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28/01/22

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Pupils loving LAX englacrosse https://t.co/CpFX2FDBxg

28/01/22

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Yr7 Basketball looking at looking up whilst dribbling 🏀 https://t.co/hOHAEDE4nV

27/01/22

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HAWI's Book of the Week is an all-time classic family story of escape and refuge - it deserves to be read for many generations to come. https://t.co/jACkWuIBfb

27/01/22

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Another cracking Volleyball fixture! Well done to the Year 7 Boys team, who got the Win this week. Commitment to training is paying off! https://t.co/IldPN5jcyg

27/01/22

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and Year 10 students were very fortunate to be part of a live webinar with a Holocaust survivor to commemorate the Holocaust https://t.co/15H707H7mt

26/01/22

The Year 7s have been busy this week with their instrumental taster sessions! https://t.co/fa4Ale0div

24/01/22

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Thank you so much to DofE volunteers Chloe and Riad for tidying the English and Performing Arts and STEM collections of books. It is a real pleasure to see the shelves so nice and tidy! https://t.co/Hcz4DIIEQU

21/01/22

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Well done to the winning Y7 team in today's library lesson. They used Reading Cloud to look up three fiction titles, each from a different section, and then managed to locate them on the shelves in less than 15 minutes. It was a brilliant effort from everyone in the class though! https://t.co/cyHM9bOuQn

21/01/22

Dowding Bowling House Trip! https://t.co/USQL3VuUhd

20/01/22

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Our latest new book arrivals! There is something for everyone. https://t.co/uecGLMqATC

20/01/22

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Want to pursue an interest or talent in Rugby? These are the clubs local to HAWI! Check out the Clubs Link notice board in the PE department. https://t.co/tu4sPNx3V1

17/01/22

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Last term's House Reading Challenge results are now up on the board. Congratulations to Butler and Ella in Wilberforce who earned House League points. You will also find five star book reviews - a great place to start when you need inspiration for your next good read. https://t.co/gIOgCS1zDC

13/01/22

Year 7 students have made a fantastic start in History this term in their new enquiry on the Crusades https://t.co/ox6Ooi3mpF

13/01/22

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A year 7 student returned "The Novice" today with the verdict "so good". Turns out that it was so good that he ended up buying the rest of the books in the series. What a great accolade! https://t.co/SobGwJs42W

10/01/22

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Y8 really impressed at the first library lesson of 2022. Great focus on book borrowing which gave us plenty of time for quiet reading. We finished off with a Reading Cloud refresher which they whizzed through with flying colours. It is great to have the students back in school! https://t.co/keanON7dhX

04/01/22

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Thank you to our awesome students for your fantastic variety of thought provoking, funny and imaginative Word of the Week sentences. We have drawn a winner from the hundreds of entries. Big congratulations to Krzysztof, 8 Gibson who is the lucky winner of the Kindle Reader! https://t.co/3KPOobDQjQ

16/12/21

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Volleyball was a new sport for us less than a year ago, but it has been popular and students are keen for more fixtures! If you are a school local enough to Merton (South West London) and interested in any friendly fixtures for year 7-10, boys, girls or mixed, get in contact!

16/12/21

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We’ve had many fixtures with over the years, but we were able to host them at our (relatively) new facilities for the first time today! A returning Girls Football fixture and the away team came out on top with U13’s and a draw with U15’s. Looking forward to more https://t.co/TlidOfkpAG

16/12/21

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What great play in our South London league against Wallington Grammar ! This is a new league for us but playing at this high standard is motivating and great experience for the players. https://t.co/G2C2ZOXI3m

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Welcome from the Principal: Mrs J Larizadeh

