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10/12/18

We will be raising money for by having a Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 20th December. We can't wait to see lots of fabulous Christmas jumpers. https://t.co/ylk8rQxxZ5

10/12/18

Viewpoints photography - Charlie, Year 7. https://t.co/6LACPDPSb7

10/12/18

Year 7 have now finished their topic of electricity and are well into studying the last topic of the term, cells. Some great photographs of cheek cells as well as an electricity practical using the Van Der Graaf generator. https://t.co/YCT36byX3Q

07/12/18

7Yellow are getting in the Christmas spirit and making a rather large paper chain... https://t.co/96VtsstkVq

07/12/18

A fantastically fiery and Christmassy last session for our scientists at Kings Wimbledon today - a great way to round off the week! https://t.co/H9iWyNQ3Bh

07/12/18

Students from have been coming to assist our Year 7’s with Latin Culture Club on Friday afternoons. https://t.co/wD14ygpTO0

07/12/18

A sneak preview of one of the performances 🎶 https://t.co/IHoqIwgegT

07/12/18

Rehearsals for our Autumn celebration are well under way this morning at HAWI https://t.co/JKPKsRvOTx

06/12/18

Set design club and gardening club working together to create the backdrop for our Autumn Celebration. https://t.co/yZ1nKTaJFo

06/12/18

Thank you gardening club 🌟 https://t.co/ZxUNpljjrj

06/12/18

A few students have the very important job of decorating the reception Christmas tree this afternoon🎄 https://t.co/exTYPfz8As

06/12/18

We are looking forward to our Christmas lunch which will be enjoying on Thursday 20th December!🎄🍽️ https://t.co/oiD0g6p4Ka

05/12/18

The second group of students this week who are enjoying a principal’s breakfast. Well done for working hard this term 🥞🍇 https://t.co/jvZf2ys0JE

04/12/18

Testing out long exposure in Photography enrichment this afternoon 📷 https://t.co/Aa4LKR4r80

04/12/18

A great way to start the morning🥞🍴 https://t.co/F2SGJGZSMr

04/12/18

The table is all set and ready for the Principal’s breakfast this morning. Students who have worked exceptionally hard this term are invited to join Mrs Larizadeh for delicious pancakes, waffles and fruit. 🌟 https://t.co/l7glrW2OGd

29/11/18

Our year 7 girls are absolutely thrilled to have scored 10 goals and won a netball tournament this afternoon against Harris Academy Sutton and Harris Academy Morden Shaakrirah scored an outstanding 9 goals! Massive well done team. https://t.co/ndlBipvA5d

29/11/18

We look forward to welcoming the parents of 7Purple tomorrow morning at 8:30am for the students class assembly.

29/11/18

Dance rehearsals for the Autumn celebration. Dance club runs every Thursday afternoon from 3pm - 4:30pm. All students are welcome. https://t.co/Wzghl2B7Cj

