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21/09/21

After 18 months without a game, school football fixtures are back! Our Year 10 team took the short trip over to for a local derby on their brand new 3G pitch. Great to be playing again :-). Full report at https://t.co/ma8GPd9Cx0 https://t.co/zz4W69ZB2U

16/09/21

Open Mornings and Evening 2021 - come and meet our students and teachers. We look forward to welcoming you. Full details of our open evening and mornings (including dates and times) are at https://t.co/RRfMzxwzca https://t.co/6ZEPO2N3uC

12/08/21

Retweetd From Southwark News

Individual success stories included Abid Ahmed, six 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*; Anson Nguyen Dac, seven 9’s, two 8’s and two distinction*, and Syed Ahmed, five 9’s, four 8’s and one distinction*. https://t.co/6gYnwkPNlg

10/08/21

Retweetd From Southwark News

During the national lockdowns they lost around a quarter of face-to-face teaching time https://t.co/B5rSUHxt3i

10/08/21

Our Year 13 students received outstanding A Level and vocational qualifications today. Students have secured places at many Russell Group universities, as well as prestigious degree-level Apprenticeship programmes. We couldn't be more proud! Full story https://t.co/pJH0QfTDxc https://t.co/3pOjIhbL4G

26/07/21

The Department for Education is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England. Find out more at https://t.co/JsMuvGETvg

23/07/21

Pedro, Year 9, recommends Club. "Join Mr Hodgson and co and help take care of plants from the Sizeable Squash to the Minuscule Microgreens." Mr Ingham is very impressed, and even used the spare sweet peas in his own garden! https://t.co/M7hrVPhDiR https://t.co/rKbUE1NIhO

19/07/21

Journalism Club boys and their families at the premiere of their very own film about mental health at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton this afternoon. Well done year 8! https://t.co/s31l7VwtYQ

17/07/21

Year 10 boys enjoy a practical day last week. They had the chance to show off the knowledge they have learned throughout the year and recall practical skills from Year 9 too. Mr Ingham was thrilled to see so many 'Einsteins in the making!' https://t.co/Rj2Z441v4p

13/07/21

50 of our top students have won £10 Amazon vouchers! Well done and keep working on your development. is for life! https://t.co/0hd00tFDxa

08/07/21

Carla Price is presented with her Lockdown Hero Teaching Award - one of several awards received by our staff in the latest Pearson National Teaching Awards. Very proud of our whole staff team :-) https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/WttakFEkS7

02/07/21

Teacher Robin Sedgwick is presented with his Pearson National Teaching Award 'Certificate of Excellence' by some of our boys. We are proud to this year have four of our teachers recognised in the awards https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/gINnIOGSoi

30/06/21

Our Year 9 team won the apprenticeship challenge yesterday. Very proud of our boys! They left school cheering and buzzing having raised £509 for their chosen charity, Football Beyond Borders . Full story https://t.co/pKuKJkgwlO

30/06/21

Our boys enjoy an workshop with - using storytelling, physical theatre, poetry writing and visual art. London has lost its connecton. The local superhero ‘Empathy’, who would normally fix this, has burned out. Can our boys fix it?! https://t.co/xNud2Dwsil

30/06/21

Retweetd From Open Palm®

We delivered our WYZ Money (financial literacy) workshop to a great group of Y8 students at last week. Read our article to see what the students said: https://t.co/Y9n0arUmxe

30/06/21

Massive congratulations to Joshua - the first boy in the academy to reach 550 Harris Points which means he has received his Gold Lapel Badge. Joshua always works so hard and makes excellent contributions in every lesson. A real role model for his year group. Outstanding! https://t.co/INnbkG7MF8

29/06/21

The boys in our club are preparing for their final showcase in July. Harris Boys - full of talent! https://t.co/RjUDtReaf4

29/06/21

Students in Year 8 are learning about the importance of good financial literacy with . The workshop helped our boys' improve their understanding of personal finances and develop a positive and responsible mindset to finances. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it! https://t.co/YeBwTXkO2X

23/06/21

We are very proud to have four of our teachers recognised in the Pearson National Teaching Awards this year. The awards tie in with National , which is for ALL staff working in UK schools and colleges. https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/CtqiNIxKDQ

23/06/21

Today is national , and you can send a card to a teacher or school of your choice using this link. We'd love to hear from you!🙂https://t.co/d34kzTvTuZ

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Posted on July 22nd 2021

Active Citizens Day - What Our Values Mean in the Wider World

Boys in Years 7 and 8 had a whole day exploring our Active Citizen characteristics and what they mean in the wider world.

