Girls marked Eid with a special event on 6th May. They learned about the origins and significance of henna, got the chance to watch henna artists at work, and have a go themselves too. We also raised money for .


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Our arrived at today! Excited and ready to represent Niger this weekend!!!


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Our presenting their committees' resolution papers at the final General Assembly of conference. Well done for your eloquent speeches! We are so proud for your significant contributions and outstanding performance!


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thank you for inviting me to facilitate a workshop on my artistic practice and mental health journey; the experience was truly cathartic. ~what a fantastic group of young women. excited for next week… 🎨👀✨


A big thank you to tutors and HAB teachers for taking Year 8 students for a fascinating experience trip to Christ's College Cambridge. Students were able to complete a mini–Model United Nation conference and enjoy a tour of the college.


"Seeing a play in person gives you a whole new view of the production." Read an article by Jahnaey, Year 9, on our school trip to see 'Wicked'.


Summer Opportunities For Year 11 HAB Girls With NCS. Read a letter to parents from NCS, who are working with HAB to create summer experiences for our Year 11 students. Find out more


Congratulations to Najma for winning the "Outstanding Delegate" Award, and Amina for winning the "Honourable Commendation" at this weekend's Model United Nations conference. All HAB students demonstrated the HAB ethos throughout the conference. Full story


Well done to our Year 12 delegates for attending the Youth Model United Nations London conference this weekend. The conference focused on several global issues, with girls representing different countries and debating and finalising resolutions. Full story


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Super excited to meet the next generation of at our STEAM 2022 Welcome Evening on Thursday 🧪 📡 🛠🎨🎲 Year 5 are most welcome too ☺


Spot our yr11 GCSE Music students who were invited to take part in this wonderful event!


Very important business to discuss as our Student Government introduce themselves to Lord Harris. Our elected students discussed with Lord Harris the motivation and purpose behind our new HAB student government.


We celebrated with events around the school to raise awareness and start conversations around this year's theme of . Full report and lots more pics at


Year 12s complete their peer mentoring training with Kidscape trainer Danny Dalton, and are ready to begin their mentoring journey at HAB, listening and supporting fellow pupils.


“The National Junior Indoor Championship made me challenge myself to go above and beyond," Deborah, Year 9. Thanks to for their support! Full story


Any guesses who's dressed up as Jurassic Park for ? Clue: it's Dr Hay


We've got some special guests in school today for including Cruella de Vil, Macbeth, Mary Poppins, the Queen of Hearts, a host of Shakespearean and Manga characters and even a Cheshire Cat. All getting on famously and


Our student government in action. Find out more about our first student parliament and meet our MPs at


Our Year 7 lunch time crew in action. Tilly from Year 7 is the teacher.

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Posted on March 24th 2022

A Wild Dinosaur in the Restaurant - World Book Day 2022

MY7A2992Jeriel reports on what happened at Harris Academy Bermondsey on World Book Day 2022.

On Thursday 3rd March, HAB celebrated World Book Day. We celebrate World Book Day to demonstrate our love of reading and, by extension, to encourage students to read more outside of school.

One of the main aims of the day, according to the World Book Day website, is to, ‘encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.’

Many students dressed up as book characters from some of their favourite books, in order to raise money for literacy projects at HAB.

On the day you might have spotted the Mad Hatter working hard in lessons, the Queen of Hearts teaching Spanish, Katniss Everdeen teaching French, Marley’s ghost wandering around school halls and a wild dinosaur in the restaurant!

Click HERE to see lots more pictures from World Book Day 2022.


Here at HAB, it’s clear to see that whilst we have explored the pleasures of reading that World Book Day envisions, but I also want to take a moment to share the benefits of reading. Clark and DeZoya (2011) found that people who read more are also better readers and according to other research, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68%.

We don’t just dress up and give students a £1 book voucher. As part of our celebrations, we also give every student a book. This year we handed out:

  • Year 7 – Choice of book from the selection provided
  • Year 8 - Peak Peril by Sharna Jackson
  • Year 9 - Think Like A Boss by Rashmi Sirdeshpande
  • Year 10 - Letter From Birmingham Jail by Dr Martin Luther King Jr
  • Year 11 - We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Year 12 – Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe.


Quotes from staff

“It isn’t only for young children; it’s for the old and young.” – Ms Morris

Quotes from students

“World Book Day is a fun away of celebrating books with people who don’t like reading. It gives people the chance to become more enthusiastic about reading,” says Noor, Year 8.

“World Book Day is a significant event in the calendar because it helps people to see how much fun books can be.  My favourite thing about World Book Day is having an opportunity to express ourselves by dressing up!” says, Yumi, Year 8

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Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” – Charles W. Eliot

World Book Day is also a registered charity, that focuses on providing children and young people with their very own book. If you would like to donate to their cause, feel free to click on the link below:

By Jeriel