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23/04/19

First day back and year 11 are already stuck into a waking talking mock for English! https://t.co/G4d01F462T

05/04/19

Our year 12s spent Wednesday evening exploring their future options

03/04/19

Exciting scenes at our Knowledge Maestro competition today. Congratulations to the Enterprise and World Studies hubs for being victorious! https://t.co/WUPhri7ZbU

03/04/19

Our Sixth Form is proud to announce its first cohort of students, who will complete their Bronze Awards by the end of the Summer Term. Find out more at https://t.co/1uVwhYNcQS https://t.co/X7eBhy2Xct

03/04/19

From Rudolf Hess to Lady Jane Grey. Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the . This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too. Loads more great learning for our primary phase students at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/SIrR2yQZqN

03/04/19

In Reception Class this week we have been focusing on our topic . Ilyas is writing a list of picnic food he needs to take to the moon. Vital! And Renee is writing 'rocket sentences' in speech bubbles. Loads more at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/WRY6apsPEu

01/04/19

About to board the mini bus to make our way to the Cory Riverside Energy planet where London’s waste is processed! https://t.co/GjNsomnj1p

01/04/19

Hi from has come in to help us learn about the 3Rs! https://t.co/axdFwQBBOH

29/03/19

Year 10 enjoying a production by today - always a delight to welcome people in! https://t.co/dfsfGMCqhZ

28/03/19

Ase delivering her speech this evening at the 'Speak Out' regional finals at St Catherine's! She smashed it! We are so proud of her. https://t.co/NCjRgFNqOM

28/03/19

Year 4 are learning about different denominations at in Thamesmead. We can’t wait to see their writing after this visit! https://t.co/eaHZnxcVZc

26/03/19

So proud of Arsens and Dzuljeta who represented our school at the British Schools Championships in Sheffield last weekend. Arsens is now British Schools Champion in his age and weight category. So proud of them both. Full story https://t.co/WsdauiGTRg https://t.co/I4aIhnxUoe

26/03/19

Year 5 have had a fantastic time at the ⁦⁩ today! The perfect trip to enrich our learning in the topic ‘Crime and Punishment’ ⁦https://t.co/SjvlwKADl5

26/03/19

🎵 Choir rehearsal under way! Note for parents: as you look at the stage we are sat on the top left! https://t.co/4xjYMMkMke

26/03/19

Desperately trying to find out how many bananas you can fit in one shipping container (it’s 48,000)! 🍌🍌 https://t.co/ejsVUiMscm

26/03/19

The HGA choir are enjoying brunch in the sun before going in for their rehearsals for tonight’s performance https://t.co/0KbEkOd7LS

26/03/19

Walking through Greenwich Park on our way to the National Maritime Museum! https://t.co/z8oufFZMvb

22/03/19

Mr Taylor is talking about healthy and unhealthy food in reception class today. We said that it’s ok to have some sweets or cakes sometimes but not all of the time! https://t.co/r6vqUCyj7d

21/03/19

Ms Biosah was given a very special gift by students at Club yesterday. This beautiful paper rose showed very impressive skills and great too. https://t.co/WUS8M5cwOQ

20/03/19

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Posted on March 18th 2019

Year 7 Seek Lost Mine of Phandelver (on Tuesdays)

DungeonsOur new Dungeons and Dragons Club, started by Mr Carr in January, is proving a big hit with our students. Mr Carr, himself a recent convert to the game, started the club after a friend suggested his students at Harris Garrard Academy might enjoy the game too.

“Dungeons and Dragons is collaborative story-telling,” said Mr Carr. “The children imagine themselves in a different world and together create the characters, a quest, and tell the story collaboratively as the quest unfolds. It’s really good to see the children getting excited, creating fictional characters and deciding what the characters should do.”

The HGA Dungeons and Dragons Club has created a rolling adventure in which they are together going on a quest to find the lost mine of Phandelver, which in the past was mined for magical content but the whereabouts of which is now forgotten.

Renaissance

Dungeons and Dragons has been around for decades but is undergoing a renaissance at present, partly due to it featuring in the Netflix series Stranger Things. “I think part of the appeal is that it’s non-digital and played with each other people face-to-face,” says Mr Carr. “It used to be thought a bit nerdy but now nerdy is cool!”

“There are no screens – just a dice, a character sheet, and barely even a board. Children are given a profile for their character, such as Goblin, Dwarf or Halfling. The children then flesh out a back-story for their character. It’s really interesting seeing the sorts of characters they create. Some want to stir things up and cause trouble in the story! Others want to be heroes and take on the enemy even against overwhelming odds. Other are more interested in the story and how it’s developing.”

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Creativity

The game has a main narrator or Dungeon Master. For our group it’s Zack, Year 7, the only one of the children in the group to have played the game before. “One of the most special moments for me was when Zack was describing a battle scene so vividly that Jennifer, another of the players, asked the group: ‘Can everyone else just picture this in your heads too?’ The whole group agreed they could.”

The pleasure and creativity of story-telling is at the heart of what Dungeons and Dragons is all about. As Seun, Year 7, says: “The best thing about it is being a half dragon who breathes fire.”


Dungeons and Dragons Club takes place in Classroom 241 after school on Tuesdays. Everyone welcome.