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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


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!


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!


Looking for summer activities? Find out more about this 'Summer of Food and Fun' programme for children and families in and .


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 .


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


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.


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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:


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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


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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. 😊


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Reminder- BBC Bitesize have a range of inspiring videos and advice for students.


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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


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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


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


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


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We're really looking forward to seeing Year 10 and Year 12 next week. Please walk or cycle to school if you can.


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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.


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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.


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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 ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏾

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Reading at Home

Although this is undoubtedly a difficult time for our students and many will feel they are missing out on the numerous benefits of school life, it can still be a time of productive and effective learning.

A silver lining of this dark cloud is the opportunity for our students to become independent learners and thinkers. Particularly under the current circumstances in which we are confined to our homes, escapism will become really important and there has never been a better time for our young people to really immerse themselves in their reading!

To this end, below you will find some information and resources for you and your child to maximise the potential of reading at home.

Why read? 10 reasons

  1. It makes you a better reader
  2. It exercises your brain, improving your memory
  3. It teaches you about the world you live in
  4. It expands your vocabulary
  5. It improves your writing skills
  6. It develops your analytical skills
  7. It increases concentration
  8. It develops empathy and imagination
  9. It decreases stress and relaxes you
  10. It is fun!

What to read

Bookshelf library books catalogWe like to encourage our students to read as widely as possible. Obviously they will have their favourites, but we would suggest they use this time to broaden their reading to include a variety of genres of fiction, as well as non-fiction, poetry and drama.

For fiction, we have compiled a HGAED Top 50 for KS3 and KS4 and we would encourage students to read as much of this as possible for a really rich experience of literature.

Download the HGAED Top 50 fiction list


For reliable information about what is going on, they should read news from sources such as the BBC and the Guardian, which they can access from their phones.

For poetry, try the Poetry Society for contemporary poems, and Poetry by Heart for a more comprehensive overview.

And for drama, theatre companies such as the National Theatre and The Globe are offering free streaming of certain plays. (This definitely counts as reading, particularly if it’s Shakespeare!)

If you fancy winning and receiving a surprise book to your door, our school bookshop is also starting a series of fortnightly creative, book-related competitions. See your class’s English Edmodo page for more information.

How to read

A reminder that all of our students are expected to read every day, for at least 20 minutes, and they should all have a reading journal in which they complete a series of tasks and note down new vocabulary. The minimum expectation is that they maintain this, but for the vast majority, they have an unparalleled opportunity to go above and beyond this.

If you are looking for pure lockdown escapism, find a quiet, comfortable spot to read without interruption. Better still, if you are home with family, use this time to explore books together, reading aloud to each other and talking about the books you are reading. Research has shown this to have enormous benefits, even for older children. 

Southwark LibraryIf you are not already a member of Southwark Libraries, you can join online for free. This online membership is valid for three months and can be renewed if libraries remain closed. You will be able to borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books free of charge for all ages. Click here to join the library service. If you have a membership card, click here to use your membership card to browse the catalogue and borrow E-Books and E-Audio Books.

If you have a Kindle, or download the Kindle app on your phone, you can access most of the classics absolutely free. You can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Kindle Unlimited, but you will need to remember to cancel to avoid being charged. is also currently offering a wide range of audiobooks for free; check out the Teen and Literary Classic sections. For more titles, you can also sign up for a free 30-day trial to Audible and get a free audiobook. Again, you have to remember to cancel if you don’t want to start paying monthly.

For more information on what and how to read at home, please visit our Reading for Pleasure page.

If you have any questions about reading or would like any further advice on how best to support your child, feel free to email

Happy reading!