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16 July 2020The Musical Challenge - How the Performing Arts kept going during lockdown Due to Covid 19 our annual summer musical could not happen this year. Saddened by this news Sister Mary Beary (the HASN Music Department Mascot) issued a challenge to staff and students to get involved and submit an entry for the Musical Challenge. The first nominees were Mr Haslam, Mrs Pavlyk & Mr Adams. Once nominated the performer could nominate three more students/staff. The challenge quickly spread. Since May entries have been flooding in from staff and students alike and you can see the very best of some genuinely amazing lockdown performances in the videos section of the website. Click here to see We hope you enjoy. The Performing Arts Team
13 July 2020Science & Numeracy Poster competitionThe maths in science numeracy competition This competition was a great learning opportunity for the KS3 students during the lockdown period, it allowed them to be beware that maths and science are intertwined. The students chose one of the following numeracy skill to focus on Percentage, Area of a triangle and rectangle, Decimal, Bar Charts, Ratio, Arithmetic means, fractions. These skills were selected based on the GCSE science numeracy requirement. To get the students stimulated in the competition the teachers from the science department created videos clips in the form of animation which gave the necessary information about the poster competition. Additionally, the students were also given web-links to videos on each numeracy skill to assist them in selecting appropriate content for the poster. The outcome was phenomenal as a vast amount of students participated and submitted incredible posters which will be displayed around the school in September. At the end of the competition all participants were awarded a certificate of participation and sectional winners are to collect tokens. Well done to all the participants. 1st David 2nd Sharnay 3rd Mishaal
9 July 2020Interested in Careers In Accountancy?On Thursday 9th July students interested in Careers In Accountancy had the opportunity to learn from a specialist early careers recruiter about the different entry pathways for both school leaver and graduates, and the different professional qualifications that are available within this field. Bryony Williams from Lubbock Fine gave an amazingly insightful presentation full of practical advice and tips how to become and accountant, this was hugely useful and informative. For those students who missed this opportunity, Bryony has kindly made her slides available and they can be accessed here
6 July 2020South Norwood hosts first virtual FSB Skills 30/30 live eventSouth Norwood hosts first virtual FSB Skills 30/30 live event! On the 25th June 2020, small businesses and students came together in the virtual world to take part in the popular Skills 30:30 initiative delivered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in conjunction with schools. This time, FSB joined up with the Harris Federation to bring 30 Year 13 students from the Harris Academy South Norwood (Croydon borough) together with 30 small business owners from across London to support the young people with their careers and futures with meaningful and insightful conversations in 90 minutes.
26 June 2020Skills 30:30 hailed a success in bringing business and education together onlineSkills 30:30 hailed a success in bringing business and education together online Small businesses and students came together in the virtual world to take part in the popular Skills 30:30 initiative delivered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in conjunction with schools. This time, FSB joined up with the Harris Federation to bring 30 Year 13 students from the Harris Academy South Norwood (Croydon borough) together with 30 small business owners from across London to support the young people with their careers and futures with meaningful and insightful conversations in 90 minutes. To launch this inaugural online Skills 30:30 event, all those taking part heard from a range of speakers including Manish Amin, Co Founder & CIO of Yatra.com who joined the event from Delhi, India, told us of his path to becoming a successful business owner and providing real hearted advice. Also, a down to earth talk by Daniel Thompson, shared his journey to becoming an apprentice from a very young age. He highlighted the importance of focus, goals and how his upskilling has played an important part in his current apprenticeship role with a well-known airline. FSB London members also took to the online stage. Zeenat Noorani, Resilience Wellbeing Coach delivered strategies for students to build resilient mindsets in the current lockdown environment for the job search ahead, whilst Sarah Marsh-Collings of ‘babelmonkey Digital Marketing & PR Management’ gave the students pointers on creating a LinkedIn profile that contains information employers really want to see. Then the event moved to facilitated online breakout sessions covering Construction and Engineering, Entrepreneurs, Creative Industries, Digital Careers and Professionals. Five small businesses and five students in each breakout session had the opportunity to come together to enable the young people to ask questions about different industries and job roles, and for the business to share their own stories and top tips. Rob Hitch, Head of Harris Academy South Norwood said: “High quality careers experiences help students see the opportunities available to them, and give them the knowledge they need to make considered and informed choices about their own career. The Skills 30:30 initiative is a great example of what schools and business can achieve when they work in close partnership. Harris Academy South Norwood students left feeling inspired about their next steps.” Michael Lassman, FSB London Regional Chair said: “Small businesses are the heartbeat of our local communities. It is the joint effort and creativity of the people that run them and those that work in them, that will ensure continued economic growth in the Capital. FSB London supports the bringing together of small businesses and education to guarantee that young people leaving schools and colleges are skills-ready for work and that all round value for Londoners is maximised”. Bhavini Kalaria, FSB London Policy Lead (Skills) said: “Young people will go on to be the workforce of the near future. Their skills and talents are necessary for businesses, who time and again identify a lack of skills as a key issue for them. Skills 30:30 is designed to show young people that whatever path they take – they can have a successful career. Students were able to hear directly from local businesses about their own journeys’ and also the skills they are looking for. It was encouraging to see that there was plenty that businesses have to learn from students too – many of whom have key digital skills. Chandra Sharma, FSB member and volunteer lead (Bromley) said: “I was delighted to be a part of this first ‘Skills 30:30 online’ event having seen how well it was received, before lockdown, in Beckenham late last year. I was honoured to chair the event. Small businesses are the backbone of the economy and to be involved in helping inspire young people feels good and supports the future of the local community too. I would like to thank the Mayor of Bromley and former Small Business Champion, Cllr Hannah Gray for giving up her time during lockdown to attend the event”.
11 June 2020Career Adaptability & Flexibility by Sarah CokayneOn Thursday 11th June, Sarah Cokayne, Head of Operations at Marks and Spencers, shared with students her insights into Career Adaptability and Flexibility. Students asked several great questions and learned how important it will be to be able to adapt and be resilient when they enter the labour market. Sarah kindly shared these slides with us and they are well worth a look!
9 June 2020Career Journey & Apprenticeship WebinarApprenticeship Webinar - Tuesday 9th June Serena Dawson is an Early Careers Recruiter at Smith and Williamson, a top 10 Accountancy Firm. This Tuesday she shared with students valuable tips and advice on how to make a great application for apprenticeships, and insights she has gained through her own career journey.
13 May 2020Careers WebinarYesterday we had our first 'Careers Webinar' This saw 12 students from Years 10-13 involved in a brilliant careers Q&A with volunteers from CapGemini, one of our corporate partners. Students were given the opportunity to hear from Josh and Emily, who both work in different areas at CapGemini. Students got a brilliant, first-hand insight into a career in Business and Technology, how they can make themselves attractive to potential employers, and the skills they should be looking to develop if they want to make themselves employable and successful. Some excellent and thoughtful questions were asked, and students gained a huge amount from this 45 min session. There will be many more of these taking place in the coming weeks. If you would like your son/daughter to be considered for upcoming Virtual Careers Talks, please complete the following form. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iSUtagbWmk-rU04hqmtEXkpztijwfyxIklkmmhDYsddUNUlBUkc1VUc0NkE2MVBDVkoyODlNVVkzSC4u (This form will take less than 1 minute to complete) All of the information about this programme will be on the academy website, updated weekly, and will also be emailed to parents. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss how we can help support your son/daughter in terms of careers, please feel free to contact us at the academy.