Weekly News Bulletin: 31 October 2016

Year 7 Settling In Evening
We would like to offer Year 7 parents and carers the opportunity to attend our Settling In Evening on Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 6.00 p.m. The aim of the evening is to maintain the link between home and school should you wish to meet with your child’s form tutor. The event will last for approximately one hour.

There will be a talk in the main hall regarding reporting and data as well as an outline of what has been done so far this term.   Immediately following this, you will have the chance to meet with your child’s tutor, should you so wish.  This is not obligatory and is only if you wish to have a brief five minute conversation with them regarding your son or daughter.   If you would like an appointment, please contact the tutor directly by E-mail to arrange a time slot.

Mr Amos:        bamos@hrs.education
Mr Cummings  ccummings@hrs.education
Miss Foster     dfoster@hrs.education
Miss Miles       dmiles@hrs.education
Mr Pagan         jpagan@hrs.education
Miss Porter     jporter@hrs.education
Mr Sheldrick   tsheldrick@hrs.education

Faculty representatives from English and Maths will also be available in the hall to answer any queries you may have.

If you would like to attend the Settling In Evening, please sign and return the reply slip that was sent out recently to parents, to Mrs Calcutt in the Directors of Learning office no later than Monday 31st October 2016. To help us plan the evening, please remember to indicate on the slip how many people will be attending.   Unfortunately, due to limited space, we would ask that students do not attend.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7

Important Diary Date
“The Dangers of Strangers in 2016”

We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 16th November from 7pm – 9pm there will be a presentation in the school hall for parents and carers, presented by two highly acclaimed E-Safety Training leaders from CEOPS (Child Exploitation & Online Protection).  The presenters, often known as ‘the two Johns’ are experts in this field and lead the training of child protection-staff, teachers, parents and students across the country.

The E Safety experts will also be delivering sessions to all students during the day on the Monday 14th November and Tuesday 15th November and we are sure you will hear all about it from your children.

Please do not bring children to the parent sessions.

Further information can be found under the ‘letters to parents’ section.

In order to help fund this vital training we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £1 per child payable via Parent Pay.  No child will be refused training because circumstances prevent payment.  The parent session is free of charge. The hall has a maximum capacity of 250 places so spaces are limited.

To register for a place on the parent session on Weds 16th November from 7pm-9pm please telephone 01371 872560 and speak to reception or e-mail mromain@hrs.education.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited to three adults per family.

Thank you in anticipation for your support with the online safety of your children.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher/Lead Child Protection

Year 9
Well done to the following Year 9 students for a fantastic settling in report to their GCSE’s: Joseph Traer-Clark; Thomas Nichols; Ellie Whitbread; Emily Chittock; Emily Ramsbotham; Ellie Mourton; Daisy James; Sebastian Turner and Rachel Brooks.

Mr T James – Director of Learning for Year 9

Good Luck!
Good luck to the HRS Equestrian team who are competing in the National School Finals on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre in Buckinghamshire.

Further information about the competition can be found by clicking the following link: http://www.nsea.org.uk/championships-2016
Ms T Foulger – Director of Learning for Year 10

Youth Speaks Competition – Tuesday 29th November 2016 – 6.00pm-9.00pm
The Rotary Club, working in conjunction with the HRS English Faculty will be hosting a speaking competition, on the above date.  The competition is open to the following:

  • Intermediate
    (KS3)  Years 7 and 8
  • Senior
    (KS4)  Years 9 and 10

The students will need to form teams of three persons and they will have 10 minutes to present their chosen topic.  The format is: one person introduces; the second presents; and third closes and responds to a question posed by one of the judges.  They can discuss anything that is relevant and topical, but should not be controversial e.g. political, racially motivated, or about specific religions or beliefs.

This is a heat of a national competition which carries immense prestige.  It also promotes HRS and its students within the local community.  Additionally, speaking is also part of the current GCSE curriculum and is certificated separately (i.e. students receive a standalone qualification in this).  Most importantly, it develops confidence and encourages effective communication, enabling students to achieve goals, both at school and in life generally.

If your son or daughter would like to take part, please see Mrs Bishton (Room B303 or cbishton@hrs.education), or Miss Cheyne in English by Monday 31st October 2016.
Mrs C Bishton – English Faculty

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
Training for the Duke of Edinburgh’s awards takes place every Tuesday from 3.15pm to 4.15pm as follows: Bronze in A06/A08 and Silver in A05.

Parents are reminded that ParentPay is set up for parents to pay for Silver and Bronze registration.  When this is completed I can register all the students with the award.

Mrs V Middleton-Sams – Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator

Year 7 Parents
We will be running a course that will assist selected students who are finding school life difficult from a self-confidence and making friends perspective.  If you would like to put your child forward for this, or if you would like some more information about this, please contact me.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7

Data Collection Form
Parents/Carers of Year 10 students have been sent a data collection form to check that the information is still correct.  Please check the form, paying particular attention to the spelling of students’ names and return the form to either Student or Visitor reception as soon as possible, even if no corrections are necessary.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain  – Receptionist/Admin

BBC News Report: Teenagers Checking their Mobile Phones in the Night
Please see the following link for further information:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37562259

Miss Louise Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Jack Petchey Foundation online Survey on the European Union
As you know Britain had a major referendum this year on our membership of the European Union. This will affect the future of all the young people. Yet many of them would have been too young to vote.

That’s why we want to find out what they think through an online survey.  It will be a great opportunity to give them a voice and let everyone know how young people feel about it.  It is open to all young people aged 11-17 living in London or Essex.

The survey only takes 5 minutes to fill in.  As an added incentive we are offering the chance to win an iPad Mini 2!

Please ask your son/daughter to take part by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BHMVXTC

Kind Regards
Jack Petchey Foundation