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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 July 12th 2017

Holocaust Survivor Shares Testimony with Year 8

Harry Bibring, a Holocaust survivor, visited us on July 11 to share his testimony with our Year 8 girls.

Holocaust talk

Harry told of his fond memories of living with his family in Austria, his hobby of ice skating and his school days that he shared with his sister Gerty.

However, for Harry, his childhood soon came to an end shortly after the events Kristallnacht (Crystal Night) and he soon realised he could no longer ice skate, go swimming or even go to the park at certain times. This was because he was a Jew.

Personal account

Harry shared with our students the painful memories of being denied back in to his school and having to go to a separate school where only Jews went. Students are aware of the persecution and the cruelty that minorities faced all over Nazi-occupied Europe; but for them hearing it from a personal account shook them.

Harry’s father realised that the situation at home wasn’t going to get better, especially after witnessing his family and friends having to wash the streets with water filled with acid, and that the Nazi rule was only going to cause more suffering.

Emotional journey

On the 13th March 1938, Harry and his sister Gerty were transported to London to escape any more persecution. They never saw their parents again. Harry shared his final letters from his father and his mother and recalled the worry and anguish he felt at being away from them. Harry's father died shortly after he left of a heart attack on the way to a concentration camp. Three years after his death, letters from Harry's mum became fewer. Harry came to his own conclusions of his mothers death and it was later confirmed she died at a death camp.

Harrys emotional journey further pushed our girls to ask inquisitive questions to extend their knowledge of history. One asked: “How did you experience of the Blitz in London?”. 

The day ended with the Year 8 walking away with a better understanding of prejudice, and they all vowed to Harry that they will pass on the messages from today's lesson to their peers and family.