Weekly News Bulletin: 2 March 2015

Year 7 MFL Students
Year 7 students are currently learning spellings for the sponsored spell which supports two children, Rudi in Guatemala and Ramata in Senegal, through the work of Plan International.  Please support their efforts both with learning their spellings and in helping them to find some sponsors.  Not everyone is expected to raise a huge amount of money but it would be lovely if each child could raise a small amount.  A little money goes a long way in a developing country!
Mrs N Graves – Head of Modern Foreign Languages

UniFest 2015
I would like to bring your attention to UniFest 2015 which will take place at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Saturday 7th March and in Chelmsford on 21st March.  UniFest is a free, action-packed day.  Visitors can take part in hands-on activities and explore a university campus setting.  It is a day to celebrate higher education, encouraging young people and families to think positively about university and how further study can realise ambitions.  I attended this myself last year and it was a great day and a fabulous opportunity to gain an insight into university life.  It is suitable for anyone aged 6-16 plus their families and friends.

For more information and to see the programme and book tickets please go to:
Mrs T Green, – MFL Teacher and Co-ordinator for the Able, Gifted and Talented.

Information from Careers
For Year 12 students
I have been informed of a “Pathways to Property” Summer School, to be held at the University of Reading from 27th – 30th July.  This is aimed at Year 12 students to give them the chance to explore jobs and careers within the property sector.

It will consist of lectures, seminars and trips to explore themes around property, sustainability and regeneration, and give students a chance to engage with employers and professionals.

Students who complete the Summer School will be invited to take part in work experience at a leading firm and receive an undergraduate mentor.

The Summer School is free of charge – travel, food and accommodation costs will be covered.   

Applications are now open, and will close on Sunday 31st May 2015.  For more information and instructions on how to apply, visit:

Web: www.reading.ac.uk/pathways-to-property
Email: Pathways2Property@reading.ac.uk
Phone: 0118 378 4194

Please note the school is not responsible for the content of these external websites.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator

Thank you to the HRS PTA who has very generously donated £150 towards the purchase of a Stika 8 machine for the Soft Technology Department.  The machine can be used to produce colourful POP displays, labels and iron-ons.
Mrs R Halls – Food and Textiles

Do you want to train to be a Primary or Secondary school teacher in Essex, Southend or Thurrock?
Will you soon be completing your degree or have one already?

If the answer is yes, you may wish to learn more about the teacher training opportunities available in our area.

There is an Information and Recruitment Event on Tuesday 17th March from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at The Appleton School, Croft Road, Benfleet, Essex.

The evening will include a short presentation about the various routes into teaching, with past and current trainees describing their experiences.  There will be an opportunity to speak to local schools and training providers in the locality about the places they have available and the application process.

To receive a personal invitation please email: denisemair@benfleet-teaching-school.co.uk

Please state if you are interested in Early years/Primary or Secondary (for Secondary please state your subject specialism).