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19/07/19

The ETA of the French trip arrival back at the Academy is 7pm!

19/07/19

Our Year 8 students spilling the tea on History at the Imperial War Museum, come and join the tea party! https://t.co/n3PWB9NLyC

19/07/19

Our stunning piece of artwork created by our Harris Experience students called 'Our World' made from donated up-cycled materials from staff, all of which had a special meaning or story attached to it. A community project sold at auction and purchased by Lord Harris himself! https://t.co/ZaSvmtl7dK

19/07/19

The fun continues ... https://t.co/JksGZoXVDy

18/07/19

Our Year 9s are immersed in a day packed rich with history. They have enjoyed a walking tour of Whitechapel, learning all about the murders of 1888 and are currently experiencing a day in the life of an Elizabethan soldier!” https://t.co/LyLjJ2MbGN

18/07/19

Students are at the market in Mont Didier. Having a great time practising their French! Bon Appetite! https://t.co/wZFAOgX7dg

17/07/19

With auction hammers at the ready our Harris Experience students have received their training to auction their creation at Christies entitled 'Our World'; a map of the world made from up-cycled material donated from staff behind which every piece has a story or precious memory. https://t.co/1CzqilDriR

17/07/19

Students have just visited the site of "le grande mine" at the Lochnagar Crater and the Somme Museum. https://t.co/i4RyT2kz9K

17/07/19

HABE Careers Fair 2019 began with George Imafidon, who gave an inspirational speech about moving out of your comfortable zone into the growth zone! https://t.co/X0MPRbOMHU

17/07/19

Looks like our staff and students are enjoying the most wonderful time already! https://t.co/2Psn4ZNsTT

15/07/19

Well-done to our amazing PE department. A great achievement!! https://t.co/gioto1L2BU

13/07/19

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Last act of the day!! Looking forward to next year already... https://t.co/59GvDJW20N

13/07/19

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Fancy watching Wimbledon in an open air setting with food, drink and music? Head on down to ! https://t.co/jCcOjsUAc3

13/07/19

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A fiery debate taking place in our Creative Canopy Tent! https://t.co/Wz7cMUqxW3

12/07/19

Retweetd From HABE Sport

BREAKING NEWS: SPAIN TRIP UPDATE...they have landed earlier than expected and arrival at HABE is expected at 4:45pm 🇪🇸

12/07/19

IMPORTANT UPDATE regarding . We have just received news that flight is now delayed. Estimated time of arrival back to the Academy is now 6.00pm.

12/07/19

Students are boarded on the flight to Gatwick and currently on schedule to arrive back in Beckenham at 4pm.

11/07/19

Lunchtime @ PortAventura_ES. Happy but a little dizzy from some of the rides! https://t.co/5K3ffl4G8m

10/07/19

"2019. We are now in Park Guell after experiencing octopus in la boqueria on . https://t.co/Klx0UBK2GZ

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Posted on July 19th 2018

Christie's Auction House - HABE Students Secure the Winning Bid for their Art

On Wednesday 18th July, 10 students and Ms Cooke and Ms Jones visited Christie’s Auction House in Central London. These students and teachers had been working on a piece of artwork for around two weeks and they had to incorporate urban and rural into the design. The students involved in making this piece are : Mila, Oliver, Joseph, Amelia, Milly, Cassie, Iola, Matthew, Aaron and Benjamin. They got given the brief of urban and rural that they had to do the piece of art work around. They used a map of London to create a collage of maps and then sprayed darker colours on the bottom to represent the pollution in the urban areas. They then used lighter colours such as yellow to represent the brightness of the rural areas. To make it stand out they decided to add the word “London” in the centre of the piece out of polystyrene to make it three-dimensional. Depending on the angle you look at it from, you will be able to see the word sticking out from the map. However from certain angles it camouflages into the surroundings. Flowing through the centre of the canvas is the blue river Thames, one of the most significant parts of London.

I went on the trip as a late addition and I was astonished when I had seen the piece my artistic peers had created. In comparison to the 20 other schools that were there, ours had to be one of the best. It was so unique and imaginative. After we had collected the work, we went to the gallery to eye up the competition but we mainly went there to hang the piece of work. We decided to hang it nearest the window so that the light would create shadows under the letters. Joseph and Mila had to keep the canvas steady and in the right position so the nails could be hammered in. Oliver did the first nail and Milly did the second. After everyone had finished admiring it, we went up to the great room where all of the auctions are held at Christie’s so that the auctioneers could have their training (our auctioneer was Aaron). Three auctioneers from Christie’s stood in front of us all, Mr. Edmonds , Ms Hilton and Mr Martineau ( I can’t remember their first names). They taught us tips and tricks about what they do to overcome nerves when they stand in front of everyone and how to exercise the mouth for pronunciation. We learnt about the history of Christie’s and the Christie’s podium as well as how many auctioneers are employed by Christie’s internationally ( 62 – 39 male 23 female). After the 35 minute session was over, we went to St James’ Park to eat lunch and returned at 1:45 for the auction.

There were 21 lots for the auction, 1 for each school. We were lot number 19 so we were one of the last. The bidding for each was around £90-180. However when it got to Harris Rainham, the bidding soared to £220. At this point I was wondering what sort of price we would get. It went to £100. Then £200. Straight past £220. Carried on past £300 and the highest bid was £340 to the lady who runs the international education at Christie’s. Everyone was gobsmacked. The whole room had their jaws dropped. It was even better when we found out the Ms Hickey had bid up to £310 and Lord Harris bid up to £330. It was Christie’s Auction House who finally sealed the bidding war! Our wonderful piece of art will now be hung at Christie’s! Quite an achievement!

In the end we got the highest bid of £340, Harris Bermondsey got £230 and Harris Rainham got £220. There was quite a big gap between 2nd and 1st. It was such a wonderful day and everyone was congratulated on the way out. I would love to do it again someday. This is the 3rd year in a row where Harris Beckenham have attained the highest bid at Christie’s!

CHRISTIES 7

By Katie