Happy Hannukah to the Jewish community. May this festival bring you blessings, peace, and light.


Today marked the end of our interhouse PE competitions the winners for each year groups are as follows:Year 7 - Newton Year 8 - Wallace Year 9 - Whitlock Year 10 - Tovey Overall winners - Wallace & Strike 🏆 Excellent effort from all house groups 🥳


Year 10 and 11 showcased their musical talent during the Harris Academy Ockendon Live Lounge event. Well done to all involved.


English Literature Oxford university taster day, hosted at Harris Chobham, with 8 of our year 10/11 students! Students came away with even higher aspirations than before, after enjoying various lectures & seminars on different genres of literature. A thoroughly enjoyable day!


Interhouse competitions have started this week in PE with year 8 starting the week off competing in dodgeball and benchball. Excellent start to the competition. Which house will take the win on Friday? 🥇🥈🥉


Y11 walking talking their way through English Language Paper 2 with Impress the examiner. Students working hard on a Saturday, with English teachers to support.


As part of raising awareness around men's mental health, here are some conversation starters to support people to start conversations about their mental health.


This week students had an assembly based around men's mental health. It was great to hear stories from staff from describing their challenges & how they approach self care with mental health. Giving advice to our students & exploring the stigmas around asking for help


As celebrate birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji, founder of the faith, we can all identify with his core teachings of truth, love, gender equality, working hard for an honest living, meditating upon the One and sharing with others.Best wishes all for a blissful .


We are delighted to offer 5 fully-funded places on the January cohort of our Sustain and Grow group coaching programme to parent-teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds. your place soon as these tickets will go fast!Thanks to !


Year 7 football girls in their new kit tonight. Winning both their Borough games. Excellent start to the season ⚽️ 🔥


Year 11 students engaging in the Harris experience independent learning day.


Our year 7 boys football team in their new kit last night ⚽️🔥


Happy Diwali & Bandi Chhor Diwas to all celebrating. An important time to reflect on our internal light and darkness, as well as the events taking place in our world today 🪔🪔🪔


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This morning our year 10 sports leaders had hot chocolate Friday with Ms Rainey to receive their certificates and celebrate their success over the last year on the course. Well done to all those who qualified 🎉.


U13 girls have arrived for their Essex cup match at The Billericay School ⚽️


🚨PE CLUBS / FIXTURE ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨 - Wednesday - U13 Essex Cup girls football v Billericay (Away) Thursday - Girls Football club (moved from Wednesday due to the above fixture) Friday - Rugby - all years (moved from Wednesday)


Excellent turn out for all years netball tonight! Over 50 students at the club. Amazing start to our netball season 🔥


🚨 P.E CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT this week 🚨 - Monday - All years girls netballWednesday - All years boys rugby 🏉 All years girls football ⚽️ Thursday - Years 7 boys football ⚽️ If you have any questions please see a member of the P.E department.

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Celebrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Black History Month 2023

The theme of Black History Month 2023 was ‘Dig deeper, Look closer, Think bigger’, with an additional focus on 'Saluting our Sisters', with the aim of shining a spotlight on the contributions of black females from the past to the present day.

As such, both themes were explored in assemblies and a number of events taking place throughout October, including;

  • Dance and drumming workshops: all students in KS3 experienced either an African Dance or African Drumming workshop
  • Assemblies: students and staff delivered themed assemblies to students
  • Art Exhibition: Student art works were displayed at student entrance
  • Chef: we were lucky to have a chef come into school to cook a traditional dish to be served at lunch time with some of our sixth form students
  • Black entrepreneur marketplace: students in Yr 10, 12 & 13 experienced a carousel of careers advice, with several local business owners offering their mentorship
  • Cooking masterclasses: a number of our teachers of African and Caribbean heritage shared some of their favourite cultural dishes
  • Poetry and Book competitions: all students were invited to take part in our Poetry, and Book Review Competitions of celebrated black author
  • Culture clubs: our teachers ran Culture Clubs where students learnt and shared in the cultures of their teachers and peers
  • Motivational speaker: We were thrilled to welcome Lorraine Wright MBE, to HAOC to speak with students (

African Drumming Workshop

Bhm african drumming 



Art Exhibition at Student Entrance

Bhm art 3

Bhm art 2





Bhm art 1













Languages Week, September 2023

Languages week 2023

At HAOC, we have a culture of embodying diversity, kindness, and curiosity, we have always known that our students are our biggest assets, whose every language and every background deserves to be celebrated.

Inspired by the European Day of Languages and UNESCO's International Mother Language Day, HAOC organised its very own Languages Week during September 2023.

Celebrations included:

  • A Languages Week assembly during form time, celebrating HAOC's cultural diversity and showing how multilingualism can benefit students both physically and socially
  • Staff and students filled in and displayed posters explaining why speaking multiple languages was important to them personally
  • International music played every morning at the student entrance
  • 'Around the World' themed food was provided in the canteen, with a different type of cuisine available each day
  • World flags were displayed around the school
  • Our top linguists and multilingual students were celebrated via the school's display screens
  • Online and digital resources were created and shared among students to promote and encourage language learning (e.g.: Duolingo classroom; Chrome Web Extension for Netflix and Youtube)
  • An after-school cinema event where all year groups were invited to watch a non-English film in the main hall

Culture Day July 2023

We were delighted to hold the second of our Culture days on 6th July, to celebrate diversity, promote cultural understanding, and commemorate Eid-ul-Adha, Windrush Day and Refugee week.

