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24/05/19

Year 10 Mock Examination Timetable June 17th to 28th https://t.co/SHWRnoh8bl

23/05/19

Year 11 May Half Term Intervention Timetable https://t.co/1HIRnYnwJN

22/05/19

Calling all teenagers!! The borough libraries are looking for volunteers for their Summer Reading Challenge this year. Why not sign up and do something worthwhile this summer. Ask the School Librarian for more details https://t.co/o3P3VeuYEs

15/05/19

Year 11 students working hard during warm up sessions in preparation for their first Science exam yesterday. Well done all. https://t.co/Vdelb9wo8m

15/05/19

The Harris Experience group visited Christie's Auction House on Friday 10th May. They took part in a 'guess the price' activity and produced their own auction house. Students will now start an art project where their creation will be auctioned off! https://t.co/jeEd1Ts3po

14/05/19

An Inspection of Harris Academy Rainham by Ofsted will take place on 15th and 16th May 2019. For full details please see our website. https://t.co/sg0hCE2Sdd

09/05/19

Another successful Duke of Edinburgh volunteering reading session in the library this morning. A great way to start the day. https://t.co/IUepEyI4R8

09/05/19

Year7 students used their research skills in the school library last week, to find out information about King James the 1st. Books and technology working in partnership to fulfil this task. Excellent work all https://t.co/4izKGjvci5

03/05/19

GCSE Students have worked extremely hard over the last few days on their final art pieces for their examination. https://t.co/yjZpP55Bug https://t.co/9F1f0OGvLW

02/05/19

Reminder - talk at 6pm this evening. All welcome. https://t.co/wXlTsUaiKi

30/04/19

Child Criminal Exploitation / County Lines Talk. Would you be able to spot the signs if your child was being criminally exploited? Come along to a talk from Trident Police on Thursday 2nd May 6pm at Harris Academy Rainham to hear how this works. https://t.co/cQL1380K6J

12/04/19

Students in Year 10 taking Fast Track Maths also need to come to school on Monday 29th April to sit their Maths Mock GCSE paper at 9am. Many thanks for all your support this term. https://t.co/67Z3HFc9oX

12/04/19

Wishing all our students, parents, staff and friends a peaceful, relaxing and safe Easter break. Students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 return to school on Tuesday 30th April. Students in Year 11 return on Monday 29th April.... https://t.co/fpVmtceqaP

10/04/19

Retweetd From School Space

New Irish dancing classes ☘️ at our wonderful partner school Starting on Sat 6 April! could you spread the word please! https://t.co/oPRdo991Bx

10/04/19

Y10 student Sorin teaching Spanish to Year 7 students at after school Spanish club. It is lovely to see students mature and develop during their time at HAR and to see them giving back to others at the Academy. Well done Sorin You truly embody our Belong, Believe, Become ethos. https://t.co/K1op4Oy7i6

08/04/19

are delighted to be able to offer our Year 11 students a comprehensive intervention timetable during the Easter Break https://t.co/my6omX4CN1

05/04/19

Lovely hot chocolate Fridays with the Principal, last week with Year 8 and this week with Year 9. The students are nominated by staff for their exemplary behaviour, excellent attitude to their learning and embodying our Belong, Believe, Become ethos. https://t.co/ZzgnJUpM21

05/04/19

Harris Rainham74Harris Academy Rainham has been awarded the Gold level of the National SMSC Quality Mark, which recognises excellence in spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education. For full story see: https://t.co/fOyiPFcGgt…/national-gold-award-for-… https://t.co/c3Q7UCDbTa

05/04/19

Mr Marill and headboy Rory running their after school karate classes every Tuesday. There are still places available. See Miss Jones in the PE Department for a letter. https://t.co/itMvGOLWlP

25/03/19

Brigade our uniform supplier is offering a 15% discount on orders placed during 25th March – 1st April. Please visit https://t.co/jmZu1sdZQu and place your order using the promotional code: SPRING1519

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Posted on January 29th 2019

LGBT Advocates - For a Community Where Everyone Belongs

Photo 23 01 2019, 14 32 06Our new LGBT Advocacy Team of students and teachers helps to make sure everyone at Harris Academy Rainham feels they belong.

In the classrooms and corridors of Harris Academy Rainham many students now wear ‘smiley’ rainbow badges to show they are members of our new LGBT Advocacy Team.

