Weekly News Bulletin: 10 October 2016

Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair – ‘Routes to Success’
Following the success of the previous Uttlesford Careers Fair, we are delighted to announce that a further event is being organised this year.  The 2016 Uttlesford Schools Careers Fair will take place on Thursday 13th October, 2016, and will be hosted in Saffron Hall at Saffron Walden County High School.

The Careers Fair is open to all students and their parents from Helena Romanes School.  It is never too soon to start thinking about possible career progression options and we would encourage students and their parents from all year groups to attend and start to explore the career opportunities that exist.  The event will run from 5 – 9 p.m. with more than 50 companies and Higher Education providers manning stands and giving talks during the evening.

The event will offer students and parents an excellent opportunity to talk to representatives of universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and national and local employers about the range of educational, training and employment opportunities that are available to students when they leave school. Organisations represented include:

  • ARM Ltd, Cambridge
  • Grant Thornton UK – accountancy
  • Oxford University
  • Cambridge University
  • GSK
  • MAG Stansted
  • Kier Group –construction
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Cambridge Regional College

Careers Advisers will also be present to answer questions and provide support.

We very much hope that many students and parents will want to attend this event.  The venue has ample parking, is fully accessible and light refreshments will be available to purchase.

Please contact me if you have any questions about this event.
Mrs Pamela Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Uniform Expectations
May I remind you that girls who persistently roll their skirts to an excessively short length have been warned in assemblies and individually 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 and they will be expected to wear the trousers the following day.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Join our Science Club – Tuesday 3.15-4.15 pm in A09
Each half term we run a different six week Science Club.

In the next club we are looking for 15 keen Scientists who are interested in making and testing the properties of different substances.

The students will investigate some very important questions:

  • Is it possible to make a bouncy ball out of custard?
  • How does the taste and texture of chocolate change when it is melted and re-hardened?
  • How can we make ice cream in an under an hour without a freezer?
  • What are polymer worms and how can they be useful?
  • How can you avoid sinking in quicksand?

After all that messy stuff students will be making bath bombs to clean up.

This club is a must for keen chemists in Year 7.

Places are limited to the first 15 students whose applications are received by Mrs Greaves-Park in the Science office. The club will start on Tuesday 8th November.
Mrs H Greaves-Park – Joint Head of Science

Sponsorship of Sports Kits
The PE department is looking to purchase new kits for students who represent the school in extra-curricular sporting events and are looking for potential sponsors that could help with the costs

If you are associated with a local business or organisation and feel that the sponsorship of a football, hockey, rugby or netball kit may be something you could help us with then please get in contact with Mr Wilkins at cwilkins@hrs.education for more information.
Thank you!
Mr C Wilkins – PE Department/Director of Learning for Year 8

World Challenge Peru 2018
Application forms should be returned to Mr Foster by 14th October.  There are 30 places available but not on a first come first served basis.  If the trip is oversubscribed then letters of application will be called for and students will be selected on the strength of their application.
Mr Neal Foster – Deputy Headteacher: Standards, Progress, Achievement

Year 10 GCSE in Religious Studies
Year 10 GCSE students will be taking their GCSE in Religious Studies in the May and June 2017. In preparation for this exam the school are organising a mock examination to take place on the 10th and 11th of November. Half the year group will sit the examination on the 10th November the other half on the 11th of November.

The paper they will be sitting is Unit 2, Religion and Life Issues, consisting of animal rights, prejudice, early life and war and peace. A school revision guide will be provided to all pupils before the half term holiday and we would like you to encourage your son or daughter to revise in preparation for this mock examination. Our studies show that students who prepare well for the mock are significantly more likely to do well in the GCSE examination when material is revisited.

I would also like to recommend the following revision book for: My revision notes, AQA GCSE Religious Studies, Religion and Life Issues and Religion and Morality by Lesley Parry and Jan Hayes, Hodder Education. It can be bought from most book retailers including Amazon for approximately £8. This guide, in addition to the revision guide the school is providing, will be an excellent resource. It contains everything student’s need to achieve their target grade and exceed it. It also contains all the revision material for Unit 3, Religion and Morality. Students will be sitting this mock exam later in the year. I would really appreciate your help in monitoring and ensuring your son/daughter is completing the activities in both revision guides at home.
Mrs C Axe – Head of RPL