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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

Retweetd From DG Cities

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

08/07/19

This image is by Isaiah, who has a passion for but has just began to use acrylic paint. He has gained a lot of insight and skill through his practice over the past few weeks. https://t.co/3e1KPHrwzA

08/07/19

This image is by Faizal, Year 7, who completed quite a sizable piece for his age. He is very ambitious and this can be seen through his tenacity to work hard to complete his canvas. https://t.co/GD7FwWNNcx

08/07/19

These two images are by Hassan, Year 10. Hassan has worked so hard over the past year to create photo realistic works with oil paint. Hassan has proven that if you put your mind to anything you can achieve exceptional results. https://t.co/FfuwsWR3Pw

08/07/19

Gallery of Great Art. We're proud to show you some of this year's exceptional work by out students. More pics at https://t.co/muu0l8y6cs https://t.co/15RZPQa6vi

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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.”

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"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!