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01/12/21

Which staff member is being given an award at 1830 this evening by a member of Royalty?! Click on the link to find out! https://t.co/Lgjdfm2BRu

01/12/21

We welcomed and to the academy yesterday for our Year 8 Safety First day. A fascinating day with some fantastic sessions and great interaction from our girls. https://t.co/qpVNKI7LiL

01/12/21

Poppy Appeal - Thanks received from Royal British Legion https://t.co/GScXDiwytU

25/11/21

Encourage your child's voice to be shared...calling all budding authors! https://t.co/i4sBLEZAsz

25/11/21

RAD Contemporary Dance company in rehearsal - looking forward to seeing the actual performance as this is fantastic! https://t.co/gcT57yqPbs

23/11/21

HGABR Readathon – Read for Good! Help your child’s literacy by encouraging participation in our sponsored read; to help with providing mobile libraries and storytellers to sick children in hospital. It’s a win, win! https://t.co/503Nf8TEsL

22/11/21

A work experience programme will allow students to network with colleagues and learn first-hand about the role and career routes within the company. These degree schemes see students attending university, gain a degree with either full or partial funding.

22/11/21

Year 12 and 13 attended a session PWC's Pathway to Flying Start scheme which offers an insight into degree apprenticeship and school leaver opportunities. Participants are invited to join Pwc's work experience programme for students interested in either accountancy or technology. https://t.co/AZYgROUm2c

22/11/21

Our Year 12 Health and Social Students loved hearing about the amazing work of the Charity when Michelle joined us for our lesson on Friday. Students reflecting on the many roles in the H&SC sector and how they can get involved in the charity!

16/11/21

Who's getting a Christmas feeling?! https://t.co/2WYLa3c7mH

11/11/21

Retweetd From Harris Haling Park

Remembrance Day: To commemorate Remembrance Day and remember the fallen soldiers throughout history and all present conflicts, each class created a poppy and as a school we gathered together in an assembly for a two-minute silence. https://t.co/gX1cu1ahst

04/11/21

Ellie shared that when she first considered becoming a Barrister, she told her dad she was not sure if it was for people like her and from her background. He responded, "If you won't do it, how will that ever change?" An Inspiring message for our students. https://t.co/nqeZNrUSYW

04/11/21

Our local MP, Ellie Reeves, visited HGABR today and spoke to students about her path into Law, Politics and her experience as a woman. https://t.co/mL6adMgPrs

04/11/21

Retweetd From Harris Sixth Form

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04/11/21

Retweetd From HPA Kent House

Happy Diwali to those celebrating today 🕯️ Follow the link to find out more about this Hindu festival and why it is celebrated https://t.co/tIsQDJEhRY https://t.co/0tqlAyVQqL

02/11/21

Our former student Rachel Reeves Reeves faced a 'grilling' from HGABR sixth formers which was referenced in an Evening Standard article!

02/11/21

Rachel Reeves: ‘Speeches won’t change lives, Labour needs to win elections’ https://t.co/7W514uRGXX

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Library & Literacy

Reading at Home

This page has some useful links to reading resources and other tips to help keep reading engaging and positive. Please do share your own ideas and experiences with us too.

If you have any queries concerning passwords, reading levels, reading tips or how to find reading materials, please email our Librarian Mrs Woolcott at B.Woolcott@harrisbromley.org.uk or our Literacy Lead Ms Levins at E.Levins@harrisbromley.org.uk. You can also email your child’s English teacher for specific queries relating to Bedrock or student progress.


Reading Cloud

Reading Cloud is a library management system which enables access to our Learning Resource Centre at any time and from any internet enabled device. To log in from your Laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone click this link: https://www.readingcloud.net/

Reading Cloud enables you to:

  • Search, reserve or download resources from the school library and across the Reading Cloud
  • View recommended reads that are automatically generated, similar to books previously enjoyed
  • Like and recommend resources to other students
  • Write  book reviews
  • Share your home library with friends at school
  • Access pre-approved, curriculum relevant web links
  • Plus much more...

Reading Cloud links real and virtual reading experiences to engage students and encourages a school reading community, join in and be a part of it! If you have any questions about the Reading Cloud contact Mrs Woolcott in the LRC or email b.woolcott@harrisbromley.org.uk


How often should I be reading?

As often as you can! We recommend at least 30 minutes a day. At school, students read for 10 minutes each day in DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time, as well as for 20 minutes every Friday in Friday Book Club.  To help continue this habit while at home, we are encouraging pupils to read for at least 30 minutes a day - this could Book review e1441036359437[1]include reading aloud to a parent, sibling or even a pet!

After finishing a book, why not write a review and send it to our Librarian Mrs Woolcott and receive another book recommendation. Your review could also get featured in our termly Academy Magazine - Insight.


The Bromley 100

The Bromley 100 comprises of 100 books that the staff, students and parents believe to be classic and contemporary books, which students should aim to read during their time at the Academy. For the current list of books, click this link. Bromley 100.

The Library at Table LRCHarris Girls’ Academy Bromley has a wide range of reading materials within its catalogue; containing a wealth of different forms of literature ranging from the classics to young adult, Manga, non-fiction, newspapers and more. There is an array of literature and different genres which can entice even the most reluctant of readers!

