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28/06/22

Our Summer Showcase is on 14th July, 6.30pm - get your tickets! https://t.co/oLgF4j3YXc

09/06/22

A huge thank you to everyone at Norton Rose Fulbright, Shell, Citi and ING who helped to organise and host an amazing session for Year 10, giving them an insight into life at a top international firm. An invaluable experience! Read more https://t.co/iCE6ccmonV https://t.co/YhGSPRKOdD

25/05/22

"It was great to hear about all the different taxes we pay and what they are used for," Faizal, Year 10. Find out what happened when PwC volunteers met Year 10 to talk about financial literacy and careers. Read more https://t.co/bhQoZF7pO6 https://t.co/zvW44o8UCa

19/05/22

Year 13 visit the PwC offices in the heart of London, to gain a valuable insight into working life at one of the biggest firms in the world. Thank you to Nikki, Garvin, Callum and Charles from PwC for making this trip happen. More at https://t.co/R9sYKYVcal https://t.co/g0cq3aLO1I

29/04/22

Nine boys from our Harris Experience programme see behind the scenes at Christie’s Auction House and present their plan for an art gallery called 'Human Creativity'. Great work boys! Full story at https://t.co/zahY8Dfstp https://t.co/H71cQrB3Ic

25/04/22

"The trip to Coventry University gave us a real-life experience on how uni life is. There was a lot to offer, and they have a lot of facilities." Mohiuddin, Year 12. Read about our sixth form tour of with at https://t.co/juaeMclxkt https://t.co/6uSqDFPNWF

13/04/22

Thank you Elizabeth Oladunni of for visiting our school recently and inspiring Year 10 to consider careers in law. They were inspired by her personal journey and we wish Elizabeth continued success in her legal career! https://t.co/Tz5u9orJkT https://t.co/nWG2SNgHUX

12/04/22

“If you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism. We are not all the same and do not have the same traits.” Read about our events for https://t.co/BZm3R9y97q https://t.co/gD2msaV2mG

23/03/22

Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team. Don't miss out! https://t.co/nR0N5k6m1W

16/03/22

Students had a tour around the Houses of Parliament earlier this week to learn about the importance of democracy and the role of parliament. The trip made links with the Year 8 history curriculum which this term has focused on women's suffrage. https://t.co/OKWomdHHW5 https://t.co/g9RFX0jEr9

15/03/22

Performing Arts at HBAED presents The Wiz, Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30pm (doors 6.15pm). £6 adults, £3 children (£15 two adults, two children). Tickets available from the Performing Arts Team. https://t.co/Om4WdyWdjR

03/03/22

Retweetd From Southwark Tigers

Our 5th and penultimate festival of the season today. Cant wait to welcome. Might get muddy!! https://t.co/RY1ODF0GVl

08/02/22

Read what boys wrote about their recent visit to Ironmongers' Hall, where they learned about its , , people and . "An exceptional, exclusive, exciting experience," Syria, Year 9. Read more at https://t.co/cVDnNM2yCx https://t.co/4X4CI91qGO

07/02/22

“I loved how the actors reeled me in. Even our teachers went on stage to play darts," Nihar, Year 8. Read more students review of a brilliant performance of Romeo & Juliet directed by . More reviews at https://t.co/v7dUams0ao https://t.co/jtdmf29TJ0

03/02/22

A nice email to end Thurs🙂 . "I wanted to send an email to commend how well your students behaved on the trip to see Romeo and Juliet at Southwark Playhouse. They were a credit. They sat silently throughout the performance and always were engaged with the show." Very proud!

03/02/22

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Wonderful demo by on data-driven approaches to teaching https://t.co/JT58UbMjfb

03/02/22

Staff and students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich would like to pass on their profound thanks to for such an informative and valuable session with holocaust survivor Eva Clarke to mark https://t.co/s7O8cygWxP

27/01/22

Ben's 'Fantasy Wings' - diary of an aspiring pilot. Ben, Year 9, is one of our aspiring pilots who we sent off to join the Fantasy Wings programme - eight Saturday workshops to find out more about careers in the aviation industry. Read his diary here https://t.co/x9KdABzKGZ https://t.co/IZGWEyK7rJ

26/01/22

Year 10 were really inspired by their time with Oxford today and look forward to finding out more about life at an Oxbridge college. A big thank you to . https://t.co/MopG8gqXkp

26/01/22

Our Year 10 boys loved their time with today. Thank you! https://t.co/e4gqXZKGVO

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Posted on May 11th 2021

Speaking Out Against Gender-Based Violence

Four women who have been victims of gender-based violence visited Harris Dulwich Boys yesterday to tell their powerful stories to Year 8.