29/11/18

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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 brand-new co-educational secondary academy set up to provide an excellent, well-rounded education for local children in Wimbledon. We welcomed our first Year 7 students in 2018 and we will grow year on year, eventually serving children ages 11-18. Our academy is an outstanding place to learn, providing an innovative, inclusive and happy environment for our young people.
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4 December 2018Principal's BlogIt has been a busy two weeks at the Academy.  On the 19th November, we celebrated Anti-Bullying week by following the national theme “Choose Respect”. The week gave all students the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the impact of bullying.  All students were asked to think about the word respect and understand how to take individual and collective action in order to create a safe and enriching environment in which to learn. During Human and Life skills lessons, they were also asked to nominate their peers who’d shown excellence in ‘Making a Difference’ to the lives of other and those within our school community.  This was celebrated through the creation of a mural led by our art club ‘Fluxus’ with help from Miss Kent. On Tuesday 20th November, students were also encouraged to wear odd socks for the day in order to symbolise the respect that we all have for the differences in all of us. Congratulations to all students who participated! Students have been working incredibly hard in their lessons where they have completed assessments in all subjects.  I am delighted with their perseverance and focus.  As they receive their assessments back, the teachers will be congratulating them on how well they have done, and supporting them in understanding how they can continue to make progress in their learning.  Parents will receive a report at the end of term with all of their assessment marks. We have been learning about the environment and will very soon have our own ECO representatives from each house group.  They will work with the whole school community on how we can continue to be environmentally friendly.  The students are using a re-usable water bottle every day and are now recycling any food waste from break and lunch in a separate bin.  On Friday 7Purple presented an excellent assembly on the environment for parents and students.  I was very impressed with their creativity and confidence in communicating their message to the audience. December is set to be a busy month. On 13th December we have our Autumn Celebration Evening where all of the students will be performing to their parents and invited guests and sharing their highlights of the term. The whole school are going to see A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic on 19th December which promises to be an excellent treat as it has had fantastic reviews. On 20th December, students can wear a Christmas Jumper to school and pay £1 to raise money for Save the Children.  In addition, the students can set up their own stall for a charity of their choice and sell biscuits, cakes, decorations or anything else they would like to make. On 20th December we will also be having our Stay Safe day where students will take part in a number of workshops about how to stay safe in Modern Britain.  Each house will also be creating hampers to deliver to local care homes.
18 November 2018Principal's BlogPlanning Permission Granted! I am delighted to announce that the plans for the new school in High Path were approved on Thursday evening!  We can now look forward to constructing this impressive new building which will be ready for September 2020.  I’d like to thank everyone who supported us, especially the parents and students who attended the planning meeting. We started the week with our Remembrance Assembly where as a school community we reflected on the centenary of World War I and thought about the sacrifices the armed forces made for us, not only in World War 1 and World War II but in subsequent and current wars since.  Special mention to Scott, Edward, Martyna, Reuben and Nadia who read poems to help us understand the emotions of the time. Parents’ Evening was a great success on Monday.  The students approached the evening with maturity setting themselves smart targets to achieve during the rest of the year.  In addition, they have been busy in lessons completing assessments so they have a clear understanding of how they can improve in every subject. The enrichment and extra-curricular programme continues to be at the heart of what we are doing.  The students have started selling their first Harris Academy School magazine, the STEM club are entering a national competition and Photography club are gaining excellent skills in Photoshop.  A group of students went to Wembley to see England win against USA.  They had an amazing time soaking up the atmosphere and joining in the songs to cheer on England.  Congratulations to 7Yellow who presented the whole school with an excellent assembly on celebrating difference. We continue to welcome visitors who are keen to come and see our new academy in action.  Everyone who comes comments on how focused, polite and engaging the students are in their approach to academy life.  I am very proud of how Year 7 have settled in; they are taking every opportunity that is presented to them and are growing in confidence along the way.  
12 November 2018Principal's BlogThe students have had a great first week back after a well-deserved rest over half term. Our theme for the week was ‘Festivals’ and we explored Bonfire Night, the Day of the Dead that is celebrated every year in Mexico and Diwali, the Hindu Festival of lights.  We discussed how festivals unite people towards a certain cause and involve celebration.  Festivals are an expressive way for us all to celebrate our heritage, culture and traditions. The visit to the Tower of London was a great success.  The students attended a session on 1097 and William I’s greatest fortress and palace, the White Tower.  They explored the nature of power and the challenges facing a new King after the Norman Conquest.  The guide at the Tower was incredibly impressed with the knowledge the students had gained during their History lessons and many members of the public commented on how smart the students looked in their uniform and how well they presented themselves. Our World Religion Day gave students the opportunity to explore five different religions.  They worked incredibly well together and could be seen tucking into bagels at break time and completing all of the puzzles and clues around the academy to help them find out information about Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.  There were many thoughtful debates and the teachers were impressed with their determination to find out as much as possible.  The day culminated in a visit to the Mosque in Morden.  Year 7s have been busy collecting their reward points and commendation stickers so they can attend the Hot Chocolate morning and Principal’s breakfast.  I am delighted that the students are working hard in their lessons and gathering reward points for the effort they are putting into their work. On Friday, the girls’ football team narrowly lost to Harris Academy Crystal Palace by 2 goals to 1.  Shaakirah scored for the girls who all played with skill, enthusiasm and professionalism. Parents’ Evening is on Monday and on Thursday at 19.15, we have the planning committee for the new build at Merton Civic offices – I would be delighted if you could come along and show you support. Have a good week!
