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Non uniform ' Christmas Jumper' Day on Friday 14th December. £1 donation please which will go to Crisis at Christmas


This year for Christmas we will be supporting Crisis Charity and there will be a non-uniform day next Friday. This is also supporting the National Christmas Jumper day. There will be a prize for the best Christmas Jumper!


Reminder - art collection tonight 11th Dec. Old GCSE work from last year 3.30-6pm


German Xmas Markets trip will be departing school promptly at 6am on Sunmorning (9th Dec). remember to bring any medication labelled with student’s name and dosage, as well as pocket money in labelled, separate envelopes for each day. Many thanks, Miss A. Forster


Rainham Village Christmas Fayre will be held tomorrow December 1st from 10am to 4pm


Interested in teaching in London, Havering or Thurrock - come to our Information Event on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at Harris Academy Rainham 16.30pm to 18.30pm


First meeting of The 'Rainham Experience' today. This is a new and exciting programme offered to our most able students in year 7 & 8 in order to offer a wide range of cultural and academic experiences outside of the classroom.


Come and join us for some festive fun


Brigade our uniform supplier is offering 20% discount during their Black Friday event. Please visit and place your order using the promotional code: BCBLACK18. You can also register with Brigade via to ensure you don’t miss out


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Rainham Foodbank Urgently Needs Our Support - Please Help Until December 14th, we are encouraging students to promote our ‘Belong, Believe, Become’ ethos by making donations to the Rainham Foodbank


We are delighted to announche the Launch event of ‘People Like Us’ at Harris Academy Rainham on 21st November 2018.


Our headboy and headgirl, Rory Armstrong-Smith and Esther Showemimo, represented Harris Academy Rainham yesterday at the very moving remembrance service where they placed a wreath at the war memorial.


Rainham Foodbank Urgently Needs Our Support - Please Help Until December 14th, we are encouraging students to promote our ‘Belong, Believe, Become’ ethos by making donations to the Rainham Foodbank


At 11am the school held a two-minute silence to remember all those who have died in conflict ."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"


Reminder: Parents Evening for Years 7 and 11 will be help tomorrow, Thursday 18th October from 4.30pm to 7.30pm


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Reading and Vocabulary

We believe it is crucial that all of our young people have excellent literacy skills. It is crucial for their future education, future employment and all round well-being.

As part of our ‘Bringing Language to Life’ initiative we are asking that all students in years 7, 8 , 9 and 10 bring an appropriate and challenging reading book to the academy every working day. This will be used and discussed in their English lessons and in other aspects of academy life, such as learning guidance.

Rainham 100

To help students choose entertaining books that will help their literacy levels we've compiled the ‘Rainham 100’  - one hundred books that the staff, students and parents believe to be classics and that students should aim to read during their time at the academy. 

The ‘Rainham 100’ is also linked to our reward system.  Prizes and points will be awarded to those students who can successfully pass quizzes (where possible) on the books they have chosen to read or who produce book reviews for display.  Which one will you read next?

A Bend in the River, by VS Naipaul             

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens      

A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness                

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini                      

Along Came a Spider, by James Patterson               

An Inspector Calls, by J.B Priestley                           

Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt                            

Any Human Heart, by William Boyd           

Atonement, by Ian McEwan         

Beloved, by Toni Morrison           

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys              

Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks                     

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson                          

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller                          

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl     

Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White                  

Childhood Interrupted, by Kathleen O’Malley                       

Children of the Dust, by Louise Lawrence               

Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah                  

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman                             

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, by Anne Tyler              

Fantastic Mr Fox, by Roald Dahl  

Half of A Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie                         

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte         

Journey to Jo’burg, by Beverley Naidoo                  

Kensuke’s Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo                                                          

Lily Alone, Jaqueline Wilson         

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Love Aubrey, by Suzanne LaFleur               

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes   

My Left Foot, by Christy Brown                  

Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell 

Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman                         

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck        

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens  

Once by Morris, by Gleitzman                     

One Day, by David Nicholls          

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez                            

Oranges are not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson                     

Pig Heart Boy, by Malorie Blackman                        

Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman           

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen          

Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier 

Refugee Boy, by Benjamin Zephaniah       

Roots, by Alex Haley                      

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys  

Scoop, by Irene Neirovsky            

Skellig, by David Almond               

Stone Cold, by Robert Swindells                 

Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome          

Teacher’s Dead, by Benjamin Zephaniah                 

Terror Kid, by Benjamin Zephaniah            

Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy           

The 39 Steps, by John Buchan      

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain        

The Alchemist, by Paul Coelho    

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak              

The Borrowers, by Mary Norton                

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne                    

The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis                           

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger                 

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker              

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Hadden                           

The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank                

The Garbage King, by Elizabeth laird                        

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman                  

The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing   

The Great Gatsby, by F Scott Fitzgerald    

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood           

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams                  

The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien           

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle       

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins    

The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick   

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini        

The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel      

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis           

The London Eye Mystery, by Siobhan Dowd                          

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R Tolkien                    

The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins             

The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco  

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah                           

The Other Boleyn Girl,  Philippa Gregory  

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky       

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark    

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson       

The Twits, by Roald Dahl

These Are my Words, by Nancy Turner                    

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee         

Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce                          

Tracy Beaker, by Jaqueline Wilson            

Utterly Me, by Clarice Bean         

War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo                            

Watership Down, by Richard Adams                        

Where I Belong, by Gillian Cross                

Where the World Ends, by Geraldine McCaughrean                           

Woman in Black, by Susan Hill                    

Wonder, by RJ Palacio                   

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte