KS3! A reminder that you have ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your entries to the Lockdown Creative Writing Competition! See remote learning slides for more details and get your poems into the English Department ASAP! We can't wait to read them.


A nice art idea you might like to try!


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Have your say on the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Write a story in 500 words for the competition. Categories for 5-9 and 10-13 year olds. Closes 3rd July. You can do it!


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'A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter' - resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. View and download at


You'll find thousands of online digital books at - and our students have a FREE login. You'll find full details (and other reading ideas) on the Reading at Home page of our website


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Art is a great way for kids to get creative, so why not enter our competition; 'Get Arty'. For a chance to win a £30 voucher all you have to do is take a photo, create a picture or write a poem of/or about nature.Enter here:


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We’re pleased to launch today TALKLINE - a free telephone counselling service for anyone feeling anxious, stressed, lonely or isolated. Open 5-9pm Mon-Fri and 9-9pm Sat/Sun. Funded by to help us help you through Covid-19


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Are you a resident who wants to explore the beauty of nature around you? We want local residents, of any age, to create an art piece inspired by nature and enter a competition. Deadline 12pm Tue 30 June 2020. More info here:


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⚠️ALERT: Criminals target Snapchat users in extortion scam that threatens to reveal their private photos. We've had over 300 reports since January. If you've been a victim of an extortion scam, report it to your local police force.


See the winners of our 'Take a Museum Tour' competition. Well done John, Victor, Toby and Jashanpreet!


This Week's Prize Challenge: write a letter to our new students. Introduce yourself and explain what you miss most about school. What advice would you give to help them settle in. We'll give the best letters to our new students next term! Find out more


Read these magazines FREE using the Harris Garrard Academy subscription: BBC History, BBC Science Focus, Geographical, New Internationalist, The Biologist, Chemistry World, and more. Find out how at


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This week, we've launched a competition for local people to whilst exploring art in nature. If you'd like some inspiration for your entry, local artist Joseph Griffiths will be holding live Zoom sessions. More info here:


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Any yr6 pupils soon to start Harris Garrard, check out this virtual tour...


This week for story time join our very own Miss Buchanan for one of her favourite books!


Starting Year 7 at Harris Garrard Academy in September? Join us for a lightning-fast tour of our academy with Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri. Come on in!


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Posted on May 5th 2020

Write a Biography - Winners of Mr Smith's Prize Challenge

Every fortnight Mr Smith is setting all students a prize challenge. Here are the winners from our second challenge: to write a biography. See our current challenge.

With a parent’s permission, we asked students to speak to an elderly relative or neighbour on the phone, interview them about their life and then write a short biography. We had some fantastic entries. Here are our winners (in no particular order!).

Victor, Year 3, wins for this biography of his grandmother

"My grandmother, Maria Celia Santos, was born in Salvador, a big city of Brazil."

Victor cropped

Matilda, Year 6, is a winner for her biography of Akinola Aramide Atolagbe

"His place of birth is in Agbonda village which is located in Lagos, Nigeria and this was on the 15th of February in the year 1966. Mr Akinola currently resides in Abuja, Nigeria with his family." Read Matilda's biography.

Jashanpreet, Year 7, wrote this winning biography of his grandpa

"Yesterday I was looking at my Harris challenges and I saw it and it said to speak to an elderly relative over the phone so immediately knew who to pick and, in this instance, I chose my Grandpa as he is very special to me. So welcome to my biography for him. I interviewed him over the phone yesterday and I took notes while I questioned him over the phone." Read Jashanpreet's biography.

Ecaterina, Year 8, wins for her biography of her mum

"My mom is almost 35 years old. On 27 of May she is going to have 35 years. I love spending time with her and I’m sure she is the best person and mom I know." Read Ecaterina's biography.

Presentation   Year 8 other winner, Ecaterina, B4

John, Year 8, gets a prize for his biography of Mrs Lola Uwoghiren

"She started her career with Federal Ministry of Defence as a Senior Clerical officer (Grade level 5) in the year 1972 precisely 1st of March 1972 and later rose to the post of Assistance Chief Executive Officer (Grade Level 13) before she retired on July 26th 2007." Read John's biography.      

Well done to all our winners this week!