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13/11/19

Please come along and support our students at our annual Christmas Concert. A great start to the Christmas festivities. https://t.co/xtYphp4XgH

13/11/19

HAR students on route to Queens Theatre this morning for a presentation by American author Kwame Alexander https://t.co/OOt1UoxnGD

12/11/19

What a great idea! Well done from https://t.co/gPVeRwgiYx

11/11/19

Two minutes silence today at Harris Academy Rainham "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." https://t.co/eK9nvyf8cu

11/11/19

Our Head Boy Eliot and Head Girl Olivia proudly represented Harris Academy Rainham and laid a wreath on behalf of the Academy at the remembrance service at Rainham War Memorial yesterday. https://t.co/gzW5IZEtSB

08/11/19

Congratulations Harris Academy Ockendon https://t.co/ZHbNhiV4Nu

08/11/19

Katie and Jayden from Year 9 raising funds for our Poppy Appeal in the library during break and lunch today. Well done! https://t.co/nyMlZnUr5k

07/11/19

Tomorrow, out students will begin marking Remembrance Day by selling stickers and poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion during break and lunch in the library. Stickers will be 10p and poppies 50p. All donations big and small will be much appreciated. https://t.co/IKcHecw0nN

01/11/19

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Majestic views at Cape Sounion. Time now for the sunset 🌅 https://t.co/ubU5WYlICS

01/11/19

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01/11/19

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01/11/19

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Day 2- First stop, the colossal temple of Zeus!! https://t.co/lKeM9YzTPn

01/11/19

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One of the best landmarks of this trip. The ancients were truly very clever. https://t.co/tb52eXhlyh

01/11/19

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After stimulating reserach and marveling at human craftsmanship, we are now enjoying some leisure time at Athens’ shopping mall. https://t.co/pxnEUFV7h6

01/11/19

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First Modern Olympic Stadium, Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Hadrian’s Livrary and now time for some climbing to Lykabytus Hill. https://t.co/znACVzK7NW

01/11/19

At HAR, we encourage our students to promote our ‘Belong, Believe, Become’ ethos and provide support for our local community by helping us to donate to the Rainham foodbank. We will be collecting any non-perishable items from Nov 4th-29th and would appreciate any contributions. https://t.co/tCBDItfjOT

01/11/19

Reminder - Students return to school on Monday 4th November for a prompt 9am start. Year 11 mock examinations begin with Geography Period 1 and Biology Period 3. Compulsory warm up for Geography begins at 8.10am.

31/10/19

REMINDER: Y10. Deadline for return of Own Placement Work Experience Forms is Mon 4th Nov to Mrs Richards in A29 or to a.richards.org.uk Hope you are all having a lovely break and look forward to seeing you back refreshed and ready for the new term on Monday. https://t.co/oNbmsY94ta

18/10/19

Wishing you a very safe & enjoyable half term break. Students return to school on Mon 4th November. Y11 have a full programme of intervention over half term and start their mock exams on the 4th Nov. Intervention & mock timetable available on our website and on social media. https://t.co/fmycyeL0lt

15/10/19

Reminder: Year 7 Parents' Evening. Thursday 17th October 2019 4.30pm to 7.30pm https://t.co/YvwNE89mBW

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

At Harris Academy Rainham we enable students to become 'profoundly human' by helping them to engage with the greatest that has been thought and said

To do this we place Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural eduction (SMSC) at the heart of the academy. Every Monday afternoon, students attend Learning Guidance sessions from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in which they are taught Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE) and reflect on issues related to SMSC. This session is closely related to the academy assembly programme which takes place during this time. Each subject area at the school also contributes to PHSE and SMSC through the curriculum they provide and the enrichment activities they offer outside of formal lessons.

The heart of our academy is our ethos of Belong, Believe, Become. From the beginning of Year 7 until the end of Year 11, all our students strive to live according to the academy’s values. It is important that every member of the Harris Academy Rainham community - staff and students alike - see these beliefs as their own. They are not just the values we hold deep in our academy, they are also an extension of the values of the UK (see British Values below). We hold that our Academy should provide students with a deep sense of belonging to a caring community, the belief in themselves and their unbounded potential and the opportunities to become more than they thought was possible.  


What do we mean by SMSC?

SMSC stands for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education and covers:

  • Spiritual: explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
  • Moral: recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
  • Social: use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
  • Cultural: appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.

How we teach SMSC

At Harris Aacedmy Rainham we deliver our SMSC education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) content in a variety of ways. These include curriculum lessons, assemblies, learning guidance sessions on a monday period 4 and through drop down days.

Full details can be found in the document SMSC Provision 2018-19, which can be downloaded from our Teaching and Learning page.


British Values

The academy recognises the importance of instilling British values in our pupils. We believe there are five essential strands to what it means to be British:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Challenging discrimination
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

These British values are incorporated into our school values of Believe, Belong, Become. In order to believe, we feel that you need to respect others faiths and beliefs and agree with the principals of the democratic process. To belong, it is important to be tolerant of others faiths and beliefs and respect the rule of law in society. Finally, to become, we feel you should respect and value peoples individual liberty for the benefit of all.

Believe

Belong

Become

Democracy

Respect

Rule of Law

Tolerance

Individual Liberty

Download our curruculum map for British values, as well as some examples of presentations given to students on topics such as democracy, from the bottom of this page.


Democracy

We have our own Student Council made of up of democratically elected students. We also have a Student Leadership Group as well as a Head Boy and Head Girl selected by an interview process. Students are taught about democracy in a variety of ways including during PHSE sessions, assemblies, extracurricular clubs, and in subject-specific content about the importance of democracy.


The Rule of Law

The importance of laws, whether those that govern the class, the academy or the country, is consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of academy life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind the school rules that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We also have talks from the Community Police Office team on the rule of law.


Individual Liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, by providing a safe environment and an empowering education. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) programme, participation in extra-curricular clubs and in all aspects of school life.


Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Harris Academy Rainham is situated in a culturally diverse area and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity within the student and staff body. Our lessons, assemblies and form sessions reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are free to express themselves and encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.


A cross-curricular approach

We deliver a cross-curricular approach to the delivery of SMSC, including British values.

Assemblies. Regular sessions throughout the year focus on themes that link to British values, for example, human rights and freedom.

Learning guidance sessions. These are tutorial activities that encourage the exploration and application of British values which we feel are not covered in sufficient depth within lessons and require additional coverage. These are spread across the year and cover:

  • Democracy (Autumn 1)
  • The Rule of Law (Autumn 2)
  • The UK tripartite system (Spring 1)
  • Freedom of faith in the UK (Spring 2)
  • Religious beliefs and practice (Summer1)
  • Challenging discrimination (Summer 2)

We have mapped how other subjects deliver knowledge and understanding of key concepts that link to British values. See our curriculum map downloadable below.