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27/11/19

Rayane has won our Recycled Art Competition, for this fantastic chair made from plastic bottles, lids and packaging. Our Student Council is taking the lead on improving recycling at the school, with further projects to come! https://t.co/eQOwjOlbrE

25/11/19

We were honoured to welcome Holocaust survivor Harry Olmer to the school last week. Mr Olmer (pictured with Daquan, Year 11) gave an incredibly emotional and thought-provoking testimony of his life. Thanks to for their support. https://t.co/ikqJW2naeF

22/11/19

Thanks to for visiting yesterday to talk to Year 10 about in publishing. “I found it really interesting to find out more about graphic design and would love to do this for my Year 10 Work Experience,” said Michael. Find out more: https://t.co/Ed9bI14TFV https://t.co/Oq3BnyO5Pb

22/11/19

“I definitely would love to come to Imperial College. The courses they have on offer and the university itself is very appealing”. Our trip there made a big impression on Syed and other students! Thanks to for welcoming us. https://t.co/BMrd3YTozT

22/11/19

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We are out again for week. Today we are at talking to year ten students about the sorts of careers available in the world of publishing.

20/11/19

Big thank you to Chris Bradford, author of the series, for his recent visit to our school. Chris appeared dressed in a dramatic full-length black outfit complete with a genuine samurai sword. “He was awesome, probably the best author I’ve seen," said Hassan https://t.co/8gYXjhnOqj

16/11/19

On 21st November 2019, students will hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Harry Olmer, in a visit organised with . It is a privilege for us to welcome Mr Olmer to our school and his testimony will remain a powerful reminder of the horrors so many experienced. https://t.co/FhZWizwJpr

16/11/19

Well done to boys who have already notched up 150+ Harris Points this term. Each one now has their very own bronze lapel badge to wear with pride. Well done everyone. Who will be the first to reach 250+ points and earn a silver badge?! https://t.co/H5u28l9IQl

11/11/19

Sebastian, Year 11, plays the Last Post during the two minutes' silence our boys observed this morning for https://t.co/5RSeG8WTac

11/11/19

Our Sixth Form Open Evening is this Thursday 14 November, 5-6.30pm. Come along to meet our students and staff and learn more about our Sixth Form. We look forward to welcoming you.

08/11/19

Mr Ingham, Roman, Jamie, Amara, David and whole of HBAED wish best of luck tonight! https://t.co/xsZwE1ffyN

04/11/19

Harris Dulwich Boys and are in the top 20 schools in the UK, according to the Fair Secondary School Index – a new way of measuring students’ progress which aims to take their backgrounds into account. Find out more https://t.co/GNXzD86QWr https://t.co/XHiDnst9xc

04/11/19

We are proud to be on the UK Social Mobility Awards roll of honour 2019 - for our vision that 'background should not determine outcome'. There are only 98 organisations in the UK on the roll so huge congrats to our staff and students. https://t.co/gYezZ0jMd7 https://t.co/JQERJrX0eO

01/11/19

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07/10/19

Aaron, Matteo, Nedas, Aaron, Bayo, Sviat, Gean-Carlos, Ali and Tayo enjoy breakfast with Mr Brett. Every Fri, students are nominated by tutors for 'doing the right thing' that week and get a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate (and their picture here!). https://t.co/M9meGMtYaz

03/10/19

...I liked the focus on ‘Truth’ in the library. Expectations of behaviour are clear and management of it seems very proactive. It’s fantastic to have a former pupil back teaching in the school. Congratulations on all of this."

03/10/19

Nice comment after our open morning :-) "Our tour guide led well and showed us everything we could possibly want to see. We met enthusiastic teachers and engaged pupils. My son was amazed at how clean and tidy the buildings looked...

03/10/19

The U14 London Youth Basketball League tipped off this week at Dulwich College, where our boys emphatically represented the academy with a huge performance - unbeaten after their first three games. Well done to all the teams who made the event so memorable! https://t.co/6xuhCQJw7W

30/09/19

We were very pleased to welcome over 200 visitors to the admissions drop-in session today. There are additional sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday 1 and 2 October between 8.30-10.40am. We look forward to meeting you!

27/09/19

Andrew, Brandon, Andre, David, Jray, Daniils, Bilal, Zwolle and Daniel had breakfast with Principal Peter Groves this morning. Each week students are nominated by tutors for 'doing the right thing all the time' that week and receive a free breakfast! https://t.co/Oo1tVd860M

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Posted on September 10th 2018

9/11 Survivor Tells her Moving Story to Sixth Form

Sixth formers at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich had the privilege of meeting 9/11 survivor Janice Brooks when she visited our academy recently.

