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20/09/18

“I like school dinners on Wednesday because we have roast,” Five Year 7 new starters including from tell us how they are settling in at secondary school. Read what they say at https://t.co/t7gfDQxibe. Open evening tonight (20 Sept) 5-7pm https://t.co/T9DJ3MzilC

18/09/18

Retweetd From SINCE 9/11

Last week, British 9/11 survivor, Janice Brooks visited as part of our Survivor Stories project. Read more about her talk with the Sixth Form pupils on the school's website: https://t.co/rcOEwKBaGe https://t.co/MbUmrkYFuq

12/09/18

Report in on 9/11 survivor Janice Brook's visit to our academy https://t.co/hnGUpm1gIV

12/09/18

9/11 survivor Londoner Janice Brooks gave students a moving account of her escape from the 84th storey of Two World Trade Center in 2001. “It’s an extraordinary thing she's doing by coming here,” said sixth former Georgie. Thank you Janice. Read more https://t.co/rag2ctPbRZ https://t.co/53c8lZJIxD

11/09/18

Come along to our open mornings and evening this 20-26 September to meet our students and teachers and discover what makes our school special. Full details https://t.co/dnVXILnj28. We look forward to welcoming you. https://t.co/vUKbhYjIpG

10/09/18

Retweetd From Ambassador Johnson

Londoner Janice Brooks was working on the 84th floor of Tower 2 when the plane struck. She survived, but lost 61 of her colleagues. On Fri, Janice visited w/ to share her story so that we . Take a moment to read this: https://t.co/RqAKxhgsBw https://t.co/z2DiR1ARqd

04/09/18

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23/08/18

Our boys have again achieved outstanding GCSE results, including our best ever Attainment 8 score. Well done boys... We told you all the hard work would be worth it. Were we right, or were we right? Full story https://t.co/NM4ReLxYfN https://t.co/9jW5qQNkhh

19/07/18

We built a rocket in Science lessons during Cultural Horizons Fortnight. See it in action at https://t.co/uMH1I48LNY. And we made survival equipment so we can survive on a desert island (should we get stuck on one over the hols). Read a full report https://t.co/t5Es3EjQMF

19/07/18

During Humanities lessons, boys learned about the highs and lows of the reign of Elizabeth I by creating a board game. "You have just robbed a Spanish ship. Have another go." https://t.co/y9rUWFRJh7

19/07/18

Two days at Downe Activity Centre included fun activities to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and also conquering fears. Boys climbed a 30 foot pole, but could they make the jump at the end?! https://t.co/UIgcgaatXZ

19/07/18

Cultural Horizons Fortnight included trips to , and local museums too. Over 400 boys went on trips during the two weeks. https://t.co/urwZ3D6Boi

19/07/18

Our ‘Viva Espana’ days celebrated culture, and to raise boys' global horizons. And they made these rather impressive traditional pinatas (animal figures) too... https://t.co/vITjaR9Hmc

19/07/18

It's been Cultural Horizons Fortnight here, with boys getting involved in loads of engaging creative, cultural activities and trips to end a great school year... Read a full report at https://t.co/t5Es3EjQMF https://t.co/7S68QArJtk

18/07/18

"Could you please pass on our thanks to all those who have been involved in our son’s education. I am certain that he will achieve what he needs to for the next step in his education and that is in no small part because of the professionalism and hard work of HBAED staff." Parent

18/07/18

"I'm just emailing to say how impressed I was with the manners of one of your pupils (I'd guess year 9 or 10) who opened the shop door and held it open for me to leave. It was polite and considerate and I felt compelled to email." Local resident

18/07/18

We're getting some lovely messages from parents as the end of year approaches. Thank you soooo much. "To all the staff at HBAED... You are brilliant. Thank you for all your help in turning our son into a sensible, responsible and kind young man." Parent

18/07/18

Our athletes came third in the most competitive ever Sports Day last week, with a record medal haul. Well done boys! There's a great feeling of pride in our community for your fantastic achievement. Full results at https://t.co/NS7ihVNAqI. Take a bow! https://t.co/qHnPI0WKb9

18/07/18

"I feel really proud of myself." Well done to all 51 boys recognised for their exceptional achievement at our Celebration of Success Evening 2018. Full report and pics at https://t.co/OpiqauKv1p https://t.co/iU22obGQLn

17/07/18

Thanks Diego for the batch of cakes you made to say to our teachers. Much appreciated by Mr Ingham! Teachers like ... https://t.co/Fx8Wu9qQSO

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Posted on March 31st 2018

Snow Sports Trip 2018 - Pictures and Reports Here

Ski4.41We're home from our amazing 2018 snow sports trip to Crans Montana, Switzerland, and would like to thank a few people...

Firstly, and most importantly, thank you to the members of staff across the academies who gave up nine days of their Easter holidays to support the trip.

We were up at 06.30 and in bed no earlier than 23.00 making sure students were suitably supervised and prepared for their activities. Of course they all got time on the slopes but the students were always put first and we were a great team!

You can view all our pictures and films from the trip here.

