Weekly News Bulletin: 13 April 2015

A Message from the Headteacher
I would like to wish the students and staff who are going on the ski trip to Austria during the Easter holidays a safe and happy trip.

We have a full programme of Easter revision sessions taking place in school throughout the Easter holidays.  Thank you to the staff who are giving up their time to run these sessions, to the students who have signed up to attend and to parents for your continued support in working with us to enable our students to gain the best possible exam results they can this summer.

The following staff leave us at the end of this term: Mr M Fletcher (Head of Sixth Form) has been promoted to Director of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher at Boswells School; Mrs S Lee (Second in Maths) is returning back to her home in the North so will be joining a school nearer to her home and Mrs S McCabe is leaving the support staff team.  We would like to wish them all the best of luck for the future.

I am delighted to announce that Mrs D Wright, who is currently Assistant Head of Sixth Form, has been appointed as Head of Sixth Form from April.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter and look forward to welcoming our students back feeling re-energised after the break ready for the start of a new term on Monday 13th April.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher 

Mandarin Club
Mandarin Club for KS4 has now finished and the KS3 club starts on the first day back after the Easter break – Monday 13th April.  It will run on Mondays from 3.20pm to 4.20pm for 10 weeks and will be held in D206.

Letters have been sent via InTouch to those parents who expressed an interest in their child attending.  If for any reason you have not received a letter but would like your child to attend please contact Mrs Green at tgreen@hrs.education.
Mrs T Green – MFL Teacher and Co-ordinator for the Able, Gifted and Talented.

Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge
Students can now speak out confidently after professional coaching.  Twenty-eight Year 10 students spent a day being coached for the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

The scheme gives young people in Essex and London the skills, confidence and desire to speak in public.

English teacher Miss Mikolajewska said: “Each student had to present a two-minute speech on their own and trainer Fiona Whytehead gave them individual feedback on how they could improve.  She taught them how to appear more confident, what they should be saying to impromptu questions, how to stand and how to vary their tone depending on what they are saying.  It was really specific to each student.  They really did well and improved significantly through the day.”

Year 10 students Laura Romain and Harry Nesbitt were chosen as the winners and will go through to the regional finals of the Speak Out Challenge on May 13th 2015 at Maltings Academy, in Witham.