Weekly News Bulletin: 12 December 2016

‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ Ticket Sales
HRS proudly presents ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’!  Staff and students alike have been working as hard as ever in preparation for our 12th whole school production. Tickets can be purchased in person outside the main hall every lunch time from 1.30-2pm.  Ticket prices are £7.50 for Adults and £6.00 for Concessions and the performances will be held from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th January 2017.

For further ticket enquiries, please email Mr MacLeod (cmacleod@hrs.education).  We hope you all enjoy the show!
Mr C MacLeod – Drama

KS4 Maths Revision
We use EDEXCEL GCSE 9-1 and Pearson’s Publishing has revision materials for our syllabus including a box of revision cards.  Additionally, if your child is in Key Stage 4 and you are looking at getting them or replacing their scientific calculator, we recommend the Casio fx-991ES PLUS (currently around £18 on Amazon or Argos), due to the ability to solve algebraic equations with ease.
Mr R Birss – Head of Maths

Congratulations to Jasmine Cressey (7JMP) who is now the British Champion for figure skating!  She took the title with a personal best, building on her previous successes of being number one for THE Under 16’s.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7

MFL – Year 7 students
After Christmas the Year 7 classes will be rearranged into sets. These will still contain quite a wide ability range and we will cover the same work in all sets.  The students will be informed at the first lesson back after the holiday so it would be extremely helpful if they could bring in all their MFL books on that day. They will be given new teachers and told which lessons will be for each language.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

School Lunch Payments
The kitchen staff would like to make parents aware that their till systems (including the snack shack) can take up to one hour to update after a payment has been made on ParentPay.  Please can we ask that you try to add money to your child’s lunch account on ParentPay in plenty of time for the till systems to reflect any recent payments on their account.
Thank you for your cooperation
Finance Department

Lost Property
There are various items that have been handed in to Student Reception and remain unclaimed by students:

  • PE Kits
  • Trainers/shoes (Pairs and odd shoes)
  • Gloves
  • Coats
  • A spider man outfit!?
  • Pencil cases
  • Water bottles
  • Calculators

Any unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of term.
Student Reception

Poetry Live! – Wednesday 8th February 2017 (Only 8 spaces left!)
The English Faculty has organised a visit to ‘Poetry Live!’ at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.  Students will have the opportunity to hear poets from the GCSE Anthology perform their work, take part in discussions on the meanings in the texts and hear advice from an AQA Examiner.

There are only 8 spaces left on the trip and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, in order of payment on ParentPay.  The overall cost for this activity is £28.  This includes transport and the entrance fee.  Students will leave school by coach at 9am and will return to school at approximately 4pm.
Miss V Cheyne – Head of English

Information for parents of Year 10-12 students who want to become Doctors
National Medic Mentor Weekend is taking place on the 18th and 19th March 2017 at the University of London Stratford Campus.

There will be an ‘Insight into Medicine’ conference taking place on Saturday 18th March with  presentations from Royal Colleges, medical schools and a variety of doctors and medical students to help aspiring medics explore careers in medicine and help set up medical school societies at their respective schools.

On the morning of Sunday 19th March there is an optional UCAS lecture ‘Making it into Medicine’, about applying to medical school which includes 3 textbooks, lunch and free parent registration.  This comprehensive lecture will explain how enthusiastic students can make a competitive medical school application.

Parents are also encouraged to attend as there will be dedicated talks for them too.  It is a valuable opportunity for students to network with doctors and medical students learn about work experience opportunities and how to make a successful application.

Registration is £25 (excluding VAT) for the Saturday conference (£50 with parents).
The Sunday lecture costs £150 (excluding VAT).   Parking is free.

Students can register on the medic mentor website and find out more about the events: http://medicmentor.co.uk/national-medic-mentor-weekend/.

If your son/daughter is interested, please ask them to see me in the Careers Resource Centre so I can forward the organiser’s email to them.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Early School Closure – Tuesday 20th December 2016
Please may I remind parents/carers that school will close early on Tuesday 20th December at 1.25pm.  Lunch will be available at break time for those students who would like to eat something.  The school buses will collect students at 1.25pm to take them home.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Christmas Fete
Sixth form students will be running a Christmas Fete on Friday 16th December at lunchtime in the school hall.  Stalls will include decorating gingerbread men, guess the name of the teddy, a Christmas themed photo-booth and pin the nose on Rudolph.

Students will require cash on the day to take part in the event and to buy any goods. Items will vary in price, but will be around 50p each. The money raised will go to the charity ‘Community Christmas’, which supports local elderly people who may be alone at Christmas.

Please remind students to attend and bring a small amount of cash on the day.
Thank you.
Mrs L Withers

Easter Ski Trip
Places are still available for the school ski trip to Austria during the first week of the Easter holiday.  If your child is interested in going on the trip please ask them to collect a form from Mr Graves as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Mr P Graves – Ski Trip Coordinator/Head of ICT