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A huge thank you to Catherine Johnson for delivering some fabulous workshops with Year 7 today. Students left the sessions inspired and keen to write more!


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Final day in Scotland! It was the best experience ever and I enjoyed it so much!


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I’ve enjoyed this trip so much! I loved it! I had the best time ever and did things I thought I could never do


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gloves at the ready… come join us to plant bulbs & fill the greenhouse 🌷🌱🌺🍐🥕🍅🥔🥬🌶


Our students are all having a brilliant time on their trip to Scotland!


The first 'planting party' for our new Wellbeing is on Sat 9th Oct. Come and help us prepare our raised beds, borders and greenhouse. No experience needed. Click HERE for details and to sign up!


The student HAB Outward Bound trip to Scotland has arrived safe and sound!


We look forward to welcoming you to our Year 6 open mornings in September and October 2021. Full details (including how to reserve a place) at


Welcome to our new Year 7 girls on their first full day of school! of you all!


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From the pool to school: Olympian celebrates GCSE results


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Congratulations to Andrea from who has received fantastic today 👏 ✍️


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Good luck to all Harris students receiving their GCSE results today 👏 We'll be posting updates and photos throughout the day to celebrate their fantastic achievements


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And finally, it's lovely to see the amazing achievements of Olympic diver and student Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix featured too


HAB students are today celebrating another set of superb results. There was much excitement as students opened their envelopes and were thrilled to find that they had achieved brilliantly, with many achieving the top grades of 7, 8 and 9. Details at


A huge well done to our post 16 students for another superb set of results this year. Our students secured incredibly exciting university places, including to study Veterinary Nursing, Law and Pharmacology, with 25% of offers from Russell Group universities


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✌️ divers, 1 final duo and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix are just getting underway in the 10m Platform finale 🤸💦 Watch the 🇬🇧 pair on the 🔴 now


of our brilliant student Andrea! is with you all the way! 🙌


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We love this! 😍 Students, parents and staff have been working together to create a new Wellbeing Garden at ! 🌳🌻 The garden will contain a wellbeing area, a greenhouse and a performance area too. 💚🎤


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Fantastic work 🥇🥇🥈🥈🥉🥉🥉🥉🥉


Year 10 girls took part in the International Model United Nations conference in the Netherlands, representing Egypt, Chile, Croatia, Armenia and other countries. It brought together students from around the world for UN-style committees and discussions.

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HAB@Home Gallery

This page features some of the excellent work being done by HAB girls while they are at home. You'll find some great blog posts on HAB Insight, our student blog, too.

HAB@Home - Issue 16 - 26th February 2021

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HAB@Home - Issue 15 - 5th February 2021

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HAB@Home - Issue 14 - 22nd January 2021

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Previous issues - from 2020

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Revelations - Dance performance

Year 7 created this controlled performance, called ‘Revelations’, which Mr Creasey edited. The girls performed at home and sent their clips of a famous dance work that tells the story of African-American people from slavery to freedom. They learnt a set phrase of the opening from the dance work, to the gospel song 'I been buked'. This section of the piece portrays people who hope for salvation in spite of life’s difficulties. The movements suggest reaching toward heaven and being pulled back to earth.

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Household dance - by Mayling, Year 9

Mayling took up the challenge of creating a dance with a household item (such as a broom, scarf, umbrella), creating a narrative around the prop and the character that might be dancing with it. Students chose their own music, costume and setting to relate to their dance's storyline.

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"Titian red blood gushed out of my neck"

Year 11 English Diploma students have been busy writing their own narrative openings. Excellent work by Basma and Sahar!


The Merchant of Venice - Year 8

Jessica, Year 8, has made an excellent effort in her final essay on Shakespeare's play.

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More fantastic Merchant of Venice essays...

Amazing annotations and essay work by Ivana and Lillian in Year 8 on The Merchant of Venice! 

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Music compositions - have a listen!

Year 7 and 8 have been working on creating music. There have been lots of great examples, so we wanted to share a few with you here. Lily in Year 8 added a melody on top of the chord progression she created.


Inniya in Year 7 developed a drum track, including a breakdown halfway through the track.


Ayesha in Year 8 has gone above and beyond her usual music work to compose an original track. This is her first attempt at using Band Bab without instructions and it has turned into something worth celebrating. I asked for her inspiration and she has said: “I was inspired by the video that the teachers made called Times Like These. I thought I could compose a song about our happy memories before.”

Lyrics by Christine

Year 9 have been writing lyrics. These great lyrics are by Christine, who said: "To be honest, my true inspiration was the deadline... I was trying so hard to get any lyrics to fit ahah.. However, while thinking of lyrics to write down I guess the theme of taking every chance you get to accomplish your goals in life was in my head. There are some people who might have regretted their path in life and find it hard to get back up and from this we can learn to be determined in doing what we love."

