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21/06/24

Excitement is building for the HAWI election! Today candidates have campaigned for the prestigious title of ‘Principal for the day’. All students will be voting on Tuesday 2nd for the political party that they think has the best policies for HAWI. 🗓️🗳️ pic.twitter.com/mB8JYIPLak

13/06/24

Our Year 12 Politics class enjoyed a great trip to the Houses of Parliament. With MPs away, they were able to visit both chambers and then took part in a workshop applying their knowledge from their A-level studies to the passage of a new law. pic.twitter.com/GKaMkyGfyt

11/06/24

Amazing work from our students today who have been working hard to represent their houses in our first ever HAWIVision! It took a huge amount of bravery to stand up in front of a large audience and sing.Well done for the amazing performances! pic.twitter.com/bGchXp2ffn

10/06/24

We were lucky enough to receive Cliff McNish today, author of ‘Doomspell’ and ‘Breathe’. He talked about the motivation behind his novels, the importance of reading and engaged the students in inspiring Ghost Story workshop. The students loved it! pic.twitter.com/q6yBDFBdT8

24/05/24

After a week focused on exams, we paused revision today for a formal Leavers ceremony. Year 11 students had the opportunity to hear from their house tutors and sign shirts. Year 11 have grown into wonderful people and we can't wait to see what the future holds for them! pic.twitter.com/w32BKvF9GN

17/05/24

HAWI celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week!The theme of is year is ‘Movement!’ The assemblies and inspiring talks heard this week focussed on the importance of movement. Today is our “Wear it Green” day! Students wore an item of green to raise awareness about Mental Health. pic.twitter.com/ftZudA0rTz

22/04/24

Y12students embarked on the 'Take The Lead' programme this year, a unique collaboration between schools, businesses, and the expertise of The Old Vic Theatre. They've gained invaluable insights into navigating life after school & the future work world.💼 #FutureReady pic.twitter.com/rE13l4Hu36

19/04/24

Exciting news! Starting April 22nd, join our new extra-curricular club run by 'Rise Up' 🌟. Dive deep into Black History, focusing on Black British heritage, culture, dreams, & social action. A space to learn, grow, and make a difference. Don't miss out! pic.twitter.com/HlMhTSt4S6

17/04/24

Dive into the worlds of The Arts and Crafts Movement and Impressionism this Autumn term, crafting stunning clay tiles.🎨 Remember to collect your masterpiece before term ends, or they'll be part of our Easter recycling. Don't miss out! pic.twitter.com/OGBpvYprMG

15/04/24

Huge shout out to our Year 11 Netball team for smashing their way to the FINALS with a spectacular 27-3 win over Harris Crystal Palace! 🎉 Their dedication and hard work in training have truly paid off. Let's rally behind them as they aim for the top spot in the finals! 🏐 pic.twitter.com/0LCDDuyoDM

28/03/24

Today marks the end of the term, but the beginning of a well-deserved break! 🌟 Wishing all our students a fantastic holiday. Rest, recharge, and get ready to leap into a new term filled with more learning and adventures on April 15th. See you then!

28/03/24

Year 12 have been honing their life drawing skills in collaboration with King's School this week, showcasing incredible observations and techniques. Kudos to all who attended! 🎨 We're proud of our talented students and excited to support their ongoing development! pic.twitter.com/454TvNnVCo

27/03/24

Massive applause for our Maths Challenge Team! 🌟 Showcasing incredible teamwork and resilience, they stood out with two Year 11s, finishing in the top third of the toughest round. Here's to their brilliant success and looking forward to next year. WELL DONE!!! pic.twitter.com/mMFPYzkGZq

26/03/24

Our HAWI Cadets shone at Pirbright, acing their Weapon Handling test with unparalleled dedication & skill. 🌟 Their conduct and resilience earned high praise, setting a solid foundation for summer camp. Proud of their growth and commitment! pic.twitter.com/cTXiRXa2gl

25/03/24

Standing ovation for our students & team for an incredible Oliver production! 🎭✨ Their talent, hard work, and dedication brought the story to life. I was an amazing performance. Bravo to all involved! pic.twitter.com/m9jycaRsbv

22/03/24

Huge applause for Dominika, Sienna, Deniel, and Andre on their amazing iStopMotion animation this term! 🌟🎥 Their creativity knows no bounds. Check it out. pic.twitter.com/eCUdXpMXvc

22/03/24

🏑🏐 Our HAWI athletes shining! The hockey team showed incredible skill at Raynes Park, gearing up for the London Hockey Tier 3 finals. Meanwhile, our Year 8 girls clinched a thrilling 14-13 netball victory against Harris Chafford Hundred, propelling them to the semi-finals! 🌟 pic.twitter.com/5hJMpF8utj

21/03/24

Final Gym session of the academic year for our year 11s. Thank you Nuffield Health Merton Abbey for exposing our students to the health and social benefits of leisure centres delivering weekly fitness and gym floor sessions pic.twitter.com/Vqu2TRIg3x

21/03/24

On Mar 11, our Y7 & Y8 music students shined at the Royal Albert Hall with 1,500 peers for the Merton Music Foundation's Change is Coming Concert 🎶🌟. An incredible achievement & experience, showcasing their outstanding talent! pic.twitter.com/hN4xuFNA9E

20/03/24

Final Gym session of the academic year for our year 11s. Thank you Nuffield Health Merton Abbey for exposing our students to the health and social benefits of leisure centres delivering weekly fitness and gym floor sessions pic.twitter.com/Vqu2TRIg3x

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Student Leadership at HAWI

We know that many of our students have passionate views about their academy, their place within it, and indeed about the world beyond the academy.  We want those passions to have a voice.  We also know that many of our students have real leadership talents, and others are always looking for ways to develop their leadership skills. We want our students to believe, as we do, that democracy and the democratic process is the best way to get their voices heard, and their ideas put into action.

The Student Leadership Body

Our Student Leadership body is made up of:

  • two Head Students from Year 11
  • two Deputy Head Students from Year 10
  • House Leaders representing every House in every year group.

The Election Process

Candidates for Head Student and Deputy Head Student are interviewed by the Principal, and then, following a campaign period during which they communicate their vision to the rest of the school, the winners are elected by the entire student body.  Every student has a vote, and all are given the opportunity to cast their votes in a special assembly.  House Leaders are elected by their House Tutor group.

The School Council

Once elected, our Head Students, Deputy Head Students and House Leaders from the Upper School sit on the School Council.  The Council meets once a half term, and it is through the Council that students get their voices heard.  Each House Tutor group is canvassed once a half term by their House Leader, and the issues that they raise are brought to the Council to be heard.

The Council, and through it the democratically elected Student Leaders, have had a big influence on many aspects of academy life.  Some of the issues that have been raised at the Council and changed as a result recently are:

  • The daily food and drink options available in the canteen
  • The school uniform coat policy
  • Cultural celebration days
  • Naming of Houses
  • House logos
  • School decorations

Student Leaders have driven those changes.

Representing our Academy

The Head Students and Deputy Head Students also have roles beyond democratic representation.  They are also the public face of our students.  They represent the students at all of our major school events, and they speak at many of them.  We are very proud of our Student Leaders, and we are very proud of how seriously the whole student body takes the election process.