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Harris Academy Wimbledon.  We are a co-educational secondary academy set up to provide an excellent education for children in Wimbledon. We opened our doors in 2018 and in November 2020 moved into our brand-new building with our first three year groups. We will grow year on year, eventually serving children ages 11-18.
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14 January 2022Newsletter 14/01/2022It has been a beautiful, bright winter’s day today and ends what has been an excellent week.  The students have completed their first full week after the holidays and it has been delightful to see them have fun with their friends and enjoy being back at school.  In the Autumn term, we had a house competition to help us develop a new logo for the academy to represent all of the excellent work students and staff are doing to celebrate diversity. We want the logo to be a visual statement of our commitment to diversity.  There were four key strands that came out of the students ideas: Range of colours with green, black and yellow included, a handshake, the words diversity and proud, and links with the HAWI logo.   I am meeting the student equality and diversity committee on Friday where they will make the final decision on the logo. The WPA committee had an excellent meeting this week and they are busy organising a second hand uniform sale and a quiz night for later this term.  I’d like to thank them for their time in organising these opportunities, and I hope you are able to come to the quiz night.  There are some more details in the newsletter from the committee and the information about the quiz night will come out next week. As ever, thank you for your ongoing support. Have a restful weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/140122-Newsletter.pdf  
10 December 2021Newsletter 10/12/2021The festive spirit is wonderful to see this week.  Staff have reported that Year 7 and 8 had a great time at the theatre yesterday and really enjoyed the shows.  Year 9 had a very productive careers day; they had an assembly exploring pathways and took part in workshops led by National Grid and the Army, culminating in a Dragon’s Den style show. Year 10 spent the day working on their Science Required Practicals.  During the course of the day, students investigated how to calculate density, made some beautiful copper sulphate crystals and investigated how water enters and leaves plant cells.  It is fantastic to see so many students wearing festive dress today and contributing to two very important charities:  Save the Children and The Trussell Trust. We are really looking forward to The Winter Celebration on Monday and Tuesday.  I am sorry that we have had to restrict numbers for the evening, but I know that you understand that we must ensure we keep minimising the risk of anyone catching Covid-19.  We will film one of the evenings and place a link on the website by the end of term. Everyone attending will be required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken within the last 24 hours.  On that note, you will have seen from the media that cases are increasing so it is vital that the whole school community continues to test every Sunday and Wednesday evening.  If you child has any symptoms of Covid-19, a continuous cough, high temperature or a loss of taste/smell, please do not send them to school until they have had a negative PCR test result.    I am delighted to announce that we will have a new uniform company (Stevensons)  from the 1st January which I hope will be more efficient than Brigade!  We have gone through a competitive tendering process to ensure that the uniform is of best value, and the company have a shop in addition to an online ordering system.  In consultation with the student council, we have made a few changes to the uniform including a skirt for the girls without the split and an improved PE kit.  There isn’t any obligation to buy any of the new items until your child grows out of their current one.  Miss Pocock will send you a separate letter next week containing all of the information. Have a great weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/101221-Newsletter.pdf
3 December 2021Newsletter 03/12/21I will use my column this week to let you know all the different events and opportunities available for the last two weeks of term. · The Winter Celebration is on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th December at 6.30pm.  This is a celebration of talent in the Arts and all year 7 will be performing alongside other year groups. · Festive Mufti Day is on Friday 10th December. · Festive Lunch is on Wednesday 15th December.  The cost is covered by the Academy for all students who sign up with their house tutor by Wednesday 8th December. · Lower School students (years 7 and 8) will be going to the theatre on Thursday 9th December. · Lower School have their annual decorate the door competition.  Deadline is 4pm on Thursday 16th December. · The final day of term is Friday 17th December.  Students will have house festive parties and need to bring in a gift up to the value of £2 for Secret Santa.  House tutors will provide further information.   Extra curricular activities will finish on Thursday 9th December and I am sure year 7, 8 and 9 will be pleased to know that homework finishes on Friday 10th December.  Year 10 homework will continue until Thursday 16th December.  Enrichment will finish on Tuesday 7th December.  Therefore students in years 7-9 will be dismissed at 3pm on Tuesday 14th December unless they are in Year 9 and haven't secured their volunteering option for the Spring Term.  Year 10 lessons continue until 4pm.   There is more information in the newsletter about the various activities but if you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact the academy.   Best wishes for a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/031221-Newsletter.pdf
