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This week Drama students have been creating their own set design for their favourite tv programme, film or book, we have had some lovely work sent in.


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Author Catherine Bruton's virtual visit went down a storm with our students who asked lots of excellent questions. Catherine was wonderful and so engaging. We could not have had a better start to our World Book Day. Happy WBD!


Proud that so many of our Year 9 students are getting their tests - ready for the return to school next week!


Don’t throw the box away! Students in Year 9 were challenged with making a desk tidy/holder made out of corrugated cardboard. Pop art was the given theme to be inspired from. We will always encourage students to follow the 6 R’s (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Repair, Rethink, Refuse).


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We are so excited about tomorrow's World Book Day special event, a virtual visit from author Catherine Bruton! All Y7 and Y8 students will take part and be treated to a reading from her two latest books and have an opportunity to ask her questions.


Yesterday, we were lucky enough to have a lighting designer and technician help us install theatre lights into our Drama Studio. We can’t wait to have you back in creating different atmosphere.


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Secret Readers, thank you for all your inspiring entries so far! There is still time to submit your photo and book description, which will help your House to win points. Deadline: Wednesday. The winning House will be announced on Friday.


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All HAWI students will get a World Book Day £1 token on our first day back in school. Please let Ms Nylinder know if you would like yours before then, as we can arrange an electronic version.


Congratulations to the Grayson Perry Art Group on their submissions to the National Art Challenge this week. Here are just a few of the pieces they have created in response to this week's theme: Food.


Celebrating outstanding homework in Design Technology. I am proud to share our first display, promoting outstanding homework produced by Year 8 & 9 students. They were challenged to research an art movement or designer who has influenced design over the past century.


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Our next House Challenge celebrates books! Send Ms Nylinder a photo of you hiding behind a book you enjoyed reading (write the book details on a piece of paper if you don't have the book at home). Include a sentence to describe what kind of read your book is. Deadline: We 3 March


HAWI Science Week 8th-12th March - Science week is a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. We have organised a fantastic week of fun activities to encourage all students to engage with science beyond the curriculum.


Just a reminder we are closed tomorrow (Friday 12th February) for INSET day and will reopen after half term on Monday 22nd February. Have a relaxing half term.


Following on from the leftover challenge last week; students were also encouraged to design a menu which teaches others how to make the most out of leftover food found in the fridge, cupboard or freezer.


Although the snow has been falling this week, our pupils’ creativity and enthusiasm certainly has not! Congratulations to Sara, Chase and Peter who made the most of their off-screen challenge time in Art and captured these brilliant photographs.


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Angie Thomas has a new book out and you can hear her talk about it on the Radio 2 Book Club on Thursday!


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Harris Academy Wimbledon is an outstanding growing academy with students currently in years 7-9. We are looking to appoint a passionate and enthusiastic PE and Dance Teacher.


This week in Drama students are performing and recording their monologues they have been working on and uploading them to a new platform we are using, called Flipgrid, their aim is to “Empower every voice”. It has been a joy to watch the students’ performances so far, well done!


Students have been thinking creatively during the Perry Art Club in lockdown 3.0. Here are a few of the many pieces that were submitted in response to last week's theme: Family.


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Our Carnegie shadowing judging panel didn't get a chance to show off our review skills last year due to the first lockdown. This year we will! The HAWI Shadowers is officially registered to vote for the Shadowers’ Choice Awards of the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Watch this space.