Educational research has extensively documented the benefit of reading and its contribution to developed academic and social skills alongside well-being. This is actively promoted and encouraged within HGABR through our use of DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read.) All students have a daily twenty-minute window whereby they read in a focused environment, allowing themselves to become immersed in what they are reading. This practise is actively promoted as we are encouraging students to become independent readers outside of school, widening and broadening their reading material and genres. Students should aim to read at home and be encouraged to do so. The key to unlocking hidden knowledge, opening doors to new information, enhancing comprehension, vocabulary, communication skills, academic aptitude and awareness of the written2nd table LRC word is by reading!

Incorporating reading into your daily routine benefits literacy and well-being whilst being very relaxing and enjoyable too! 

Please contact Mrs Woolcott with any book suggestions, reviews, or general library queries. You can see a list of our new books in the library here. New Book's.


What’s Going on in the LRC?

Bedrock Learning have recognised the fantastic work ethic of Harris Girls' Academy Bromley by awarding a certificate - well done all!


September - Roald Dahl's Birthday!HGABR Must read Roald Dahl special 15 Sep. 21

October - Black History MonthHGABR Must read Black History 13 Oct. 2021

November  - Remembrance Day and getting excited for the 'Readathon', supporting the charity Read for Good!HGABR Must read Private Peaceful 10 Nov. 21

Donations can be made through the HGABR sponsorship page: Click this link

HGABR Readathon  Read for Good!


Bedrock Learning (Years 7-10)

Bedrock Learning is an innovative literacy improvement programme which delivers a curriculum designed to develop your daughter’s knowledge of a range of meaningful vocabulary whilst exposing her to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Your daughter will be set and required to complete two tasks a week on this platform. Due to the nature of the tasks and the importance of repetition when embedding new vocabulary, it is important that your daughter leaves at least 48 hours between tasks. The programme runs online at www.bedrocklearning.org. You should have received notification of your daughter’s login details as well as your parent access code. If, for any reason, you have not received this information or you are having problems with it, please do not hesitate to let your daughter’s English teacher know. Email into info@harrisbromley.org.uk, with your daughters English Teachers name.

‘Bedrock Brilliance’ Competition - Watch this space!

A Student Guide for Bedrock can be found here; or downloaded at the bottom of this page.


Free access to ebooks, Audiobooks, Comics and Research Resources

  • Oxford Owl - expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children's learning at home, from Oxford University Press.
  • David Walliams daily free audio story for 30 days.
  • Audible.com - Free trial of audible books for all ages. There are a range of categories to choose from and the texts on offer cover a range of ages. Audiobooks are becoming increasingly popular and are predicted to overtake the sales of ebooks in 2020 (National Literacy Trust). The research review found that audiobooks can improve children’s reading skills and enjoyment of reading, support children’s emotional and mental wellbeing, improve children’s reading comprehension and widen access to books.
  • Researchify - Word/PDF/Audiobooks of Children’s Classics.
  • Project Gutenberg - The Project Gutenberg website offers over 60, 000 free eBooks. Your daughter can choose to download this as a Kindle book or read online. This website is completely free to use and does not require any registration.  
  • The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has also created a short reading list of books that are available to read online.
  • Bromley Libraries have a great e-library, where you can download books, audiobooks and view comics for free. https://glllibraries.overdrive.com/library/teens . All that is required is your library card and pin number and access is via the Libby App or Overdrive website. Free enrolment can be processed online.
  • Literacy Trust: The Book of Hopes. Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
  • www.poetrystation.org.uk. This website focuses on providing recordings of poetry to help students engage in the auditory nature of poems and language.
  • The National Literacy Trust's Family Zone is a comprehensive web portal for parents and guardians. There are activities for all age groups which will engage children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. Currently the Family Zone only provides resources for students up to the age of 12, however secondary school students as well. 
  • BookTrust HomeTime Free online books and videos - play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters.
  • www.booktrust.org.uk - The Book Trust website offers a range of resources linked to children’s literature, as well as a resource for recommending books that your daughter might be interested in reading moving forward.
  • www.goodreads.com - The Good Reads website is free to join. On this website, your daughter can write reviews of books she has read, search through book lists and recommendations and take part in quizzes on novels.

Key Events

LRC key date schedule September 2020 onwards

September

March

13 September - Roald Dahl's Birthday

4 March - World Book Day

26 September – European day of Languages 

8 March - International Women’s Day

 

21 March - World Poetry Day

 

End of March – Carnegie Book’s shortlist released

 

October

April

1 October - Black History month

21 April - Charlotte Bronte’s Birthday

1 October - National Poetry Day

22 April - Mother Earth Day

24 October - United Nations Day

23rd April - Shakespeares's Birthday

27 October - Booker Prize Winner

 

 

November

May

11 November - Armistice Day

22 May - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Birthday.

29 November - Louisa May Alcott’s Birthday

 

29 November - C.S Lewis’ Birthday

 

 

December

June

16 December - Jane Austen's Birthday

5 June - World Environment Day

 

17 June - Carnegie Winner announced

 

20 June - World refugee Day

 

January 

July

27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day

26 July – J.K. Rowling 

14 January - Lewis Carroll's Birthday. 

 

 

February

 

07 February – Charles Dickens’ Birthday

 

21 February - International Mother Language Day