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15/10/21

Year 9 visit to Bletchley Park https://t.co/M8fEutrIAo

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Health and Social Care students visited a Nursery and Primary School today to observe how they learn at a young age. We then had a career’s talk from a registered nurse to share their experiences and how they got into the health sector. https://t.co/8vn0lQFNbo

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Year 10 DT students are learning about Thermo polymers and plastic manipulation. This morning they made Acrylic pen holders, using a hot wire strip heater and pillar drill. https://t.co/CGw7bDYBIt

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10d1 group out in Bank gathering recordings for their current Architecture project https://t.co/H5K1CUnXTZ

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Trip to the British Museum today. We visited the Nero exhibition and then explored some of the museum's permanent features like the Rosetta Stone. https://t.co/NQ2OqrH7F7

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Maths Day! https://t.co/zpfSbDCd9M

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Year 10 Art trip https://t.co/1c0sz6ULwp

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Year 7 on their Geography River Wandle exploration for the day https://t.co/nkpFJpouQj

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Some great sessions during our Deep Learning Days! https://t.co/H3xMqRCUOP

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Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Week 3 of gymnastics for Year 7 looked at building paired balance routines. This is a quick shot of their start positions👀 https://t.co/6JGrN7Lwvt

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Well done to the year 8 football teams who completed in yesterday’s Merton school football tournament. Smiles all round! https://t.co/CYDrJQqGnR

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GCSE Art students https://t.co/909bLjUWY7

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Year 10 GCSE Art students have arrived in Bank for their first stop of their Art Day! https://t.co/pXvh3CwM7G

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Retweetd From HAWI Library

The books that become most popular are the ones that everyone raves about and recommend through word of mouth. At HAWI, the book series that everyone loves and want to read more of is "Heartstopper". Thank you, for turning our most reluctant readers into book worms! https://t.co/rDr0t8dl1S

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Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Thankyou for our taster session last week! A great push for our Girls Football teams ⚽️ https://t.co/rYJ7yNwnVU

13/10/21

Black History Month Celebration Day! https://t.co/pYw7RMds0F

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Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Thankyou for an excellent start to our partnership for year 8 netball! Your fabulous sports leaders have engaged our players and we look forward to the season ahead. https://t.co/Z5tcrW9NB3