14 October 2018Principal's BlogCongratulations to 7Blue who performed an excellent assembly on Friday to the rest of Year 7 and their parents.  They explored how kindness breeds happiness and spent two weeks researching and writing the script before presenting us with a very polished performance.  I was very impressed with their confidence and enthusiasm as they communicated some very important messages about how we make a difference to everyone around us.  Last week was a very busy week.  We started the week by discussing how we respect and celebrate diversity and the students said 'Good Morning' in over twenty different languages.  I am delighted with how the students have settled into life at the Academy; they are always exceptionally polite and support each other to do well.  Individuality is very important to us and we want students to be proud of their differences. We had two football teams playing against other schools, a group of students who started a five week 'more able' Science project at Kings College School (KCS) and we welcomed four sixth formers and their teacher from KCS to work with 7M in Latin for the rest of this term.  It is great to see Year 7s getting the opportunity to work with sixth formers from another school.  In addition, we welcomed over 200 visitors during our open mornings. Thank you to everyone who purchased books this week.  I was delighted to see so many excited and enthusiastic students reading books at both break time and lunch time.  We have raised over £450 from the book fair which will help us build and develop our library. I am looking forward to 7Red's assembly on Friday, seeing our netball leaders running a competition on Tuesday, our School Council going for training and our sports teams in action again.  All in all, it is looking like a typically busy week at Harris Academy Wimbledon! 
7 October 2018Principal's BlogI believe music supports young people in their emotional development, helps them develop their imagination and intellectual curiosity, and gives them a range of transferable skills to support them in the development of their other school work.  Consequently, we have launched our music taster lessons where every student gets the opportunity to have a lesson in an instrument with a professional music teacher.  The students have embraced the lessons with enthusiasm earning them many compliments from the visiting teachers.  There are more taster lessons in the next few days. We have our book fair in the library this week and it would be great to see everyone buying a book.  For every book purchased, we get a free book for the library.  In addition, we are launching our ‘donate your favourite children’s book’.  If you would like to donate your favourite book, we will put a dedication from you in the book for everyone to read. Congratulations to all of the students who represented the Academy at cross country on Thursday.  All of the students finished in the top twenty and Reece has qualified for the next stage of the competition.  We have three football fixtures this week involving 39 different students – I am very proud of the dedication the students are showing in all of their extra-curricular activities. 7Blue have been busy practising their assembly ready to perform on Friday to their parents and the rest of Year 7. This will be followed by a coffee morning for 7Blue parents. We mustn’t forget the work all the students are completing in their lessons.  We had two busy open mornings this week welcoming over one hundred visitors.  They all visited at least two lessons and commented on the students’ focus, concentration and enthusiasm for their learning.   I wish you an enjoyable week.
30 September 2018Principal's BlogCongratulations to Callen, Lucrezia, Ellie, Lara, Zoha, Emmerson, Inaya, Raulis, Pearl and Basan who have been elected by their peers to be the first members of the school council.  They all wrote a few sentences about their achievement and Pearl said “School council is a complete honour.  I love it.  I’ve found something I love to do and I finally feel like I belong”.  In their first meeting, the school council discussed the names for the houses and have decided that they will be named after famous historical figures who have lived in Wimbledon and the surrounding area.  They will now liaise with their class to decide on the name for each house.  Watch this space for the announcement. We will announce the senior prefects this week. On Tuesday, we had Prospective Parents’ Evening and welcomed 650 visitors to the Academy.  All Year 7 stayed behind to help with the evening and I am very proud of them all; they were polite, informative, enthusiastic and received compliments from all our visitors. Emmerson, Inaya and Reuben spoke confidently in the talk giving information about our enrichment curriculum, extra-curricular activities and transition programme. Mr Riches picked 14 students to represent the academy at the first football match against Trinity School.  Even though they lost their first match the team played with enthusiasm and skill. Taio was man of the match. This week we will be celebrating National Poetry week.  We have our first pastoral meeting for parents and the inaugural meeting of the Wimbledon Parents’ Association (WPA).  We would love to see all of the parents at both events.  Please email reception@harriswimbledon.org.uk to reserve your place. Homework is now being set every day.  Please support the students by checking what homework they have and ensuring they complete it by the deadline.  Remember the library is open and staffed every day until 4.30pm for students to complete their homework. We have two open mornings this week and have inset day on Friday.  The Academy is closed on Friday which gives the students plenty of time to do some excellent homework. I wish you an enjoyable week.
23 September 2018Principal's BlogThe students have settled in well completing their second week at the Academy. In assembly on Monday, I talked to them about their dreams and aspirations explaining to them that all of us need to think about what we want to do in the future.  Dreams and aspirations tell us something about ourselves, what we can become in the future and where we are heading.  It is important for the students to have dreams and aspirations and I explained to them that these will grow, develop and change as they grow up.  Miss Pocock will be talking to all the students this week about their individual dreams and aspirations.  I had a great conversation with a student who dreams about being a doctor and she spent some time researching into the profession and what she needs to do to achieve her dream. The students launched themselves into the array of extracurricular activities on offer at the academy.  It was fantastic to see them dancing with Shaun Dillon, our resident professional dancer; sharing their creative talents in our set design club and demonstrating great skills in Hockey, Netball and Football.  My week ended bumping into the students from the Latin Culture Club preparing for European day of languages which we will be celebrating on Wednesday.  The students were full of enthusiasm, joy and a love of languages as they explained to me the quiz they had been preparing.  It was 4.30pm on Friday and they were not in any rush to go home. This week is a busy week for the Academy.  We have prospective parents’ evening on Tuesday from 5pm – 8pm.  Students will finish at 12.20pm so we can prepare for the evening; they need to be back at 4.30pm ready to show parents around or help out in different subjects.  School will start one hour later on Wednesday so the gates will open at 9am with the bell going at 9.25am. I wish you an enjoyable week.  
