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Subjects within the Communications Faculty are French, Geography, History, Religion and Philosophy and Politics.
We believe that all students at Harris have the right to develop a wide range of skills within a technologically rich environment. Students are encouraged to acquire a wider understanding of the world around them and to appreciate the history, culture, languages and beliefs of different peoples both within and beyond the UK. Our goal is for all students to develop as confident, happy and healthy citizens.
Each year the Humanities subject area organises a wide range of trips and activities to promote learning outside the classroom environment. For example all Year 9 students take part in a series of learning opportunities to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Year 11 GCSE History students take part in a site investigation at Bodiam castle while AS Level Geography students in Year 12 conduct two days of fieldwork in Clapham Junction and Lewisham, London.
The Modern Foreign Languages team has helped to raise the profile of language learning at Harris. Each year residential trips to Normandy and the Mediterranean are always popular with students who want to practise their French language as well as take on challenging activities such as water sports and archery. In the Academy, Y8 students experience French theatre and A Level students visit the Institute Francais and the cinema to watch French films. These students also work with a French-speaking language assistant to hone their skills. During the European Week of Languages teachers give taster sessions in a range of modern languages from Greek to Japanese.
The Communications Faculty leads the way in several inter-faculty competitions. Students’ attendance and punctuality is excellent and students in the Faculty make generous contributions to charitable causes, particularly for the Readathon event for which Communication students typically raise over £600 each year.
The faculty is supported by two excellent Faculty Captains, who are nominated each year.