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20/07/18

.....Our thoughts today are with Sam's family and friends to whom we send our love. We have also published our summer newsletter today which is dedicated to Sam. You can find it at https://t.co/69BxGlWqKR Wishing all of you a safe and happy summer break. From all of us at HAR

20/07/18

We had a lovely last day of term today tinged with sadness as we remembered Sam and celebrated his life with a non uniform day. Students wore blue and orange and collected money which will be donated to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service.. more

20/07/18

Message for Year 11 students re. leavers' assembly. We have changed the time of the assembly from 3.15pm to 5pm on Tuesday 11th September to give students time to get here from college/work etc.

20/07/18

Dear Parents, please see the letter posted today on our website regarding arrangements for return to school in September 2018 https://t.co/uOEoEcv8Oq

19/07/18

Congratulations to Kelvin Tang, Neda Greneveckyte, Quang Le, Emily Simmons, Mark Spicer, Lee Smyth, Daniel Longhurst and Amila Poric https://t.co/Dt2jNUDeMg

19/07/18

some auctioneer training and in the afternoon auctioned the art piece in front of a live audience including Lord Harris, who bid on our piece! We were the first school to sell for over £200, our final bid was £220 ... more

19/07/18

Our year 9 students took Christie’s Auction on 18th July. It was a brilliant day and the students really enjoyed it. They were able to put their art work up in a professional gallery and view all of the art pieces from other Harris schools. They then took part in ... more

19/07/18

We are holding a non uniform day tomorrow 20/7 in memory of Sam Breed. Students are asked to wear blue or orange and donate £1. All proceeds from the day will go to Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service at the request of Sam's parents https://t.co/AfLiqWEWkG

18/07/18

Don't forget our year 8 girls are holding a bake sale tomorrow in aid of cancer research. Donations of cakes, cookies, pastries etc. gratefully accepted. Pls send into school tomorrow morning if you can. https://t.co/A1zuLhqMAe

13/07/18

Dear Parents - Havering and Brentwood Bereavement service will be running a counselling session for parents on helping children cope with bereavement on Tuesday 17th July at 6.30pm in the school hall. All welcome.

13/07/18

.......His parents have asked for donations to be made to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service in lieu of flowers. You can access their donations page via https://t.co/AfLiqWEWkG

13/07/18

Dear Parents and Friends As you may know a cherished member of our academy and community, Sam Breed, was tragically killed in an accident recently. Sam's funeral will be held on Monday.... more

13/07/18

Our lovely Year 8 students are holding a bake sale on Thursday 19th July in aid of cancer research. Donations of cakes, cookies, pastries etc. gratefully accepted. Please send into school on the 19th. Please also give your child 50p/£1 to buy a cake on the day. Many thanks https://t.co/TallhJioLt

12/07/18

The London Curriculum Family Trails - great way to explore London this summer holiday and it's absolutely FREE! Why not grab a picnic and go on an adventure.https://t.co/P0VpTokXm3

09/07/18

Congratulations if you made the Grease cast! There will be a whole cast meeting next Wednesday 18th July at 3.30pm in D78. https://t.co/jlWxJfERd9

06/07/18

Congratulations to Amy Talbot (year 9) for being awarded the Mary Turner prize. Students were nominated from Rainham and Dagenham, for their work ethic, commitment and contributions to their school and community. Amy was presented the award by Jon Cruddas (MP). https://t.co/lEEPTRkfG7

05/07/18

Year 9 and 10 arriving at the Tate Modern today. Enjoy your day all. https://t.co/sMebdynIrw

05/07/18

Brilliant lesson in Art yesterday with year 9 students – mono-printing their own portraits https://t.co/DMlh2p8xM4

04/07/18

Prom photos from last week are now available to view at https://t.co/opGxEFJte5

04/07/18

Year 8 students have arrived at Pineapple Dance Studios https://t.co/dKEbVXDfTX

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Attendance & Punctuality

To report an absence please send an e-mail to

Attendance@harrisrainham.org.uk

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If you are a parent of (or are responsible for) a child between 5 and 16 who is registered at school, this explains how you can best meet your responsibilities for making sure s/he attends school regularly.

 


 

Why must my child go to school regularly?

Having a good education will help you to give your child the best possible start in life.  If your child does not attend school regularly, s/he will not be able to keep up with the work.

Employers will want to be sure that the people they are thinking of taking on are reliable.  Children who have attended their school regularly, have a better chance of getting and keeping a good job.  Young people who are off school for no good reason are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse.  They may also be drawn into anti-social or criminal behavior.

 


 

What does the law say?

By law all children between the ages of 5 and 16 must receive full time education, from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday to the last Friday in June of the academic year in which s/he reaches their 16th birthday.  During that time, the school must give permission for your child to be absent.

 


 

What can I do to help my child and the school?

  • Make sure your child goes to school daily, arrives on time and attends all lessons.
  • If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of illness.  This should be followed up on their return with a letter stating the reason for absence and dates affected.
  • If you want permission for your child to miss school for any reason then you should ask for permission well in advance and give full details.
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work.
  • If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right.  Make sure s/he understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
  • Try to book non-urgent doctor/dental appointments out of school time.
  • Take holidays out of school time.
  • Support the school in its efforts to control bad behavior.

 


 

Family holidays during term time

You are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday during term time.  Parents do not have a right or entitlement to take their child out of school for such a holiday.

Holidays during term time are only authorised in exceptional circumstances and any application must be made in advance and supported by evidence.  If the absence is not authorised it can be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice (currently £60 per parent per child—raised to £120 if not paid within 21 days).

 


 

Local Education Authority (LA)

The LA is responsible, by law, for making sure the registered students of compulsory school age attend their school regularly.

 


 

What is an Education Welfare Officer (EWO)?

An Education Welfare Officer works with schools to monitor attendance and to help parents meet their responsibilities.  One EWO works closely with Harris Academy Rainham. If your child is not attending school regularly or is frequently late the EWO may meet with you or visit you to discuss ways to help.

 


 

Absence from school

All absence from school has a potential detrimental effect on your child’s academic progress because of missed teaching and learning and sometimes on his/her social relationships..  This is particularly noticeable when holidays are taken at the beginning of a new year or term.  The introduction to new work is missed putting the absent child at a clear disadvantage.  In addition, whilst the rest of the class or group are settling in and forming new relationships, an absent child usually takes longer to catch up and settle as part of the class team when s/he does return to school.  These problems are further increased if your child already experiences learning or social difficulties.

 


 

What if I’m concerned about my child’s attendance?

If you are concerned or anxious about where you child is you can contact the school to check if they have arrived.  If you continue to have concerns then please contact Mrs Ramadan, Attendance Officer on ext. 102