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01/04/20

David Hockney provides some welcome artistic relief from the current isolation. https://t.co/XjCRg54z3Z Perhaps this could serve as inspiration for some of our incredible artists?

01/04/20

Boredom is a mist that wanders into you it rids of all inspiration. You don't notice but it slowly snatches you away to a place where you can't escape without creativity. You wait for time to end but it never will. So endlessly waiting ends you. You can't escape boredom. NN

01/04/20

What have we become Kindness, selfishness, self-preservation. Extremes of behaviour, not normal life, Will we have normal again? Was our normal good? Will the world be a kinder place? Will we have learnt our lesson? What is it? Is it a punishment? Or is it meant to be? By JN

01/04/20

1/3 A selection of some of our Year 8 poems, written in their Virtual School English lesson:

31/03/20

It is great to receive photos of our industrious and resourceful students maintaining their focus while working hard from home. Keep it up! https://t.co/EMu7a2CyOB

31/03/20

Our Year 8 students have been developing their cooking knowledge while at home. Valuable life skills and part of the food technology curriculum. Well done! https://t.co/I64tRV3Ink

31/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Muaaz put in a kick up score of 10 for Rutherford. Started with great control. https://t.co/HWyWk54cjk

31/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

The first video entry for Butler. A great attempt of 12 kick ups! https://t.co/g9HwzvnprV

30/03/20

Great resilience Mr Riches! Make sure you have plenty of space when you attempt this at home! https://t.co/11MnJ8y3ZS

30/03/20

Our students are enjoying their weekly assembly. This week’s theme is independence and is led by Miss Pocock https://t.co/NFOlGhGYNT

25/03/20

Some of our students completing the ⁦⁩ workout this morning. Healthy body, healthy mind! https://t.co/FKBiZlGG2J

24/03/20

Have you ever thought of writing your own historical fiction? Take part in the national Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition 2020. You can find more info here https://t.co/9BfEzGZ86o Email Ms Trapani if you would like to know more and if you are interested in entering.

24/03/20

Well done to all our students working hard through the Virtual School. Remember to register online using the link you have received in your email inbox from Mr Walsh. Keep up the good work!

22/03/20

Retweetd From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

19/03/20

House basketball is going down a storm! https://t.co/13REtMFGGX

18/03/20

Excellent technique shown in our skipping competition! https://t.co/2WA4afRuKB

17/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Parents, carers and pupils: all Harris academy updates on coronavirus will now be published on a dedicated website: https://t.co/0JeUHHfRDp. You will also receive a text message as and when there is any new information.

17/03/20

House tug of war! Hotly contested with a very supportive crowd! https://t.co/RrA3I16wwy

16/03/20

Our String Ensemble have been hard at work developing their skills. Very impressive! https://t.co/wgtUOdSZx8

16/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Wimbledon PE

Some year 7 classes have been learning in their PE lessons, creating routines with balances, rolls and jumps. Here are some of their group balances! https://t.co/iiPMPj3P4R

