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Calling all HAO drummers and percussionists! 🎵🥁


Calling all HAO composers, drummers and percussionists! 🎵🥁📝


Take a look at these careers available in TV National Careers Week: Finding the job that fits you in television - BBC Bitesize ⁦


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'


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?


It's less than 24hrs to World Book Day & we have entries for Wonka Golden Tickets coming in thick & fast. 7B aka Augustus Gloop are leading the way to winning the chocolate banquet. There's still time to enter one of our home challenge or Oompa Loompa tasks on SMHW


With world book day coming up have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a book publicist? What's It Like To Be a Book Publicist? 📚🐧 via


Have you had a look at to investigate careers?


This week is National Careers Week. Take a look at these future proof jobs.


Our Year 10 Art students have been producing some beautiful artwork at home responding to natural forms


HAO students are still making music even if the concert venue is their living room! This week's performances are bass guitar, voice & uke, and trumpet. Check out HAO Creates Music! at


This week's writing challenge is to create a persuasive advert for your dream Candy or Chocolate bar. It can be a poster or script to a TV advert - happy writing


Some more great prizes on offer for this week. Is it going to be you?


Check out the Bedrock winners for the week prior to half-term - well done!


Check out some of the entries we've already had in for our World Book Day Festival 'Charlie's Chocolate Challenge'.. The tutor group 'battle' for the 'Chocolate Banquet' has officially started!


It was lovely to end half-term with our Year 11 students thanking the staff for all their hard-work this term.


Students at HAO have received a letter from Willy Wonka inviting them to 'Charlie's Chocolate Challenge' reading festival. His friends, the Oompa Loompas, have also set competitions during half term to win golden tickets for their form group. Who will win?#worldbookday


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Beautiful views of the vast grounds at Harris Academy Orpington!


Oompa loompa doompety doo HAO's got a puzzle for you Oompa loompa doompety dee Charlie's Chocolate Challenge is coming, you'll see! Get ready for World Book Day. Here at Orpington, the Academy will be transformed into Wonka's factory. Will you find a golden ticket?

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Posted on July 16th 2020

‘Write Your Own Historical Fiction Competition 2020’

‘Historical fiction’ simply means stories set in the past. Like any story, good historical fiction has to have an exciting plot and interesting characters. It also has to be convincing about the particular time in which the story is set – there’s no good putting space ships in a story about William the Conqueror! 

Last term, the HAO History Department challenged students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to write their own piece of historical fiction. We had a number of fantastic entries and, as a department we struggled to choose between them. We judged the entries based on the following criteria: historical accuracy, historical vocabulary, a riveting read, interesting characters and creative perspective.

Well done to everyone who took part in this competition and a special congratulations to our winning entries detailed below. All entries received a certificate in the post with our winners also receiving a special prize.

Winning entries

Year 7 - Jack

Year 8 - Anna

Year 9 - Amelia

Special Prize for the most interesting and convincing historical characters - Millie Y8

You can read their stories in full by clicking this link

Historical Fiction Competition