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16/07/20

Year 7 girls and their parents have asked to see pics from our residential week in Loch Eil, , in Feb. We hope that you like looking back on the brilliant achievements and experiences! . LOADS of pics at https://t.co/w0jR3paQdV https://t.co/9Jnk38n6vA

14/07/20

The charity has created a great series of FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. You'll find modules on getting started with the internet, email, safety online, social media, and more. Have a look! https://t.co/hopgg9oQpa

08/07/20

A wonderful opportunity for our Year 11, 12 and 13 girls. Apply for a Words for Work internship. You have until 20th July to apply! https://t.co/MPqIN7hsEa

08/07/20

Looking for summer activities? Find out more about this 'Summer of Food and Fun' programme for children and families in and . https://t.co/eP6j251HmX https://t.co/tZqQBM0voN

06/07/20

Southwark Libraries have some great events, videos and fun activities for young people as part of their . Big thanks to our for everything they are doing for young people in . https://t.co/54j1OkjYPX

02/07/20

Is your daughter starting at Harris Dulwich Girls this September? Maya from Year 7 explains what it's like learning at HGAED. Read Maya's thoughts at https://t.co/vDzJwVDCty https://t.co/6dFyHcIJly

30/06/20

We are inviting every pupil and parent in Yrs 7-10 &12 into school during the last week of term to review learning and prepare for next term. We'll send you individual appointments shortly. Pls come with your child and contact us to rearrange if you can't make the time allocated.

30/06/20

Retweetd From CareersHGAED

So pleased with our virtual HGAED Speed networking launch this week! We have had 30+ contributors from a range of industries including charity/ medical/law/politics and TV. If you are interested in contributing please contact me: careers.org.uk https://t.co/K2uR66Rod8

30/06/20

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Hooray, students and try to bring some of the passion and enthusiasm for books, publishing and diversity into our little outpost all are such an inspiration

30/06/20

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In preparation for birthday we have a great virtual assembly this week celebrating the heroic efforts of NHS workers throughout history. It’s great to see the representation and efforts of all. We wish you an early Happy Birthday from Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich. 😊 https://t.co/2vlCWan33E

25/06/20

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Reminder- BBC Bitesize have a range of inspiring videos and advice for students. https://t.co/8Xpght6Jbp

22/06/20

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students are really grateful for the outreach opportunities. Only this week a year 12 student emailed how she is following advice as she prepares to start her personal statement. Thanks

19/06/20

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Looking forward to Monday when and will be live with students. A fantastic opportunity to consider and Claudia Hammond's book 'The Art of Rest'. Students and parents can email questions to Tales.org.uk

11/06/20

We look forward to seeing Year 10 and 12 next week. Do walk or cycle if you can. Parents of students in Years 10 and 12 have already been sent letters about the phased reopening, but you can see general information at https://t.co/PeaVrUO9gf https://t.co/sglNdYpjXv

09/06/20

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Please share. 14-25 years? Join us tomorrow @ 4pm for our event. Please reg. https://t.co/epmPAyOzCM - Guest panel! “Small steps such as this contribute to a wider change in society and a better society that is equal for all”. ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏻✊🏽❤️ https://t.co/IfVAj0AZ8q

09/06/20

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https://t.co/6HUqaIeE6b A useful guide to making a video for the current competition

08/06/20

We're really looking forward to seeing Year 10 and Year 12 next week. Please walk or cycle to school if you can. https://t.co/Ri27Y0ifTp

08/06/20

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students interested in careers in the built environment might be eligble to apply for scholarships. 10 available each year for undergraduate studies for students from under-represented backgrounds. https://t.co/h4QTwVtm8A

05/06/20

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Thank you and for another delivery of books ready to send out to reviewers and students as prizes. We will be sending them out this week.

04/06/20

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WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY! ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾 Please RT / share with young people. Aged 14+? Please join us Friday 05/06 for - interactive discussion on issues that affect young people - - Please email /DM to book and we will send you details. Thank you ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾 https://t.co/BcTJfp1ysF

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Posted on March 20th 2017

Conversations with Cake - What is HGAED 'Debate Cake'?

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Lessons don’t usually start with tea and cake. But this isn’t an ordinary lesson. It’s a new project at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich that helps students explore challenging topics in a relaxed café-style environment.

“We’ve called it Debate Cake because we talk about intellectual topics in a way that feels open and relaxed,” says Head of Art, Clare Stanhope. “The tea and cake definitely help. It’s about breaking down the boundaries between research and conversation – taking a more creative approach to exploring ideas.”

Debate Cake sessions happen once every half term and are facilitated by an outside artist or visitor. At the latest session, local artist Heather Agyepong came along to lead a conversation about identity.

Stereotypes

Six Fine Art students sat around the table with tea and cakes to talk about stereotypes and race –how people see you and how you see yourself. It’s a topic that fascinates Heather and which she explores through her art. To prepare for the session, students looked at Heather’s work in a special exhibition at the school’s own gallery space.

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Girls talk openly about their own experience of being told they are ‘acting white’ or ‘acting black’ and how this might shape your identity. “If you listen to classical music they say you are acting white,” said one girl. Being well-spoken can be called being white, added another. One student of mixed race said it annoyed her when people assumed her mum was white and dad black, because in her family it was the other way round.

Organic conversation

The conversation is organic, not structured. There are no exercise books, just large sheets of paper covering the table on which students can jot down their thoughts using coloured markers (the paper helpfully catches crumbs too). As the 60-minute discussion develops, Heather draws out recurring themes and invites girls to develop their ideas.

The next Debate Cake will be with artist Alex Bizet, who uses hair to create artworks and also maps communities through hairstyles. The one after will be with Louise Rondel, a PhD researcher at Goldsmiths University, about how the beauty industry, including false nails and tanning, creates an embodied experience.

Comfortable

“Girls get a chance to talk and be heard in a way they couldn’t in an ordinary lesson,” says teacher Chris Brown. “Universities are increasingly doing discussions like this as part of their selection process so Debate Cake means our girls feel comfortable in this kind of environment and know how it works.”

It’s also about showing students the best conversations can happen in the least expected places, adds Ms Stanhope. “You don’t have to be in an academic setting to talk about academic things. The conversation doesn’t have to stop when you leave the classroom.”


Tea and cake help to create a relaxed environment for sharing ideas.

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