Weekly News Bulletin: 1 May 2017

Drama Club and Gifted & Talented Showcase
Mrs Pollard and I would like to thank the Drama Club and the Gifted & Talented Drama students for their amazing showcase.   We are immensely proud of them!   We would also like to thank all the parents and students that came along to support them.
Well done guys!
Miss D Foster – Drama Department

Year 9 Parents’ Evening – 25th May 2017
Please may I remind you that the Year 9 Parents’ Evening will be held on Thursday 25th May 2017.  Students will be asked to make appointments with their teachers.
Mr T James – Director of Learning for Year 9

News from Year 8
Lily and Scarlett Fielding, with the assistance from some friends in Year 8, have been raising awareness in year assemblies on the ‘End It’ movement.   This is a charity highlighting the issues of modern day slavery and trafficking throughout the world. Many students are now wearing a red ‘X’ with pride on their hands to show support towards this cause.

Lily and Scarlett have so far raised approximately £80.00 which they will send to the charity.
Miss W Gordon – Year 8 Form Tutor/Maths Faculty

Blue Whale Challenge – important information
Please read the attached letter regarding important information about this latest dangerous online game.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher

Fidget Spinners
Please be aware that fidget spinners are not to be brought in to school.  If students are seen with them in lessons they will be confiscated.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Sainsbury’s Vouchers
The deadline for handing in the Sainsbury’s vouchers for our school to exchange for sports equipment is next Wednesday 3rd May.  There is a box in student reception where they can be dropped off.  Thank you!
Ms L Booth – Head of PE

Student Medication
Please may I remind parents/carers that students should not be carrying medications except for emergency ones, for example, EpiPens, inhalers, etc.

Any medications which may need to be taken by students during the school day must be given to Student Reception who will administer as and when needed.   Parents/Carers must complete a consent form before we are able to administer medication.  Consent forms can be obtained from Student Reception.
Miss H Ellis – First Aid

Supporting Teenagers Emotional Wellbeing Course
We have been contacted by MIND in Dunmow, who are running a course for parents covering common issues that teenagers are experiencing at the moment. They ran two courses recently at another secondary school in the area.  They received very positive feedback from the course, some genuine examples being:

  • “Really good course especially for my son who lacks confidence in his abilities”
  • “This has been a hugely valuable course, thank you”
  • “Great course, excellent hand-outs”
  • “Good ideas for reacting to challenging situations”

MIND has kindly offered to deliver this course to parents of children who attend HRS, on a first come, first served basis.  It will be held at MIND in Great Dunmow, the Uttlesford Community Hub.  It will be run as a half-day course of four hours with a maximum group size of 12 people (to allow group interaction) at a cost of £30 per person.

The course content covers:

  • Adolescent brain development.
  • What are stress and anxiety?
  • Fight/flight/freeze
  • Causes
  • Stress bucket
  • Breathing exercises
  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • What is depression?
  • Causes
  • What is self-harm?
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide
  • What helps
  • Resources: Online and Professional
  • What is Low self-esteem?
  • Causes
  • What helps to improve it
  • How to promote conversations
  • Better sleep
  • Manage Worry
  • Effects of caffeine
  • What are Bipolar and Psychosis

The course will be run on Saturday 20th May with a start time of 9.00am.

If you are interested in this fantastic opportunity please contact Mike Ellen (MIND) at mellen@mindinwestessex.org.uk      If there are more than twelve parents interested they may well run another course shortly after.
Miss L Brammer Child Protection Officer

Peripatetic Music Lessons – Years 7-11
At Helena Romanes we offer weekly instrumental lessons.  The charges are £100.00 per term for 20 minutes and £150.00 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 you child wishes to take up an instrument please contact finance@hrs.education.
Thank you.
Finance Department

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