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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 June 18th 2021

A Journey of Self-Discovery for Year 9

Ten boys in Year 9 have been on a ten-week journey of self-discovery through a special programme run by the organisation Strengthening Minds.

The programme, set up six years ago by former teacher Steve Daniels, encourages boys to explore what makes them feel strong and powerful, how to express themselves confidently, and how to take responsibility for their own actions.

“We call it our Positive Communication and Pupil Empowerment programme, but at its heart is about the boys recognising their potential and self-worth, and what they are capable of,” says Steve.

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During the ten week programme, students explore how they respond in different situations – covering topics such as how to identify success, the advantages of a positive mindset, self-motivation and why we all sometimes need to step outside of our comfort zones.

Boys explore mindfulness and meditation too, and even look at body language, because how we hold ourselves can influence how we feel.


How are you feeling?

Every session starts with boys thinking about how they are feeling that morning, and sharing this with others. “This is a really important part of every session as the boys get a chance to talk about what’s happening to them,” says Steve.

Every session has practical challenges too, designed to encourage boys to reflect on how they manage their emotions in different ways.

One game, for example, involves trying to bounce a tennis ball into a small cup several metres away. Some boys manage it first time while others need lots of goes before they succeed. The boys learn about themselves and how they manage their frustration when things don’t happen easily, and the resilience they need to eventually succeed.

In another game, the boys roll a dice and get a prize if they roll a four or six. Otherwise they get nothing. How does it feel to win or not win? And what can we learn about ourselves from how we react to what happens?

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“I don’t get annoyed as easily”

We asked some of the boys to explain the impact of the programme on their lives, both at school and at home. “This is the start of something new,” said Tristen, Year 9. “The programme has changed how I look at life in a positive way. I don’t get annoyed as easily now and am more confident.”

Max, Year 9, says he can now focus better and “listen to people for a long time. I think my mum has seen I have been more positive.”

Zaid, Year 9, also thinks his behaviour has improved. “I’ve learned different ways to manage myself when I feel angry and I’m less hot-headed now. I take time out and am learning to step away from things that are making me feel angry.”

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“I am happy with the person I am.”

Boys complete a questionnaire before the start of the ten-week programme and again afterwards, to measure how it has changed their approach to life.

At the start of the sessions, Tristen rated himself as four out of ten when answering the question “I am happy with the person I am.” By the end of the sessions this had risen to eight.

In answer to the question “I know different strategies to manage my emotions”, Syed scored himself as five before the programme, but nine afterwards.

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The start of a journey

Every boy has their own Strengthening Minds journal in which they record how they developed during the ten weeks and can take away at the end of the programme. Steve Daniels stresses to the boys that the end of the programme is really just the start of their journey, as they take away what they have learned and apply it across their school and home lives.

Although Year 9 have now completed their course we are proud to be working with Strengthening Minds later this term on sessions for Year 7, with further sessions planned in September.

Students are chosen for the course if we feel they will benefit because they need extra support to improve their motivation or focus. For further details contact Mr Pugh M.pugh@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk.

Strengthening Minds is also training our own staff to run sessions in future, so that the approach can become embedded across the school in the months ahead.

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