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09/05/22

Girls marked Eid with a special event on 6th May. They learned about the origins and significance of henna, got the chance to watch henna artists at work, and have a go themselves too. We also raised money for . https://t.co/YBEvDMDVbF https://t.co/C8oqOWhaQu

09/05/22

Retweetd From Olga Leontiou

Our arrived at today! Excited and ready to represent Niger this weekend!!! https://t.co/UdE3SzfDJp

09/05/22

Retweetd From Olga Leontiou

Our presenting their committees' resolution papers at the final General Assembly of conference. Well done for your eloquent speeches! We are so proud for your significant contributions and outstanding performance! https://t.co/yAIWta1zeU

04/05/22

Retweetd From Habiba Nabisubi

thank you for inviting me to facilitate a workshop on my artistic practice and mental health journey; the experience was truly cathartic. ~what a fantastic group of young women. excited for next week… 🎨👀✨ https://t.co/4C3iAOo6ok

25/04/22

A big thank you to tutors and HAB teachers for taking Year 8 students for a fascinating experience trip to Christ's College Cambridge. Students were able to complete a mini–Model United Nation conference and enjoy a tour of the college. https://t.co/Ue0VYt5IkC

21/04/22

"Seeing a play in person gives you a whole new view of the production." Read an article by Jahnaey, Year 9, on our school trip to see 'Wicked'. https://t.co/qJFaf4HHsA https://t.co/uqnLoMKKHl

23/03/22

Summer Opportunities For Year 11 HAB Girls With NCS. Read a letter to parents from NCS, who are working with HAB to create summer experiences for our Year 11 students. Find out more https://t.co/O4rruOhOLx https://t.co/4aL9Bo9VtZ

21/03/22

Congratulations to Najma for winning the "Outstanding Delegate" Award, and Amina for winning the "Honourable Commendation" at this weekend's Model United Nations conference. All HAB students demonstrated the HAB ethos throughout the conference. Full story https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/P95wH9roqs

21/03/22

Well done to our Year 12 delegates for attending the Youth Model United Nations London conference this weekend. The conference focused on several global issues, with girls representing different countries and debating and finalising resolutions. Full story https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/3giV5JDJJg

16/03/22

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Super excited to meet the next generation of at our STEAM 2022 Welcome Evening on Thursday 🧪 📡 🛠🎨🎲 Year 5 are most welcome too ☺ https://t.co/Zfwhd5oxP8 https://t.co/3on3lMSBqM

16/03/22

Spot our yr11 GCSE Music students who were invited to take part in this wonderful event! https://t.co/VWxPV61SjF

15/03/22

Very important business to discuss as our Student Government introduce themselves to Lord Harris. Our elected students discussed with Lord Harris the motivation and purpose behind our new HAB student government. https://t.co/qC8J12Mnam https://t.co/bM6dUPgTqM

15/03/22

We celebrated with events around the school to raise awareness and start conversations around this year's theme of . Full report and lots more pics at https://t.co/7ip6pY3ccc https://t.co/RNDhx6zs6n

15/03/22

Year 12s complete their peer mentoring training with Kidscape trainer Danny Dalton, and are ready to begin their mentoring journey at HAB, listening and supporting fellow pupils. https://t.co/FJe0hi5Hzr https://t.co/FE0X3qUX35

08/03/22

“The National Junior Indoor Championship made me challenge myself to go above and beyond," Deborah, Year 9. Thanks to for their support! Full story https://t.co/q2DcbJqmfg https://t.co/c6pjZ8Jys2

03/03/22

Any guesses who's dressed up as Jurassic Park for ? Clue: it's Dr Hay https://t.co/h25q0ZqPMj

03/03/22

We've got some special guests in school today for including Cruella de Vil, Macbeth, Mary Poppins, the Queen of Hearts, a host of Shakespearean and Manga characters and even a Cheshire Cat. All getting on famously and https://t.co/SpLNKCfZn4

08/02/22

Our student government in action. Find out more about our first student parliament and meet our MPs at https://t.co/qC8J12uLLM https://t.co/lLWy6xqn7K

08/02/22

Our Year 7 lunch time crew in action. Tilly from Year 7 is the teacher. https://t.co/jOzw4UqqFH

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Staying Safe Online

The online world is a wonderful place for young people to explore, with unprecedented opportunities for learning and creativity. 

As with the real world, however, online space needs to be explored with vigilance and a critical eye. At Harris Academy Bermondsey we aim to inform and educate all our students during their years with us, helping them use the internet, and online media, safely and positively. Your daughter will leave the Academy well-equipped to develop a positive digital footprint and stay safe online.

At HAB we incorporate e-safety into our curriculum, including training in lessons, tutor time and academy events. We fully recognise the importance of including parents and carers in this aspect of academy life and warmly invite you to familiarise yourselves with the resources we use via our website. This page also aims to reassure you with information about who to contact should you have any concern.

Your daughter’s safety is our highest priority. Please know that we will support you with any concerns you may have regarding safeguarding online and offline. We have Designated Safeguarding Leads who can be contacted via our Safeguarding page. We will then contact you and arrange to swiftly address your concern.