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5 March 2021Newsletter 05/03/21Thank you for your support in keeping everyone safe by consenting to the lateral flow tests; I really appreciate your support in keeping the Academy as safe as possible. Many key systems and processes will stay exactly the same as they were in the autumn term. Year group bubbles, routines for social distancing and hygiene around hand-washing and nightly cleaning of our premises and equipment will not be changing. We have all got used to these measures and know they go a long way towards keeping everyone as safe and protected as possible. In line with new government guidance, there are two significant and important new initiatives that we need your support with: · Students will wear face coverings when they are inside the academy building. There are legitimate reasons for a small number of pupils to be exempt from this, but otherwise we will be expecting all pupils to wear face coverings. This is for the greater good of the health of each other and we hope everyone will play their part. Exemption cards can only be issued by Miss Pocock (Years 7 & 8) and Mr James (Year 9). · Students will complete two more lateral flow tests in the academy and I will write to you next week about the process for home testing which will begin from the week of the 15th March.  Please spend time going through the student protocols with your child before they return.  You can find the link  here A full copy of our risk assessment can be found on our website in the COVID-19 section. We have lots of different opportunities and activities planned for the students for the rest of this term and can’t wait to see them back.  We know that the experience of lockdown has affected everyone in very different ways and we will ensure everyone is very well supported.  If your child is anxious about returning, please do not hesitate to get in touch with their house tutor so we can keep an extra eye on them as they settle back in.  My warmest wishes for a lovely weekend. Mrs Larizadeh  
26 February 2021Newsletter 26/02/21I am very pleased to be writing to you about the return to school. The government have asked us to offer lateral flow tests to all students prior to their return to the classroom. This will be followed up by two additional lateral flow tests in school before students will be asked to test themselves at home. These test kits will be sent home with the children during the week of 15th March. Even though the tests are voluntary, I strongly encourage all students to participate in the testing programme. All staff will take a test twice a week. It is important that we all work together to try and keep COVID-19 out of the academy so we do not put others at risk or have to ask bubbles of children to self-isolate if we get a positive case. We have been regularly testing our key worker children who have been on site; they have quickly become experts at taking the test and now carry it out with ease. If you haven’t returned the permission form for testing, please can you return it by Monday 1st March. You can find the link here: id=iSUtagbWmkrU04hqmtEXll7YBEDhN9DlXK58uHsr8NUOFRKMVhKQ0xSNFo2TzBIRzhJQ05UOEFIWi4u Schedule for return Year 9 Thursday 4th March: Attend the Academy site to take their lateral flow test. Students will be sent an appointment time next week. Students need to attend in full school uniform. Monday 8th March: Return to school. Gates will open at 7.45am. Start time: 8.25am. Year 8 Friday 5th March: Attend the Academy site to take their lateral flow test. Students will be sent an appointment time next week. Students need to attend in full school uniform. Monday 8th March: Return to school. Gates will open at 10am. Start time: 10.25am Year 7 Monday 8th March: Attend the Academy site to take their lateral flow test. Students will be sent an appointment time next week. Year 7 students will continue with remote learning. Students need to attend in full school uniform. Tuesday 9th March: Return to school. Gates will open at 9am. Start time: 9.25am Extra-curricular activities will begin on Wednesday 10th March. We have put a fantastic programme together and Mr Arnold will send you and your children all of the information on Tuesday 2nd March. All students need to choose at least one after school activity and must return their choices by Friday 5th March. I will write to you next week with the details of our risk assessments including the wearing of masks. In the meantime, please get uniforms/school shoes ready and ensure your children have all their equipment for attending school. The equipment list can be found on the website and you will find the link here: https:// We are really looking forward to seeing all of the children back in school. Have a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh
12 February 2021Newsletter 12/02/2021Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history and delivered a rousing rendition of a poem she wrote for the ceremony. If you didn’t get a chance to see it, I think it is definitely worth six minutes of your time to watch it: https:// She reminded me of the many passionate young people we have at Harris Academy Wimbledon who have a desire to share powerful and inspiring words, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the students back into school so we can hear their voices. The lines from the poem that stood out to me were: ‘For there is always light If only we’re brave enough to see it If only we’re brave enough to be it’ Amongst the challenges that we have faced in the pandemic there have been many moments of ‘light’ that we have seen from your children. I am incredibly proud of how they have approached their school work and attendance to remote learning has been over 95% every single day – that is amazing! Thank you very much for all your support and guidance in the background; we really appreciate it. Over half term, the students need to rest and try and be as screen free as possible. We hope that we only have two more weeks of remote learning and will be able to welcome the students back on the 8th March. As soon as we have confirmation from the government on the return to school plans, we will be in touch. In the meantime, I would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable half term. Best wishes, Mrs Larizadeh  