26 November 2021Newsletter 26/11/2021The students are busy working hard and collecting their effort stamps in lessons.  I am delighted to let you know, that ten Year 7 students have achieved 30 stickers for their effort in lessons and will be joining me for breakfast on Tuesday.  They are: Julie R, Amna M, Ruari L, Kai D, Eden A, Aser I, Alfie H, Arthur W, Julia M and Ella S-W.  Year 8 are also doing well and I have awarded 5 silver badges.  We are planning our deep learning day for Thursday 9th December:  Year 7 and 8 are going to the theatre, Year 9 will be participating in a Careers Day and Year 10 will be doing some GCSE practical experiments in Science.  It has been good to see you back in the academy for parents’ evenings and it is the turn of Year 10 this week.  If you have any difficulties making appointments using the online system, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s house tutor so we can help you resolve it.  These meetings are important and help support the progress of your child.  Covid cases are rising in the local area and at the moment we are not affected.  Please can I encourage you to supervise your child doing a lateral flow test every Wednesday and Sunday so we can minimise the opportunity of it coming into the academy.  We have many different events planned for the end of term and we want to do everything that we can to ensure they all happen. As ever, thank you for all your support and have a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/261121-Newsletter.pdf
19 November 2021Newsletter 19/11/2021Thank you to the parents who came to Wimbledon Parents Association (WPA) AGM last night.  I delighted to inform you that the following parents will be on the committee.   Charlotte White - Chair, Sophie Christovassili - Vice chair Wajeeha Iqbal - Secretary, Marcia Graham - Treasurer Danielle Brown, Sian Williams, Monika Kissova, Anthea Cousins Jennifer Staples, Nyron Grant   We have three more spaces on the committee for Year 9 or 10 parents.  If you would like to be involved in organising events for parents and students, please let Mrs Kirby know and she can put you in touch with Charlotte.    As ever, the week has flown by.  Nadia and Micah (Head Girl and Boy) attended a Young People’s Black Lives Matter Equality Forum.   It was coordinated by Merton LA and all schools were invited to send two representatives.  Miss Nyatedzu attended with the students and she said ‘Nadia and Micah represented HAWI remarkably well not only in their appearance but in their knowledge of race and equality’.   We plan to take some of the ideas that were developed and introduce them across the academy. There was fierce competition in the lower school house football competition.  It was great to see over 60 students getting involved.  Congratulations to Gibson who won after a tense penalty shoot out with Morris.  I am delighted with Year 9s approach to the Duke of Edinburgh award; they are all busily securing their volunteering option so they are ready to begin in January.  It is a great opportunity to live up to our motto of ‘Make a Difference’.  I am very proud of how they are all willing to give up some of their own time to help others.   Thank you for your continued support of the academy; it is very much appreciated. Mrs Larizadeh vhttps://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/191121-Newsletter.pdf        
5 November 2021Newsletter 05/11/2021Our house system is at the heart of our students’ lives at Harris Academy Wimbledon.  The House Tutor groups are the basis of our pastoral system, and our students are building strong house communities through a rich offering of sporting competitions, subject competitions and charity events that run through the year.  The ethos of our house system is built on two pillars: Competition and Collaboration.  The students are motivated by a strong allegiance to their house; they want to help their house win the league and many of our competitions have an element of cross-year group participation.  This week, the students will have house assemblies where they meet to discuss the competitions for this term and a strategy for winning the league.  There are a lot of points given for attendance and achieving stamps, stickers and kudos in lessons.  Please keep encouraging your child to come to school every day and to work hard in lessons so they can make a difference to the position of their house in the league.  Each house will be putting together a time capsule that will be buried in the academy grounds when we have our official opening of the building later this academic year.  Please discuss with them some ideas around what they can place in the time capsule.  We are really excited about the half term ahead and look forward to providing many opportunities beyond the curriculum. Have an enjoyable weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/Newsletter051121.pdf
