Weekly News Bulletin: 29 September 2014

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Year 11 Parents’ Evening – change of date
Please be aware that the date for the Year 11 Parents’ Evening has been changed from Thursday 26th March to Wednesday 28th January 2015.
Mrs B Curran – Director of Learning for Year 11

Year 10 Parents
During this term we will be posting home to parents a Data Collection Sheet showing parents the emergency contact information the school holds for your child.  Please check the details and amend the form, if necessary and return the form to visitor reception, even if there are no changes to be made.

This helps us to keep our records updated in case we need to contact parents quickly.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Mrs J Stafford – Administrator and Receptionist

Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair – ‘Routes to Success’
The 2014 Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair will take place on Wednesday 8th October, 2014, and will be hosted in Saffron Hall at Saffron Walden County High School.  All students and their parents from the four Uttlesford Secondary schools (Forest Hall School, Helena Romanes School, Joyce Frankland Academy and Saffron Walden County High School) are invited to attend.

Following a morning mini-conference for all Year 12 and some Year 13 students, these students will be able to visit the Careers Fair from 1p.m. – 2.15 p.m.  Selected students from Year 11 are also being offered the chance to visit the Careers Fair as an organised school visit for the 1p.m. – 2.15 p.m. session.  All students are welcome to return with parents/carers to the later sessions.

The Careers Fair is then open later in the day to all students and their parents from The Helena Romanes School.  It will of course be most relevant to students in Years 10 to 13 who should already be considering their progression options, but we would encourage students and their parents from all year groups to attend and start to explore the career opportunities that exist.  The first session will run from 3.30pm – 5.00pm. allowing parents to meet their children from school and visit the event with them. The main session will then run from 6.00pm to 9.00pm when we expect to have the bulk of the visitors to the Careers Fair and some of the organisations represented will be giving talks during the evening.

The event will offer students and parents an excellent opportunity to talk to representatives of universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and nearly 50 national and local employers about the range of educational, training and employment opportunities that are available to students when they leave school.  Organisations represented include GSK, Ford Motors, Addenbrooks, Stansted Inflight, Institute of Civil Engineers, Writtle College and Oxford, Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities.

We very much hope that many students and parents will want to attend this event, which is unlikely to be repeated for at least two years. The venue has ample parking, is fully accessible and light refreshments will be available to purchase.
Ms Helen Witty – Assistant Headteacher and Mrs P Abbott – Careers 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 and 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