Weekly News Bulletin: 15 September 2014

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Year 10 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Please be aware that training for the above will commence on Wednesday 17th September at 3.20pm in A06.
Mr J Pearson DofE in School Coordinator

Year 11 Students who are taking GCSE English Literature
Whilst the school will provide the necessary texts for students’ English Literature examinations, it would be beneficial for students to purchase their own copies of the texts.  This will enable students to annotate, analyse and interact with the text in greater detail in preparation for their examinations.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English

Message from the Learning Zone RE: “The Fault in Our Stars” – John Green
It has come to our attention that due to the popularity of the film many Year 7 students are presently reading the above book.  We would like to make parents/carers aware that this book is officially classified as a Young Adult.  Whilst we encourage our students to read a wide range of challenging genre, our Young Adult books are restricted to Year 8 and above.

However, Young Adult books may be borrowed from the Learning Zone if a note is written in the student’s planner by their parent/carer giving their permission.
Mrs A Turner – Learning Zone Manager

Year 11 Core ICT
Letters have been sent home to Year 11 core students inviting them to after school ICT sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  These sessions will enable students to get extra guidance and complete their Controlled Assessment Brief. The times that students attend these sessions will be recorded. We are keen to get the work completed as soon as possible. We encourage students to make the most of this opportunity.  Please be aware that Friday sessions finish at 4.15pm and all other sessions finish at 4.45pm.

Ski Trip Easter 2015 launch
The school trip to Austria is about to be launched.  We depart on Friday 27th March and return on Saturday April 4th. This trip is for both students who have skied before and for those who have not.  We will be staying just outside Kitzbuhel.  The cost includes all ski hire, lessons, meals in the resort, evening activities, and insurance and transport costs.  The skiing day starts at 8.30am when we head for the slopes. There are good beginner areas and many other slopes for all abilities.  We return to the hotel at about 3.30pm before heading out for the afternoon activity.  This is an action packed week with opportunities for swimming at the Aquarena in Kitzbuhel, 9 pin bowling, experiencing Austrian culture, quiz nights and games evenings.  All of these activities are fully supervised by our staff, who know the resort very well.

This is a successful trip with many students taking part year after year.  The trip costs £890 this year and application forms are available from Mr P Graves in ICT.  If your son/daughter would like to attend, please make payment for the £200 deposit through the school’s ParentPay system.  Please return the application form to Mr P Graves.

If you have further questions please email Mr Graves at pgraves@helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk.
Mr P Graves – Head of ICT

Student Timetables
As from September any student requiring a print out of their timetable from Student Reception will need to pay 5p for this.  Timetables should have been written in planners during the first week of term.
Miss H Ellis – School First Aider

​ 50 Not Out! A History of Secondary Education on Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow 1958-2008
We have a surplus supply of ’50 Not Out!’ books that were published during the school’s 50th birthday celebrations.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy free of charge, please email ceri.weston@helena-romanes.essex.sch.uk.
Mrs C Weston – PA to Mr S Knight