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08/08/22

POP-UP SHOP *TUESDAY 9th AUGUST* Tomorrow Khalsa schoolwear will be at the academy from 11am-3pm hosting a uniform pop-up shop😄 See the poster below for more details! https://t.co/2rrU2XrfzY

01/08/22

Retweetd From Danny Vehit 🫧⚒🫧

We coach grassroots football to talented and amazing young ladies,to start them on the journey to becoming the future of women’s football. Huge credit goes to For making huge steps towards making this happen. ⚽️💙⚽️

31/07/22

Wow! Congratulations girls👏🏼 https://t.co/nYYwSvPNks

19/07/22

*NON-UNIFORM DAY* Tomorrow all students are invited to wear their own clothes to the academy for the last day of term.

19/07/22

*SPORTS TOUR TO SPAIN* 🇪🇸 We have an incredible opportunity for next years Year 9 and 10 students to join us on a Football and Netball Sports Tour to Salou, Spain! Please see your emails to register your interest before Wednesday at 10am 🖊 🧳 ✈️ ⚽️ 🏃🏼‍♀️

19/07/22

Congratulations to Harris Academy Mayflower; clear winner of a bouquet from HARI for the smartest dressed students at our HARI transition week. https://t.co/tml9I1lWJa

18/07/22

A huge thank you to for reacting so quickly and providing us with earlier buses to our car park🙌🏼 Students will be able to get the bus at 1:45pm from the academy carpark.

14/07/22

Yesterday our students were part of a youth orchestra with modulo for the day from rehearsals to tech runs then a final performance of the day. They studied their section brass and composed sections of music to add to the final performance 🎭 https://t.co/pBUcKExIZD

13/07/22

Retweetd From Harris Federation Music

our young saxophonists are really inspired by you 🤩🎷. They loved participating in Modulo with today and wanted to share this with you! https://t.co/GzirkCDuQx

11/07/22

The awards have arrived for our Sports Awards evening 🏆 https://t.co/vvmlVW2fil

09/07/22

Lots going on next week in the PE dept! Monday - Year 7 Sports Day Tuesday - Year 8 Sports Day Wednesday - Year 9 Sports Day Friday - Year 10 Sports Day Arrive in your PE kit and bring plenty of water, suncream and a hat☀️

08/07/22

What a week it’s been! It has been great getting to know our new Year 7 students this week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in September! https://t.co/4Z5bR4m8Hf

07/07/22

Today Year 10 Geographers visited Walton on the Naze to collect data as part of their GCSE Geography course. Students had a brilliant day and we even managed to get some fish and chips and ice cream after a long day of fieldwork 🍦 ☀️ https://t.co/FcbkAOpEe9

07/07/22

Making new friends - students from 4 different primary schools at HARI transition this week 🧡 https://t.co/Gn6GdqvoGk

05/07/22

Day 2 of transition week is well underway. Students had a briefing with Mr Balogun this morning all on behaviour and self-regulation. https://t.co/heTw2Tk6QR

04/07/22

Well done to all our new Year 7’s for a very successful first day! It was great to meet you all. See you tomorrow ready for Day 2!

03/07/22

DEPARTURE⏰ Our year 6 transition students will be leaving the academy at 3:15pm (except Friday)

03/07/22

If your child requires any medication on site you must meet with our medical officer at the front gate to drop off any medication and forms!🧑‍⚕️

03/07/22

You will need to wear your primary school uniform throughout the week👔 You will be required to bring in your PE kit on the days you have PE on your timetable (not Day 1)

03/07/22

PACKED LUNCH 🍱 Our year 6 transition students will need to bring a packed lunch with them every day!

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What is vision and what is culture?

"Vision gives us the feeling for details; it tells us what the details should be; and in turn the details support the vision - like key stones."

Below you can find the entire contents of the 'Vision and culture' section from The Orange Book

The pdf version is downloadable from the bottom of this page

What is vision and what is culture?

Our vision is what we see - for our students. People think of vision as something in the future; something to aim for, but vision should not be considered something for the future only. The powerful part of our vision is what it tells us to do right now; how it makes us feel right now about what we see and what we experience. If we have a clear vision we can feel that what we do now is sometimes not right; it doesn’t feel right. It’s an intangible tangible; like Christmas, or love or personal space. If someone stands too close it is tangible but nobody defines their personal space as 18 inches, for example, or two feet; and yet we know tangibly that it feels wrong and we move, almost automatically because the intangible is tangible enough to make us react.

Similarly if our vision is tangible it makes us feel its presence day to day; in every academy moment. It directs our decision making and our reactions; it guides us, warns us, nags us and pokes us. If we believe in the vision we don’t need to consider much; our instinct aligns with the vision; our perceptions fall into step like ducks in a row. If we don’t believe in the vision or we cannot see it, every decision is a conscious one; we mix pragmatism randomly with ideals according to the demands of the day; we become transactional. We say things like ‘it would be easier’ and ‘that’s what we used to do at my old school.’ We drift and we create misalignment which is tough to correct.

Leaders who don’t see the vision and don’t believe the vision, don’t feel the vision. They are the people who stand too close and whom we constantly correct; the ones whose decisions we check, letters we edit, plans we insist on seeing. They cannot grow because the climate is not theirs. They need to adjust to the climate.

Leaders who feel the vision attract trust and autonomy; and grow instinctively, even influence the vision in their image.

How do we define vision?

The vision is often difficult to define without the anecdotes which reveal it. When vision is understood and is backed by culture, it is difficult to see from the inside because it is what we do every day. And what we do every day becomes habit and habit becomes imperceptible. We put our car keys down in the same place everyday but probably can’t say where that is until we do it again.

Vision is an intangible tangible; like ‘Christmas.’

‘Christmas’ is tangible for most of us; it starts around the end of November and ends around the end of December. We experience it fully but we cannot describe with any conviction what it is for us. We need the details. If our partner says, ‘I won’t get a tree this Christmas; the tree is dead by the 24th, ’ we say ‘But it’s not Christmas without a tree!’ We think that without a tree, Christmas would be ruined forever. The tree is not Christmas; but it is one of the tangible details which hints at and supports the intangible tangible power of Christmas.

Similarly if vision is there; it shows in details. We feel the details. Vision gives us the feeling for details; it tells us what the details should be; and - in turn - the details support the vision like key stones.

What is culture?

The vision dictates the culture. Culture is the accumulation of daily details. It is what we do when nobody is watching. Culture is what we do every day. If the culture does not support the vision, the vision is useless. The more the culture matches the vision, the more the vision becomes a reality; because culture gives substance to vision.

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