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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.

01/01/21

Retweetd From Mayor of London (gov.uk/coronavirus)

Our NHS heroes are truly the best of us. I'm so glad we were able to pay tribute to you tonight. Thank you for everything you do to protect us and keep our city safe. https://t.co/PVLcEb8Ed0

31/12/20

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu. Things will get better. Happy New Year!

31/12/20

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

24/12/20

A happy, restful and safe Christmas to our wonderful HGAED community. Take care of one another as you have throughout this year.

14/12/20

Retweetd From The Talent Foundry

Today we have our first session at with Year 7 students! We're so excited to be joined by a panel of volunteers who will be talking to students about the they use in their roles at . What a great way to start the week 🥳 https://t.co/p2gGnt4t21

11/12/20

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What a fantastic community we serve! Humbled by our students and staff . Their conscience and character brings such light during uncertain times. https://t.co/Xj2Ljjqc70

27/11/20

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While our Y13s have their mocks- our Y12s have a careers day to inspire them! Sessions include: 1. Unifrog launch, 2: Next Steps: University and Apprenticeships, Session 3: Standing out from the Crowd (Presentation and activities) 😊

27/11/20

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Fifty year 10 students have completed the and all made their speeches. They are now better prepared to present themselves with confidence adding to their portfolio of skills. Thank you & https://t.co/rSE0zjOMPi

05/11/20

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Thank you for the virtual CPD this afternoon! All students and staff have access to a Unifrog account.

21/10/20

Sign up for the online launch of Young, Gifted And STEM - a new organisation for 14-18 year old Black and Minority Ethnic students with an interest in STEM subjects. This Sat 24 Oct, 10am https://t.co/sMA396agts

14/10/20

Retweetd From Harris Sixth Form

Visit the Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening @ Harris Boy's Academy & Harris Girl's Academy East Dulwich TODAY at 5:30pm- 7:00pm https://t.co/fKqzIntadG https://t.co/Hq1B06AVSX

13/10/20

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Covid-19 - Latest Updates From the Principal

On this page, we will update you with key information relating to the school and Covid-19, so that you always have the latest details in one place. All previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.


Update: 18th January 2021

Remote learning: parent survey

Dear parents and carers

We hope that you and your families continue to be well and are coping with the challenges of lockdown. Please do reach out to the academy if you or your child require support.

We have put together a brief survey for parents to complete so that we can review and improve our provision. Please do complete the survey as soon as you can.

Please click HERE to complete the survey.

We’ll try to address any concerns raised, but for any urgent matters, please email info@harrisdulwichgirls.org.uk for general issues. If you have any concerns about the welfare or wellbeing of your child, please don’t hesitate to contact the Head of House. Wellbeing and mental health resources and advice are available on the website and via our MS Teams year teams, so do check there with your child if you need to.

We have distributed all of the digital resources that were sent to the academy by the government over the last two weeks. Please do let us know if your child continues to experience challenges with access to data/WiFi or devices as we are trying to source additional support.

Finally, a reminder that your child should be, as far as possible, logging on at normal lesson times to access learning. Please do let us know if your child is unwell and will be unable to work.

With all best wishes,

Carrie Senior (Principal)


Need help with data or devices for online learning?

We know that access to appropriate devices and WiFi is a barrier to many families. The academy has various avenues to support your family at this difficult time. Click HERE to find out more.


Keyworker provision

If you would like your daughter to attend keyworker provision, where pupils will complete their remote learning in a computer room on site, please can we ask you to email keyworkersprovision@harrisdulwichgirls.org.uk.

If you have not previously applied for a place, we do ask that you register your interest and ensure that your daughter is eligible to attend by sending the relevant form. Click HERE to download the form.


Covid testing

As students begin to physically return to the building, they will begin to benefit from free and fast Covid tests at school, as will our staff. This is a national scheme being organised by all secondary schools in England.

Click HERE to download a letter to parents about Covid testing, including questions and answers and what you need to do.

Click HERE to view our consent form.

Click HERE to view the privacy notice.


All previous updates can be downloaded from our Letters & Emails page.

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National Guidance on coronavirus

Symptoms of coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


What to do if someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 

If someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19.

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Further information

Further information is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


If your child becomes unwell at school

If your child becomes unwell during the academy day, or arrives at school unwell, they will be assessed by a first aider. Any child that has symptoms consistent with coronavirus will be sent home and your child will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

If your child has symptoms, you MUST book a test which can be done via NHS 119 or https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

The website for test booking is very busy, but new appointments are released on the hour, so refresh the website on the hour and you are more likely to get a slot. Everyone in your household should self-isolate until the 14 days are up or you have received a negative test result for your child. Your child can return to school when the 14 days are up, or you receive a negative test result and she is feeling better.


If anyone in your household is unwell with symptoms consistent with Covid-19

If anyone in your household is unwell with symptoms of Covid-19 your WHOLE HOUSEHOLD should be self-isolating, including your children.

Please do NOT send your children to school if anyone in the household is unwell. Phone the attendance line and inform us that your child is self-isolating due to a possible case.

Book the relevant member of the household a test. If the test is positive, the whole household must continue to self-isolate for 14 days from the onset of the affected person’s symptoms. This is really important as it means that your child won’t pass on Covid-19 to others. The most common way for Covid-19 to spread to others is through household transmission - members of families unsurprisingly pass it on to one another as they are in close contact so it’s important to contain any transmission by isolating your household.


