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Please come along and support our students at our annual Christmas Concert. A great start to the Christmas festivities.


HAR students on route to Queens Theatre this morning for a presentation by American author Kwame Alexander


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Two minutes silence today at Harris Academy Rainham "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."


Our Head Boy Eliot and Head Girl Olivia proudly represented Harris Academy Rainham and laid a wreath on behalf of the Academy at the remembrance service at Rainham War Memorial yesterday.


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Katie and Jayden from Year 9 raising funds for our Poppy Appeal in the library during break and lunch today. Well done!


Tomorrow, out students will begin marking Remembrance Day by selling stickers and poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion during break and lunch in the library. Stickers will be 10p and poppies 50p. All donations big and small will be much appreciated.


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Majestic views at Cape Sounion. Time now for the sunset 🌅


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Day 2- First stop, the colossal temple of Zeus!!


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One of the best landmarks of this trip. The ancients were truly very clever.


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After stimulating reserach and marveling at human craftsmanship, we are now enjoying some leisure time at Athens’ shopping mall.


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First Modern Olympic Stadium, Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Hadrian’s Livrary and now time for some climbing to Lykabytus Hill.


At HAR, we encourage our students to promote our ‘Belong, Believe, Become’ ethos and provide support for our local community by helping us to donate to the Rainham foodbank. We will be collecting any non-perishable items from Nov 4th-29th and would appreciate any contributions.


Reminder - Students return to school on Monday 4th November for a prompt 9am start. Year 11 mock examinations begin with Geography Period 1 and Biology Period 3. Compulsory warm up for Geography begins at 8.10am.


REMINDER: Y10. Deadline for return of Own Placement Work Experience Forms is Mon 4th Nov to Mrs Richards in A29 or to Hope you are all having a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back refreshed and ready for the new term on Monday.


Wishing you a very safe & enjoyable half term break. Students return to school on Mon 4th November. Y11 have a full programme of intervention over half term and start their mock exams on the 4th Nov. Intervention & mock timetable available on our website and on social media.


Reminder: Year 7 Parents' Evening. Thursday 17th October 2019 4.30pm to 7.30pm

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Posted on November 4th 2019

Mental Health Week - A Round-Up of What Happened

A round-up of what happended during our Mental Health Week last half term.

Ben Brown (1)During the week, students had a chance to hear a performance and talk by singer-songwriter Ben Brown (pictured). Ben’s first three singles hit the top five in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, and he is due to support George Ezra on some tour dates later.

Ben has had his own struggles with mental health over the last few years which is evident in the lyrics of his new music, so he feels he is in the perfect position to promote this positive message to youngsters all around the UK.

You can see from these Tweets that he made quite an impact.


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Students also had the opportunity to hear from Havering NHS team during their break and lunch times. Students visited their stand and learnt about the impact of diet on mental health

During the week we also ran a coffee morning to support parents and carers. They had the opportunity to meet and discuss mental health issues with the academy counsellor and also with our life coach. These sessions will be offered again during the evening, for parents and carers unable to attend during the daytime.

Switch LivesHarris Academy has also been selected for the SW!TCH Lives programme, run by mental health charity LifeLine. SW!TCH Lives workshops are designed to improve the mental health of young people in schools. We will be working with the programme to deliver one-to-one weekly mentoring sessions. Support will be provided for an average of two terms, delivered by a professional mentor, mostly within a school setting. This programme includes a 6-8 week mentoring course of workshops and peer mentoring sessions, delivered by Community Links. Young people can also join a range of activities, mostly in the school holidays, to provide alternative ways of engaging young people and improving their mental health.

To support our students even more, staff at Harris Academy Rainham are continuing their professional development on the issue of mental health. Staff have enrolled themselves on a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health. This course will provide them with a good insight into understanding the mental health challenges our students face, and equip them with the skills they need to identify and support students' mental health needs.

Family LinksOur Vice Principal Mrs Divakaran and Head of Pastoral Mrs French will also be working with Family Links to be trained by a clinical Psychologist Dr John Coleman to develop strategies to support teenagers and their families. Family workshops will be offered to parents and carers to help them develop an understanding of teenagers’ feelings and behaviour and to deliver key strategies for maintaining and improving relationships. This will include discussion on teenage brain development and the adolescent development process and ideas for parents and carers to help them motivate and support young people in an emotionally healthy context.