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Enrichment options form - complete it here!
We are delighted to once again be able to offer HAB students the opportunity to engage with a host of clubs, societies and events. These activities are planned for both before and after school, and are offered across all faculty areas representing the diverse needs and interests' of HAB students.
At our Enrichment Fair this week, students will have the opportunity to find out more about the Autumn offerings. They will also receive this information in a brochure so that you can discuss the options together.
We anticipate that Enrichment activities will be oversubscribed and as such we will allocate places on a first come, first served basis for each year group. HAB students should use the link below to submit their Enrichment preferences via an online form.
Click HERE to complete the Enrichment options form.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 20th September at 5pm and activities will commence from Tuesday 21st September.
Update: Friday 10th September
Welcome Back to HAB
Dear HAB Families
I am absolutely delighted to be writing to you having welcomed students back to HAB this week for face-to-face lessons and without some of the most restrictive measures that have been necessary over the past 18 months.
Your daughters have been an absolute credit to you, without exception. They have been enthusiastic and curious in lessons, polite and friendly in social times, respectful and responsible as they have made their way around the school buildings. Most importantly, we’re thrilled to be in the classroom again and have very high hopes indeed for this academic year.
I want to thank you for supporting a smooth start to term, particularly in light of the need to undertake testing before our students could be with us in full. I want to remind you of the Covid measures that do remain in place: we are maintaining enhanced ventilation, enhanced cleaning, Lateral Flow Testing and hand washing facilities as well as enhanced risk assessment in order to play our part in keeping transmission rates low. Most importantly, anyone who experiences Covid symptoms (staff, students and their families) must not attend the Academy and must follow public health advice with respect to testing and isolation. Thank you for your ongoing support with this.
Please find below some key information and reminders that I hope you will find useful. I intend to write to you fortnightly on a Friday with key information, but please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy should you have any particular questions in the meantime.
With all good wishes,
Rebecca Iles-Smith, Principal
A reminder that Lyndsay Harris is currently away from the Academy for maternity leave. In her absence, Leeanne Manzi (pictured) is Acting Vice Principal this academic year. Having spent many years at the Academy as SENCo, Leeanne will be a familiar face to many of you and will be well placed to support with any issues you might ordinarily have contacted Lyndsay about.
It is lovely to be back at HAB this year following my own maternity leave last academic year and I look forward to meeting those of you I haven’t yet had the opportunity to at one of our parent and carer events across the year. If you’d like to contact me directly, please don’t hesitate to email Principal@harrisbermondsey.org.uk
School Day Timings
Just a further reminder that the timings of the school day have changed this year. Click HERE to see the full timings of the school day from September 2021.
Most importantly, please note that last year we introduced separate lunches for each year group, which we have kept this year to allow each year group enough time to eat, use the facilities, wash hands and to have some social time. This means that each lunch time is slightly shorter and that the end of the day is slightly earlier as a result (2.30pm Y7 & 8 and 3.30pm Tue, Wed, Thur Y9 - 13). I want to reassure you that there has been no change to curriculum hours whatsoever. Students still have the same amount of lesson time in total.
The earlier finish is a great advantage to students, who will all be in a good position to make use of our after school clubs (enrichment activities). See more below.
Please be reminded also that the back gate closes at 8.25am each day and all students are expected to be in their assembly or tutor time sessions and participating in our brilliant Personal Development curriculum by 8.30am.
We’re delighted that we can offer enrichment activities this year (clubs, societies and events). I want to reassure you that we have carefully risk assessed these in light of both health and safety considerations and Covid measures.
We will be launching with an Enrichment Fair in the week beginning 13th September and clubs will begin in the week beginning 20thSeptember. During next week’s enrichment fair student will hear about various clubs on offer during their lunch times and can think carefully about which they might like to sign up to.
Please do talk to your daughter about the clubs on offer and encourage her to participate in these. We’ll share further information early next week.
End of Day Arrangements
All students leave the Academy through the back gate at the end of the day and are expected to make their way promptly home or to a place as agreed by their parent or carer.
We are located near a busy road and many students use the busy local transport links. We are keen to ensure that they do not gather in large groups and that they have safe and swift journeys home.
Clubs are arranged in advance, so you will be aware if your daughter’s return home will be later following her attendance at a club. If she were required to attend a detention, you would receive a text message to inform you. Otherwise, your daughter should arrive home promptly. If you have any concerns about your daughter being delayed in her return home, please don’t hesitate to contact the Academy. Your daughter’s tutor or Head of Year would be the best person to contact.
We do notice that occasionally students use the local shop or chicken shop to buy food and refreshments on their way in to and out of the Academy. We aim to be a healthy school and so we do not permit fizzy drink, large packs of crisps and biscuits or confectionary on site. We encourage students to spend their lunch money on nutritious and well-balanced meals and will continue to do so. This does mean that we will ask students not to make large orders of unhealthy food outside the back gate at the end of the school day.
We’re pleased to be offering early morning opening for students from 7.30pm. Students should enter via reception until 8am when the back gate will be open. All students must enter through the back gate from that time.
Please note we are not able to accommodate students earlier than 7.30am.
Parents’ Evenings and Progress Reports
Progress reports were shared with parents and carers at the end of last academic year. If you wish to discuss any aspect of your daughter’s academic or personal progress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her tutor or an individual teacher. If you have particular concerns, please see below the details of Heads of Year and the Assistant Principal overseeing each year group who will be happy to help.
I will shortly be supplying a calendar of assessment dates with parents’ evenings to follow so that you have opportunity to discuss your daughter’s progress at the most useful point in the term. Please look out for these dates and times.
If you’d like another copy of her report, please contact Reception.
Please see some key contacts below for ease of reference:
Filishia Senior, Assistant Principal
Jonathan Tindall, Head of Year
Jennifer McFadden, Assistant Principal
Nikita Thompson, Head of Year
Elif Karadal, Assistant Principal
Sarah Argyle, Head of Year
Jessica Rasdell, Assistant Principal
Annie Cowley, Head of Year
Rhianna Elsden, Assistant Principal
Martha Berry, Head of Year
Tania Maquieira, Head of Sixth Form
Elizabeth Magee, Assistant Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Leeanne Manzi, Vice Principal
Rebecca Iles-Smith, Principal
Martha Berry, Head of Year
Antoinette Mbuyamba, Acting SENCo
Who can have a Covid vaccine?
People aged 18 and over (or will turn 18 within 3 months)
- Can book online or call 119 for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy
- Can find a walk-in clinic to get vaccinated without needing an appointment
- Can follow up with their GP surgery and book an appointment with them
Young people aged 16 and 17
The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now available to all 16 and 17 year olds nationwide. Second dosage timings remain under review and you will be updated in due course. Parental consent is not required provided that the young person has capacity.
In south east London, young people aged 16 and 17 years can get a vaccine in one of two ways:
- By attending a grab-a-jab walk-in clinic (no appointment required)
- Through a direct invitation to book from a healthcare provider
Some children aged 12 to 15
Children aged 12 to 15 can get vaccinated against COVID-19 if:
- they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
- they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19
- a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy
- Down's syndrome
- severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register)
- a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer)
If a child is eligible for vaccination, parents will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments.
There has been no decision made about a wider vaccination roll-out for 12 to 15 year olds. This remains under review and you’ll be updated in due course.
Important Information on COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds.
Cover your face in enclosed spaces, especially where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
It is now compulsory to wear cloth face coverings on public transport, shops and several other indoor settings.
Stay 2 metres apart where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.
Keep your distance from people who are outside your household or support bubble.
Limit social gatherings (including abiding by the ‘rule of 6’) and avoid crowded places.
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/