Weekly News Bulletin: 17 April 2017

Comic Relief
Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who supported Comic Relief.  The grand total raised was £1487.50!
Mrs P Barry – Sixth Form Manager

Homework in MFL
Homework is set to extend classroom learning, to practise language learned, for research e.g. cultural aspects, or to learn vocabulary or language rules.  Homework also gives the student an opportunity to extend their work (essential if they want to achieve the highest grades).  Homework is set in two parts each week.   It is copied into the planner from the board and explained in class.   No student should leave the classroom not understanding what they have to do, or the date for submission.

The maximum time a student should spend on homework per week:

Year 7: 2 x 30 minutes (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)
Year 8: 2 x 45 minutes (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)
Years 9, 10 & 11: 2 x one hour (1 x reading/writing, 1 x learning)

If a student is struggling to understand what to do, they should ring their homework ‘buddy’, see their class teacher or ask their parents to write a note explaining the difficulty.   None of these exempts them from doing the homework!   If they are spending much longer than the allocated time on their work, or they need extra explanation, please ask them to talk to their teacher or write a note to the teacher outlining the difficulty.

If a student is struggling to understand what to do, they should ring their homework ‘buddy’, see their class teacher or ask their parents to write a note explaining the difficulty.   None of these exempts them from doing the homework!   If they are spending much longer than the allocated time on their work, or they need extra explanation, please ask them to talk to their teacher or write a note to the teacher outlining the difficulty.   It is the student’s responsibility to find the teacher and get the problem sorted before the deadline given.   Communication is the key to preventing small problems from becoming big issues.
Mrs Graves – Head of MFL

Peripatetic Music Lessons – Years 7-11
At Helena Romanes School we offer weekly instrumental lessons.  The charges are £100 per term for 20 minutes and £150 per term for 30 minutes, payable via our online service ParentPay.  There are ten lessons per term and music fees are billed termly in advance.  The lesson times will change weekly/fortnightly to ensure that your child does not miss the same class lessons repeatedly.

We currently have available slots for the following: piano, drums, guitar, electric guitar, brass, clarinet, saxophone and flute.  All our peripatetic teachers are willing to give free taster lessons which Finance will be happy to arrange with you.  If your child wishes to take up an instrument please contact finance@hrs.education.
Finance Department

Chromebooks
Thank you to all who have ordered Chromebooks so far, the uptake has been great. Please may I remind you that the portal for ordering closes on the 7th April.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7/Chromebook One to One Coordinator

Year 9 Health and Social Care & Child Development
Year 9 Health and Social Care students will be sitting their external examination for unit 1 Human Development on Wednesday 17th May and the Year 9 Child Development students will be sitting their external examination on Thursday 15th June.   Both classes will be following a revision programme in lessons and after Easter Mrs Curran will be putting on extra revision sessions after school on Wednesdays (3.15pm-4.30pm).

All students should have revision guides (these can still be purchased from Mrs Curran); it is recommended that they do some personal revision at home over the Easter holiday.
Mrs B Curran – Health and Social Care & Child Development

Dance Show DVD
We were very lucky to have a professional videographer who specialises in dance shows to capture our ‘Night at the Movies’ for your treasured memories.

If you would like to purchase a DVD of our unforgettable 2017 show, please ensure you pay on ParentPay as soon as possible.  The cost is £15.00 per DVD.
Mrs L Judd – Head of Dance

Year 8 Football Team
May I take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Alexander Hamilton Estates for sponsoring the Year 8 football team’s new shirts that were worn at the recent district semi-finals against Saffron Walden County High School.

Alexander Hamilton has kindly sponsored the football shirts and has purchased three sets of shirts to be used by teams from all age groups across the school.

The PE department is extremely grateful for this kind gesture and demonstrates the fantastic links that businesses in the local community have with our school.

Alexander Hamilton Estates are also offering a referral scheme.  If four or more people use them to sell their house and state that they were referred to them by HRS, they have kindly agreed to purchase further kits for other sports within school. Anything over four referrals will result in a £250 donation to the school.

Further details about the scheme can be found on the bulletin sent home to parents.
Mr C Wilkins – PE Department

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