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09/05/24

24 Y12 Chemists ventured to Imperial College and carried out practical techniques, calculations, identified common method mistakes and accurately observed then recorded results. The students were described "as role model students" by the university staff! pic.twitter.com/v97xKpLeiK

25/04/24

I found a king in me and now I love you I found a king in you and now I love me'On Monday some of students saw the play 'For Black Boys...' at the Garrick Theatre. The group roared with laughter, sang along and (almost) cried during the emotional performance! pic.twitter.com/4ZOqpBAPwW

25/04/24

Well done to all students who took part in Wandsworth Schools Athletics Champs. Congratulations to Tom Radford-Silver in the Shot Putt, Kymarley Morrison-Silver in the Triple Jump, Samuel Mireku-Kwasi-Silver in 100m Hurdles and Ajdin Sabic-Bronze in the Shot Putt. pic.twitter.com/wM54NhxfYW

19/04/24

14 Y11 students visited Oxford University for a taster day on Wednesday and left inspired that with hard work and commitment to their study a future place is a realistic aspiration! pic.twitter.com/DDyNCdY9Jv

19/04/24

What an exceptional start Harris Academy Battersea Y9 students have made to their new STREET ART project! pic.twitter.com/XjFnensWQx

28/03/24

Well done to our Student Leadership Team who go above and beyond in their meetings to ensure collaboration across KS3. Their innovative ideas to amplify student voice within the school, whilst also providing a direct channel of communication are greatly appreciated. pic.twitter.com/i8NipfuDD3

28/03/24

Some of our female students attended a panel discussion and Q+A from seven inspirational female leaders from a variety of industries. Louise in Y10 was braved to preform some of her poems in front of everyone. pic.twitter.com/NeOF6zczrA

28/03/24

30 Year 10 pupils went to the Apple head offices in Battersea Power Station to learn all about how Apple Books are published and created and to get an insight into the digital publishing world on 6.03.24. pic.twitter.com/Y2igxHdSMd

28/03/24

10 of our 6th Form students went to open their fast in Battersea Art Centre as part of London's first Open Iftar event this year! It stands as the UK’s largest and acclaimed community event during Ramadan. pic.twitter.com/slqX02mJNe

28/03/24

Our Y9 Debate Mate Club achieved fantastic success in their Pitch Project. They showed a fantastic growth in confidence, and presented with clarity and composure, sharing a range of thoughtful ideas. This was part of a large national competition, and they were placed fourth! pic.twitter.com/7P63Jn3v9X

08/02/24

Congratulations to the HABS boys' and girls' basketball teams. The boys won vs Ark Putney and Chestnut Grove with 16-2 & 15-7 and the girls won vs Harris Clapham with 55-28! Most importantly they played for each other and supported each other. pic.twitter.com/sZZoUVASqi

06/02/24

Congratulations to the incredible Y7's who participated in the Harris Spelling Bee! Your resilience and outstanding sportsmanship throughout the 5 challenging rounds are truly commendable. You've not only showcased your spelling prowess but also set a shining example of teamwork! pic.twitter.com/yNSmDJIurh

09/01/24

Well done, to HABS KS5 students who have raised more than £200 for Doctors without Borders to support them with aiding medical care across the world in places of conflict! pic.twitter.com/tOiMJrPLAo

09/01/24

Big thank you to for helping our wonderful student, Chelsea, to tick this off her bucket list! She got to watch the game, meet the team, and received a signed Hockey stick by the players! Big shout out to Graham for organising! pic.twitter.com/QD1Rg9VrTs

21/12/23

So thrilled to share the achievements of 6 formers who were rewarded an Ice-Skating trip. It was a celebration of their proactive approach in seeking extracurricular opportunities and dedicated efforts towards personal development. Massive well done to our students! pic.twitter.com/cKuiHGe4rs

20/12/23

Enjoy the following stills from the Year 11 Drama Component 2 Final Performance. Students put on a show of their best Crucible and Top Girls scenes exploring the theme of POWER. pic.twitter.com/vgyTHAEKc5

20/12/23

Well Done to all of HABS CNAT and Vocation Year 11 students for getting their coursework and performance portfolios completed!

20/12/23

Congratulations to Joel Sea and Roman Bafi on their outstanding achievements this term. Roman has been offered scholarships from the San Francisco Ballet School and Joel is the Regional Jack Petchey Speak Out Champion. We are immensely proud!

15/12/23

HABS Y13 students visited Imperial College London and interacted with Imperial staff and students, giving them a glimpse of what life at university would be like. The trip motivated our students to pursue higher academic and career goals. pic.twitter.com/PZwvazMmmv

15/12/23

Harris Academy Y10&11 Boys' Basketball team had an amazing season and made us very proud. They won all their matches in the Wandsworth Borough School games on displayed team play, strategic brilliance and an excellent representation of Harris Battersea's values pic.twitter.com/hyqVi6b5Ea

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Posted on June 9th 2020

#BlackLivesMatter - Information for Students & Parents/Carers

Dear Students, Parents and Carers

When there are significant moments that affect our world, we would usually spend time in school talking about them and supporting one another. This would happen in assemblies, in lessons, in the playground.

Unfortunately, we cannot do this for now. However, it is very important to acknowledge and begin talking about what is happening both in the USA and closer to home here in the UK.

