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02/08/18

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Last week students from across south London found out what it's like to work in health research from some of the country’s top scientists, including those at Guy's and St Thomas'. Now it’s fifth year, find out more about Summer School 👉 https://t.co/38UfNN5FgA https://t.co/t2HDZgZuVT

02/08/18

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students get your hats on enter this competition for the best Young Geographer. You have got this! 🥇🗺 🏆 https://t.co/BaVFo3tyVR

19/07/18

Sorry about that. It was OK in the venue but apologies if it disturbed you. We were having a special sports day to make up for the fact our girls missed out on the Federation sports day last week when our coach company let us down. But sorry for the inconvenience.

19/07/18

"This young cast delivers a performance far beyond their years, packing an emotional punch and laughs in equal measure." Mr Tobin reviews our school production of Little Women at https://t.co/xFO4ismrEa https://t.co/gcANhID5Vq

19/07/18

Our girls have won £1,500 from to create their own 'Flower the Youth' garden and performance space at our school. Great idea. Fantastic presentation! Work starts over the summer. Thank you . Full story https://t.co/rC8HKpf7uP https://t.co/poeMq0QyV3

19/07/18

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Are you a tech professional interested in opportunities to your skills? Get involved as an Apps for Good industry Expert and help us empower the next generation of tech makers! https://t.co/wuRO0tvwtY https://t.co/ooPCG8bDCr

18/07/18

Thank you for giving up your time to inspire our girls! It really makes a difference and is much appreciated.

18/07/18

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24/08/2018 Results Day Drop-in for young people with SEND including those with an EHCP. to get information and advice on the different options available. More info will be posted soon on the Local Offer and https://t.co/Mr23ReGEoa

18/07/18

Retweetd From Clare Gilmartin

Thank you ⁦⁩ for inviting me to speak with year 10 and 12 girls - great questions from all of you! Anything is possible if you dig in and do your best! ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/lExrdYqxyK

17/07/18

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The girls get £1,500 for ‘Flower the Youth’ - lovely idea, brilliant job all https://t.co/yTjvh7lQnF

17/07/18

I don't know who took this pic of our British champion diver Andrea, Year 8, but it's pretty awesome. Andrea is the one on the right! Full story at https://t.co/km8bFh9Xxn https://t.co/JEPL5lqGR4

17/07/18

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"If you dig in, do your best, anything is possible" - inspiring talk from on the power of working hard and speaking up https://t.co/ilemKCBb0W

17/07/18

We're really proud of Andrea, Year 8, who's a British Elite Junior Diving Champion and aiming for the Olympics. "Every training session feels like a competition. I always try to prefect my dives." Read more about Andrea's amazing season at https://t.co/hlZqGzNKbM https://t.co/DD8hgQjv30

16/07/18

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Well done - great attitude. It was a shame that let us down the day before and withdrew coaches which had been booked for months and prevented supporters taking part in their annual sports day. https://t.co/rzMkSRKIGu

16/07/18

"Having won a gold for 800m I feel proud, but ALL the competitors showed courage and determination." Read what our Year 7 girls thought about their first ever Sports Day at https://t.co/VtA6BVq9bR https://t.co/mbhBoUtSV1

16/07/18

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Hey! Have you heard about 'Flower the Youth’? The girls want to create an enjoyable, multi-use garden for young people & a creative hub with lots of exciting enrichment activities. Love this! https://t.co/V0Up0RogMC

16/07/18

Thanks to all our guests who made Careers Day such a success. "We received feedback on our CV and on our interview technique and this made us feel like young adults who will be ready to conquer the City!" Alison, Faiza and Jada, Year 10. FInd out more https://t.co/y9CSpzRX6y https://t.co/9RWHX3R5Dc

16/07/18

Retweetd From Aga Gajownik

Talking about my experience at and at Brilliantly active students and they have a dedicated programme. More schools like that please! https://t.co/nEank8Gmmx

16/07/18

Girls in rehearsal for our production of Little Women, which opens TODAY! Good luck everyone. We're of you all! https://t.co/ASFbEMsX6v

13/07/18

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It’s the last Final of the year! Yay! Can we get a big cheer for our top 6 schools , , , , & https://t.co/SNIXc9uX9w

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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.


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.