Weekly News Bulletin: 28 November 2016

Early School Closure – Tuesday 20th December 2016
Please be aware that school will close early on Tuesday 20th December at 1.25pm.  Lunch will be available at break time for those students who would like to eat something.  The school buses will collect students at 1.25pm to take them home.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 11 Parents’ Evening
The Year 11 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 8th December 2016 from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

An email invitation has been sent to parents and this will be an opportunity to discuss your son’s/daughter’s academic progress at this important stage in their education. Students should now be making appointments with their teachers and these will be recorded on the relevant page in their planners. Students are expected to attend the evening with their parents/carers.

Please note that parking is not permitted in the Leisure Centre car park. There will be spaces in the school car park which can be accessed by turning right at the roundabout at the front of the building.

Please ensure that you complete your reply slip and return it to Mrs Calcutt, Admin Services by Tuesday 29th November 2016.

We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.
Mrs M Aldous – Director of Learning Year 11

U14 Netball Team
Congratulations to the U14 Netball Team who recently beat Frances Bardsley School 18-8 and are now through to the next stage of the County Cup.

The team was Daisy Hughes, Isobel Matthews, Elsie Williams, Evie Barber, Keira Albon, Amelia Smith, Leah Andrews and Emily Cain.

Player of the Match was given to Daisy Hughes and Players Player was given to Emily Cain.
Miss N Hiscox – PE Faculty

Poetry Live! – Wednesday 8th February 2017 (Only 10 spaces left!)
The English Faculty has organised a visit to ‘Poetry Live!’ at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.  Students will have the opportunity to hear poets from the GCSE Anthology perform their work, take part in discussions on the meanings in the texts and hear advice from an AQA Examiner.

There are only 10 spaces left on the trip and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, in order of payment on ParentPay.  The overall cost for this activity is £28.  This includes transport and the entrance fee.  Students will leave school by coach at 9.00am and will return to school at approximately 4.00pm.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English

Christmas Fete
Sixth form students will be running a Christmas Fete on Friday 16th December at lunchtime in the school hall.  Stalls will include decorating gingerbread men, guess the name of the teddy, a Christmas themed photo-booth and pin the nose on Rudolph.

Students will require cash on the day to take part in the event and to buy any goods. Items will vary in price, but will be around 50p each. The money raised will go to the charity ‘Community Christmas’, which supports local elderly people who may be alone at Christmas.

Please remind students to attend and bring a small amount of cash on the day.
Thank you.
Mrs L Withers

Christmas Dinner for Students – 14th and 15th December 2016
A Christmas dinner will be offered to students on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December at a cost of £3.75 per meal.  If your son/daughter would like a Christmas dinner please make payment on your ParentPay account by Thursday 8th December at the latest (both days will be set up separately on ParentPay).

Once payment has been made your child needs to collect their meal voucher from the Main Office.  This ticket will then need to be kept safe and presented to the kitchen on their chosen day.
Thank you.
Mrs L Evans-Barlow – Business Manager

Lockers
Thank you to all parents who responded to the survey about lockers.  A decision about these has now been put on hold until later in the academic year.

Easter Ski Trip
Places are still available for the school ski trip to Austria during the first week of the Easter holiday.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to develop new skills and experience a new environment.  The trip is aimed at students who have and have not skied before.  As well as skiing we have a full programme of other activities.

Mr P Graves – Ski Trip Coordinator/Head of ICT

Vacancy:
Student Welfare Support Manager – Level 3 Referral & SEN Liaison/Administrator 

  • 3 days (19 ½ hours) per week, term time only
  • Band 3, points 17 – 25, £8017.00 – £10249.00 actual salary per annum (£17547 – £22434 pro-rata)

Are you someone who is able to offer support to students with complex problems, through discussion, and practical resolutions, someone who has excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, can be flexible, non-judgmental, maintain confidentiality,  and stay calm and polite whilst working under pressure, do you have experience at making multi agency referrals at level 3 of the Essex Effective Support document?  If so, we would like to hear from you.

As a member of our Student Welfare Team, you will be working closely with students, staff, and parents, and liaising with outside agencies.

You will also provide administrative and secretarial support to the SENCO and her team, including drafting and word processing of general correspondence and ensuring all deadlines are met in respect of SEN statements and other reviews.

This appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

If you are interested in applying for the above post, please apply in writing stating why you consider that you would be suitable for this position to seste@hrs.education

A job description is available, on request.
Closing date: Wednesday 30 November 2016.