Verse 1

There was a house on that hill where I used to live

Now there is someone in that place

I see my childhood in their lives, and I hope

They dream dreams just like mine


Go chase your dreams, go and complete them

When you fall get back up again, don’t give up yet

Press on to the light at the end of the tunnel

Just hold on to the hope, that was once mine

Verse 2

Your words matter, your actions and path you take

I was a fool to let it go away

Don’t put out the light in the darkness

I hope you dream dreams just like mine.


Go chase your dreams, go and complete them

When you fall get back up again, don’t give up yet

Press on to the light at the end of the tunnel

Just hold on to the hope, that was once mine

Movie soundtracks

Year 8 have been learning about composition and using their skills to create movie soundtracks or soundscapes. Their task was to build chords and a bass line in an online Digital Audio Workstation and then add some sound effects to create a story from their music. Three standout students were Ellen, Jennifer and Sakina, their stories are below. You can hear the compositions on the Hab Music soundcloud here.

Ellen said: "This is what i would image the soundtrack to be in the Harry Potter movies when Harry gets flashbacks. Harry finds himself in the perspective of his baby self as Voldemort enters his house and he relives the moment he saw his Mother killed. The voices are Voldemort trying to communicate with him but he snaps out of it as a swarm of bats emerge from the corner of the room and fly towards his face. The next scene he is found sweating and very mildly writhing by Ginny who asks if he is okay. He hurries off to Dumbledore's office. Picture it?"

Jennifer said: "There are two creepy girls singing a lullaby, which then lures a man further into the abandoned house he's exploring. When he opens the door to where all of the singing is seeming to come from, he sees a giant beast and he lets out an awful scream. The beast laughs in amusement since he's caught his first victim. The man becomes a ghost, however, doesn't know this, so when he attempts to pick up the camera he brought with him, it begins to glitch. The man yells out in fear as he realises that he is no longer living."

Sakina said: "A mysterious ear screeching noise comes along with the footsteps of a terrible giant. The radio is broken whilst the attacked man tries to reach support. He falls into a trap and falls; he lets out a terrific scream. The villain giant's messengers whisper the news that the man has been trapped and he laughs an evil laugh."

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Drama - Thesues and the Minotaur, by Nellija Year 7

"Well done to Nellija for her amazing script version of the Ancient Greek myth Theseus and the Minotaur, which was set as part of the Year 7 Greek Theatre remote learning booklet in Drama. Although we won't be able to use the script practically this year, we will add it to the drama department's resources and use it next year when we do this scheme again with Year 7 next year. Thank you Nellija for this amazing creative work." Ms Elsden

Download the full script here or see an extract below.

Narrator: A long time ago in Greece, there was a queen and king- King Minos

Minos: (Stomps onto stage and crossed arms with an angry expression)

Narrator: And Queen Pasiquae

Pasiquae: (Walk onto stage elegantly and smiles)

Narrator: Queen Pasiquae fell in love with a bull and then had a baby. His name was the Minotaur.

Minotaur: (Stomps onto stage aggressivly with an angry expression and shows off his sharp teeth.)

Pasiquae: (Walks off stage)

Narrator: King Minos became embarrased so he hid the monster in the labyrinth.

Minos: (Pushes the Minotaur into the labyrinth) Hide away you monster!

Narrator: The labyrinth was such a complicated place that no one ever made it out of there alive. Either they got lost and starved to death or the Minotaur ate them!

(Citizens of Crete enter the labyrinth and look confused and scared. The Minotaur eats them, and they die.)

Continues... download the full script here.

Biology - "Amazing attitude to studies"

Ms Cowley writes: "I wanted to celebrate Samirah, Year 11, for all her fantastic additional work completed during this time. As a Year 11 student she is technically finished her GCSE now but has continued to submit further outstanding biology work. Very proud of her and what she will achieve with her amazing attitude to her studies."

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Issue 4 of our weekly community newsletters for students and parents. Click on the image to download a pdf. This page also features a gallery of some of the excellent work being completed by HAB girls at home.

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Science notes - illustrated and accurate!

Emma in Year 8 has created these beautiful (and accurate) electronic science notes. Amazing!

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Issue 3 of our weekly community newsletters for students and parents. Click on the image to download a pdf. This page also features a gallery of some of the excellent work being completed by HAB girls at home.

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Biology - Plant diseases

Zoe C again has sent us some fantastic work she has produced, all about plant diseases such as aphids, magnesium deficiency and nitrate defficiency, with some beautiful illustrations too.

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Ms Nicky's review of The Reason I Jump 

Ms Nicky has written the following review for the students of The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. She's sharing her review here to encourage HAB girls to write and send in their own reviews too.

