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Year 7-9, it’s almost the end of your half-term holiday. Have you completed your Bedrock homework?


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Know her name 👇


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Although it’s very pretty, our garden at Yalding Healthy Living Centre is getting a little out of hand now! 🌿🌼🌻 Are there any keen in the area who might like to pop in and help us keep it tamed? 🌾🌺 Info:


Our staff during the hols! Ms Burgess has '150 Years Of Modern Art' by Will Gompertz. Mr Picton-Turbervill reads 'The Corrections' by Jonathan Franzen. Ms McFadden has 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' by Khaled Hosseini, and Ms Bailey, 'Girl, Woman, Other', Bernardine Evaristo


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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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Latest News

Posted on April 27th 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.

Download this message in Spanish, French or Portuguese.

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.

The 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 50 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?

Languages revised

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