It all started in November last year when Ms West decided to attend a training session run by the LGBT awareness charity, Stonewall. “We had students at the school who were openly gay and we felt that they weren’t being supported in the right way,” says Ms West. “Sometimes homophobic language was being used, such as describing something as ‘really gay’, and it was something we felt needed to be addressed.”

Ms West came back from the course determined to recruit and train a team of LGBT advocates to help children at the school discuss sexual orientation and gender identity. She has been amazed by the positive response. “We’ve so far recruited 70 advocates, including 23 staff,” says Ms West. “Everyone gets the same training. We’re all equal, it’s just some happen to be staff and some are students.” Teacher advocates wear special rainbow lanyards.

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Members of our LGBT Advocacy Team: William, Alex, Kiera, Alysha, Jessica and Sophie.


“Vulnerable”

Across the UK, young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans are more likely to experience bullying than other children, with a negative effect on their education and emotional wellbeing, according to research.

William, Year 10, says he wanted to be an LGBT advocate because he knows how it feels to be called names by other children. “I’m openly gay and being called names made me feel vulnerable because I felt different to everyone else,” he says. “I wanted to become an LGBT Advocate so that no one else has to experience that sort of thing.”

Sophie, also in Year 10, has a sister who is bisexual. “I’ve seen how hard it’s been for her growing up, so I want to become an advocate to make sure no one else has to go through that,” she says.

Education is key

Launched in November, our LGBT Advocacy Team is already making a difference. They have organised special assemblies for years 7-10 to talk about homophobic language and why it is inappropriate. They explain what terms such as transgender, bisexual, and non-binary actually mean, so that people have the facts. And they stress that it’s OK to be what you want to be. Most important of all, they explain that anyone who needs support can approach one of the academy’s LGBT advocates – either a student or a teacher – so they don’t have to feel alone.

The team has also organised an LGBT section in the school library (pictured below) with the help of Ms Burt, and put up displays around the school with messages such as “I’m gay, get over it’, or “I’m gay, let’s get the meaning straight”.

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Our LGBT book display in the school library.


“We’ve had a few people laughing during our presentations,” says Alex, Year 9, “but that’s what happens when people haven’t heard the terminology before, so you expect them to laugh a bit.” Keira, Year 10, agrees: “I think at first the Year 7s and 8s are a bit shocked that we’re talking about it so openly.”

People tend to be scared or feel awkward about things they don’t understand, says Ms West. “The role of a school is to educate. I think some people don’t understand the power of words to hurt. Term’s like ‘That’s so gay’ have been around for such a long time and not been challenged until now. You have to educate people.”

Our young advocates have also been trained by more experienced student advocates from Woodlands School in Basildon (pictured below). “We discussed how to be a really effective advocate,” said Alex, Year 9. “They talked about the proper pronouns to use for someone who’s trans or non-binary, and the proper definition of words like transsexual, or transgender or inter-sexual or trans male too.”

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Experienced student advocates from Woodlands School, Basildon, help to train our team.


More comfortable

Although it’s early days, the advocates have already been able to help other students who were perhaps experiencing homophobic language, or just needed someone to talk to.

“I’ve had students come up to me because other children have made fun of them,” says Sophie. “I’ve been able to explain to them that it’s not their fault, and that you can be whoever you want to be.  I ask the people who are saying these hurtful things why are they doing it? The girl who needed my help told me the other students hadn’t come near her since we stood up to them. That made me feel good, that I’d been able to change something for someone.”

Jessica, Year 10, thinks students at the academy are now more comfortable talking about LGBT issues than they used to be. “Before it was ‘let’s not talk about that’, but now everyone’s like openly talking about it, which is great,” she says.  Alysha, Year 10, agrees. “It’s more accepting now. People know they have students they can talk to if they don’t feel comfortable talking to adults.”

Ms West believes the advocates are changing the school culture. “I’d like to think that in the corridors of the school you’re now able to be who you want to be,” she says. “Our school motto is ‘Belong, Believe, Become’. I really believe the LGBT advocacy group is making our academy an inclusive community where everyone feels they belong.”

It’s very early days, but all the advocates would like the scheme to develop further. Alex has a clear vision of what he wants to see. “We’re hoping to have the whole school in badges,” he says. “We’d love that.”