15 October 2021Newsletter 15/10/21We have had a brilliant half term and it has culminated in an excellent last week.  On Wednesday, we had our Black History Month celebration day and Chartwells provided a great lunch of jerk chicken, jollof rice and corn bread. We were entertained by students from across the year groups performing songs by black artists as well a mix of traditional West African music with the djembe drums.  We have also had our deep learning days.  Year 9 spent one day working with the charity First Give.  They spent time exploring different social issues and causes that they are passionate about, and then prepared and delivered presentations about these. Each class voted for a social issue and charity that they are going to raise awareness,  fundraise and volunteer for this year. This programme is also supporting the students with their volunteering to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh award.   Year 9 are at Bletchley Park today delving into the Allied code-breaking from the Second World War.  Year 7 enjoyed their walk along the River Wandle where they explored the impacts humans are having along the Wandle Trail through a number of geographical fieldwork techniques. Year 8 have been immersing themselves in Maths and Year 10s have been focusing on different GCSE subjects. We have welcomed a number of visitors to the academy over the last few weeks and they have all commented on how polite, friendly and hard working the students are.  I am very proud of the HAWI student; they are kind, considerate and have a great sense of fun. Have a relaxing and enjoyable half term, Mrs Larizadeh   https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/151021-Newsletter.pdf
10 September 2021Newsletter 10/09/2021It has been great to welcome all of the students back this week.  They have settled back in very quickly and special mention must go to Year 7 who are adapting to the routines of secondary school life very well indeed.  It has been a pleasure to welcome them all to the HAWI community.  We also welcome some new staff and I wish them well in their new roles; you can find a full staff list on our website.  Extracurricular activities are a really important part of life at HAWI and they will begin next week.  I am sure you would like to join me in thanking all the staff for providing these wonderful opportunities.  All students in Years 7-9 must do at least one after school activity each week and Year 10s must do at least one for a term.  Year 10s have made a great start to their GCSEs and are focused, as ever, on their work.  It is important that they work hard but also enjoy themselves and keep up with all their hobbies and activities. I am delighted that many of the covid restrictions in schools have reduced but we still must be careful.  We are pleased to be opening our doors to parents, carers and visitors but for larger events in the hall, we will be asking for evidence of negative lateral flow tests so we can hold the evenings with the lowest risk as possible.  I am looking forward to a busy, productive and happy year ahead. Have a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/100921-Newsletter.pdf
16 July 2021Newsletter 16/07/21I am proud of every member of the school community who have risen to the demands of a very challenging year.  We are looking forward to Honours Day on Monday where we can celebrate this momentous year with our students and staff,  and I hope some parents will be able to join us virtually.  Please find the times and links below.   Year 9 Honours – 10.00am-11.00am   Year 9 Honours Ceremony: link.   Year 7 Honours – 11.40am-12.40pm   Year 7 Honours Ceremony: link   Year 8 Honours – 2.10pm -3.00pm   Year 8 Honours Ceremony Link: link   Please ensure your child attends in their smartest uniform with their school shoes polished!   Unfortunately, Stuart Lawrence has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and now has to self-isolate.  We will arrange for him to visit us in the Autumn Term.  Although disappointing, this will not detract from the tremendous achievements of our students.   Tuesday will be a Mufti day for the students and we will raise money for cancer research. Please contribute £1 towards Teenage Cancer Trust. We finish at 3pm on Tuesday and students will be dismissed between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Wednesday.   This is the last newsletter of the school year but I will write to you next week with arrangements for the start of the Autumn Term 2021.   Until then, have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.   Mrs Larizadeh   https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/160721-Newsletter.pdf  
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