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19/06/19

At this time of year, requests for term time leave are common. We would like to remind parents and carers it is not our policy to authorise holidays in term time. The summer term ends on July 23rd, 2019. Thank you. Find out more at https://t.co/2LEgFmGk1f

19/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

🙌🏼🙌🏼 for such an incredibly valuable day for our amazing students! Well done for their amazing win! An experience to remember for all https://t.co/9UhovuJ0g9

19/06/19

Retweetd From Christel Wolthoorn

You absolutely aced it. Such a pleasure to work with this great team of talented girls. This is just the beginning as https://t.co/7tjRuL4KPp

19/06/19

Retweetd From SouthwarkYA's

Please RT. Do you know any dancers, singers, poets, spoken word artists? Are you part of a band or group who would like to showcase your talent to your local community? Please get in touch. Perform @ Peace Event 13/07 https://t.co/vMV348tBt8

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

Gaining valuable on their pitch so that they are ready to present at the later. Don’t forget to vote for Patch & Track on this link: https://t.co/akit8i6Wkw https://t.co/8if9gSpVPM

18/06/19

Retweetd From HAB LPLC

Great to see one of our out in the field (the field of science that is 🔬🔭⚗️) https://t.co/6XZLRX456L

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

Such good ideas from each team https://t.co/qU1mGUh64N

18/06/19

Retweetd From HAB Enrichment

Thank you to all of our year 6s who have come to MFL, PE, Drama and STEM masterclasses over last few weeks. We’ve really enjoyed giving you a taste of the opportunities on offer next year https://t.co/UhsB1yW06o

18/06/19

Retweetd From Dr B

Y6 science taster lesson here at We covered chemistry, biology, engineering/physics and biochemistry in an hour - super impressed with the scientists 🔬🧬🔭🧫🧪 https://t.co/ApWh1Gr3I0 https://t.co/QpR1QTVgaa

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

We’ve arrived for the awards where we will pitch our idea then take part in the market place. We’re so excited! 🤩👩🏽‍💻 https://t.co/zgNgpD4m3S

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

Marketplace! galore and meeting industry professionals https://t.co/AYJuWykezp

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

Explaining their app to industry professionals. So of how well the girls have done today https://t.co/Nla7v9hjZJ

18/06/19

Retweetd From Lyndsay Harris

Year 5 Parents/Carers and Students! Come and visit our wonderful school for our third Open Morning of the year tomorrow at 10am! https://t.co/edxEvrcDhn

18/06/19

Retweetd From HABSTEM

The day has come! We’ve headed off to for our morning accelerator session to help us prepare for the awards later! Wish us luck 🤞🏼👩🏽‍💻#GirlsInTech https://t.co/oTWytL58Bu

17/06/19

Retweetd From Dr Edmunds

has taught me science capital well...! Students are far more likely to retain information if its something they can already relate to! How to remember where core and crust of Earth is? Think of apples and pizzas! https://t.co/jsgIwqfUxl

17/06/19

Retweetd From Lyndsay Harris

Tomorrow our final GCSE starts in Art! We are so of all of our Year 11s for their resilience, good humour and maturity in which they’ve approached their exams and final day with us on Friday! Now to HAB6 Experience Day and Year 11 Grad! https://t.co/JMAqhH2XiK

17/06/19

Retweetd From HABCareers

This week's assembly was all about women in engineering. Thanks to Wendy from for her help and support https://t.co/DcWzDo6038

17/06/19

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Really looking forward to meeting up with primary partners from & at the beginning of July, would be great to see leads from and others from https://t.co/e5amybwH7I

14/06/19

Retweetd From Beaconsfield

Got that ‘It’s finally weekend’ feeling but no plans yet - don’t worry we have the best Saturday planned for you. First have brunch After attend a of And finally go to for poem reading: by Pedro Neves Marques https://t.co/9mN8gmcZGd

14/06/19

Congratulations to Leslie and to the and good luck to those who have their final exams still to come! https://t.co/fMRCTpqusg

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Posted on March 25th 2019

New Book Reviews, by Dan, Year 10

As part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, Dan is writing some reviews for the library, which we thought other book-lovers might like to read.


Murder In Midwinter 72656 1Murder in Midwinter, by Fleur Hitchcock

Murder in Midwinter is a book by Fleur Hitchcock, who is a crime writer for children. The story is about a girl, Maya, who saw an argument between two people on the street. The most important fact about this argument is that the arguing pair looked as though they were ready to kill someone. Unfortunately, they saw Maya as she accidentally took a photo of them having their argument. She moves to live with her aunt and her cousin in the Welsh mountains which is the perfect place for her to hide from the sinister pair who are looking for her. Will moving away keep Maya safe? You have to read this book to find out the answer for yourself!

