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27/05/22

The Harris Academy Rainham Geography department is excited to launch a new gardening club In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, we would appreciate donations of gardening equipment, hand tools, gloves, seeds, soil, pots and anything gardening related. https://t.co/98pgR2c7pb

23/05/22

Please go to our website for details of the Y11 intervention sessions on offer during the May half term. https://t.co/lEOke73VV9

23/05/22

Year 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening Your are invited to a parent information evening on Wednesday 25th May at 6:00pm, where we would like to speak with you on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. https://t.co/qxjSVYynY9

19/05/22

HAR Sixth Form Consultation: See the letters home page of our website for the latest letter from the principal with details of upcoming consultation events. https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

12/05/22

Year 10 students visited Blenheim Underwriting in Fenchurch Street yesterday as part of their mentoring programme with an award-winning charity, Future Frontiers, where they received a warm welcome from CEO John Lynch. https://t.co/KmQkj5cJop https://t.co/5Hr3boPZIy

09/05/22

Year 11 English Literature Challenge Seminars Friday Mornings 8.15-8.50 B33 with Mrs. Turker

05/05/22

Yesterday some of our Y10 students visited London firm Crawford & Co. where they met the CEO and were mentored by business professionals to develop aspirations and build a life-long engagement with learning. Full story at https://t.co/5jIPxtE3I8 https://t.co/hYsGeSbuAq

31/03/22

April 1st will be a "wear something yellow or blue" non-uniform day, students and staff are encouraged to donate £1. We will also have a bake sale on this day so bring some cash and buy some treats! All money raised will be donated to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. https://t.co/0w0YfT9YLj

30/03/22

Key Stage 3 Survey for Years 7,8 and 9. It is important to us that we continue to receive feedback on your experiences and views. If you have the time could you please follow the link for our online Spring2 questionnaire. https://t.co/XSOMxrOt0c

28/03/22

Reminder. Year 7 parent information evening on Monday 28th March 2022 at 6:00pm, on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. Full details on our website at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

24/03/22

April 1st will be a "wear something yellow or blue" non-uniform day, students and staff are encouraged to donate £1. We will also have a bake sale on this day to raise some extra funds. All money raised will be donated to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

24/03/22

We would like to invite you to a parent information evening on Monday 28th March 2022 at 6:00pm, where we would like to speak with you on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online. Full details at https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

16/03/22

Y11 students were lucky to have a visit from the Principal of Newham Collegiate School, Mr Ismail. He spoke to our students about what it is like to study at a highly academic sixth form and what they should do to fully prepare in the run up to their GCSE exams. Thank you NCS! https://t.co/ksuMdOi0KN

28/02/22

The rescheduled GCSE artwork collection evening will now take place on Thursday 3rd March from 15:30 - 18:00. Please sign-in at reception upon arrival and remember to bring something to carry your sketchbooks home in.

08/02/22

Well done to Tianna, Tomas, Fiona, Daniel, Kierat and Alfie who were invited to hot chocolate with Mr Stananought and Mr Whitehead in recognition of their excellent behaviour and participation in school. https://t.co/rzS3arbKg8

07/02/22

See our website for details of our half term intervention programme for Year 11 https://t.co/bSaGtQF3wo

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Modern Foreign Languages

"To have another language is to possess a second soul". Charlemagne

At the very root, learning a foreign language allows us to communicate with and understand people of different cultures from around the world. Essential to this communication and understanding are vocabulary and grammar, the building blocks of language.

Click HERE to download our curriculum journey for French 

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Vocabulary and grammar are fundamentals which are woven through the study of a language at Harris Academy Rainham, starting with the essentials of language as a solid foundation, upon which more complex communication can be built.

Learning a second language not only enables us to communicate in that language, but also allows us to turn a more critical eye on our first language. The teaching of languages at Harris Academy Rainham explicitly makes connections with other disciplines, especially in terms of language terminology.

In turn, this contributes to our development as people, enabling us to:

  • communicate more effectively
  • speak more confidently
  • write better
  • understand extended spoken and written communication
  • solve problems independently, in both our first and second languages.

"You can never understand one language until you understand at least two." Geoffrey Willans


Experiencing a different culture

However, the study of languages is not a purely academic exercise, existing only in a vacuum. One of the biggest advantages a second language speaker has is the ability to experience another culture in depth, beyond the superficial, “tourist” layer.

A cultural strand runs throughout the learning experience at Harris Academy Rainham, with students learning about, for example, customs and traditions, towns and cities, healthcare and education. Additionally, we supplement classroom-based learning with opportunities for students to visit other countries and immerse themselves in the culture and language first-hand.

"To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world." Chinese Proverb


New life skill

Our ultimate aim is that, at the end of the language learning journey at Harris Academy Rainham, students will have gained a new life skill in the form of a new language, with broadened cultural and linguistic understanding.

The benefits of this are threefold:

  • personal development, in the improvement of communication skills, and a greater understanding of the first language
  • greater life opportunities, with broadened cultural horizons enabling travel possibilities
  • improved educational and career opportunities, as more and more institutions and employers search for individuals with a second language and the enhanced skillset this entails.

Learning languages at Harris Academy Rainham therefore allows students to Belong to a new culture, Believe in their abilities as a linguist and Become an individual with a wider range of opportunities in both their career and their life.

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." Frank Smith