Weekly News Bulletin: 13 March 2017

Parent Governor Elections
Following the recent Parent Governor Elections, I am pleased to announce that Mrs Alison Farrell and Mr Marcus Frost have been elected as new Parent Governors.
Mrs P Callingham – Clerk to the Governing Body

Year 7 Sponsored Spell
Thank you to all the parents and friends who are sponsoring our Year 7 students.   Every little helps!

Year 11 ‘extra’ coursework in Spanish
Parents will be emailed individually if this applies to your son/daughter.  This piece of coursework will be prepared, rehearsed and the exam completed before Easter.  Thank you in advance for your support in overseeing that this is done effectively.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

World Book Day
The Learning Zone celebrated World Book Day last Thursday 2nd March with a competition to guess the title and author of the book from the decorated Learning Zone doors.  The answer was….The Demon Dentist by David Walliams.   Mr Knight randomly chose the winners from all the correct answers for each year group.   Prizes of a book and something to enjoy while reading were collected by the students on Tuesday.
Mrs S Bird – Learning Zone Manager

Religion, Philosophy and Life
Year 10 RPL full course GCSE students will be sitting their second mock on Thursday 16th March.  This will be the last opportunity to test out their exam skills and knowledge before their GCSE exams on 17th May and 23rd May.  We wish them good luck with their revision and look forward to some excellent results.

The Year 7 RPL competition has now been judged and the winners will be announced in Monday’s assembly.   We had some really excellent entries showing some amazing artistic talent along with some very interesting views on whether human beings have free will. Well done to the whole year group for taking part.
Mrs C Axe – Head of RPL

Swimming Gala
Congratulations to our students in Years 7 to 10 on their success at the swimming gala v New Hall School on Tuesday 7th March.   They won 29 out of 44 races.

There were outstanding performances from the following students: Ellie Runnalls (Y9) in the  Open Medley; Maddie Lees (Y8) in the U14 Butterfly; Sam Dack (Y10) in the Open Medley; Rebecca Johnson (Y7) in the U12 Butterfly; Jack Richardson (Y8) in the U15 Back crawl; Damon Elliot (Y8) in the U13 Butterfly and Toby Rayner (Y7) in the U12 Freestyle.
Mr S Figg – PE Department

Helena Romanes Comic Relief Whole School Event W/C 20th March – 24th March 2017
The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form are aiming to raise £1500.00 for Red Nose Day 2017.  A number of activities are being planned across the school w/c 20th March during break and lunchtime.

On Friday 24th March, the official Red Nose Day, we would like all students to wear a ‘splash of red’ as part of their uniform.  This could be:-

  • Red T Shirt (no football shirts)
  • Red Socks
  • Red Tights
  • Red Nail Varnish

Participation in each activity will require a £1 donation towards this worthwhile cause.  Further information will follow soon.
Thank you.
The Year 11 and Sixth Form Fundraising Committees

Parents/Carers of Students in Year 8
As part of the careers guidance and education programme we deliver at Helena Romanes your child will have access to Kudos, which is an online careers guidance and information computer program from CASCAID.

The students will be shown how to use this program during the next fortnight in their PSHEE lesson.

Kudos is accessible online and we are encouraging the use of it at home to involve parents with the important decisions your child has to make about their future options.

Kudos will help your child to assess their interests and skills, as well as letting them explore and research different education and career options, enabling them to make informed decisions about their future.

To access the program please visit www.cascaid.co.uk/login and click on the ‘Login or Register’ button, your child can then log in using the access details generated in their lesson.

All CASCAID programs come with a comprehensive range of support materials including the Parents’/Carers’ Guide to Careers Education & Guidance. This Guide will help you understand the options available to your child at each transition stage.

To view the Parents’ Guide please visit: www.cascaid.co.uk/support/products/kudos/getting-started/guides/.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the guide.

At Helena Romanes our aim is to ensure that all students have the resources to fully explore and research their future options in order to make informed choices. We hope that you find Kudos useful and informative.

Job Vacancies
Apprenticeship – Administration
Mon – Thurs 8.30am- 4.30pm / Fri 8.30am- 4pm – Term Time only (12 month apprenticeship will a possibility to extend to an advanced apprenticeship)

Providing essential back-up services for the whole school including:

REPROGRAPHICS:  Production of leaflets and documents in various formats including copying, binding, laminating, manage prints for students; provide continuous service during working hours.

ADMIN:  To provide general administrative support to faculties and staff, including confidential support in the production of documents and reports using excel, word, PowerPoint and in the school SIMs and other school systems. To undertake general administrative duties such as filing, photocopying and labelling. Maintaining displays, presentations and monitoring of resources.

STUDENT RECEPTION:  General Student Enquiries.

MAIN RECEPTION:  Phone and visitor enquiries/meetings, manage incoming/outgoing post

LEARNING ZONE:  General library duties

To apply, download an application form under ‘Contact Us’ in ‘Job Vacancies’ on our website and return the completed application form to Mrs Sue Este, HR Manager at seste@hrs.education.

CLOSING DATE:  Monday 20 March 2017 at 12 noon.

Please may I remind parents/carers of the following:

Monday 13th – Rehearsals for the show will take place during various slots during the school day.   All performers will need to be present in the main hall from 3.10pm until 6.00pm.

Tuesday 14th – Choreographic – Students to arrive no later than 6.00pm in the Sixth Form Study for a 6.30pm show start time.

Year 8 & 9 solos and Groups plus year 11 Groups

Wednesday 15th – Choreographic – Arrive no later than 6.00pm in the Sixth Form Study for a 6.30pm show start time.

Year 7 & 10, plus Year 11 Solos.

Thursday 16th – Dance Show ‘A Night at the Movies’

Arrive no later than 6.00pm in the GYM (opposite the PE office); the show starts at 6.30pm.

Friday 24th – GCSE Dance Moderation

Rehearsals 9.00am to 1.00pm

EXAM 1pm to 4.00pm

Tickets are now available through ParentPay.

Thursday Show DVD
We are very lucky to have secured a professional videographer who specialises in dance shows to capture our ‘Night at the Movies’ for your treasured memories.   If you would like to purchase a DVD of our unforgettable 2017 show, please ensure you pay on ParentPay by 17th March.  The cost is £15.00 per DVD.
Mrs L Judd – Head of Dance

We know that many children are using social media when ‘officially’ they are too young to sign up to the sites – we know because they tell us!

Lots of them say that Mums and Dads have signed them up – sometimes years ago. There’s nothing illegal in that, but please keep in mind that if you signed your 8 year old up to Facebook five years ago, saying they were 13 years old – they now appear as an 18 year old on the site.

If an adult tries to groom your now 13 year old via social media, they will be able to argue that they thought they were talking to another adult. Remember to update their details, check their privacy settings, and talk to them about which pictures they use for their profile, so they’re safe online. Thank you.