Read more about our Active Citizen characteristics of confidence, respect, ambition, curiosity and resilience.

Teachers planned sessions which explored different topics and draw out how they relate to being an active citizen. Mr Russell’s science lesson, for example, was a debate on the proposition ‘This house would ban the development of genetically modified organisms’. Teams of four boys presented the arguments for and against.

Mohammed is pictured presenting the arguments against the motion. “We have opposition and proposition but we respect points made by our opponents and listen to them,” said Mr Russell

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In a Maths session with Ms Abdulaahi, boys had to be ambitious and create a theme park for £500k – balancing out the need for rides but also facilities like café and toilets – and then created their own symmetrical logos for their parks. David, Year 7 (pictured), created a logo “based on moon and rocket – combining random ideas.”

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Ms George’s English session (below) looked at the relationship between football and literature and also debated whether footballers should give 50% of their income to the community. “The money they give could be invested in growing other people in the community that we need more, like doctors and nurses,” said Malek.

The session also covered issues relating to resilience by looking at the important topic of racism in football and how this affects players.

Mr Powell’s session explored how advances in science, such as genetic engineering, are governed by ethics – the decision about whether something is fair. Boys used their curiousity to question the fairness of different decisions.

In the playground boys also had the chance to play a ‘guess the celebrity game’ by solving clues about what each person had done in their life, related to our Active Citizen values. Buddy, Year 7 (pictured), got them all right!

“Today is about how to be a better person and give something back to the community,” said Buddy (pictured below). “That’s what being an active citizen is and I liked the day because I got all the posters right! I had to think about some of them but I got them all.”

The next Active Citizens Day will take place next term.

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What Year 7 covered in their Active Citizens Day

History

Why is history important: healing Australia through indigenous civil rights and recognising the past.

Objective: To be able to explain the importance of understanding historical events to create a more inclusive society.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity – students will learn about ancient cultures that sit outside of the curriculum
  • Ambition – to examine the importance of civil rights movements and the struggle for equal rights
  • Resilience – recognising that civil rights and equality is a long struggle, but can be won
  • Respect – understanding ancient cultures still exist, and these should be respected and learnt from, not assimilated or destroyed.

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Spanish

Cultural Discovery of Spanish speaking countries 

Objectives: To understand the reach of Spanish as a global language; to discover the cultural identities of Spanish-speaking countries; to foster an understanding of other cultures and different ways of seeing the world. 

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will learn about different Spanish-speaking counties and their cultures
  • Respect - students will appreciate and respect the difference between different cultures, comparing and evaluating with their own.

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Where do humanists find their truth?

Objective: to evaluate how Humanist decide of the concept of truth and compared with religious concept of truth.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity and respect
  • Students will be analysing scientific evidence in explaining the world and creation.

Students will also gain an appreciation for the difference in views on creation and the world and demonstrate respect.


Mathematics

Careers in Maths

Objectives: to understand how maths is related to different career fields; to understand how maths is related to different career fields; to understand the importance of maths in real life.

Active Citizens characteristics covered

  • Ambition - students will become more aware of future careers that involve mathematics. This will give them more of an idea of what they want to do in the future.
  • Curiosity - students will have the opportunity to look at different jobs that involve mathematics. This includes sport along with jobs that involve STEM.  

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Science

Protecting freshwater ecosystems

Objectives: to understand the vital role of freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, wetlands and streams and how humans have negatively impacted this resource; to understand the different ways we can manage our freshwater resources sustainably; to be able to evaluate the most effective sustainable management strategies of freshwater ecosystems.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity – Students will be finding out about different freshwater ecosystems around the world and what makes them so important to people and the environment
  • Ambition – students will be learning about what can be done to help protect these ecosystems and creating action plans.

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Does the world need to depend on fossil fuels for energy/electricity?

Objectives: to understand that there is a direct link between the way we produce energy and damage caused by pollution; to design and build an alternative way of producing energy; to understand the careers available to help create, research and design alternative ways of producing energy/electricity that is better for the future of our planet.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Ambition - students will find out about how they can design cleaner and alternative ways of producing energy as future engineers
  • Respect - students will learn how they can be environmentally friendly
  • Curiosity – students will learn about how our society and industry relies on large amounts of energy from fossil fuels and how it is affecting the environment and our health.

Science

Is genetic engineering good or bad?

Objectives: to understand how genes are manipulated by scientist; to explore the effect of genetic engineering on the environment; to be able to discuss how policies affect the work of genetic engineering

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will understand how the African killer bee was made and eventually named
  • Ambition - students will be able to explore careers in genetic engineering.

