Weekly News Bulletin: 21 September 2015

Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening
As the Year 11 students have just embarked on one of the most important years in their education, we would like to invite parents and carers to an important information evening on Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 6.30 p.m. in the school hall. A number of key issues will be discussed including:

·         Year 11 expectations
·         Information on Exam boards and coursework
·         Exam Dates
·         Easter Revision
·         Study skills
·         Mock reports
·         In-school interventions
·         Important dates during the year

It is vital that all parents and carers attend this evening.  An email invitation has been sent home and we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by completing the reply slip and returning it to Mrs Annette Calcutt, via Student Reception by Monday 21st September 2015.

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to the meeting next Wednesday.
Mrs A Foley – Director of Learning Year 11

KS3 Science Club
The Science department is re-launching Science Club this year as an after school club running from 3.15pm to 4.15pm, every Tuesday (starting 15th September 2015).  It will be open to both Year 7’s and Year 8’s.

We have moved it to after school so we can focus on projects and work towards CREST awards which are supported by the British Science Association.  These projects will help develop skills in research, investigation, design and scientific communication.  The first project will focus around detective work.  If your child is interested, please encourage them to attend on Tuesdays in A015.
Miss Mitchell – Science Faculty

Dunmow Carnival – Saturday 19th September
Look out for our dancers and winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands competition at the Dunmow Carnival this weekend!

Gymnastics club
Gymnastics Club starts on Wednesday 23rd September after-school until 4.30pm in the Leisure Centre’s Sports Hall.

Come along to have fun and learn new skills.  There will also be ‘try-outs’ for gymnasts who would like to be considered for our ‘HRS Elite Gym Club’.  Training is Wednesday mornings from 7.15am to 8.30am.   Students can either wear HRS PE kit or own gym leotard and shorts.

I look forward to seeing some new faces on Wednesday!
Mrs L Judd | Head of Dance

Peripatetic Music Lessons
We currently have available slots for guitar, clarinet, saxophone, piano, flute, drums, voice, brass and violin.  All our peripatetic teachers are willing to give free taster lessons which I would be happy to arrange with you.  Please email for further details: TFranklin@hrs.education
Mrs T Franklin – Music Administrator

A message from your PTA
Sadly the ‘Hollywood Ball’ planned for the 10th October 2015 has been postponed due to lack of ticket sales.

It is very much anticipated the Ball will take place on a future date to be arranged.  If you had already purchased tickets you will be contacted to arrange a refund.
Mrs T Fullerton – Chair of the PTA

Internet Safety
We have been made aware of a website containing some extremely useful information for parents on the subject of Internet Safety and the surrounding issues.  Please take time to look through this to help you keep your child safe on line.

http://www.internetmatters.org
Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Information from Careers – Workshop Conferences
A company called Workshop Conferences Ltd organise workshop conferences for Year 12 & 13 students at the University of Nottingham on various dates throughout the year.  These conferences are residential and come at a cost; however they could be useful to support University applications.

We have just been informed of their dates for their December Conferences, these individual workshop conferences cover Dentistry, Law with Criminal Law, Psychology, Physiotherapy, Chemistry, Veterinary Science (called Vet-Medlink) and Medicine (called Medlink, and includes a 1 day free exhibition).

If your son/daughter is interested, please look on the website to reserve a place on www.workshop-uk.net or call 01509 233133.

For students in Year 11 & 12, conferences on ‘Becoming a Doctor’ or ‘Becoming a Lawyer’ are offered by Epoc Careers Conferences.  Our nearest venue is London and they have weekend dates in 2016. There is a cost involved.

Details about these events are on their website www.epoc.org.uk

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Essex County Council Local Bus Service Network Review Consultation September 2015
Essex County Council is consulting on bus routes – so the outcome could affect a number of students who use public transport.

Please see the letter in the ‘Letters to Parents’ section on the website with details about the consultation that Essex County Council is currently about to embark on. The consultation will commence 17th September and closes on 21st October.
ECC Area Review Project Team