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Please see our website for a letter from Mr Stananought regarding arrangements for opening the academy in September.


Stem Opportunities - Big Bang Digital Day See our website for information


Year 11 Art Exhibition


Our sincere thanks to Tesco Rainham for their lovely gift of goodies which certainly brightened our day. A kind and thoughtful gift from one set of key workers to another within our Rainham community.


Please see our website for a letter regarding GCSE Results Day




New Intake 2020 Dear Parent/Carer - if your child is joining Harris Academy Rainham in September 2020 you must complete the Data Collection Form on our website as soon as possible as we cannot register your child without this information.


Happy Friday all. The latest edition of our HAR from Home newsletter has been published today and can be found at


Year 10. Complete this survey from University of Essex for a chance to win an iPad Your Life Your Future - The value of Higher Education survey Regards Miss Grant (Career Lead )


We are looking for your new Head Boy, Head Girl and Student Leadership Team. Current Year 10 students only are eligible to apply. Get your application in by 30th June.


Dear Parents/Guardians - please see our website for updated information on our uniform requirements and purchasing options. Please note that the pop up shop on 12th August is for new intake students only.


Covid 19 - Bereavement Support for Adults and Children


Inspirational Virtual Talks help students fire their ambition


Happy Friday everybody. We have published the latest version of our HAR from Home Newsletter today. For all the latest updates go to


This presentation is to inform you of the arrangements we have put in place to maintain a safe environment for both staff and students.


Reminder for our new intake parents/guardians. If you child is due to join the Harris Academy Rainham in September you must complete out data collection form as soon as possible at


Please see today's letter home from the Principal on our website at


Dear Parent/Guardian We have recently changed our uniform supplier. Our new supplier is Khalsa Schoolwear and you can order Harris Academy Rainham Uniform via the following link


Phased re-opening for Year 10 students - announcement See our website at

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Curious Question of the Week

Our school may be temporarily closed to most students, but our How Curious Are You? competition carries on! Every week we have a new question for you to consider and discuss with your family, if you like. See the latest Curious Question.

Submit your answers via our Twitter or Facebook page by the end of Friday each week. All entries receive 5 BBB points with winners announced each week.

TalkingOur competition is designed to encourage students to be curious outside of their normal studies.

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. That's why all entries receive 5 BBB points (see Rewards and Praise page). Curious Questions from previous weeks include:

  • Are scientific and religious explanations philosophically incompatible? 
  • Are sporting champions born or made?
  • Where do ideas come from?
  • Are we the only species to use language to communicate effectively?
  • What is the most unusual organism on planet Earth?


Why did head injuries increase during WW1, despite metal helmets being introduced? Our answers were exceptionally curious this week ranging from "the sun reflecting on the metal helmets made the soldiers stand out more", to "the metal gave soldiers a sense of security and confidence which made them less aware" and "the brown cloth hats originally gave soldiers protection by acting as camouflage". Well done to this week's winner, Billy, who attributed it to the lack of padding inside the helmets, that meant if soldiers fell it would have caused an injury. All of our answers were really curious and showed students were really thinking about their learning but there was actually a correct answer to this one. The reason why head injuries increased following the introduction of helmets was because there were more people surviving, and therefore more injuries but fewer fatalities.


If God exists, why is there so much evil in the world. We had 126 answers to thsi curious question. We were really impressed by the detail and knowledge in these answers. Many answers referred to the biblical stories of Adam and Eve and discussed the idea of God testing us. Well done to James who was our winning entry this week. James discussed the idea of free will and how it is our choice to be evil or good, and therefore it is humans that cause evil in the world. We really enjoyed reading all of our entries this week and it showed just how curious our students are.

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Is a selfie art? Lots of students contemplated the amount of effort put in as a marker of whether it was art. Our winning answer from Kloe, Year 9, argued a selfie is art as long as preparation was made with regards to lighting and editing. We really liked her argument that "If it is a picture you took for memory, with friends or family, then it is art". Well done Kloe, for such a curious answer!

What is a Black Hole? We received an array of interesting answers but our winning answer was from Rohan, who gave a very scientific and technical answer explaining in depth exactly what a black hole was and how it was formed. We also really enjoyed his labeled diagram. Well done, Rohan!

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If you were going to invent a language for the whole world to speak, where would you start?

The winner, Neville, promoted an inclusive language that should be simple and easy to learn for everyone. We love his idea that 'all countries should be able to speak the same language' and we wonder what impact this would have on the world. Read Neville's answer.

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If William had not won the Battle of Hastings in 1066, how different would England be today?

Last week's curious question asked students to consider the impact that William the Conqueror had on England. All answers submitted were really thoughtful and demonstrated a real sense of curiosity. Well done to Carmen for the winning entry. She wrote a very detailed and thoughtful answer where she considered that if William the Conqueror had not won the Battle of Hastings, then the United Kingdom may not even exist, we would have a different royal family today and some of our most famous landmarks, such as the Tower of London, would never have been built. You can see Carmen's answer below. Well done, Carmen!

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