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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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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  
9 July 2021Newsletter 09/07/2021I  hope everyone is keeping safe and well.  Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to invite parents and carers into the academy for Honours Evening.  As I am sure you are aware, there is a high rate of positive cases of Covid-19 in Merton and I don’t think it will be sensible to have a mixture of 300 adults and students in the school hall.  However, we are very much looking forward to our Honours Day which we will hold in school on Monday 19th July and we will send you details next week about how you will be able to watch it from home. I am absolutely delighted that Stuart Lawrence will be our guest speaker at Honours Day.  His brother Stephen Lawrence, was murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993, and the Lawrence family’s tireless campaign for justice has led to cultural shifts and changes in attitudes towards racism within British society. Stuart Lawrence worked as a teacher for fifteen years and he is now a motivational speaker, a writer and works with the education system to equip young people with the mindset to believe and achieve what they want in life, no matter the challenges they might face. In his book, ‘Silence Is Never an Option’ Lawrence talks about what he has learned from life;  the tools that have helped him live positively and kept him moving forwards when times have been tough. From role models to self-control Lawrence uses his own experience to help all people to harness the good in themselves and in the world around them, using that fire of positivity to create change in their lives. We look forward to meeting him. Best wishes for an enjoyable weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/090721-Newsletter.pdf                                                
11 June 2021Newsletter 11/06/21We’re delighted that lots of our students have been awarded 50 curriculum reward stickers this academic year.  For Lower School students, this requires being awarded 250 effort stamps through the year, and for Upper School students, 50 Kudos stickers for individual pieces of work.  It is a fantastic achievement, reached through hard work, effort and resilience through what has been a very challenging year.  We would like to reward students who have reached this milestone, so we are arranging for all students who have reached this goal to attend our Reward Trip to Thorpe Park Resort. We are able to subsidise the cost of this trip, and cover travel costs.  When your son or daughter reaches the threshold of  50 stickers, you will receive an invitation letter, and the contribution request will be added to your Parent Pay account.  Students have until the end of June to reach 50 stickers, so there’s still time. The trip will be undertaken strictly within the government’s Covid-19 guidelines in force on that date, and we will also enforce any additional requirements made by Thorpe Park Resort (for example, students will be required to have their temperature taken on arrival).  Payment of the contribution will indicate consent. In the meantime, let’s get earning those stickers!   Have a good weekend   Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/110621-Newsletter.pdf
21 May 2021Newsletter 21/05/21This week we have welcomed staff from other Harris Academies to see Harris Academy Wimbledon in action.  I am delighted to inform you that they were very impressed with the students who they found to be polite, engaging and focused on learning.  I’d like to thank all the staff who work incredibly hard to provide great teaching and learning and support the students to meet their potential. The students are looking forward to their deep learning days this week.  If they are going on a visit to Kew Gardens or to the South Coast, please ensure they know what to wear, what to bring and where to meet.  There won’t be any enrichment this week as the staff need to prepare for the deep learning days.  Consequently students will finish at 3pm on Tuesday.  Extracurricular activities have finished for this half term and will start again on Monday 7th June. On Monday and Tuesday, students will bring home their revision books which will help them revise for their summer exams.  Please spend some time reading them with your child and support them to do a revision timetable.  There is some information in the booklet about ensuring they rest over half term and don’t spend the whole time revising.  I understand there were some technical issues with the virtual revision evening.  Mr Maurice is going to record the revision tips and put them on the website. Have a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/210521-Newsletter.pdf  
14 May 2021Newsletter 14/05/2021I hope you are keeping safe and well.  We will be following the government advice and students do not need to wear masks in school from Monday 17th May.  We will continue to implement all our other safety measures and it is vitally important that students continue to take a lateral flow test twice a week.  In addition, students now need to wear their school uniform every day and bring their PE Kit with them on the days they have PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs.  There is some more information about this in the Covid section of the newsletter. Enrichment and Extracurricular clubs continue to be a great success.  We believe that academic success should go hand-in hand with a rich variety of extra-curricular activities as they help foster a spirit of aspiration, resilience and a joy in learning.  At Harris Academy Wimbledon all students participate in enrichment and attend at least one after school extra-curricular activity.  With over 40 different clubs, there is plenty to choose from. Mr Maurice will be leading a revision session for all students and parents on Monday 17th May from 6pm – 7pm and you will find the link in the newsletter.  It is a really important evening as it will give parents and students some key tips on how to revise successfully for the summer exams. Students are really picking up the pace in receiving rewards and I enjoyed speaking to more Year 7 students in Principal’s breakfast this morning.  Please keep encouraging your child to work hard and collect their stickers. Best wishes for a lovely weekend, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/140521-Newsletter.pdf
30 April 2021Newsletter 30/04/2021I am delighted to let you know that we have recruited some outstanding teachers who will start with us in September, when we will welcome another year group to our school community.  We have appointed a new Head of Computer Science and a new Director of Science,  alongside new teachers in English, Maths, Science, Art, Drama, Dance and PE, Music, Spanish, Geography and Food technology.  The Year 9 options process is complete and I am delighted with Year 9 students; they have approached the whole process with diligence and maturity.  Mr Maurice will send a letter home to parents within the next two weeks confirming the GCSE choices for your child. I enjoyed chatting with Year 7 students who came to Principal’s breakfast this morning (as they have achieved thirty reward stickers for the effort they have put into their school work).  They keep me up to date with what they are enjoying and always give me suggestions of how we can continue to improve and develop over time.  All students who receive 50 reward stickers (or Kudos stickers for Year 9)  by the end of June will get the opportunity to go on a rewards trip to Thorpe Park.  Please keep encouraging your children to work hard in their lessons so they get the opportunity to go. I hope you have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.  I have my fingers crossed for some sunny weather! Bets wishes, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/300421Newsletter.pdf
23 April 2021Newsletter 230421I hope you all a had a good Easter break and have enjoyed some of the sunshine.  I am looking forward to a great summer term which will be a combination of great academic work and the opportunity to re-introduce some other activities (as far as the COVID safety measures allow).  We plan to have two deep learning days on the 26th and 27th May; Year 7 will have the opportunity to go to Kew Gardens as part of their Art curriculum and the Year 8 will go on a Geography Field trip.  Year 9 will not miss out as they will have a Shakespeare performance of Macbeth (to support them with GCSE English) and the opportunity to work with staff form Greenwich Observatory for Maths and Science.  In June and July, we are planning two outdoor activity days, an Arts Festival, Sports Day and Duke of Edinburgh camping trips for Year 9.  We continue to closely follow all of the COVID guidance for keeping everyone safe. The summer term is also about working hard and doing well in the end of year exams.  The week of the 14th June is exam week for all year groups.  On the 17th May, we will be holding a revision evening for parents which will provide information on the exams and different strategies that you can use to support your children with revision.  More details will follow closer to the time.  I am pleased to report that the students have settled back in very quickly and have shown that they are committed to their studies.  The teachers have planned a great curriculum which will allow students to gain all the knowledge and skills they need to be successful. Best wishes for an excellent Summer Term, Mrs Larizadeh https://0e58658be539ee7325a0-220f04f871df648cf4a4d93a111e3366.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/harris_secondary_wimbledon/uploads/document/230421Newsletter.pdf
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