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21/09/21

After 18 months without a game, school football fixtures are back! Our Year 10 team took the short trip over to for a local derby on their brand new 3G pitch. Great to be playing again :-). Full report at https://t.co/ma8GPd9Cx0 https://t.co/zz4W69ZB2U

16/09/21

Open Mornings and Evening 2021 - come and meet our students and teachers. We look forward to welcoming you. Full details of our open evening and mornings (including dates and times) are at https://t.co/RRfMzxwzca https://t.co/6ZEPO2N3uC

12/08/21

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Individual success stories included Abid Ahmed, six 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*; Anson Nguyen Dac, seven 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*, and Syed Ahmed, five 9’s, four 8’s and one distinction*. https://t.co/6gYnwkPNlg

10/08/21

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During the national lockdowns they lost around a quarter of face-to-face teaching time https://t.co/B5rSUHxt3i

10/08/21

Our Year 13 students received outstanding A Level and vocational qualifications today. Students have secured places at many Russell Group universities, as well as prestigious degree-level Apprenticeship programmes. We couldn't be more proud! Full story https://t.co/pJH0QfTDxc https://t.co/3pOjIhbL4G

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

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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.

Buck House 2Personal connection

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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