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12/07/22

Today was the dress rehearsal for our production of Annie Jr, which opens tomorrow! https://t.co/EtYXuKpa0X

12/07/22

The sun will most definitely be out when Annie Jr, our school production, takes to the stage tomorrow. https://t.co/Kac5HOg6JN https://t.co/mYMcGPtIaF

11/07/22

HAB runs a mini Model United Nations conference, with members of our debating team and HAB student government experiencing what is like to be a delegate of the UN! More at https://t.co/ajW02CfP4V https://t.co/5NOQA7fC2z

30/06/22

HAB students had an amazing time at the and literacy and business immersion day today. https://t.co/QzNGvygxt2

21/06/22

'Words For Work: Women In Leadership' programme helps girls develop the literacy skills, leadership abilities and confidence they need to achieve their potential. Great project! Thank you and for organising. Read more at https://t.co/JVYV6ympUy https://t.co/PLQIivpS3M

21/06/22

Come to our Year 5 open mornings 21st and 28th June and 5th July, 10am. Our staff and students look forward to welcoming you! Full details at https://t.co/NsEwtAqBOY https://t.co/yhsijQYhd4

24/05/22

Year 8 develop their skills through the 'Young City Poets' project run with . Girls visited St Paul's and used their experience to inspire fantastic poetry. Read two of the poems and find out more at https://t.co/M7sjcwcMbN https://t.co/ItoCV4J7Yh

24/05/22

Year 9 girls from our after-school club performed at an inter-school sharing event run by the Royal Academy of Dance in April. They worked exceptionally hard preparing for the performance and performed beautifully. Read more https://t.co/FIhj0e5Rdh https://t.co/WxUncmzzK7

09/05/22

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 . https://t.co/YBEvDMDVbF https://t.co/C8oqOWhaQu

09/05/22

Retweetd From Olga Leontiou

Our arrived at today! Excited and ready to represent Niger this weekend!!! https://t.co/UdE3SzfDJp

09/05/22

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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! https://t.co/yAIWta1zeU

04/05/22

Retweetd From Habiba Nabisubi

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… 🎨👀✨ https://t.co/4C3iAOo6ok

25/04/22

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. https://t.co/Ue0VYt5IkC

21/04/22

"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'. https://t.co/qJFaf4HHsA https://t.co/uqnLoMKKHl

23/03/22

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 https://t.co/O4rruOhOLx https://t.co/4aL9Bo9VtZ

21/03/22

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 https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/P95wH9roqs

21/03/22

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 https://t.co/TzGbzQSwAR https://t.co/3giV5JDJJg

16/03/22

Retweetd From Dr Hellen Hay

Super excited to meet the next generation of at our STEAM 2022 Welcome Evening on Thursday 🧪 📡 🛠🎨🎲 Year 5 are most welcome too ☺ https://t.co/Zfwhd5oxP8 https://t.co/3on3lMSBqM

16/03/22

Spot our yr11 GCSE Music students who were invited to take part in this wonderful event! https://t.co/VWxPV61SjF

15/03/22

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. https://t.co/qC8J12Mnam https://t.co/bM6dUPgTqM

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Posted on February 23rd 2018

Feminist Society Hosts Supper Club on Bankside

Women chefs, restaurateurs and food writers gathered at Tonkotsu restaurant on London’s Bankside last night for the inaugural meeting of the Harris Academy Bermondsey Feminist Society (HABFemSoc) Supper Club.

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Organised by our girls working with teacher Lyndsay Harris and photographer Leonora Saunders, the supper club gave students the chance to network with influential women who have developed successful careers in the food industry. Guests included:

  • Romy Gill MBE, British Indian chef and cookery teacher who runs her own restaurant, Romy’s Kitchen
  • Lisa Markwell, Food Editor of the Sunday Times and former editor of the Independent on Sunday
  • Emma Reynolds, owner of the Tonkotsu chain of restaurants.

The event also raised money for the charity SafeLives, which is dedicated to ending domestic violence.

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Role models vital

“We want people to know about feminism and what’s happening in today’s world,” says Botaina, one of the sixth form organisers of HABFemSoc. “Many people don’t know the meaning of feminism, they think it’s just for women, but it’s for men and women. We just want to let people know what feminism is and what we stand for.”

Restaurant owner Emma Reynolds (below, standing), who hosted the event, feels it’s important for girls to network with successful women in a wide range of industries. “All industries tend to be male dominated and that is changing but role models are really key in inspiring girls. They give young people the confidence to look up the chain and think ‘that could be me, I could imagine myself there’.”

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Ayse, Year 12, agrees: “When someone has a role model to look up to it can be the greatest motivation ever,” she said.

Ending domestic violence

This year HABFemSoc has chosen to raise money for the national charity SafeLives, which is dedicated to ending domestic violence. “It was absolutely brilliant when we heard the girls wanted to support our work,” said Penny East (below), Communications and Marketing Director. “We think it’s amazing that young people are so passionate about this issue and it really matters that we talk to this age group about healthy relationships and domestic abuse.”

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Over £600 was raised at the Supper Club, bringing the total raised for the charity by HABFemSoc to over £1,000.”

HABFemSoc meets weekly on Thursdays and also takes part in events outside school, including an event at City Hall last year where they met mayor Sadiq Khan. The club is a platform for the girls to explore feminism and what it means for them, and also gives them a chance to meet women from different professions.

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What our guests said…

Romy Gill MBE (below right), the first female Indian chef-restauranteur in the UK: “I think it’s really important these kind of events are happening. Having a good career isn’t just about being a doctor or engineer, you can be anything. Don’t give up. People will tell you there are many obstacles but never give up.”

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Lisa Markwell (below centre), Food Editor, Sunday Times, and former editor of the Independent on Sunday: “It’s brilliant to be in this environment with young women. Food is an exciting sector where women already lead. If you’re interested in this world you can have a lot of power.”

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Kathryn Nawrockyi (below right), gender equality campaigner: “This is a great opportunity to meet fantastic, inspirational women and find out more about their experiences. How often do you get a chance to see exactly how a restaurant works and talk to the inspirational women behind the business?”


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During the event HABFemSoc performed spoken word pieces and songs to guests, including this piece written and performed by Ayse and Botaina.

Generation after generation

We will spread our message

Generation after generation

We will continue to empower

Generation after generation

 

Our voices will be heard, not ignored

Our efforts will be seen, not turned away from.

Women will not be dismissed nor disregarded

We will not be submissive nor passive, our voice and strength will path the way to achievement.

Generation after generation

We will be heard

 

Women are hardworking, high achievers, and ambitious

We should not be judged based on our gender,

We shouldn’t have to conform to patriarchal values because we are perceived to be compassionate and caring.

Our gender shouldn’t determine our future nor our work ethic, appearance, and function in society.

Generation after generation

We will be heard

 

No more,

We will educate the women of tomorrow

Of their real worth

We will educate the women of tomorrow

To go for those high positions

We will educate the women of tomorrow, to be successful no matter their gender

Generation after generation

We will be heard

 

We will take action

We will stand together

We will achieve equality

We will unite as one

Men and women will be equal

 

One day

One day very soon

We will achieve equality

All women of different colours and pigments

We will be equal

All women around the world

Will be equal

Generation after generation

We will be heard.

 

To this generation to the next

We will flourish

 

Generation after generation

We will be heard

And we will be equal

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