Weekly News Bulletin: 5 January 2015

High School Musical Ticket Sales – Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th January 2015
HRS proudly presents High School Musical on Stage.  Staff and students alike have been working as hard as ever in preparation for our 10th whole school production. Tickets can be purchased in person outside the main hall every lunch time from 1.30-2pm.  Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £5 for concessions (under 18s, students, HRS staff, over 60s).  For further ticket enquiries, please email Stephanie Stewart (sstewart@hrs.education).  We hope you all enjoy the show!

Year 7 setting in MFL
The MFL Faculty will be setting the Year 7 students from January 2015.  Two classes will be combined to give two broad sets, set 1 and set 2. The classes will be joined as follows:

7LH + 7LR = 7A1 + 7A2
7LS + 7LX = 7B1 + 7B2
7WH + 7WR = 7C1 + 7C2
7WS + 7WX = 7D1 + 7D2

After the Christmas break, Year 7 students will be asked to go to their first MFL lesson as normal where they will be told their set and directed to their ‘new’ teacher, who will explain any timetable/room changes.  This information will be communicated to you via a sticker in your child’s planner.

Decisions for setting have been based on diagnostic tests, work effort, attitude, ability and the judgement of the languages teachers they have had this term. There are only a certain number of places in set 1!  The progress of all students will be reviewed and adjustments made by the February half term.

You can best support your child in MFL by showing an interest in what they are doing in class, helping to check the vocabulary they are learning and checking that they have completed their reading/writing homework by the date given in their planner.
Thank you.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Mandarin After-School Club
There are still some places available for the Mandarin after-school club.  Please email Mrs Green on tgreen@hrs.education if you would like to sign your son or daughter up for the club.  Information can be found below:

Mandarin is coming to HRS!
HRS is proud to have established links with the Jiangsu Centre for Chinese Studies and is happy to announce that, as a result of this partnership, we will be offering a Mandarin after-school club on Mondays starting on 12th January.

We are planning to run a class for KS4 students between January and Easter and a class for KS3 students between Easter and July.  There will be a maximum of 30 students per class and there will be a small charge per student.  

Students will not only learn how to write and speak Mandarin but will also gain an insight into Chinese culture, history, customs and maybe even food (!) at the end of the course.  This is an amazing opportunity to have some fun and learn something different.  Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world and it is becoming increasingly important to learn.  Having even the most basic knowledge of the language will make you stand out from the crowd.

Sign-up sheets are up in the Languages Department and students should register as soon as possible.  Should you require any further information please email Mrs Green on tgreen@hrs.education.
Mrs Green – MFL Teacher and Co-ordinator for the Able, Gifted and Talented

Uttlesford Food Bank
We are very lucky to live in a district where most of us don’t have to “go without” – but a significant number of residents do suffer serious financial hardship.

There are many reasons why members of our community may need emergency access to food at short notice.

Food banks store – or ‘bank’ – food which has been donated by members of the community for the benefit of others during times of personal financial crisis.

They are designed to help these less fortunate residents by providing free emergency food for a minimum period of three days.  The resident may also be directed to further support services as well, such as Citizens Advice, Debt Counselling, Advocacy, Health Visitors, etc.  The service can be used by a family up to three times with a break of a month before they can be referred again.

Uttlesford’s food bank has been set up in partnership with the District Council, town councils, local churches, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Salvation Army, Volunteer Centre Uttlesford and the Trussell Trust, and is supported by Waitrose.

If you are suffering extreme hardship, or know anyone who is,  and need to access the food bank,  please contact Uttlesford Citizens Advice Bureau on 01799-618840, or the Salvation Army in Saffron Walden (tel:01799 500 339) who are based at Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10.  During term time you can also contact Miss Brammer or Mr Emberton, in confidence, here at the school.    The Salvation Army are open on Tuesdays 9am-3pm and Thursdays 9am-3pm, and in an emergency residents in need of food would not be turned away during these times, but it is always best to prearrange a visit in one of the ways suggested above.Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Easter 2015 Ski Trip – Change of Date
Places are still available for the ski trip to Austria from 2nd April – 10th April.  This trip is for both students who have skied before and for those who have not.  We will be staying just outside Kitzbuhel.  The cost includes all ski hire, lessons, meals in the resort, evening activities, and insurance and transport costs.  The skiing day starts at 8.30am when we head for the slopes. There are good beginner areas and many other slopes for all abilities.  We return to the hotel at about 3.30pm before heading out for the afternoon activity.  This is an action packed week with opportunities for swimming at the Aquarena in Kitzbuhel, 9 pin bowling, experiencing Austrian culture, quiz nights and games evenings.  All of these activities are fully supervised by our staff, who know the resort very well.

This is a successful trip with many students taking part year after year.  The trip costs £890 and application forms are available from Mr P Graves in ICT.  If your son/daughter would like to attend, please make payment for the £200 deposit through the school’s ParentPay system.  Please return the application form to Mr P Graves.
Mr P Graves – Head of ICT