In a hard-hitting 90-minute session run by the charity Action Breaks Silence, founder Debi Steven described how she was raped twice as a child and the impact this has had on her life. She started the charity so that other women would not have to go through what she did, she said.

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The boys also heard from Taya Blem (pictured), who grew up in South Africa, which she described as the “gender-based violence capital of the world” and where at school many of her friends experienced gender-based violence including rape.

Another Action Breaks Silence ambassador, Deborah, spoke about what happened to her in a toxic relationship when her boyfriend posted sexually explicit film of her online without her consent.


Roots of toxic masculinity

But the main focus of the session was on asking the boys about their own experiences of growing up as young men, with our students openly sharing some of the challenges they face because of expectations put on boys and men not to show emotion.

The session explored the roots of toxic masculinity and the limitations that societal and cultural pressures put on boys too, and how this can be changed.

“It was great!”, said Malek. “They weren’t afraid to approach sensitive topics with us and they made it engaging and made me want to learn more about how I can be an activist for gender equality.”

Micah agreed. “The women were inspiring and they made me reflect on toxic masculinity, gender equality and inspire me to make the world better,” he said.

The session also looked at the cost people pay when they don’t show their feelings, or when showing emotion is associated with weakness.

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Charity founder Debi Steven talks with the boys about their own experiences of the pressures of growing up.


A safe environment to talk

Debi and the other session leaders were impressed by how open and engaged our boys were, in what was a very hard-hitting session dealing with sensitive issues.

We were all really inspired by the level of the interaction of the boys,” said Debi. “We come in with a slightly different approach to teaching, one where it’s really important for us to hear the boys’ stories and have their input.

“I thought the response from the boys was incredible in terms of how they were really able to share their feelings and emotions – and it was great that the school and our team could create the kind of environment where this can happen – because it feels like a safe environment.”

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"The boys showed maturity and openness, discussing a subject that men of any age would find difficult to talk candidly about," said Mr Exley. "With testimony that was at times emotional and direct, the students displayed an engagement and willingness for discussion that can only serve them well as they mature into young men."


‘The changing generation’

Debi says her approach is not to look at boys and men as potential perpetrators but as part of the solution. “We can acknowledge that their journey as boys and young men can be difficult too – in terms of the pressure to not show emotion and not cry. But I think this is the ‘changing generation – one that is starting to ask lots of questions and I’m really hopeful.”

Debi said that even though the trainers were really emotional sharing their stories, the impact on them has been positive because of how the boys at the school responded to their testimony.

At the end of the session one of our boys, Micah (pictured above), walked up to the front to offer comfort to Action Breaks Silence trainer, Charmaine, who had shared her experiences of abuse for the first time and found it understandably difficult. Micah’s sensitivity was a lovely end of the session and a fitting tribute to our boys' openness to engaging with this sensitive and difficult topic.


What our Year 8 students said…

“It was great! They weren’t afraid to approach sensitive topics with us and they made it engaging and made me want to learn more about how I can be an activist for gender equality.” – Malek

“The women were inspiring and they made me reflect on toxic masculinity, gender equality and inspire me to make the world better.” – Micah

“I didn’t realise how bad this issue was and they’ve really opened my eyes.” – Patrick

“I found it very useful - although it was shocking, it was necessary.” – Austin

“It was so good because they helped me to realise the role we all play in fighting gender violence and taught me how to be myself.” – Daoude

I love how they expressed their feelings.” – Vakesse

“It was interesting because we were discussing the stereotypes of men and how that affects us. It made me think about the mental as well as the physical impact of rape and how toxic masculinity can affect women around us.” – Malachi


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Thank you to the trainers from Action Breaks Silence for sharing their stories: Charmaine, Deborah, Taya and Debi.