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24/09/19

Boys enjoy a special Principal's Breakfast for students who made our 40/40 list in their summer assessments - coming in the top 40 for both progress and attainment in their summer 2019 exams. Well done everyone! https://t.co/ISZthGK4Rp

10/09/19

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Our first roadshow of 19/20 is now open for registration and will take place on 30th September 2019, 4pm at - link below to book. https://t.co/J2WYYljNC3 https://t.co/AHrlmle0ee

03/09/19

Open evening and mornings at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich, Sept and Oct 2019. See all four dates at https://t.co/seSrHlbggm. First one, Thurs 26 Sept, 5pm. Our teachers and students look forward to welcoming you! https://t.co/YyzUE7pbPZ

22/08/19

Congratulations to our students on their superb GCSE results! “I want to congratulate every one of our outgoing Year 11 on their exceptional results which reflect their hard work and commitment to their studies." Mr Groves, Principal. Find out more https://t.co/FbUw1wX7IF https://t.co/XlQr7dVCzL

16/08/19

Congratulations to our Post-16 A Level and Level 3 Vocational students on their success this year, including Rayyan (pictured with Mr O'Leary) who achieved AAB (A* EPQ) and a place at UCL to study English Literature. Well done everyone! https://t.co/SgTqCH04WU

23/07/19

Nice email to get on last day of term. "I came off my bike this afternoon and I'd like to compliment the conduct of two of your lads who came over to help: they were extraordinarily polite, offered to re-pack my shopping and were generally a great credit to your school." 🙂

23/07/19

Mr Groves commissioned Hassan, Year 10, to paint this wonderful picture for his office. It is called the Empowerment of and reflects what HABED does to allow our students to flourish in the capital and beyond. Great work, Hassan! https://t.co/Y4eXxMaluJ

22/07/19

This short film was produced by our students during a trip to . What does a department do? What sort of jobs are available? How to get started (link: https://t.co/FuIYdIgTEx) https://t.co/7j13tr3j2s

18/07/19

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Last month we were delighted to host a careers day workshop for students as part of ! wrote about their trip to , which includes some great reflections from their students! Thanks , we loved having you! https://t.co/xO1PVvGccy https://t.co/F83RbqPO5Z

18/07/19

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Fantastic and rewarding day working on some Shakespeare scenes with year 9 ! Great energy and focus with some exciting work to share! Thanks for having us on board and for your brave bold ideas; a real pleasure!

17/07/19

Thank you to for welcoming our Year 10 students yesterday and helping them explore City in and more. https://t.co/n6ldIFXgy9

11/07/19

Very proud of Hassan, winner of the Key Stage 4 competition. Hassan has worked hard perfecting his skills in the art of oil painting, creating self-portraits which reflect his culture and identity. Find out more https://t.co/rnHxR1NDEv Great work, Hassan! https://t.co/bek58roRQP

10/07/19

Thank you for supporting our boys. The really enjoyed meeting all our wonderful business volunteers!

10/07/19

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Absolute pleasure to attend ’s ‘Inspire The Future’ event to encourage school children to pursue a career in the NHS and, hopefully, as doctors!

09/07/19

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Please RT. We are looking for dancers, singers, poets, spoken word artists? To perform on 13/07. Would you like to showcase your talent to your local community? Please get in touch. Perform @ Peace Event 😊 https://t.co/6dehSNV2RI

08/07/19

Here are our first boys to achieve 500+ Harris Points this year. Well done Faizal, Yvan, Lalloh and Calvin! We now have 21 boys who have Gold Star Lapel Badges for reaching 500+ Points. See who they are at https://t.co/t5jsbMQyXZ Great work everyone! https://t.co/fSL4248BtK

08/07/19

Download our latest school newsletter. Parent Survey results 2018-19; Southwark Book Awards; Uber Rewards Trip - five days to remember; National Maths Challenge - 23 boys honoured; Great Speeches; Spelling Bee 2019... and more. Hope you enjoy it! https://t.co/1PNohtoXRC https://t.co/rursAyohse