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What Year 8 covered in their Active Citizens Day

ICT

Graphic designing

Objectives: to understand the functions of graphic designs; to become familiar with designing software that are used for graphic designing; to use graphic design elements to convey a message; to create a simple poster on the theme of Covid-19 safety awareness using an online vector graphics editor (Figma).

Active Citizens characteristics covered"

  • Ambition - students will learn about industries that graphic designers operate in and hopefully become intrigued to explore a graphic designer role which is on the UK Shortage Occupation List.
  • Curiosity - students will learn about different graphic designs and how they are created to appeal to targeted audience

English

Bringing books to life - improv comedy session

Objectives: to recap previous learning topics: to explore genre differences through adapting the source material; to engage creatively with the learning and manipulate form and structure; to encourage creative responses to text and love of learning; to discover potential careers that involve English language skills

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will find out about other formats that require the use of English and the techniques we learn for writing
  • Ambition - comedy as a potential career (in the entertainment industry)
  • Confidence - students will practice public speaking and performing in front of an audience.

History

Why do we recognise these figures as pioneers?

Objectives: to find out about people who have made difference; to assess the role key individuals have played in shaping democracy globally; to assess the impact people have made on our civil rights.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will learn about less known figures who have made a difference and identify links with more popular figures in history
  • Ambition - students will be inspired by past achievements of others and be encouraged to think about how they can make a difference in society

English

Football fever fun...in English

Objective: to explore the links between literature and sport.

Active Citizens characteristics covered

  • Resilience - students will hear and learn stories of resilience
  • Curiosity - students will foster an understanding of literature and sport.

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Spanish

Cultural discovery of Spanish speaking countries

Objectives: to understand the reach of Spanish as a global language; to discover the cultural identities of Spanish-speaking countries; to foster an understanding of other cultures and different ways of seeing the world.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will learn about different Spanish-speaking counties and their cultures
  • Respect - students will appreciate and respect the difference between different cultures, comparing and evaluating with their own.

Science

The Great Debates! This house would ban the development of Genetically Modified organisms

Objectives: to understand the role that genetic technology play in the 21st century; to assess the advantages and disadvantages associated with the development of genetic technology.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will conduct extensive prior research to deliver knowledge-rich points. They will ask questions that challenge common thinking and question the veracity of claims made
  • Respect - students will actively listen and discuss divergent perspectives while displaying maturity and curtesy.

Science

Working like a scientist - making salts and identifying metal ions

Objectives: to define what salts and ions are; to identify ions present in compounds after observing a flame test demonstration; to assess experimental methods and suggest improvements.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - students will ask questions about types of salts and ions, how they are made and how they can be identified.
  • Confidence - students will demonstrate that they can follow scientific protocol and manipulate scientific equipment that will result in outcomes of high standards.

What Year 9 covered in their Active Citizens Day

Geography

The Journey of Crossing Borders 

Objectives: to explore the journey of migrants who cross borders illegally; to explain the push and pull factors, and reasons behind migration; to debate on the topic of migration, seeking refuge and asylum seeking

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity: students will learn the reasons behind and the struggles of illegal migration
  • Resilience: students will learn that people have no other choice but to leave their country due to issues such as war and violence. Students will then watch a clip to see how refugees reflect on their lives now and before.

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Science

The UK’s future energy strategy

Objectives: to think creatively about how the UK should produce energy in the future; to solve problems balancing reliability, cost and environmental factors of different energy resources; to present their work to peers in a persuasive style.

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity – students to explore and develop their own ideas on what mix of energy resources the UK should use in the future. Students asking challenging questions about what the UK should prioritise in its future energy sector.
  • Confidence – students to present their work to their peers; explaining and justifying the decisions they made and why they’ve chosen the strategy they have.

Spanish

Cultural discovery of Spanish speaking countries 

Objectives: to understand the reach of Spanish as a global language; to discover the cultural identities of Spanish-speaking countries; to foster an understanding of other cultures and different ways of seeing the world. 

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Curiosity - Students will learn about different Spanish-speaking counties and their cultures
  • Respect - Students will appreciate and respect the difference between different cultures, comparing and evaluating with their own.

ICT

Graphic designing

Objectives: to understand the functions of graphic designs; to become familiar with designing software that are used for graphic designing; to use graphic design elements to convey a message; to create a simple poster using an online vector graphics editor (Figma).

Active Citizens characteristics covered:

  • Ambition- students will learn about industries that graphic designers operate in and hopefully become intrigued to explore a graphic designer role which is on the UK Shortage Occupation List
  • Curiosity - students will learn about different graphic designs and how they are created to appeal to targeted audience.