16 September 2018Principal's BlogYear 7 have had a fantastic first full week at the Academy.  I am delighted with how they have settled in; they are eager to learn and are being supportive of each other.  In tutor time, the students discussed their community code of conduct and I have put their ideas together below: I will wear my uniform with pride and be smart at all times I will be polite and take responsibility for the way I talk to people in the local community I will offer my seat to those less able to stand and keep noise to a minimum on public transport I will walk sensibly on the pavements and cross the road using crossings or traffic lights I will use positive language with my friends I will always use litter bins for my rubbish I will make a difference to others by being kind  They are going to finalise their code of conduct in tutor time this week.  In addition, each tutor group is going to vote for their House Leaders who will form our first Student Council.  The students can stand for the leadership roles by writing a short speech on how they will represent their tutor group.  Each tutor group will vote for who they think will best represent them at the first student council meeting. Friday saw our first football trials.  We had 58 girls and boys attend; they shared their enthusiasm, energy and skills with each other, making it almost impossible for Mr Riches to pick the teams for the first matches.   Everyone who shows regular commitment to sports clubs will get an opportunity to represent the academy at some point during the year.  Hard work and commitment will always be rewarded at Harris Academy Wimbledon. I wish you an enjoyable week.
9 September 2018Principal's BlogHARRIS ACADEMY WIMBLEDON OPENS ITS DOORS TO ITS FIRST STUDENTS   On Thursday, the brand new Harris Academy Wimbledon opened its doors to its first ever students.  I am extremely proud to be leading an ambitious new academy and it has been a pleasure to welcome our first Year 7 students this week. The students arrived with a mixture of excitement and nerves, looking exceptionally smart in their brand new school uniform.  In our first assembly I spoke to them about our motto ‘Make a Difference’ and how they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others around them.  In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dumbledore says the following: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’ This central message of the Harry Potter series is what I want the students to think about and act on.  I know our students already have a variety of abilities - we have budding leaders, sportsmen and women, mathematicians, journalists, lawyers and much more – but I want the students to make the right choices to maximise their abilities, to work hard and to be kind. Next week brings the first full week of the school timetable and the students will need to be organised, ensuring they bring in the correct books and equipment to school.  Tuesday sees the launch of our exciting enrichment programme and during the week they will begin to find out about all of the extra-curricular activities they can be part of. I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable week.
19 July 2018HARRIS ACADEMY WIMBLEDON OPENS ITS DOORS TO WELCOME ITS FIRST STUDENTSLast Wednesday, Harris Academy Wimbledon opened its doors to welcome its first intake of Year 7 pupils for an induction day. The first cohort of students, who come from 38 different primary schools, spent the day getting to know their new classmates and teachers. Harris Academy Wimbledon is currently full for Year 7 but if any prospective students would like to make a late application for a place on the waiting list they can apply directly through the academy’s website. An open evening for prospective students and their families will be held on Tuesday 25th September with additional open mornings taking place in early October. More information can be found at Harris Academy Wimbledon’s website. 11 year old Jaye, who will be joining the academy in September, said: “I am really, really looking forward to learning and making new friends at Harris Academy Wimbledon. I've been thinking about after school activities and the student council and it would be an honour to do those very special things.” Jo Larizadeh, Principal of Harris Academy Wimbledon, said: "It has been fantastic to meet our first Year 7 pupils and to introduce them to our staff team. Our building is looking absolutely brilliant and it is great to be so close to finally opening. After lots of hard work, I know that when the first day of the autumn term comes we will be ready to provide an excellent education for Year 7 children.”          
20 April 2018Update on DevelopmentsWe are now full for September 2018 and I am looking forward to meeting our first cohort of students at Harris Academy Wimbledon. It has been a busy few months and I am pleased to announce that we have now recruited all of our teachers for September.  I am delighted with all of the appointments and am confident they will teach exciting and engaging lessons that will support all students to make excellent progress. Please find enclosed a summary below: Mr Walsh: Vice Principal, teaching Music and Drama Miss Pocock: Director of English Mr Rutter: Teacher of Mathematics Miss Bolt: Teacher of Science Miss Turner: Teacher of History and Geography. Miss Ortega: Teacher of Spanish, Latin and French Miss Kent: Teacher of Art and Technology Mr Riches: Teacher of PE and Dance All of the teachers will be delivering our unique personal, social, health, cultural and religious curriculum and ICT will be delivered across the curriculum.  As we finalise the plans for the curriculum and enrichment, we will publish more information on the website.  Alongside the recruitment of teachers, we have been busy putting all of the finishing touches to the designs for Whatley Avenue.  The construction company have started and are making excellent progress in getting everything ready.  Parents of our first cohort of students will be able to look round at the induction evening on 4th July. We will be holding induction interviews for all the new students during the week of 18th June and parents will receive an individual appointment time in May.  At the induction interview, we will provide parents and children with a range of information including how to buy the school uniform. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions via info@harriswimbledon.org.uk Mrs Larizadeh Principal
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