We love this, well done Victor from our Year 3! You're keeping our spirits up!


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J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter.


"I really enjoyed the fitness workouts. And my 60 minute bike ride, three times a week with my mum." Victor, Year 3 Congrats to Victor and Jashanpreet, winners of our Fitness Diary competition!


A happy Eid Mubarak from our families to yours!


Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri are filming a school tour for our new year 7s today, so you can have a look around. It will be on our website soon!


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Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today!


School nurse, Ms Ward, has put together some helpful information sheets for students on topics such as mental wellbeing, emotional and sexual health, and sleep. Read and download them at


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We love this... head to Roald Dahl's YouTube channel to see a host of film stars reading 'James and the Giant Peach' in instalments from their homes. Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and many more.


Tune in to another wonderful story time. This week join Mrs Lee for one of her favourite picture books and help us celebrate reading!


Need mental health and wellbeing support? is a safe, confidential support service for all young people in . Counsellors available 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year


Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Harris Garrard continues its evolution into a secret garden in the heart of London. We are so lucky to have such wonderful spaces for learning.


This week join Mr Sheppard for story time as he shares one of his favourite stories!


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Don’t miss out on some career talks this week. Follow the link below to find out more:


Give a big hand to the winners of our 'Write a Biography' challenge. We asked students to interview a relative or neighbour on the phone, and then write a short biography. Read the fantastic winning entries at


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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁


today making some beautiful log badges and insect houses. That way they can also during isolation.


Join Mr Butcher for our first Storytime! Nothing beats hearing a story being read aloud and this is one of our favourites! Follow the link to watch now -


Mr Smith has a new independent learning challenge for all our students... Keep a fitness diary! Find out more at


Our and Team, including Kim and Lisa (pictured last year), is working hard to improve and refresh their skills while school is closed, so they can provide even more support to students/families when we reopen. More at

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Mr Smith's Prize Challenge - For All Year Groups

Mr Smith, Head of Academy, has devised a cunning series of voluntary independent learning challenges for students to complete at home. All primary, secondary and sixth form students can take part, with special prizes on offer!

You have two weeks to complete each challenge, with winning entries from each year group displayed on the academy’s website, and with prizes awarded too! See the winners of our Easter ChallengeWrite a Biography challenge and Fitness Diary challenge.

To enter the latest challenge, simply email your entries to or post to Head of Academy Challenge, Harris Garrard Academy, Yarnton Way, Erith DA18 4DW. Entries will be judged by the leadership team and winners announced on this page. 

Current challenge: Complete a virtual tour

Lots of museums and galleries are making their exhibits available to view online. London Zoo (below) is sharing lots of video clips of its animals, for example.  Visit the website of one of these places and complete a virtual tour. Then write a short report about your virtual visit, describing what you saw and what you learned. Closing date: Friday 29th May.


Next up: What can we learn from coronavirus?

Why not get a head start with Mr Smith's next challenge? Although the coronavirus has obviously been devastating in many ways, the lockdown has also had some positive side-effects.  How do you think society and the world might change for the better as a result? Present your thoughts as a poster or a mini essay.

Previous challenges - entries now closed for these ones

  • Follow Joe Wick’s PE lessons on Youtube each day for a fortnight.  Keep a fitness diary detailing the exercises that you complete each day.
  • Write a biography. With a parent’s permission, speak to an elderly relative or neighbour on the phone. Interview them about their life and then write a short biography. See our winners.
  • Be Creative this Easter. Use your imagination and creativity to produce something artistic on the theme of Easter. See the fantastic winners!

More fortnightly challenges to come. Keep safe and keep learning!