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WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY! ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾 Please RT / share with young people. Aged 14+? Please join us Friday 05/06 for - interactive discussion on issues that affect young people - - Please email /DM to book and we will send you details. Thank you ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾


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Need some help getting started with that comic or graphic novel? (=^.^=) Tune in to our Festival of Words channel today at 4pm when Nigel from shares tips on story-boarding Set yourself a reminder here ->


See how our classrooms have changed to support . We're really looking forward to seeing our Year 10 and 12 boys again from June 15th. Find out about more our changes at


School reopens to Year 10 on Mon 15th June, and we've made lots of changes to keep our boys and staff safe through . We can't wait to see our Year 10 boys again! Find our how we've adapted our classrooms, corridors and canteen at


Ali hits Mr Miller for six in the playground today.


Mr May and Mr Miller leading a workout in school today. Keep up!


We've made a short video assembly, including live prize draws, to celebrate the amount of work, effort and support that our school community is giving each other during this difficult time. Hope you enjoy it!


This week's reading competition... design a book cover. Think of one of your favourite books and redesign the cover. How will you tempt other readers to discover the book? Win a FREE book of your choice delivered to your door. Find out more


Ryan, Year 8, has made this Word Search using the titles of the books. Check out Ryan's word search at And congrats to Ryan for winning last week's reading competition!


J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter.


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***COMPETITION*** Aged 11-17? If you want to be a voice of hope during these challenging times why not get creative and use your imagination to create a short yet powerful piece. Enter our and have the chance to win a prize!


Konnie Huq's writing tips, as part of Festival of Words. Online today from 2pm


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Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin! The Southwark Festival of Words is back, with a host of talented writers, storytellers and artists ready to capture your imagination. It’s all premiering on YouTube from 26 May. Find out more at


Enter our Virtual Performing Arts Showcase. Think you've got a performance worth sharing?! Enter by 7th June.


To our boys who are fans of David Walliams... Chichester Theatre's production of Walliams' 'The Midnight Gang' is available to view for free until 29 May


Daniel in Year 10 has written some reflections on our times, which we wanted to share with you. "The world is in a dire state right now. It may seem like there is no way out, but that is not true." Read Daniel's article in full


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Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today!


More pictures from our teachers' this week. We've been making cakes with the theme of lockdown. Some cracking cakes - tasty! See all the entries at

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Reading at Home - Design a Book Cover Competition

Win a FREE book of your choice delivered to your door with the latest in our weekly reading competitionsSee winners from previous weeks.

This week - Design a book cover

CoversThis week - design a book cover for a favourite book. They say 'Never judge a book by its cover' but the cover design is so important and one of the first things that helps draw you to a book.

Think of one of your favourite books and redesign the cover. How will you tempt other readers to discover the book? What will you show? Don't forget the title and author and any key quotes you want to include. To you help inspire you, we will be featuring some of the shortlisted titles from the Kate Greenaway Award 2020 in our Reads of the Day this week.

Take a photo of your finished design and email it to me, Ms Mead, at by the end of Friday 5 June. The winner will be announced at lunchtime on Monday 8 June.

PS All entries will get 10 Harris Points and count towards a prize draw for £5 and £10 Amazon Vouchers. Good luck!

Reads of the Day

Every school day we're posting a new link to an author or book that we know our boys love. Do email me, Ms Mead, if you have a suggestion of a book or author to feature.

Patrick Ness

The acclaimed Old Vic theatre production of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (one of our DEAR Time titles), is available to watch free online from 7pm on 5 June for one week. Click here to watch the trailer and get all the details.

Patrick's latest book, Burn, was published in May, and features FBI agents and dragons! Visit his website for more information, a sample chapter to read, and links to video reviews.

June 5 is World Environment Day! Action for our planet is more important than ever. Click here to see what's going on, get involved and test your knowledge in a great biodiversity quiz.

Alex Rider on TV!

The new Alex Rider series arrives on Amazon Prime today! Find out all the details and watch the trailer here. Twenty years since Stormbreaker was published, Anthony Horowitz's latest book, Nightshade, came out last month. Hear him talk about the new book, read an extract and answer readers' questions.

And for super fans, click here to watch Anthony reveal his Top 5 Alex Rider greatest escapes (contains spoilers if you haven't read all the books!).

David Almond - The Dam

Another of our favourite authors shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal this year is David Almond, author of Skellig. He has teamed up with illustrator Levi Pinfold to create the hauntingly beautiful book, The Dam. The book explores the music and poetry of a village in the valley that was flooded to create Kielder Water in Northumberland 40 years ago. You can listen to David talking about the book and the creation of the lake here.

And for inspiration for our book cover competition, click here to find out about David Almond's favourite childhood book which had a very special cover.

Kwame Alexander rocks!

Kwame Alexander, the hugely popular author of Booked, Rebound and The Crossover, is shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal this year, with his book The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. His poem remembers unafraid and unbowed figures from black history - watch him read aloud from it here.

And fans of Kwame's previous books will love this funny interview with him. Check out his passion: "If you don't like reading, I get it. I think you've got to read poetry. Pick out one poem. Poetry rocks ya'll."

Fantastic illustrated books

On 17 June the winner of the annual Kate Greenaway Medal for the best illustrated book 2020 will be announced. Check out the inspirational shortlist here.

Many of you will know the wonderful style of Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival, which we have in our library. His shortlisted title imagines a whole host of animals in bizarre settings in the inner city - maybe not so strange now with sightings of goats and deer wandering in to our towns during lockdown! Have a look at it here and take a peek at Shaun Tan at work in his studio in this video.

See previous 'Reads of the Day' in our Reads of the Day archive.

Southwark Library online

Southwark Libraries have a great e-library, accessed through BorrowBox, where you can download books and audiobooks for free. If you do not have a Southwark Library membership, you can join now for 90 days without a signed application form (you do not need to be a Southwark resident). Join Southwark Library Once you have your membership number, log in to BorrowBox. If you are a member of other London borough libraries you can access them using the Libby app through

Other sources of books

Project Gutenberg is completely free and good for classic fiction, books in other languages and older non-fiction.

If you have Amazon Prime you get access to Prime Reading which has over a thousand books (fiction, non-fiction, children's books), comics and magazines free to download.

Currently the free 30 day trial for Kindle Unlimited on Amazon is easy to double up to 60 days through PC magazine and other sites. You just need to remember to cancel before the end of the trial to avoid payment starting. 

There is a free 30 day trial for Audible's audiobooks.

The World Book Day website has several complete audio books for all ages which are completely free to listen to.

Wondering what to read?

Download Ms Mead's top picks for horror, sci fi, World War II, humour, fantasy and more besides, in our new 'top picks' lists below. Happy reading!