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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 June 6th 2019

Wild Boy - Book Review by Linh, Year 10

Linh, Year 10, reviews a novel set in 19th century Southwark.

Wild BoyWild Boy is Rob Lloyd Jones’ debut novel and it received the Branford Boase Award. The novel is set in Southwark, London in 1838.

The story starts on an eerie night when the moon is the colour of mud. The Showman visits a workhouse and demands access to our protagonist, Wild Boy. The Showman wants Wild Boy to be part of his freak show. The uncaring name, Wild Boy,  was given to our protagonist because of his ‘monstrous’ appearance as he is covered from head to toe in thick hair. Sadly, he is also covered in scratches from fighting with other boys from the workhouse. Wild Boy was abandoned when he was a baby because of his strange appearance and he grew up in a workhouse. Isolated and away from the people in the workhouse, Wild Boy was full of loneliness and agrees to join the Showman’s freak show.

Freak show

Wild Boy’s freakshow home is part of a travelling circus. Whilst at the circus, Wild Boy meets other usual people and makes new friends. There is the acrobat, Clarissa Everett, who Wild Boy loves to argue with and Sir Oswald who is cruelly referred to as a ‘freak’ because he has no legs. Wild Boy’s life is turned upside down when he witnesses the dreadful murder of  Professor Wollestonecraft. People accuse Wild Boy of the murder and so he must escape them in order to avoid a life time in jail.  

Why does everyone accuse Wild Boy of the murder? (Hint: the moon was the colour of mud). Will Wild Boy let chance decide his fate or will he solve the murder himself? Wild Boy will have to use his extraordinary powers of observation and logical thinking to help him identify the evidence that will allow him to clear his name.

Solve the mystery

Commonly readers feel terribly sad about the protagonist's miserable life and the way he is dehumanised and treated harshly. It is not only the mystery that makes the novel so exciting, but also all of the information that Jones conveys about Southwark, where we live.

This is a great book that I strongly recommend you to read as part of your research for Creative Writing (GCSE English language, paper 1 fiction). This book is perfect for those who wish to challenge their logical understanding and for fans of Sherlock Holmes. To those who read  Wild Boy as their first detective book, I hope you enjoy the story and solve the mystery.

Linh, Year 10