Weekly News Bulletin: 16 January 2017

School Closure Procedure
Please be aware that in the event of school closure for example, through bad weather, local radio stations no longer announce school closures.  Instead parents will be able to see the full list of closures on the Essex County Council website. The page can be accessed using the link below:


The Emergency Closures page will update as and when notifications are received, therefore it is recommended to continue to check or refresh the page.   Please also look on our school website for updates.  If school remains open during bad weather please also check the Facebook page of our transport provider, Dons of Dunmow for transport updates as some routes may need to be altered due to access problems.
Thank you.
Mrs C Weston – PA Mr S Knight

Year 8 Wells Parents Evening
We would like to remind you that the Year 8 Wells Parents’ Evening will take place on Tuesday 17th January from 5.00 p.m. until 8.00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to speak to subject teachers about your son’s/daughter’s academic progress. Students have been making appointments with their subject teachers and these should be recorded on the relevant page in their Planner.  I would be grateful if you could check with your child that all appointments have been made. Students are expected to attend the evening with their parents or carers.

Please note that parking is not permitted in the Leisure Centre car park.  There will be spaces available in the school car park which can be accessed by turning right at the roundabout at the front of the building.

If you have not already done so, please complete and submit the reply slip contained in our email which was sent last month.

We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.
Mr C Wilkins – Director of Learning: Year 8

Governors’ Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of The Helena Romanes School will be held at The Helena Romanes School on Tuesday, 17th January 2017 at 6.00pm in E01.

To transact the following business:

  1. To receive the report of the directors and the accounts for the year ended 31st August 2016.
  2. To note change of role of Mr Richard Elliott to Chair/Member, Mrs. Rebecca Durston to Vice Chair/Member and Mrs. Tracey Fullerton to Vice Chair/Member
  3. To note resignations of Mr. Mark Nelson, Mrs. Beverley Curran, Mr. Edward Ryan, Mr. John Moore and Mr. Alan Soutar as Directors of the Company. To also note the completion of the term of office of Mr. Rodney Young.
  4. To re-appoint Price Bailey as the company’s auditors until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting of the company at which accounts are before the members and to authorise the directors to determine their remuneration.

If you would like to attend, please inform Mrs P Callingham, Clerk to the Governors at pcallingham@hrs.education

Pupil Attendance
Attending school is essential for students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances in life.  Every student   in line with government expectations is expected to maintain an attendance of at least 95%.  A ‘good’ level of attendance would be 96% or higher.  It is concerning that after making a strong start, a number of students have suffered poorer attendance over the last month.  It is the belief of many educationalists that missed time from school is detrimental to student education.  Below are examples of how attendance is impacted upon by school absence.

Student attendance over one school year
98% attendance = approximately 4 days absent from school
95% attendance = approximately 10 days absent from school
90% attendance = approximately 4 weeks absent from school
85% attendance = approximately 5 ½ weeks absent from school
80% attendance = approximately 7 ½ weeks absent from school

Student attendance over 5 years (Years 7 – 11)
85- 90% attendance = similar to having half a year off school
80% attendance = similar to having a whole year off school

Mr S McLauchlan – Senior Leader and Student Welfare Manager

Medical/Dentist Appointments
Medical and dental appointments, where possible, should be made after school or during school holidays.  The school understands that this is not always possible, however, students should attend school prior to or following a medical/dental appointment and avoid a full day’s absence.  Please try to avoid phoning in with information about a medical appointment on the day of the appointment and write the appointment time in your child’s planner instead as this avoids disruption to lessons.
Thank you. 

Join our Science Club – Tuesday 3.15pm to 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 exploring issues about our food, our health and our planet in “The Crunch project” which looks at common but precious resources- land, water and bees.

Students will start with the opportunity to grow plants hydroponically and will look at local and global water use.  They will explore chicken and human health in relation to microorganisms, learn and use microbiological techniques and look at alternative protein sources.

This club is a must for keen microbiologists in Year 7.  If your son/daughter wishes to attend, please ensure they return their application to Mrs Greaves-Park in the Science office as soon as possible.  Places are limited to the first 15 students who return their slips signed by parents.  Students will be informed if their application is successful. The club will start on Tuesday 17th January 2017.

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Name:  ………………………………………………………………

Form:  ………………………………………………………………………

Parent/Carer’s signature: ………………………………………………………………………………………………



One-day Medical Careers Course
If your son/daughter is interested in becoming a doctor and is aged 14-18, we have received information of a one-day “PreMed” course.  This is to be held on Saturday 22nd April 2017, and again on Saturday 2nd September 2017 from 9.45am to 4.45pm at the Imperial College, London SW7.

Fully qualified doctors will present information, as well as demonstrating practical aspects of their day to day lives. The course will cover topics such as information about what is taught at Medical School and how it is taught, application procedures, interview and presentation skills and practical workshops.  All lectures and presentations, lunch and refreshments are included within the price of £99.

Full details can be found on the course website: www.premed.org.uk
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

Lost Property
In addition to PE kits, we also have several door keys and glasses that have been handed in to Student Reception.  If your son/daughter has mislaid any of these items please ask them to come to Lost Property in Student Reception.
Thank you.