5 February 2021Newsletter 05/02/2021During the 8th – 11th February we will be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s theme is ‘Express yourself’ and we’re encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas. With schools partially closed and lots of uncertainty, children and young people’s mental health has never been more important. The activities for the week are as follows and we would encourage all students to take part: Feelings Matter – House Tutor Event On Tuesday 9th February students will take part in a virtual House Tutor group discussion on the importance of talking all about your feelings. Students will be shown a range of video clips which include Premiership football stars and Prince William discussing the importance of looking after your mental health. YOLO (You Only Live Once Debate) There are many ways that you can express yourself as an individual – but some ways are celebrated and accepted more than others. Many people will also feel like they don’t have the freedom to express themselves in the way that they’d like to. During the YOLO activity, students will be asked to think about and discuss two key questions – Does the phrase YOLO give you the freedom to express yourself in any way you like? And Does social media promote self expression? 7 Days about Me – House Competition One of the main activities for the week is to encourage students to take time away from the screen and create a photo montage about themselves. We would like to challenge all students to take one photo a day that captures and expresses some aspect of themselves either literally or in abstract form. Photos could include their current likes and dislikes, strengths, interests, dreams and passions. All photo montages should be submitted by Thursday 11th February to House Tutors. Winners will receive House points for their House. Dress to Express On Thursday 11th February  we will be holding a ‘Dress to Express’ day. We would encourage all students to wear something a little different (don’t go and buy anything – be creative). Their outfit should be a form of self-expression – perhaps they could make it as colourful as possible. Students should take a photo of their outfit and submit it to their House Tutor on 11th February.  All photos will then be used for an express yourself gallery in school. Have a restful weekend. Mrs Larizadeh
29 January 2021Newsletter 29/01/2021You will have heard the government announcement this week, that schools will not reopen until the 8th March at the earliest.  I know this may feel daunting as you continue to juggle work, family life and supporting your children with online learning.  We continue to be here to provide any support that we are able to; please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any help.  The mental health of all the children in our care continues to be a priority for us.  I am acutely aware that increased isolation, lack of social contact with their friends and the pressures of social media are very difficult to navigate for young people.  Mind offer some useful advice for supporting teenagers in lockdown: Despite the challenges we all face as we live through this period of change and uncertainty, there is still much to celebrate at HAWI.  The students have completed a survey this week on their experience of remote learning and they are exceptionally positive.  We are thrilled that 86% of students are either ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with their remote education. This is due to the hard work of their teachers, as well as the resilience and independence that students have shown working from home. Where students were ‘unsatisfied’ this was largely due to access issues to remote teaching caused by slow internet or computer access - please contact the Academy if your child is struggling to access their online lessons. We had a number of lovely comments from individual students, including: “I would like to thank all my teachers because they have been working very hard lately to give me such amazing lessons”. We are reflecting on our remote learning programme all the time, and working hard to make sure that your child is able to learn from home. If you do have further suggestions for us, please do not hesitate to email
22 January 2021Newsletter 22/01/2021Thank you to everyone who has returned the parents/carers’ survey. It is really useful for us to get your feedback as we are always reflecting on how we can continue to improve.  I am also delighted that over 95% of returns have been exceptionally positive. To address some of your questions/comments, please see below: 1. We hold curriculum information evenings at the beginning of each academic year and publish a curriculum guide for each subject on the website. You will find a link in the newsletter. 2. You will receive a report on your child’s progress on the last day of each term. These are published on My Child at School (MCAS). Information is in the newsletter about the other functions of MCAS. 3. If you are not receiving information by text or email then please contact Ms Hall to update your contacts on our information system on 4. Please use to contact teachers. Staff will always endeavour to respond within 48 hours. However, if you do not get a response, please do not hesitate to contact my PA, Mrs Kirby on The survey will be open until Monday and so if you have not had chance to complete it, we would be delighted to receive your feedback. We continue to be very impressed with how students are navigating technology to engage in their lessons.  Over the next few weeks, teachers will be setting them a significant piece of work which they will need to submit.  We are also very aware of the impact of the lockdown on young people’s mental health. They are all being very patient and resilient as they continue to abide by the rules and complete their school work.  Our school counsellor, mentors and tutors are always available to provide any support you might need, so please do not hesitate to contact us. Have a restful weekend, Mrs Larizadeh    
