Weekly News Bulletin: 19 September 2016

Student Guides and Faculty Helpers for Open Morning
If your son/daughter is helping at Open Morning on Saturday 1st October, please ensure they have collected a permission letter from the main office and return the tear-off slip by Friday 23rd September.
Thank you.
Mrs B Louth – Admissions Secretary

HRS Open Morning Advertising
Beresfords Estate Agents has offered to sponsor advertising boards for our Open Morning.  If you live in Great Dunmow or in catchment or in the Braintree area and would be willing to have a board outside your house for a couple of weeks, please contact our Business Manager, Mrs L Evans-Barlow on 01371 872560 or email her at levans-barlow@hrs.education.
Thank you.

Girls’ Skirts
Students who persistently roll their skirts to an excessively short length will be given several clear warnings that if they continue to do so they will be placed in school trousers for a period of time.  Failure to do so will result in the student being placed in isolation for the day and parents will be contacted to request that the girls comply with wearing trousers the following day.

We hope you will support us with this issue.

Chromebook 1:1 Survey for Year 7 Parents
If you have not yet done so please take a moment to complete the survey at the following address:


Thank you.
Mr N Foster – Deputy Headteacher: Standards, Progress, Achievement

World Challenge 2018
We are intending to launch a World Challenge trip to Peru for Year 10 and Year 12 students departing sometime around 16th July 2018.  There will be an assembly for Year 10 and 12 students on Thursday 22nd September and a Parents’ Information Evening at 6.30pm in the main hall on Tuesday 4th October 2016.
Mr N Foster – Deputy Headteacher: Standards, Progress, Achievement

Ski Trip to Kitzbuhel, Austria (Easter 2017)
We are running a ski trip to a small Austrian village called Aurach, a few miles outside of Kitzbuhel during the first week of the Easter Holiday 2017.   It is a resort and package, which gives the students an excellent experience with not only the opportunity of excellent skiing but also to enjoy the cobbled streets and atmosphere of the historic town of Kitzbuhel. This is a resort I know very well having taken groups there for the last twenty five years.  Once the skiing events for the day are over we arrange a late afternoon and evening programme of activities which include an exploration of Kitzbuhel, swimming, a quiz, a games competition, 9-pin bowling, a visit to The National Park Centre and a race presentation evening.  All these activities are included in the price quoted.  This trip is aimed at students of all ski experiences.  Complete beginners will be offered the opportunity of a dry slope visit prior to the trip.

Dates: Friday 31st March to Saturday 8th April 2017.
Cost: £940.

The cost covers travel, insurance, ski school (6 days x 4 hours) and ski hire equipment in the resort and full winter sports insurance.  Clothing and dry slope lessons are not included.

Letters are available from Mr Graves.  If you have questions regarding the trip please email Mr Graves at pgraves@hrs.education.
Mr P Graves – Head of ICT/Ski Trip Organiser

Sex, Relationships and the Internet
Please watch this short video from CEOP  (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command).

What would the story of Romeo & Juliet look like in the present day? Star-crossed teens messaging, sending snaps and taking risks – all without their parents being aware. The world changes. Children don’t. That’s why it’s important to talk to your child about sex, relationships and the internet. Visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk for information and advice.


Pokemon GO
As no doubt many parents are aware after the summer break, Pokemon GO is a game built around the capturing, training and evolving of creatures called Pokemon – the NSPCC has issued advice to parents on how to use the app safely:

NSPCC – Pokemon Go Advice


Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Coordinator

Information from Careers
If your son/daughter is aged 15 – 18 year old and is interested in eventually working in the City of London, InvestIN Education are publicising three different one-day  programmes; Young Lawyers, Young Investment Bankers and Young Doctors.

These programmes are being held on various Sundays in November at University College London and the fee for each programme is £115.

If you are interested and would like to find out more, their website is www.investineducation.co.uk .  The section headed Events for School Students (Ages 15-18) will take you into the details.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Staff Vacancy – Administration / Learning Zone Assistant
5 days per week (37 hours per week, Term time only) – 2 days Admin, 3 days Learning Zone.  Band 2 Point 11-16.

The position is required to commence as soon as possible.   The deadline for replies is Tuesday 20th September with interviews being held on Friday 23rd September.


  • To provide general administrative support to faculties and staff around the school including production of documents and reports
  • Filing and copying
  • Displays, monitoring of resources
  • Phone/email correspondence with parents/students/staff/external suppliers.
  • A willingness to be First Aid trained is desirable

(Learning Zone):

  • To ensure provision of an effective lending and reference service
  • To support a programme of Learning Zone lessons and activities throughout the school day and after school. (Incl. Book Clubs and Handwriting Clinics)

The job specification can be found on the school website, applications should be made using the application form on the website under Job Vacancies. A DBS check will be required.

Applications to be sent to Mrs Kate Hennessy, Admin Services and SIMS Manager, The Helena Romanes School & Sixth Form Centre, Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow, Essex   CM6 2AU.  Email: khennessy@hrs.education