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Looking for something new to learn about on this sunny Bank Holiday? Check out the Lots of interesting articles on a range of topics are available!


to everyone in our community who has been celebrating!


Thanks for all you are doing too! Glad to have played a small part ❤️


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What a brilliant way to spend Day 5 of , distributing over 300 breakfast boxes to our community, thank you


Another lovely message from a HAB girl for . We're loving receiving them! Thank you so much :-)


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Pls RT. Aged 14+ join us tonight from 5pm for to discuss . We will be joined by our friends from - Please email / DM to register and we will send you details. Thank you


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Great work from Ella in Year 7! Ms Burgess was very impressed! Our Shakespearean Women unit has been really exciting and students have learned lots of key words like submissive, patriarchal and superior!


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From all of us to all of you, thank you. ❤️


Thank you to our wonderful HAB girls for all their messages, sent this week to mark


We're very of the amazing messages our girls are sending this week, to mark . This one from a Year 10 HAB girl...


A lovely message from a Year 10 HAB girl for


A week of messages, sent by our girls for . "I would like to thank Miss Swistun for always replying at lightening speed to my emails and helping me when I don't understand." Year 10 HAB girl


message from a Yr 9 student: "I would like to thank Ms Newell for helping me on my computing homework. You’ve helped me sooo much on Tynker and thanks to you I now understand more. You’ve been so much help and I appreciate the fact that you’ve take time to help me."


Our girls are sending messages this week, to say to someone in our community. "I would like to thank every single teacher at HAB! They have helped us even though we are at home by giving us a virtual school (including my violin lessons online)."


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That’s great Lily! So glad you are enjoying you book. Make sure to check out Ms Morris’s recommendations on the website when you’re finished!


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Check out what Ms Morris, Ms Nicky and Ms Logan are reading during . What have you been reading? Let us know!


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It’s and we need to remember how important it is to check in with others and to look after ourselves. Please pick up the phone, have that chat you’ve been meaning to have... 😊


Our staff are enjoying reading today for . Ms Morris is reading 'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi. Ms Nicky is reading 'Love Beyond Reason' by John Ortberg. Ms Logan is reading 'Exciting Times' by Naoise Dolan. Do tell us what you are reading!


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On Wellbeing Wednesday and Day 3 of I take students on a little walk to discuss the theme of Enjoy!

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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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