Neil Johns, who has been updating the website for me remotely, deserves a MASSIVE thank you for creating such a brilliant news feed on the website and twitter. I really hope you have all taken the time to follow and feel part of this trip. Please download the photos and videos and cherish the memories created. I will be adding more pictures later this weekend. 

Our group of students were fantastic! Loved by the ski company staff, their instructors, our coach drivers and the members for the public we met for their exemplary behaviour and the big smiles. From the beginners through to our most advanced groups every student made phenomenal progress on and off the slopes. I would happily welcome any of them back with open arms.

My final thank you is to you... the parents, grandparents and guardians who saved up for this trip and had the confidence in us to take your children away. Its a big leap of faith you have shown but I can guarantee you this; every student had the trip of a lifetime and will have many memories and stories to share with you and look back on with a smile. Please, please, please talk to them about it, ask them questions and interact with their stories.

Until next year, THANK YOU! And enjoy this time with your family.

Kind regards,

Mr Connolly

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Friday 6 April - final day!

Yesterday's evening entertainment was the disco! The disco is always a great end to the week, with lots of different genres of music and an array of dance moves on display. There was even a dance off against another school! Everyone got a long really well and thoroughly enjoy the final evening. We'll try and upload some of the brilliant videos soon.

It was then bedtime and we awoke this morning for the final morning of snow sports. This was the most beautiful day for weather so far. It was super sunny, warm weather and not a cloud in the sky. There were Harris students all over the resort finishing their 30 hours of skiing or boarding in style. Every student has now completed a red run... the second most difficult run.

We had some lunch and are now on are way back to England. We are still on course to be back on time.

  • Harris Boys will be at their Academy for 7am.
  • Harris Academy Bromley Girls and Harris Invictis will be back at BROMLEY for 7am.

Please be there waiting and leave space for the coaches to park. I will TEXT you very early on Saturday morning to confirm arrival times. Please check your phones before you leave the house!

Mr Connolly

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Thursday 5 April - lots of pics of our last full day on the slopes

Day five was our last full day on the slopes. After a film or football night the groups were well rested and ready to hit the slopes again this morning. We had breakfast and then headed off. We were greeted again by the most stunning views this morning so please take the time to look at the pictures below!

As usual by 10.10am our groups were challenging themselves all over the mountain. We have no groups on the magic carpet or nursery slope anymore. What a great achievement by our students and their instructors.

Our beginner groups took the challenging run through the forest this morning. Please take the time to see some of the videos that were filmed - they definitely don’t look like beginners anymore.

Our other groups were at the top of the mountain and working there way down all day. By the afternoon our beginner skiers had graduated to the chair lift and got their first experience of the top of the mountain. You can check out their descent video of them coming down the mountain together in tough conditions. What an achievement in their first week of skiing.

Tonight we will present our awards and then we have the disco. Please see the report tomorrow for pictures of the disco and the awards. 

PS. We are due back at 7am on Saturday morning. I will TEXT you if this changes.

Mr Connolly


STOP PRESS: here are our award winners. Congratulations to ALL our boys!

  • Legend of the week - Jasper
  • Hero - Dariush
  • Best boarder - Jasper
  • Hard man - Shay 
  • Fastest boarder - Cai
  • Politest student - Deointe 
  • Laziest - Georgie 
  • Instructors choice skiing - Josh M
  • Banter - Carnegie 
  • Best advanced skier - Dom
  • Best newcomer - Liam 
  • Most improved beginner boarder - Adam H
  • Excellent attitude - Atay
  • Stepping up - Oscar 
  • Stick to the piano - Dexter 
  • Best S turn - Aymene
  • Best role model - Tyreece
  • Instructors choice snowboarder - Alpha 
  • Most repetitive saying - Ben
  • Most organised - Isiah 
  • Best attitude - Samuel 
  • Wipeout of the week - Alex 
  • Romeo - Brandon 
  • Best manners - Benji
  • Most improved boarder - Connor 
  • Best snowplough - Mico 
  • Always smiling - Tashan 
  • Best beginner boarder - Adam
  • Best dressed - Diego 

Don't you wish you were here?

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Watch more films from our fabulous beginners skiers on the slopes today.


Advanced snowboarders show their skills today


Wednesday 4 April - loads of pictures below!

Last night we were at the famous sports centre in Crans Montana. The students took over the badminton courts, tennis courts and table tennis tables and took advantage of the world class facilities. There was some great competition there and some students playing for fun. A really enjoyable and tiring night.

We awoke at our usual time and had a lovely breakfast and headed up the mountains. The staff took the time today to spend some time with our groups and take photos and videos. The conditions today were absolutely stunning, please take your time to go through the amazing photos and videos that were taken today! Our students have become so good that it’s difficult to keep up. Keep up to date tomorrow! 

Mr Connolly


Beginners skiers and snowboarders in action today...

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Ski4.41See more pictures from today of our beginners skiers and snowboarders.


And here's our intermediate skiers...

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See more pictures and films from today of our intermediate skiers


Our advanced snowboarders today...

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See more pictures and films from today of our advanced snowboarders.