JumpIn this book Naoki Higashida, a thirteen-year-old Japanese boy, shares his experience of autism with the reader. Autism is a lifelong, developmental difference that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people. People with autism face challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. 

Naoki’s autism means he is nonverbal and cannot talk. However, with the help and support of his teachers and his own faith and persistence, he learned to spell out words directly onto an alphabet grid. Using this method, he has written poems and several books. Naoki wrote ‘The Reason I Jump’ because he wants his readers to imagine a life in which their ability to speak has been taken away.  

Through the book, Naoki explores who he is and why he is different from the other students. Using an easy to read question and answer format, Naoki explains why he shouts, repeats key phrases and does not follow instructions.  

Naoki tells the reader that he wants to talk to people and say, ‘thank you’ to those who help him but his mind ‘tends to go black whenever I try to speak’. He explains that his brain “has this habit of getting lost inside things’. Instead of replying to what people say to him, he blurts out phrases and sentences he remembers. He says it’s like hitting “a replay button I have no control over”.  

If you want to understand what autism is and how it affects people, you should read this book. My favourite quote: “Accepting who you are is a great starting place to discovering what you’re capable of doing".

Unequal access to vaccines - essay by Sabrina, Year 10

"We wanted to let you read this essay by Sabrina, Year 10, as she writes really well about vaccines inequality," says Ms Cavia.

Vaccines are an essential part to eradicating and preventing diseases, however globally not everyone may have access to vaccines, especially those who are in a country of conflict. Download full essay.

The importance of citizenship

Citizenship 1038x576Read this article by Michelle, Year 10, on the importance of citizenship. First published in HAB-Insight, our student blog.

"What do you do if you’re a new immigrant and want to settle in the UK? What if you have a problem you can’t solve? If someone discriminates against you, should you be silent? 

"This is how citizenship comes into play. With the understanding of citizenship, you will have the ability to stand out in society. Citizenship regains your confidence and it allows you to fight for your rights. It gives people the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with the democratic society including politics, media, civil society, the economy and the law." Read more.

Sakina's workout reviews

We asked a few students who had completed all their lessons for PE before the Easter break to review a few fitness sessions and their suitability for Year 7 and 8 students. Sakina, Year 8, has done a reflective and insightful review of four workouts which are designed to be fun to do, including with younger siblings. Thanks Sakina!

What was your preferred workout? My preferred workout was Jumpin Jax, because the instructions were clear and concise, the exercises were fun to do with my brother, hence we both enjoyed it! I felt good and refreshed after the workout was completed because we kept going and making the most of it, whilst taking drinking breaks regularly. I would be happy to do this again and I enjoyed the length of time this gave, similar to the daily 30-minutes Joe Wickes Body Coach workouts.

Did you feel the workouts raised your heart rate for a sustained period whilst also working for different muscle groups? The Jumpin Jax workout was one of the longest, although effective as it brought my heart rate up for most exercises on the floor and abdomen related activities. As this was a kids workout, I tried it with my six-year-old brother and it really turned out well and he commented that it was fun to do (pausing three times in the video to have a drinking break, as helpfully indicated in the video).

Nate Bowers fitness with kids raised my heartrates at some moments like squats but wasn't as effective as the previous workout. In my opinion, it would be efficient for children but teens my age may want something more active.

The Joe Wickes Blue Peter workout didn't raise my heartbeat as much as the other workouts. This reminds me of primary school P.E sessions and is fit for kids as for its simplicity of exercises.

This PopSugar workout definitely raised my heart rate, especially when the leg exercises came in, stretching my quadriceps and hamstrings. One of the shortest although active and really pushed me to the limits.

Overall, this was Sakina's favourite workout. Why not try it yourself?!

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Act 2: "Elizabeth is cautious about showing any emotion"

Ida, Year 10, has been making some brilliant Crucible character analysis grids focusing on vocal and physical skills.


“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay, to mould me man?"

Brilliant GCSE English Literature work by Ibtisam, Year 10.Great use of illustration to support her thematic understanding of the themes of Frankenstein.




Spanish - writing about school life

"Here are some brilliant Spanish pieces of extended writing that my Year 9 students have written about their school life." Ms Valentin Lucas. 



VacinationWhy is it important to vaccinate against some diseases?

Taiwo, Year 10, completed this excellent work for her Biology lesson. Well done to Taiwo for her great style, accurate facts and proper use of scientific terminology. Read Taiwo's biology work.

Treating, curing and preventing disease

"Livia, Year 10, has made notes from a link I sent the class, answered exam questions which I sent the class, and then marked her work the following lesson, when mark schemes were sent out." Mrs Adomako. Great work, Livia!



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