Weekly News Bulletin: 26th September 2016

Student Guides and Faculty Helpers for Open Morning
If your son/daughter is helping at Open Morning on Saturday 1st October, please ensure they have collected a permission letter from the main office and return the tear-off slip by Tuesday 27th September.
Thank you.
Mrs B Louth – Admissions Secretary

Governors’ Parents’ Forum – Tuesday 4th October 2016
Parents are invited to attend a Governors’ Parents’ Forum on Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 6.00pm in Mr Knight’s office.

The purpose of the evening is to give parents the opportunity to share ideas with Governors and to bring up any issues you may have.

If you would like to attend, please see the letter (in the letters to parents section of the website) for further information and return the reply slip to me.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Peer Mentor Hut
The Peer Mentor Hut behind the kitchen is now open at lunchtimes for Year 7 and 8 students who may be feeling lonely.  Students will be able to go to the hut and speak to older peer mentor students.  In addition two peer mentors are attached to each Year 7 and 8 form group who will also be available to support students while at school.
Mr S McLauchlan – Student Welfare manager/Senior Leader

Students Against Depression
With the increase in reported incidents of mental ill-health in young people, a useful resource to signpost older teenagers to is the website Students Against Depression. The site offers information and resources validated by health professionals alongside tips and advice from students who have experienced it all themselves.

Students against Depression offers resources young people need to find a way forward from stress, low mood, depression or suicidal thinking.

You can access the website here: http://studentsagainstdepression.org
Miss Louise Brammer | Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme group will be meeting next Tuesday 27th September after school in A05 from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.

It is important that students taking part attend as we will not be meeting for the next four weeks due to mock exams and half term.
Mrs V Middleton-Sams – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator

Design & Technology Technician Vacancy (14.5 hours a week + 5 days in the holidays).  Required as soon as possible.

We are seeking to appoint a Workshop Technician to join our friendly and hardworking team to help support the teaching of Design and Technology throughout the faculty.

The successful candidate will be required to prepare wood, metal and plastic and to carry out basic maintenance tasks on workshop tools and machinery. The ability to use and operate a circular saw and a planer/thicknesser is essential.

The position is placed in LGS Band 2 (Point 14-16 £16481.00 – £17169.00 pro rata)

Closing date:- Friday 30 September 2016

If you wish to apply for this position, please contact Sue Este, HR Manager seste@hrs.education or call 01371 872560

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure & Barring service check.

Association for Language Learning
The Association for Language Learning (ALL), in conjunction with Essex University, is delighted to be able to offer an Exotic Language Taster Event, completely FREE for interested Sixth Form students and students in Years 10 and 11.

The taster sessions will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 from 5.00-7.00pm on the University campus (meet at Reception by the Lake).  There will be a talk about the benefits of further study of languages, given by Claudia Nehmzow, Lecturer in languages at the University.

Afterwards there will be interactive taster sessions of some interesting world languages such as Chinese, Greek, Italian and Russian.  Students can choose two language taster sessions.

Accompanying teachers and parents are also welcome to attend the sessions.

Please complete the reply slip below to arrive by Wednesday 2nd November at the latest in order for ALL to book appropriate teaching rooms to accommodate the number of students.  Although there is no charge for attending, you must register your intention to attend.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 16 November.
Jackie Meikle – ALL Essex and East Anglian Branch

Please note the school is not organising attendance at this event but this is an opportunity for anyone interested to find out about ‘exotic’ languages.  If interested, please return the following information to: Jackie Meikle (Language Taster Sessions) 6 Great Back Lane, Debenham, Suffolk IP14 6RD tel: 01728 860777: email: meiklej@geminilanguage.co.uk by Wednesday 2 November 2015.

Please print details

School: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Teacher/parent name(s):  ………………………………………………………………………………….

Your email(s): …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Your contact no(s):  …………………………………………………………………………………………..

No. of Students:         Sixth form: ……………..   Yr 11: …………..

Yr 10:  …………………

Languages chosen (with numbers):  Chinese  …………………

Greek ……………..  Italian ……………….   Russian …………………

N.B. The Association of Language Learning reserve the right to change the languages offered in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair – ‘Routes to Success’
Following the success of the previous Uttlesford Careers Fair in 2014, we are delighted to announce that a further event is being organised this year.  The 2016 Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair will take place on Thursday 13th October, 2016, and will be hosted in Saffron Hall at Saffron Walden County High School.

The Careers Fair is open to all students and their parents from Helena Romanes School.  It is never too soon to start thinking about possible career progression options and we would encourage students and their parents from all year groups to attend and start to explore the career opportunities that exist.  The event will run from 5 – 9 p.m. with more than 50 companies and Higher Education providers manning stands and 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 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:

  • ARM Ltd, Cambridge
  • Grant Thornton UK – accountancy
  • Oxford University
  • Cambridge University
  • GSK
  • MAG Stansted
  • Kier Group –construction
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Cambridge Regional College

Careers Advisers will also be present to answer questions and provide support.

We very much hope that many students and parents will want to attend this event.  The venue has ample parking, is fully accessible and light refreshments will be available to purchase.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this event.

Mrs Pamela Abbott – Careers Coordinator
pabbott@hrs.education