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This was the early morning view from HQ today ... we HAD to share!


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So lovely to meet lots of prospective Class of 2028 parents and students (albeit virtually!) at Virtual Open Event! Registration for the next event (30/09 at 5pm) will be live tomorrow!


Year 6 parents and students... join us on Zoom tomorrow for our first online open event - Weds 16th Sept, 5pm. Meet HAB staff, find out more about our school, and ask questions too. Hosted by Lyndsay Harris, Vice Principal. Register now at


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Is your daughter in Year 6? If yes, do sign up for our first ⁦⁩ open event webinar! Taking place this Wednesday at 5pm on Zoom. sign up link below


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Calling all can’t wait to see you on Wednesday!!! 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻


Are you considering Harris Academy Bermondsey for your daughter? Please visit our Virtual Open Day to find out more about our academy, including details of our live online open events.


Join us on Zoom for an online open event on Wednesday 16th September, 5pm, and see for yourself how we could make a difference to your daughter's future. We look forward to meeting you!


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Year 8 and 9 curriculum and information webinar on Zoom today (Weds 9th Sept), 5pm. An opportunity for parents and carers to be welcomed into the new academic year alongside your daughters. Hope to see you there! Register now at


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Today... Curriculum and Information Webinar for Year 7 (5pm) and HAB6 (6pm) parents. Other year groups on Weds/Thurs. Learn more about the curriculum your daughter will follow and the support she will have. Register now at


Register today for our online Curriculum and Information Evenings for parents, starting with Year 7, Tues 8th Sept, 5pm. Full details of all events and how to join at


Don't forget we're staggering start dates and arrival times this year. We're really looking forward to having you all back with us! Full details of start dates and times for all year groups can be found at


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So lovely to meet and greet our Class of 2027 today for Induction Day and our Class of 2022 students! Looking forward to seeing them again at 8.40am tomorrow


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So meeting the new - well done girls, you SMASHED your first day of secondary school!! 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻


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Hope you enjoyed your tour... if you want to virtual version check out the Transition Page on website


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And if you REALLY think you know your stuff, try the quiz... 🤔


Oh no, what a shame! We hope she’s feeling better soon. Yes, she will receive a warm HAB welcome and will be buddied up with another student when she’s able to attend the Academy. Hope to see her soon.


Year 7 did really well on the first day of the new 'arrive at school' routine. Don't forget we're staggering arrival times this year - full details of start times and dates for all year groups at

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Posted on January 27th 2020

Young Poets Perform at Tower of London

Last week, Ms Bailey’s Year 8 English class went to the Tower of London as part of the Young City Poets Project.

This annual project, arranged and funded by The National Literacy Trust, gives pupils the opportunity to visit famous cultural venues in their city, using the visits to inspire poetry. This is HAB’s third year taking part in the fabulous creative writing project.


Before a special poetry workshop, the girls toured a luxurious royal bedroom and a sinister prison that held potential traitors of the British monarchy.

As part of their tour, the girls were lucky enough to see the Crown Jewels up close and personal. The Head of Security, Gareth, whose job it is to look after the Crown Jewels, arranged for the HAB girls to peruse the priceless jewels at their own pace. The class could not get enough of the Crown Jewels and would have spent the whole day revolving round on the moving walkway if they did not have to get back to the all-important act of writing their poems!


Koh-i-Nur diamond

During their time at the Tower, the girls learnt about the history of the breath-taking Koh-i-Nur diamond that can be found set into the Queen Mother’s Crown. It is the bloody history of this magnificent diamond that was the inspiration for the poetry workshop that followed. During the workshop our girls wrote some outstanding poetry (see below) exploring the beauty of the diamond and the difficult history of British imperialism that surrounds it.


The students wrote their poems into their very own poetry note books that were gifted to them by the National Literacy Trust. The gasps of surprise and delight were audible when we presented the girls with their stylish notebooks.

At the end of the visit, students performed their outstanding work for the tourists who were leaving the room that contains the Crown Jewels. The girls’ words helped the audience to see the Crown Jewels in a new light.


What students said...

  • "I  felt a bit shy when I was performing my poem to the public but I’m real proud of myself for being so brave!" Andriele
  • "I learnt so much fun information on our trips. The Tower of London is full of stories about death and murder." Lea
  • "I really enjoyed seeing the Crown Jewels especially now I know that they are  REAL!" Aliyay
  • "The diamonds were so inspiring. I’d love to have one the size of the Koh-i-Nur." Susan
  • "It was really interesting to find out the history behind the diamonds. The Crown Jewels really are magnificent!" Isabella
  • "Seeing the crown jewels for inspiration made writing my poem so much easier." Ainara


A selection of poetry produced on the day


Fit for a Queen

Opulent, bright, priceless

A dark history emerges from the luxurious sparkle

It tastes of blood

Blue as the cold souls it touched

A diamond as dazzling as can be


By Mariama

The Koh-i-Nur shines bright

Under the dazzling light

It is  smooth and sharp

Like the glassy surface of a calm pond

The echoes of silver swords clash against one another

Betrayal and fear lurks  around the luminous diamond


By Vidhi


The Koh-i-Nur, The Mountain Of Light,

A shooting star high up in the sky

The mountain of light,

More like the stench of death.


It sounds like the cries of the innocent lives it has destroyed

Like stabbing my heart with my own knives


The taste of rage and regret fills the night sky

The darkness that hides inside has now been seen.


As the diamond shines the truth is revealed

The sad souls can now been released.


By Andriele


Behind the opulent, dazzling diamond

The dark, cold past shines out


The whisper of Duleep’s tears

Stream down his cold face


The Koh-i-Nur  tastes of ice: cold and hard


By Ainara



It shines like the stars in the sky,

The Diamond, The Diamond.


It feels like a deer,

in the bloody jaws of a lion.


The Koh-i-Nur  has stolen a life,

The whispers of  separated souls hover around.

The Diamond, the Diamond


Scars engraved

It feels like the crushed shell of a snail

The Diamond, the Diamond


By Mariam