You can get excellent articles about staying safe online, written by ParentInfo, from http://parentinfo.org/articles/all. Online safety news stories from HAB can be found in our staying safe online news.

Click HERE to see the PowerPoint from our Online Safety webinar in December 2020, with all resources and links included.


Parent tips: how you can help your daughter stay safe

  • Talk to your daughter about how she is using her electronic devices. Regular conversations will help your daughter feel able to come to you if she finds herself in difficulty.
  • Stay informed about the different social media sites and continue to take an active interest in how your daughter uses her iPad and phone, should she have one.
  • Many social media platforms have a minimum age requirement and are not considered appropriate for children under the age of 13. This age limit is a legal requirement and needs to be respected. It is worth noting that the popular social application, WhatsApp has an age restriction of 16.
  • Use parental controls on your home internet to protect your daughter from unsuitable areas of the internet.
  • Limit the amount of screen time allowed to your daughter, encouraging screen-free time at least one hour before bed.
  • Be aware that pop-ups, games and commercials may have hidden costs and/or be inappropriate. These are blocked on your daughter’s school iPad but they may be accessed via phones.

Tutor time presentations

To help your daughter stay safe online we use tutor time to explain some of the key issues and how they might affect your daughter. You are warmly invited to download the presentations too so you can see the content and discuss the information with your daughter.

What is Cyberbullying (Autumn 2017)

The digital footprint – identity and self-esteem (Spring 2018)


Useful Videos for Parents

You might find the following videos helpful. They have been produced for parents by Live My Digital. You may wish to discuss the content with your daughter after watching the films together.


Useful Websites

It’s a good idea to keep up-to-date with the current issues around staying safe online. There are some excellent resources available which detail how young girls are vulnerable and gives advice on maintaining awareness and helping your daughter.

  • www.parentInfo.org – latest news from ParentInfo relating to online safety
  • www.childnet.com – a non-profit organisation working to help make the internet a great and safe place for children
  • www.thinkuknow.co.uk - an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command.
  • www.nspcc.org.uk – advice on preventing abuse and keeping children safe online.
  • www.net-aware.org.uk - a guide to the social networks children use. Website created by NSPCC and O2 to help parents explore and understand online life as kids know it. 

Your daughter’s iPad

Your daughter will be equipped with an iPad and is expected to bring this to the academy every day. The iPad gives your daughter the chance to explore the world of technology in a safe space and develop her fluency with the device and applications.  The iPad may be used in lessons as a tool to aid learning, assess understanding and set homework. There are applications permitted by the academy which will already be installed on the iPad. You are encouraged to explore these with your daughter. Your daughter will be provided with an iPad cover, which needs to protect the device at all times. Each parent and student will need to sign the HAB iPad agreement form.

Prohibited use

While we trust all our students to use the iPads appropriately we are clear about how the devices are not to be used. No iPad is to be used for social purposes. Each iPad has been checked thoroughly to ensure there are no social networking apps and it is prohibited for students to add applications to their iPads. As with any device it is illegal to send explicit images to another person. This includes images of the sender themselves. We hope that with awareness this will not be an issue we encounter. iPads are not  to be used outside of lessons unless your daughter is working in the library or at a club that allows use of the iPad.

How HAB protects your daughter

Each iPad is set up with applications appropriate to the needs of the students. Students are not able to download other applications onto their device. We control the applications centrally so we can monitor the content to which your daughter has access.

HAB has a ban on the use of social media on iPads. This is to give students the freedom to use the iPad as a learning tool without other distractions.

We check devices regularly and will look through the device, with your daughter, should we have any concerns. You, as parents and guardians will also be contacted straight away and we thank you in advance for you support in helping the girls stay safe.

iPad and Phone FAQs

Q – I am concerned my daughter may be using her iPad inappropriately.

In this instance it is important to make your daughter’s form tutor aware of your concern as soon as possible. You can call the school and leave a message with reception, which will then be passed onto the correct teacher. Year 7 form tutors are available each Tuesday 4-5pm for ‘surgery’ meetings with parents. Advanced appointments are not necessary.

Q – I believe my daughter is not able to use her iPad correctly and to its full advantage.

Your daughter will need to bring in her iPad and explain the problem to her tutor, who may be able to help. If the problem cannot be solved with her tutor, your daughter will be able to receive guidance from our iPad expert, Amy Morris, in the library. They can visit the library during their lunchtime, before and after school.

Q – My daughter has lost/damaged her charger, her device or her iPad cover.

It is important for your daughter to inform her form tutor straight away if any piece of the equipment is lost or broken. A member of staff will then be in touch with you to inform you of

Q – I am worried about my daughter’s safety online, either on her personal phone or iPad.

If possible, come to the school reception and ask to speak to the Duty Principal who will take your concerns to the relevant member of staff as a matter of urgency. Alternatively, you can call reception and leave a message for your daughter's Assistant Principal, who will contact you the same day. In certain situation an incident may become a Police matter. In these instances we will work closely with our community officer to keep your daughter safe.