Weekly News Bulletin: 15 May 2017

Important Notice to Parents
Please be aware that a female student from Helena Romanes experienced an incident whilst walking home on Friday 5th May at approximately 3.45pm near Takeley.   An unidentified middle aged male stopped his vehicle and exposed himself in front of the student.  The incident has been reported to the police.

Parents, please ensure that you reinforce the importance for children to remain vigilant on their way to and from school, avoiding walking on their own where at all possible.
Mr S Emberton – Assistant Headteacher/Child Protection Officer

Fidget Spinners
Despite sending out two previous messages students are still bringing fidget spinners in to school.   Please may I remind you that students are banned from bringing them in to school and if seen, they will be confiscated and not returned.
Mr S Knight – Headteacher

Year 9 Parents’ Evening
The Year 9 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 25th May 2017 from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

This will be an opportunity to discuss your son’s/daughter’s academic progress at this important stage in their education.  The students are now able to make appointments with their teachers and these should be recorded on the relevant page in their planners.  Students are expected to attend the evening with their parents/carers.

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

We look forward to meeting you on this occasion.
Mr T James – Director of Learning for Year 9

Year 11 Maths – the final countdown….
We are running pre-exam revision sessions before each exam to go over papers on the following dates:

Tuesday 23rd May Period 3/4 – Non-calculator skills
Fri 2nd June from 9.00am to 12 noon – Paper 2 predicted paper
Wed 7th May Period 3/4 – Paper 2 predicted paper
Sat 10th June from 9.00am to 12 noon – .Paper 3 predicted paper

Students are still working through all of the practice papers that we have so should have lots to look at and revise from.  Key things to look for are the similarity in question types and using the appropriate skills required to solve them.
Mr B Birss – Head of Maths

Year 10 GCSE Religious Studies (RPL)
The majority of Year 10 will be sitting their first paper for GCSE Religious Studies (RPL) next week, Wednesday 17th May.  Arrangements have been made for students taking the exam to have an early lunch between 12.30pm and 12.50pm where they will be able to purchase food from the dining hall.  However, we recommend that a packed lunch is provided if possible as the amount of time they have is reduced.

Students will then proceed to the assembly hall for a warm up session 12.55pm for 20 minutes before going to the exams hall ready to start their GCSE at 1.30pm.   If your child receives extra time the timings are slightly different: 12noon to 12.20pm for lunch, 12.25pm to 12.45pm for the warm up session before the exam commences at 1.00pm.
Miss F Gardner – Humanities Faculty

Equipment for Exams
With the exam season nearly upon us please ensure your son/daughter is properly equipped for their exams.

Mobile phones and any other electronic equipment should not be brought into the Exam Hall.  However, should they be brought in by mistake then they must be switched off and handed to an invigilator.  They must not be left in bags.

Black ballpoint pens or ink pens are required for completion of exam papers.  Please ensure students bring any other equipment they may require for their exam, including rulers, calculators etc. as we are unable to supply them.

Calculator lids must not be taken to exam desks and pencil cases must be transparent.

Students should arrive 10 minutes before the exam start time shown on their timetable.

Thank you for your cooperation.  May we take this opportunity to wish all of our students who are taking exams this summer the very best of luck!
Mr T Ellis – Curriculum Manager

Year 7 students have been taking an internal exam in both French and Spanish during the last two weeks.  The purpose of this is to allow students to practise ‘revising’ and ‘working in test conditions’, which they will be increasingly asked to do as they work towards public examinations in the future.  We will shortly be discussing students’ preferences for next year and more details will be sent to you about this in due course.  Please be assured that your child’s performance in these tests will only form part of our discussions.
Mrs N Graves – Head of MFL

Fundraising Events
South Africa Sports Tour Mixed Netball Tournament – Sunday 21st May
An adults-only mixed netball tournament has been arranged by the PE department to raise funds for the South Africa sports tour this summer.  Teams of 7 to 9 players can enter at a cost of £35 per team.  A BBQ and refreshments will be available on the day.  For further information or to enter a team please contact satour@hrs.education by Wednesday 17th May.
Miss N Hiscox – PE Faculty

World Challenge Quiz Night – Friday 19th May
The HRS World Challenge Team would like to invite you to join them for a Quiz night on Friday 19th May.  A group of students will be traveling out to Peru to support a community project with the world challenge team.  Please see the attached poster for further information and to book your tickets.  There will be a bar and food served during the evening, plus a raffle and other games during the interval.
We hope you can join us!
World Challenge Team Group 2

Reminder to Year 7, 9, 10 and 12 Parents
Parents of Year 7, 9, 10 and 12 students who have not yet returned the ethnicity request reply form, please do so as soon as possible.

This request is a requirement from the Department of Education and your cooperation is appreciated.  A further copy of the letter is attached with this week’s bulletin.
Thank you.
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

LMB Recycling Reward Programme
Our school has joined the LMB Recycling Rewards Programme.  By taking part we will be protecting the environment, and collecting cash for our school.

A collection day has been arranged for the morning of Wednesday 17th May so please may we ask you to donate any of the following items to our collection:

All clean, dry clothes including bed linen and towels.  We can also collect trainers, boots, sandals and shoes if they are in pairs.  Unfortunately, we cannot collect pillows, duvets, sleeping bags, curtains, slippers or single shoes.

Please drop your bags off in Bertie Bin by the morning of 17th.  Items will then be weighed and we will be given money to benefit the school and our students.
Thank you for your support!
Mrs M Romain – Visitor Reception

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