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20/07/22

As part of our , our Year 7 historians have been developing their enquiry by researching the local history of and honing their leadership skills by presenting to their peers https://t.co/RUbUKc3NMX

20/07/22

Today is the final day of term. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. We wish the entire HAP community a wonderful summer. https://t.co/qhaWvFT00h

19/07/22

Absolutely amazing experience at over the weekend seeing the magical to celebrate their WORD achievements over the academic year. An afternoon never to forget! https://t.co/99wJchq9Vk

18/07/22

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Literacy: 1 Federation; 1 league; 1 year; 8 competitions; 4 year groups; 1 final. Debates, spelling bees, reading relays and a write off = 1 winner! Congratulations to ! https://t.co/6s8WILOBMl

15/07/22

As part of our enquiry of Empire, Year 8 students have learned about Partition and its impact, including watching 's 'Finding My Family' documentary on Partition, all perfectly timed ahead of starting on the 18th July! https://t.co/I41HV4VDgj

15/07/22

Year 7 French students showing off their fantastic pronunciation and spelling of French in the spelling bee https://t.co/In7pZsCEI3

15/07/22

HAP is excited to be one of the participating flagship schools. https://t.co/iTauSP5OdX

15/07/22

HAP is happy to be one of Southwark’s Flagship Food pioneers championing healthy school meals for all students. Southwark’s Food Flagship pioneers aiming to make school meals healthier – South London News (https://t.co/KbnmB8OMie)

15/07/22

Congratulations to HAP for winning the Central Quadrant WORD Champions League! https://t.co/3YGaSL2dE4

14/07/22

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Delighted to announce our Autumn/Winter 22-23 programme! 🌟None of The Clocks Work, with TP 🌟Young Gifted & Black 🌟Human Nurture, co-produced with 🌟For Christmas, Scroogelicious 🌟Sunny Side Up by Full details: https://t.co/xfrB508QDO https://t.co/PTEUhJBndn

14/07/22

Year 9 Harris Experience are delighted to have their artwork “Unseen Battles” auctioned off at the prestigious The piece expresses problems that we combat and hide from society in fear for being ostracised with the hope that we become more open minded. https://t.co/aoa1AuguyV

14/07/22

Our Summer Insight Magazine is now available. Happy reading! https://t.co/gG6RuYLNWJ

12/07/22

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This is incredible- love the tune, love the energy, love how these young people have used music to spread their word. Big. Love. https://t.co/Y3vUCwvYqV

12/07/22

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Your Year 4 and 5 Spelling Bee Superstars! Thanks again staff and pupils! https://t.co/GdswKHonkA

12/07/22

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12/07/22

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What a TUNE 👏! Also perfect for our shout out to all the arts organisations out there that are ‘fighting for change’ 🙌 ensuring opportunities like this are for all students. 1/1 https://t.co/R6voGeDb1E

12/07/22

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Thank you so much to everyone who came to see The Endz at last week. It's an incredibly special show to perform and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. ❤ 📷 Ambra Vernuccio https://t.co/vaDdhKsUGu

12/07/22

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Super, Splendid, Spectacular Spelling Bee for Year 4 and Year 4 hosted by the awesome . https://t.co/d7Kmlc5pvU

12/07/22

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Year 4 and 5 Spelling Bee https://t.co/uhwLnJYatT

11/07/22

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Agreed! We need to start a campaign hashtag If you have seen The Endz by please support our 🙏. what do you think of this musical theatre collaboration? https://t.co/A0czIeZK3m

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Posted on October 2nd 2020

'The Rush of Wind' - A Poem for Black History Month

At Harris Academy Peckham, WORD is core to everything we do. So during Black History Month we want to celebrate the power of our voice. 

Miss Howell, a spoken word artist herself, has written a poem in reflection of Windrush. This was done following work with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah and we wanted to share it with you here.

Pictured: John, a part of the Windrush generation, visiting Clapham South Deep Shelter, decades after being there during Windrush.


John

The Rush of Wind

Written by Miss Howell 

May this Empire Windrush deliver us to freedom

I see my brothers and sisters on this glorious ship

We dance the glory dance

We cheer the glory cheer

Our merry souls are steeped in excitement that we've been invited here.

When we anchor ourselves into the blessed

Tilbury Docks of Essex

The world is our oyster.

We will disperse into England with energy matched of joyous children,

I wonder what their trains looks like.

I wonder what their roads feel like beneath my feet

Will I ever feel the humid heat of Jamaica again?

I don't know where I will lay my head

Or if I'll even have a bed

But we know we've been invited here.

 

Some two hundred and fifty of us travel

To the Clapham South Deep Shelter.

We make ourselves comfortable in our new temporary home.

Some of us have a lot of belongings and some of us have none

None of us have our papers so the journey cannot be undone.

For six shillings and sixpence a week it buys me a bunker with crisp white sheets below the Northern line.

The windowless underworld under the underground

And I cannot believe how loud it is.

Trains rattle overhead and our bodies involuntarily shake to the rhythm of moving trains.

The energy of transport is so fast here

Everyone is bolting around the streets like quick flashes of lightning.

 

We travel to Brixton to the labour employment

And guess what?

I've got me a job!

With the glorious British Rail Depot in Orpington...

But glory here in England doesn't last long

They tell you

"It's the mother country, you're all welcome, you're British" but now that I live here

You realise you're a foreigner and that's all there is to it.

 

I may always be an alien in a country that invited me

They may try to erase our labour that helped their broken economy

They may try to deport my friends of the West Indies

But they will never erase me.

 

I am John Richards, a ninety-four-year-old proud Jamaican man who worked for the National Rail until I retired.

I may, at my old age be tired of corrupt Britain

But I am one of many pioneers of the Windrush Generation.

And no matter how hard England tries to erase us, we were invited here.