Weekly News Bulletin: 20 February 2017

South Africa Tour Quiz Night
Thank you to everyone who supported and attended our quiz night last Friday.  We made £1163.87 profit towards our tour this summer!
Mr S Figg – PE Department

The Helena Romanes School Annual Choreographic Dance Competition 2017
The choreographic competition is an excellent opportunity for all students who have an interest in the creative arts to express and showcase their skills.  Students involved in extra curricula dance will also have the opportunity to showcase their dance and gymnastic pieces on their chosen year groups evening as well as the whole school dance show.

Dates for the event:

Tuesday 14th March – Years 8 & 9 & (11 groups)
Wednesday 15th March – Years 7 & 10 & (11 solos)
Thursday 16th March – Whole School Dance Show & Presentations

Timings: 6.30pm – 9.00pm approximately

Tickets: On sale through ParentPay from 1st February until 7th March 2017.
Adults – £6.00; Concessions – £5.00

Dancers Rules 

  • Your dance/dances MUST be based upon the theme given for the chosen year.
  • You can ONLY perform ONE solo and be in up to TWO different group dances.
  • Please stick to the relevant time allowance, as you will be penalised if you do not keep to the limit.
  • Year 9 and above, Choreographers must give Mrs Judd a brief statement of their choreographic intention for the programme by 22nd February.
  • Rehearsals – All practices must be done in the students’ own time.

The winners will be announced at the end of the evening and the 1st place dancers will perform again at the Dance Show.  Medals will be awarded for places 1st, 2nd and 3rd for groups and solos for each year group.

On the evening of the competition I would request that ALL performers register at 6pm to the 6th Form Study to give them the opportunity to warm up and get ready.

Thank you for your co-operation in this event, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me ljudd@hrs.education.
Mrs L Judd – Head of Dance

Library Books
The Learning Zone currently has many books overdue.  During the half-term, please could you ask your son/daughter to see if they can locate any missing books.

The Learning Zone does not issue fines for overdue books so your help is much appreciated.
Thank you.
Learning Zone

Parent Governor Nominations
Please see below a letter from Simon Knight inviting applications for two parent governor vacancies, together with information about Qualification and Disqualification of Governors and a self-nomination form for election of parent governor.

You may have seen a lot of comment in the media in recent months regarding the Government’s desire to see schools’ governing bodies having a greater breadth of skills and experience, and to that end, the Governing Body would welcome anyone with any form of commercial, finance, large public organisation or entrepreneurial experience.

The Governing Body would particularly welcome applications from individuals with legal or IT management experience.  The Governing Body would also like to hear from anyone with relevant experience in any field who would be prepared to assist the Governors on an ad hoc/occasional consultancy basis, but not as a Governor. This may be parents who are unable/unwilling to become parent governors, other family members or members of the wider community.   Please email me if you feel you can help in any way.

So why become a Governor? Apart from the obvious aspects of being able to influence the future direction of the school and better understand your child’s education, becoming a Governor provides all sorts of professional development opportunities. You will effectively become a Non-Executive Director for one of the largest employers in Great Dunmow, which has revenues in excess of £8 million per year.  As a Banker and as a Parent Governor since 2011, I continue to find the role of Governor both

challenging and rewarding.   If any parent has any questions or wishes to understand the role and responsibilities of a Governor in more detail, please feel free to get in touch.Richard Elliott – Chairman of Governors

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