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25/05/24

Year 7 had a very special assembly marking 150 days of secondary school. We celebrated everything they have achieved and looked forward to Year 8 and beyond. We are so proud of the way this amazing group of girls have become part of the HGABR community pic.twitter.com/R5lQqxf9Mf

25/05/24

Year 7 had a very special assembly marking 150 days of secondary school. We celebrated everything they have achieved and looked forward to Year 8 and beyond. We are so proud of the way this amazing group of girls have become part of the HGABR community pic.twitter.com/7qJ0mwOzHP

24/05/24

The Beckenham school where girls have 'exceptional' character and exam results https://t.co/oT6f5ROv7D

21/05/24

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16/05/24

We are so proud of our Year 7 student, Isabelle, who recently came 2nd in the short film competition! She was up against peers much older than her in the 11-16 category and the judges praised her use of mixed media and creativity! 👏🎬🏆 pic.twitter.com/PHBLvDIpO7

15/05/24

Today we are celebrating our phenomenal Yr7 student Jada, who won SILVER in the 50m butterfly at the London Swimming Champions Event This makes her the 2nd fastest 12yr old in the whole London region! You are amazing Jada! pic.twitter.com/PwryAvlqMS

14/05/24

Some of our incredible Year 13s who are working hard for their A-Levels this week: Emilia, Kiki and Tyla have respective offers from Trinity Hall Cambridge to read English, Homerton College Cambridge to read History and French and University of Birmingham to read Medicine ⭐️🌟✨ pic.twitter.com/zIYRpy5uJd

13/05/24

📢Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley continues to be OUTSTANDING! We are delighted to report that following our inspection in March, Ofsted have concluded that Harris Girls Academy Bromley “continues to be an outstanding school” 📢 https://t.co/uu0ASFIPrp pic.twitter.com/WZKoh6KTdj

09/05/24

Good luck to our exceptional Year 11 students who start their GCSEs today. Their composure, commitment and hard work to this point has been incredible. Your teachers and the whole HGABR community are so proud of you already! pic.twitter.com/gIqJMzQDGK

09/05/24

Our fantastic year 7 and 8 students who won 19 Bronze, 6 Silver and 3 Golds in the recent UKMT Challenge pic.twitter.com/kvQXmDVyIA

08/05/24

Brand new tennis club started after school today at HGABR! 🎾🎾 what a beautiful day to play Tennis pic.twitter.com/1jTH242Rld

07/05/24

📚 The HGABR Bookfair is officially open ! Find the latest and greatest that publishers have to offer here in your school library pic.twitter.com/LDY1aLpIO4

01/05/24

📚 Hi-tech guitars and paperback books - the HGABR library rocks! 📚🤘🎸 pic.twitter.com/CMhTHym5xl

30/04/24

📚 Starting this Friday, there is a Book Fair in the HGABR library! From the 3-8 May, classes will be given the opportunity to browse through the hundreds of titles that Scholastic books have to offer. Discounted books will be available to buy via parent pay. pic.twitter.com/AJbuk1ZcsV

29/04/24

We are so excited to add this new initiative to our transition programme for incoming students! https://t.co/9XHzHwZEKB

29/04/24

Congratulations to all the team and Ms Jasper for all the coaching.

29/04/24

🏆We did it again!🏆 Federation U16 Cup Final winners for the third year running! We could not be prouder of this incredible team and their achievements pic.twitter.com/VvoQZQnThs

29/04/24

🌟 We were delighted to have Sixth formers from Harris Bromley join us for a special mentoring session with our Year 6 girls who are gearing up to join the academy next year. A fantastic start to their transition! 📚👭 pic.twitter.com/YCgfKtmCpv

25/04/24

We have some fantastic opportunities to join our thriving vocational department. We are expanding our Business Studies offer and would love to hear from passionate, motivated and inspiring Business Teachers. Details here:https://t.co/i2Syx1Uauz

24/04/24

📚This week’s table of curiosity at the HGABR library is displaying 80s tech. Literally dusted off from the school’s archive, all this equipment was used for teaching! pic.twitter.com/BVBs7kQfNj

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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 Ms Sojka at a.sojka@harrisbromley.org.uk or our Literacy Lead Charlotte Matheson, c.matheson@harrisbromley.org.uk. You can also email your child’s English teacher for specific queries relating to Bedrock or student progress.


The latest 'must reads'

Click HERE to see the latest 'must reads' - suggested reading for each month of the school year to tie in with events happening that month.


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 Ms Sojka in the LRC or email a.sojka@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 Ms Sojka 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.


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