8 January 2021Newsletter 08/01/21Happy New Year to you all.  It has been an interesting first week to the new year.  We all left for the Christmas holidays thinking we would be back together in January, then in the middle of the holidays we thought we would have remote education for two weeks, and then found out on Monday that we will have remote education for the first half term.  In addition, we are all aware of the increased number of coronavirus cases in London.  For me, the most important thing is that we all stay safe and well and look after each other in these challenging circumstances.  We anticipated that we may have to switch to remote learning at some point in the year and so we were ready to go with all of our systems.  I hope all of your children have managed to access their lessons; I know the majority have, as I have had really positive feedback from the teachers about how well students have engaged in this new way of working.  I must pay tribute to the teachers who have adapted their lessons in a very short amount of time.  We are committed to providing an outstanding education at all times.  There may be some teething issues so please bear with us but as soon as we know there is an issue, we quickly resolve it.  Now we know that the period of remote education has been extended from two weeks until at least six weeks, we will begin to introduce some house competitions and extracurricular activities that students can choose to do if they would like to.  Students should be focused on their school work from 8.30am – 3pm everyday and then they must turn off their screens and I suggest get some fresh air and exercise between 3pm and 4pm.  We are always here to help anyone in our community, so if you require any help or support, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Please stay safe and well.  Warm regards, Mrs Larizadeh                          
17 December 2020Newsletter 17/12/20I send this on the last day of what has been a very unusual term and I would like to use this opportunity to pay tribute to a number of different people. Firstly, I would like to thank the students.  What I have been most impressed with is their kindness, cheerfulness and positivity in coping with the new guidelines of school life.  As the number of positive cases in Merton and the school has increased, we must not let this dominate our thoughts.  We must celebrate the incredible success of the students.  During the term we moved into a brand new building and the students have been able to enjoy all of the new facilities.  We have celebrated Black History Month, had numerous house competitions, charity week, anti-bullying week, a book fair and an amazing extra-curricular programme.  The school council meetings have been very positive and they always strive to make our learning environment a better place.  A special mention must go to Year 7 who have coped brilliantly in their first term of secondary school.  I would like to thank you, the parents and carers,  who have been exceptionally supportive during this term.  Thank you for your kind messages, Christmas cards and general support of the school which I am incredibly grateful for.  I look forward to the future when I can invite you in to see this great new building and talk to you personally. Finally, I would like to thank the staff who have done an incredible job in keeping school life as normal as possible for the students.  They have adapted where they have needed to, and have been tremendous in their response to the pandemic to keep HAWI safe.  I am incredibly proud to work with such a great community. I wish you all a very safe and happy festive break.  Mrs Larizadeh                      
20 November 2020Newsletter 20/11/20I really appreciate all the support you give to us by guiding your children to support our motto of ‘make a difference’ by being kind, polite, working hard and supporting each other.  I am really pleased to report that we have given out 22,254 reward points since the beginning of the school year and many students are now beginning to collect their stickers and Kudos rewards.  You will find all the information in the student planner about the extra rewards students can claim when they reach a certain number of stickers.  We have a number of activities planned between now and the end of term.  30th November – 4th December will be our anti-bullying and charity week and we will publish all of the information in the newsletter next week.  We will also be supporting Save the Children with their Christmas Jumper day on Friday 11th December.  On Wednesday 16th December, Christmas lunch will be provided for all students who would like it and they need to sign up with their tutor next week. I hope you are all coping well with the current National Lockdown and all your families are safe and well.  The standard of cleaning and hygiene at the academy is very high.  I am very confident in all the procedures and routines we have in place so that we can minimise risk of transmission in the academy.  As you are aware, we have had one positive case so please can I ask you to remind your children to social distance outside of the academy so we can minimise the risk of anyone getting it.  Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.  Mrs Larizadeh
13 November 2020Newsletter 16/11/20Mr Arnold did a great Remembrance Assembly this week which we showed in all of the classrooms. He reminded everyone about how important it is to pay respect and honour those who lost their life serving their country. It was particularly poignant as Mr Arnold served as an Army Officer in the British Army from 2008 to 2013 and told us about two colleagues and friends he had lost while serving in Afghanistan. Miss Pocock also spoke to the students about keeping themselves safe when they are coming to and from school and about our high expectations of them in the local community. We expect all students to be polite and courteous and be aware of others around them. Next week we have house meetings where each house will choose their house charity and plan activities they would like to do to raise money. We will have a Charity Week during the week of the 30th November. The houses will also be given their own time capsule which will be buried in the academy grounds for students to open in 50 years. They need to decide what they would like to place in it. I have sent a separate letter about uniform and PE Kit which you will find here Please can you talk to your child about what they need to bring and wear each day. It is made a bit more complicated with COVID as students cannot change on site. I have not changed the policy, just added black joggers as an optional item for any students who would like to wear them. Many students are enjoying playing football at break and lunchtime but from Monday, they must have moulded football boots to play on the surface as if not we will lose our guarantee. The students are working exceptionally hard and when I walk around the academy during lessons, I can see students engaged in their learning and enjoying lessons. I am delighted with their focus and progress. Have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend. Mrs Larizadeh
