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10/07/20

Welcome meeting for our new Year 7s. You can now watch a recording of the full session, including Q&A. https://t.co/9QeVeOeFKh

10/07/20

Summer's Not Cancelled is an online summer programme to help young people aged 16-25 in develop their and skills. Find out more and sign up at https://t.co/Ft80HLpkl2

10/07/20

Can you spare 16 hours over July and August? Will you donate them to a project in this area? Sign up for the "One Million Hours" programme and find out about volunteering opportunities near you this summer. https://t.co/5VLuLv9bTs https://t.co/vSlXc7DO72

09/07/20

FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. https://t.co/vzbuOw5TbG

08/07/20

Aged 15-19? You can apply for Words for Work, a virtual internship programme from . Complete a large scale creative project, take part in employability training, receive 1:1 mentoring, and creative masterclasses led by industry experts. https://t.co/g73m9m68Ku

08/07/20

Retweetd From HarrisDulwichGirls

Looking for summer activities? Find out more about this 'Summer of Food and Fun' programme for children and families in and . https://t.co/eP6j251HmX https://t.co/tZqQBM0voN

07/07/20

How will your son travel to school in Sept? In light of government advice, we want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing this one-minute travel survey by Weds 15 July. Thank you. https://t.co/sCx9MwbYW2

06/07/20

This week's competition - What have you enjoyed during lockdown? Send us a review of one film or a selection of different ones that have helped you through lockdown - and if they are linked to a book that you have read, even better! Details https://t.co/N0XcjkrUsB https://t.co/i4yK1DSXye

06/07/20

Retweetd From HarrisDulwichGirls

Southwark Libraries have some great events, videos and fun activities for young people as part of their . Big thanks to our for everything they are doing for young people in . https://t.co/54j1OkjYPX

03/07/20

Retweetd From Manor Estate TRA

Massive to & for arranging a today ❤️ These bags were used as a top up for our neighbours in need, already receiving freshly prepared meals. We are so pleased to pass on the parcels from to https://t.co/DdUaILMyXz

02/07/20

Calling all film-makers! Storyboard your movie idea and enter the Puffin Big Dreams on Screen competition. The winner gets their idea made into a movie plus there are lots of runners up prizes. Closes 3 August. https://t.co/mTeiWGzyjk

02/07/20

We are absolutely delighted the government has said all pupils can come back to school in September. We are today sending parents and carers a letter with an update on our plans for reopening in Sept. You can also read the letter at https://t.co/tJvBcUZ2Jm

02/07/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Thank you to all our academies who shared their strategies for supporting the most vulnerable pupils during lockdown by getting them into school https://t.co/PbhI870oSH

01/07/20

Thanks to the charity School Food Matters for making these breakfast packages possible through their funding. Families are coming in tomorrow to collect the breakfast bags (beans, wheatabix, bread, fruit and milk). https://t.co/kbRL2JsUhP

01/07/20

School food really matters. 280 students will receive two weeks’ worth of breakfasts. Many thanks to the Safer School Officers who came to help us get the breakfast packages together. https://t.co/pHTKEXoTXc

01/07/20

Have your say on the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Write a story in 500 words for the competition. Categories for 5-9 and 10-13 year olds. Closes 3rd July. You can do it! https://t.co/CprttbnXcG https://t.co/88urcLcXOc

01/07/20

One of Mrs Okai's is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. "It's a fantastic story that allows you to gain a deeper understanding of Asperger’s syndrome. I love it so much I have seen the theatre piece 5 times." Mrs Okai https://t.co/shafl5Wo1C https://t.co/7ni0XiLfmq

30/06/20

You're v welcome. Be great to have you back, once author visits get underway again!

30/06/20

'A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter' - resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. View and download at https://t.co/qV2guXnJgW https://t.co/pzFjcXik7C

30/06/20

All this week we're celebrating the 'books that make us'. Author Bali Rai is popular with our boys and visited our school in 2017 (pictured). Find out which books encouraged to become a writer at https://t.co/shafl5Wo1C https://t.co/BnOjiKqYIy

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What Year 7 Boys Say...

Everyone was in Year 7 once. So we asked Mohammed, Abdulahi, Ty-Rhys, Joshua and Dylan (pictured) to look back on their first weeks of school. 

The five all came from different primary schools - Oliver Goldsmiths, Brunswick Park, Goose Green, Rathfern and Heber – but all managed to make new friends.

Year 7 (1)


Making friends

“I was a bit nervous about making friends but it’s been easier than I thought it would be,” says Abdulahi.

Joshua says: “When I first came I was sort of in between excited and nervous but making friends has been quite easy for me through sport, because I’ve met a lot of boys who like sport.”

Mohammed was a bit worried because two of his best friends from primary school didn’t come to Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich. But he’s made new friends he says. “I met this boy and we’ve helped each other. I’ve helped him and he’s helped me with things like finding classrooms.”

Year 7 (3)

"My favourite lesson is Maths because it works my brain.” Ty-Rhys (right).


The work

“The biggest difference to primary school is the work,” said Ty-Rhys. “It’s harder and makes your brain work. But actually my favourite lesson is Maths because it works my brain more.” Dylan's favourite lesson is science. “It’s really cool because you can go to science club and do experiments,” he says. “Yesterday we did a density tower and it was really good.


More responsibility

At secondary school you have to take more responsibility, says Abdulahi. “For example at primary school we had allocated pegs or lockers but in secondary school you have to take care of your stuff yourself, so it’s not like you can put it anywhere and slack off for a bit.”

Wearing the uniform is different too. “It’s heavier for a start!” says Joshua, while Mohammed says he's making extra effort to look smart. “My cousin comes here and he told me if your shirt is not tucked in you get detention so I was checking my shirt all the time!”

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“My cousin comes here and he told me if your shirt is not tucked in you get detention so I was checking my shirt all the time!” Mohammed


Work and Fun

Mohammed's favourite lesson is dance, “because the teacher is fun so we do work but we also have fun,” he says. Joshua agrees that school can be fun."You can have fun in lessons as well as work," he says. “You balance it out. You work and then you have the fun when the work is done.”

They all admit it took a little while to find their way around their new school. “It was a bit hard at first,” says Ty-Rhys. “I got lost twice trying to find my lesson but now it's easier. The hardest thing for me has been learning to tie my tie in the morning. My uncle had to show me how to do it.”


School meals

And they agree on one very important point: the school meals are good. “I like it on a Wednesday especially because we have roast,” says Abdulahi. Joshua prefers packed lunch. “If you bring your own dinner you don’t have to wait in line so it saves time,” he says.

So what are the boys say they were most looking forward to about the rest of Year 7? “The trips,” says Abdulahi. “Especially if there are any residential trips that mean we get to stay away.”