Janice was working on the 84th storey of Two World Trade Center when it was attacked in 2001. In testimony that was often difficult to listen to, she described how people helped each other escape the building – treating each other’s wounds and carrying those unable to walk.

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Janice’s visit to the academy was organised by the charity Since 9/11, whose education programme helps students understand what happened in the attack and how it has changed the world.

“We have an obligation to teach students about the events that have shaped the world they live in,” said Head of Academy Peter Groves. “In my lifetime, there has been no more momentous event than 9/11 so for our students to have this opportunity to hear from Janice is very valuable. It will help them think about how they view the world, and also about the importance of resilience and supporting one another through adversity.”

“Engulfed by darkness”

Janice, from Essex, had only arrived in New York the month before and was working at her desk at 7.30am when the first tower was hit. She described how people were initially undecided about whether or not to evacuate, and then recounted the moment the second plane struck.

“We were walking along the corridor and suddenly there was a huge bang. I stumbled, I didn’t fall to the floor, and it went completely black, with dust, grit, dirt. The ceiling fell down, crunching sounds, banging sounds and then stillness. Everyone was coughing. There were probably about seven of us in this little corridor.”

Janice described how she and group of colleagues managed to prise open a door and escape slowly down flight after flight of stairs. “When we eventually managed to walk out of the building it was chaotic, people running everywhere,” she told our students. “And as we’re trying to leave, hundreds of firemen are running into the building. I looked up at the tower and where our floor should have been was this big gaping hole and flames. I thought about the last people I’d seen in there.” Sixty one of Janice’s colleagues were among the 2,977 people who died in the attack.

After escaping from the tower Janice made her way to her nearby flat, only to see it engulfed by darkness when the second tower collapsed. “My building started to shake, the crockery in the dishwasher started to rattle, the windows started to vibrate and hum,” she said. “There was an almighty crashing sound and one by one the windows blacked out… a creeping cloud was working around the building until I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. I was convinced I was going to die. I remember sitting on the sofa rocking backwards and forwards thinking 'this is it'. I almost didn’t mind dying but I didn’t want to be alone.”


BBC News covered the visit for the evening London news programme, interviewing three of our students including Georgie (pictured) about why they think it's important to hear Janice's first-hand account.

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“Eerie stillness”

When the dust cloud passed, Janice decided to leave the flat and make her way to someone she knew in Queen’s. She described the eerie stillness on the streets. “No birds, no traffic, no honking, no horns. It’s what I imagined a nuclear holocaust might be like,” she told our students. “Every tree covered in white ash. I wandered around shouting out ‘hello, anybody’.”

Janice eventually made her way to a metro station where people were very kind and helped her find her way to the address in Queens. She described how that night she couldn’t sleep because every time she shut her eyes she saw again the black cloud engulfing her building.

But the following day she and her surviving colleagues set up a makeshift office in Manhattan and spent the following days answering calls from families desperate for news of their loved ones.

“Admitting you’re struggling can be hard”

Although offered counselling, Janice refused at first. “I was British, after all, so it was ‘stiff upper lip’, I suppose,” she told our sixth formers. “I felt I didn’t need it. After all, nothing had really happened to me, had it? I mean, I’d not lost a husband or sister or anything, had I?”

It was only on the first anniversary of the attack, when Janice was given the job of contacting all the families and arranging a service of remembrance that she finally cracked and admitted she couldn’t cope alone.

Janice stressed to our sixth formers that admitting you need help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. “Admitting you’re struggling can be hard,” she said. “But don’t ever worry about being seen to be weak. It’s good to seek help.”

Now Janice wants to make sure people never forget the impact of that day. “Last year I listened to all the news broadcasts on September 11 and not one mentioned the attack,” she said. “If just one person understands more about what happened because of my visit here then it will have been worth it.”

Janice pictured with students Dylan and Jeremiah.

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What our students said…

“It’s an extraordinary thing she’s doing by coming here,” said Georgie, Year 12, speaking after listening to Janice’s talk. “It made me think about the survivors who have to live with the tragedy and it’s still very hard for her.”

Jeremiah, Year 12, said it was the detail of Janice’s story that really affected him. “Not a lot of people hear detail like this, about how it actually was for someone inside the World Trade Centre,” he said. “Once you hear the detail you start to understand the emotions of people trapped inside, some of them who never came out.”

Dylan, Year 13, agreed. “It’s really touched me and I think I’m not going to take anything for granted and it amplifies that you never really know what’s going to happen so live every moment you can,” he said.

Education programme

The charity Since 9/11 was originally set up to bring a piece of the World Trade Center to London to be part of a public commemorative project, explains its director Liam Duffy. “We now have an education project including talks like this but also workshops in schools up and down country about extremism, terrorism and helping children develop critical thinking so they build up resilience to extremism,” he said. Last term the charity reached over 4,000 children.


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