Weekly News Bulletin: 25 January 2016

Chinese/HRS Student and Teacher Exchange 2016
We are pleased to announce that HRS and Essex County Council have organised an exciting opportunity for your son/daughter to be involved in an educational and cultural exchange with Chinese students from the Yangzhou University Affiliated Middle School.

The details are as follows:

  • HRS students must currently be in Year 10, 11 and 12.  Chinese students will arrive into the UK on Saturday 9th July.  They will need to be collected from Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford.  Each student will be hosted by an English family (with a spare room available) from Saturday 9th July to Sunday 17th July inclusive.  On Sunday 17th July Chinese students will need to be dropped at Anglia Ruskin University for onward transfer to Heathrow.  Activities throughout their stay will be organised by HRS and Essex County Council.
  • HRS exchange students will travel to China from Friday 21st October until Sunday 30th October inclusive.  HRS students will stay with the family of the student they hosted in July.  Parents must be available to drop their son/daughter at Heathrow on Friday 21st October and collect them on Sunday 30th October.
  • One HRS teacher will travel with the students in October.  However, HRS is just one of a cluster of schools that is participating in the exchange so there will be a total of between six and eight British teachers travelling at this time.
  • The estimated cost to British families for their son/daughter to participate will be approximately £900 and this can be paid in instalments.  A non-refundable deposit will be required if your son/daughter is selected to participate.

Places on this exchange programme are very limited, if you would like to put your son/daughter forward as a candidate, please be sure that you are in a position to commit to the points listed above.

In addition, we would like your son/daughter to write a short paragraph explaining why they should be considered to take part.

Expressions of interest should be submitted as soon as possible via email to tgreen@hrs.education and mduffy@hrs.education. The closing date to receive applications is Friday 29th January.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Mrs T Green – Co-ordinator for the Able, Gifted and Talented and
Mr M Duffy – Teacher of Maths and KS5 Maths Co-ordinator

Parents’ Governors’ Forum – Tuesday 9th February 2016
The Governors hold a forum for parents each term.  This provides the opportunity to ask the Governors questions about how the school is run.

The next forum will be held on Tuesday 9th February at 5:30pm in the Learning Zone.

Please would you inform Mrs Penny Callingham (pcalllingham@hrs.education) of your intention to attend.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governors

Sixth Form Quiz Night
The quiz will take place on Friday 5th February 2016; tickets cost £5 per person with teams of 8.  All proceeds will go towards the Sixth Form Summer Ball.  There will be a licensed bar available.

Please contact pbarry@hrs.education for more information.

Keeping Children Safe Online
Please click on the following link for some useful information from the NSPCC about keeping children safe online:


Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Officer

During some of our recent e-safety assemblies with students we discussed a very sad case of a 14 year old boy who was lured to his death by an online predator following grooming over a gaming website. 

We have been advised that on Tuesday 26th January 2016 at 9 pm, BBC 3 will show a documentary/drama detailing the events surrounding his tragic death.

Murder Games: The Life and Death of Breck Bednar

For the first time, in this apparently gripping docudrama Breck’s young gaming friends have decided to tell their story – a tale of manipulation and deceit which engulfed their friend and sent shockwaves through the gaming community.

The programme also follows Breck’s parents and siblings as they struggle to come to terms with their son’s murder, and films with investigators tasked with piecing together the crime – working backwards from a chilling 999 call.

We would urge you to watch this programme and discuss it with your children, perhaps showing it to them at a later date if you deem it suitable.
Louise Brammer – Designated child Protection co-ordinator

Local Careers Guidance and Apprenticeship Event – 24th February 2016
This event is intended for students in Year 9 upwards and parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

HRS has been invited along with other local schools to support an innovative and unique initiative to help our students to gain detailed information about careers and apprenticeship opportunities in a specific industry that operates at the local, regional and national level.

The vehicle repair industry is suffering from a severe skills shortage both locally and nationally, and a number of organisations have come together to create change on a significant scale.  This initiative is being led by the local charity, REAL – the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund – and AutoRaise, the only government-recognised apprenticeship standard in the vehicle repair industry.

This partnership has culminated in producing an Industry Showcase event to be held on Wednesday 24th February. It is being hosted by one of the largest vehicle repair groups, Rye Street Group, at their Bishop’s Stortford vehicle repair facility.  It will be possible to visit the Showcase between 5.00-6.30pm, or 6.30-8.00pm on this date.

HRS, along with other local schools, has decided to support the event as a key part of our strategy to provide information about the full spectrum of educational and career options available to our students.  Although in some ways the vehicle repair industry does not have a high profile, it offers a critical service to the UK’s driving population and offers a wide range of what can be very lucrative professions for those that excel.

Practical career paths available within the industry include: vehicle damage assessment; mechanical and trim stripping and fitting; panel beating; panel replacement, and vehicle preparation and painting.  In today’s automated industry, all of these require a high degree of skill which is developed through excellent training and apprenticeship pathways.  There are also numerous business and IT-related roles within a vehicle repair company, any one of which can offer an attractive career path.  Representatives from major national automotive companies will also be present, including BMW who will showcase their new i8 model.

We would therefore urge you to consider attending this event with your son/daughter (the industry is keen to recruit more women).  The event is clearly relevant for any student considering a career path in the automotive sector, but also for students interested in finding out about local apprenticeship opportunities and potential careers within a commercial environment.   More information can be found by visiting the AutoRaise website at www.autoraise.org  and then click on the ‘Events’ icon.

Students wanting to attend the Showcase are required to pre-register as a very high demand is expected and they want to ensure that all those attending gain the maximum possible benefit from the experience.  This can be done through the links above, or by contacting me at the email address/contact number below.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact Pamela Abbott (pabbott@hrs.education /direct phone no: 01371 878634) who will be pleased to assist.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Co-ordinator