The author presents Maya as a normal girl with a normal school life. But we can see that she is a strong girl as she tries to confront the issues that are thrown at her. She is also be able to change her cousin, Ollie, from an unpleasant young boy to a friendly, likable kid.

It is clear to see that the author portrays the emotions of the characters brilliantly in this book. According to my view, the story is not only a crime book but it is also a lesson about the love between family members. Therefore, it is not as horrible as you might expect a murder mystery book to be.

This is a great book for those who want to read a crime book but are scared that it will be too violent. Furthermore, I truly recommend this book for Year 7 and 8 as it’s full of mystery and intrigue.  However, I think that everyone could find something to enjoy in this book.

By Dan, Year 10


SnickertThe Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning is the first book in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

The story is about three unfortunate children who are clever and charming. These unfortunate children become orphans following a tragic fire that killed their parents. Throughout the book, the youngsters face many difficult obstacles which really challenge their resilience. You must read this book to find out how the orphans save themselves from all of these catastrophic obstacles!

The Bad Beginning is a very exciting book because the author introduces lots of strange obstacles that prevent the Baudelaires from being safe. The fact that the characters meet challenge upon challenge leaves the reader feeling anxious for them. Despite all of the obstacles that they face, the Baudelaires show their resilience as nothing can prevent them from coming up with creative and agile solutions. Only once the characters find a solution to solve their problems will you feel satisfied.

The author describes three main characters: Violet, Klaus and Sunny are the Baudelaire siblings. Violet Baudelaire is the oldest and she is interested in mechanical engineering. Klaus Baudelaire is the middle child and he knows a lot of information which he accumulated for himself through his reading. Finally, Sunny Baudelaire is the youngest one and she likes to bite things and she always uses her own language. For example, she might say “Odo yow!” which means: “How do you do?” You’ll soon get used to her language! The characters are interesting to me because of their difference in age and their various skills. Not only that, their personalities and emotions are revealed further when they try to solve their troubles.

This is a wonderful book but the only thing that might put off some readers is the truly unfortunate destiny of the Baudelaire children. They face too many painful obstacles which they should not have to face at their age! For example, they have to cook and clean for their Uncle Olaf and his troop of friends and at another point they have to chop firewood – with an axe. What kind of guardian would let children use an axe? Not only that, the climax comes when one of the children has to get married!

If you are worried about your English skills, this book may help you. Despite some difficult vocabulary, the book is easy to understand because the author always explains what the challenging words mean. Therefore you can easily develop your vocabulary by reading this book.

I recommend this book to students in Year 7 and 8 because it is full of surprises.

By Dan, Year 10


Book cover 1Murder Most Unladylike, by Robin Stevens 

Murder Must Unladylike is the first book from the A Murder Most Unladylike mystery series by Robin Stevens.

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have set up a secret detective agency at their school in order to solve any mysterious things that might happen. Unfortunately, nothing ever truly exciting happens at their school. That is until Hazel discovers the body of their teacher! Now they have to solve the case and prove that there was a murder! Will they work out who committed the deed before the killer catches them? 

This is an interesting book that children of any age can enjoy. Not only that, this book is perfect for people who like detective stories. The book is full of mystery, comedy and surprises!  

The author includes lots of mysterious scenes that force the reader to turn the page; the reader wants to read on and they cannot stop. Murder Most Unladylike is a detective book that kept me guessing about the next thing that might happen to develop the story.

Robin Stevens describes the main characters, Daisy and Hazel, as two girls with very different characteristics. Daisy Wells is a typical English girl who is involved in every team and society at school. Hazel Wong is a Chinese girl who is always shy and quiet.  Daisy is a famous girl in Deepdean School and everyone loves her whilst Hazel is a new girl with no friends. Their characteristics are totally in contrast. Nonetheless, they make friends with each other and become partners in their detective agency just like Sherlock and Watson. It is the relationship between Daisy and Hazel that I find most interesting about the book.

This book is great for people who want to develop their vocabulary. For the most part, the language in the book is simple but the author includes some sophisticated words that can help you to improve your reading skills.

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery or is looking for new and interesting words to improve their vocabulary. 

By Dan, Year 10