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17 weeks in, 6000+ meals, care parcels of masks, sanitisers, little snacks & really strong relationships made through our food network at for all your help ❤️Lisa


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Enjoyed making this little lockdown vid w the school band for our virtual graduation! 🎶🙌💖 Mixing phone audio was interesting. 🤓


See a letter about Sept arrangements for our new Year 7s at this link Details of Sept arrangements for Years 8-13 are at this link Thank you.


A massive THANK YOU to all our students, parents and staff for your support over the past few difficult months. We hope you all have a great summer and really look foward to seeing you all again in Sept! 🙂


Watch the HAB Band perform 'Valerie' for our Class of 2020 Year 11 Leavers!


"Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Curious." Here's a special video message to our Class of 2020 Year 11 leavers from your teachers!


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Hi all keep an eye out for you Preparation Work for September. You will provided this in all your subjects. Check on Teams and on the school website!


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An opportunity not to be missed 🙌🏽🙌🏾💪🏾💪🏼👩🏾‍💻👩🏾‍🚀👩🏽‍🔬


Tara in Year 7 has made these lovely dolls in our academy colours to be our lockdown mascots. We’re naming them Dollinkas, or little dolls. Thanks Tara! We think they are really sweet :-)


A video message to our wonderful Year 13s as they embark on the next stage of their journey... we will miss you loads. of you, always.


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with brush pen:


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7, 8 and 9 with pencil:


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Today's will be the last tutorial for this term. How time flies!


The charity has created a great series of FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. You'll find modules on getting started with the internet, email, safety online, social media, and more. Have a look!


The National Literacy Trust has just announced their amazing Words for Work internship programme with Lancome, Great Portland Estates and Pwc! This experience will make your CVs and UCAS applications stand out from the crowd. Apply today!


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A great site to encourage our A-Level students to be informed of Hispanic current affairs. All summarised in just a minute and updated every hour!


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Right ... you can do this! - you've got 2 days!


Hello Year 6! If you are starting Year 7 at Harris Academy Bermondsey in September you can now watch a five-minute video tour of the school here. Let Dr Hay be your guide!

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Posted on June 16th 2020

Multilingual Families - A Special Message for You

Dear multilingual families,

As you are spending more time together than usual during lockdown, I would like to encourage you to use your native language confidently and assure you that using your first language builds the foundation for successful second language learning. I know that some parents are often tempted to tell their daughters to stop using their native language and use English instead, to learn English more quickly. While I understand that you may have been doing this with the best intentions, years of scientific research proves that this advice does not help, but hinder your child’s language and therefore, academic development.

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Download a letter with details of - one of the largest libraries of dual language e-books in the world.

What You could do instead to develop your daughter’s language skills, is expand the conversation in the home language on a variety of topics prompted by homework in the various subjects. Discussing concepts in the native language first will increase your child’s interest in learning the same content in English afterwards. Reading, or writing in English will become more meaningful, if the idea has already been presented to her and is no longer unfamiliar.

LanguagesThe five most widely spoken languages in HAB students’ homes are Arabic, Bengali, French, Somali and Spanish. We know this from the English as an Additional Language surveys carried out at the start of Year 7. There are an additional 45 languages spoken among our families and the list is growing as new arrivals quite often join us mid-term. Can you make it any longer?

While most of our English learners appear fluent within two years, as far as everyday spoken English, or basic interpersonal communicative skills go (BICS), the more abstract formal language of schooling, known as cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), can take 3 to 9 years to develop. To avoid any feelings of guilt, assist your child along her potentially decade-long bilingual journey using the languages you feel most confident with. If the foundation of a house is solid, she will be able to build on it in any language and we, her teachers, are all here to help her with that.

Thank you for all your support with your daughter’s linguistic development and education. Please do not hesitate to get in contact, if I missed your home language from the list, or would like to discuss any of the above further. Your multicultural stories, photos, or ideas are also most welcome.

Best wishes to you and your extended families, here and all around the world.

‘Chi va piano, va sano, e va lontano…’ – as they say in Italian.

Miss Fogarasi