Weekly News Bulletin: 24 April 2017

Year 7 Sponsored Spell
It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the Year 7 students (with the help of their family and friends!) have raised more than £1,000 for our sponsored children in Guatemala and Senegal.   This really is a tremendous total – our best ever!  We would like to congratulate the students on their hard work, and the parents/carers and friends for their amazing generosity.   With the extra amount of money we will be looking to support something extra in these communities as well as for our sponsored children.

Year 7 Exams
Students will spend the first two weeks of this term revising and practising for their MFL exams in French and Spanish.  The exams will take place during weeks 3 and 4. Please ensure that your sons/daughters are spending a reasonable amount of time on their revision activities. Thank you!
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Lower School Showcase – Tuesday 25th April at 6pm in D04
Drama club are doing a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.   Everyone is welcome, it’s a FREE show!
Miss D Foster – Drama Department

Snapchat Warning
We have been made aware of a couple of instances of unknown contacts requesting nude images from students via Snapchat this week, following some grooming type behaviours.  This has been reported to police and to the parents of those involved.  Please continue to be vigilant with your daughters/sons internet use and report any concerns.  A parents’ guide to use of Snapchat is attached.  The thinkuknow and NSPCC websites also contain lots of useful video and information on e-safety.
Miss L Brammer – Child Protection Officer

Chromebook: Licence Purchase
Thank you to all of the parents in Year 8 and 9 who have ordered Chromebooks through the FreedomTech portal.   For those who have or are going to purchase their own Chromebook, please contact helpdesk@hrs.education in order to make a purchase of the necessary licence to enrol the device on to our system.  Thank you.

If you still have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at nwilcox@hrs.education.
Mr N Wilcox – Director of Learning for Year 7/Chrome One to One Coordinator 

Peripatetic Music Lessons – Years 7-11
At Helena Romanes we offer weekly instrumental lessons.  The charges are £100.00 per term for 20 minutes and £150.00 per term for 30 minutes, payable via our online service ParentPay.  There are ten lessons per term and music fees are billed termly in advance.  The lesson times will change weekly/fortnightly to ensure that your child does not miss the same class lessons repeatedly.

We currently have available slots for the following: piano, drums, guitar, electric guitar, brass, clarinet, saxophone and flute.  All our peripatetic teachers are willing to give free taster lessons which Finance will be happy to arrange with you.  If you child wishes to take up an instrument please contact finance@hrs.education.
Thank you.
Finance Department

Reminder to Year 7, 9, 10 and 12 Parents
Further to the letter sent to parents of Years 7, 9, 10 and 12 regarding the  Department of Education’s requirements for schools to submit data about country of birth and nationality, if you have not yet returned the reply slip, please do so as soon as possible.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

Upcoming Local College Open Events
Your son/daughter in Year 11 may still be undecided regarding their choice for Post 16 study, or Year 10 students may welcome the opportunity to go and have a look at what is on offer locally.

Chelmsford College Spring Showcase Information Evening
Monday 24th April from 6.00 – 8.30pm
The College will be showcasing their vocational courses.
Please register online at

Harlow College Information Evening
Wednesday 3rd May from 5.30 – 7.30pm
Information about Apprenticeships, Vocational Courses, A levels, HNC/HND’s, and Access to Higher Education courses.
Please see their website for more details.

Cambridge Regional College Open Evening
Thursday 4th May from 5.00 – 8.00pm
All subject areas will be represented at the event.
Please pre-register online at

Mrs P Abbott – Careers Coordinator

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