If your child has been in proximity contact (2 metres) with a confirmed positive case of Covid-19

In the event that the academy is informed that a pupil or member of staff has tested positive for Covid-19, the academy works with Public Health England to assess the risk of transmission.

Pupils or staff who have been within 2 metres of a confirmed positive case for more than 15 minutes (for example in a lesson) will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of contact with the positive case. This is why our seating plans are so important as it means we can identify immediately who may have been within 2-3 metres and act accordingly.

If your child is asked to self-isolate because they have been in proximity contact with a confirmed positive case, we will call you and ask you to collect your child. Your child should self-isolate for 14 days from the contact (we will tell you the date of return on a letter that is sent home with your child). The rest of the household do NOT need to self-isolate unless your child starts to display symptoms-and in this case, you’ll need to book a test.

Please inform us immediately if your child becomes symptomatic when self-isolating and of the outcome of any CV-19 test. The 14 days starts again if your child develops symptoms so it’s incredibly important you let us know.

I am so grateful for your support in cooperating with the academy when we alert you to either your child being unwell in school or when your child is asked to self-isolate by us. We’re also grateful for your openness in letting us know when you have possible or confirmed cases of Covid-19 in your households.  It makes such a difference to keeping our community safe and in enabling us to keep your children learning and in school as far as possible.

The latest government advice on Covid-19 is available at:


The government provides updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and colleges. You can read the latest government guidence HERE.

This guidance is now also available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese – traditional, Chinese – simplified, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romany, Somali, Turkish, Urdu.


Timings of the day

When school is open, there will be a staggered start times for each year group.

  • Year 7 - 8:20am arrival - please go to sports gate
  • Year 8 - 8.50am arrival - please go to sports gate
  • Year 9 - 8.20am arrival - please go to main gate
  • Year 10 - 8.50am arrival - please go to main gate
  • Year 11 - 9:20am arrival - please go to main gate

It is absolutely crucial that your daughter arrives at the time indicated. The staggered starts are essential to the school managing hand washing on arrival for our 860+ pupils.

In order to follow government guidance, every year group will be contained in their own ‘bubble’ and will follow their own bespoke timings of the day. Bubbles will not come into contact with each other, which will help to reduce the risk of an outbreak and minimise the number of children who have to isolate in the event that there is a confirmed case at the academy. 

The timetable has been re-written so that the ‘bubbles’ of students remain consistent. The arrival and lesson times have been staggered and each year group ‘bubble’ will have different arrival, break, lunch and departure time to reduce social contact.

Please encourage your daughter’s excellent punctuality so we can manage this effectively. If students arrive late to the academy, they will not be able to enter their ‘bubble’.


Accessing the bus stop

Due to the need to maintain social distancing the school bus stop is closed, except for our new year 7 students. Students will need to walk to the bus stop on Peckham Rye or the bus stop beyond the shop on Stuart Road. Students are not permitted to use the bus stop at the shop as this space is not suitable for 250 students to be lining up at any one time, this is consistent with our usual policy.


House and Coaching Groups

Students will remain in their Houses, with the same Head of House but will not attend coaching time in the coaching group they were in last academic year. Instead, students will have coaching time with their teaching group as this reduces the mixing of students throughout the school day. Heads of House are the first point of contact for parents. Please see the contact page on the academy website should you need to contact your daughter’s Head of House.


Uniform expectations

Our uniform expectations remain the same. All students should ensure that any false nails, eyelashes or un-natural hair colours are removed before the start of the new school term. Students should not have piercings other than one stud in each ear, all other piercings should be removed before students arrive at school. Students arriving with piercings or jewellery not permitted will have these items confiscated. The uniform policy is listed below:

  • Black trousers (no denim/jean material or style or leggings) or black pleated skirt (should be knee length) /or ankle length skirt for those wishing to fully cover their legs.
  • Black blazer with Academy logo.
  • White open neck Academy blouse.
  • Blue Academy jumper (students do not have to wear this but no other jumper/cardigan is permissible as an alternative at any time of year so purchase is strongly advised).
  • Black shoes, which can be polished (no trainers or plimsolls/canvass shoes or boots/no Vans).
  • Plain white or black socks (no cartoons/patterns).
  • Plain tights – black or tan only.
  • Plain black or dark navy blue outdoor coat (no logos, denim, leather jackets or hoodies).
  • Headscarves worn for religious reasons should be plain black or white with no studs, sequins or other decoration.
  • A lanyard (provided by the academy) or badge holder containing the pupil’s school ID card. This is to be worn at all times, from arrival at the academy gates.
  • One small stud in each ear (no rings, bracelets, necklaces, no web enabled watches)

Essential equipment

Every student must come to school prepared for learning, every day. All students should attend the Academy with the following essential equipment:

  • Pencil case with pens, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener
  • Coloured pencils
  • Scientific calculator
  • Reading book
  • A black bag that is big enough to hold A4 books and folders

Electronic equipment

In order to prevent distractions and disruption, the Academy operates a “zero tolerance” policy for all electronic equipment, including mobile phones. Mobiles phones must be switched off and stored in her bag before she arrives on site. If a mobile phone is seen or heard, it will be confiscated.


Break and lunchtime

The canteen will serve a limited menu at lunchtime and will be open only for a few items at break time. Students should eat breakfast at home and bring  a snack to school. The free school meal allowance can only be used at lunchtime.