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At the end of each term HAB girls have the opportunity to write a postcard to praise someone in our school community. They do so anonymously and 'post' them to be delivered. The idea came from one of our brilliant Year 9 girls.


Our Safety Online event for parents, due to take place on 19 April, has been postponed so that more parents can attend. Please watch out for the new date!


of our superb Mandarin Club!


"I would recommend other pupils from other schools to join their team so you could win medals but most of all have fun even if you don’t win." Read Mariam's award-winning blog post for of you Mariam!


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Congratulations Mariam on winning the blog competition


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to our Competition Winner! Mariam, year 7 from shared her first ever NJIRC experience and it is a brilliant read. Hoping to see you next year Mariam


Our girls enjoyed non-contact and elite training sessions this term, thanks to . “The programme helped me feel more confidence in myself," Niloufar, Yr 8 , , , Find out more


Our and Film Nights encourage girls to watch foreign films (and try different foods too!). “It really helped with my language skills and I loved trying the Spanish food." Iman-Olasubomi, Year 10. Find out more


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The title of this work is ‘The impact of a book’ and I think it’s rather wonderful


Special online safety information event for all HAB parents, Thurs 19 April, 5pm. Help your daughter stay safe online. Put the date in your diary and get the latest advice from experts. Refreshments provided!


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New job: Lead Practitioner for Maths .Apply now


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Thank you and for today’s STEM workshop


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Talking through ideas


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We’re problem solving with today at


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Soooo much legooooooo 😍😍


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How tall can you build your tower?


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Testing our with kits


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Excited to be at with for our workshop looking at the importance of play and problem solving though tech!


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So excited to have and in running a workshop for y8 and 9 this morning

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Posted on June 22nd 2017

Hi Habby, Pleased to Meet You!

HABby 1Meet our knitted mascot, Habby. Habby was designed by teacher Karen Harrild and is based on a pattern used to make bears for children in trauma situations, for example in A&E, where cuddling a bear helps them cope with frightening situations.

“My mum makes them for this reason and also sends them to Africa through a charity who make up children’s boxes of paper, books, pencils and other useful items, plus a bear of their own,” says Karen.

"Guess how many stitches"

“I started by making one for my daughter to take to Africa in Tanzania flag colours and that gave me the idea of making a HAB bear in the Academy colours, which we sold at the HAB Summer Fair last year.

“I emailed the pattern to all staff and several teachers made Habbies as did the grandmothers of two of our teachers. My mother also made us some bears. 

“I then decided to make a big Habby bear which people could try and win. People paid 50p to guess how many stitches it took to make one. Sinem in Year 9 won with the closest guess. The total was 59,703 stitches!”

Habby 2Knitting club

Habby has helped to get our girls get knitting too. “Amy Morris, our librarian, organised a knitting club in the library for Key Stage 3, on three nights a week,” says Karen. “Iman in Year 9 proved to be a very skilled knitter and completed a Habby bear for herself. Habby bears were sold at the Summerl Fair last year and many teachers bought them and have them in their classrooms.”

This year we have more Habby bears for sale and another large Habby bear to win. “We can’t do the number of stiches again so maybe we’ll ask people to guess his birthday,” she adds.

We are also making keyrings featuring Habby pictures which will be available at the Summer Fair.  

The HAB Summer Fair is on Saturday 15 July.