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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.


Students were given the challenge to make something to eat or drink with one of the following leftover’s: fruit, veg, cooked meat, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, baked beans, milk/cream/yogurt, oats, crackers or even cheese. This could be a meal, snack, sauce, drink, dip or paste.


Members of HAWI band practicing Uptown Funk and The Wellerman at rehearsals today!


Year 9 students have been resourceful and creative in continuing their Skill, Physical and Volunteering sections at home for their Bronze Award! Aaryan has been learning new recipe’s for cooking as his Skill section, and it looks delicious!


Students have been working hard in Resistant Materials, here is some of the outstanding work they have produced this term.


In Drama lessons this week, students are rehearsing their monologues and will be uploading their performances to a new platform we are trying out - Flipgrid. We can’t wait to have you performing back in the Drama studio!

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The Arts at Harris Academy Wimbledon

The Arts are an integral part of Harris Academy Wimbledon, the aim is to give all students the opportunity to think creatively, develop self-confidence and to create an atmosphere which encourages all students to be themselves.

Our curriculum is diverse and enables students of all backgrounds, experiences and standards to engage and think and appreciate the arts around them. Students have discrete Art, Music, Drama and Design & Technology lessons each week, in all year groups throughout Key Stage 3, Dance is taken as part of the PE curriculum and they then have the opportunity to choose these subjects at GCSE. The arts are regularly used to support learning cross curricular as well.

The facilities at Harris Academy Wimbledon for the arts are second to none, in the Performing Arts Department we have a Drama Studio equipped with full lighting and sound; a main theatre space in which we host our productions; two music classrooms, which are equipped with keyboards and ‘iMac’ computers, so students can create their own compositions; five practice rooms, an ensemble room and a recording studio; we also have a Dance studio, where our Dance lessons and Dance extra-curricular clubs take place. In the Art and Design & Technology Department, we have a fully operational Food Technology Room and workshop which contains state of the art machinery; such as an A2 laser cutter and a 3D printer. We also have a photography suite, a textiles lab, a photography darkroom, and a specialist ceramics room.

As you can see, we are extremely fortunate, and students are able to use all these facilities which we believe enhances the teaching and fosters the students love of learning within the arts.

At Harris Academy Wimbledon, we pride ourselves on the extensive extra-curricular opportunities that are provided within the school and this can be seen greatly within the arts. We offer Ceramics Club, Food Club, Graphic Design Club as well as Brass Band, Choir and Upper and Lower Academy Players to name a few.  

Our professional designed theatre space allows us to put on numerous shows across the year, for the school and the wider community, from music concerts to whole school musical productions. We are also keen to allow students to get involved with these productions in whichever way they want, including learning about the technical elements of the theatre, from becoming our lighting and sound crew, to designing the set and costumes. Students learn how, through teamwork large-scale performance comes together.

Not only do we have an incredible set of music peripatetic teachers who teach a wide range of instruments, from cello and piano to saxophone and trombone, we also benefit from visiting practitioners across all the arts. These outside practitioners and specialists help inspire our students to consider the different career pathways that can be achieved in the future.

We use the advantage of our school being so close to the centre of one of the arts capitals of the world and therefore, we lead trips each year to theatres, museums and art galleries each to nurture their understanding of the role of the arts within the wider community.

Enthusiastic, motivated and passionate Arts teachers are the basis of what makes the Arts at Harris Wimbledon Academy an extremely successful, engaging and inclusive environment for our students, which will allow them to thrive in whichever pathway they take in the future.

Director of Performing Arts
Kathy Hofmeyr