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26/07/21

The Department for Education is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England. Find out more at https://t.co/JsMuvGETvg

23/07/21

Pedro, Year 9, recommends Club. "Join Mr Hodgson and co and help take care of plants from the Sizeable Squash to the Minuscule Microgreens." Mr Ingham is very impressed, and even used the spare sweet peas in his own garden! https://t.co/M7hrVPhDiR https://t.co/rKbUE1NIhO

19/07/21

Journalism Club boys and their families at the premiere of their very own film about mental health at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton this afternoon. Well done year 8! https://t.co/s31l7VwtYQ

17/07/21

Year 10 boys enjoy a practical day last week. They had the chance to show off the knowledge they have learned throughout the year and recall practical skills from Year 9 too. Mr Ingham was thrilled to see so many 'Einsteins in the making!' https://t.co/Rj2Z441v4p

13/07/21

50 of our top students have won £10 Amazon vouchers! Well done and keep working on your development. is for life! https://t.co/0hd00tFDxa

08/07/21

Carla Price is presented with her Lockdown Hero Teaching Award - one of several awards received by our staff in the latest Pearson National Teaching Awards. Very proud of our whole staff team :-) https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/WttakFEkS7

02/07/21

Teacher Robin Sedgwick is presented with his Pearson National Teaching Award 'Certificate of Excellence' by some of our boys. We are proud to this year have four of our teachers recognised in the awards https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/gINnIOGSoi

30/06/21

Our Year 9 team won the apprenticeship challenge yesterday. Very proud of our boys! They left school cheering and buzzing having raised £509 for their chosen charity, Football Beyond Borders . Full story https://t.co/pKuKJkgwlO

30/06/21

Our boys enjoy an workshop with - using storytelling, physical theatre, poetry writing and visual art. London has lost its connecton. The local superhero ‘Empathy’, who would normally fix this, has burned out. Can our boys fix it?! https://t.co/xNud2Dwsil

30/06/21

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We delivered our WYZ Money (financial literacy) workshop to a great group of Y8 students at last week. Read our article to see what the students said: https://t.co/Y9n0arUmxe

30/06/21

Massive congratulations to Joshua - the first boy in the academy to reach 550 Harris Points which means he has received his Gold Lapel Badge. Joshua always works so hard and makes excellent contributions in every lesson. A real role model for his year group. Outstanding! https://t.co/INnbkG7MF8

29/06/21

The boys in our club are preparing for their final showcase in July. Harris Boys - full of talent! https://t.co/RjUDtReaf4

29/06/21

Students in Year 8 are learning about the importance of good financial literacy with . The workshop helped our boys' improve their understanding of personal finances and develop a positive and responsible mindset to finances. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it! https://t.co/YeBwTXkO2X

23/06/21

We are very proud to have four of our teachers recognised in the Pearson National Teaching Awards this year. The awards tie in with National , which is for ALL staff working in UK schools and colleges. https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/CtqiNIxKDQ

23/06/21

Today is national , and you can send a card to a teacher or school of your choice using this link. We'd love to hear from you!🙂https://t.co/d34kzTvTuZ

16/06/21

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Aged 14 – 19 and live in Southwark? Passionate about the issues that matter to you? Stand as a Youth Parliament candidate for your school, youth club or local area. Find out more and apply before 25 June https://t.co/n7ZJsDInNw https://t.co/3xXBODp9aR

16/06/21

This was a great session for our boys. Thank you 😃 https://t.co/zyFLjWI78l

16/06/21

This was a great session! Thank you .

14/06/21

Some of our Most Able students attended Christies’ Virtual Art Seminar recently, where they had to design an art gallery and decide which works of art to present in it, and explain their choices to students from other Harris academies. Full story https://t.co/AABjILEtyc https://t.co/550VMnkWYv

11/06/21

Retweetd From Strengthening Minds

Session 9 of our 10-week programme at the amazing today. Fantastic engagement as always from the boys! Mature, focused, and a genuine desire to learn! Always nice to receive such brilliant feedback! Great work boys 👏👍 https://t.co/HZjCVUFiDR

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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!”

Year 7 (4)

“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.”