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Proceeds will go back to the Art and DT department


The Christmas stalls are open for purchasing your trinkets, before our Carol Concert.


Reflections this week is about the use of advertising to promote political messages. Students will explore the recent supermarket chains 'banned' advert, the petitions and awareness of the campaign behind the advert and whether this is the correct way to get the message across.


An amazing trip that took place last year. Sign up for next year is now under way.


Countdown this week continues with the challenge of reaching 401. How close can you get?


Once again we aim to raise awareness for the homeless. Homelessness can effect anyone & HGABR is trying to do its part by collecting donations of clothing & food, in conjunction with Holy Trinity Church. Please drop off your donations to the school.


As part of our continued literacy programme, students will explore a group read and discussion session on the topic of 'grandparents - key to tackling youth anxiety epidemic'. KS4 will continue a further discussion on the pay gap within ethnic minority academics.


This weeks book of the week is in line with the current Christmas theme.


Help support Miss Bellinger's coffee morning, in raising awareness for the charity Whizz Kids - Tuesday 11th December 2018. Recommended donations of between 50p and £1 per cake/slice. The stools will be open at break and lunch time in the main hall.


School breaks up at 12:40pm on Friday 21 December 2018


Numeracy challenges this week continue with our countdown game (the magic number is 258), followed by a couple of other style quizzes, to get your brains working.


This weeks Must Read book is Jacqueline Hyde, by Robert Swindells. What seems fun at first, soon takes over. How can you go back when the bad side wont let you?


Reflections this week is all about feminism. Students will explore what they already know and what the definition of feminism actually stands for.


This weeks puzzle is: Just one positive integer (whole number) has exactly 8 factors including 6 and 15. What is the integer?


As part of our group literacy discussion, students will read up on the attached article, looking at the key points of the article, the issues raised and there own thoughts on these topics.


Word of the week is propaganda. This word is often found within the subject of History, but students should explore how they can use this word in their work this week.


Parent and carers: Have you recently moved or changed your telephone number? Then please email us your new details on


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Interesting opportunities for applicants.


Banding Day is 14th December 2018. Letters inviting students to their test session will be posted out in due course.


HGABR is holding a silent auction for some of its amazing prints. Check out the link for photos of the work up for auction and details on how to bid and where the money is going back to.

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Posted on July 16th 2018

The Bromley Summer Reading Challenge

What is ‘The Bromley Summer Reading Challenge’?

Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s educational success than their family’s socio-economic status – reported by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 2002.

As part of our literacy initiative here at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, we strongly believe that reading is a pivotal determiner in how well students do in their exams. This year we have launched The Bromley Reading Challenge 2018, whereby students are able to complete a range of tasks over the summer, alongside reading a range of text. We have taken on this initiative in an effort to continue to encourage our girls to read for pleasure – especially given the benefits.

We hope you and your daughter take part, and enjoy some of the suggested challenges. We look forward to your feedback in the coming academic year.

What does it involve?

  • Keep a reading log of everything you read over the summer.
  • First week back – help creating your presentation of the activities and books you read over the summer (snacks on offer during sessions). 
  • Second week back – presentations and winner announced.
  • Prizes for first, second and third places.
  • Parents can help you with your challenge.
  • Competition open to all year groups!
  • 90 points available for joining your local library!

Suggested activities (select as many as you like)

Read 5 books from the Bromley 100 list.





100 points

Read 3 books from the Bromley suggested reading list 2018.




80 points

Draw a picture of one of the main characters in your book and label with their feature and characteristics.


80 points

Read a book in an unusual place – draw or take a picture of you doing it.



50 points

Read a newspaper article (try an online news website such as the Guardian, or a free newspaper). Summarise the article in 20 words, then 10 words, then 5 words, then 1 word.


100 points

Read a letter or bill that comes to your home (ask permission first). Consider the purpose of the letter and any techniques used. Now write a response to this letter in the same style.


90 points

Read a page from two different websites, on a similar topic. Compare the two pages – what are the similarities and differences between the two? Consider the words used, purpose, content, setting, characters, how each piece makes you feel.


80 points


Write a letter to one of the characters in your book asking them about something that happened to them in the story.


60 points

Read at least two different books in a week.

Your parents needs to verify this.


(parent signature)


100 points

Complete a book review for one the books that you have read. Ensure you research what book review looks like.


70 points

Ask an adult to sit with you whilst you read to them for 20 minutes – they could read too. This adult needs to


(parent signature)

60 points

Redesign the front cover of one of your books.

Write an explanation as to why you chose your new design.


50 points

Create a quiz for your book with at least 10 questions.


60 points

Write a new blurb for the book that you have read.


50 points

Design a poster to promote a book the book you recently read.


50 points

Make up a game to play, which relate s to the book that you are reading.


90 points

Research the book you are reading. Note down any interesting facts/information about the book or the author.


65 points

Make something mentioned in the story that you are reading. This could be a toy, a picture or meal.


100 points

Make a wanted poster for the villain in story that you are reading.


50 points

Make up a song, rap or poem about the book you are reading.


90 points

Read a story to younger child. Take a picture whilst doing this.


(parent signature)


60 points

If the book you are reading was made into a film, which actors would play the lead roles and why?  Where would it be set and why?


60 points

Make an unusual bookmark linked to the book that you are reading.



40 points

Write a letter to your favourite character, from one of the books you have read over the summer, persuading them to visit your school.


60 points

List of local libraries

Central Library

Address: High St, Bromley BR1 1EX

Phone: 020 3931 0900


Burnt Ash Library

Address: Burnt Ash Ln, Bromley BR1 5AF

Phone: 020 8460 3405


Southborough Library

Address: Southborough Ln, Bromley BR2 8AP

Phone: 020 8467 0355


Downham Library

Address: Moorside Rd, Bromley BR1 5EP

Phone: 020 8314 9705


Shortlands Library

Address: Shortlands Road, Bromley BR2 0JP

Phone: 020 8460 9692

Hayes Library

Address: Hayes St, Bromley, Hayes BR2 7LH

Phone: 020 8462 2445


Penge Library

Address: Penge Library, 46 Green Ln, London SE20 7JX

Phone: 020 3915 7066


Beckenham Library

Address: Beckenham Road, Beckenham Rd, Beckenham BR3 4PE

Phone: 020 8650 7292


West Wickham Library

Address: Glebe Way, West Wickham BR4 0SH

Phone: 020 8777 4139

LRC map

How to apply for a library card

  1. Figure out where your local library is located.
  2. Determine what type of identification you will need to bring to get a card.
  3. Visit your local library branch – bring your identification documents with you to the library
  4. Find an employee to speak to and ask to apply for a library card. This should be a common request at the library, so the employee should understand what you are asking for.
  5. Fill out all necessary paper work.
  6. Sign your library card. Depending on your specific library, you may get your card right away or they may send it to you.