And finally our advanced skiers on the slopes...

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See more pictures and films from today of our advanced skiers.


Tuesday 3 April - blue skies again

After a refreshing spa last night we were up for our usual breakfast slot and off up the slopes for day three.

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We had a weather report of rain however the weather report was wrong and we again had beautiful clear skies of sunshine and great  conditions to ski in.

As usual by 10.10am we had students on the magic carpet, green runs, blue runs and the red runs. Our experienced skiers even took the time to go on some off-piste skiing, very challenging and very exciting.

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We again spent our lunch time in the sunshine and had some food and drink before heading back off onto the slopes for the afternoon. 

We managed to catch up with some of our advanced groups and even got some great action shots of our snowboarders as they decided to board the whole way down to the coach rather than use the gondola. Some of the pictures from today’s session are featured here - our staff were out on the mountains trying to photograph students as they went!

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The group had two choices for this evening's entertainment. Option one was a relaxing movie night with the bar being turned into a cinema with fizzy drinks and popcorn. Option two was an active evening of sports in the local sports centre. It is the same sports centre where Rodger Federer sends his children for their tennis camp so you can imagine how good it is! The activities included; tennis, badminton, table tennis, pool and table football.

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Tomorrow we are hoping some of our beginner groups graduate to an intermediate level and take the chair lift to the top of the mountain to continue their challenging development. Watch this space.

Mr Connolly

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Monday 2 April - amazing progress

We awoke bright and early this morning to a beautiful sunrise creeping over the mountains, had breakfast and then made the journey up to the slopes.

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At 10am lessons commenced and by 10.10am students were taking off some of their layers as the sun was beating down. It was really the perfect skiing conditions.

Our beginner ski and snowboarding groups were advancing from the magic carpet and on to the button lift - a slightly longer and steeper learning slope to help challenge and develop their skills. They were hardly recognisable compared to yesterday. Amazing progress!

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We stopped for lunch and then hit the slopes again for the afternoon. Our advanced snowboarders spent the day riding the chair lifts to the top of the mountain and choosing various slopes to make their way back down.

Our advanced skiers spent the day travelling up to the glacier, the highest point of the mountain. It is so high that there is snow there all year round. They came back exhausted but with smiles from ear to ear having managed to complete four black runs back to back. Black runs are the hardest runs on the ski slopes and challenge the very best and most experienced skiers. So a great achievement to those boys!

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Our evening entertainment was at the thermal spa and baths. Therefore, we rushed our dinner to make sure we had a full evening and took advantage of the facilities. As there are no pictures of the spa I will try and paint a picture for your mind.... imagine concentrating all day on an activity that you find incredibly challenging and difficult. An activity that is potential dangerous if you stop being focused, while wearing equipment that is alien to you and you can’t fully control yet, then carrying all of this equipment around.... But then you get to the thermal baths, and step into a heated outdoor pool, a giant jacuzzi, with bubbles, sprays, water cannons. While you relax the backdrop is a view of the snowy mountains. It is heaven!

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We are all well and truly refreshed and ready to smash out tomorrow. Watch this space!

Mr Connolly

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Sunday 1 April - day one on the slopes

Last night we had some dinner before a sensibly early night in order to recover from our journey and prepare for a full day of snow sports today.

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We woke up early this morning, had breakfast as a group before getting our skis and boards fitted.

We then made the five minute journey to the gondola at Crans Montana ski resort. Upon reaching the resort we were greeted by the fresh snow downpour which created the perfect back drop for our first visit to the resort. The snow cover all over the mountains helped create the most amazing scenery for our students to experience.

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Students where then placed in their ability groups ready to begin the day. We have 28 borders and 41 skiers over a full range of abilities so it was over to the ski schools to plan the day ahead.

The beginners spent the morning on the 'magic carpet' getting used to their equipment and the new skills they have to master. The advanced skiers and boarders had a quick go on the nursery slope to whet their appetites before jumping on the chair lifts and heading for the top!

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There were lots of faces in the snow early on and the boarders will have few bumps and bruises from their first day but by the end of the day we were watching our beginners graduate from the novice slope as they snowploughed down in complete control.

We also had a great chance to go up and see our advanced group who were at an outstanding 2257 feet above sea level! A new breathtaking record for any of our ski trips. The boys were attempting the most advanced red run of the resort. Make sure you check out the videos (if I can upload them), some excellent techniques and a few wipe outs!

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The evening entertainment after dinner was a torch lit walk around the local lake which was a peaceful and cultural end to an exciting but very demanding day.

Mr Connolly

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Saturday 31 March - arrived safely!

We had a successful journey and arrived safely in resort at 6pm today local time. We were welcomed by heavy snowfall which bodes well for our skiing and snowboarding.

This evening we had dinner together, got our snow sports equipment organised and sent the students to their rooms to shower and relax. Come back tomorrow for the first full report!

Mr Connolly


We are in Crans Montana in Switzerland for the annual snow sports trip.

We'll be adding pictures and reports to this page every day so come back here to see pictures of the students in action.

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