Weekly News Bulletin: 20 March 2017

Peer Mentoring
Thirty students have been selected as the new student peer mentors.  They will be trained by the previous peer mentors and school staff.  The aim of a peer mentor is to be a helpful student and to offer support to younger students who are having difficulties in school.  They will be on hand to help during form, break and lunch time at various locations around school and will represent the school at events.
Mr S McLauchlan – Senior Leader/Student Welfare Manager

Parents of Year 8 and 9: Chromebook One to One
Meeting on Wednesday 22nd March from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Main Hall
We are pleased to announce that we are continuing with our drive for each student to own their own Chromebook to enhance and further their education.   This started with Year 7 last year and we are now rolling this out for Year 8 and Year 9.   Presently we have 76% of Year 7 students with a Chromebook.

There will be a meeting on Wednesday 22nd March from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to demonstrate how we have used Chromebooks and the Google Apps for Education in school over the last two years. This time will also allow you to view and try out the different Chromebook models on offer as well as having any questions you may have answered.   Further details about the Chromebooks and costs have been e-mailed to parents earlier this week.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Training
Please may I remind parents that training for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award re-commences after school on Tuesday 21st March.

The Saturday training course for Year 9/10 DofE students is Saturday 25th March. Payments for this day need to be made via ParentPay as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
Thank you.
Mr P Graves 

Year 11 ‘Extra’ Coursework
This preparation session was well supported on Monday, with the controlled conditions time on Thursday 16th March during Periods 3 and 4.

Students will either be preparing for a written exam on Monday 27th March Period 4 or a speaking exam on Tuesday 28th March – times to be confirmed.  We have planned this to give the maximum amount of time available (2 weekends) so that we can all be assured of the best possible outcome.   Please check that your son/daughter is doing an appropriate amount of preparation!
Thank you.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Scarlet Fever
We have had one student in Year 7 who has been diagnosed with scarlet fever and another one with suspected scarlet fever.  Public Health England has advised the following information:

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting.  This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body.  On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like ‘sandpaper’.  The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think you or your child have scarlet fever:

  • See your GP or contact NHS, 111 as soon as possible
  • Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor
  • Stay at home, away from school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotics treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

You can find more information and advice on NHS choices: www.nhs.uk 

Sixth Form Fundraising Event – A Night with Bublé and Elvis
The Sixth Form Fundraising Committee would like to invite you to an event that will be held on Friday 21st April 2017.  All funds raised will be shared between the charity ‘Always Hope’ (renal patients at Great Ormond St Hospital) and the Sixth Form Summer Ball.

The night will include two tribute acts; the first will be Michael Bublé and the second is Elvis, both of which will be very entertaining.  Tickets cost £7.50 each, there will also be a licensed bar selling a selection of beers, wine and soft drinks (please bring your own nibbles).

If you would like any further information or wish to reserve a table (tables seat 10 people), please contact Paula Barry on 01371 878636 or email pbarry@hrs.education.
The Sixth Form Fundraising Committee

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

Weston Homes Open Day
Weston Homes are hosting an Open Day on Saturday 25th March 2017 between 10.00am and 3.00pm at their Head Office: Weston Group Business Centre, Parsonage Road, Takeley CM22 6PU.

The event is for students, parents and teachers to gain an insight into the careers within the property development industry and to understand and recognise the diverse range of opportunities on offer at Weston Homes.  Their potential careers pathways range from Surveying, Buying and Estimating, to Architectural and Engineering Drawing, Site Management, Land Buying, Planning and Design.

They are aiming their Career Development Programmes at Year 11 and Sixth Form students including those studying GCSE’s, BTEC and A- Level’s.  Weston Homes will be recruiting for the following positions this year:

We will be advertising a number of opportunities the following Monday and suspect these will be the following:

Trainee Quantity Surveyor
Trainee Estimator x 2
Trainee Buyer
Trainee Architectural Designer
Trainee Architectural Technician
Trainee Town Planner
3 x Management Trainees

All are welcome to attend the Open Day including parents, teachers and students and anyone looking to gain an insight into the construction industry. We will be dispelling some of the myths within the construction industry as well as providing advice and guidance on the best roles students may be suited to and the career paths involved with this.

To register attendance for the Open Day please visit the website or click the following link-https://goo.gl/forms/n1pUhRuVT9xDCyEH3 walk-ins will be welcomed!

Please visit www.weston-homes.com to register and also for further information. From the tab at the top of the screen select ‘Careers’ then ‘Open Day’.

Should you have any questions, please contact Weston Homes by email at hr@weston-homes.com   or by telephone on 01279 874220.
Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator