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17/05/18

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Having this joy to participate the first feminist society session and debate cake at with , great talks on feminism and body image💥💥💥💥 https://t.co/py67LsGvaF

17/05/18

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Very excited to be hosting the first HGAED Feminist Society with Dhillon from https://t.co/InhHsHTo41

15/05/18

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Please RT if you know anyone who would be interested in an art technician job - details here: https://t.co/CznDErt8RU,

14/05/18

(left) is our school's first artist in residence. Alix is working with Year 9 on an project about the significance of hair in cultural identity. Pictured with head of art . Find out more https://t.co/6s7e3H1NPC. https://t.co/b3HWn3foJz

09/05/18

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Creative activism at its best! Inspired by celebrating contributions of women of colour activists in preparation for https://t.co/WeJsc69u0o

01/05/18

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Yr9 artists inspired by Mark Dion to develop curiosity in our surroundings @ https://t.co/o2ODDVnrTD

01/05/18

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Discussion lead by around gaps in the curriculum. https://t.co/EQdjOMPU0L

25/04/18

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Yr9 art students will be working with for PROCESSIONS. Can’t wait! https://t.co/VTvFfLwmVB

18/04/18

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Our next book review is now up! Filmed at Tales on the Rye- the school bookshop created in collaboration with https://t.co/8ZVGXTvZhL

05/04/18

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The Uncracked Code has been flying off our shelves. We also had it reviewed by students Watch here! https://t.co/UtasEu3AhR

03/04/18

Congratulations to the fantastic speakers at the "Speak Out" Challenge Regional Final last week. And especially worthy winner Omotola from . Our own Hafsa (pictured) was the fabulous MC! https://t.co/7IQkOTuBL2

29/03/18

Our girls raised £126.38 for by bringing in spare copper coins. Great work everyone... 289,000 children under five die each year due to illness linked to dirty water. We're raising money for water, toilets, hygiene https://t.co/drTuTb8qXB

28/03/18

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A big thank you to Chris Brown and the team for hosting a brilliant Southwark Regional Final this evening!

28/03/18

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"The ability to speak and articulate your thoughts and ideas is essential in life" Thank you Carrie Senior Head of for your very warm welcome tonight.

28/03/18

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The team make running the Southwark challenge a piece of cake. 😉 https://t.co/UZO864q6cL

28/03/18

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Here's our amazing MC for tonight's event, last year's Southwark Champion Hafsa from https://t.co/jd5GAKjozb

28/03/18

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Southwark's turn tonight for a Regional Final . Hafsa Ahmed, last year's Champ, will be our MC for the evening. Come and support Southwark's young speakers! https://t.co/c2dP754eP4 https://t.co/tij38KHwKW

28/03/18

Pics from our Staff vs Students and matches last week to raise money for . Yes, there were questionable tactics and variable talent on display throughout(!) but everyone had a great time... bring on next year's rematch. https://t.co/fP07uwq0TS

27/03/18

Year 7 are really enjoying their project with on understanding national identity and Britishness. See our new national flags and anthem at https://t.co/SWeN391OMz https://t.co/FzgX8KlvqJ

15/03/18

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Sneak preview new exhibition - The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles thanks to for an inspired resource, curated by yr9 students, and nearly ready to open debate around missing histories in our curriculums https://t.co/5sIJj0bm1L

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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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