What did we do?

  • Students and staff wore traditional attire and displayed flags representing their cultural background
  • In form time and lessons, discussions took place about the importance of cultural diversity and the historical and religious contexts of Windrush, Eid and Refugee week
  • We held a cultural dress display during lunch breaks
  • Students attended assemblies on Windrush, Eid and refugee week

This was a fantastic opportunity for our whole school community to come together, and celebrate our diverse backgrounds.

PRIDE 2023

Pride month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan.

At HAOC we celebrated PRIDE by…

  • Delivering an assembly on the history of the LGBTQ+ community and what it means to be part of it
  • Continuing our student PRIDE club on Monday KS3 lunch and Tuesday KS4 lunch, for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies   
  • Designing lessons that are LGBTQ+ inclusive   
  • The student EDI team created posters which were put up around the school   
  • The LGBTQ+ student team sold progress flag badges  
  • The EDI team created a music playlist which was played at student entrance in the mornings   
  • Flags were put up down main corridors   
  • Students wearing different coloured t-shirts gathered on the school field to create a Human Pride Flag

Pride human flag 2023

International Women's Day 2023

Iwd 2023

Harris Academy Ockendon were proud to host our first ever girls football tournament on Wednesday 22nd March 2023. 

We worked in partnership with the Kinetic Foundation, in celebration of International Women's Day and the FA's “#LetGirlsPlay” campaign with the aim of getting as many girls playing football in one day as possible!

Eight other local schools joined the tournament from across the Harris Federation and Borough with over 160 girls taking part in the event! All girls involved played exceptionally well and the standard of football throughout the day was amazing to see.

All the semi-finals finished 0-0 and ended up going to penalty shoot outs. This meant the day ended with a close final for both year group pools! Congratulations to the overall medal winners...

Year 7/8


Year 9/10


William Edwards


Harris Falconwood


Harris Chafford Hundred


William Edwards


Harris Riverside


Harris Bromley

Our home team played really well against some tough opposition, finishing 4th in the year 7/8 pool and 5th in the year 9/10 pool.

We are very much looking forward to hosting the event again next year!

Haoc girls football team 2023

Black History Month 2022

The 2022 theme was 'Time for change, Action not words', which was explored in school during October.    The following is an outline of some of the activities we ran during the month. 

  • Assembly - Students delivered parts of their year group assemblies to other year groups
  • Mini videos – Students participated in a short video, to tell us about their background, sharing how their culture is celebrated and what Black History Month means to them.  
  • Culture Day - Staff of black ethnic origin, were invited to wear something to school, which showcased their cultural heritage and traditions. Students were also invited to participate.   
  • Cultural evening of celebration - The sixth form team with student Principals, and other members of student parliament organised a cultural evening of celebration. This included a number of acts showcasing, music, dance, drama, readings and many more. The evening was open to staff and students; we were also able to serve some cuisine of black culture during the evening too.  
  • Music and/or dance workshops – These were held throughout the two weeks. All students encountered one workshop. KS3 students experienced an African dance workshop and KS4 & 5 students experienced an African drumming workshop.
  • Culture club – We ran a ‘Culture Club’ which celebrated diversity. Included were a range of activities and talks based around cultures with a black origin.
  • Form Time Activity – in form students  had time to share stories about who their inspirational figures are, these were collected, and displayed in the school.  
  • A movie night - we screened 'The Help' for students in the Main Hall after school. This was open to all students and staff.  
  • Cuisine of black cultural food was served in the canteen   
  • Art exhibition - celebrating our own students' work 
  • Music - played at student entrance during the mornings in October whilst students arrived
  • Inspirational posters, enquiry questions and activities in lessons, which were displayed in classrooms and student entrance so all students could see the inspirational figures selected. 

Cuisine from other cultures

As part of Black History Month, we would like to encourage families to try dishes from other cultures.   

Jollof rice is a rice dish from West Africa. The dish is typically made with long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions, spices, vegetables, and meat in a single pot, although its ingredients and preparation methods vary across different regions. 

Why not try one of the recipes below at home: 

Ghana Jollof rice 

Nigeria Jollof rice 

Senegal Jollof rice 

Black History Month 2021

Each year in October we mark Black History Month, which provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and honour the accomplishments of Black Britons in every area of endeavour throughout British history.

At Harris Academy Ockendon we are proud to be able to reflect on these achievements throughout a range of activities and assemblies during the month.

Here, students explored the theme of ‘Proud to be’, during assemblies, and created some fantastic pieces of art which were exhibited at our main student entrance.

Black history month 1  

Black history month 2

Staff are also actively involved by each selecting a powerful and inspirational black figure who made a significant impact politically, socially, or culturally, either here in Britain or around the globe, and designing a poster to display in their classroom to encourage curiosity and engagement.

The activities that take place during Black History Month open up some interesting and varied discussions between students and staff, and allow us to explore further, the impact some of our inspirational black figures made to British and global history.