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29 November 2019Principal's NewsletterWelcome to the first edition of our newsletter.  We are going to publish a newsletter every Friday afternoon during term time on the website.  For the first week, we are also sending a link via email but from next week, please go straight to the website.  I am pleased to announce that there is now an App for the website.  You can view the App by downloading the Harris Federation App to your phone. Simply search for ‘Harris Federation’ in your App Store, download the App and enter ‘Wimbledon’ when prompted. Then click ‘Add to My Schools’.   Our motto is ‘make a difference’ and centred around three key words: Independence, Integrity and Resilience.  Building and developing resilience in the cold December days is really important for success.  It is crucial that we encourage young people to embrace new situations and to experience the myriad of opportunities open to them.  I am delighted with all of the new skills year 7 and 8 students are developing in their enrichment lessons.  A Tuesday afternoon is busy with students taking photographs, completing Science experiments, learning about the London Stock Exchange, practising their Lamda speeches and debating about Politics.  In assembly this week, we discussed the upcoming Election and the importance of voting and democracy.  We are delighted to announce our own candidates for our mock election; you can read more about it in the newsletter below.  https://www.harriswimbledon.org.uk/710/newsletter
18 October 2019Principal's BlogI have been very impressed by the dedication and commitment that all students have shown during the first half term of the academic year.  Year 7 have settled in very well to their new academy and Year 8 have continued their hard work from last year. I am very proud of all of the effort stamps students have received for their hard work in lessons.  We have given out 6,799 effort stamps since September.  Effort stamps, along with attendance and participation in house competitions earn house points.  Please find below the house league table for the end of this half term.   Congratulations to Nelson who are currently in the lead. 1 Nelson 72 2 Wilberforce 68 3 Gibson 62 4 Butler 55 5 Rutherford 54 6 Dowding 49 6 Morris 49   There have been many notable successes this half term.  Two Year 8 students represented us at a climate change conference and they will be cascading the information to the rest of the students after half term.  The Year 7 boys’ football team beat Harris Sutton 4 – 3 and have progressed to the next round of the cup; the Year 7 girls’ football team won the Federation competition and the table tennis team came 2nd in the Borough competition.  We have many exciting opportunities for the students.  Year 7 have a visit to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Old Vic on Friday 6th December and a trip to the Tower of London on either the 9th or 10th December.  Year 8 are going to the Human Body Exhibition on either the 9th or 10th December and there is an optional visit to see ‘The Woman in Black’ during the evening of 28th November at The Fortune Theatre. On the 21st November we have the Wimbledon Parents Association family quiz night.  This will be an important fund raising event for the academy as we try and achieve our goal of purchasing a new minibus for the academy.  Please save the date and the WPA will be in touch after half term about how you can secure your place for the night. On 11th and 12th December we have our Autumn celebration where both Year 7 and 8 students will have the opportunity to perform.  Year 7 parents will have received information about the PGL visit in June and Year 8 will have the opportunity to go camping this year.  We are delighted to announce the trip to Spain for Year 8 (into Year 9) in October 2020 and the students are looking forward to the ski trip in April 2020. The new building is progressing very well and is on track for us to move in for September 2020.  If you get the chance to pass it during half term, you will see that the frame is nearly complete.  I will be talking to all the students after half term about all of the facilities they will be able to enjoy. We have had a lot of positive feedback from the local community about how smart the students look and their polite conduct.  I wish everyone a restful and enjoyable half term break.       
16 September 2019Principal's BlogI am delighted with how the new Year 7 students have settled in to secondary school life.  They are a wonderful group of students who are kind and courteous; they have approached their first lessons with focus and are showing us that they are ready to learn.  It was lovely to welcome the Year 8s back to school and hear about how they spent their summer holidays; they are enjoying their new leadership roles and responsibilities, being the oldest year group in the academy.  Providing a strong academic curriculum is at the heart of Harris Academy Wimbledon and we welcome twelve new outstanding teachers to the academy in a range of different subjects.  We have developed both our extra-curricular and enrichment programme and these activities help foster a spirit of aspiration, resilience and joy in learning.  We have a number of professionals from both the arts and sport to lead some of these programmes including Rugby, Football, Tennis and Netball coaches and Music and Dance professionals.  There are many opportunities for the students this term.  Year 7s will be going to the Tower of London as part of their History curriculum and Year 8s will be going to Body World for their PE Curriculum.  Year 7s are going to see A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic to support the English curriculum and Year 8s will have the opportunity to go and see The Woman in Black.  I am really looking forward to the term ahead.  We have our Open Evening on Tuesday 24th September from 5pm – 8pm and various open mornings.  I would be delighted to welcome you to the academy so you can see what a wonderful place it is.   