08/07/19

This image is by Yvan, Year 7, who has a great natural ability with . https://t.co/XirihCIu5H

08/07/19

This image is a collection of for 26 boys in Year 8. They had been working on tonal for three lessons and achieved really nice results. https://t.co/PXsX1UhX7E

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Posted on March 20th 2017

Our Boys Help to Launch Commonwealth Relay Torch

Buck House 3Fourteen students from Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich had the honour of being invited by her HRH Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace to help launch the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 14 GCSE geographers were official flag bearers at the launch ceremony of the Commonwealth Baton, as it starts its 200,000 mile journey to the Gold Coast of Australia for the start of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

The boys had the honour of carrying flags that represented some of the 70 Commonwealth countries and territories that range from India (with the largest population in the world) to Nauru and Tuvalu (tiny islands in the Pacific ocean).

Learning about the Commonwealth

Before departing, the boys worked with Miss Reed to understand the aims of the modern Commonwealth, including its desire to create ‘a peace-building Commonwealth’ through education and democracy.

Charlie Taylor said: “I never realised how important the Commonwealth was in creating unity throughout the world."

It was also fascinating to hear students' own stories about their travels within Commonwealth countries as well as to inspire others to visit these locations.

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Lawshall spoke passionately about his love for Jamaica and his gratitude at being fortunate enough to visit the country regularly. A more poignant moment was tracing the family histories of the boys and their personal connections to these countries.

Having gained a wealth of knowledge on the Commonwealth and being in awe of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games promotional video, the boys were ready and raring to go on the day.

Flag-carrying skills

The day of the ceremony started early as the boys worked with choreographers to perfect their flag carrying skills and ensure they were standing in the correct place on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. 

As the crowds began to grow along The Mall and around the Victoria Memorial, the boys kept cool under pressure and did not bat an eyelid at the world’s press who were documenting the historic event.

As Crispin proudly carried the flag of Lesotho, a small land locked region of South Africa, the organisers applauded his confident attitude and beaming smile. Another stand-out performance came from Tariq who carried the flag of Canada with aplomb. 

Red carpet

Next came the main event, as the red carpet was rolled out, the boys took to their stations either side of the stage complete with Commonwealth jackets.

The glorious sunshine, prestigious location and live music gave the ceremony a feel-good vibe. “It was amazing to be standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace and hear the live music of the army bands and to see many sporting celebrities,” chimed Simeon.

Buck House 7The event saw Australian singer Cody Simpson perform and talk about his love for the Gold Coast and the importance of taking the opportunity to see the world and embrace all cultures. 

Memorable

The arrival of the Relay Baton was memorable as Paralympian and commonwealth champion Kurt Fearnley (pictured above with our boys) carried it up The Mall and into Buckingham Palace.

Jamaal said: “I thought the eco-friendly design of the Baton (using recycled ocean plastic) was cool as it showed Australia cares about the environment”. Once it arrived, it was joined by the guests of Honor including The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Edward and Australian dignitaries.

Buck House 4The Queen then placed a message into the Baton that will be read out at the opening ceremony. The first Baton bearers were cycling phenomena Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton who spoke of the power of hard work and commitment.

Important job

Reece commented: “I couldn’t believe how close the Queen was and because she was in pink it was even easier to see her, it was just incredible”.  As the Queen left the stage she walked by each of the flag bearers to acknowledge the important job they had done; our very own Jem even made the BBC 6 O'clock News with his prime position on the front row!

All the boys left the Palace still buzzing with excitement and felt a renewed sense of the incredible geography of our world. This was epitomised by Harley who said: “It has made me want to work even harder at school so I can achieve my dream of becoming a pilot and then I will be able to see these amazing places for myself.” The day really emphasised the importance of hard work now in order to reach future goals.

All 14 students held their own during the ceremony and represented everything we stand for within the academy. Thanks also goes to Mr Connolly who drove us to the event and helped ensure everything went smoothly.

Miss H Reed, Teacher of Geography 

Below: Harley, Crispin and Adrian with their flags during the rehearsal. Now it's time for the main event!

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