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Returning to the Academy
We are absolutely delighted to welcome students back to the academy from Monday 8th March 2021.
To read the Welcome Back letter in full, please go here: https://bit.ly/3qhKdgj
This is also available as a download at the bottom of this page.
Happy World Book Day!!!
Who says you can't have fun in lockdown?
Can you name the book, author, character and member of staff from the picture?
Calling all parents, carers, siblings and grandparents to join in on the fun and help to win your child's form group some golden tickets for our annual reading 'Charlie's Chocolate Challenge'
Record your guesses using the link here:
Messages of thanks!
It was lovely to end half term with our Year 11 students thanking staff for all their hard-work this term:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Reading Festival
In celebration of World Book Day and to create a love of reading, we will once again be holding a reading festival. This year’s theme is ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and form groups will go head-to-head to win the title of ‘Charlie’s Chocolate Challenge’ and enjoy a ‘Chocolate Banquet’ when we return to the Academy.
Student projects from Design and Technology at Harris Orpington
This video takes you through some of the projects taught here at Harris Orpington. From Year 7, through to Year 10, looking at all sorts of topics in our curriculum. From perspective drawings and mechanical toys to Art Deco inspired mirrors and technical building challenges!
National Apprenticeship Show – 10th February 2021
Ms Boyd would like to make you aware of the National Apprenticeship Show. It is usually held in Milton Keynes but due to the current circumstances this year it has gone virtual. This gives more students the opportunity to attend. It is on Wednesday 10th February 2021 and will be held between 11am and 6pm.
If your child is interested in gaining an apprenticeship in the future, it is a useful way to explore the different opportunities, including the different levels of apprenticeship and the companies that offer them.
Students have been asked to attend after their lessons for the day have finished. You will need to pre-register here https://nas.vfairs.com/ and then sign in after 11am on the 10th February.
I hope that you find some useful information to further your child’s understanding of apprenticeships and the world of work.
The English department will be running extra-curricular competitions for students each week.
Congratulations to this week's Creative Writing Competition winner, Kiera F in Year 11, for writing a brilliant poem with the opening line "In 2021, I will...". See a short extract from Kiera's poem here!
Another week and another chance to get creative! This week, the English department are challenging you to create a persuasive advert for your dream Candy or Chocolate Bar! It can be a poster or script to a TV advert. See below for details...we cannot wait to read your entries!
Here is our second Lockdown Legend video, well done to these students who have absolutely excelled and should be extremely proud of themselves:
See below for the Bedrock superstars for this week!
Check out the Bedrock competition for this week:
The Orpington 100
PE During Lockdown
We will be producing a fortnightly PE Newsletter, providing exercise workouts, sports articles and tasks for PE lessons during the school closure. The newsletter, fitness tracker and answer sheet are all available to be downloaded and will be needed for your PE lessons. Get downloading!
We are sharing some of the comments below that we have received from the recent parent survey. The feedback is very positive and we thank parents and carers for recognising and appreciating our efforts to support their families and children.
‘From: Neil saunders
Sent: 15 January 2021 09:30
COVID – Online Learning
With the challenges we are all facing with this life changing pandemic, the approach that Harris Academy Orpington has taken in dealing with it has been truly outstanding. From the clear and timely communications we receive as parents, to the welfare checks with the form tutors, to the excellent structure of the timetable, and to the quality of the on-line lessons, to name but a few, all of this provides my wife and I the reassurances that we need that the school is going above and beyond to deliver a first-rate educational experience to our child in very challenging circumstances.
I think this is such a wonderful initiative and adds real value to the parents in that their voice helps shape the school's approach. You can quite clearly see a number of the suggestions being implemented into the school's delivery and the positive impact that this has on the experience the child receives at school. Regards, Neil’