23145427999 d340859f1d bThe recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arberry and Breonna Taylor are not rare occurrences for Black communities. These atrocities have highlighted the reality of both the overt, structural and institutional racism that some people have lived in fear of all their lives. Every life is important and should be valued. But the current events across the USA and UK are affecting Black people; we need to give them the focus and attention they deserve at a time when their lives specifically are subject to danger, prejudice and discrimination.

Most of the attention at the moment is on racism in the USA, but in the UK, it is just as much of an issue: the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Windrush scandal and the murder of Stephen Lawrence are just some examples of racial injustice here in the UK. It is essential that we act with integrity and do not avoid the hard truths; it is essential that we are not silent in the face of racial injustice and brutality. Instead, we need to equip ourselves with the knowledge that will give us the power to create lasting change in the world. We need to recognise that it is not only the responsibility of our BAME (Black, and also Asian and Minority Ethnic) students and staff to speak out about the need to eradicate racism at a societal, structural and institutional level - this responsibility belongs to us all. We need to be brave enough to have these uncomfortable discussions so that any student – regardless of their race – can thrive in a changing world.

Conversations need to take place around the experiences of BAME people in our school, city and country; conversations need to spark action, and only then will we see change. Our incredible Harris Battersea community is all the more special because of our diversity. You matter. Your voice matters. This is why we will continue these conversations with you on Microsoft Teams and when we see you back in school. We are currently reviewing our own school systems and practices so that we can serve you better - not only now, but in the future. At Harris Battersea, we passionately believe that your education should recognise and celebrate the history and achievements of all groups of people in our diverse community and we will continue to work on this also with you.

Take a look at this page for how you can support, and be supported, during this time.

Please get in touch if you need anything at all or have any ideas you would like to put forward: p.leigh@harrisbattersea.org.uk

All our very best,

The Senior Leadership Team


How to get involved

Reconnect with family and friends to protest virtually on social media platforms. If you want to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and want to call for change, then share helpful resources on social media, and if you don’t know what to say, then say that! If you are white/Caucasian, public comments of support help Black people know that they are not fighting alone and it reminds racists that there are many people of all backgrounds who oppose them and their rhetoric.

Confront everyday racism. If you see it, call it out. Speak up calmly and respectfully if it is safe to do so. If it is not safe, then talk to an adult, any member of staff at Harris Battersea or a family member and ask for support. Don’t let racist behaviour continue unchallenged. If you hear someone make a racist comment against a Black person, speak out and challenge it, either in the moment or later when you tell an adult what happened. Civil rights activist Angela Davis famously stated: ‘“It is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” Being against racism is not enough - we ALL need to find a way to be ANTI-racist and back this up with action.

Contact your local Police and Crime Commissioner and MP to raise your concerns about the way black communities are treated. Find your PCC here: https://www.apccs.police.uk/find-your-pcc/

Sign petitions at https://petition.parliament.uk/. If a petition receives 10,000 signatures, the government will respond.

Educate yourself. Many of you may have taken part in #BlackoutTuesday. This offered those participating to take a break from posting on social media platforms and use that time to educate themselves on the issue of racism and what you can do to make changes in your networks. There are lots of fantastic films, books, websites and articles that you can watch and read:


Additional support

There are a lot of online articles and videos which have recently been published in response to the protests. Reading these can be distressing and upsetting. It is important to recognise that racism is distressing and upsetting so look after yourselves.

Support at Harris Academy Battersea.

  • Your Year Leads are your first point of call if you want to discuss anything – feel free to e-mail them with any issues and ideas you would like to raise.
  • If you would like to see our school counsellor, please let your Year Lead know.
  • If you have a concern about your safety or the safety of someone you know, please contact Ms Hosker as soon as you can: n.hosker@harrisbattersea.org.uk 

Anti-racism charities in the UK

Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI)

Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI) provides support for people who have suffered hate crime, including attacks that were racist, homophobic, transphobic and/or sexist. The charity employs trained caseworkers in order to help victims with the mental trauma they are experiencing, to assist with legal proceedings and to refer them to other services that may be of use. Find out more.

Kick It Out

Kick It Out is an organisation in England that uses football in order to promote equality and inclusivity. “Kick It Out is at the heart of the fight against discrimination for everyone who plays, watches or works in football,” it states. Beginning as an independent charity called Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football in 1993, Kick It Out was officially established four years later. Find out more.

Stop Hate UK

Originating in 1995 following the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Stop Hate UK is an organisation committed to supporting people affected by all forms of hate crime across the UK. “Stop Hate UK works alongside local strategic partnerships to tackle hate crime and discrimination, encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects,” the charity says. “Our helplines enable people to access independent support and information, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.” Find out more

Runnymede

Runnymede is a registered charity and think tank that aims to “challenge race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate and policy engagement”. The organisation, which is funded entirely by donations, states: “Our authoritative research-based interventions in social policy and practice, and our public engagement with decision makers, will assist policy-makers, practitioners, and citizens, to reduce the risk of our society being blighted by racism and discrimination to the detriment of us all.” Find out more

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust was named after Stephen Lawrence, a black teenager who was murdered at the age of 18 in a racist attack in southeast London. The trust is an educational charity, which was created “to tackle inequality in all forms” and is committed to “transforming the life chances of young people and improving the world in which they live." Find out more

Show Racism the Red Card

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity that uses workshops and training sessions, among other resources, to educate on and combat racism. Founded almost 25 years ago, the organisation uses high-profile football players to publicise its message. Find out more.


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