Design skills of HAWI pupils are far from locked down! Despite the significant challenge of learning a practical subject virtually, the HAWI DT pupils have produced some fantastic work!


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HAWI's Book of the Week will whisk you away to a desert island. It is a tale of pirates, treachery and heroism. No need to buy or borrow, you can read it here:


Artists of the Month


An amazing photo of the Academy in the snow taken by Szymon in Year 7!


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We received so many wonderful entries for the October half-term House competition, which tied in with Black History Month. Some of them are now on display in the library, they are too good not to share. HAWI students' imagination and creativity really is something else!


The Lower Academy Players had their first virtual extra-curricular club yesterday and have started to plan the re-telling of Rapunzel. We are hoping to put something together over the next few weeks and share this exciting new version with you.


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Why not head to park and use the home court app to beat Ms Timmins’ basketball shooting high score


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It didn’t take long. Well done to Aaron in year 9 with a new high score of 530


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I challenge you to beat my score! If you do either tweet us back or send an email of your video to Mr Riches. There are prizes to be won !


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Congratulations to Rutherford who won last half-term's House Reading Challenge with an impressive 28 book reviews! Also, congratulations to 7 Gibson who submitted the most Word of the Week entries by far and earned bonus points for their House. Well done!


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Sport House Challenges this week: Couch to 5k- week 1- complete a 1km run and complete the submission form sent to students via email. Agility challenge- see video for example. Complete a as many as you can in a minute! Entry = points . Participation is key!


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Students who are working in school have been enjoying time to get active in many sports, including Dance, Trampolining, Basketball and Table Tennis.


Year 8 student, Asiyah, has gone above and beyond with her tonal practicing. Look how her block shading has depicted the shiny, reflective surfaces. Well done Asiyah!


Even though we haven’t managed to go to the theatre this year and we can’t wait for them to be back open, we are very thankful for this brilliant resource, Digital Theatre Plus. In our Drama and English lessons we have been able to watch some exciting theatre with the students.


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The HAWI Canon display is up! You can read nine of its titles for free online. Which one are you going to read next?


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Happy 2021! The physical library is closed but we are lucky to live in an age when we have access to a wealth of brilliant books online. Please contact Ms Nylinder if you need tips and advice on what to read and where to find it!


Our physical gates must remain closed to most students, but our staff are only ever a phone call or email away; please do not hesitate to ask for our help or support if you need it. Teachers are following the normal school timetable and are teaching ‘live’ lessons.


House groups will be given their own time capsule which will be buried in the academy grounds for students to open in 50 years! Students need to decide what they would like to place in them.


Merry Christmas from our Year 9 musicians!

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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.
18 September 2020Newsletter 18/09/2020In the last two weeks, we have given out over 5000 reward points for the excellent effort students have shown in their work; you should be very proud of them.  I am very proud of how they have approached school and our new way of working.  They keep in their bubbles, use the hand sanitiser and wear their face masks without any fuss which means that teachers can focus on great teaching and learning and providing fun extra-curricular activities.  There was a buzz in the playground as 80 Year 7 students waited to work with the professional football coaches, lots of laughter in the Year 9 Geography Club and great concentration in the Year 8 Technology club.  Mr Arnold co-ordinates all the extracurricular clubs, so please don’t hesitate to contact him if you have any questions.  Year 9 students are making their applications for the position of Head Boy and Head Girl before the closing date on Monday.  All the students get to vote for their Head Boy and Girl in the next couple of weeks.  The new building is looking fantastic.  The 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors are now finished and the 1st floor isn’t far off.  That just leaves the ground floor and the externals to finish by half term.  We are on track to move in over half term and are really looking forward to it.  Have an enjoyable weekend, Mrs Larizadeh.
3 July 2020Newsletter 03/07/20  We have had a fantastic week.  We had over 1500 entries into the different competitions for Virtual Sports Day and students fully engaged with the Virtual Careers Day completing their own personal plan for a career of choice.  It will be fascinating to see how personal plans change over time.  We welcomed all of our new staff on Monday for an induction day and met all of our new Year 7s virtually; we are especially pleased to be welcoming 17 siblings into Year 7.  Teachers have been busily marking significant pieces of work and writing reports.  We are very impressed with the standard of work we have received and I would like to thank you for encouraging your children during this challenging time. We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone back for their review meeting next week.  You should have received a letter from me, via email , outlining when your child needs to attend.  If you haven’t received the letter, please contact Mrs Kirby. If you have any further questions, please contact Miss Pocock (Year 7)  or Mr James (Year 8). Yesterday, we received the guidance for return to school in September.  The first thing to say is that I am absolutely delighted the government has said all students can come back. We have learnt a lot in lockdown about how to deliver virtual education, and families and staff have been outstanding, but children need the routine of normal school life and they also need to see their friends and teachers.  It is vital that we get students back to school in September, and the government has made attendance compulsory unless there is a statutory reason for children to be absent.  We will be running a full school day with breakfast clubs, homework clubs and extracurricular activities.  I will write to you in full next week with how our different bubbles will work and the safety measures we will have in place.  Until then, I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
26 June 2020Newsletter 26/06/20Next week, there are some changes to the school timetable. On Monday, all students will participate in our Virtual Sports Day.  Mr Riches has posted information in the Newsletter and in the Student Bulletin explaining how the day will work.  There are also a number of videos on Twitter which show how to complete the different events.  I’d like to thank him and Miss Timmins for all the work they have done in preparation for the event. Tuesday is Virtual Careers Day.  Students need to follow the guidelines that Mr Arnold has shared with them.  There is also further information in the Newsletter and in the Student Bulletin. We are looking forward to welcoming all students back between the 10th and 15th July.  All students will be invited into the academy in groups of 7.  Each house will be split into four groups and one group will attend each day.   Time House 9.30-11.30am Butler 10 – 12pm Wilberforce 10.30- 12.30pm Nelson 11 – 1pm Rutherford 1-3pm Morris 1.30-3.30pm Gibson and Dowding Group 1: Friday 10th July Group 2: Monday 13th July Group 3: Tuesday 14th July Group 4: Wednesday 15th July. You will receive a letter during the course of next week which outlines which group each student is in and the time they need to attend the academy.  Students need to attend in school uniform.  The academy is COVID SECURE and I will send out the guidelines students must follow in the letter you will receive next week.  It is really important that all students attend so we can celebrate the end of the school year. There has been a lot of speculation in the media about what will happen in September.  I still haven’t received any guidance from the government and so we cannot finalise our plans.  As soon as we have the information, we will let you know.  Last week, we published information about purchasing school uniform for September.  There is further information in the newsletter today and on the school uniform page on the website.  Please note the types of coats, shoes and trainers students need to have.  The deadline for guaranteeing delivery from the uniform company for September is the 7th August. Best wishes for a lovely weekend.  
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