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Came back from holiday and I am so happy to receive new book Invisible Women as a prize from . Thank you so much 😊, can’t wait to read it. 🙌🏼🙌🏼


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One week today will be hosting their annual charity supper club! Staff and parents contact me for tickets! This year’s charity is with HUGE support from !


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HAB parents and staff please let me know if you would like a ticket! It’s going to be a fantastic night!


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Pls RT. As part of - exhibition celebrating the Old Kent Road's people/history We are hosting Event for young people - 18/04 6-9pm @ 231 Old Kent Road. Age 13+/Free! We look forward to seeing you there. Sign up using link 😊


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We are so of Leslie for winning her Everywoman in Tech award and for writing so eloquently about it in the Telegraph. We have no doubt you will inspire more young girls to pursue careers in STEM, Leslie!


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Another great workshop today with - the girls worked fantastically and demonstrated great teamwork, researching, reporting, and editing skills to create excellent front pages. Well done!


Thanks for a great session. Our Year 10 have loved being immersed in the world of journalism (as you can see!). A huge inspiration to them. Thanks to for the pictures too!


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We are here again today and it’s all very exciting, thank you so much Mena. Incredible workshop!


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We really enjoyed working with Y10 today. Excellent reporting & editing skills + team work resulted in amazing newspapers. Thanks for fab headline advice


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Year 8 students have been learning about Mexican food and traditions during this half-term. Today, they had a chance to enjoy a fantastic Mexican party at our MFL KS3 club: traditional dances, nachos with guacamole and even a piñata!


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Elizabeth, Year 12 (centre) was a panellist at the 2019 everywoman in Tech Forum in March - connecting, inspiring and motivating women in . Excellent work, Elizabeth! Find out more .


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What’s your big idea? Southwark launches £500k Positive Futures fund for projects co-designed by young people to encourage community activities


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Inspiring to spend a day totally immersed with our Faculty yesterday! Cement Bridge testing a particular highlight!


The first meeting of the Transition Focus Group ideas to help our new Y7 Class of 2026 make the from primary to HABermondsey (other chocolate bars are available)


We competed in the regional finals of the competition yesterday. Very of our young for creating their own sustainable candle-making business. Great for ! Find out more


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Posted on December 21st 2018

Spoken Word Event Celebrates Black History

Dan from Year 10 reviews our latest spoken word event at Harris Academy Bermondsey which celebrated black history. Twenty girls from across the academy performed their work in front of an audience of students, staff and parents

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Dan's review...

In December, our school celebrated black history through a spoken word event and it was amazing.

The show started with a Year 10 student performing her poem, Lower My Head and Divert My Eyes which is featured in the annual Harris Federation Poetry Anthology. It is about the attitude of society toward black people in the 1960s. In the poem, the author describes the life of a black woman who lost her job because she fought back against workplace discrimination. It spoke about the way white people looked at black people with “hateful eyes”. The poem highlights  the fact that black people had to do their best to prove themselves but their attempts did little to change the mind of those who held racist views.

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The second poem was by a Year 8 student and celebrated black women in our society. It shows that black women are equal to everyone else in the world. The speech told the audience that black women have their own beauty and intrinsic value. This poem demonstrates that although some people in society judge black women with an unequal eye, they still have confidence in themselves.

There was also a range of musical performances by students from across the year groups. Members of the HAB choir sang songs called Lean on Me and When you Believe which were uplifting for everyone to hear. A HAB6 student performed an acapella solo of a song called Oh Freedom which was written in the time of the American civil rights movement. The most exciting part of the show for me was the song I Feel Good which was performed by The HAB band. All of the members of the band are from Year 10 and they had some help from Ms Sillars on drums, and Ms Farina on bass. The song gave an excited atmosphere for the audience.

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The show took place in the Harris Academy Theatre which gave us a cosy atmosphere. The room was filled up with many students who performed and enjoyed the show. There were parents of the performers and also many teachers who came to celebrate Black History at the event.  

Throughout the show, the audience listened to all of the poems and songs about black people and their difficulties as well as their hopes in the community. I can feel that all of the people in the room have a clearer understanding of black history now. Not only that, the show was also a good opportunity for student to improve their understanding about black history as they researched ideas for their poems and speeches

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As an audience member, I recommend that all students join in with HAB shows like this one, either as a performer or an audience member. The show was an extremely good occasion and a great way to celebrate black history. 

What people said…

“This was a fabulous showcase that gave our students the opportunity to explore the history of black people. Whilst there was plenty of time to celebrate the achievements of black people, students also took time to acknowledge the inequalities that people still face due to race today. I was so proud to see our girls engaging with this complex topic in such a mature and sensitive way.” Ms Morris

“An outstanding evening of entertainment that really highlights the girls' talents for music and creative writing.” Ms Bailey, teacher

“It was brilliant. I didn't think I would ever be able to get up in front of people and perform like that.” Taylor, student

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“That was amazing! I didn't know the band was that good! I didn't realise my daughter was such a fabulous poet - I am very proud of her!” Parent

“I was very nervous to begin with but as the night went on, my confidence grew! The other performers were brilliant; I really liked the spoken word performers because I like listening to their stories.” Tiffany, student

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