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29/11/21

The University of Kent today explored with our Sixth Formers the benefits of going to university. Students learned about single honours and joint honours, and the academic, social and career benefits of attending university. Thank you to for coming along! https://t.co/hVIgN6WcNG

29/11/21

Riot Act visited to perform a safety presentation to some of our Year 7 students recently. The boys greatly enjoyed the theatrical performance and learnt all about how to navigate the city safely and securely. Big thanks to for coming along! https://t.co/ibRQjRpgrz

25/11/21

Watch a film about how out students got to design a pavilion for COP26. The pavilion was designed by the boys following a two-day workshop at Grimshaw Architects and shows a deconstructed dome pulled apart by the symbolic hands of humanity. https://t.co/b8EqeQSrcD

25/11/21

A big thank you to the inspiring Ernest Boadu of for visiting and speaking to our Sixth Formers about their future pathways. “He is a role model who we can look up to and relate with from his experiences." Rohan, Year 13 https://t.co/2ymZIEWV92 https://t.co/sHXvCDGRzX

24/11/21

Our recent Awareness Event has really helped increase understanding of ADHD around our school. Read more at https://t.co/jdazV0Ks0f https://t.co/VzV4XgfoYX

15/11/21

We're very proud of our students who designed a pavilion for COP26. Seeing how our curriculum has real-world impact and relevance is incredibly inspiring for students. https://t.co/lu4C5av5uT

15/11/21

Adam receives our first Bronze Badge of the year from Mr Cooper, for the number of Harris Points he has earned. There will lots more Bronze Badges awarded this year but Adam is the first. Well done! https://t.co/sy8T6DbjdA

15/11/21

Alassane, Adam, Syria, Getty, Gethin, J’Dore and Max pictured with Mr Ingham. Each week students are nominated by tutors for 'doing the right thing all the time' that week and receive a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Great work! https://t.co/a9xGHa2Cqo

10/11/21

Thank you to local entrepreneurs Erenti and SK for coming in to inspire our Year 11s. The boys learned about the two entrepreneurs' journeys to success and about what's involved in running a business. https://t.co/66slJgIZyK https://t.co/io8yiGqo2P

08/11/21

Each week we nominate boys for 'doing the right thing' that week. Winners get a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Mr Ingham celebrates with our latest winners - Altana, Jeremiah, Prajenthan, Theo, Austin, Adam, Denzel, David and Abdulahi https://t.co/POB8wI3f2W https://t.co/SiDk8HVPUa

04/11/21

Very proud of our boys who won prizes in the Sam King Windrush Awards, which invited children to write short stories about the men and women who travelled on the MV Empire Windrush in 1948. Well done Nate and David! Details and winning stories at https://t.co/hGoBae0z6R https://t.co/InQtt6VPJj

04/11/21

Well done and good luck in the next round! We look foward to meeting again! https://t.co/MJkjKW6R5V

01/11/21

We're very proud of our students who helped to design this pavilion for , built by and , and showing the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome. More at https://t.co/nNtWS1ZA2E https://t.co/fZDEW81vCw

26/10/21

A pavilion designed by students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich is being built for . Designed in a project with and , the design shows the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome, showing our impact on the planet. More at https://t.co/PJe6JeIhk9 https://t.co/nOHNsdlIJB

15/10/21

Year 11 - looking for past papers and other revision resources, in preparation for the mock exams after the holdiday? Find them all at https://t.co/ExPfzZeoNn

14/10/21

Boys in Years 7-9 were honoured today at a Principal's Breakfast for coming in the top 40 for both 'Attitude to Learning' and 'Attainment' in the summer assessments. Great work everyone! https://t.co/Rti12Vg13u https://t.co/zK8mPo9lts

14/10/21

Black history is everyone's history. This month we are marking and adding extra events to the many already integrated within our curriculum, celebrating Black history. Read more https://t.co/X8v7x7pCN7 https://t.co/OXJkNlvR6O

07/10/21

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Huge thanks to for the "So you want to be a game designer" talk today & to the for organising it. It was a pleasure to see engagement levels of pupils at as well as those at , &more https://t.co/pBgqtOQjZt

07/10/21

Year 10 Football - Alleyns 2 – 3 HBAED Our Year 10 football team travelled to this week for our first ever fixture against this school. Our boys won an excellent game 3-2 on one of the nicest pitches you will ever play on! Report at https://t.co/Jwlti86mP7 https://t.co/m9mQLSZGTe

06/10/21

Students who were in the top 40 for both 'Attitude to Learning' and 'Attainment' in their summer assessments were invited to a special 40/40 breakfast with the Principal Mr Groves and the KS4 team this week. Well done boys! https://t.co/SvJ7LMRaTe https://t.co/Y8JhYfawIW

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Posted on September 20th 2018

Meet Year 7 New Starters at HBAED

We asked five Year 7 students to tell us about their first weeks at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich. What’s it been like and how are they settling in?

“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.


Year 7 students Mohammed, Abdulahi, Ty-Rhys, Joshua and Dylan talk about making friends, their favourite lessons and the difference between primary and secondary school.

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Making friends

The five all came from different primary schools - Oliver Goldsmiths, Brunswick Park, Goose Green, Rathfern and Heber – but have all managed to make new 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).


Settled and supported

To help new students settle in we organise a ‘visit day’ in July so that students become familiar with the building and get to know some of the teachers.

“Then on the first day of term it’s just Year 7 in the school so they have a chance to settle in and meet their form tutors,” says Carla Price, Associate Assistant Principal and Year 7 Lead. “We make sure all the students feel settled and supported. Sometimes it’s through small touches, for example, like making sure we have extra basketballs and footballs in the playground to make sure everyone can play and get to know each other.”

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!”

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“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.”

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 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.”

We're really proud of how all our Year 7 students are settling in. Well done everyone!