HRS Weekly Bulletin: 2-7 February 2014

Successmaker withdrawal sessions – Year 7
It’s ORANGE week, so the hour withdrawal sessions for Successmaker students are from MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES.
Miss P Jackson and the Extended Learning Team

A new Art club, designed to be fun, creative and relaxing is starting every Monday after school from 3.15pm to 4.15pm.
If your child would like to attend, please ask them to collect a letter from Student Reception.
Miss H Ellis – Student Reception

Auditions for ‘Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory: The New Musical’
We have been informed that the above West End musical is inviting auditions from any suitable child actors between the ages of 9-12 years for the five main child roles.
Please see their website for more details:

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance with preparations for an audition.
Miss E Platts – Drama Teacher and Gifted & Talented Coordinator

A Message from Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator
There are regular issues in all schools with young people “sexting” (when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit text, image or video on their mobile phone, usually in a text message). Very often we find that young people end up sending inappropriate videos/pictures because they don’t know how to respond to the request without losing face.

We have been given information of a new app which we would like to encourage as many children in school as possible to put on their phones. It is called “Zipit” and is from Child Line. It helps young people to deal with flirty online chat and requests for inappropriate photos by providing a stock of “killer comebacks” and other information to enable them to stay in control.

Please encourage your children to use this app on their phones. It is available for Android, Apple and Blackberry smartphones (and iPod touch). It is also available on the following link which contains other very useful information for both parents and young people.” It is free to download.

Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Parking enforcement increased outside school
Please be aware that enforcement of the parking outside of school at start and finish times is increasing.

From the end of January the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) will be using a ‘Park Safe’ patrol vehicle at schools and other sites across Uttlesford district.

We all want our children and others using the streets to be safe.  Parking where it is not allowed can be dangerous as well as inconsiderate.

Parents parking for any amount of time on no-stopping restrictions, including school pedestrian crossings and zig-zag markings, risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

If you drive to school, please think about where you will park and do not park where it is not allowed.

The NEPP is introducing the Park Safe patrol car following numerous requests from parents and schools to tackle bad parking by the minority and improve safety for all.  The car will be clearly branded and highly visible to motorists.

For more information visit, alternatively contact the NEPP by email or call 01206 282316.

Essex Book Festival
Gervase Phinn ‘The School Inspector Calls!’
Thursday 6 March 2014 at 7.30pm
The school is very pleased to host former teacher, school advisor and inspector, Gervase Phinn, as part of the Essex Book Festival.  The author will discuss his third brilliantly funny and warm hearted novel from the best-selling Barton-in-the-Dale series, ‘The School Inspector Calls!’  His talk will be followed by book signing. Red Lion Books will be selling copies of his current and previous novels.  Refreshments will be on sale.

Gervase Phinn was a teacher, then General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham before moving to North Yorkshire, where he spent ten years as a school inspector – which provided much source material for his books.   He lives near Doncaster.  Gervase Phinn has been touring and selling out theatres across the country for over nine years as a hilarious raconteur. The best-selling and award winning author, Radio and TV personality, really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience.

‘A worthy successor to James Herriot, and every bit as endearing’ by Alan Titchmarsh.

‘Packed with delightful and authentic characters, juicy gossip, precarious romance and good old-fashioned village drama, this is a warm-hearted and hilarious account of a struggling school in a small community’ Good Book Guide

Tickets priced £8/£7 concessions are now available from the Essex Book Festival Box Office: telephone: 01206 573948,