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26/05/20

Phased re-opening for Year 10 students - announcement See our website at https://t.co/RaBCfvZgtl

19/05/20

HAR Bake Off. This week's challenge and last week's winners. Mouth watering yum! https://t.co/xLdeCbIj6D

15/05/20

Happy Friday. We are delighted to publish the second edition of our HAR From Home Newsletter. We hope you enjoy it. Remember to send contribution to Mrs Richards at a.richards.org.uk https://t.co/ZlQtz9e6zv

15/05/20

Dear Parent/Carers Please see important letter on our website from The Harris Federation https://t.co/LNUbHOB1N8

06/05/20

Fabulous bunting that our key worker school students and staff have made to decorate the academy for VE day. https://t.co/2TAtohZbZh

04/05/20

Dear parents/guardian Just a note that as Friday is a bank holiday there will be no virtual school lessons taking place. Happy VE Day celebrations to all.

04/05/20

KS3 Drama students combining their creative skills with their knowledge of ‘Dramatic Tableaux’. Bringing the stage home! https://t.co/gZNvxXEix3

04/05/20

More great work from our Year 9 students sent in this week. Well done to Rachel, Nojus and Oana. Also Miss Gander says to remember to tune into Grayson Perry's Art Club, Channel 4, Monday at 8.30pm. https://t.co/xCjRdroDKu

01/05/20

Happy Friday everyone. We have published our very first HAR from Home newsletter today. To see all the latest news go to https://t.co/L6C3RmEVMW To send anything you would like to see featured in our next newsletter please email a.richards.org.uk

24/04/20

Happy Friday Year 11. Hope you are all keeping safe and well. For those of you who have signed up to our Head Start Programme this will start next week. See below for the timetable for next week's lessons. https://t.co/nptEN2ciDr

23/04/20

Year 9 Parents/Guardians - see below regarding options survey https://t.co/GKS2IXORru

22/04/20

Letter to parents and carers https://t.co/lSDnPn90sX

21/04/20

Parent and pupil consultation on changes to the academy day. https://t.co/32m2tmW0Ql

21/04/20

We are so very sorry the website couldn't cope this morning, but the fact that so many of our year 8 children and parents have contacted us to let us know shows just how great our geography students are. Ms Blake

21/04/20

Help and Support for Children and Young People during Covid 19 https://t.co/SzAKsXVo5M

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Rewards and Praise

I can live for two months on a good compliment. Mark Twain

At Harris Academy Rainham we acknowledge the importance of praise, the thrill of success and the glow of recognition. It is ‘cool’ to be successful at Harris Academy Rainham and students receive their honours with pride.  

We will reward whenever possible: formally or informally, publicly or discretely, regularly, consistently and sincerely. Praise rewards the deserving, inspires those who from time to time may be struggling, and motivates the disenchanted. Seeking ways to reward must be at the heart of our teaching. 


How we reward

At Harris Academy Rainham we reward achievement in several ways including: 

  • Verbal praise 
  • Teacher commendations
  • 'Belong, Believe, Become' points (see below)
  • Middle leader commendations
  • Commendation via a postcard or email or letter home 
  • A positive phone call home 
  • Public display of high quality work 
  • Acknowledgement through our termly awards assemblies 
  • Certificates or awards handed out at special reward assemblies and at prize giving events

We will ensure that the quiet, compliant student is not overlooked and we will aim to speak positively to every member of the class during the course of a lesson. A positive atmosphere of mutual enjoyment should be evident in every lesson. 


Learning behaviours and BBB points

We have a set of learning behaviours (see below) that students are encouraged to display. These are incorporated into our school values of Belong, Believe, Become. Students that display these learning behaviours are rewarded with BBB points. We regularly celebrate students who have achieved BBB points with certificates, postcards and badges. 

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"How curious are you?"

One of our key learning behaviours is being curious about learning. We feel it is important that students develop a love of learning and are active in their lessons through asking and answering questions and students are regularly rewarded BBB points for doing so.

We also want our students to be curious outside of their lessons and have launched a competition entitled “How curious are you?”. Every Monday a curious question is released via social media and students have all week to think about the question and submit a response to the ‘curious box’ in the library.

On a Friday, student leaders read these responses and select winning entries.  Participating in this competition encourages students to display our learning behaviours such as being curious about learning, thinking hard and showing scholarly behaviours outside of lessons and therefore all entries receive 5 BBB points.


Attendance awards

Prizes in the form of certificates are also given for 100% attendance. Any pupil with 100% attendance, no negative behaviours or ‘lates’ will be automatically awarded commendations each week; additional commendations are also awarded each term. 

Each year we set aside special evenings to acknowledge the diverse range of achievements of our students. These include the school play, concert, carol service and Sports Awards Evening.


Full details of our expectations for behaviour, both inside and outside of the academy, and of our approach to rewards, sanctions, support and intervention, can be found in our behaviour policy downloadable from our Student Welfare page.