time making pizza, trying different sports, getting creative with art, maths and English activities and, most of all, making friends. The students were glowingly positive about their week at Ashlyns: “Summer School has […]

Humanitarian Conference at Ashlyns School

Berkhamsted Rotary sponsored an all-day event in June, which saw hundreds of students from Ashlyns and Berkhamsted School listen to experts speak about global humanitarian issues. Students considered challenges of conflicts and natural disasters and learnt some of how organisations and governments organise humanitarian responses across the world from medicine and logistics to communications and mapping. There […]

Focus on your future ELD

Our Focus on Your Future career event took place during ELD for students in Year 9 and 10.  The packed schedule included team building tasks and the opportunity to develop key employability skills.  The highlight of the day included students meeting leading industry experts in the fields of Media, Law, Science, Engineering, Technology and Public Services.  One of […]

TED Speaker Emma Rosen

We recently welcomed TED speaker Emma Rosen to Ashlyns who came to talk to our Year 7-10 students about how to plan a career that is rewarding and fulfilling.  Her inspiring journey provided some excellent ideas for students to think about when planning their work experience.  Emma commented: ‘The students asked lots of intelligent questions and […]

Film and TV Special Effects Careers Event

Our Year 8 students recently participated in a virtual Film and Special Effects event hosted by Escape Studios.  The event illustrated the wealth of career opportunities available to students including coding, engineering, digital compositing and design. Students heard from recent graduates and experts from Industrial Light and Magic who have created effects for Star Wars, […]

Careers in Graphic Design

In December, Alex Chaplin, Head of Design at Dixons Carphone, joined us to deliver an inspiring careers talk to Years 9, 10 and 11 on graphic design and working in the creative industries.  The session was split into two parts; the first included tips on how to become a Graphic Designer, the importance of sketchbooks […]

Champion of Young Chef Competition

Wednesday night saw the return of the Dacorum Rotary Young Chef Competition with the finals hosted by Kings Langley School. 13 students representing their school’s battled it out to be the top chef of the night and the standard was certainly high – with an impressive array of wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented dishes. The overall winner on […]