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27/03/20

HAP today donated 170 pairs of safety googles (normally used by our Science department) to the NHS to help prevent their staff contracting COVID-19. Lewisham NHS put out a call to local schools who might have spare googles, and we are proud to help https://t.co/shtAhNmNRz

27/03/20

Really useful advice for our students. Please take a read. https://t.co/FAaM8mFNgm

27/03/20

Wonderful video from our talented Y10 Music student! 🎶🎼🎤 DM us your HAP homelearning videos and pictures so we can see what you're working on! https://t.co/wxrTWtecIk

26/03/20

Retweetd From The Body Coach

😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤️ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters ❤️ https://t.co/ioFGeFRpuK

26/03/20

While school is closed, we're emailing all students a weekly newsletter from the school library, full of useful information about and , challenges and competitions. Download your first newsletter at https://t.co/8FF6KXf333 https://t.co/BlBRyoGHCJ

24/03/20

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With limiting our daily movements, our ‘Guide To Staying Home...In Style’ is packed with activities for & with tips around Please Share! https://t.co/cnrmNLsSwT https://t.co/bOmu0wS3pL

24/03/20

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Wondering what to do for tomorrow? Now is a perfect time to write a letter of support & appreciation to someone who may really need it right now. staff member? Send it through & we will ensure it gets there. More great ideas at: https://t.co/cnrmNLsSwT https://t.co/KiUclJSt6q

24/03/20

Check out our 'Reading at Home' page for tips and ideas https://t.co/oeI0fTAUoB Please do share your own ideas and experiences with us too, so we can all learn from each other. How's it going with the reading at home? https://t.co/ed0yrr14Ei

24/03/20

Retweetd From Southwark Libraries

Sorry we can't see you in person, but don't forget all our members can access eBooks and audiobooks through AND magazines, newspapers and film streaming 24/7 from our other eLibrary services 👉https://t.co/8vu7h8UgP0👈 https://t.co/vZ7HQH9wuB

23/03/20

Look at all the flowers gave to our fabulous teachers today, to thank them for keeping open our school for children of and other keyworkers. Lovely thought, thank you! https://t.co/TLT67VglUT

23/03/20

Check out the new Virtual Learning pages on our website. We'll help you access all the support you need while studying from home https://t.co/W8te7azf1V

23/03/20

Retweetd From SouthwarkYA's

A big ***Shout Out*** to parents who today started 😊❤️ ... An even bigger ***Shout Out*** to all the teachers and staff at schools opening their doors to Thank you! 🤗 😊❤️ https://t.co/vBbzVjIMf8

23/03/20

Retweetd From Southwark Libraries

No need for children to run out of books while stuck at home. Join Southwark Libraries for free eBooks and audiobooks. Take a look at some kids' titles here 👉 https://t.co/Wdhs8DmmyZ Our temporary online membership now lasts 3 months. Join us today 👉 https://t.co/1zqLzCeJkJ. https://t.co/ZZ89RnULlx

23/03/20

Retweetd From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

19/03/20

Our library has been busy today with students keen to collect a fresh new book before school closures. # Peckham Reads # Illaydasavesthelibrary https://t.co/Z82rD86sTv

17/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Parents, carers and pupils: all Harris academy updates on coronavirus will now be published on a dedicated website: https://t.co/0JeUHHfRDp. You will also receive a text message as and when there is any new information.

15/03/20

Retweetd From Daniel Chan

is inspirational and makes an incredible difference to the young people at ! https://t.co/wkBw0452Z7

13/03/20

Year 11 French practicing hard for their general conversation! https://t.co/MBBa9vY9fE

13/03/20

Y10 had an amazing trip to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge to learn more about life at university. Amira enjoyed exploring the law library & discovering the weekly law reports from the year she was born! Inspiring and motivational trip! https://t.co/iVTgoFGVek

12/03/20

Mr Nnabegwu and Mr Tate, leading a lovely assembly on science week. https://t.co/IGA4oIC5Dy

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Posted on March 6th 2020

'This is Our Reality as Teenagers': Students Take Gang Culture to the Stage

A new drama – The Endz – will see pupils from Harris Academy Peckham collaborating with The Multi-Story Orchestra to give a voice to victims of knife crime. Article from The Guardian

It is three hours after the end of school on a Friday evening and deep in the bowels of Harris Academy Peckham, south-east London, 20 year 10 students are singing, rapping and dancing in a blacked-out rehearsal room. Their music sounds like an acoustic rendering of a Stormzy track and the lyrics talk of the perils of stop and search, peer pressure and gang culture.

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The group is almost exclusively made up of BAME students and this piece, The Endz, is due to be performed at the end of the month, with Peckham arts initiative The Multi-Story Orchestra, in local theatres. The hour-long performance was developed from a 15-minute music class exercise and is partly inspired by the fatal stabbing of former Harris Academy pupil Malcolm Mide-Madariola in 2018.

“A year ago my music class were thinking that we need to make a change in our community and raise awareness of gang crime,” says 14-year-old Amira Lagzouli, one of the leads in the production. “We want to break the stereotypes relating to gang crime and show that even though we’re not in gangs ourselves, we’re surrounded by that culture and that this is our reality as teenagers.”


 ‘We want to break the stereotypes relating to gang crime’ ... The Endz.

The reality The Endz portrays is that of a young girl drawn into gang crime and a stabbing as a result of a police stop and search gone wrong. “In the news, it feels like it’s [always] the same story, just under a different name,” Lagzouli continues, “so we are giving all the victims a voice because ultimately, the people that get into gangs are victims. They all start off as good people and then they are groomed.”

Although the students in the production were too young to have known Mide-Madariola personally, the story of this young man is one that feels close to home. “I know there are times when I can feel peer-pressured,” says 14-year-old Tegan Bernard-Curtis, another lead. “Other times I can stand tall and walk away. But it’s hard to be strong when all we see is people labelling us as criminals or no good. Instead, they should think of the youth as something bright, as the future. I want to show them that we are human, that we are the product of them.”

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 ‘They all start off as good people and then they are groomed’ ... The Endz.

The show has been developed to be open to all audiences, as the students are keen to have a diverse range of people engage with their message of empathy. “For primary school children, this is going to become their reality, or it already is, so we want them to be involved, too,” Lagzouli says.

Kerry Rogers, head of music at Harris Academy, describes the students as “genuinely the most creative, brilliant people I’ve ever worked with,” and notes they have all been enthusiastically attending the three-hour after-school rehearsals since January, without complaint or disagreement. “It really is like a family at the school,” she says, “everyone is encouraging and looks out for each other and we’re all so excited to show this to audiences.”

For Kate Whitley, co-artistic director of The Multi-Story Orchestra, shows such as this highlight the power of arts funding and its current scarcity. “We need people in positions of power to come to the show and hear this,” she says, “it is a testament to the work of someone such as Kerry, who kills herself plugging the gaps in arts funding to allow these kids the time and space to have their voices heard.” “We don’t give enough credit to those voices and what they have to say,” Whitley’s colleague Linton Stephens adds. “These are the people experiencing the brunt of governmental neglect and societal prejudice, so who are we to tell their story? We need to stand back and listen instead.”


The Endz is at Theatre Peckham, London, on 24 March and Canada Water theatre, London, on 31 March.