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We certainly felt the love yesterday at the Harris Academy Rainham! Roses were SOLD OUT! before the end of lunch, with roses making their way to the lucky secret admirers


Year 11 Half Term Intervention Timetable now available on our website at


Year 8 Options Booklet has been published on our website. See


, An Options Evening for Year 8 students is taking place on Tuesday 12th February between 4pm and 7pm in the main school hall. Can you please contact school reception on 01708 552811 or e-mail to arrange a suitable time for your


Another fantastic result by Ata, who achieved 10/10 on his Scholastic Reading quiz for the book ‘Stay out of the Basement’ today. Keep up the good work. Parents of Year7 and 8 students, please continue to encourage your child to read and quiz their Scholastic books.


Duke of Edinburgh Award students took time out this morning to read with some Year8 students. Making new friends and sharing stories is a great way to start the day!’


A small group of 10 students worked with the artist Grace Du Prez to explore the technique of 3D drawing. Students used special heated pens to draw using melted plastic – creating a variety of 3D shapes that can be used in their coursework portfolios


An Options Evening for Year 8 students is taking place on Tuesday 12th February between 4pm and 7pm in the main school hall. Can you please contact school reception on 01708 552811 or e-mail to arrange a suitable time for your meeting.


Massive well done to Freddie for obtaining 10/10 on his Scholastic Reading quiz for the book ‘The Number 7 shirt’ today. Keep up the good work. Parents of Year7 and 8 students, please continue to encourage your child to be read and quiz their Scholastic books. Thank you


Year 11 Mock Examinations will take place from Monday 25th February until Friday 15th March. See full timetable details below.


Reminder. Year 11 meetings tonight to discuss mock exam results. Letters were sent home with appointments times. Please contact the school if you are not aware of your scheduled time.


GCSE artwork. Any remaining artwork can be collected today, Tuesday 15th January, between 3.30 and 5.15pm


REMINDER Year 8 & 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening Thursday 17th January 2019 4.30PM TO 7.30PM


Y11. Your son or daughter’s mock grades and most likely grades have been uploaded onto our parent portal ‘My Child At School (MCAS)’ today, Monday 7th January 2019. Please contact the school if you do not know your login details for MCAS.


So proud of our school who made a massive donation to Rainham Foodback today. Yolene Ganga (Foodbank volunteer); Grace Hill (English teacher); Leah-May Gradley (Year 9 student, student counsellor); Vincent Stevens (Site manager); Jack Taylor (year 7) and Indiana Herrett (year 7)


Yesterday’s dress rehearsal with our fabulous Grease cast...we look forward the final performance tonight at 7pm.


Reminder: Christmas Lunch Tuesday 18th December see below for more details.

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29 January 2019LGBT Advocates - For a Community Where Everyone BelongsOur 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. 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”. 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.” 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.”
25 January 2019HAR Receives Health and Safety AwardHarris Academy Rainham is proud to have been awarded this month the Judicium Safety Award for health and safety. The award is made by Judicium Education, the Harris Federation’s health and safety consultants who audit all of the Federation’s academies.   Judicium said that Harris Academy Rainham is well managed with suitable systems in place to ensure that the academy is a safe working environment for both students and staff. “The overall health and safety culture within the academy is very productive, proactive and one which is always open to additional measures which will serve to enhance the overall health and safety compliance,” said inspectors. “This should be commended as compliance with the award follows strict health and safety management criteria.” The Judicium criteria In order for the school to achieve the Judicium Safety Award, we were assessed against the following criteria: The school has a satisfactory health and safety management system in place which has sound processes and procedures, and responsibilities properly allocated No serious breaches of health and safety regulations have been identified Risk assessment is considered to be suitable and sufficient, thorough and specific No high priority recommendations remain unaddressed No high priority fire risk assessment recommendations are outstanding A robust maintenance and inspection regime is in place Training needs have been identified and are being delivered. "We are very proud to have received this recognition and I thank all our staff for working so hard to make Harris Academy Rainham such a safe and welcoming place to learn, in line with our ethos of Belong, Believe, Become," said Principal Gareth Stananought. Download our School Safety Award certificate.