19 July 2019Principal's BlogIt is the end of the first year at Harris Academy Wimbledon and what a fantastic year it has been. The students have just completed a very rewarding half term.  It started with year 7 exams and as students received their exam marks back, we talked to them about seeing their results as part of a learning journey.  We asked them to reflect on the process that led to the results, and start to ask themselves some questions.  Did they work hard during the whole year or were they cramming at the last minute?  How effective was their revision and what can they do to improve in the future?  The most important thing in Year 7 is to focus on the process rather than the results and to look at how they can develop their learning and revision in the years ahead. The exams were following by a residential trip to PGL.  This was a resounding success and if you haven’t seen all the photographs on Twitter, it is worth taking a look.  You will see students taking risks and having fun. We continue with our sporting opportunities.  The hockey team had the opportunity to represent Merton at the Hockey Youth Games and the tennis club had a competition with local schools.  Sport and fitness is an integral part of our school life and we try and give the students as many opportunities as possible. Dominique and Natalie both picked up Bronze medals at the Harris Federation sports day and many medals were won at our own sports day in the last week of term. The new year 7 created an excellent first impression on Induction day and we are very much looking forward to them joining us in September; the current Year 7s looked after them with great care and enthusiasm.  The student leadership team started their new responsibilities exceptionally well and Ellie and Patryk delivered their first speech as Head Girl and Head Boy. We welcome a number of new teachers in September as we more than double in size.  I am delighted with the appointments; all the staff are specialists in their subject and bring with them a range of experiences and interests.  Every department will have a new member of staff and the leadership team will also grow.  Mr Maurice joins us from the Harris Federation central team as Senior Assistant Principal with the responsibility for Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Miss Pocock will be Assistant Principal with the responsibility for the pastoral care of Year 7 and 8 and Mr Arnold joins us as Assistant Principal with the responsibility for the co-curricular programme and partnerships.  Our motto is ‘Make a Difference’ and everyone has made a positive difference to their own lives and the lives of everyone around them during the course of the year.  The students are a veritable kaleidoscope of abilities, skills, talents and experiences and it has been a pleasure to work with them and celebrate their success this year. Next year we start a new chapter in our journey.  Thank you for all your support this year.
17 May 2019Principal's BlogThis morning we held the election hustings for Head Boy and Head Girl.  It was a fantastic event with all the candidates delivering inspiring speeches communicating how they would like to represent the students.  I am very proud of how the candidates presented themselves.  I am also very proud of all the other students who listened intently and then placed their vote for Head Boy and Head Girl.  We talked about democracy and the importance of equality, freedom and the right to vote.  Earlier in the week, we had a lot more to be proud of.  Eighteen students represented the Academy at the Merton Borough Sports Competition.  We have some very talented students and it was great to see 7 students achieve medals: Gold: 100m race – Mutasim. Shotput – Dominique. Silver: Boys’ Relay – Josh, Lawrence, Reece, Mutasim. Long Jump – Natalie & Ashlee. Bronze: Shot put – Natalie. Excitement is building for our school production of High School Musical which is being performed next week.  It is a story about two students in rival cliques who have to battle against other students, resist peer pressure and ‘not stick to the status quo’ to achieve their dreams.  If you haven’t got your tickets already, be sure not to miss out on an enjoyable evening at the theatre. We welcomed poet and rapper Breis to the academy a few weeks ago.  The workshops were truly inspirational and all the students wrote their own poem or rap during the day.  This Friday we have an open mic session in the library where students can come along and perform their own creative writing.  We plan to publish the best ones in our first Anthology of the Spoken Word at Harris Academy Wimbledon.  Alongside all of these events and activities, students continue to work hard in all their lessons and make excellent academic progress.  We have had a number of visitors to the academy in the last few weeks and they have all been very impressed with the resilience and hard work of everyone in the academy.  We continue to put ‘make a difference’ at the centre of everything we do, ensuring we make a difference to our own lives and the lives of everyone around us.