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25/05/21

King's College () have distributed Acer tablets to some of our students through the King's Scholars programme . They were distributed last week and the students are delighted! https://t.co/gccl5AkQOD

25/05/21

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Southwark Safer Schools team have held a PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) day last week and here's what they had to say on it https://t.co/SbYC4Qa0Kc 🤩

25/05/21

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June holiday football camps for girls ages 5-16 in South London with Girls United FA ⚽️🙌 Book your space for 3 days of developing football skills, having fun and making friends - https://t.co/JYCAV7CxZ2 https://t.co/xXtwDCjXm8

29/04/21

We are so proud of Awele, Yr 10, who has been chosen as Best New Cadet by Volunteer Police Cadets. “My sister was a cadet, which is what encouraged me to join, but I find it very personally satisfying,” says Awele. . Full story https://t.co/ERSI9BPkZs https://t.co/HnokVN5Oyv

22/04/21

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GO OUR CADET AWELE, rep VPC nationally!!! FAB job well done & good luck tomorrow, so proud of you! https://t.co/7y255BVQTM https://t.co/ch2TcG6LlO

20/04/21

Harris Fitness at Harris Dulwich Girls has now reopened to the public, with the majority of classes, if not all, resuming as normal. The new outside football pitch and tennis/netball court are also now available to hire. Find out more https://t.co/JLBlyG54Ck

15/03/21

Kenyea, Year 7, wrote this lovely poem for Mother's Day which we wanted to share with you. We hope you enjoy it too. https://t.co/rNpdHIf466

12/03/21

Thank you so much to our amazing LFD testing team and our brilliant pupils who’ve so quickly got used to the tests. We’ll get through this together-as always ☺️

05/02/21

We've had nearly 100 entries to our 'Imagine' poetry competition. Today we're sharing 'My Home' by Michaela, which won second prize. See the three winning poems at https://t.co/yT0UkwR6gP https://t.co/gs0t9GCWiL

04/02/21

A huge well done to everyone who entered our 'Imagine' poetry competition over the winter. We are fast approaching 100 entries! Congratulations to Magda for her poem 'Concentrate', which won 1st prize. See the winning poems at https://t.co/yT0UkwR6gP https://t.co/ZOdbXHsbyZ

04/02/21

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We are so proud to present our first pen portrait from a former student ⁦⁩. Gabby took every opportunity she was offered at the academy and is a fantastic role model for our students. It’s so great to hear about her experiences. https://t.co/NuJ8MjgQ0q

04/02/21

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It’s so wonderful to hear our students talking about mental health and well-being. Please follow our wonderful blog for a variety of opinion pieces. I’m sure you will agree the blog really does allow our students to express themselves https://t.co/h35wbK63iR https://t.co/vL1aWhfoaY

13/01/21

Do you need help with data or devices for online learning? If you require support with devices or access to WiFi or data, please do email info.org.uk. For details of what we might be able to offer see https://t.co/9ZQv5fJsRF

08/01/21

Well done!! Such impressive engagement in online learning from our girls. Thank you to the staff who delivered the lessons, the girls for working so hard and our ever supportive parents! Team effort!

04/01/21

We know you’ll have lots of questions about tonight’s announcements. Stay calm. We’re here to help and will update you as soon as we can. Stay safe and healthy.

04/01/21

Covid testing in schools. To see our letter to parents about this national scheme, including arrangements for consent, please visit https://t.co/fnIbYki5hm. Thank you.

03/01/21

Remote learning timetable: Year 11: starts 9:30 Tuesday Year 12 and 13: starts 9:30 Wednesday Year 7 and 9: starts 8:30 Wednesday Year 8 and 10: starts 9:00 Wednesday

03/01/21

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Please see our Covid-19 Updates page for the latest details of start of term arrangements. Thank you as ever for your cooperation. https://t.co/z3NIZz1XrV

03/01/21

If you have confirmed attendance at key workers provision, you’ll have received an email detailing all the arrangements. It’ll be great to see you tomorrow ☺️

02/01/21

Thank you to all our parents and carers for your patience as we confirm our key worker provision. Do get in touch via keyworkersprovision.org.uk with any queries.

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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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