6 November 2020Newsletter 06/11/20We have had a fantastic week in our new building.  The students have quickly settled into the new routines and have enjoyed using all of the new facilities.  In the newsletter, you will see we have published information about staying safe.  Please can you spend some time over the weekend talking to your child about how they should keep themselves safe as they walk to and from school.  We also plan to talk to them about it.  I am delighted to say that I have spoken to the Department for Education and we can continue with our extracurricular activities during this national lockdown.  Consequently, extracurricular activities will begin next week and there is more information in the newsletter.   You should be very proud of how your children have approached the Covid-19 systems we have in school.  They wear their face mask, regularly sanitise/wash their hands and keep in their bubble.  It is really important that they follow the social distancing guidelines and the rules of the national lockdown outside of school so we can ensure we do not bring Covid-19 into the Academy.  If your child has any symptoms please ensure they self-isolate.  In addition, if they come into contact with anyone with symptoms they also must self-isolate.  We have a very exciting future ahead of us and I look forward to sharing all our news over the next half term. Kind regards Mrs Larizadeh                                                
9 October 2020Newsletter 09/10/20Arrangements for moving into the new build. As I explained last week, students will have a remote learning day on Friday 16th October to enable us to pack up the buildings ready for the removal company on Monday 19th October.  Please ensure your child understands that this is a working day and half term begins at 3pm! During the first week after half term, each year group will attend for an orientation day of the new building.  At all the other times between 8.30am and 3pm, students should be at home completing remote learning.  Please see the separate section of the newsletter about how to access work through our Virtual School.     Monday 2nd November: 11.20am - 3pm. Year 9 in school, years  7 & 8 working remotely Tuesday 3rd November: 11.20am - 3pm . Year 8 in school, years 7 & 9 working remotely Wednesday 4th November: 10.20am - 3pm. Year 7 in school, years 8 & 9 working remotely Thursday 5th November: Year 7 arrive at 8.15am, year 8 arrive at 8.45am and year 9 arrive at 9.15am Friday 6th November: All students start at 8.25am   I understand that students have already had a significant amount of time at home in the last 6 months but it is important that we allow time for students to understand how the entrances/exits and routes around the building will work for each bubble.  Teachers will ensure that students have plenty of work to complete during this time and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. As we have been unable to open our doors for our Prospective Parents Evening, we have made a film to show the community how wonderful our school is.  Your sons and daughters make our academy a very happy place.  If you get chance, please click on the link    to watch it. Due to the move, this will be the last Newsletter of the half term.  I would like to thank you for all your continued support and wish you an enjoyable half term. Best wishes, Mrs Larizadeh    
2 October 2020Newsletter 02/10/20I am delighted to confirm that we will be moving into the new building over half term. On Friday 16th October, the students will need to complete their lessons remotely as we need to pack up at both sites before the removal company arrive on Monday 19th October. Teachers will set work and your children should remain at home on this day and complete it. As you can imagine, to get the building ready, there will be a substantial amount of work for staff over half term.  During the first week after half term, students will be required to come in for an orientation of the new building at different times. I will publish the programme next week but during the first three days, students will be required to work from home for a period of time while each year group is shown where everything is in the building and how to move around safely.  This staggered start is even more important due to our health and safety requirements for COVID-19 and keeping our bubbles separate. However, until Friday 16th October, it is business as usual!  The students have settled into the academic year and they are producing some excellent work.  We have spent a significant amount of time visiting lessons across all year groups; we are delighted with the focus, engagement and hard work of the students.   Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.  Have an enjoyable weekend. Mrs Larizadeh
25 September 2020Newsletter 25/09/2020My earliest memory of being read to as a child was my mum reading ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr.  I absolutely loved the story and couldn’t hear it enough times!  It is about a girl called Sophie who is having tea with her mother when the doorbell rings.  In walks a tiger, and Sophie and her mother end up having tea with him.  The book captured my imagination and allowed me to enter this imaginary world of tigers eating all the cakes and drinking all the water in the house. Next week, we are going to focus on the Power of Reading.  Mr Maurice will set the scene in his assembly where he will talk students through his own journey from a reluctant reader with diagnosed dyslexia, to an avid reader who always has a book on the go. The key message is that, once on the path to reading, all can immerse themselves in the wonderful world of books. At Harris Academy Wimbledon we will be encouraging all students on their journey to becoming great readers through our Friday Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time, where House Groups will be reading together with no other purpose in mind that just pure, unadulterated enjoyment.   Please can I encourage you to support your children to read and to go and see our wonderful librarian, Ms Nylinder,  if they would like some suggestions. We are still on track to move into the new building straight after half term.  I hope to have the final confirmation very soon and then I will write to you with all of the details.  Next Friday (2nd October) is an INSET day.
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